Carmen Machado to speak at Converge Lecture Series, plus more events this week

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  • Tom Storm Photography

Converge Lecture Series: Carmen Machado

Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $22-$48.50, convergelectureseries.org

COURTESY CARMEN MACHADO
  • Courtesy Carmen Machado
Author Carmen Machado, National Book Award finalist and recipient of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction (among many other honors), doesn’t shy away from tough topics — relevant topics, in this day and age. Her breakout collection of short stories Her Body and Other Parties, explores sexuality, consent, toxic masculinity, feminism and eroticism — and its blend of magical realism, horror and humor is breathtaking.

Her Body, released in 2017 around the initial fervor of the #MeToo movement, received incredible acclaim. Of its success, Machado says: “I think people were hungry and thirsty, no pun intended, for queer women writing about sex. I think that’s just because we get so little of it in the more mainstream sort of literary section that I think it was just like a real pleasure — and people felt that they recognized themselves. They recognized their own desires and communities in those stories.”

But the representation of queer sexualities isn’t the only draw to Machado’s writing. She also explores a variety of contemporary social issues, and flips traditional gender tropes on their heads. In the Dream House, her new book that will be released in November 2019, is a memoir about her experiences with intimate-partner violence, a subject seldom explored in regard to same-sex couples.

“The curious thing with the next book,” she says, “is that I went from writing Her Body and Other Parties to writing a book about domestic violence — queer, domestic violence, right? — and a memoir about what it means to be abused by a woman, which is like, you know, it feels almost like a very radical departure.” But she says that the cultural elements that come into play in this memoir — misconceptions about what women are capable of, unseen effects of the patriarchy — very much align with the rest of her writing.



On Oct. 4, she will speak as part of the Converge Lecture Series, addressing the theme of “moral beauty.”

ANNA ALAI
  • Anna Alai

On The Roof

Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., through Oct. 5, Funky Little Theater Company, 1367 Pecan St., $15-$19, funkylittletheater.com

New York-based playwright Donna Hoke’s docudrama has seen staged readings before, but this show at Funky is the first time ever that On the Roof has been produced in full, which means you have a unique opportunity to see something brand new right here in town. Set in 1955 New York City, On the Roof explores the lives of those who frequent a cabaret and gay bar in New York City. It’s set at a time in American history when queerness was criminal, before the Stonewall Riots kickstarted the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement. The show promises to tenderly explore these characters’ quests for love, family and solidarity, with a rockstar Funky cast behind it. Hoke herself will be in attendance for the show on the 27th.


Art Purge Pop-up Sale

Sept. 28, 5-8 p.m., Kreuser Gallery, 125 E. Boulder St., free to attend, facebook.com/kreusergallery

Well, this is a collaboration for the ages! Three local gallery owners, Lauren Ciborowski (The Modbo), Abigail Kreuser (Kreuser Gallery) and Gundega Stevens (G44 Gallery) have teamed up for a one-night event that should attract all of the region’s art collectors, amateur and otherwise. As local collectors free up some wall space, you’ll have the chance to purchase artwork from the Springs and beyond, new and old. Even if you can’t buy, it’s worth it to stop by and browse.
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Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival

Sept. 28, Noon to 5 p.m., Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, Manitou Avenue and El Paso
Boulevard, $10-$42.50, manitouspringsheritagecenter.org

Who doesn’t want to spend a sunny September day sampling beer from more than 30 local breweries, listening to three different live and local bands, and enjoying all the “keep Manitou weird” energy of our neighbors up the mountain? For the fifth year running, the Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival should provide plenty of entertainment, and the Heritage Center promises some surprises this year.

Southern Colorado Conservation Awards

Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m., The Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., $135/ticket, $65/young professional (ages 40 and younger), sponsorships available, palmerlandtrust.org

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of this event, Palmer Land Trust will once again honor a variety of local and regional individuals and organizations for their commitment to environmental conservation. Among the honorees: Dr. Michael Bartolo will receive the Innovation in Conservation Award for his research into agriculture at Colorado State University’s Arkansas Valley Research Center, and Ranchlands, an organization based in Colorado Springs, will receive the Environmental Stewardship Award for educating the public on the importance of living with the land. Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner and ceremony to honor these achievements and more.

Q&A with The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey

Oct. 3, 7-8:30 p.m., CC’s Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., free, coloradocollege.edu

It isn’t often we in Colorado Springs can get an inside look at what’s happening in Washington, D.C., let alone from a nationally celebrated journalist. Tonight, take advantage of a rare Q&A with Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for The Washington Post and political analyst for CNN and MSNBC. This two-time winner of the White House Correspondents Award for Deadline Reporting will discuss what it’s like covering Trump’s White House.

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