Gearing Up for the OUTsider Festival

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After much anticipation, the OUTsider Festival will officially kickoff this Wednesday – and you can definitely count on this queer, multi-arts fest to debut with a bang. The inaugural festival boasts a fascinating opening night featuring legendary performance artist Narcissister, who’s been dubbed by Huffington Post as, “the topless feminist superhero of New York.” Narcissister will be concocting a “wicked brew of cinematic risqué,” shortly followed by the unveiling of the world’s first Gay Wax Museum, set to include projects from 16 artists – and that’s just opening night.

What started as a conversation amongst friends and creatives, has now grown into a full-fledged festival, complete with a variety of creative works from artists all around the country, a unique approach to panels with Conferences on the Couch, academic insight and tons of audience interaction. The most exciting part of it all: this new festival is expected to be unlike anything Austinites have ever experienced before and if you want to know exactly how it differs from past arts and film festivals, you’ll really have to experience it for yourself.

The festival runs throughout the weekend with an impressive first-year line up, so much so that we couldn’t just mention a few – so here’s the complete OUTsider schedule:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18th 

7:30pm – Opening Night Showcase: NARCISSISTER
8:15pm – Opening Night Reception: THE GAY WAX MUSEUM

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19th 

11:00am – Conference on the Couch: QUEER MUSIC SUBCULTURE: QUEERCORE & BEYOND
4:00pm – RISE ABOVE: TRIBE 8
6:00pm – THURSDAY, CLOUDS.
6:30pm-9:00pm – QUEERSTORIES: LEZBIAN POPCORN CART
7:00pm – IN THE TURN
8:45pm – ON FEARLESS LOVE: Prumsodun Ok and the Art of Khmer Classical Dance

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20th 

10:00am – Conference on the Couch: YOUR NOSTALGIA IS KILLING THRILLING ME (QUEER ART AND HIV/AIDS)
10:00am – GAY BALLET
5:00pm – SINS INVALID: AN UNSHAMED CLAIM TO BEAUTY
6:00pm – INTERDIMENSIONAL HYPOTHESIS EP. 2 / VOYAGE OF THE MIMIS
7:00pm – QUEER REBELS: ANCIENT FUTURE
8:30pm – OUTsider Legacy Award: TRIBE 8 TRIBUTE
9:00pm – I FEEL LIKE DISCO
10:00pm (doors) / 11:00pm (show) – AFTER PARTY: TRIBE 8 TRIBUTE (Tribe 8 Tributers, BLXPLTN)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21st

11:00am – Conference on the Couch: GENDER AND PERFORMANCE
1:00pm – 4:00pm – ART BIZARRE
1:00pm – 4:00pm – HAIRAPY!
2:00pm – THE MAHOGANY PROJECT
2:00pm – CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: FANTASIZING QUEER HISTORY
3:30pm – JARMAN (all this maddening beauty)
4:00pm – PORCH JAMS BY DIANA LYNN SMALL
5:00pm – DIFFERENT STROKES!: QUEER CRAFTING
5:30pm – DRUNKTOWN’S FINEST
6:30pm-9:00pm – QUEERSTORIES: LEZBIAN POPCORN CART
7:00pm – SONGS BY RYAN FAN
7:30pm – THE DEER INBETWEEN / ROSE SAVAGE ROSE WOLF
8:45pm – UNTIL NOW: ZACKARY DRUCKER RETROSPECTIVE
10:30pm – AMIABLE NITRATE  / preceded by Cindy!

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd

10:00am – GAY BALLET
11:00am – QUEER YOUTH SHOWCASE
1:00pm – SEX AND STORYTELLING
2:00pm – SONGS BY RYAN FAN
3:00pm – THREE PERFORMANCES (Diana Ross’ 12-Inch Cock, Welcome…to the Waldorf HYSteria, and All Kinds of Hell)
5:00pm – ANGMO AND AMOI / preceded by I Put the Cock in Livestock
6:30pm – OVERHEARD
8:00pm – PYTHIA DUST
8:00pm – CLOSING NIGHT PARTY! (Gretchen’s Disco Plague, Queertini Time, Krudas Cubensi, Total Unicorn)
Ongoing – RAPID ASCENT

Badges are still available for purchase!

Burning Question

What performances or artists are you looking forward to seeing at the OUTsider Fest?

Ingredients

queerness, arts, film, panels, community, creativity, academics

Essentials

Feb. 18-22

Manor Road

For more information visit outsiderfest.org

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