What Are You Looking At?

Published June 29, 2012

ABOVE: GRACE JONES IN JEAN-PAUL GOUDE’S A ONE MAN SHOW, 1982. SHOWING AS PART OF DIRTY LOOKS ON JULY 10TH

New York Pride is over, and for that we are sad. But, while recovering from the revelry last weekend may have been hard, there’s no need to quit the celebration cold turkey. Dirty Looks, a roaming film series dedicated to exploring the aesthetic history of the queer community, promises to provide a daily dose of LGBTQ culture this July. Each day, the series will pop up at a different landmark in the history of the city’s queer community with screenings that speak to the past and, they hope, put it in dialogue with the present.

The month-long festival, Dirty Looks: On Location, kicks off on July 1 with Tara Mateik’s Unauthorized Interview at Participant Inc. (formerly El Mirage sex club), and continues nightly through the end of the month. Some highlights include a presentation of Charles Atlas’s It’s A Jackie Thing at The W Times Square (who knew a nightclub designed by Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler used to stand in its place?), and a special appearance by Grace Jones in A One Man Show at The Outhouse the very next day. For anyone who woke up on Monday counting the 360-something days until next year’s Pride, the next 31 should be a welcome honeymoon. For the full lineup and more details about the series, see the official website.