"`Stonewall` was kind of the break between being ashamed of who you were, letting the police beat you up in bars, to saying 'fuck you,' basically," says Shimi.
Her 40th anniversary tribute probably won't include video. Shimi's a performance-video maven, but time and money are in the way. And the performance, starring Jump-Start's Steve Bailey and playwright/actor Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, will take place inside and outside and probably one-time-only.
Shimi says Stonewall is especially symbolic because it was the most marginalized of this marginalized population -- the trannies, the butches, hustlers, etc., who frequented the Stonewall Inn -- who started the uprising. Then the movement "went into a period of, 'We're just like everybody else; be nice to us.' But these people were the frontline."
"A fabulous soundtrack of some kind," will be featured, and "some element of the `Jump-Start` wall itself," Shimi says.
More in next week's issue of the Current, but in the meantime, mark your calendar for this (probably) one-time-only event: 8:30pm Friday July 3 (the official CAM calendar says 9-10pm, but the artist says 8:30, so we'll be there at 8:30) at Jump-Start, 108 Blue Star.