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CAM 09: Jump-Start's Shimi commemorates the Stonewall Riots


Jump-Start's CAM edition of the Windows will be more transitory, and transvestite, than previous versions of this regular First Friday public installation. Indispensable troupe member S.T. Shimi is rolling straight from her performance in the Neon Twins, through June's W-I-P (a traveling buffet of dance, outside, 7pm, tonight!), and into an under-construction tribute to the 1969 riots that are credited with catalyzing the modern gay-rights movement.

"`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.

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