When Susannah Magers started her job at the Rochester Art Center last month, practically her first assignment was to program the night of queer cinema that the art center and Rochester Civic Theatre will present Friday in conjunction with PrideFest.
“I was really excited to see it was happening and to build on it,” said Magers, who came to Rochester from Oakland, Calif.
Build on it she did, and the result is “All Together Now,” with live performance added to the films.
The live performance is a one-woman show, “A Lesbian’s Guide to Self-Care,” by Kat Marie Yoas, from San Francisco. That will be presented at 9:30 p.m. at RCT, followed at 10:30 p.m. by the showing of three films: “Never a Cover,” by Lauren Tabak and Susie Smith, of San Francisco; “Work of Art,” by Chris E. Vargas and Greg Youmans, of Bellingham, Wash.; and “The Infamous T,” by Minneapolis filmmaker Melissa Koch.
Magers said Koch’s work has been recommended to her. “I was excited to find her, and ‘Infamous T,’ which is addressing relevant issues,” she said.
As for the one-woman show by Yoas, Magers said, “I really like the potential for connection that I think performance can offer. I think it makes it more dynamic.”
Yoas just performed the show to sold-out audiences in San Francisco. “Her approach really is about building trust and connecting,” Magers said.
Although “All Together Now” is not an official part of PrideFest, it likely will be in the future, said Bill Broring, of Gay Lesbian Community Services of Rochester. “We’re really glad they’re doing this,” he said.
If you go
What: “All Together Now,” a night of queer cinema and live performance of “A Lesbian’s Guide to Self Care” by Kat Marie Yoas.
When: 9:30 p.m.
Where: Rochester Civic Theatre, 20 Civic Center Drive SE
In addition, the Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, has a small exhibit, “(Out) Collections,” consisting of work by queer-identified artists gathered by the art center staff, in the ANEX lobby area.