Jewel's Catch One: Cole Jupiter James + Elliot Reed with travisd and Kayla Tange
Jewels Catch One was first club exclusively for African-American gay and lesbian people in Los Angeles. According to its documentary, Jewel's was "the oldest Black owned disco in America and establishes the legacy of businesswoman, activist, and healer, Jewel Thais- Williams, who stood up against hate and discrimination for 42 years." Jewel's held its last event in 2015.
Tonight's event honors Jewels history history and as well as contemporary queer black life in Los Angeles through the works of video/film artist Cole Jupiter James and artist/musician Elliot Reed with travisd and Kayla Tange.
Elliot Reed interrogates institutional spaces through interventions that create space for intimacy and play by parodying his personal history through live performances, experimental pop music, dance, a video game, short films, poetry, and sculpture.
Cole Jupiter James will present Manchego and Posture in Preparation to explore the concepts of race, gender and class through video and language. Each video navigates through the lens of internal dialog, expressive imagery, or movements that reverberate the nuances of the lived experience as encountered by a Queer Person of Color; brief articulations of a practice some call self care but are actually a survival and coping mechanism for living with oppression.
Union Nightclub (formerly Jewel's Catch One) (View)
4067 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019