Photo credit: Alvernian Davis
Photo credit: Alvernian Davis

Kiki Kinship: Ball Culture Film and Discussion Series

October 28, 2019–from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Monday, October 28, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 pm 
LGBT Center
3907 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 
For questions about this program, please contact
The Fabric Workshop and Museum at
info@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.

Please join us for a panel discussion featuring members of Philadelphia's Ballroom community, reflecting on the history of ball culture in the city and the complex ways that house communities build, interpret, and experience family and kinship. This discussion is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Jacolby Satterwhite: Room for Living and in partnership with The University of Pennsylvania's LGBT Center as their culminating event for Kiki Kinship, a series of programs offered throughout the month of October. More information below (also listed on the Wolf Humanities Center website). 
Kiki Kinship
Ball Culture Film and Discussion Series
Presented by Penn's LGBT Center, Co-sponsored by the Wolf Humanities Center

Since beginning underground in the 1960s, Queer Black and Latinx ball communities have grown to become a safe space for queer youth of color to express themselves freely and have a sense of belonging. In the age of Pose and RuPaul’s Drag Race, how does kinship thrive in ball and house communities, and who tells these stories? This discussion with Philadelphia house and ball community legend Michael Melvin concludes the series.

Panelists include: 
Alvernian Davis, a founding member of the House of Prestige and co-organizer of the Onyx Ball 30th anniversary celebration 
Rich Laboy, a member of the House of Miyake-Mugler and clinical researcher at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who has done extensive work with LGBT youth
Kemar Jewel, an award-winning director, and choreographer, founding member of Xcel Dance Crew, director of "Voguing Train" - a voguing short video, filmed on SEPTA's Broad Street Line
Michael Melvin, a member in the Legendary House of Lanvin and Legend in the House and Ball Community who has dedicated his life to working with at-risk LGBTQ youth and young adults