The Flynn Center of the performing arts is hosting the Lyric production of Les Misérables, a sprawling epic based on the novel of by Victor Hugo. First presented in 1985 this music has circled the world, made history by becoming the second longest running music ever and developed into a successful Hollywood film making over 400 Million.
Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child … In other words, heavy on the drama. But then what would a night of theater be without a little delusion of eloquence, clingy jealous girls, being buried alive, bitter sweet endings, big fancy houses, evil gloating, an artful dodger, rogue angles of Satan, girls with mustaches, a triangle love story, spoiled brats, troubling childlike behavior and a Deus ex Machina or two.
In all seriousness, there is a reason this music has maintained its popularity. Because underneath all the beautiful costumes and sweeping melodies that you will be humming over in your head after leaving the theatre. This is a passionate story about redemption in a world where happy endings can and do happen. Filled with characters so rich you finding yourself wishing there was a third act!
Lyric Theatre Company presents Les Misérables from April 4-13th 2014 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont
RU12? Community Center Annual LGBTQA Celebration: The Big Reveal
Excitement has been building steadily around this event over the last six months. With our roots planted firmly in our past, RU12? is extending our community-centered work across Vermont and scaling up the Center happenings. From our move back to Burlington last summer and showing the works of local LGBTQ artists at the Art Hop to co-hosting the Pride Dance, we are presenting more and more opportunities for our community and allies to get out into the world and celebrate. The momentum continues building and in the coming months, we will produce Pride Vermont, feature such notable artists as John Killaky in the Center space, present one of our popular Town Hall Series on growing our LGBTQ families, and offer a host of new and exciting social and educational opportunities.
All of these amazing new events and programs will happen under a new Center name!! Join us and be the first to hear it as we do our tantalizing Big Reveal.
Of course, what would all the newness be without a shift in our biggest event of the year? Join us at Echo for an evening featuring tasting stations with the most amazing dishes designed to impress, by three of Vermont’s leading caterers.
May 2, 2014
Echo Lake Aquarium in Burlington, Vermont
Cocktail reception at 6:00PM
Tasting Stations open at 7:00PM
Silent and Live Auctions
Leunig’s Bistro and Lounge
Catering by Dale
The Vermont Pride Awards
Each year, RU12? honors Vermont community members and businesses who go above and beyond to ensure that our LGBTQ community thrives in a dynamic, safe, and exciting environment.
The Vermont Pride Award for Activism
The Vermont Pride Activism Award is being presented to the Peep Show. Peep Show is a sassy, irreverent drag and burlesque show, celebrating camp in all things. Producers Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George create a queer-friendly, sex-positive, and above all, inclusive performance space/environment. Their community driven philanthropic effort showcases new and seasoned talent from Burlington to Boston to NYC. Throughout the show, Jonathan and Quechee let the audience know about everything from where to find support for survivors or violence to where to find an HIV test. At the end of the evening, they pay their performers and the rest is donated to support RU12?. http://peepshowvermont.tumblr.com
The Vermont Pride Community Award for Community Service
The Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Advisory Committee
The Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Advisory Committee provides cultural education and awareness on behalf of LGBTQ-identified individuals, with special emphasis on aging adults, living in the rural Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The Committee hosts social and educational events and provides education and technical assistance that is LGBTQ affirming, to staff of programs, agencies and organizations that provide services to aging adults.
The Vermont Pride Award for Business of the Year
National Life Group
National Life Group, a company with strong Vermont roots. They are very much a part of our communities, supporting such organizations as Pride VT, VT CARES, Outright VT, and the Gay and Lesbian Fund of VT. Their Human Resources Center has the very Vermont title, “The People Center” and their benefits are fully supportive of LGBTQ individuals and families. With “Do Good, Be Good, Make Good.” as a set of corporate values, it is no wonder that they are such a strong supporter of Vermont’s LGBTQ communities.
National Life Group is a diversified family of financial service companies that has successfully forged a strong identity as a product innovator offering personalized service. Companies in the group offer a comprehensive portfolio of life insurance, annuity and investment products to help individuals, families and businesses pursue their financial goals.
The Live and Silent Auctions
This year, our auctions are bigger than ever, with items for every budget and interest. Businesses and individuals from across Vermont and all the way to Beijing have donated to the auctions. You will be able to bid on everything from an in-home dinner for eight prepared by Leunig’s Donnell Collins and her amazing staff; summer passes to St. Michael’s Playhouse; and hand blown glass vases to tattoo time and yoga passes. Proceeds support the Center’s social gatherings, educational events, and direct services for the LGBT community.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
This week, GLAM is launching a new monthly event... "Board Gaymes" and chill time before heading out to dance the night away at First Friday.
First Friday at Higher Ground began after the closing of Burlington's beloved gay bar, Pearls, in 2006. At first a dance party for women, First Friday expanded to include ALL segments of the LGBTQ community. Through the years, this event has become a staple of our community and a place to get together with friends, meet new people, and get crazy on the dance floor to amazing local DJs.
RU12? Community Center will open starting at 6pm this Friday for the Board Game event, and will close at 9:30pm so guys can head over to Higher Ground. Early bird tickets to Higher Ground can by bought for $5 at the Higher Ground box office, or online here
Announcing the Lavender Writes of Vermont writing group. Lavender Writes began as a community writing group in Broward County Florida that included members of the LGBTQ community. The group was involved with regular public readings and special events. Recently, a member of this group moved to Vermont and is interested in starting a similar group in the Burlington area. This group is open to writers (or anyone interested in writing) of all skill levels and from all genres (e.g. poetry, fiction, non-fiction). This writing group will be affiliated with the RU12? Community Center in Burlington. If you have any interest or experience in writing and would like to be part of a supportive and committed writing group, please join us for an introductory potluck at the RU12? Community Center on February 16th at 11:30 AM to discuss format, meeting schedule, and vision for the group.
It's almost here!
This weekend the largest Burlesque Festival in New England takes off. A full schedule of events can be found here.
GLAM has two Superhero themed teams competiting in Burlesque Bowling on Saturday, which is a benefit for the RU12? Community Center.
Come join the fun as a spectator, or form your own team to compete!
By virtue of community request, RU12? has joined forces with the folks who organize the bi-monthly lesbian potluck in St. Johnsbury for a screening of the popular "Lesbiana" film at their next event, Saturday February 1. The potluck begins at 6pm, with the film at 6:30 and discussion to follow. A $5 suggested donation will be split between RU12? and the filmmaker Myriam Fougere.
The Samara Fund, part of the Vermont Community Foundation, has been a huge supporter of RU12? Community Center. We have been able to do everything from truly committing to a statewide expansion to strengthening the safety nets for LGBT seniors in the NEK because the Samara Fund has been there supporting LGBTQ issues. Now, you can help them out by taking this survey. They are seeking your opinion on needs and services that are important to you and the broader LGBTQ community in Vermont.
Click here to participate:
As our thank you for participating, at the end of the survey you will be able to vote for your favorite Vermont-based LGBTQ organization to receive a mini-grant of $250. The organization with the most votes at the end of the survey period will receive this gift of appreciation. You can also use this link to share the survey on your Facebook page:
Kim Fountain, Executive Director
Burlesque Entertainers. Unlimited Bowling. Something CRAZY to get you out of the house this winter. What not to love?
You can form your own "Burlesque-y" team now and join in the fun and contests, or simply join as a spectator!
The Vermont Burlesque Festival's Burlesque Bowling Competition is a unique bowling event unlike any other bowling event that Vermont has experienced. On January 25th starting at 11:30am at Champlain Lanes in Shelburne, 16 teams will have the opportunity to compete for 7 titles:
• Most Distracting Team
• Best Team Lane Shimmies
• Best Dressed
• Best Executed Team Costumes
• Most Colorful Team
• Highest Team Bowling Score
• Worst Team Bowling Score
Winners will have the honor of holding the appropriate honorary title and will receive one of the worlds most unprestigious trophies.
50% of this event's proceeds will benefit "RU12?," a non profit community center that celebrates, educates and advocates with and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters.
•Teams can be made up of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 persons.
•No outside beverages, food or alcohol
•No rude, vulgar, inappropriate or uninvited behavior that would upset even a seasoned burlesque producer
• This is a 21 and over event. Photo ID required upon entry.
More than 55 burlesque performers, comedians, and variety acts from all over the United States and Canada will grace the two festival stages over a two night period, each night offering a different experience than the other. The time remaining will be filled with scintillating burlesque activities, including a burlesque bowling event, burlesque classes and a film festival.
It is the goal of the Vermont Burlesque Festival to “warm up Vermont” during its coldest month, just when cabin fever starts to set in. The festival will do this not only by entertaining its festival goers but by raising breast cancer awareness and funds for the Vermont Cancer Center, raising money for the non-profit charity RU12? Community Center, and by sponsoring a winter coat drive for those in need.
RU12? has six internship opportunies available for students in Chittenden County:
All internships will be able to provide opportunities for skill development, gaining experience in their respective fields, and fulfilling internship or college credit requirements. Interns receive training, tailored assignments based on interests and skills, and supportive supervision from our staff. See below for details!
RU12? Community Center is looking for two interns to help plan events for gay, bi, and trans guys who like gay, bi, and trans guys for GLAM, RU12?’s Mpowerment program. GLAM is a group of young gay, bi, queer and/or trans guys who are coming together, getting out, and enjoying the connections we make. Through building a stronger queer community in Chittenden County, we empower one another, support each other, and fight the HIV epidemic.
This fun and meaningful project is run by and for GBQT guys. Interns of all identities are encouraged to apply.
This intern should be prepared to work in a deadline oriented team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of event planning, marketing and community organizing.
RU12? is looking for an undergraduate student in the Chittenden County area who is majoring in Art/Design, Gender Studies, Human Service / Non-Profit Mgmt, Journalism, Social Work, Community Development, Marketing Public Relations or any other related field. This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, especially with web and social media. This internship would require a minimum of 4 hours per week.
If you are interested in this position please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing and Outreach Intern:
RU12? Community Center is looking for a tech savvy intern with an eye for design to join our fabulous team. Our organization provides services that celebrate and support LGBTQ Vermonters, and seeks an intern who can participate in various stages of print and online marketing campaigns.
This intern should be prepared to work in a deadline oriented team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing and community organizing.
Experience in HTML or design is helpful but not necessary. We’re willing to train the right candidate.
RU12? is looking for an undergraduate student in the Chittenden County area who is majoring in Art/Design, Gender Studies, Human Service / Non-Profit Mgmt, Journalism, Social Work, Community Development, Marketing Public Relations or any other related field. This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with web and social media. Experience with design programs, PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience is a bonus. This internship would require a minimum of 4 hours per week.
If you are interested in this position please email email@example.com
PEEP SHOW Vermont is an irreverent drag and burlesque show with a dance party to follow.
Produced, founded and hosted by drag kings Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George.
Proceeds benefit the RU12? Community Center.
Doors at 9pm. Show at 10pm
DJ Papi Javi and DJ Maple Creemee
With performances by:
Peter Out and Guest of BroLoko
...with our resident kitten Innocent Ivy, stage manager Cliff Hanger, and a sexy queer-friendly BOUNCER
Did you know there is a vibrant underground stand-up comedy scene in Vermont? And did you know there's even a stand-up comedy scene in the LGBT community?
RU12? and VT Cares volunteer Marc Bouchard knows all about it. He was one of six hilarious LGBT comics lined up at Vermont Comedy Club's LGBTQ focused event this past weekend, The Fabulous Show. Below is a personal account from him on being a gay comedian in Vermont:
Throughout my life, I've had people around me say things like "You should perform on stage" or you're funny, you should be a comedian". I would say "Thanks" and think they were just being nice, and that it would be too time consuming to get involved in performance arts.
In October 2011, a small comedy club in Burlington opened, and I attended their first comedy showcase. It was mentioned that they were hosting a weekly open mic where anyone could have five minutes of stage time. I went home and went to work on jokes, and performed the following week. I was immediately addicted, and performed weekly at the open mic, attaining the nickname "Gay Marc" because my material was based around my life, and coming out in a rural and conservative part of Vermont.
As I started performing in showcases, I quickly realized that the majority of the audiences were heterosexual and could not relate to some of my material. Anytime I have a joke that doesn't get a response, I see this as an opportunity to rewrite and educate my audience on the gay lifestyle.
It's not about being political, or shoving my lifestyle down anyone's throat (I have something else for that). All I want to do is make people laugh. By laughing at myself, and relating my lifestyle to theirs, I feel like I bridge a gap to my straight audience. I hope to help them see that we have similar issues, and that laughter truly is the best medicine.
The Fabulous Show. LGBT comedians, tonight at the Monkey House!
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Pick your fetish color. Pick your pocket. That would signal your desire to other queer men. Read up on the complete hanky code here.
This Friday 11/15 starting at 7:00pm, Burly Bear is back with a tribute theme to the Hanky Code. Whether you used to wear a hanky, still wear one, or haven't ever heard of this sub-cutural symbol, you can get your groove on at Red Square's Blue Room surrounded by hot kinky guys, dark seedy atmosphere and sweaty go-go cubs!
Pick up a hanky at the front door and express yourself offline. Answer the code quiz questions and win a prize. Hear the amazing DJ Stephen D. Wallace (Montreal) play his signature style of funky alternative edgy house! Leather/kink/fetish dress code encouraged.
$5 at the door, benefits Pride Vermont 2014
DJ and Joey are on the journey of a lifetime. At the beginning of October, they set off from Chicago to travel through each state and explore Gay America for a full year in their awesome bus, appropriately named "Priscilla." One of their stops included Burlington for a few days.
We met up with these guys at first before the showing of "The Worst Thing About Coming Out" at the Film House in Burlington, where Kim Fountain and John Chagnon joined a panel to discuss their own personal experiences with coming out. You can view their account of the experience here.
Later, the GLAM guys were thrilled when DJ and Joey offered to transport us to Snake Mountain in Addison, VT for a beautiful fall foliage hike. We all had a great time chatting about differences in gay culture across the states, playing games and stopping for some Maple Creemees. Check out the pictures from GLAM's hiking adventure with DJ and Joey here.
These wonderful guys are set to learn a lot about the differences in gay culture across the US. You can follow their adventures via their blog, and even check out their own Pride Logo Wear to get a piece of what they are experiencing. Thanks DJ and Joey!
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