Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 2:49pm

The Weeks Gallery on JCC's Jamestown Campus will hold an ArtParty for the opening of Barbara Proud's “First Comes Love: Radical Spirits, Civil Rights, and the Sexual Evolution” exhibition on June 15.

The gallery will open at 6 p.m. Ms. Proud will discuss her work during an artist's talk at 6:30. Zili Misik, an all-female Afro-Caribbean band from Boston, performs at 7:15, followed by a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and wine and beer tasting.

Tickets for the event can be obtained through JCC's box office, 716.338.1187. Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for JCC Faculty Student Association members.

Ms. Proud's exhibition presents images, stories, and information in support of same sex marriage rights. Ms. Proud is an award-winning photographer who teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

“This project focuses on the positive nature of same sex relationships and highlights the similarities, the equality if you will, between heterosexual marriage and the LGBT experience,” notes Ms. Proud. “The project shows a side of the story that has not yet been told…the one that shows already existent long-term dedicated relationships, ones that are in no way a threat to families or to traditional marriages.”

The Weeks Gallery event precedes the LakeArts Film Festival's “Politics Goes to the Movies” film series, which will be held in JCC's Scharmann Theatre on June 16. The morning session, free and open to the public, begins at 9 a.m. with a showing of Ms. Proud's film, First Comes Love, a documentary project exploring long-term relationships among same sex couples, and Bill Moyers' interview, “Theodore Olson and David Boies on Same-Sex Marriage.”

The morning session also features a presentation by Ms. Proud and Melissa Goodman, a senior litigation and policy counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where she conducts and coordinates litigation, policy, and advocacy work on LGBT and reproductive rights issues. They will also be available in the Scharmann lobby from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to speak with individuals.

Box lunches, available for $10, will be distributed in the Scharmann lobby from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunches must be pre-ordered before 3 p.m. on June 13 through JCC's box office, 716.338.1187.

Milk, the biographical film by Justin Lance Black highlighting the life and struggles of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist and politician, begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available through, JCC's box office, or at the door. Milk, who served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and Mayor George Mosconi were assassinated by Dan White, another San Francisco supervisor, on November 27, 1978. Jonathan Mosconi, the mayor's son, will introduce the film.


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