What To Know Before Attending The Show
Doors: 8:00pm | Show: 9:00pm
OutFront Kalamazoo is bringing a special screening of the 2011 film PARIAH to the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre on Saturday, June 10, 2023.
Written and directed by Dee Rees, PARIAH is a story of identity. Teenage Alike (Adepero Oduye) lives in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood with her parents (Charles Parnell, Kim Wayans) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse). A lesbian, Alike quietly embraces her identity and is looking for her first lover, but she wonders how much she can truly confide in her family, especially with her parents’ marriage already strained. When Alike’s mother presses her to befriend a colleague’s daughter (Aasha Davis), Alike finds the gal to be a pleasant companion.
In his New York Times review, A.O. Scott wrote, “Pariah is an acutely observed examination of strait-laced parents trying to deny a child’s homosexuality while all the time knowing better. He went on to describe Oduye’s performance as “incandescent,” saying the young actress “captures the jagged mood swings of late adolescence with a wonderfully spontaneous fluency. Ms. Oduye conveys not only the intelligence and will power of a young woman who is bursting out of her chrysalis like the butterfly she describes in the poetry she writes in a journal, but also the vestigial shyness of a bright, sheltered child in the throes of self-discovery.”
Pariah was a runaway hit of the Sundance film festival upon release, and the winner of its Excellence in Cinematography Award. The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 2022 by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” It is currently the most recently released film to be included in the registry.
About OutFront: OutFront Kalamazoo is a not-for-profit, charitable organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied community in southwest Michigan. We provide programs and services for youth and adults such as peer support groups, social events, educational resources, and more. We also organize and mobilize individuals and organizations so that together we may advance social justice and achieve equity and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community. Our purpose is to co-create an environment where you are free to be who you are, love who you love, and live without fear of discrimination, violence, or harassment based on your sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition to our programs and services, we are a resource for news and personal stories from the front lines of the work toward LGBTQ+ equality.
General Ticket Information:
All seating is GA for this R-rated event.
Skip the line Ticket Information:
Why wait in the elements when you can skip the line?! This is a separate ticket that will grant you expedited entry into the venue. Skip The Line entry is located near the main entrance of the building. Look for VIP / Skip The Line signage or ask a staff member. Present your Skip The Line pass along with your event ticket for expedited entry and to avoid the public lines. THIS IS NOT AN EVENT TICKET.
All patrons are subject to search, pat down, and wanding. The following items are not allowed in the venue: guns, knives, lasers, tasers, mace, glass items, cameras, selfie sticks, outside food or beverage, no bags over the dimensions of 8 inches wide by 5 inches tall with a width of 2 inches, and other items that may challenge public safety. You can view our full list by visiting our frequently asked questions here