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  • Friday, March 31, 2017
  • 4:15 PM–5:30 PM
  • CFAC 222

Wide Open Space: Lessons from the socially, politically and theologically welcoming atmosphere at a drag show

One of the side effects of the deeply polarized political moment we’re living in is that public discourse reduces all sorts of people to cartoonishly simplistic identities. As a thought exercise, this workshop will explore how a drag country show regularly staged in Nashville--complete with a drag queen who also sings on a church praise team, a backing band mostly comprised of queer and straight bluegrass musicians and a repertoire of irreverent, and occasional topical, reimaginings of classic country songs--makes room for complex intersections of identities, perspectives, desires, concerns and life experiences.  That will serve as the jumping off point for a discussion of other visions of welcoming musical spaces.

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