8/15/2013 Fresh Fruit


Tonight's Guests: Stephen Silha, Shamey Cramer, Jessica Grams, Nhia Vang, Keith Pederson

Photo: James Broughton in 1940’s, subject of doc BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON. Photographer: Bob Lopez, Courtesy of Broughton Archive at Kent State University 


Stephen Silha, Filmmaker, Executive Producer, Co-Director

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (2013, DCP, 82 minutes)

A chronicle of the iconoclastic life of gay poet, filmmaker, and spiritual visionary James Broughton, one of the defining voices of the sexual revolution, whose groundbreaking artistic celebrations of sexuality and the body influenced generations of the 1960’s and 70’s to profoundly embrace life and “follow your own weird”. Co-directed with, Eric Slade and Dawn Logsdon.

Stephen Silha is a freelance writer, filmmaker, facilitator, and futurist. Born in Minneapolis, he currently lives in the Puget Sound bioregion of Washington. Stephen joined the Radical Faerie movement in 1985, and has focused on aspects of tantra, gay spirituality, and LGBT cultural history as a journalist and storyteller. Silha met James Broughton at a gathering in 1989. They became fast friends, and Broughton mentored Silha for many joyful communicative years.

"Big Joy" screens at the Walker Art Center, August 22 at 7:30 pm, Free. Co-director Stephen Silha will introduce the film at this event, preceded by a new print of Broughton’s The Bed (1968, 16mm, 20 minutes)


Shamey Cramer, Officer, Ceremonies, Federation of Gay Games

Shamey will talk about the 2014 Gay Games and and the current situation of LGBT discrimination in Russia concerning the Olympics. Built upon the principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best™, since 1982, the Gay Games have empowered tens of thousands of LGBT artists and athletes through fellowship and friendly competition. The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation will be held in Cleveland + Akron, OH, USA, August 9-16, 2014.


Jessica Grams, Actress, Singer, Teacher

"Consider the Lilies" by Stuart Fail is a dysfunctional mix of co-dependence and genuine love between Paul, an aging alcoholic painter and David, his agent. Set in Paris and New York, the play delves into the lives of these two men and their struggle to find meaning in their personal lives and the fickle world of art.

Theatre Gemini, August 16th - Sept 1st, 2013 at The Minneapolis Theatre Garage


Nhia Vang, Shades of Yellow Leadership Team

SOY Stories is a monthly series where Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQ people share stories, good food, lots of laughs, and great company! Shades of Yellow, also known as SOY, is a Hmong LGBTQ nonprofit organization that works to provide support, education, advocacy, and leadership development to Hmong LGBTQ and allies. Based in St. Paul, MN, SOY is unique in that it is the only Hmong LGBTQ organization in the world.  

Next Story night, Friday, August 16, 2013, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm (free dinner provided) Contact: community@shadesofyellow.com


Keith Pederson, Creator, Writer

Face Off HIV is a project intended to bring the rich and diverse stories of Minnesotans living with HIV and AIDS to a living document beginning with a coffee table book. Also a documentary film, "Putting the Ribbon Back On" is planned and a Multimedia community project, Faces Of HIV. Project contributors are Ryan Coit, photographer and Richard Louprasong, film/video editor.



Playlist Tracks: 
Judy Garland, B52s, Angela Motter, Tori Fixx, Josie Cotton, Ochi, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Scott Free, Gaye Adegbalola, Candye Kane, Lou Reed, DDC, Sandy Rapp, Romanovsky & Phillips, RuPaul - Fresh Fruit Third Thursday Theme
Album: collage by Dixie Treichel; Label: self release
Barb Ryman - Morning
Album: Catch the Sunset; Label: Renegade
Jay Spears - Playin On My Team
Album: Playin On My Team; Label: JSM
Stephen Silha - Filmmaker
Topics: "Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton"
Shamey Cramer - Officer, Ceremonies, Federation of Gay Games
Topics: Federation of Gay Games, Gay Games 9, LGBT discrimination in Russia-Sochi Olympics
Jessica Grams - Actress
Topics: "Consider the Lilies" by Stuart Fail, Theatre Gemini
Nhia Vang - Shades of Yellow Leadership Team
Topics: "SOY Stories"
Keith Pederson - Creator
Topics: Face Off HIV project