brash & refined: a queer spoken word showcase

Join award-winning filmmaker, scholar, and artist Jalen Thompson for a night of queer-centered spoken word poetry and performance art, featuring the talents of poet Jack Flukinger and drag king Heavy Cream. Spoken word performance is one of the oldest, yet under-appreciated art forms of our modern times. With a queer-centered lens, this event highlights the fullness of what spoken word performance can be with each performer bringing their own special flare to this expressive form. Whether you are a fan of spoken word poetry, of live performance, or just want to support local queer artists, this event will feed your literary curiosities and hopefully inspire you to speak your own truth—brash, but totally refined. About the Performers: Jalen Thompson is an interdisciplinary performance artist, filmmaker, and scholar who uses film, poetry, and music to explore Black queer identity. Exploring themes of desire, self-longing, and politics, he has been performing in Eugene for over two years with his monthly show Poetry Night with Jalen Thompson. His films have been screened in Salem, Portland, and Seattle. In 2023, his film 66 Motel won the Best Narrative Award at the Poetic Lens International Film Festival and this year he was nominated in the Eugene Weekly for Best Local Poet. During this event, he will be workshopping a new performance piece titled My Investment Banker Boyfriend. Jack Flukinger is a transgender man who has lived inside of Oregon and outside of the box for his whole life. Nothing empowers him more than being in community with others, especially the trans and gender-diverse community. He writes about his experiences with identity, desire, and how the two have danced around each other throughout his life. Jack dreams of a liberated future and would love for you to see it too. Get ready to be whisked away by the debonair, dairy daddy extraordinaire, Heavy Cream! Voted Eugene’s best Drag King, he’s got a gouda sense of style and loves to milk the spotlight. Charismatic and always churning out fun, memorable performances, he’s udderly fantastic!Spoken WordPT1H30M2024-08-01
Jalen Thompson
Jack Flukinger
Heavy Cream
brash & refined: a queer spoken word showcase"brash & refined: a queer spoken word showcase"


August 1, 7:00 pm

Art House