Have a gay ol’ time this weekend at UNCSA in Winston-Salem.

On Thursday, check out Tim Miller’s performance of “Lay of the Land.” From the press release:

Internationally acclaimed performance artist and author Tim Miller will perform “Lay of the Land,” his saucy, sharp-knifed look at the state of the Union during a time of trial, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Agnes de Mille Theatre on the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) campus. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students, and are available through the UNCSA Box Office, 336-721-1945. This performance, which is expected to last approximately 70 minutes, contains adult themes. Miller’s creative work as a performer and writer explores the artistic, spiritual and political topography of his identity as a gay man.

Tim Miller – “Lay of the Land”
He describes the newest of his solo performances: “Careening from his sexy misadventures performing in 45 states, to marriage equality street protests, to the electoral assaults on gay folks all over the country … ‘Lay of the Land’ friskily gets at that feeling of gay folks being perpetually on trial, on the ballot, and on the menu! (It) takes on a fierce and funny examination of citizenship and who eats and who gets eaten.” For a preview of “Lay of the Land,” see the video trailer on YouTube.

David Nichols in The Los Angeles Times said: “Miller’s ‘Lay of the Land’ enters territory as exhilarating as it is meaningful. Miller lays out his unapologetically renegade viewpoint with exemplary economy and sardonic humor. Marriage equality is the thematic undercurrent against which reminiscences of various activist and performance landmarks coalesce into something larger than the sum of their considerable parts. The final apotheosis stands high in Miller’s canon, which, together with the overarching relevance, makes ‘Lay of the Land’ a vivid, must-see achievement.”

Anita Gates in The New York Times called Miller “A charming and wildly energetic storyteller! Funny, forceful and full of vigorous gay pride!”

Miller will be a guest artist at UNCSA from April 4-11. The Undergraduate Academic Program of UNCSA is sponsoring his visit. During his residency, Miller will work with students to prepare a workshop presentation.

And… On Saturday, head back to the UNCSA campus for a OUT at the Movies screening of “Prodigal Sons,” an award-winning documentary following the path of trangender filmmaker Kimberly Reed as she takes a trek back to her hometown in Minnesota. Learn more about the film here. Screening on April 10, 7 p.m., at the ACE Theatre Complex, 1533 S. Main St., WinstonSalem, N.C. Admission is $6.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.