When: Fri., July 1, 10 p.m. 2016
FRIDAY, JULY 1
THIRSTY: A QUEER DANCE PARTY
Two weeks ago, Durham's Jess Dilday, known professionally as DJ PlayPlay, was at a queer dance party in Montreal called Cousins. The dance floor was strong, she says, until it went silent in a moment of remembrance for the victims of the massacre in Orlando. And then, the party went wild. "In light of Pulse, the thing is to party harder, to keep it going," says Dilday. "It's more important than ever." At Thirsty, a new queer-and-trans-centric series, Dilday and DJ Bitchcraft will focus not on Top 40 but tunes by and of the community itself. "The goal is for queer and trans people, especially of color, to have a place to party without having to worry as much about being unsafe," says Dilday. Right now, that mission is especially urgent. Thirsty precedes a drag show and dance party dubbed "Loud and Proud" on Saturday night.
—Grayson Haver Currin
THE PINHOOK, DURHAM10 p.m., $5, www.thepinhook.com