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Juliana Huxtable is an American poet, artist, model and DJ living in New York. She is a co-founder of a queer weekly party called #ShockvalueNYC. Huxtable has also been involved with Frankie Sharp's WestGay, Ladyfag's ElevenEleven, BRCDBR & Ladyfag's Shade. Huxtable regularly includes her poetry into her DJ mixes and has also has recorded poetics on the song "Blood Oranges" from the Le1f mixtape Tree House. Her poetry was included in the runway soundtrack for the Hood by Air fall/winter14 fashion show "10,000 screaming fagots" by Total Freedom, and has recorded with Hercules and Love Affair. She's been featured in Vogue, Pitchfork, Vice, and The Guardian. This is her first China appearance. DJs Shackup and special guests also play.
When: 10 Mar 2016 Thur 22:00-late
Where: Dada Bar Beijing
Juliana Huxtable was born and raised in Bryan-College Station, Texas, Texas and she currently lives and works in New York, NY. She graduated from Bard College in 2010. From 2010 to 2012, Huxtable worked as a legal assistant for the ACLU's Racial Justice Program. Huxtable was included as an artist in the 2015 New Museum Triennial.
Huxtable described her taken names's reference to The Cosby Show saying:
Huxtable is the surname that was gifted to me by my house (non-biological queer family). My imagination has a wounded attachment to the fantasies of a black American aristocracy - the collective energy of post-civil rights era black youth who had been gifted a sense of entitlement to ascend into the American middle and upper-middle class. The Huxtable family (from the Cosby Show) represented a very specific and powerful moment that I was raised in the spirit of. At the same time, I am a product of the contemporary economic reality and am witnessing the financial and aspirational foundations for those fantasies rapidly decline and decay. Theres an audacity in claiming the name, and it has animated in my work and self a sense of regality. Much of what I fear as someone who is transitioning is being disenfranchised of what most people take for granted - desirability, respectability, employability, safety, etc. My name is my armor and its an agency to create myself in the image I see fit. Its an insistence on the validity of my claim to those previously listed rights, and its a vessel that liberates my creative energies from the burden of a misgendered past. I'm in a very bizarre and transitory state in my life at the moment, but that name has helped me persist.
Juliana Huxtable is a co-founder of a queer weekly party in New York City called #ShockvalueNYC. Huxtable has also been involved with Frankie Sharp's WestGay, Ladyfag's ElevenEleven, BRCDBR & Ladyfag's Shade. She is a member of House of Ladosha. In 2013, House of Ladosha created the exhibition Whole House Eats exhibition Superchief Gallery which Huxtable participated in.
Huxtable regularly includes her poetry into her DJ mixes and has also has recorded poetics on the song "Blood Oranges" from the Le1f mixtape Tree House. Her poetry was included in the runway soundtrack for the Hood by Air fall/winter14 fashion show "10,000 screaming fagots" by Total Freedom.
In her photography, Huxtable uses her own body as the primary subject. She draws from a broad range of references including the Nuwaubian movement.
In 2014, Huxtable was featured on the fifth anniversary cover of C☆NDY magazine along with 13 other transgender women - Janet Mock, Carmen Carrera, Geena Rocero, Isis King, Gisele Alicea, Leyna Ramous, Dina Marie, Nina Poon, Yasmine Petty, Niki M'nray, Pêche Di, Carmen Xtravaganza and Laverne Cox. Huxtable has also modeled for DKNY, Eckhaus Latta, and BCALLA for Autumn/ Winter 2014, and Chromat (AW15).
In August 2014, Huxtable performed in the video for the Hercules and Love Affair song "My Offence" (2014). The video features excerpts of conversation with figures from the New York City gay scene like Honey Dijon, Huxtable, and Contessa Stuto. The band's primary member, Andrew Butler, described the song and its video as an examination of his "relationship to taboo words and the use of 'cunt' amongst NYC's gay community to relay flattery, empowerment and strength". Huxtable also is in the music videos Invitation to a Beheading, "Seducing The Beast" (2012) and New No Bra, Candy (2013). Huxtable sings on the Le1f mixtape Tree House, on the song "Blood Oranges".
Huxtable was on the Season Two premiere of Ovation TV's web-based talk show, Touching the Art, hosted by Casey Jane Ellison with panelists K8 Hardy, and Shelley Fox Aarons. Huxtable also participated in The What's Underneath Project.
Just as Temple has earned Gulou institution-status for serving up quality (or appealingly messy) live music night after night after boozy night, its downstairs neighbor Dada enjoys equal notoriety for going admirably hard all night, seven days a week– indeed, often into the morning.
It's the club to Temple's bar. You're getting live DJ sets, not bands. If you're wondering about the programming and the vibes, it's pretty credibly eclectic. Yes, you're going to hear dubstep, but also voices from 8-bit, psytrance and skweee. You're also getting a dark, dark dance floor (it's rubber, so don't worry about the Tiger Beer you just fumbled) so if you're lucky, people may have trouble putting a face to a name after they catch some of your 7:00 AM dance moves. Decor is appropriately hip (read: devil may care) and moderately industrial. A bar splits the dance floor from a lounge where you can take a breather, see and be seen.
There's usually a sizable group of smokers out front, chatting away, if you want to make friends somewhere you can hear yourself think - and, of course, a reliable jian bing cart on the street if you wear yourself out on the dance floor.