SPRING EVENTS – Western Mass Premieres!

Rafiki

Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Film: 7-8:30 pm
Social Hour: 6-7pm Come early!

Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main Street, Northampton

Tickets: $10 advance / $12 door
Buy tickets online or at the Academy of Music Theatre Box Office

Tickets on sale now!

Bursting with color, RAFIKI, which is Swahili for friend, is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” – but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in an ultraconservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.

“The really sweet, innocent love that these two girls had for each other” is what inspired director Wanuri Kahiu. “I think it honors love in such a beautiful way, and I think that’s our role: to be loved, create love, and to seek love in every endeavor.”

Rafiki has won international acclaim and awards but it is still currently banned in Kenya because it “overtly promotes lesbianism.” It is illegal for Kenyans to watch this film.

Join us in watching this beautiful love story in honor of all LGBTQ+ people in Kenya who are denied legal access to this film and who are denied all legal rights to love who they want to love.

Trailer

Comedians Eman El-Husseini and Jess Salomon. Photo by Colin Boyd

The LGBTQ Comedy Show Of The Year: “The El-Salomons!”

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Show: 7-8:30 pm
Social Hour: 6-7pm Come early!

Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main Street, Northampton

Tickets: $20 advance / $25 Door
Buy tickets online or at the Academy of Music Theatre Box Office

Tickets on sale now!

Comedians Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini perform together as “The El-Salomons” rifting with unending wit and political savvy about being a lesbian Jewish-Palestinian married couple in this world we live in now. They share (and joke of course) about their differences and their love of their differences and how they move through life together with laughter and respect. This very unique power couple is talented, smart, and right on the money hilarious!

To quote The El-Salomons: “Jess is Jewish and Eman is Palestinian (basically enemies), one is a Taurus and one is a Leo (ENEMIES!!), but we somehow make it work. It’s probably the hummus.”

Jess Salomon (hilarious comic) and Eman El-Husseini (also hilarious comic) met and fell in love at a comedy club in Montreal nearly a decade ago when a friend of theirs suggested, “you two should kiss”. Now based in New York, The El-Salomons perform all over the U.S. and Canada making people laugh, spreading love, raising consciousnesses, and trying not to get a divorce. Come join us for a wonderfully delightful evening of fun!