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2013 Harvey Milk Festival Slated for Downtown Sarasota

May 01, 2013 06:06PM

The 4th Annual Harvey Milk Festival (HMF) will take place May 16-18th in the historic downtown district of Sarasota. The mission of HMF is to honor the life of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay Americans elected to public office, by fostering emerging talent in musicians and artists who support diversity and reject discrimination, and to promote equality for LGBTQ people through supporting equal rights legislation.

On May 16th, HMF/Film will host a screening of the documentary I Am Divine which follows the life story of John Waters’ drag queen protégée Divine, the late celebrated stage and screen performer. The film features interviews with Waters himself, along with Ricki Lake, Mink Stole and others.

On May 17th, HMF/Art will host The Equality Art Gallery exhibiting local and national artists at Miller- Brady Fine Art Gallery.

On May 18th, HMF/Music will feature a stage at Five Points Park, with nine national and local musicians performing a diversity of music, from high-energy folk rock to catchy electro pop. Headlining is French Horn Rebellion. Hailing from Milwaukee, the indie brother-duo has pioneered a new genre called ‘Next Jack Swing’ which mixes synth beats with funky bass lines. Garnering critical praise at 2013 SXSW, the band has toured with indie-pop heavyweights MGMT and Cut Copy.

Art installations at Five Points Park will include an installation by Steve McAllister entitled The Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path.

Guest speakers include Michael Farmer, Field Coordinator/Gay/Straight Network Coordinator for Equality Florida, and Tesla Gunderson, Also OUT Youth teen staff member.

The official after party for HMF/Music will be held at Throb Nightclub. The cover charge will be donated to the festival for any attendee wearing an official HMF bracelet.

Visit for a full schedule and more information.

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