This Week:Gigi’s Meets Aunt Charlie’s: A Tale of Drag Scenes & Queens” with Legendary Drag Queens

Streaming Fridays at 8 p.m.

This program presents a rare coming together of five legendary Drag Queens from two notoriously fabulous nightclubs in the gritty epicenters of Detroit and San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. This series event brings the San Francisco Aunt Charlie’s Queens together with Detroit’s own reigning Queens from Gigi’s Cabaret, home of the longest gay bar title in the United States. Appearing from Detroit are Maxi Chanel (House of Chanel), Nickki Stevens, and Lady T Tempest, and hailing from San Francisco are Olivia Hart and Donna Personna. The five artists come together to discuss the history of their legacies and artform, the role of lineage and queer community building, and how drag has changed the world through activism, glamour and celebratory inclusion. Learn more>>

Coming up next week: “Merging Fantasy” with Haas Brothers


The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series Fall 2022 Season

This winter, the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series brings respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields to Ann Arbor’s historic Michigan Theater for weekly in-person events.

Detroit Public Television and PBS Books, in partnership with the Stamps School, will stream each week’s event Fridays at 8pm on this page. Some programs may not be available online, depending on artist requests. Interested in receiving notifications before online videos go live? Sign up to receive a reminder before each event begins streaming.

Watch Past Penny Stamps Episodes


Upcoming Penny Stamps Speaker Events:

Friday, September 23 @ 8:00 PM EST | “Carrying Golden Threads” with Michele Oka Doner

Friday, September 30 @ 8:00 PM EST | Gigi’s Meets Aunt Charlie’s: A Tale of Drag Scenes & Queens” with Legendary Drag Queens

Friday, October 7 @ 8:00 PM EST | “Merging Fantasy” with Haas Brothers

Friday, October 15 @ 8:00 PM EST | Wynton Marsalis

Friday, October 21 @ 8:00 PM EST | “Wholeness in the Future” with Andrea Carlson

Friday, October 28 @ 8:00 PM EST | “The Inherent Politics of Design” with Studio Safar

Friday, November 4 @ 8:00 PM EST | “Departure” with Cey Adams

Friday, November 11 @ 8:00 PM EST | “Power and Participation in Public Art with Paul Farber” with Monument Lab

Friday, November 18 @ 8:00 PM EST | “Collidoscope: A Retro-Perspective” with the De La Torre Brothers

Friday, December 2 @ 8:00 PM EST | “Hope for Flowers” with Tracy Reese


About the Series

Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps (19442018), the Penny Stamps Speaker Series brings respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields to Ann Arbor to conduct weekly public lectures and engagements.

Design professional, arts advocate, philanthropist, and friend Penny W. Stamps dedicated herself to elevating opportunities for the culture-makers of tomorrow. In 2012, the U‑M Board of Regents named the School of Art & Design in her honor, creating the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. The Stamps Gallery and Stamps Creative Work Awards are also named in her honor.

Learn more about the Penny Stamps Series

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