Dominique Jackson as Mother Elektra on Pose
The success of the FX Network’s drama Pose
has been gratifying on many levels: The show is a faithful depiction of New York’s legendary ball culture of the 1980s (also immortalized in the essential Paris Is Burning
documentary), the writing is top-notch, and the casting of gay, transgender and POC actors is pitch-perfect. Seems there’s no time like the present to go back to the future and stage a proper ball complete with trophies, and what better spot than Parliament House – and who better to have as a special guest for the event than Dominique Jackson, the program’s Mother Elektra, matriarch of the House of Elektra. But this is a ball, not just some meet-and-greet, and the category is … well, there are several, including Gown, Performance, Vogue and Fashion. Be prepared to work.
8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 | Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail | parliamenthouse.com
| 407-425-7571 | free-$25
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