After building a virtual programming presence (e.g. Film Maudit 2.0) to navigate the devastation of the COVID quarantine and live venue restrictions, Santa Monica-based Highways Performance Space is reopening its doors to the public with a free live event on Thursday, December 1, 2022, from noon to 10 p.m.
As a space founded by a strong contingency of LGBTQ+ artists/performers, community activists, members and allies, this is a significant reopening in recognition of World AIDS Day, with a day of remembrance, blessings, community, special guest artist Michael Kearns. The event is called We Scream Your Name, in reference to a diary entry, “Scream my name” by artist Kosta Pappas, who died in 1989 aged 35 from AIDS.
Through this event, Highways is honored to provide you with the opportunity to remember your family, friends and colleagues who have died of AIDS. Feel free to inhabit Highways as you enter the performance space and take time to silently contemplate and worship or raise your voice to shout, sing or scream their name(s).
Feel free to play with your friends or alone. Share a performance, read a passage, or share a healing ritual anytime between noon and 10 p.m. Highways also invites you to help re-ink current and faded names on the Highways’ AIDS Memorial Floor (installed in June 1989 by Chuck Stallard and ACT UP LA) of those who have lost to AIDS or add any names you wish to include.
At 1 p.m., special guest performer, acclaimed award-winning artist and activist Michael Kearns will share excerpts from his legendary work Intimacies, which he presented at Highways in 1989. His reading will be streamed live on Highways’ Facebook page @highwaysperformance, for those unable to attend.
Additionally, performance artist and Highways alum Marcus Kuiland-Nazario will refresh the names on the ACT UP LA ground installation from 3:30-6:30 p.m., along with a 5:30 p.m. Instagram Live (@marcuskuilandnazario), where you can virtually contribute names to be added to the ground memorial.
The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will offer blessings at 7:30 p.m., with doors remaining open until 10 p.m. Free parking is available on 18th Street or on property grounds. Freeways are also accessible via public transportation, including the Metro Expo line at the 17th Street/SMC stop.