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Sunday, April 14 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Showgirls and Superstars: Gender in Music, Dance, and Comedy - Conversation 2134 - REQUIRES TICKET

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Entertainment and popular culture have had a significant impact on the way we think about gender, sexuality, and identity. From pop icons Freddie Mercury and Karen Carpenter to burlesque dancers and stand-up comics, this lively panel featuring scholars, entertainers, and writers will consider issues of gender and sexuality in entertainment and popular culture both historically and today.  

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Allison Wolfe

Allison Wolfe is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and zine writer who has been the lead vocalist for several punk rock groups including Bratmobile and Partyline.

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Guy Branum

Guy Branum created and hosted truTV’s Talk Show The Game Show, a hilarious mashup of two beloved television formats that pits comedians and celebrities against each other for the title of “Best Guest of the Night.” His recently published book My Life As A Goddess is a collection... Read More →
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Karen Tongson

Karen Tongson is the author of Why Karen Carpenter Matters (2019), and Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (2011). She is a professor at USC, and co-editor of the award-winning book series, Postmillennial Pop (with Henry Jenkins) at NYU Press. You can also hear Karen talk about... Read More →
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Leslie Zemeckis

Leslie Zemeckis is the author of "Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St. Cyr" and "Behind the Burly Q," the definitive history of burlesque. She wrote, produced, and directed the critically acclaimed documentary based on the book, which has been championed by USA... Read More →

Sunday April 14, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Wallis Annenberg Hall Presented by USC, Signing Area 10