Witching Hour

Oct 28, 2020 | Culture | 0 comments

LGBTQ performers highlight this year’s line-up

October 2020

By Tim Nedoba

Witching Hour returns October 30-31. The COVID-19 pandemic won’t be able to stop this celebration of “exploring the unknown, discussing the creative process, and presenting new work.”

The annual Witching Hour Festival is presented by The Englert Theatre and Little Village, bringing together the brightest artists and thinkers pushing the boundaries of their respective crafts, hopefully enlightening the world in which they live today.

The 2020 line-up is loaded. We’re highlighting here just three performers. The complete list of performers, schedules, and ticket options is available at

Danez Smith is the author of boy (2014, YesYes Books), winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and fnalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America.

His second collection, Don’t Call Us Dead, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. He is also the author of two chapbooks, hands on ya knees and black movie, winner of the Button Poetry Prize. His work has been published and featured widely including in Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Buzzfeed, Blavity, and Ploughshares.

He lives in the Midwest most of the time.

Mx. Beatrice L. Thomas is a social practice artist, creative producer, and national queer arts advocate. Their organizational consulting and executive coaching practice operates at the intersection of arts, equity, diversity and inclusion!

Beatrice applies an intersectional holistic approach to individuals and organizations.

Beatrice Thomas is an multi-disciplinary artist, creative producer and equity, diversity and inclusion consultant. Thomas has worked in administrative, curatorial, grantmaking, and educational roles for the municipal agencies, community colleges, galleries and non-profits. Thomas leads workshops and facilitates dialogues on grant strategy, queer arts, and cultural equity.

Black Belt Eagle Scout – My Children was the debut album from Black Belt Eagle Scout, the recording project of Katherine Paul. Heralded as a favorite new musician of 2018 by the likes of NPR Music, Stereogum, and Paste, the album was also named as a “Best Rock Album of 2018” by Pitchfork, and garnered further end-of-yearpraise from FADER, Under The Radar and more.

Arriving just a year after that debut record, At the Party With My Brown Friends is a brand new full-length recording from Black Belt Eagle Scout. Where that first record was a snapshot of loss and landscape and of KP’s standing as a radical indigenous queer feminist, this new chapter finds its power in love, desire and friendship.




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