The Queer Linker

Photos and recap by Caldwell Linker

Vanessa German’s show at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts was brilliant, moving, and thought-provoking.

Willam Belli made a stop in Pittsburgh to a packed and delighted crowd at Cattivo. Her performance was hilarious and energetic, but she had some stiff local competition with a surprise appearance by Sharon Needles.

For folks who wanted to get their dance on, Operation Sappho brought the house down, and guest DJ Designer Imposter was a huge hit.

The Shadow Lounge hosted the final installment of its yearly “My People” series, brought to you by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

Joseph Hall moderated a very insightful dialogue about people of color and social media, featuring the folks from Queer and Brown in Steeltown and one of the creators of Drama Queenz, Dane Harrington Joseph. This program is put on every year and always brings really interesting perspective on LGBTQI people of color in the arts, both in Pittsburgh and the rest of the world.

I rounded out the month at the Warhol Museum’s annual Naughty or Nice party. Hosted by Sharon Needles and Eric Shiner, the evening was a blast.

And finally, a shameless plug for my art event at Artisan Tattoo Gallery and Café: I had a fabulous time, and there were incredible performances by Mahogany La Piranha, Cherri Baum, Heidi Glum (of DC), Amy Vodkahaus, Janet Granite, and Alaska Thunderfuck.

Speaking of Alaska, you might have heard the announcement that she will be a contestant on Season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. ConDRAGulations.)

Caldwell is a self-taught photographer about town who has been documenting the queer and trans community for a number of years and who has called Pittsburgh home for 6 or so years.