West Palm Beach’s first national alternative book fair is coming to life next month.
On March 9 through 11, “cultural icons of the punk and queer culture come to celebrate the visions of the past and share their visions for the future” at West Palm Beach Alternative Book Fair at The Box Gallery, according to the event page.
“From uptown to downtown, high brow to low brow, there will be a series of talks lectures, and presentations that span almost a half of century of documentation beginning from the early 70's to present.”
Authors in attendance will include openly gay Paul Zone, author of ‘Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground.’ In the 70s he was in American glam/punk band The Fast and in the 80s he was in American Hi-NRG band Man 2 Man.
“[My book] really touches on the LGBTQ situations that have gone on through the decades,” he said. “I knew Marsha P. Johnson, I lived on Christopher St through the 70s and 80s. I was involved with different types of things in New York. Fashion, art, the Warhol scene and the punk scene. I lived through many scenes. Being very sexual was very fun.”
Other authors include Sandra Schulman, Tony Arruza, Laurence Gartel, and Rick Rose among other authors. The weekend will also see live performances by DJ Paul Klov of art gallery Bohemia AG, synthpop-industrial band Skoros, musical duo Aceskully and more.
On Friday night there will be at after party at Roosters Club — a lip sync battle hosted by Charlotte Shotgun. Saturday’s after party is also at Roosters, a drag show with the “First Lady of The Palm Beaches” Melissa St. John and friends. Both after parties will be followed by an after-after party at Respectable Street hosted by Zaii Zeus Whatevrr.
The event will be preceded by a pre-event radio broadcast on Tuesday, Feb. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at Art Radio Network (95.3 FM / 1470 AM). Host Laurence Gartel of “G-TALK” will be live with event authors such as Zone, Richard Boch, Vera Ramone King and more.
A one-day pass is $10 and the weekend pass is $15. Purchase tickets here.
If You Go:
1st West Palm Beach Alternative Book Fair Weekend
The Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road