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Let's Have a Kiki: Lola Carter Rothschild

“Let’s Have a Kiki” is a series of half hour informal gallery talks during the run of the exhibit In Her Closet—How to Make a Drag Queen.

Join us for our next kiki November 12 at 12:30 pm with Lola Carter Rothschild, a Midwest diva with big city dreams and a small town heart, Lola loves making and creating drag for people to enjoy. A loud and proud person of color (PO.C.), she espouses positivity, confidence, and per.sistence as key qualities in life. She wants you to never give up on yourself.

Check out her instagram @whetevalolawants (external link) or Facebook (external link).

We respectfully adopt kiki as a term meaning “social gathering” that emerged from Black queer ballroom cultures in New York City. Known for its fun, laid-back, gossip-filled atmosphere, a kiki is also a support network that provides food, shelter, HIV advocacy and awareness, and an avenue for self-affirming performance expression for queer and trans youth living in the streets.

The other kikis in this series will be held 12:30–1:00pm on Wednesday, February 12; Tuesday, March 10; and Tuesday, April 14.

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For further information on this event, contact Beth Watkins at (217) 265-5485 or

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at (217) 244-5586 or (email link).