You may remember Emile Hirsch’s portrayal of Cleve in Gus Van Sant’s Academy-Award-winning film “Milk,” which depicts Cleve’s friendship and close work with pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk in San Francisco in the 1970s. What you may not know, however, are the extraordinary accomplishments of Cleve’s later work: co-founding the San Francisco AIDS Foundation during the terrifying early years of the epidemic; conceiving the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest community art project in history; and his recent, integral activism on behalf of hospitalities workers with UNITE HERE!, as well as his work to overturn California’s Proposition 8 and legalize same-sex marriage.
Most recently, you might have seen both Austin P. McKenzie’s performance as a young Cleve as well as Guy Pearce’s performance as an older activist Cleve in ABC’s “When We Rise”. The historic 4-part mini-series used Cleve’s new book, “When We Rise: My Life in the Movement” a a reference in writing its script. Cleve’s book will be for sale at the event.
Cleve will speak, and allow some time for audience Q&A, starting at 7:30pm. Cleve will also be joining us at a 5:30pm reception which will include plentiful hors d’oeuvres, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets to the reception include reserved seating for the talk.
When We Rise
An Evening with Cleve Jones
Saturday, May 27, 7:30pm
Benefactor Reception 5:30pm
A Benefit for PFLAG Nevada County
Unity in the Gold Country
180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley
(off of Whispering Pines Lane)
Talk – $35 donation
Reception (food/drinks) + Talk: $95 donation
Tickets at: www.brownpapertickets.com