Just before Wesley Snipes starred in Blade – in which he bulldozes his way through hundreds of grotesque vampires plotting to conquer the world – he played a sassy drag queen in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar.
Needless to say, it was a bit of a surreal experience watching the two movies back-to-back. If you really want to giggle, watch Snipes play his macho, blade wielding self before you head off to the Village Movie & Night Market to watch To Wong Foo, this Friday. It’s quite a contrast, similar to this year’s Village Movie Night compared to previous ones.
This year’s night in front of the silver screen will be more robust, according to organizers. Several local businesses from Centretown will be on scene to form a night market, where shops will pitch tents and layout their goods to form a similar experience one might expect from shopping at the Byward farmer’s market—only at night.
Stroked Ego will be on scene with one of its many lines of underwear.
“It’s a great night. We can have some fun showing off our most colourful underwear, hang out with some fantastic people and see a cool movie,” says Stroked Ego’s managing partner Kevin Martin. “I think I’m especially in it for the cotton candy, though.”
Yes, there will be cotton candy, along with popcorn, tasty snacks and beverages. For an added twist, candidates from Somerset Ward running in this fall’s municipal election will be manning the food tent.
The Village Movie & Night Market kicks off at 8 p.m. near Bank and Gilmour streets this Friday, Aug. 22. Like every other year, admission is free. Following the Village Movie Night is the annual Capital Pride Rainbow Party at Barrymore’ Musical Hall at 10 p.m. You can purchase tickets to the event on Capital Pride’s website.