Clockwise from top left: Michelle Antonisse, Johnny Forever Nawracaj, Eliza Swann, Dulce Soledad Ibarra, Christy Roberts Berkowitz (graphic by Martabel Wasserman)

As the economic divide between the uber wealthy and everyone else continues to grow disconcertingly wider, more and more people are questioning the morality and inevitability of late-stage capitalism. What good is an economic system that cannot adequately provide for huge segments of the population, and what would the alternatives look like?

Inspired by a chant from the recent Oakland Teachers’ Strike — “Capitalism will fall / then we will have a ball” — the Post-Capitalism Ball brings a queer perspective to explore visions of society after the current economic system is dismantled. Organized by curator and educator Martabel Wasserman, the event combines a fashion show, performances, and readings, with a special focus on the current climate crisis. Upon arriving, guests can have their nails done at Xiaowei Wang’s Land + Sea nail salon, featuring non-toxic, eco-friendly nail polish in shades reflecting an earth in the throws of climate change. Other participants include Katherine Agard, Michelle Antonisse, Charmaine Bee, Christy Roberts Berkowitz, Sam Cohen, Dulce Soledad Ibarra, Johnny Forever Nawracaj, and Eliza Swann and members of the Golden Dome School.

The Post-Capitalism Ball is presented as part of Lambda LitFest, a weeklong series of programs supporting and celebrating LGBTQ+ writers, featuring over 40 free literary events across Los Angeles.

When: Sunday, September 22, 7–10pm
Where: Pieter Performance Space (420 W. Ave 33, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles)

More info at Pieter Performance Space.

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, CARLA, Apollo, ARTNews, and other publications.