Last Call

In residence at BU: April 9-13, 2018

Last Call is a multiracial collective of queer artists, activists, and archivists. Drawn together by the closing of the last remaining dyke bar, Last Call creates innovative, multi-platform performances, events, and digital media that document and interpret neglected queer history, creating connections between those who lived this history and those who have much at stake if it is forgotten. We conjure up intergenerational gathering places where the movement for queer liberation is carried forward.

Queer people in a bar

Join co-directors Bonnie Gabel and indee mitchell for the launch of a podcast about experiences in Boston dyke bars and a short reading from Alleged Lesbian Activities, a denim-clad, glitter-crusted, power-ballad eulogy for the American dyke bar. Weaving together oral history audio, theatrical stagings, and the queer traditions of cabaret and drag kinging, Alleged Lesbian Activities looks closely at our endangered legacy and invites audiences into new ways of engaging with and complicating LGBT history.

Following there will be time to share your own stories from the dyke bars in Boston and to set up a more in-depth interview, if interested. If you cannot attend but would like to set up an interview, please email

Join us for the following event open to the public:

Alleged Lesbian Activities: a performative lecture about New Orleans’ disappearing dyke bars.
with indee mitchell and Bonnie Gabel, co-directors of LAST CALL
Thursday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m.
BU Life Sciences & Engineering Building (24 Cummington Mall, Room B01)
Free & Open to the Public: RSVP required

Where did all the dyke bars go? Last Call Co-Directors Bonnie Gabel and indee mitchell will share their work documenting and interpreting the history of shuttered lesbian spaces in New Orleans, exploring what these spaces meant to the community that called them home, and what we lost when they went away.

Last Call is a New Orleans based ensemble that documents and interprets neglected queer history, creating connections between those who lived this history and those who have much at stake if it is lost.

Alleged Lesbian Activities was created by indee mitchell, Bonnie Gabel, nelle mills, Bear Hebert, Hannah Pepper Cunningham and LAST CALL

The LAST CALL podcast was produced by Rachel Lee, free feral, and Peter Bowling

Co-Sponsored by the BU College of Arts & Science, the Department of Sociology, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Alleged Lesbian Activities is supported by The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funds come from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Alleged Lesbian Activities is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by the Theater Offensive in partnership with Clear Creek Creative, Mondo Bizarro, and NPN. Additional support comes from Platforms Fund, Alternate Roots, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Junebug Productions, Dancing Grounds, the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans, and our community. The National Performance Network is our fiscal sponsor.