No vacuum was ever abhorred by nature so much as the Reagan-era silence about AIDS in the 1980s. In response, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, or ACT UP, was founded in 1987 in New York City to hector the silence-that-be into paying attention to AIDS. United in Anger: A History of Act-Up is writer Sarah Schulman's presentation of the ACT UP Oral History Project, an archive she co-directs with filmmaker Jim Hubbard. It presents ACT UP's visible, visceral victories: shutting down the FDA for a day; captivating taxpayers on April 15, 1987, with a massive protest at the New York General Post Office; and crashing The CBS Evening News in 1991, upstaging a rather grave-looking Dan Rather with chants of "AIDS is news fight AIDS, not Arabs!" Schulman who wrote the first piece on AIDS and the homeless also will screen an excerpt from Hubbard's upcoming feature film on ACT UP. No oral history was as crucial as this: It's hard to gather them when the voices die before their time. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Tues., July 12, 7 p.m., free,(310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu.
Tue., July 12, 7 p.m., 2011