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Event: Ladyfest Philly Film Series, May 2013

Ladyfest Philadelphia Film Series!

Websitehttp://www.ladyfestphilly.com/film

Wednesday, May 1

16mm Short Film Screening

at AUX (319 N. 11th Street, 3rd floor)

8:00 PM; Free (donations welcome)

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The first screening in the series consists of short 16mm films by women made before 1980. These classics include the first film by an openly lesbian filmmaker (Barbara Hammer’s Dyketactics), innovative computer animation techniques pioneered by Bell Labs artist-in-residence Lillian Schwartz and the sarcastic Pop Art shorts of Gunvor Nelson. The films will be projected in their original 16mm format.


Friday, May 10

Ladies and Gentlemen… The Fabulous Stains

at International House Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut Street)

8:00 PM; $9 general admission, $7 students/seniors, Free for IHP membersBuy tickets

Directed by Lou Adler, US, 1982, 35mm, 87 minutes — rare 35mm archival print!

With an introduction by rock critic Sara Sherr

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The original riot grrl film, Ladies and Gentlemen… The Fabulous Stains was tepidly made and not-actually-released by Paramount in the early 1980s. A tumultuous production and disastrous preview showings led the film to be shelved. When it later ended up on late-night TV and in repertory theaters it became a cult hit, inspiring rockers like Tobi Vail of Bikini Kill and Courtney Love to pick up their instruments.

Recently orphaned Corrine “Third Degree” Burns (a 14-year-old Diane Lane) enlists her cousin (Laura Dern) and sister to launch a punk rock band, The Stains. Three rehearsals later, the band scores the opening slot on a cross-country tour with aging metal act The Metal Corpses and British punk rockers The Looters. The Stains meteoric rise—and equally lightening-quick fall—owes more to TV exposure than to talent. Featuring real-life punks (Paul Simenon of The Clash, Steve Jones and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols), outrageous fashions and The Stains’ post-punk hits “Waste of Time” and “Join the Professionals,”Ladies and Gentlemen…The Fabulous Stains is a sarcastic and hilarious look at the early 1980s punk scene.

Sara Sherr is a Philadelphia-based rock critic and host of Sugar Town, a 12-year-old monthly music series for female and female-identified musicians, performers, and DJ’s. She co-ran independent booking agency Plain Parade from 2002-2006 and is an organizer for the Phreak N Queer Arts & Music Festival and Ladyfest Philadelphia.


Friday, May 17

The Watermelon Woman

at AUX (319 N. 11th Street, 3rd floor)

8:00 PM; Free (donations welcome)

Directed by Cheryl Dunye, US, 1997, DVD, 85 min.

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Cheryl Dunye’s debut feature is as controversial as it is sexy and funny. Cheryl is a twenty-something black lesbian working as a clerk in a video store while struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, an obscure black actress from the 1930’s. Cheryl is surprised to discover that Richards (known popularly as “the Watermelon Woman”) had a white lesbian lover. At the same time, Cheryl falls in love with a very cute white customer at the video store (Guinevere Turner from Go Fish).

Such are the complexities of race and sex in this startlingly fresh debut, which has been attacked by conservative Congressmen for having been funded by the NEA and lavishingly praised in the editorial pages for being charming and courageous.


Thursday, May 23

Women’s Cinema in the 21st Century

at AUX (319 N. 11th Street, 3rd floor)

8:00 PM; Free (donations welcome)

The final evening in the Ladyfest Film Series, this program highlights recent perspectives on gender oppression, liberation and contemporary cinema. Multiple experiences are represented in the selection of short films by directors from Eastern Europe, France and the US. All made in the 21st century.

 

 

 

 


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Event: Ladyfest Philadelphia! June 7-9

Ladyfest Philadelphia

When: June 7-9, 2013

Where: The Rotunda and locations around West Philadelphia

Website: www.ladyfestphilly.com

Ladyfest Philly is an activism, music, and arts festival happening in Philly from June 7-9, 2013.

Ladyfest Philadelphia is a grassroots event dedicated to the artistic, organizational, and political work of women, trans, genderqueer, intersex, and queer people, and their allies. Ladyfest combats substantive, cultural, and structural inequalities by building upon the existing Philadelphia community of artists, musicians, and activists.  It aims to foster a more inclusive and safe environment through performances, workshops, panels, opportunities for collaboration, and more.

Ladyfest Philadelphia will take place June 7-9, 2013 at The Rotunda and other spaces in West Philadelphia.

Get in touch with ideas, questions and suggestions: ladyfestphilly@gmail.com

Event: Take Back the Night!

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT
Thursday, April 4
6pm
College Green

Take Back the Night is an annual event organized to raise awareness and break the silence around the pandemic of sexual violence. It is a powerful evening beginning with a rally filled with moving speeches and performances, a march through campus and a candlelight vigil where survivors can share their stories in a safe and affirming space. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Event: Dorothy Allison

DOROTHY ALLISON

The Dangerous Life: Being Mythic in America
Friday, March 29
4:30pm
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College


Hear Dorothy Allison speak in an event hosted by Gender & Sexuality Studies in collaboration with the Swarthmore College Queer and Trans Conference. Dorothy Allison is an award-winning author and longtime feminist and queer activist. She has won two Lambda Literary Awards, the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing, and the Ferro Grumley prize. Her newest novel, She Who, is forthcoming from Penguin Putnam. The talk will be followed by a reception.

Event: Radical Doulas & Reproductive Justice

Radical Doulas & Reproductive Justice:

Community Based Health

Wednesday, March 27
12:00-1:00pm
Room 218, Claire M. Faign Hall

University of Pennsylvania

Author Miriam Zoila Perez will talk about her work as a full spectrum doula, writer and activist. There is a growing movement of doulas working to improve pregnant people’s health care experiences through one-on-one emotional, physical and informational support. How are doulas changing health care experiecnes? How can providers collaborate with doulas? Miriam will discuss this important and growing movement, and its many connections to health care activist work.

Agnès Varda in Philly!!!

Agnès Varda is coming to Philadelphia!

ENTREVISTA CON LA CINEASTA AGNES VARDA

The only female director of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda has been called both the movement’s mother and its grandmother. The fact that some have felt the need to assign her a specifically feminine role, and the confusion over how to characterize that role, speak to just how unique her place in this hallowed cinematic movement-defined by such decidedly masculine artists as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut-is. Varda not only made films during the nouvelle vague, she helped inspire it. Her self-funded debut, the fiction-documentary hybrid 1956’s La Pointe Courte is often considered the unofficial first New Wave film; when she made it, she had no professional cinema training (her early work included painting, sculpting, and photojournalism). In 1962, she released the seminal nouvelle vague film Cléo from 5 to 7. Over the coming decades, Varda became a force in art cinema, conceiving many of her films as political and feminist statements, and using a radical objectivity to create her unforgettable characters. She describes her style as cinécriture (writing on film), and it can be seen in formally audacious fictions like Le bonheur and Vagabond as well as more ragged and revealing autobiographical documentaries like The Gleaners and I and The Beaches of Agnès.

Series of events:

Monday February 25, 6 pm

Wednesday February 27, 6 pm

Monday March 11, 7 pm

Wednesday March 13, 7 pm

Thursday March 14, 1 pm

Thursday March 14, 7 pm

Event: Round Up Holler Girl

Round Up Holler Girl

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Kelly Writers House, Arts Café, University of Pennsylvania

Readings by 3 Queer Performance Artists from NYC

Dan Fishback, Erin Markey, Max Steele

Denizens of the downtown art and queer performance scenes, Dan Fishback, Erin Markey and Max Steele all know each other, and are all feminists, and are all performance artists who like to write.

2012-13 Penn ArtsEdge Resident Dan Fishback has been writing and performing in New York City since 2003. Major works include The Material World (2012), thirtynothing (2011) and You Will Experience Silence (2009), all directed by Stephen Brackett at Dixon Place. Fishback has received grants from the Franklin Furnace Fund (2010) and the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists (2007-2009). He is a resident artist at the University of Pennsylvania (2012-2013) and at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics at NYU (2012), and has enjoyed previous residencies at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2010-2012), Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Also a performing songwriter, Fishback began his music career in the East Village’s anti-folk scene. His band, Cheese On Bread, has toured Europe and North America in support of their two full-length albums, “Maybe Maybe Maybe Baby” (2004) and “The Search for Colonel Mustard” (2007), the latter of which was re-issued in Japan in 2010 on Moor Works Records. As a solo artist, Fishback has released several recordings, including “Sweet Chastity” (2005, produced by César Alvarez of The Lisps), and his latest, “The Mammal Years” (2012, produced by Casey Holford). He was a member of the movement troupe Underthrust, which collaborated with songwriter Kimya Dawson on several performances and videos. Fishback frequently teaches workshops on performance composition and queer performance culture. He blogs at thematerialworld.tumblr.com; his regular website is danfishback.com.

Max Steele is a performer and writer. He has presented work at the New Museum, Rapture Cafe, Deitch Projects, Envoy Enterprises, and the Queens Museum of Art. He writes the psychedelic porno poetry zine Scorcher, and is an Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

Erin Markey creates conceptual musical performances for stage and video. She is the recipient of NYFA’s 2012 Cutting Edge Artist Fund Grant, and has presented work at venues around the world, including Joe’s Pub (The Public Theater), P.S. 122, San Francisco Film Society and The New Museum. She has toured the United States with the Sister Spit Tour and The Sex Workers’ Art Show. Markey is a company member of Half Straddle, has performed in Young Jean Lee’s Theatre Company and starred in the NYC premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Green Eyes (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress).