“Throughout this series, we watch these women age, undergoing life’s most humbling experience. While many of us can, when pressed, name things we are grateful to Time for bestowing upon us, the lines bracketing our mouths and the loosening of our skin are not among them. So while a part of the spirit sinks at the slow appearance of these women’s jowls, another part is lifted: They are not undone by it. We detect more sorrow, perhaps, in the eyes, more weight in the once-fresh brows. But the more we study the images, the more we see that aging does not define these women. Even as the images tell us, in no uncertain terms, that this is what it looks like to grow old, this is the irrefutable truth, we also learn: This is what endurance looks like.”
Paper: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your career?
Cindy Sherman: Male artists.
THE UNITY CONCERT 2014 - South Dakota
For the Black Hills, The Earth and all her People
Unite with The Great Sioux Nation for this global ceremonial gathering in South Dakota, 13th-14th September, taking a stand for the Earth and Her Sacred Sites to be restored to balance. The Unity Concert is a gathering of members of the Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation, also called the Great Sioux Nation), artists, performers and concerned global citizens committed to educating and raising support for the Black Hills Initiative. Its organizers and participants believe that the only way for the United States of America to be truly great is to honor its word. Honor the treaties. Join us in healing the Heart of a Nation by restoring the guardianship of the Black Hills to the Great Sioux Nation. On September 13th and 14th, 2014, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, thousands of people will converge for a UNITY CONCERT — bringing together Native American tribes with those on the right side of justice to return the guardianship of the Black Hills to the Great Sioux Nation.
WOMEN’S LITERATURE 101: THE BOOK LIST
Part II in our Feminism 101 Booklist series, here is a list of literature by ladies that shakes the boundaries of old-white-dude academia. All books are linked to their publisher’s purchase page, not Amazon. Most are published by independent presses.
- Give it to Me- by Ana Castillo, the hilarious, bold, and insightful journey of forty-three-year-old, pansexual Palma, in equal turns addictive and poetic.
- Purple Hibiscus- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s first novel, an intimate narrative of fifteen-year-old Kambili in a religious Nigerian household; a reflection on joy, power, and family.
- Brown Girl, Brownstones- Paule Marshal’s tale of coming of age in a Brooklyn immigrant family and the struggle of balancing personal and community aspirations.
- Persepolis- by Marjane Satrapi, a two-volume graphic novel confessional of a young woman coming of age in Tehran, the story of a girlhood and the story of a country.
- I Love Myself When I Am Laughing- by Zora Neale Hurston, edited by Alice Walker. Hurston is one of the essential voices of the twentieth century, shaping and reshaping literary convention. This is the first and most comprehensive collection of her short works.
- NW- by Zadie Smith is the story of girlhoods, the story of difference, and the story of a city. Anyone who has avoided the eyes of a stranger they pass by on a city street will recognize themselves in its poetic narrative.
- His Own Where- June Jordan is best known as a poet, but this short fiction remains her only novel. Nonetheless, poetry seeps into this young-adult love story. One of the most crucial voices of recent decades.
- Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte’s classic is shocking for its explicitness, for the direct force of its woman narrator that remains just as accessible today
- The Yellow Wallpaper- Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s now-classic work of feminist realism, a story of repression and creation that blurs the lines of reality and sanity.
- The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath’s dizzying tale of the brilliant Esther, a reflection and question on the boundaries of sanity that takes the reader along for the ride.
- The Color Purple- While this seminal work by Alice Walker has achieved much popularity based on its film and reputation alone, read the book for a heart-wrenching portrayal of inherited pain, family, and love.
- Into the Go-Slow- Bridgett Davis’s tale of a younger sister attempting to make sense of her radical black activist sister Angie’s death in Nigeria several years before; honest, intimate, and utterly relatable.
- A Gate at the Stairs- Lorrie Moore’s story of college student Tassie, who becomes the babysitter for a white family adopting a black daughter. Moore can write about topics from inane, to hilarious, to utterly depressing all with a poetic attention that captivates her reader.
- Jazz- Toni Morrison shows how a rhythm modifies storytelling, how obsession changes a relationship, and how an urban landscape alters the tempo of daily black lives.
- Zipper Mouth- Laurie Week’s tale of drugs and backroom escapades during a lower-east-side adolescence in the early nineties, told in the voice of a fast-talking, confiding best friend.
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Denise Vasquez Presents Music Mondays Open Mic night at The Cork Lounge. “The most welcoming open mic in Los Angeles” where singers, songwriters, and musicians have the opportunity to shine in the spotlight! Bring yourself, your voices, your instruments, your friends & Signup starting at 6:30 PM. We go down the list first come first serve. Show starts at 7:00 PM and we go until closing! Everyone performs 3 songs! Be sure to hang out for more performance opportunities throughout the evening! We do rounds of music so once we go through the list, if time allows, we go through the list again! Being seen & heard during the open mic have landed performers paid gigs at The Cork Lounge & other performance opportunities! Have some drinks, eat some food, connect with your peers & stay a while! You never know who’s listening! http://www.facebook.com/musicmondays
Denise Vasquez Presents WO+MEN 4 APPLAUSE™
Wo+men 4 Applause ™ is a Variety Show Featuring some of the top talented WO+MEN working in the entertainment industry! Wo+men 4 Applause™ helps shine the light On some of the Best WO+MEN Entertainers Performing comedy, music, dance, Spoken Word and more! Feel free to Connect with us If you’re interested in performing or attending one of our events …Our next Variety Show Sunday September 28th 7:00-9:00 PM at Inside Jokes Comedy Club & Lounge Like Wo+men 4 Applause™ on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/women4applause & on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/women4applause for updates & announcements
NSFW - What if you had no choice but to hook up?
Jessica Leigh Gonzales
Amanda M Savage
Directed by: David Burgis
Sound by: Chuck Kovalik
Edited by: Lauren Freedman