SWANS Travel Through Space & Time

As of this morning, there are 95 events on the Support Women Artists Now/SWAN Calendar, with more added every day. Please be sure to post your event if you have not done so. We will be doing two newsletters per week on SWAN events for the rest of this month.

We are thrilled that there are SWAN events all over the world, and that they represent such a wide range of women’s voices.  In today’s issue, we are focusing on events in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Minneapolis that will take their audiences through space and time.

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe and Pearl Gluck have both created works about traveling across continents to learn more about their history – one exploring the effects of African migration and slavery, the other examining her Jewish heritage. Meanwhile, The Women of Theater for the New City in New York, and Women’s History Month: The Historical Comedybration in Minneapolis will travel through time to offer women’s perspectives on historical figures and events.

Adventures of A Black Girl: Traveling While Black
A Solo Performance from Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe



Based on Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe’s experiences as a Black American traveler/tourist in Africa, Europe, and North and Central America, Traveling While Black is part travelogue and part history lesson. It explores the tensions between tourism and colonialism as it reveals cultural connects and disconnects.

Inspired by Langston Hughes’ I Wonder As I Wander, Traveling While Black examines the post-slavery condition of Black travel, both fanciful and forced.

March 15-17, 2013
Brava Theater Center  2781-24th St, San Francisco, CA
Tickets: $15   More Info>>

Divan – A Documentary Film by Pearl Gluck

Divan by Pearl GluckSWAN Day co-founder Jan Lisa Huttner will introduce these screenings of Pearl Gluck’s “Divan” followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. This is the 4th annual SWAN Day program sponsored by the Chicago YIVO Society.

As a teenager, filmmaker Pearl Gluck left her Orthodox Jewish clan in Brooklyn for secular life in Manhattan. Many years later, Pearl’s father has one wish: that she marry and return to the community. Pearl, however, takes a more creative approach. She travels to Hungary to retrieve a turn-of-the-century family heirloom: a divan upon which esteemed rabbis once slept.

March 13, 6:00 p.m. – Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State Street, Chicago
March 14, 1 p.m. – Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL.
No Reservations Required

SWAN DAY: The Women of Theater for the New City

Barbara Kahn as Calamity Jane

Barbara Kahn as
Calamity Jane

Six women playwrights from Theater for the New City will be featured in honor of SWAN DAY and the company’s 40 year history of presenting women artists.

Performers will include: Barbara Kahn as Calamity in “Calamity Jane Sends a Message to Her Daughter” by long-time WomenArts member Carolyn Gage; Victoria Linchong previewing her new play “Dispossessed,” about eviction, the history of apartments and a meditation on possession; Mary Tierney performing Barbara Kahn’s play “CO-OP,” about the gentrification of the Lower East Side; “Diary of a Thought” written and performed by Bina Sharif; Lissa Moira performing her piece “Multiple Movie Personality Disorder;” and Francesse Maingrette singing “Ne Me Quittez Pas.” Time permitting, there will be a 20-minute open mic (without a mic) for 5-minute presentations.

March 13, 2013 at 7pm. Theater for the New City. 155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Sts) NYC 10003. Admission is by donation. Reservations: 212-254-1109.

Women’s History Month: The Historical Comedybration
Created by Heather Meyer

Kelsey Cramer as Rosie the Riveter

Kelsey Cramer as
Rosie the Riveter

If you were looking for a SWAN event in a combination theater-restaurant-bowling alley in America’s snowy heartland, be sure to check out The Historical Comedybration at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre in uptown Minneapolis.

The show will take you on a comedic journey through the ‘softer side’ of history with comedy sketches and historical reenactments from the lives of famous women such as author Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rosie the Riveter, anthropologist Jane Goodall, Hilary Clinton, and more. This show contains real facts and also has Truth or Dare and the chance to win fabulous prizes. Featuring Kelsey Cramer, Brigid Anderson Kelley, Heather Meyer, & Shannon Troy Jones, with additional writing by Emily Schmidt.

March 14 & 15 at 7 p.m.
Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre, 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN
Tickets: $10 Advance;
 $12 At the Door  Buy Tickets>>