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March 2018

The Creative Life at Douglass Exhibit Panel Discussion

March 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mabel Smith Douglass Library, 8 Chapel Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 United States
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The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities (CWAH) is pleased to announce an exhibition entitled, The Creative Life of Douglass, curated by Rutgers University Libraries (RUL) Faculty Kayo Denda, Erika Gorder, and Fernanda Perrone, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of Douglass. Through archival photographs, objects, books, and video from University Archives, The Creative Life of Douglass chronicles ten decades of dance, theater, music, visual arts, and literature produced by women at Douglass. On March 28, 2018 there…

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Reclaiming the Black Swan

March 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Avenue
Albany, CA 94706 United States
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Impromptu No Tutu, the resident dance company of Albany Senior Center, will be celebrating SWAN Day and Dance Anywhere Day simultaneously! We will create spontaneous bird dances, improvising in and around the Senior Center, first engaging the staff and lobby visitors, and then moving to the front garden and the Greenway across the street. We are inspired by the archetype of the Black Swan, often portrayed as an evil temptress in traditional stories. Our embrace of this character will stretch…

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Red Shoe Night with the Rezonanca Music Assembly in Bosnia & Herzegovina

March 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Muzicki Centar Rezonanca Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegowina + Google Map
Rezonanca Music Assembly

The Musicki Centar Rezonanca (Resonance Music Center) presents Red Shoe Night, a benefit performance their friends  with cancer, in Konjic, Bosnia & Herzegovina.  The program will feature a choral performance by the Rezonanca Assembly, as well as presentations by poets and actresses. This is the first time that the Resonance Music Center has participated in SWAN Day, and they are only the second group from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The program has been organized by Biljana Handzo, Professor Director Rezonanca Konjic Music…

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11th International SWAN Day Kenya

March 31, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sadili Oval Sports & Talent Academy, Off Kitengela road, Langata
Nairobi, 00100 Kenya
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The theme of SWAN Day Kenya 2018 is Closing the Gap: Connecting Artists, and over 70 female artists will participate in the day-long festival this year.  There will be two sets of panel discussions in addition to many performances by musicians, poets, spoken word artists, acrobats, dancers, and more. The featured artists include Eclay Wangira, a popular Kenyan television actress;  Chela, a graffiti artist who has broken into the male world of graffiti art and is working to help other women…

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April 2018

The Bride Price – A Hmong Wedding Story by Mai Neng Moua

April 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, 1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601 United States
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Mai Neng Moua will be reading from her book, The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story  at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse  on Tues, April 3, 7 PM at Centennial Hall 1309 . When Mai Neng Moua decides to get married, her mother, a widow, wants the groom to follow Hmong custom and pay a bride price, which both honors the work the bride's family has done in raising a daughter and offers a promise of love and security from…

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The Conversation – A SWAN Day Event

April 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Finest City Improv, 4250 Louisiana St
San Diego, CA 92104 United States
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A group of women gathered to write pieces on what affects them the most. Any subject. Political or not. What affects their lives? What are their thoughts/dreams/opinions/anger/love, poetry, monologues, spoken word, dating life,... it's all life from their perspective. The second annual installation of The Conversation, a Swan Day event, performed at Finest City Improv. All ticket proceeds will be going to charity. Directed by Jennie Olson Six Produced by InnerMission Productions Written and/or performed by: Laura Preble Thelma Virata…

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Five Women Poets Read in Wellfleet, MA

April 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Judith Partelow's second book published by Scargo Hill Poets, Carry Me Back, A Woman’s Life in Poetry, is being released in conjunction with National Poetry Month, April 2018. Judith Partelow will be reading from Carry Me Back and from her first book, A Woman’s Heart, on April 12th at the Wellfleet Library (6:30-8:30 pm).  The other four poets who are reading will be:  Lori Desrosiers (featured poet),  Susan Berlin, Alice Kociemba, and Donna O’Connell-Gilmore. There will be musicians too and it's…

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SWAN Day Staten Island 2018 Celebration

April 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Pride Center of Staten Island, 25 Victory Blvd, Fl 3rd
Staten Island, NY 10301 United States
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S.W.A.N. Day Staten Island 2018 has reached a 5 year milestone! An international celebration honoring women artists as well as those who identify as female artists founded by womenarts.org, this year we are teaming up with the youth from GRRL POWER and local artists to bring a fully inclusive exhibit and open mic night to our community. The exhibition features visual art created by members of GRRL POWER created during an Empowerment Series held during February-April by Elaine Mendez, Esperanza…

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Writers’ Night Out Featuring Judith Partelow

April 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cotuit Library, 871 Main St
Cotuit, MA 02635 United States
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Judith Partelow's second book published by Scargo Hill Poets, Carry Me Back, A Woman’s Life in Poetry, is being released in conjunction with National Poetry Month, April 2018. Partelow will be reading from this new book and from her first book, A Woman’s Heart, for the Cape Cod Writers’ Center — Writers’ Night Out — at the Cotuit Library on April 18th with poetry students from Sandwich H.S. Free (donations welcome)

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Art Party & Fundraiser for “The Last Straw” by Bryant Holsenbeck

April 22, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South, 1202 Watts St
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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Bryant Holsenbeck is an environmental artist in Durham, NC, who makes art out of stuff people usually throw away. Some years ago, she got curious about where "away" was and discovered that there is no away. There is only out of sight. She has been making art out of recycled materials ever since in an attempt to draw people's attention to how much we throw away and to encourage individuals and communities to be better stewards of the environment. Children…

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Ahmondylla Best’s “Mother-In-Law’s Meal” – A Storytime Interactive Workshop

April 28, 2018 @ 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07102 United States
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Ahmondylla Best with her Book

Participants in this Story Time workshop for children will help bring Ahmondylla Best’s original story and song, “Mother-in-Law’s Meal,” to life through creative play, story building and imagination. Ahmondylla Best is a musician, author and performer. Her music draws on global ritual, Native American, African as well as personal and inherited American experience.  Her latest book Mother-In-Law’s Meal is based on a story about a delicious, hearty Caribbean style stew. Best describes "Mother-in-Law's Meal" as follows: "Most stories about mothers- in-law, are negative,…

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May 2018

Queer Memoir: Shame

May 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Tank, 312 W. 36th St.
New York, NY 10018 United States
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Queer Memoir is New York’s longest-running and most startingly earnest community-based LGBT storytelling series curated by Kelli Dunham; at every event we bring together some of NYC's best-known storytellers and folks who have never been on a stage in their lives. WITH OUR STORYTELLERS: Alix Canciello Rathini Kandavel Sophia Vazquez Pazos Angela Plugues Tiffany Leigh with your host Kelli Dunham Bios to come! Queer Memoir started seven years ago at Collect Pond, a Williamsburg underground performance venue so unknown we're…

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Women on Fire: Poetry & Song

May 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bird and Beckett, 653 Chenery St
San Francisco, 94131 United States
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Another historic reading, Women on Fire: Chinese American Women Poets, Genny Lim, Kitty Tsui, & Nellie Wong, celebrate the 36th anniversary reunion of these pioneer poets. They  broke ground as members of the writing collective, Unbound Feet, established in 1981. Their work challenged the gender stereotypical roles of Asian women in society and addressed issues of sexual as well as racial oppression, forging a pathway for Asian American feminists today. At Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA…

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Words on Fire: Genny Lim, Kitty Tsui, & Amber Field in Poetry and Song

May 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Laurel Bookstore, 1423 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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Laurel Books is proud to feature Bay Area Chinese American Women Writers, Kitty Tsui, Genny Lim, and South Korean born Amber Field in song and poetry! Genny Lim is San Francisco Jazz Poet Laureate. She has been featured at Jazz Festivals and World Poetry Festivals throughout the U.S. and world, including Venezuela, Bosnia and Italy. Kitty Tsui's Midsummer Night’s Press and Sinister Wisdom will reprint Kitty’s 1983 book WORDS OF A WOMAN WHO BREATHES FIRE as a Sapphic Classic along…

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June 2018

Melina Sempill Watts’ “Tree” and Buddhism: Joy and Evanescence

June 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Zen Center Los Angeles, 923 Normandie Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006 United States
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"The Buddha achieved enlightenment while meditating under a tree. To what extent did the tree's being contribute to the Buddha's shift of consciousness?" - Melina Sempill Watts Tree is the story of 229 years in the life of a California live oak from the perspective of ... the tree.  This work of fiction is imbued with Buddhist values and provides a unique perspective to explore compassion, grief and acceptance from the point of view of other living beings. The book explores…

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