A Tiger in the Kitchen
The Gin Closet
Fort Red Border
Tonight’s program brings together two remarkably talented emerging literary
voices. Leslie Jamison, graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, is
currently a Ph.D. candidate in American Literature at Yale. Her gorgeous first novel, The
Gin Closet, reveals the lives of two troubled women united by loneliness. It was
nominated for the Los Angeles Times book prize and named one of the best books of
2010 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Booklist called it, “An exquisite blues of a novel.”
Poet Kiki Petrosino holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the Iowa
Writers Workshop. Her poems have appeared in FENCE, The New York Times, The Iowa
Review, The Harvard Review, and elsewhere. She is currently a professor at the
University of Louisville.
Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions
Presents a Night of Lesbian Laughs, featuring the comedy of Janet Kane, Meg O’Rourke Nana Rodriguez, Sissy Van Dyke, and Tamale
$7–$10 sliding cover charge includes food and wine
Tonight’s installment of our popular monthly salon for lesbians and their friends features five local lesbian comics that are sure to keep you in stitches. Janet Kane has performed in venues throughout the country. Her work riffs everyday life, family, friends, and the boring workplace. She delivers her material as though every day were “casual Friday.” Meg O’ Rourke is a graduate of both the Second City Conservatory and Improv Olympics training schools. Recently, she performed stand up at Zanie’s Rising Star Showcase and Female Funnies showcase. Nana Rodriguez says, “People of my life have told me how funny I was, and I just noticed that I could make people laugh. It just seemed like comedy was following me.” She has performed at the Micky O’s Local Locos comedy show and Laugh Tracks at Sidetracks, among other venues, and she participate in the weekly Bibliotoca Popular open mic nights. Sissy Van Dyke has performed her comedy at Sappho’s Salon, Cake Chicago, and POW-WOW. The author of the book The Adventures of Sissy Van Dyke, she writes a weekly blog of the same name. Tamale is a comedian and disciplinary performer who travels far and wide, looking for fancy decorations for her hair. Recently this pursuit brought her as far west as San Francisco, where she competed for the title of International Ms. Leather. Rounding out tonight’s show, DJ SpinNikki will play us in and out of sets. Door proceeds benefit the performers and the Women’s Voices Fund.
Blood Desert: Witnesses 1820–1880
In narrative poems that take us back to New Mexico in the nineteenth century, Renny Golden (Hour of the Furnaces) resurrects the spirits of native people and of those who came west. To read these poems is to hear the voices of Padre Martinez and Bishop Lamy, Geronimo and General Crook, Billy the Kid and Sister Blandina.
“Blood Desert is history that turns into song, and readers are drawn into a chorus of voices that have gone unheard—women, indigenous peoples, and more. What marvelous poetry, what powerful stories!”
—Demetria Martinez, author of Mother Tongue
Composting Inside & Out
Whether you create a compost heap, bury your scraps, ferment them, tumble them, or feed them to the worms, you too can be successful with composting. Use the fruit of your labor on your houseplants, lawn, flowerbeds, or garden. Reclaim your waste and your energy to good use. If you’ve always been interested in composting but thought it was incongruent with city life, this program is for you!
All year, Peirce School's entire 7th Grade has been exploring its writing skills in a weekly program with Free Street Theatre. Tonight students will share some of their writing with you! Come support these students as they read from the work they've developed using Free Street's concepts of flow and creativity.
Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable World
Many of us hope for a promising and more equitable future, but despite well-intentioned efforts, progressive political organizers often fall short when it comes to creating groups in which people from all backgrounds feel comfortable speaking up. And while progressives are good at articulating what they are against, they often struggle to be specific about what they are for and then uniting behind a positive and energizing vision. In her new book Linda Stout, founder and executive director of Spirit in Action, develops a complete guide for leaders creating inclusive movements that start from a place of hope to create a better, more just tomorrow.
Big Girl Small
(Rescheduled from April)
In her hilarious and heartbreaking third book, Rachel DeWoskin (Foreign Babes in Beijing) introduces bright and sardonic 16-year old Judy Lohden. When we first meet Judy, she is hiding out in a seedy motel on the edge of Ann Arbor, trying to outlast a media frenzy. From here, she recounts the circumstances that led her, three-foot-nine-inch teen, to these circumstances, which include falling victim to “the worst Stephen King Carrie prank in the history of dating.” In a starred review, Publishers Weekly raved, “It’s a rare author who is willing to subject her protagonist to the extreme ranges of degradation and redemption to which DeWoskin subjects Judy; thankfully, she manages it beautifully.
Bare Boned Theater Company
Staged Reading: The Whiptail Lizard Lesbian
$10 suggested donation
James D. Clayton’s play, The Whiptail Lizard Lesbian, delves into the world of childbirth through the eyes of two young lesbians, exploring what makes a family, a mother, a woman. This staged reading is part of Bare Boned Theater’s Outside/In festival. A short discussion will follow.
Solace in So Many Words
What does solace mean? According to writer and editor EllenWade Beals, solace is a mixture of love, hope, comfort, truth, and so much more. In this new anthology 52 writers, familiar and new, present a satisfying assortment of writing on loss, love, hope, and most of all, solace. Join Beals and contributors Susan Spaeth Cherry, Kathleen Kirk, Barry Silesky, D. J. Lachance, Lisa Liken, and Joan Corwin for a reading and discussion of this intriguing new collection.
“This collection of many different kinds of writing, all of it excellent, consistently avoids the easy and obvious answer. Each entry feels fresh, as it offers yet another angle on finding a way to remain intact through life’s complexity.”
—Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul
Good Enough is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood
Today’s women are achieving greater personal success than ever before and choosing to have families on their own terms and timelines. It would seem that this unprecedented ability to merge family and career goals would mean that women are happier than ever, but study after study has demonstrated that women’s happiness levels have been decreasing. Why is this, and what can be done about it? Based on exclusive data, more than 100 in-depth interviews, and the latest research, Good Enough is the New Perfect builds on the growing “anti-perfectionist parenting” movement. Told through the inspiring stories of real moms, it blends expert advice and solid research to offer a new roadmap for the balancing act of motherhood.
Misogyny: the World's Oldest Prejudice
Hudson, the wife of the deceased author of Misogyny, renowned Irish journalist and author Jack Holland, will be here to talk about her husband’s book. Holland set out to answer a daunting question: how do you explain the oppression and brutalization of half the world's population by the other half, throughout history? The result is an eye-opening journey through centuries, continents and civilizations as it looks at both historical and contemporary attitudes toward women. Misogyny encompasses the Church, witch hunts, sexual theory, Nazism, pro-life campaigners, and finally, today's developing world, where women are increasingly and disproportionately at risk because of radicalized religious beliefs, famine, war, and disease. Mary will be joined by the translator of the book, from English into Persian, Monireh Mohammadi. This event is arranged and co-sponsored by Pasfarda Arts & Culural Exchange, a non-profit organization committed to the promotion and global exchange of arts and culture. For more information, please visit Pasfarda Arts & Cultural Exchange: http://www.pasfarda.org/EventDetails.aspx?id=16"
Heads You Lose
In 2009, New York Times-bestselling author Lisa Lutz (The Spellman Files)
invited her ex-boyfriend, David Hayward, to collaborate with her on a mystery novel:
Lutz would write the odd-numbered chapters, Hayward the even, and neither could
undue any plot developments the other had established. Building on this unorthodox
writing partnership, Heads You Lose is presented with the authors’ notes to each other
intact, making Lutz and Hayward as much a part of the mystery as their characters. The
result is one of the most hilariously unique reading experiences to hit the bookshelves in
Sappho’s Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions
Featuring Sharon Bridgforth and Shanta Nurullah
$7–$10 sliding admission includes food and wine
For the latest monthly installment of our popular salon night for lesbians and their
friends, we are delighted to present two amazing lesbian storytellers. Celebrated writer
and performer Sharon Bridgforth is the author of the Lambda Literary Award–winning
the bull-jean stories and love conjure blues and co-editor of Experiments in a Jazz
Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project. A resident playwright at New
Dramatists since 2009, she has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships,
including support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Shanta Nurullah is a
storyteller and musician who combines original and folkloric material with instruments
such as sitar and mbira. A recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship, Shanta
has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, the
National Women’s Music Festival, and numerous cultural and educational institutions.
We’re also proud to claim her as a sister staffer here at Women & Children First!
Sappho’s house DJ SpinNikki will play us in and out of sets. Door proceeds benefit the
artists and the Women’s Voices Fund.
Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir
One of the nation’s foremost sex educators, activists, and writers, and founding
editor of the groundbreaking lesbian erotic magazine On Our Backs, Susie Bright is an
outspoken advocate of sexual equality and freedom. In her intimate new memoir, Bright
recounts the adventure, sacrifice, danger, and controversy of her unexpected and
“Susie Bright is a one-woman counterculture, a teenaged socialist revolutionary turned
Reagan-era sexual freedom fighter. In this bittersweet memoir, she recounts a life full of
political and erotic adventures and betrayals, a life at once deeply subversive and totally
American . . .” —Tom Perrotta
“Susie Bright’s real life is just as compelling—more compelling—than her sex life. And
that’s saying something.” —Dan Savage