Author Reading

Sappho’s Salon Three-Year Anniversary Bash

Sappho’s Salon Three-Year Anniversary Bash
Featuring Tret Fure, and guest host Kat Fitzgerald
$10 includes refreshments

Our popular salon night for lesbians and their friends is turning three, and we’re
celebrating with a performance by legendary lesbian musician, Tret Fure! Since the
release of her first album in 1973, Tret Fure has worked with such artists as the J. Geils
Band, Yes, and Bonnie Raitt. Leaving the mainstream music industry behind in the early
80s, she became a major player in the women’s music scene, recording and producing
some of the benchmark releases of the genre. Throughout the 90s, she recorded three
albums with women’s music pioneer Cris Williamson. Most recently, Tret Fure is
celebrating her 12th recording, “The Horizon” which has been released to rave reviews.
Tonight’s salon will be hosted by the incomparable photographer, musician, tarot reader,
and hostess-with-the-most, Kat Fitzgerald. Join us for champagne and cake at what is
sure to be an unforgettable night of music and conviviality. Proceeds benefit the artists
and the Women’s Voices Fund.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Dani Meier

Real Dads: Men Embracing Nonviolence booksigning

A perfect gift for Father’s Day, this moving collection of photographs and essays
captures loving fathers at their best, men who have stepped up or stepped in at critical
moments in their children’s lives: an adult man writes gratefully about the love his stay-
at-home father gave him as a child, a gay man writes about his dad’s surprising reaction
to his coming-out, a father writes about helping his daughter heal and move on after a
sexual assault. Real Dads offers a reminder that every day, fathers can make the world a
better place, one child at a time. Photographer and editor Meier will be on hand this
afternoon to personally inscribe copies of this lovely book for the deserving dads in your
life.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Lori Waxman, co-editor; Maud Lavin, contributor

Girls! Girls! Girls! In Contemporary Art


Since the 1990s, a bourgeoning field of female artists have produced challenging,
critically debated, and avidly collected artworks depicting female adolescence. Girls!
Girls! Girls! presents essays from established and up-and-coming scholars who examine
the impact of this collective outpouring, through themes such as nostalgia, narcissism,
post-feminism, and fantasy. Tonight, join co-editor Lori Waxman, and contributor, Maud
Lavin – both professors at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago – for a discussion
of this groundbreaking scholarship.

Event date: 
Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Dawn Mueller

A Single Year

In her debut memoir, Chicago writer Dawn Mueller charts her course as she departs from society’s expectations of lesbians, AA, and religion, and embarks on a quest of sexual fulfillment (without the aid of alcohol). Her sober perspective bares all as we follow her sometimes heartbreaking, often awkward struggles (and occasional triumphs), as an outsider among outsiders. Set in the north side of Chicago, and written with just the right amount of humor and humility, Mueller writes about sex, relationships, and sobriety in a style best described as Augusten Burroughs meets Bridget Jones.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka


In Uganda, where HIV/AIDS has affected almost a third of the adult population,
almost two million children have been orphaned by the epidemic. A School for My
Village is the story of the building of an extraordinary school for these orphans and the
astonishing efforts of one man to raise an African community out of poverty and
hopelessness. Weaving together tales from his youth with the enormously inspiring
account of the remarkable challenges and triumphs of the school, Jackson shows how
someone with a modest idea is capable of achieving monumental results.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Danielle Sosin

The Long-Shining Waters


In 1622, Grey Rabbit, An Ojibwe woman, struggles to understand a dream-life
that has taken a fearful dimension. In 1902, Berit, a Nowegian immigrant, is tested to the
limits of her endurance and spirit. In 2000, Nora, a seasoned bar-owner, abruptly loses

her livelihood. Separated by centuries and circumstances, these three women connect
across time by the place they inhabit and the frigid, bountiful, lethal and wildly beautiful
waters of Lake Superior. Haunting, rich in historical detail, and universal in its
exploration of the human desire for meaning, The Long-Shining Waters is an
unforgettable and singular debut.

“The intimate portrait of three women bound by their times and coming unbound in the
great tidal pull of history is deeply affecting, wise, and true.”

Event date: 
Monday, June 13, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Lynn Peril

Swimming in the Steno Pool: A Retro Guide to Making It in the Office


“Let her be lovely to look at, charming to talk to, spirited and gay,” began an ad
for a secretarial assistant published in the Chicago Tribune in 1943. Another ad from a
1951 issue of The New York Times barely mentions any required skills, just, “MUST BE
EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE.” During a time when the success of TV’s Mad Men
romanticizes and critiques the gender-defined executive environments of the 1960s, Lynn
Peril’s new book pokes fun at the outlandish history of sexism and income disparity in
secretarial jobs from the 1940s to the present. As much as Swimming in the Steno Pool is
a fascinating, fun, and profound reminder of how much the workplace has changed, it’s
also a cautionary tale of how much farther we have to go.

Event date: 
Friday, June 10, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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John D’Emilio, co-editor

My Desire for History: Essays in Gay, Community, and Labor History


This collection of essays pays tribute to the pioneering gay historian Allan Bérubé
(1946-2007). Best known for his groundbreaking book, Coming Out Under Fire: The
History of Gay Men and Women in World War II, Bérubé wrote extensively on the
history of sexual politics and the relationship between sexuality, class, and race. John
D’Emilio, professor of History and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of
Illinois at Chicago, and Estelle Freedman of Stanford University, have selected 16 of
Bérubé’s most important essays, providing a retrospective on his life and work, while
documenting the emergence of a grassroots lesbian and gay history movement.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Rachel Lloyd

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her
Calling and Heals Herself


At thirteen, Rachel Lloyd found herself spiraling into a life of abuse as a victim of
commercial sexual exploitation. Lloyd was eventually able to escape, but as founder of
GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services), a groundbreaking program for girls
ages 12-21 who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking, Lloyd knows that

her success story is an exception. By daring to share her story and those of many girls
like her, she opens our eyes to the shocking realities of commercial exploitation of girls
in America, reminding us that human trafficking is not only a Third World problem.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Leslie Jamison & Kiki Petrosino

Leslie Jamison
The Gin Closet
Kiki Petrosino
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.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Sappho’s Salon

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.

Event date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Renny Golden

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 unheardwomen, indigenous peoples, and more. What marvelous poetry, what powerful stories!”

Demetria Martinez, author of Mother Tongue

Event date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Stephanie Davies, The Urban Worm Girl

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!

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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Reading by Students from Peirce School’s 7th Grade

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. 

Event date: 
Monday, May 16, 2011 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
60640-2122 Chicago
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