THE BIG SHE-BANG IV: Confirmed Details!

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Hello all!

Us birds over here at FTB HQ have been non-stop planning for The Big She-Bang IV. We have a NEW COMP to be released at the event, and some newer surprises up our sleeves! We’re even presenting our original workshop, Queer Eye for the DIY. Here’s the press release!

THE BIG SHE BANG IV!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 2009 @ JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY

The Big She-Bang IV
A Celebration by Women, for Women

CONTACT:

thebigshebang@gmail.com
FORTHEBIRDSCOLLECTIVE.ORG
myspace.com/forthebirdsnyc

The Big She-Bang, organized by For The Birds Collective, is being held on Saturday, August 15th at Judson Memorial Church, located at 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY from 10 AM to midnight.
The Big She-Bang is an all-day event of workshops, panel discussions, visual art, and music by and for women and women-identified artists & community members. The Big She-Bang strives to cultivate a space for women to share creative endeavors, exchange ideas, and provide support in a safe and open-minded environment. It is a multimedia event that serves as a platform for women artists and activists. This year’s She-Bang festival will include workshops and panel discussions, live musical performances, an all-day art show and tabling by various feminist organizations from New York. The event is always all ages, and everyone is welcome. Childcare will be provided.

THIS YEAR, our theme is – A How-To Guide for D.I.Y. Feminism!

Throughout the day, there will be an art show exhibiting different mediums of work created by various women in New York City:

Demostina
Heather Kelly
Neilie Meyer
Caroline Paquita
Anna Sgherzi
Kristine Virsis

Workshops and panel discussions will also be happening throughout the day, covering topics such as:

Feminist Urban Mobility
presented by Right Rides, Safe Walk, & Holla Back NYC

Women and Resistance in Prison
presented by Victoria Law

Queer Eye for the DIY
presented by For the Birds Collective, featuring Karen Soskin of Strength In Numbers

Sexual Assault and Accountability workshop
presented by Support New York

The event will end with performances by:

FULL OF FANCY
ZOMBIE DOGS
LITTLE LUNGS
INA INA
KATE FERENCZ
INERTIA

We are asking for a $6 to $10 sliding scale donation, although no will be turned away. A tape and CD compilation of the bands performing, as well as many more, will be available for purchase.

The Big She-Bang was previously a celebration thrown by the Long Island Womyn’s Collective. Information on The Big She-Bang 1 & 2 can be found here: http://myspace.com/liwomynscollective. All information on The Big She-Bang 3 & 4 can be found here: http://myspace.com/thebig_shebang

DIRECTIONS

Judson Memorial Church is on the south side of Washington Square Park between Thompson and Sullivan Streets.

SUBWAY:
We are accessible by subway from the 8th Street/NYU R and W stop, the West 4th Street A, C, E, F and V stop or the Christopher Street/Sheridan Square 1 and 2 stop.

BUSES:
NYC Transit bus # 5, Southbound, stops at 8th Street at Fifth Avenue. Bus #? (Northbound, stops on 6th Avenue at W. 4th St. Check MTA bus maps for other possibilities.

AUTOMOBILE (FROM THE WEST):
If you’d like to drive to Judson, from the West Side Highway exit at 14th Street. Drive east on 14th to 7th Avenue, turn right on Seventh Avenue and go south to West 4th Street. Turn left onto West 4th Street and go about 6 short blocks. Judson is on the Corner of West 4th Street (aka, Washington Square South) and Thompson Street. On Sunday mornings parking can usually be found along West 4th or on Thompson Street.

AUTOMOBILE (FROM THE EAST):
Those coming down FDR drive should exit at Houston Street, drive west and turn right onto 6th Avenue. Drive north to West 4th and make a right. Drive 2 1/2 blocks and we are on your right, across from Washington Square Park, at the corner of Thompson Street and West 4th Street (aka Washington Square South).

THE BIG SHE BANG IV

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THE BIG SHE-BANG IV
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 2009 @ JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY

10AM – MIDNIGHT

In case you haven’t heard about it, The Big She Bang is an all-day event of workshops, panel discussions, visual art, and music by and for women and women-identified artists & community members. The Big She-Bang strives to cultivate a space for women to share creative endeavors, exchange ideas, and provide support in a safe and open-minded environment. It is a multimedia event that serves as a platform for women artists and activists. A typical She-Bang festival will include workshops and panel discussions on relevant community issues, live musical performances, an all-day art show and DIY flea market / craft fair. The event is always all ages, and everyone is welcome.

THIS YEAR, our theme is – A How-To Guide for D.I.Y. Feminism!
As a fairly new group, we have engaged in networking with other DIY feminist groups – as well as feminist authors, artists, and bands/musicians in this past year. We will be celebrating the DIY roots of other groups and artists in our New York feminist community, as well as offering workshops and panel discussions on the resources and tools that we have found helpful while forming our own collective. We will explore questions about how to better solidify this network, as well as how to acknowledge our differences while working together. Continuing to explore the themes we addressed in our workshop, Queer Eye for the DIY (more on that later), we will identify feminist groups past and present that have successfully “queered the queered,” and established safe spaces for feminist activists and artists – all while maintaining a more inclusive feminism. We want you to leave with the tools you need to start your own collective, we aim to provide you with the things feminists need in order to be empowered in their work, like self-defense, community, sexual assault & mental health resources. All this among simply showcasing the creative feminist community in New York.

SO PLEASE, if you are a woman-identified artist/music-maker (including full bands!)/writer/craftster/or feminist group, please apply to participate in THE BIG SHE-BANG! Similarly, if you’re interested in volunteering, let us know! E-mail contact is preferred.

We can be reached at: thebigshebang@gmail.com.

More information on the event can be found here: http://myspace.com/thebig_shebang – PLEASE use the Big She-Bang e-mail address for Big She-Bang inquiries only. Thanks!