FOR THE BIRDS DISPATCH: MARCH/APRIL


Here are our picks for upcoming events, announcements, noteworthy news items and more for March and April. If you’re not on our mailing list yet, hit us up at forthebirdscollective@gmail.com to sign up!

UPCOMING EVENTS

MARCH 10 THROUGH SATURDAY, APRIL 7
WOMEN CENTER STAGE
@ The Living Theatre // Launched before the formal incorporation of Culture Project, Women Center Stage is our longest-running programmatic initiative. From the first collection of works presented under the festival mantle in 1996, Women Center Stage has grown into a multi-pronged initiative, an echo chamber for women artists to build community and share their stories, and a launch pad for provocative and relevant new work. The cornerstone of WCS is the annual Women Center Stage Festival, a dynamic and diverse laboratory for works in progress from women artists at all levels of their careers. Presented every March for Women’s History Month, the month-long Festival provides a much-needed setting for exploring new ideas and inspiration, testing out early stages of new work, and putting women artists in dialogue with their peers, new audiences, and critical review. More info HERE.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28
PERFECTING YOUR PITCH: A WORKSHOP WITH WAM! & SADIE MAGAZINE
@ WORD Bookstore // As part of the WAM-It-Yourself conference, a decentralized version of the annual Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) conference, Sadie Magazine is running a workshop on how to perfect your pitch. The workshop will offer guidance about finding that ah-ha moment, translating your brilliant idea into an effective pitch, and finally, getting noticed by editors of your favorite publications. For more information about this and other WAM! It Yourself events click HERE.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31
TRANSNATIONAL FEMINISM AND WOMEN ARTISTS IN DIASPORA
@ The Brooklyn Museum of Art // As a celebration of women in the arts, and National Women’s History month, A.I.R. Gallery, the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers University, and The Feminist Art Project are co-sponsoring a two-panel series exploring New York’s international feminist diaspora community: Transnationalism and Women Artists in Diaspora. Artists Kira Greene and Chitra Ganesh; Curator, educator, writer and cultural producer Yulia Tikhonova; Women’s and Gender Studies Professor at Rutgers University Abena P.A. Busia; and Research Associate at the Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos Yasmin Ramirez, Ph. D. / Moderators: Julie Lohnes, Director, A.I.R. Gallery; and Ferris Olin, Co-director, Institute for Women & Art at Rutgers. / Commentator: Kat Griefen, Co-Director and Co-Owner of Accola Griefen Gallery in New York City. More info HERE.

WAM! IT YOURSELF CONFERENCE FOR FEMINIST MEDIA MAKERS
Are you feminist journalist or media activist? Love feminist media? Want to learn more tools, strategies and ideas to do your work better, and meet other print, online, multimedia journalists and activists doing awesome work? Follow this event live via Twitter at #wamnyc! More info HERE.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4
PERMANENT WAVE BENEFIT FOR WILLIE MAE ROCK CAMP FOR GIRLS
@ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge // a show with PSXO, Mitten, Magnetic Island, and Desert Sharks. All proceeds from the door go to Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. More info HERE.

THURSDAY, APRIL 5
ART PRACTICE, ACTIVISM, AND PEDAGOGY: SOME FEMINIST VIEWS
@ Parson’s the New School For Design // The conference will consider feminist art as a zone of multi-disciplinary art production associated with a radical critique of gendered power relations in society. Participants will discuss what it means to be a feminist artist today within a extended range of diverse political engagement. Speakers include Susan Bee, A. K. Burns, Audrey Chan, Maureen Connor, Caitlin Rueter & Suzanne Stroebe and Ulrike Müller. The conference concludes the first MFA Advanced Practice course in Feminist Art taught by Mira Schor. More info HERE.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13
ESSENTIAL HUES
@ Wayfarers Studio // A collaborative group show featuring Adee Roberson, Anna Luisa, Caitlin Sweet, Caroline Paquita and Sam Lopes. We live in a world surrounded by color. We lead colorful lives. We make colorful work. As artists who identify as queers, feminists, people of color, spell-casters and radicals, our work is saturated with the chroma of the vibrant lives and communities we have created and shared over the past decade and across geographic divides. Our histories are entwined, and color embodies the bright hues of the threads of collectivity, sexuality, gender, family, history and magic that bind us together. More info HERE.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15
BROOKLYN ZINE FEST
@ Public Assembly // We are excited to be tabling at this year’s Brooklyn Zine Fest. Check out BZF’s “Meet Your Zine Maker” with Lauren Denitzio & For the Birds! The greatest borough in the greatest city in the world (we’re being humble here) deserves a great zine fest. The Brooklyn Zine Fest 2012 is a space for creative, independent, talented voices from New York City and beyond to connect with an engaged audience. Our exhibitors create all kinds of zines to showcase their writing, illustration, photography, interviews, cooking, and any & everything else they’d like to share with the world. More info HERE.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THROUGH THURSDAY, MARCH 29
DEADLINE FOR FEAST #13: CULTURAL LABOR PROJECT APPLICATIONS
For our next FEAST, we welcome your explorations and interventions concerning the position of Cultural Labor in our communities. In a changing and often immaterial landscape, how do we continue to reshape, revalue, and reclaim our production and labor? For those of us whose labor is explicitly artistic, cultural, or communal, how do we effectively incorporate the material histories of May Day into our present practices? FEAST Brooklyn welcomes project proposals that address the idea of Cultural Labor whether literally or figuratively. More info HERE.

THROUGH WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
APPLY FOR GIRLS TO THE FRONT COVER SHOW #2
@ TBA, New Brunswick, NJ // GIRL GANG GIG VOL. New Brunswick & ON THE DOT FEMINIST COLLECTIVE will be hosting the 2nd annual GIRLS TO THE FRONT cover show on MAY 19, 2012! The goal of this event is to build a more inclusive community while showcasing women/queer/trans-identified musicians. This year the show will benefit C.L.I.T FEST NB. THE POINT: We are looking for bands/people who are interested in participating this year! More info HERE.

THROUGH MONDAY, APRIL 30
DEADLINE TO ENTER THE 10TH A.I.R. GALLERY BIENNIAL
A Juried Exhibition Open to All Women Artists: All women artists, including self-identified women, may submit original work of art. Painting in any medium, photography, prints, drawing, works on paper, new media, sculpture, mixed media, traditional or non-traditional materials are welcome. **Please note that installations will only be accepted if they have been completed. NO PROPOSALS for installation will be accepted.** More info HERE.

STAFF PICKS
THIS MONTH’S NEWSWORTHY ITEMS

FROM WORDSWITHOUTBORDERS.ORG
For the Birds organizer Rosamund Hunter’s book review: “Margherita’s inner struggle with the Reich is sometimes startling, as when, for instance, she shuttles between her admiration of Adolf Hitler and Martin Luther, two men who have trod down opposite paths in historical memory. Margherita has internalized wartime propaganda, and she tries not to question Nazism since challenging it is to wish harm on her husband and homeland. Still, inevitably, there are moments of doubt.” Read more HERE.

FROM NYDAILYNEWS.COM
For the Birds organizer Kate Wadkins on the word “slut”: More than 500 years before Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut,” Geoffrey Chaucer used a form of the word to describe an “untidy man” in “The Canterbury Tales.” “Why is thy lord so sluttish, I thee pray, And is of power better clothes to bey,” he wrote in the 14th century poem. But in the ensuing centuries, the would come to take on different meanings – and much more provocative ones, as Limbaugh’s crude use of the word reminds.” Read more HERE.

FROM THEATLANTIC.COM
“The president is wary of being seen as the “angry black man.” People of color, women, and gays — who now have greater access to the centers of influence that ever before — are under pressure to be well-behaved when talking about their struggles.” Read more HERE.

FROM LA.STREETSBLOG.ORG
“Two months ago, when 22-year-old Bree’Anna Guzman was murdered in Lincoln Heights, the all-women bike group Ovarian-Pscyos Bicycle Brigade scrapped their previously planned ride to ride instead through the neighborhood to protest the killing. “Whose Streets,” one woman called out. “Our Streets” the more than 30 women riding answered.” Read more HERE.

FROM BIKESAFEBOSTON.COM
“It’s here! It’s NYC Bike Accident Report Card is HERE. It was generously, graciously and all-around awesomely printed by Article, an NYC-based art collective who — in addition to being bold advocates of safer cycling in NYC — have their inky fingers in a ton of creative projects.” Read more HERE.

FROM NEWSONE.COM
“I grow weary of actions without consequences and disrespect without anyone being held responsible. Just because a movement did some good doesn’t mean that it’s infallible. Occupy chapters have serious issues and there have been serious discussions about its relations with women and people of color.” Read more HERE.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
FTB organizer Rosamund has been writing about radical women in history over at our blog for women’s history month. Meet Lucy Gonzales Parsons, Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and Ernestine Rose if you haven’t yet!