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Hoax #6 Call for Submissions

Reposted from the Hoax blog. Rachel & Sari need contributors for this issue, so get to it!

the topic of hoax #6 will be feminisms & COMMUNICATION!!!

potential ideas for material include, but are not limited to:

  • how  we utilize the various creative mediums to express ourselves: ie  art/music/playwriting/dance/zines etc.
  • language: terminology / identifications / labels / who is allowed to use certain terms / reclamation
  • media: various types / their historical & cultural relevancy / effectiveness for social change / the decline of print media / online activism & social justice movements
  • visibility: how we choose to communicate our identities (verbally and non verbally) / how different communication styles “out” us / secrecy / how we talk & to whom / where do you draw the line in sharing certain information (online, at yr job etc.)
  • non-verbal communication: how we “read” and then judge others / body politics & gendered expressions (“passing” and “body work”)
  • consent: expressed vs. body language / legacy of shitty health class information / talking about queer and/or non-normative sex
  • silence: when not to speak / boundaries
  • relationships: communicating different with various friends, partners, family members, strangers etc.
  • emotion: how it gets intertwined with communication & makes it more or less effective / intensity & whether it will hinder someone’s account as being believable (“too angry” “hysterical”)
  • disagreements: how do and should we communicate our ideas to those who disagree with us? / “tone arguments” / should a person with a marginalized identity have to “play nice” when talking to somebody who has privilege over them? / “call outs” & accountability processes / expressing hate & anger
  • the self: self-care / where the self ends & community begins / expressing yr needs / creating & sustaining personal boundaries
  • accessibility: geographic accessibility / accessibility to language / pretension / the “academic industrial complex”
  • networking: action / teamwork / friendships
  • space: physical / emotional
  • legislation: policy / community organizing / the importance of local action

we also totally need lots of artwork (photos, collages, illustrations, drawings, paintings, comics, etc.)! particularly for background designs and things that compliment the written material.

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September is all about music: Screenings & Events

As we swiftly approach the most beloved of seasons — the fall — people are coming out in droves to share their work with the world. This week is all about music!

FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM: A Documentary about Women in Punk
TONIGHT, SEPTEMBER 14 @ SPECTACLE THEATER
WILLIAMSBURG (BROOKLYN)

Check out this new documentary playing at the Spectacle Theater (“a collective of film collectors, filmmakers, editors, performers and misfits”) tonight:

This documentary chronicles the past two decades of female involvement in the DIY punk community. We’ve interviewed tons of amazing women ages 17-40 from all over the United States!

You can RSVP on Facebook; showings at 7:00 and 9:30PM. $5.

YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION?
A Panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2PM @ ST. FRANCIS VOLPE LIBRARY
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS

Music is often the voice of a generation-a touchstone for issues both personal and political, and a way for its fans to understand themselves. Mark Yarm, (Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge), Marisa Meltzer (Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music) and Marcus Reeves (Somebody Scream: Rap Music’s Rise to Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power) – look at the impact of punk, hip hop, riot grrrl, and more on the lives of its fans. Moderated by Will Hermes (Love Goes To Buildings On Fire).

For more information on this panel, click here; for more information on the Brooklyn Book Festival, see their main site.

& THEN… LATER THAT NIGHT!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 7:30PM @ UNION DOCS
WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN

Verso Books has declared September “the month of White Riot and I am not one to disagree. Stephen Duncombe (Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture) and Maxwell Tremblay (The SLEEPiES) have edited this pioneering collection on punk and race. Verso and UnionDocs have teamed up to bring us this night of films and a discussion on the subject. You can listen to Stephen and Max on WFMU discussing the book, too.

From UnionDocs:

Sunday, September 18 at 7:30pm // at UnionDocs // 322 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY // $9 suggested donation.

Movie selections and critical discussion on punk rock and race, from the Clash to Los Crudos, skinheads to afropunks, with professor Stephen Duncombe and writer/musician Maxwell Tremblay. More after the jump.

The Big She-Bang turns 7

Today is the 7 year anniversary of the first-ever BIG SHE-BANG, organized by the Long Island Womyn’s Collective. For a history of the Big She-Bang, check out Beth Puma and Kate Wadkins’ “I Got a Proposition Goes Something Like This: A Brief History of the Big She-Bang.” To see how the festival has changed and grown through For the Birds, check out our archives.

BIG MOUTH: contemporary feminist voices in art + illustration

OPENING AUGUST 9 @ BROOKLYN FIREPROOF

a group show featuring
Suzy Exposito / Molly Fair / Kim Funk / Kathleen Hanna
J. Morrison / Adee Roberson / Gabby Schulz

Curated by Kate Wadkins + Lauren Denitzio, BIG MOUTH: contemporary voices in feminist art + illustration is a platform for unpopular visual opinions. Feminist movements have historically grown out of interventions within radical communities in the face of silence, anger, and often, violence. Still, these conflicts and contentions are fought with the utmost passion and humor in hopes for a radical resolution. BIG MOUTH illustrates the ever-evolving search for feminist/queer identities and communities. This group show places feminist narratives at the center of radical art-making, where often our voices are poorly represented or left out altogether. BIG MOUTH is a celebration of our pluralism, our goofiness, and a proclamation of defiant love.

@ Brooklyn Fireproof
119 Ingraham St (at Porter Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11237

with open hours throughout

OPENING TUESDAY  AUG 9 6p-9p
Opening party
& participatory feminist art workshop
Bring your favorite art supplies (some will be provided)
Limited materials so register here!

THURSDAY  AUG 11 12p-6p
Open hours: drop by and visit with curators Kate Wadkins + Lauren Denitzio

FRIDAY  AUG 12
12p-6p Open hours
7p Panel discussion with Suzy Exposito, Kim Funk & more
9p Closing DANCE PARTY!

BIG MOUTH is part of the Birds of Summer event series hosted by For the Birds.
A map of all events can be found here.

GIRL GANG GIG VOLUME #009

photo courtesy On the Dot Collective

In a last minute endeavor, For the Birds is joining up with New Brunswick, NJ’s On the Dot Collective to present GIRL GANG GIG VOLUME #009. GGGV is an extension of the International Girl Gang Underground zine and seeks to document and promote women and queer spaces within D.I.Y. music/art scenes. This is For the Birds’ first official out-of-state organizational effort, and our first collaboration with On the Dot.

THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011

6:30PM-10:30PM

CO-CURATED BY
FOR THE BIRDS COLLECTIVE &
ON THE DOT COLLECTIVE

— NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ BASEMENT SHOW —
— LOCATION TBA —

:::::::::: BIKINI KILL COVER SET
Featuring bad-ass members of Lost Weekend, 3Jane, Sparkle Shit
& maybe a guest appearance

:::::::: WHISTLIN’ DIXIE SCREENING
“Whistlin’ Dixie: Queer Sounds, New South”
A documentary film about queer music from the American South
by Meredith Heil
http://queersouth.com/

:::::: BARBECUE
Cuz it’s summer and we can!

:::: FOR MORE INFO
http://forthebirdscollecti​ve.org/
http://onthedotcollective.​blogspot.com/
http://girlganggigvolume.t​umblr.com/

:: MORE TBA!

» RSVP ON FACEBOOK «

ANNOUNCING: BIRDS OF SUMMER, a feminist event series

Since 2008, For the Birds has presented THE BIG SHE-BANG, a feminist conference and festival, every summer.  This year we decided to try something new and exciting.

FOR THE BIRDS is pleased to announce BIRDS OF SUMMER, a series of feminist events in August and September.

As always, check our website for updates. We’ll be posting info on our Facebook invite, too, where you can RSVP.

TUES. AUG 9 – FRI. AUG 12: BIG MOUTH
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contemporary feminist voices in art + illustration
@ Brooklyn Fireproof with open hours throughout

TUESDAY 6p-9p Opening party & participatory feminist art workshop
THURSDAY 12p-6p Open hours, meet the curators
FRIDAY 12p-6p Open hours // 7p Panel discussion with the artists // 9p CLOSING DANCE PARTY!
119 Ingraham St (at Porter Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11237

SAT. AUG. 20: PROTECT YOURSELF ‘CAUSE YOU’LL WRECK YOURSELF
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12pm-3pm @ Launchpad // A skill share on how to take care of ourselves while
we try to fix the world.  Topics to include yoga, massage, and more.
721 Franklin Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238

SAT. AUG 27 + SUN. AUG 28 THE WRITTEN BIRD
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Two day event featuring women writers and organizers giving workshops and
readings. Also included will be tables of literature by local writers and a bookswap!
Workshops Sat. Aug. 27 @ WORD Brooklyn.
126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Readings Sun. Aug 28 @ Bluestockings NYC
172 Allen Street, NY 10002
SAT. SEPT. 3: “THE WORST” COMPILATION ZINE BENEFIT SHOW
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8pm @ Death by Audio // “Who’d Ya Lose and How Ya Dealin’?” A benefit show to raise money for The Worst Compilation Zine on grief and loss, featuring: music from Bridge and Tunnel, Worriers, and Very Okay, Readings by Cynthia Schemmer, Tommy Pico, and more, Puppetry by Geppetta Puppet Theater, and Tabling by For the Birds and Birdsong Collective. $6-10 sliding scale, all ages, no BYOB.
RSVP // 49 S. 2nd St., Brooklyn, NY, 11222

FOR THE BIRDS COMPILATION
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For the Birds will be curating our annual music compilation featuring women-fronted and feminist-positive bands from all over the country. RVIVR, Small Bones, CAT VET, Big Eyes and No Statik are just a few bands that will be on this year’s comp, titled “FLOCK ROCK.” Past years have included Grass Widow, Fleabag, Slingshot Dakota, P.S. Eliot, Brilliant Colors, Cheeky, Arctic Flowers, Nuclear Family, and Carnal Knowledge. Our compilations are exclusively available at every event and our online store!

Northside Open Studios: “Presents” and Booklyn’s Zine + Print Fair

After an eventful Bushwick Open Studios the other week, today commences Northside Open Studios, a festival of art shows, artists’ open studios, and events in North Brooklyn.

Image courtesy of Hyperallergic.

I’ve been working with Hrag Vartanian to co-curate Presents: Three Months of Mail Art for Hyperallergic HQ, a show of over 100 artists and widely varying mediums, that will debut tomorrow, Friday June 17, at Hyperallergic HQ. I am thrilled about the opening as I’ve been writing for Hyperallergic on the subject and living/working among these entries for a month now. L Magazine named the show a “must-see event” during Northside Open Studios. For more information, check out Hyperallergic.

Aimee Lusty, newly-named curator at Booklyn will be hosting a zine and print fair on the street below Booklyn’s own space in Greenpoint. Aimee is one of my favorite local art-makers and creative idea-havers so I am excited to see what she comes up with for Booklyn. She recently debuted MASTER OF REALITY, a group show featuring Milano Chow, Cynthia Daignault, Gary Kachadourian and STO, which will also have open hours during the zine and print fair. BRAIN WAVES, Storefront’s zine and print collection (as well as my curatorial baby) will be tabling during the fair, along with For the Birds’ own Lauren Denitzio. More information is available at Booklyn.

We hope to see you out this weekend!

HOAX #5: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Hoax zine has extended their call for submissions for issue number five, BUT THIS IS THE LAST CALL!  I’m excited about this issue because it’s about a favorite topic of mine, feminist community.

the topic of #5 will be FEMINISM & COMMUNITY

potential ideas for material include, but are not limited to:

elitism (identity politics & border policing & hierarchies within communities)
cliques & exclusivities
success & personal stories
the environment (food politics & urban gardening & eco-feminism & women in farming/farm lands)
accessibility (language & locations (urban vs rural) & academia & pretention & childcare)
work/ production (economics & capitalism)
social movements (then vs now – legacy of the 60s)
assimilation vs liberation (when, if, and how to assimilate)
the self (self-care & where the self ends and community begins)
what makes a community (how does one feel included? & how do we include others & what it means to find a “home” (limits of family))
networking (action & teamwork & friendship)
“diversity” (do we need varieties of people in a community? & tolerance vs acceptance (cultural relativity))
space (physical/ emotional)
legislation (policy & community organizing)
love (hate & anger)
we also totally need lots of artwork (photos, collages, illustrations, drawings, paintings, comics, etc.)! particularly for background designs and things that compliment the written material.

For more info click here.

Goodbye MySpace, Hello Newsletter

After three years of social networking with MySpace, For the Birds has called it quits — no big loss, we were crumbling under the weight of spam and ads.  Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook instead!

This month, we re-launched our newsletter, which is now distributed on a monthly basis, and includes For the Birds events, member updates, an ‘Upcoming Events’ section of fun feminist happenings in New York, and even a curated list of ‘Staff Picks’ (this month’s included Kathleen Hanna’s speech at the Planned Parenthood rally and online women’s history publication RE/VISIONIST‘s one year anniversary issue).

If you’d like to sign up for the newsletter, e-mail us at forthebirdscollective@gmail.com!

twelveohtwo distro on These Things That People Make radio

Big thanks to our friend Amy Leigh of the twelveohtwo zine distro for talking about For the Birds and our efforts on These Things That People Make radio show. Leigh discusses the need for DIY information sharing, community building, and especially, this work in a feminist context.

Twelveohtwo, which has been around for seven years, operates similarly to For the Birds distro, in that Leigh focuses on tabling and does not do mailorder. Leigh says this choice was motivated by the community-building act of physically bringing zines to a space, sharing, and connecting with people; as well as in her own interest not to burn out.

Leigh mentions other really exciting things that occurred from the ’90s onward, girl zine projects, networks, and even zine-making parties. These Things That People Make, a Canadian interview-based radio program, also seems really great judging by its past and upcoming shows. Check it out here! And follow twelveohtwo on Facebook and Twitter.