Un(dis)sing Our Abilities in Seattle Dec. 13

still from "Going Here" by Courtney Trouble

still from “Going Here” by Courtney Trouble

Periwinkle Cinema presents
Un(dis)sing Our Abilities
the Pacific Northwest premiere
18+
Saturday, Dec 13 at 7:00PM

Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122

This screening includes captions for HoH/Deaf, and includes one movie that is audio described. Please refrain from wearing scents. The brief intro and Q & A will be ASL interpreted. Please arrive early if you BYOC. no one will be turned away for lack of funds – please reserve you NOTAFLOF seat in advance. please inquire if you have any access requests/needs to Lisa Ganser (Accessibility Coordinator for Periwinkle Cinema).

Featuring a Q&A with the curators and participating artists and filmmakers including Lisa Ganser, Nomy Lamm, Lorin Murphy and Seattle’s Tobi Hill-Meyer.

Un(dis)sing Our Abilities is an experimental sexplicit short movie showcase and is 18+.

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Presented by Periwinkle Cinema, this program explores sensuality, intimacy, safety and consent through the lens of the less-represented. Curated by Lisa Ganser and Lorin Murphy, this screening implores the erotic pleasure and sexual abilities of those of us dissed, dismissed, (mis)labeled, disabled and generally passed over in mainstream queer crowds.

Redefine sexy through sex and sensuality that is healing, empowering and arousing. You’ll get turned on by fat, word associate crip and porn, challenge and subvert your notions of gender, sexuality and self, while exposing what it means to “work with what we got (or not).” Experience images of (ourselves) sexually empowered within our own very different and always changing bodies. We tell our stories on film and come together to experience each other’s in the dark, then see each other in a new way when the lights come up.

 

Posted: December 8th, 2014 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

STARS OUT, GUNS DRAWN: The Wrongful Death of Asa Sullivan

Get to know Asa Sullivan, shot by San Francisco police officers Michelle Alvis and John Keesor on 6/6/06.  Lisa and I had the opportunity to sit in on the wrongful death trial in Oakland in September, and were asked to write an article about it for the Bay View, with an intro by Mesha Irizarry.

 

During the trial over the wrongful death by San Francisco police of Asa Sullivan, Lisa Ganser and Nomy Lamm, friends of Asa’s mother, Kat Espinosa, made drawings of the proceedings. – Art: Lisa Ganser

During the trial over the wrongful death by San Francisco police of Asa Sullivan, Lisa Ganser and Nomy Lamm, friends of Asa’s mother, Kat Espinosa, made drawings of the proceedings. – Art: Lisa Ganser

“The day the trial started, Sept. 8, 2014, would have been Asa’s 34th birthday. What would Asa have thought, sitting in that federal courtroom in Oakland? Seeing his mom and the mother of his child forced to sit through gory photos and slanderous testimony, his brother and girlfriend kicked out of the courtroom because they were on the witness list?

What if Asa had been witness to this carefully constructed story, developed over eight years, played out during a month-long trial by a parade of SFPD officers and their changing stories, “expert witnesses” paid hundreds of dollars an hour to testify, and documents dug up from the span of Asa’s life to try to prove that his death was justified. That the police had no choice but to shoot him. That that’s what he wanted. Suicide by cop.

Asa would say this is bullshit.”

Read the article and see all the artwork here.

To support a local family who recently lost a loved one to racist police violence, please give to the fundraiser to pay for O’Shaine Evans’ funeral expenses here.

 

Posted: November 29th, 2014 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

Sins Invalid & Un(dis)sing Our Abilities at MIX NYC

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Sins Invalid and Un(dis)sing Our Abilities are both playing at the Mix Festival!

MIX NYC is a community of artists and organizers joined together to explore, share, and create queer experimental media through an ever-changing constellation of means. We make art for ourselves and our community, not for markets or museums. As always, at MIX 27 we are proud to present the latest in queer experimental film and previously unseen works from legendary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer-identified figures in avant-garde cinema.

http://www.mixnyc.org/27/

ACCESSIBILITY NOTES:

MIXfest is held inside a warehouse space that has been rapidly converted to the Hive. As such, accessibility is a rolling issue and Mix is committed to providing as accessible an atmosphere as possible and being transparent about the reality of the space.

The space is elevated, accessed by 4 steps or a 40 ft ramp (1:12 incline, with 2 level rest landings along the way) that has been constructed for the event. There is an outside smoking area accessed by 4 steps. Those unable to use steps will be welcome to light up next to the door or out front (SCREENING ROOM WILL BE 100% SMOKE FREE).

There are 2 all-gender, single-occupant bathrooms. The doors for these bathrooms are 30″ wide. Any chair users for whom that width is not a barrier will find ample turn-around space inside. The bathroom on the left is equipped with a grab bar.

In the screening room, there will be space for BYOC, chair parking, and plenty of seats with and without arms in a designated ‘access priority’ space closest to the door. This space is also designated as a scent and chemical free zone. There will be spaces in the front designated for ASL users.

***Regarding access for Deaf/HoH people:  While Sins Invalid will be captioned, it is most likely that the rest of the films in One Size Fits all will not be, and there will be no ASL interpreter for the intro or Q&A (clearly one size does not fit all).  However, ALL films in the Un(dis)sing Our Abilities showcase will be CAPTIONED, and ASL Interpreter Christine Quinton has just been confirmed.***

As the space is a very old warehouse with a motorcycle garage next door, there may be faint chemical odors. Volunteers will be cleaning the space with scent free cleaner prior to the event, and guests are being encouraged to not use scented products.

As always, practice self care in preparation for this event and feel free to comment or message with any specific concerns you may have!

 

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

100 Thousand Poets for Change

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Saturday, September 27 is 2014′s global 100 Thousand Poets for Change Day (http:/www.100TPC.org)!

The Emerald Tablet
80 Fresno Street (in North Beach)
San Francisco

Come to the Bay Area Poetry Marathon’s 100TPC event, and join other poets, musicians, artists, dancers, photographers, performing artists, around the USA & across the planet, in a demonstration & celebration of poetry to promote serious social, environmental, and political change.

This year’s staggeringly fabulous line-up includes:

* DODIE BELLAMY * JOHNNY HERNANDEZ * RJ INGRAM * NOMY LAMM * LORELEI LEE * BEN MIROV * COLIN PARTCH * MONICA STORSS * SUNNYLYN THIBODEAUX *

Doors open at 7pm.
Reading begins at 7:30pm *SHARP*

More info here (http://bayareapoetrymarathon.net/2014/09/17/100tpcevent2014/) and here (http://emtab.org/event/bay-area-poetry-marathon-sept-27-2014/)

For more info, contact series curator Donna de la Perriere

Posted: September 26th, 2014 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

GIRLSTOCK 10 Benefit for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp

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DAY ONE: S A T U R D A Y, S E P T E M B E R 2 0, 2 0 1 4

6PM-10PM

T E M E S C A L A R T S C E N T E R

5 1 1 – 4 8 t h S T R E E T, O A K L A N D, C A

ART AUCTION, POETRY, LIVE MUSIC, BURLESQUE, & SNACKS!

F R E E

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Stop on by to enjoy and bid on the incredible artwork of over 15 local artists, including Jade Ann B., Marsha Balian, Katherine Copenhaver, Sarah Waite Chase, Lisa Ganser, Shelley Harrison, Page Hodel (“Monday Hearts for Madalene” creator) , Cha Levias (Recently chosen by LightBox Photographic Mobilemagic Galley Show for her stunning iPhone images), Amelia Lewis, E. Oscar Maynard, John Middle, Jeremy Novy (San Franciso and Nationwide “Koi Graffiti Stencil Artwork” Street Artist), Voula O’Grady, Shreya Shah, Jen Solomon, Maei Thomas, Teri Thompson, Jessie Trinchard, and Trixie Wiley! Refreshments will be available.

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Hear stories told by Nomy Lamm and Irene McCalphin, two compelling spoken word artists who will stimulate your mind with magnificent tales about life.

* * L I V E M U S I C * *
Listen to rock, americana and yummy accordion licks as performed by Jolie, Mark Caputo and Nomy Lamm.

** B U R L E S Q U E **
Watch the polished and honed burlesque moves of Blue Charisma and Black Magnoliah!

100% of the proceeds from the sale of all artwork will go directly to the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls through music, while promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity and collaboration.

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FOR INFO ABOUT DAY TWO:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/848712

Posted: September 15th, 2014 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

free free palestine

israel you break my heartphoto by julie thi underhill, circa 2009…

over 500 palestinians dead in the lastest attack on gaza.  children.  babies.  hospitals.  heart broken.  no more.  no more no more no more!!!  i don’t want my government supporting genocide.  i don’t want my people killing indescriminately out of fear.  israel, you break my heart.

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

KRIP HOP NATION show

I’m dusting off the backing tracks of EFFIGY to sing a few songs at this FREE Krip Hop show on Wednesday July 9 at 6 pm at the SF Public Library Main Branch.  Honoring the legacy of Blink Joe Capers.  Hosted by the one and only Leroy Moore.

krip hop poster

Posted: July 8th, 2014 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

515 Clues…

bird girl

bird girl

 

sending off the manuscript of ’515 Clues’ to get bound by Magickally Made in time for the Kabbalistic Collabaret on June 8!   thank you to everyone who has read it over, given their support and insight and expertise to help me birth this project.  xoxox

Posted: April 29th, 2014 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

515 Clues: A Kabbalistic Collabaret

A fairy tale for grown-ups, 515 Clues explores moments of trauma and transformation that spiral us into each other’s worlds.  Mythic birds on the edge of the water harken back to ancestral survival stories.  Children in a hospital grow wings to protect each other and spread messages of healing.  Queer youth write letters of advice to a teenage runaway.  Where does your magic come from?

there’s so much going on with my book, as well the performance based on the book that i’ll be producing on June 8 as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.  i received a SFAC Cultural Equity Grant that is helping me complete my manuscript by May 1.  i’m having  a hand-made leather-bound prototype created specially for the performance by Magickally Made.  i’m working with jen cross of Writing Ourselves Whole  in her ongoing Dive Deep program.  I’ll be teaching a series of workshops to youth at Our Space in Hayward, to generate letters of advice to Gladys, a character from my book.  I’ve been taking Yiddish lessons from Anna Elena Torres, and doing some research into the Shriners’ hospital where I spent time as a child.  It all ties together, and I’m working on it for hours every day.  i can’t wait to share it with you all.

 

 

Posted: February 6th, 2014 under Uncategorized - No Comments.