08/08/14 – Center for Sex and Culture

Who
Ring of Fire Book Tour
When
Friday, August 8, 2014
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
Center for Sex and Culture (map)
1349 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Other Info
With ET Russian and Beast Mazique! I'll be reading from my book, "515 Clues" and possibly showing a short movie based on a chapter from 515 Clues.

This event celebrates the release of the Ring of Fire Anthology by ET Russian! With multi-media performance by Beast Mazique.

The Ring of Fire Anthology is a collection of the zine from the late 1990s by ET Russian (aka Hellery Homosex), and features new material never before published. Ring of Fire is honest, engaging, and ahead of its time.

Through black and white ink drawings, comics, linoleum block print portraits, essays, interviews and erotica, this collection explores the intersections of art, bodies, healthcare, ability, gender, race, community, class, healing and the politics of work.

Alternately emotional and erotic, funny and political, Ring of Fire tells the author’s personal story, and captures the work and words of various artists and leaders from disability culture and history. A young activist steeped in the cultures of queer and punk, Russian embraced a cultural identity of disability while writing Ring of Fire. Years later, Russian examines what it means to work in healthcare in the United States.

This is a BIG book, at 8'x10' and 237 pages!!!

"Ring of Fire is one of the zines that had the most significant impact on my thinking--it totally blew my mind when I encountered it in 2000. I am thrilled to see gripping material from RoF combined with insightful, transformative new writing and images about disability justice, health care, art and activism being distributed as a book. A whole new generation of activists will now get to use these materials to reexamine their communities and transform the world. ET Russian's clarity, honesty and insight is a phenomenal contribution to today's activists building disability justice tools and frameworks in multiple movements and communities."
--Dean Spade, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law

"The Ring of Fire Anthology is beautiful, sexy, and thought provoking all at the same time. If ever you've needed stories, art, poetry, and bad-ass rabble-rousing that connect disability and queerness, sexiness and radical anti-capitalist politics, look no further. ET Russian's vivid work lives and breathes these connections."
--Eli Clare, author of Exile and Pride

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Edited: August 8th, 2014

07/12/14 – Smitten Kitten

Who
Un(dis)sing Our Abilities
When
Saturday, July 12, 2014
9:00pm - 18+
Where
3010 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

All events are held in our Minneapolis store at 3010 Lyndale Ave in Uptown. Our events are well attended by an incredibly diverse audience. When we say that everyone is welcome, we mean it! People of all genders, orientations, ages and abilities are encouraged to come, regardless of relationship status or style!

Our educational events are non-explicit and non-sexual. All demonstrations and other learning tools, images and props are of an educational nature. Please read our event descriptions carefully, and contact us with any questions. If you have special needs, such as an ASL interpreter or other accommodations, please notify us as far in advance as possible (at least 72 hours before the event) so we can make proper arrangements.

All events are free to the public unless noted otherwise. (We think everybody should have access to high quality sex education regardless of their financial situation! So whenever possible we try to cover tuition for all attendees.) Seating is limited so we suggest you arrive 15-30 minutes early, especially if you have special seating requirements.

Other Info
Un(dis)sing Our Abilities is an experimental sexplicit short movie showcase presented by Periwinkle Cinema that 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. This screening had its world premiere June 18th at the QCC's National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco and includes the brand new short movie Wall of Fire by and featuring Nomy Lamm and Lisa Ganser. Wall of Fire was completely underwritten and fully funded by the Smitten Kitten. Ganser will be in person to present the showcase and for a brief Q & A. 18+

$10, no one turned away for lack of funds
Seating is limited. To buy tickets, call 612-712-6088 or purchase in-store

PLEASE COME SCENT FREE!
(here is a great article about becoming scent-free: http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15)

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

FOR ASL OR OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS, CALL 612-712-6088

https://www.facebook.com/events/581174241998149/

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Edited: July 12th, 2014

07/12/14 – Smitten Kitten

Who
Good for the Goose
When
Saturday, July 12, 2014
7:00pm - All Ages
Where
3010 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

All events are held in our Minneapolis store at 3010 Lyndale Ave in Uptown. Our events are well attended by an incredibly diverse audience. When we say that everyone is welcome, we mean it! People of all genders, orientations, ages and abilities are encouraged to come, regardless of relationship status or style!

Our educational events are non-explicit and non-sexual. All demonstrations and other learning tools, images and props are of an educational nature. Please read our event descriptions carefully, and contact us with any questions. If you have special needs, such as an ASL interpreter or other accommodations, please notify us as far in advance as possible (at least 72 hours before the event) so we can make proper arrangements.

All events are free to the public unless noted otherwise. (We think everybody should have access to high quality sex education regardless of their financial situation! So whenever possible we try to cover tuition for all attendees.) Seating is limited so we suggest you arrive 15-30 minutes early, especially if you have special seating requirements.

Other Info
Good for the Goose is a Minneapolis homocoming screening and short movie retrospective sampling of the film and video work and recent collaborations of Lisa Ganser (who moved to San Francisco June 2013). The screening will include Midwest Premieres of Nomy Lamm's short movies Maggie Remembers and Cold Hard Facts as well as Ganser's The Beginning Parts, all inspired by Nomy Lamm's novel 515 Clues. It will also include hometown favorites from Ganser's dvd Welcome to my Bedroom, because what is good for the goose, is good for the Ganser. for more information please visit http://www.nomylamm.com/

$10, no one turned away for lack of funds
Seating is limited. To buy tickets, call 612-712-6088 or purchase in-store

PLEASE COME SCENT FREE!
(here is a great article about becoming scent-free: http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15)

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

FOR ASL OR OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS, CALL 612-712-6088

https://www.facebook.com/events/489327027879195/

Midwest Premiers:

The Beginning Parts (2:25); An animated short directed by Lisa Ganser that addresses the question "Where does your magic come from?" It is a story of new love, childhood trauma, moving across the country, and the healing opportunity of complete vulnerability. It is inspired by artwork taken directly from Nomy Lamm's experimental (not-yet-published) novel 515 Clues, and is animated by Lark Buckingham with original stencils by Lisa Ganser. It includes music by Nomy Lamm and by Lisa Ganser's band Central Standard, all set to a fast-paced monologue written and performed by Lisa Ganser.

Maggie Remembers (6:39), Nomy Lamm. An animated dream-time re-imagination of childhood experiences in the Shriners Hospital. Meet Maggie and her friend Justice, a tuf girl burn survivor who is growing a whole new layer of skin to keep the doctors out. When Maggie suggests growing wings to take them away from there, Justice latches onto the idea and asks Maggie to use her magical bird song to inspire her transformation.

Cold Hard Facts (11:21), Nomy Lamm. An investigation of memories related to medical experimentation in the Shriners Hospital. Nomy and Lisa interview a friend who helped tear down the hospital where her foot was amputated as a child. They take a tour of the new hospital facility, glimpse the strangeness of the fraternal order, and talk with a technician who discusses the removal of appendages for cosmetic reasons. Their perspective is further corroborated by an interview with a young black queer who shares an extensive history of Shriners surgeries. This short movie is currently being developed into a feature documentary on the same topic.

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Edited: July 12th, 2014

07/09/14 – San Francisco Public LIbrary/Main Branch

Who
Krip Hop Nation Show!
When
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
6:00pm - All Ages
Where
San Francisco Public LIbrary/Main Branch (map)
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Latino Reading Room/ Basement Level

Other Info
San Francisco Public Library- THE LATINO ROOM

What: The 2nd Krip-Hop Nation Bay Area Mini-Tour/Honoring Joe Capers aka Blind Joe will take place in July this year with international Krip-Hop artists from UK, Lady MJ Warrior & Germany, Binkiwoi & will have the Bay Area premier a film, Forever-Land, by Jim Lujan and starring Krip-Hop own Punk-Hop group, Kounterclockwise, Spoken Word artists, Joy Elen & Lateef McLeod returns & this year we are proud to announce the gorgeous voice of Nomy Lamm will bless us at the SF Main Library& more. Last year the tour led to the City of Oakland answering our request in making the month of August, Joe Capers Month. Oakland's own late Joe Capers was a blind musician/producer whose resume includes production on Tony! Toni! Tone! 1988 Gold album, Who? as well as many Oakland hip-hop artists in the 80's and early '90's out of his Oakland Hills studio which was named J Jam - the first completely accessible studio in the SF Bay area. Joe worked with artists like young MC Hammer, Digital Underground & more. Now since 2013 every August is Joe Capers' Month in Oakland, CA.

This Krip-Hop Nation tour of 2014 will feature a mixture of music from Punk-Hop, Hip-Hop to Spoken Word along with a panel of speakers will explain Krip-Hop and talk about why Krip-Hop Nation is important plus musicians and poets will tell their stories about dealing with the entertainment industry underground and living in the community as an artist. The tour will host the Bay Area premier film, Forever-Land by Jim Lujan featuring Kounterclockwise. This year international Krip-Hop artists/core organizers, Lady MJ Warrior of UK & Binkiwoi of Germany will join us on their US Tour.We’ll also give some updates on an upcoming documentary about the late Joe Capers aka Blind Joe who worked with Oakland CA Hip-Hop artists like MC Hammer, Tony Tone Toni and more, along with a multi-media presentation with audio interviews and a slide show of over one hundred pictures of Krip-Hop artists from around the world will round out the program. This event is about more than music. It will be an arena for advocacy, education, building cultural activism through artistic expression and coming together.

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Edited: July 9th, 2014

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

Edited: July 8th, 2014

06/19/14 – SUB-Mission Art Space

Who
Queer Prophesies
When
Thursday, June 19, 2014
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
2183 Mission St.
(between 17th and 18th)
San Francisco, California, US 94110
Other Info
Queer Prophesies: Performance + Art Event
Sub-Mission Art Space, 7:30pm
$12 - $20
(PLEASE NOTE: All visual art from the show will be up at the LGBT Center from Visual Arts exhibition – June 2 – July 18, 3rd floor gallery as well)

Queer Prophesies is a prophetic window, a portal into manifold queer futures. With gender expression holograms, musical visions, and stories of our queer descendants, this is a night of performance and visual art exploring queer futures, utopias, and dystopias that resist assimilation and explore the great queer unknown.

Created through a process of crowd-sourcing, Queer Prophesies features the visions and prophetic dreams of queer community members artistically realized by an exceptional cast of queer visual artists and performers including:

Annie Danger
Lex Non Scripta
MOON RAY RA (Celeste Chan and KB Boyce)
Cristy C. Road,
San Cha,
Nomy Lamm
Star Amerasu
Gracia Logue-Sargeant
Julz Hale Mary
Sharmi Basu
Oscar Tidd
Finley Coyl
Paper Buck
Caitlin Rose Sweet
Meg Allen
Coral Short & Angela Gabereau
Alvis Parsley
Sapphic Lasers
and more!

www.queerprophesies.com

Commissioned by the Queer Cultural Center & The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

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Edited: June 19th, 2014

06/18/14 – ATA

Who
Un(dis)sing Our Abilities
When
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
ATA (map)
992 Valencia St.
San Francisco, California, US 94110
Other Info
Un(dis)sing Our Abilities
Curated by Lisa Ganser / Lorin Murphy for Periwinkle Cinema & QCC
ATA, 8pm
$5-10

Un(dis)sing Our Abilities is an experimental sexplicit short movie showcase presented by Periwinkle Cinema that 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. Q & A with artists/curators follows screening.

This screening includes the world premier of "Wall of Fire," a sexplicit short by Nomy Lamm and Lisa Ganser, sponsored by Smitten Kitten (smittenkittenonline.com).

https://www.facebook.com/PeriwinkleCinema

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Edited: June 18th, 2014

06/08/14 – African American Arts and Culture Complex

Who
515 Clues: A Kabbalistic Collabaret
When
Sunday, June 8, 2014
7:00pm - All Ages
Where
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco , CA 94102
Other Info
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?

$12-20 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Part of the National Queer Arts Festival
with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission

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Edited: June 8th, 2014

05/21/14 – ATA

Who
FIXED/Prefixed @ Periwinkle Cinema
When
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
ATA (map)
992 Valencia St.
San Francisco, California, US 94110
Other Info
WORLD PREMIER SHORT:

Prefixed: Cold Hard Facts (Nomy Lamm, US, experimental documentary, digital video, 7 mins, 2014) An investigation, deconstruction and exposition of memories related to medical experimentation in the Shriners Hospital

SCREENING WITH:

Fixed (Regan Brashear, US, documentary, digital video, 60 mins, 2013)
From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.
What does “disabled” mean when a man with no legs can run faster than most people in the world?

What does “normal” mean when cosmetic surgery procedures have risen over 450% percent in the last fifteen years and increasing numbers of people turn to “smart drugs” every day to get ahead at school or work? With prenatal screening able to predict hundreds of probable conditions, who should determine what kind of people get to be born? If you could augment your body’s abilities in any way imaginable, would you?


brief q&a with filmmakers moderated by Lisa Ganser follows screening


more on FIXED...
A haunting, subtle, urgent documentary, FIXED questions commonly held beliefs about disability and normalcy by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and mind forever. Told primarily through the perspectives of five people with disabilities: a scientist, journalist, disability justice educator, bionics engineer and exoskeleton test pilot, FIXED takes a close look at the implications of emerging human enhancement technologies for the future of humanity.

Patty Berne works at the Center for Genetics and Society as Project Director on Race, Disability and Eugenics, where she focuses on raising awareness about the ethical implications of emerging prenatal screening technologies. Fernanda Castelo works with Ekso Bionics as a test pilot, helping them develop the Ekso, a bionic exoskeleton which allows people with no or limited function in their legs to walk. Engineer Hugh Herr runs the Biomechatronics Lab at the MIT Media Lab where he designs bionic legs which allow himself, a double amputee, and others, to rock climb, trail run, play tennis, etc… John Hockenberry is an Emmy and Peabody award winning journalist, author, radio host (WNYC’s “The Takeaway”) and distinguished fellow at the MIT Media Lab, where he works to promote research into human-machine collaborations. Gregor Wolbring is a biochemist and ability studies scholar at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, who lectures worldwide on human enhancement technologies and ableism.

These five individuals share a personal stake in the debates around human enhancement technologies, yet the world they are each working towards is quite different. Transhumanist James Hughes, robot scientist Rodney Brooks, disability studies scholar and performance artist Dominika Bednarska, futurist Jamais Cascio, disability lawyer Silvia Yee, reproductive rights advocate Sujatha Jesudason, brain-computer interface study participant Tim Hemmes, philosophy professor Cressida Heyes, and bioethicist Marcy Darnovsky also contribute, deepening the issues and revealing the social tensions that underlie these emerging technologies in surprising ways.

The film also celebrates the rich world of disability culture by weaving in excerpts of performances by some of the world’s leading integrated dance companies, featuring disabled and non-disabled dancers, and other artists including AXIS, Lisa Bufano, GIMP with Jen Bricker, Lawrence Carter-Long, Jeffrey Freeze, Lezlie Frye and Catherine Long, Kounterclockwise with Dancing Wheels, and Antoine Hunter (Sins Invalid and Urban Jazz Dance Company) from the U.S.; Sue Austin, Anjali Dance, Marc Brew, Candoco from the U.K.; and the Remix Dance Company from South Africa.

Through a dynamic mix of verité, dance, archival and interview footage, FIXED challenges notions of normal, the body and what it means fundamentally to be human in the 21st century.

http://www.fixedthemovie.com/
http://www.nomylamm.com/

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Edited: May 21st, 2014