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queer film fest this weekend [Jul. 19th, 2007|07:27 am]
The New Orleans Lesbian Community

just making sure everyone in nola knows about the queer film fest this weekend. though i'm no longer working with the group putting it together, i hope to return to my position when i return to new orleans. it was a struggle for them to come up with a program this year, but they did it! i wish i was gonna be there this weekend, cuz there are some killer films!!!

i've actually seen "itty bitty titty committee," and it's really great. and i'm dying to go see "the godfather of disco," as mel cheren is someone i've worked and hung out with in my former life as an editor of a national DJ publication. he's a good guy, and it's nice to see someone acknowledging his role in the development of disco.

anyways, all the details are behind the cut. spread the word, and please go support this festival and see some amazing films. get out of the heat and expand your mind!

press release behind the cut with all the detailsCollapse )
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(no subject) [Feb. 14th, 2007|01:47 am]
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call for entries: lesbian/feminist films [Jan. 29th, 2007|08:34 am]
The New Orleans Lesbian Community

hey y'all, i'm one of the curators for this summer's MWMF film fest and we're just now putting out the call for entries. feel free to pass it along to any filmmakers you know who might fit the criteria and would be interested. thanks!

Seeking submissions of lesbian/queer woman/feminist films/videos for inclusion in this summer's Michigan Womyn's Music Festival Film Festival.

Special consideration will be given to female "teen friendly" films for a possible teen program, but we welcome the full range of feature length and short form documentaries, narratives, experimental, and animation films and videos.


-Must be made/directed by women.

-Preference is given to material completed in the past year, though older material will still be considered.

-Needs to be available to be screened at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival this August on VHS, DVD, or possibly BETA, though we are trying to move away from using the BETA machine in our outdoor setting. Format must be NTSC. NO PAL, NO 16mm or 35mm, NO 3/4". (We don't care what you shot it in, but our playback capacity is limited.)

-Adult content is fine, but will require screening by the Festival Office staff prior to listing in program, which would need to occur in May or June.

Please submit on VHS or DVD only, NO LATER THAN April 1st, 2007. The earlier the better!

Submissions returned only with a prepaid, self-addressed envelope.

Email djmags at gmail dot com for further information and/or submission address.

We look forward to screening your work!
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$5K [Nov. 28th, 2006|01:27 am]
The New Orleans Lesbian Community

So I just got elected to the co-moderator, non-hierarchical position of "power" (haha) in my feminist group at my college. And surprisingly we have around 4K dollars to blow this semester plus another 2.5-5K for the upcoming academic year, which if we don't use it, it just gets cycled back into our annual 5K allowance (We elect at the beginning of the calendar year, but receive funds at the beginning of the academic year). We've mostly spent it on food for various fun events, which is delicious, but I feel a little lacking in creative spending.

I think we're so thrifty partially due to the nature of third-wave D.I.Y.ness/the general making-ends-meet nature of the movement/the fact that only until this year (maybe last year as well), we subsided solely on $40 per member annually.

So. I'd like some super creative and activist ways to spend this money usefully. We have a bunch of restrictions on how we spend it, like we can't just give it to a charity or buy a bunch of supplies for a charity and hand it to them. We're at Tulane, a fairly big university and as this will probably be my only opportunity to see $5K go towards progressive change, especially in post-Katrina New Orleans, I'd really like to make every buck count.

Thanks very much. :)

x-posted to: feminazis, nola_sisterhood, queerneworleans, veg_feminism, womens_studies, womenscolleges
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New Orleans Craft Mafia's Handmade Holiday Gift-away! [Nov. 3rd, 2006|09:35 pm]
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The New Orleans Craft Mafia has decided to kick start holiday giving a little early this year with our Handmade Holiday Gift-Away! Just for signing up for our e-mail newsletter, you'll be automatically entered to win cool prizes created by NOCM members.

The Handmade Holiday Gift-away runs from November 1st through November 30th, and the winners of the three fabulous prize packages will be chosen on December 1st and announced throughout the month of December via the NOCM newsletter. A special “Loyalty Prize” will be awarded, as well, to one lucky recipient who signed up for our newsletter previous to the November 1, 2006 contest start date.

The Handmade Holiday Gift-away was conceived in appreciation of shoppers who patronize and otherwise support the indie craft artists, designers, and shop owners of the New Orleans Craft Mafia. It is also our hope to raise awareness for all our fellow artists/crafters in New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast.

You can view the contents of the prize packages, read the contest rules, and enter to win here.

If you’d like to meet the members of the NOCM in person and see their crafty wares up close and personal, the group will also host a "Last Stop Shop" holiday market at The Big Top (1638 Clio Street) on Thursday, December 21 from 6-10pm. It will double as a re-Launch party, since the original Launch Party scheduled for September 2005 was curtailed by the hurricane. This is the official kick-off for monthly NOCM-sponsored craft markets, which will begin in January at The Big Top.

We are currently accepting applications for like-minded crafty guest vendors for our Holiday Market as well as the upcoming Monthly Markets. You can apply here to be a guest vendor. We are also always accepting applications for new members of the NOCM.
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gretchen phillips plays THIS friday! [Nov. 1st, 2006|10:39 am]
The New Orleans Lesbian Community

just wanted to pass this on to folks - wish i was gonna be in town!!!

WHEN: Friday, November 3, 2006 8:00 p.m. $7
WHERE: Sidearm Gallery, 1122 St. Roch Ave, NOLA
RESERVATIONS: 504-218-8379

People lose hope, people lose faith. In Gretchen Phillips’ solo show, “Don’t Stop Believing,” she serves up the stories of the emotional kicks to the stomach and the songs about how to deal with that. The Sidearm Gallery presents a rare New Orleans appearance by Phillips who combines stories in her wry comic style with emotionally-charged songs, playing guitars, Casio and jumping into occasional interpretive dance numbers.

Voted into the Austin Chronicle Music Hall of Fame in 2001, Gretchen Phillips puts a lesbian point of view front and center in her songs. She’s been cited as an inspiration to such indie pop sensations as Le Tigre, The Butchies and Pansy Division. Her bold and creative use of Casio presets has been cited as an influence on Austin’s foul-mouthed music sensation Hug. And, very arguably, where would Riot Grrrrl be without Meat Joy, Gretchen’s seminal first band, which artfully combined sexual politics with lots of humor? Yes, her twenty-five years in Austin have been well spent.

A Texas native, Gretchen moved to Austin in 1981. She immediately fell into the flourishing punk scene and decided forge a path with her own new genre, “lezzie rock.” Vowing to put “the sex back into homosexuality,” Meat Joy released a “stinging, springy assault on sexual warfare that has to be hear to believed” according to New Music Express, (1984).

Her next project, Two Nice Girls, an acoustic all-girl band was signed to Rough Trade Records and scored two college radio hits, a cover of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane” smashed up with Joan Armatrading’s “Love and Affection” and Gretchen’s original country song of remorse, “I Spent My Last $10 (On Birth Control and Beer).” They toured extensively in the U.S., Canada and England and received the prestigious GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) media award.

When Phillips began her solo career in the 1990s, she asked herself “What are the merits of stripping a song of its ornate arrangement and presenting the bare bones of lyrics and melody?” She then answered, “Well, potentially having an even stronger grasp on song writing and enhancing the performance of raw, vulnerable emotion.”

Current projects include The Gretchen Phillips Ministries, her popular county/gospel band and the fag/dyke duo, Phillips & Driver, co-starring downtown New York superstar David Driver. They released the critically acclaimed album, “Togetherness” on Bar/None Records in 2003.

An uncompromising approach to the inherent politics of pleasure coupled with a ceaseless desire for fun is the reason Gretchen Phillips is a “fringe legend” according to Texas Monthly (Jan 1999). Or maybe it’s just the good music.

“The emotional resonance of Phillips’ music is universal,
which makes even more radical in its implications.”
–Los Angeles Times


For the November lineup at Sidearm VISIT: SIDEARMGALLERY.ORG
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Invitation to Upcoming Literary Events at NCCROW [Oct. 20th, 2006|03:41 pm]
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Invitation to Upcoming Literary Events at NCCROW

presented by Barnes + Noble College Booksellers for the Zale Writer-in-Residence Program

7:30 pm
Monday 23 October 2006
Myra Clare Rogers Chapel, Newcomb College Campus, Tulane University

Reception 6-7:15 pm, Newcomb College Institute (43 Newcomb Place)

Download a miniposter: http://sophie.tulane.edu/sittenfeld.pdf

All are welcome. There is no charge for admission.
For additional information, visit http://nccrow.tulane.edu or phone 504 865 5238

Link to a map of the Tulane Uptown campus

Ms. Sittenfeld's books will be available for purchase at the event thanks to the Tulane University Bookstore

Curtis Sittenfeld's first novel, Prep, was a national bestseller. It was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times, it will be translated into twenty-two languages, and its film rights have been optioned by Paramount Pictures. Curtis won the Seventeen magazine fiction contest in 1992, at age sixteen, and since then her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Allure, Glamour, Real Simple, and on public radio's "This American Life." A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she was the 2002-2003 writer in residence at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. She now lives in Philadelphia, and her second novel, The Man of My Dreams, was published by Random House in May 2006.

Learn more about Curtis and her work at www.curtissittenfeld.com

Please plan to join us at the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women February 28-March 9, 2007 when Elizabeth McCracken will be the 22nd Zale Writer-in-Residence. Watch nccrow.tulane.edu for details!

The Zale Writer-in-Residence Program was founded by Dana Zale Gerard, Newcomb 1985, and has been generously supported by Dana and by the M. B. and Edna Zale Foundation of Dallas, Texas.

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looking for a roommate - midcity [Sep. 24th, 2006|06:56 pm]
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i just posted this on craigslist, but figured i'd try here too.
Upper apartment on Iberville between N. Olympia and N. Murat.
$650/mo + share of the Entergy bill. No deposit. Available Nov. 1st.

Female preferred. Non-smoker. Well behaved cat negotiable. Must be queer-friendly. I travel a lot - am out of town more than I am in - so you'd have the place to yourself a majority of the time.

Looking for six month or one year commitment. (With the potential to extend if both parties are happy.)

2 spacious rooms, front entrance, use of 1/2 front porch. Tall ceilings. Hardwood floors in decent condition. Freshly painted (brightly colored) walls in both rooms. Water paid by landlady. Entergy split between us. Cable/internet your responsibility - none currently. No laundry facilities currently, though landlady has promised to replace washer/dryer that flooded downstairs by the new year. (Laundromat 2 blocks away on Bienville.)

Share bathroom/kitchen. Electric stove. New fridge. Garbage disposal. Central air/heat. New roof. Driveway fits small to midsize cars. (Otherwise, plenty of street parking.) Storage area downstairs. Safe neighborhood. Most folks on our block are back living in their houses/apartments. Easy access to streetcar/bus. Savacenter, Juan’s Flying Burrito, Brocato’s, Wit's Inn, Italian Pie, Nola Java, Home Depot nearby.

Reply here or email artbymags @ gmail.com for more information.
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upcoming decafest events for women! [Aug. 27th, 2006|02:15 pm]
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just forwarding this on for the gals...
Hello, Women!
Welcome to DecaFest: A New Orleans Festival of LGBT Culture in New Orleans, Aug. 29-Sept. 4.

DecaFest is a new festival organized by women with women in mind, offering cultural events in theatre, film, literature, politics, and a women-centered walking tour.

All proceeds from this volunteer-led festival will benefit New Orleans' financially-stressed LGBT and HIV/AIDS programs. In fact, organizations who sell tickets to the events are also receiving a portion of those funds! See www.decafest.org for details.

The following includes a few highlights of the festival's events. Please go to www.decafest.org for a complete schedule and lots of helpful information.

The seven-day event begins Aug. 29 at 7 p.m., with a community reunion at the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street. This special gathering is open to everyone in the LGBT community and our friends. We're hoping it will act as not only a cathartic event on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the upcoming anniversary of Hurricane Rita, but also as a joyous occasion to celebrate our community's resilience and our involvement in rebuilding the city and region.

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, a 7 p.m. champagne reception at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) will open the five-day run of "ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1," musical, with acclaimed performer Jade Esteban Estrada. An LGBT history colloquy will follow the performance.

The DecaFest film series opens Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. at the CAC with "Love Life," followed by "ICONS" at 9 .m. The film series is presented in association with the New Orleans LGBT Film Festival REEL IDENTITIES, and offers six award-winning programs selected from the most outstanding films seen at recent film festivals.

A variety of specialized walking tours--cemetery/voodoo, Garden District, Gay Heritage--are offered Friday, Sept. 1. That evening's film at the CAC is "Beyond Conception," at 7 p.m., also followed by "ICONS."

***A woman-centered, specially arranged tour by Mary Gehman, author of "Women of New Orleans," will be Monday, Sept. 4. Mary's "Great Women of New Orleans Tour" departs the Royal Sonesta Hotel at 10 a.m. Mary, like many people, was displaced from New Orleans and is presenting this tour only for DecaFest.***

Saturday, Sept. 2, presents another "first" for us. A new anthology, "Love, Bourbon Street: Reflections of New Orleans," comes to DecaFest hot off Alyson publishing's presses. Written by local authors, the collection includes non-fiction and fiction stories of our longstanding love affair with New Orleans. A book signing and readings takes place at 2 p.m. at the Royal Sonesta.

On Sunday, Sept. 3, the day begins early at the Royal Sonesta with a cocktail reception at 10:30 a.m., followed by the first-ever Southern Decadence Parade Day Costume Contest at noon. How could we NOT celebrate Southern Decadence? Get on those costumes, women, and join the competition!

Women take center stage that afternoon (Sept. 3) with a series of "women's short" films beginning at 5 p.m. at the CAC. Feature film "MOM" is at 7 p.m., followed by "ICONS" at 9. ***'Attached is a detailed listing of the films, and complete info is at www.decafest.org.

And on Monday, Sept. 4, women's activities will appropriately end with Mary's "Great Women of New Orleans Tour" at 10 a.m. at the Royal Sonesta.

We asked for a cultural festival like this to be held in conjunction with Southern Decadence, and now we have it! Please support our first-ever DecaFest--and become involved as we plan for next year.

Many thanks,
Melinda Shelton
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ggp show: the shondes @ circle bar sat 7.8.06 [Jul. 6th, 2006|06:23 pm]
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hey y’all,

just a reminder that this show is THIS SATURDAY night... write it down, put it in your calendar, and stop by Saturday for some kick-ass music and a good time for a great cause. you can read more about it in this week’s Gambit.

girl gang productions presents...

the shondes
@ circle bar
(1032 st. charles @ lee circle)

saturday, july 8, 2006
doors: 9pm

a benefit for the latino health outreach project (LHOP)

donation at the door: $1.00 - $1,000,000

no one turned away for lack of funds

opening act(s) tba

info: http://www.girlgangproductions.com


About The Shondes:
Shonde: pronounced “shahn-duh” - Yiddish; a disgrace, a pity, an outrage

The Shondes are, in a word, shondes. In Yiddish, "shonde" means a
disgrace or an outrage, and might be used by a Zaide to describe
something completely abhorrent and shameful. The band members, like
so many others on the margins of the communities they come from, have
been called shondes. As queers and trannies, radical activists, three
anti-occupation Jews and a Shiksa, they have both struggled with being
called "disgraceful" and also awaken each morn' - Jews and Shiksas
alike - committed to continuing to be "disgraceful" as long as that
means speaking for justice, organizing for Palestinian
self-determination, and working to support radical queer communities.
Not to mention the fact that this Jewish band includes a Shiksa - a
shonde in and of itself. Through music, performance, and humor, The
Shondes make this struggle into a moving and sustaining experience for
themselves and their audiences. Through their songs, they boldly
proclaim: "We are proud to be shondes"!

Based in Brooklyn, The Shondes are a rock quartet made up of drums,
bass, guitar, violin, and powerful, intertwining vocals. With the
drama and grit of Patti Smith, the vocal complexity of R.E.M., the
punch of Sleater Kinney, and a songwriting style inspired by Bach, The
Shondes' music is driving, dramatic, and unabashedly brave, mixing
elements of Rock and Classical music with radical political content.
Temim Fruchter's rich and unexpected drumming style mixes with Louisa
Solomon's (ex-Syndicate) driving and melodic bass parts to create
solid yet explosive rhythm. Brannigan's luminescent and powerful
guitar interplays with Elijah Oberman's (ex-Syndicate) mournful and,
at times, sample-like violin to create a vibrant counterpoint. In the
style of a classical quartet, all instruments are fore-grounded in
their compositions and in their performance. Top that off with their
signature style of simultaneous vocal melodies rather than a
traditional melody-harmony structure, and what you've got is far
tastier than even the Manieshande. Hailing from musical backgrounds
ranging from Classical to Jewish to Feminist Punk, The Shondes both
embrace and subvert these traditions in their compositions. Every
song explodes with energy, getting audiences up off their tuchuses and
onto the dance floor as well as sparking political passion. The end
result is a unique sound that is devastating, heartbreaking, and

About Latino Health Outreach Project:

About three weeks after the levees broke, a few women from the Common
Ground Health Clinic began scouting areas of New Orleans in order to
assess healthcare needs on the ground. We quickly realized that among
the many gaps in the city's public healthcare infrastructure was a
source of culturally competent, bilingual healthcare for Latino
residents and cleanup workers. We began setting up clinics on
sidewalks and parking lots in front of hotels where large numbers of
workers were staying. Initially, the clinics consisted of two
healthcare providers giving tetanus shots and over-the-counter
medications. Within a few weeks, more providers were added, including
MDs, nurse practitioners, acupuncturists, and herbalists. We now do
one clinic a week early morning at a day-labor pick up site, one in a
church, as well as occasional clinics at hotels or other sites. In
addition to providing health care, we are building relationships with
organizations who have a history of working in New Orleans' Latino
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