Bikini Kill was the only band that’s ever given me reason to make it to Riot Fest, despite one of my best friends attending without fail every year. Read more at audiofemme.com.
“Displaced Horizons” is a multimedia work based on a fascination with water
Robert Lundberg wants to give us the opportunity to think differently about water.
“It’s something I’ve become totally obsessed with over the last eight years or so,” says Lundberg, co-composer and video director for Displaced Horizons, an upcoming multimedia performance and exhibition taking place at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, in Gallery 7 of the UW-Madison Humanities Building. Displaced Horizons includes five channels of video; a 90-minute score performed live; and printed materials including maps, the musical score and a program of text and images. Read more at Isthmus.com.
A few weeks ago, I checked my email and got instantly psyched. The Comedy Club on State announced that Aziz Ansari was playing a few shows the next night, August 19. The cute, clever man who gave us Tom Haverford from Parks And Rec, created and starred in Master Of None, and wrote Modern Romance (which I didn’t read because I had it on good advice that it wasn’t worth it)!
Then I remembered the gross news from awhile back that he coerced a woman into some sexual contact that she says she was not 100 percent into. Which was Alanis Morissette ironic, because Ansari actively promotes himself pretty hard as a feminist.
I internally shuddered and deleted the email. Read more at Tone Madison.
Shunned by his church and college, Zak Stowe finds a home directing “Southern Baptist Sissies”
Five years ago, Zak Stowe was being raked over the coals for trying to stage a play that his conservative Lutheran college considered anti-Christian. Now in Madison, Stowe is making his directorial debut with StageQ’s Southern Baptist Sissies, the story of young gay men finding themselves in Texas. Read more at Isthmus.com.
After Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name is removed from book award, Middleton schools reexamine her work
A local school district is rethinking whether Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books are appropriate for elementary students after the Wisconsin author’s name was removed from a national children’s award due to racist stereotypes in her books. Read more at Isthmus.com.
The founder of LunART Festival opens up about her mission
Discrimination and sexism often prevent women from thriving in the arts, but not for much longer, if Iva Ugrćič (OO-gurr-cheech) has anything to say about it. The Serbian-born flutist has launched the inaugural LunART Festival, June 28-30, partly in response to the negative experiences she faced while beginning a music career in Europe. Read more at Isthmus.com.
A new book celebrates the women who changed Wisconsin — and the world.
Beginning with an impressive foreword by labor and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists parallels a groundbreaking oral history project. The book serves as a who’s who of change-makers, providing inspiration and context for modern and budding activists.
Authors Andrea-Teresa Arenas and Eloisa Gómez — activists who met in Milwaukee during the 1980s — know the territory well. Read more at Isthmus.com.
An author’s journey is influenced by the life he studied
Wauwatosa author Brice D. Smith’s 14-year relationship with trans pioneer Lou Sullivan has been unconventional. The two never even met, because Sullivan died of AIDS in 1991 at age 39. But Smith’s own decision to transition from female to male was deeply influenced by the subject of his historical biography, Lou Sullivan: Daring To Be A Man Among Men (Transgress Press). Read more at Isthmus.com.