Archive for April, 2008

Women’s Drum Sundays (Oakland, CA)

Posted in Events on April 25, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

Come Play With Us!

The launch of Drum Sunday’s at the OPCM in downtown Oakland on 4/20 was a huge success. Perhaps you’ve heard of the circle but wasn’t sure if you’d fit in or have the “right” drum. No worry check out the slide show on the Women Drummers International web page and just take a look at the varied women and drums (conga, djembe, dumbek, ashiko, dun dun, and more). A limited number of loaner drums are available on site.

My buddy brought her 86 year old aunt who had the notion she would just sit in and listen, but couldn’t resist picking up a drum and joining in the fun. The group is lead by teachers who have experience leading players of various levels. A real talent too.

Drum Sundays
Come Participate In A Fun Afternoon Of Solo Performances And Drum
Dates: MAY 18 * JUNE 15 * 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: THE OAKLAND PUBLIC CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
1616 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94610
Cost: $10.00 – 25.00 Sliding Scale
APRIL 20th:
We had a great time with AFIA WALKING TREE & CAROLYN BRANDY

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Women’s Drum Sundays (Oakland, CA)

Posted in Culture on April 25, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

Come Play With Us!

The launch of Drum Sunday’s at the OPCM in downtown Oakland on 4/20 was a huge success.  Perhaps you’ve heard of the circle but wasn’t sure if you’d fit in or have the “right” drum.  No worry check out the slide show on the Women Drummers International web page and just take a look at the varied women and drums (conga, djembe, dumbek, ashiko, dun dun, and more).  A limited number of loaner drums are available on site.

My buddy brought her 86 year old aunt who had the notion she would just sit in and listen, but couldn’t resist picking up a drum and joining in the fun.  The group is lead by teachers who have experience leading players of various levels.  A real talent too.

Drum Sundays
Come Participate In A Fun Afternoon Of Solo Performances And Drum
Dates:  MAY 18 * JUNE 15 * 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: THE OAKLAND PUBLIC CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
1616 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94610
Cost: $10.00 – 25.00 Sliding Scale
APRIL 20th:
We had a great time with AFIA WALKING TREE & CAROLYN BRANDY

Une Image Très Sensuelle

Posted in Culture on April 22, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

Lawd have mercy when I opened this file I didn’t know whether I wanted to touch, kiss, caress or SUCK this flower.  Lucious!

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From the photographer:
I loved this flower when I was shooting, I love it even more now because it reminds me of a verse from Blake “to see beauty in a grain of sand and eternity in the palm of your hand”.  
© 2007 momo and momofoto. All Rights Reserved. Posted by Permission.

Paris Art Venues – Skye Picks

Posted in Culture on April 20, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

AfriScope

A free cultural events publication distributed in Paris and PDF versions available on-line.

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Confluences Maison des Arts Urbains
 

I discovered this place in February when I went to check out the “Mirage d’Europe” photography exhibit. The venue is a multipurpose exhibit, concert, film screening, theatre space and coffee house with a lively and welcoming art collective vibe.

I recommend visitors drop by Confluences to peruse the events flyer table. The table is actually a cleverly converted vintage soundboard.

Photo album

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Espace Canopy

My visit to Espace Canopy (2/26) provided me with an opportunity to engage in a very STIMULATING discussion that focused on the “Precious Cargo” exhibit installed by African American expatriate Cheryl Ann Bolden. I found Cheryl to be a fascinating woman who has lived in many countries and describes herself as a healer through her art, acupuncture and her life. She told me she traveled to the Europe to follow her man, but eventually moved to India to raise her daughter as a single mom. She is originally form the East Coast and has lived in Alaska, Portugal, England, China, and Australia.

 I can’t even describe how energizing it was for me to engage in such a provocative discussion on race matters, ethnic notions, artistic expression, and spiritual healing all in one evening with such an expressive group of people. The discussion was conducted in French and Americaine that allowed me the opportunity to practice my French listening comprehension and engage in conversation. I thought it rather amusing that folks wanted to hear me speak because of my African American west coast accent.

 
Afterwards I enjoyed a leisurely Indian dinner with the artist, friends, and gallery owners Mari-lène and Charlotte. What a splendid evening in Paris!

Photo album

Feminism and Pornography Seminar Series

Posted in Events on April 18, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

 Location: University of California Santa Cruz

http://humwww.ucsc.edu/CultStudies/EVENTS/Spring08/FemandPorn.html
Feminism and Pornography Seminar Series
College Eight, Room 301
This Spring, the Feminism and Pornography Research Cluster will host a series of seminars featuring prominent feminists who have written about or worked within the fields of pornography and erotica. Annie Sprinkle, Susie Bright, Carol Leigh, Ann Simonton, and Diana Russell work with, celebrate, and are critical of pornography and erotica in very different ways. They represent classic voices in the feminist pornography debates of the 1980s and 1990s although they hail from opposing factions of this contentious exchange.

Friday, April 18, 3:30-5:30pm
Ann Simonton is a writer, lecturer, and activist in anti-pornography feminism. More than twenty years ago, she founded Media Watch, a non-profit group that advocates against sexism and racism in media of all kinds. Simonton’s lectures and her work with Media Watch have helped to educate the public about feminism and to foster media literacy and critical consumerism.

Friday, May 2, 3:30-5:30pm *Advance registration is recommended
Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., is an author, artist, and sexologist as well as a former pornography performer and sex worker. She was a pivotal figure in the feminist sex-positive movement of the 1980s and 1990s. Currently, Dr. Sprinkle lectures widely as a sex educator. Her books include Post Porn Modernist and the award-winning Hardcore from the Heart: The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance.
Carol Leigh (aka Scarlot Harlot) is a sex worker, artist, and activist who has been prominent in national and international sex work debates since the 1970s. Leigh is also a co-founder of BAY SWAN, Bay Area Sex Workers Advocacy Network, which organized sex worker rights advocates employed as outreach workers at various agencies. She has also been a spokeswoman for the sex workers’ rights organization COYOTE.

Friday, May 16, 3:30-5:30pm
Susie Bright is a sex educator and erotica author known as a pioneer of the sex-positive movement. She was co-founder and editor of the women’s sex magazine, On Our Backs, and currently hosts the weekly audio show, In Bed With Susie Bright. Her books include Mommy’s Little Girl: Susie Bright on Sex, Motherhood, Pornography, and Cherry Pie and Full Exposure: Opening Up to Sex and Creativity. Bright taught the first university class on the aesthetics and politics of pornography at the California Institute of the Arts in 1986, and she has taught courses on sexual representation at UCSC. Bright was the first female critic of the X-Rated Critics Organization in 1986; she wrote feminist reviews of erotic films for Penthouse Forum from 1986 to 1989.

Friday, May 30, 3:30-5:30pm
Diana Russell, Ph.D., is a renowned scholar and activist who has dedicated her life to combating violence against women and girls. She has written extensively on pornography as a cause of rape and sexual victimization and has been a central figure in anti-pornography feminism for decades. Her books include The Epidemic of Rape and Child Sexual Abuse in the United States; The Secret Trauma: Incest in the Lives of Girls and Women; Dangerous Relationships: Pornography, Misogyny, and Rape; Against Pornography: The Evidence of Harm; and Making Violence Sexy: Feminist Views on Pornography.

We will read the books, articles, films, and other work produced by our speakers and will invite them to converse with us about their experiences of activism and scholarship as feminists working with, in, and against different pornographies. Contact Natalie Purcell at npurcell@ucsc.edu to join the Feminism and Pornography Research Cluster or to obtain more information about our Spring Speaker Series.
*We anticipate a large turnout for our May 2nd event, and space will be limited. Advance registration is recommended. Unregistered and/or late guests will not be admitted if space does not permit. E-mail npurcell@ucsc.edu to register.
Sponsored by the Feminism and Pornography Research Cluster
Please send your comments to the Center for Cultural Studies, cult@ucsc.edu.

Barbara Christian Tribute

Posted in Events on April 18, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

When:
May 4th 4 p.m.

What:
Afternoon in honor of Barbara Christian and her writing: Gloria Bowles, Arlene Keizer, Thalia Kitrilakis, UlaTaylor and Marvina White will read from these passionate essays and remember with you Barbara’s legacy.*
*All royalties go to a scholarship in Barbara’s name for a student
Of Afro-American literature at UC Berekeley.

Where:
Cody’s Books
201 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley CA 94704
510-559-9500

Dispatch #18 – Summer Palace – Beijing, China

Posted in Dispatches on April 12, 2008 by skyeviewtraveler

My visit to the Summer Palace is by far the best part of my trip to China. The palace grounds spanning  several acres, the lake, willow trees and historical buildings are truly stunning. The sunset on the lake will remain memorable and etched in my heart.

Chant peace.

Summer Palace Album