Fresh Fruit, Wimmin's Herstory Month Show, March 21, 2013, 7-8pm CST
Hosts: Dixie Treichel & John Townsend
Guests: Barrie Jean Borich, Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe, Cassandra Snow, Ellen Krug
Barrie Jean Borich, author, educator
Body Geographic, University of Nebraska Press, released March 2013
A memoir from the award-winning author of My Lesbian Husband, Barrie Jean Borich’s Body Geographic turns personal history into an inspired reflection on the points where place and person intersect, where running away meets running toward, and where dislocation means finding oneself. Covering rough terrain—from the hardships of her immigrant ancestors to the travails of her often-drunk young self, longing to be madly awake in the world, from the changing demographics of Midwestern cities to the personal transformations of coming out and living as a lesbian—Body Geographic is cartography of high literary order, plotting routes, real and imagined, and putting an alternate landscape on the map. Barrie Jean Borich was a longtime faculty member in The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and is currently a member of the creative writing faculty at Chicago’s DePaul University. She splits her time between Minneapolis and Chicago.
Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe, filmmaker, performer, poet
Thought Woman- The Life and Ideas of Paula Gunn Allen is a documentary film in progress.
Paula was of Laguna Pueblo, Lebanese and European descent. She wrote poetry, fiction and critical visionary essays. She was brilliant, hilarious, an out lesbian, complex and was an important, bold thinker about history, spirit and how to heal the personal and the planet. Paula states that- "The differing definitions of reality and the accompanying values those definitions imply are what is at stake. The outcome is the fate of the planet…" And that is really the heart of the matter and the heart of this film. Thought Woman- The Life and Ideas of Paula Gunn Allen will serve to explore and celebrate Paula Gunn Allen as an important elder-thinker of our society who should be deeply listened to by all of us at this very critical time for humanity. "As the filmmaker this work serves as an act of spiritual and intellectual giving back to a woman that has quite literally saved my life with the power and daring of her thoughts." Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe
Cassandra Snow, Co-Executive Artistic Director, Gadfly Theatre
Sans Merci by Johnna Adams
In Sans Merci, Tracy and Kelly are determined to make a difference by helping the U'wa Indians in Colombia organize a resistance campaign to protest a large petroleum corporation's plan to drill for oil on the tribe's sacred sites. Three years later, a no longer idealistic Kelly is the survivor of a brutal attack, and Tracy never returned from the mission of mercy. One rainy day, Tracy's mother Elizabeth shows up unexpectedly at Kelly's apartment. Slowly, the two women dance through their grief, while negotiating the truth of what brought the two college students together, why they undertook their dangerous humanitarian mission, and what happened on that final day. Sans Merci uses grief to examine some pretty intense topics: rape, homophobia, and the silencing of women are all unapologetically discussed in a way that rarely happens.
WARNING: This show and its promotional events feature frank discussion of sexual assault and violence against women.
March 15-24th, 2013, People’s Center Theatre
Ellen Klug, author
I wrote Getting to Ellen because I believe others can be helped by knowing that you—and you alone—have the power to change your life. Certainly, changing genders is a bit on the extreme side, and not something undertaken lightly. But many are caught in the wrong job or career or wrong marriage or living arrangement. Some suffer from addictions or other adverse behaviors because they’re unhappy with their situation. In short, we humans have a tendency to build lives that aren’t necessarily what we’d choose if we could do it all over again. Some of this—as Getting to Ellen explores—is because of fear and a desire to avoid making hard decisions. Some of it is due to immaturity; we simply get into life situations before we are experienced or old enough to appreciate the consequences of our actions. Regardless of how we get there, for many of us, life becomes something to endure rather than something to live or enjoy. When things get to that point, desperation, despair and depression—the Three D’s—can set in.