Feminist Friendly Events for Your Week

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MONDAY March 30th

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As part of the Velro Reading Series there will be a Play Reading of Jo’s Pants

at The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, Humanities Building, Room 512

5 PM

Carsen Beker writes,

“In this play, Wendi Olson rescues Little Women’s Jo from the constraints of her time and asks the question: how far can we rewrite our narrative? COME SEE! COME SEE COME SEE! This play needs to be out in the world.”

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TUESDAY March 31st

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Oakland Queer Open Mic

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440 Grand Ave, Oakland, California 94610
6pm
WEDNESDAY April 1st
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  • Beast Crawl’s Hat Party
         Telegraph
         2318 Telegraph Ave
         5pm
  • Pandemonium Press presents April is the Cruelest Month
         Spice Monkey
         1628 Webster St @17th St, Oakland, California 94612
          6:45 PM
         Featured readers are Mk Chavez, Rafael Jesús González, Tony Press, and Joyce Young.
  • Agile Rascal Theatre’s first reading of their Touring Bike Play

         Firehouse Art Events Hangar

         3192 Adeline St, Berkeley, California 94703
         Berkeley
         8PM
  • Then Head over to The Golden Bull for the After Party!
        N.A.S.A. presents Solar Wave

        The Golden Bull

         412 14th St, Oakland, California 94612

DJ data: hip-hop/ funk/rock/punk.
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N.A.S.A. =THE NEW AMERICAN SISTERHOOD ALLIANCE (NASA)

Thursday April 2nd
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The Other Fabulous Reading Series
3124 Shattuck Ave
7PM
Poets: Giovanni singleton, Tiff Dressen & Jennifer Karmin
FIRST FRIDAY April 3rd
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Photo Credit: Mar de Pop

Mar de Pop & VAMP’s After Party

VAMP music • art • consignment

331 19th St, Oakland, California 94612
8:30 PM
Saturday A.M.
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Photo Credit: Nomadic Press

11:30 AM
Landscaped Legacies: Images of a California Pig Farmer

Nomadic Press

2926 Foothill Blvd #1, Oakland, California 94601

Nomadic Press writes, “Join Dr. Gail Myers, cultural anthropologist, as she shares images from her work and those of photographer Michael Santiago to provide insight into the aesthetic preferences of Black farmers and ranchers. These images tell stories of cultural patterns of land use and designs and of cultural continuities.

Stacks of old tires, abandoned cars, a Winnebago, an old ladder just strewn about, rusty file cabinets, and messes of old boards—these assemblages of things represent legacy landscapes of African patterns and designs while revealing an underlying worldview and system of thought.

These legacy bricolages of things and ideas have transcended time and space. Historically black farmers utilized their farm landscapes for recycling, reusing, and preserving materials within African patterns and designs.

Take part in a lively discussion about Black farmer’s traditional landscape use and design. See how the images capture examples of the swept yards tradition coming from West Africa thousands of years ago being used today in Southern California.

Immediately following the discussion, attendees are invited to walk over to Austin Square Park (one block away), where an Earth Day cleanup will be taking place from 1–3:00 p.m. Fruit trees will be available to plant along the banks of Sausal Creek.

Saturday P.M.
Image Credit: Paul Corman-Roberts

Image Credit: Paul Corman-Roberts

Crows in the Laurel
at LIMINAL
3037 38th Ave, Oakland, 94619
(USE THE ADDRESS TO GOOGLE)
7PM
The Crow Show Open Mic and Features in the round comes to Liminal & “All Points” yeee cawww. Featured performers are Brynn SaitoMatt StewartKay DeMartini and Nick Johnson. Musical guest will be the super intense Kyrsten Bean! No cover but sliding scale donations MUCH requested!
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Photo Credit: Alexandra Kostoulas‎

P.M. in San Francisco

Writing from the Gut

1 Grove St. San Francisco, CA

Writers are students and alumni of the Jack Grapes Method Writing Program in SF taught by
Alexandra Kostoulas’ Method Writing Students will read alongside featured readers from the community: Lake Lady & Bay Area author Nick Mamatas.

Also announcing their newest venture, the SF Creative Writing Institute. Attend to get details!

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Why I started LIMINAL

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What made you start LIMINAL?

There is the pc version answer to this question, which I hear myself giving when I don’t know someone too well, when I am completely sober, when it’s been 24 hours without a confrontation about gender discrimination that ended as blindly as it began.

The PC version goes something like this:

I went to Mills for my MFA. There was a very supportive and female-centered atmosphere there and my writing and my sense of self benefited from it. After graduating, I lost that. I had trouble finding a similar dynamic in the literary scene of the bay area, a place where I felt belonging and had a voice. I had the sense, and then the verification, that others felt the same. We were in need of a space such as this, a place where a community of people who identify as feminist or want to explore what it might look like to engage with feminist notions in their creative\critical work can do so. SO I created that space.

My California friends nod their heads. The people who know me are quite impressed with my transformation. My ability to, as I call it, “coast switch.” I can almost blend in. My New York friends are confused. What the hell happened to her? They ask.

The Un-PC version goes something like this:
These “talentless peni” that run the literary scene in the bay area were driving me to regress in my humanity. Attending and trying to infultrate their readings and series led me to drinking, throwing lilac colored shoes Austin-Power’s-style at white boys’ heads, being completely uninspired to write and walking around with a face that was constantly twisted into the uncomfortable place it goes when all of its sensory organs are trying to pile up on top of each other to escape the smell of a particularly offensive and stagnating fart. After telling off plenty of turds and burning a significant amount of rickety ass bridges because the dynamics they were perpetuating were not only invisable to them but they had no desire to see anything besides their own pumped up images and the squimish blonds they populated the space with to further create an image that they mattered at all, I started LIMINAL to preserve my insanity and keep me from mauling people on the regular.

I was tired of hearing the same people talk. It is time for different voices to get some airtime.

Love’s Labor: A Workshop For Mothers Writing About Loss

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hosts Love’s Labor Saturday May 9th from 10 AM to 2 PM:

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Love’s Labor is a writing workshop for mothers who have known loss. Whether you’ve lost a pregnancy, a child, or someone or even something else, this day is for putting words to the unspoken. Taking inspiration from prose writers who’ve written movingly about loss, we will access our own memories and make them accessible to others. Love’s Labor is open to any mother who feels the urge to write.

About Monica Wesolowska

Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life which was named a “Best Book of 2013” by The Boston Globe and Library Journal and has been internationally published. Holding Silvan explores mother love and medical ethics through the brief life of her son. Her stories and essays have appeared in many other venues including The New York Times, The Carolina Quarterly, and Best New American Voices. A regular speaker at hospitals about neonatal loss, she has also taught writing at UC Berkeley Extension and around the Bay Area for over a decade.

The cost of the workshops is $80. If the cost is prohibitive, please get in touch wtih gina@theliminalcenter.com to discuss options.

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Visit the Facebook Page for this event

You can also reserve your spot through Event Brite

Questions about the workshop? E-mail monica@wesolowska.com

Questions about LIMINAL? E-mail gina@theliminalcenter.com

Phrase of the Day: “TALENTLESS PENI”

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Final “I” pronounced like the final “I” in syllabi. The plural form of misogynists who perpetuate the cycle of insular privilege that falsely elevates the perception of their work as quality when in reality all they are is an exclusive protective network aimed at overwhelming every space with their sheer numbers as a way of detracting from the useless utterances that continue to seem from their mouths. 

This is the set of words that stuck in my brain yesterday morning, after a reading I attended the night before in  Oakland. The reading was overall enjoyable and there were some talented individuals present. One of the hosts is a favorite literary scene person of mine, a wonderful writer and person. I admire her patience and persistence in a world of white cis-gendered males of a primarily heterosexual orientation. I admire her consistent and meaningful infiltration. I will continue to go to her readings, because they are inspiring. Because this is an example of how one woman is doing it and I support her. I muse that her patience may have something to do with her being from the south, a place where, as another Southern woman writer I knew during grad school put it, “if I like you, I won’t bake you a pie. If I hate you, I will spend all day baking you a delicious pie so you have to think about it the whole time you are eating it.”

The misogenistic peak of the event was when the co-host announced a handful of books he was going to give away for free and in the description of them, told us that we may know the female author Siri Hustvedt because she got Paul Auster to marry her. He could have been funny and said because her first name is the same as the digital woman in your car who, when you ask her where is the nearest place to hide a body, she comes back with: here is a list of the nearest lakes and foundries. BUT NO!!! Instead, he was hateful.

This phrase however, is bigger than last night’s reading. This phrase, for me,  is a way of holding my boiling over upset about the state of things, in the palatable guise of comedy. Somehow we are able to take a sock to the gut when it comes with laughter. The internal buising, though, stays either way.

The idea that during that reading, there were unspoken rules about what is an acceptable amount of exposure and what isn’t, that these rules are pervasive in almost all spaces we populate, is really what makes livid. Were I to say my comment louder, WAY TO BE A WHITE DUDE, I’d be disrespecting the show, the participants, the organizers, the space, I’d be starting a dialogue many would not like to have, didn’t sign up for, would rather ignore is the subtext of what we are sitting in, among and supporting. There is subversion here. There is the host I mentioned earlier, the one who does her thing, has her opinions, has her agendas, and lets the smucks out themselves as they stand there in stark contrast to her poise, confidence and badassery. Yes I admire these things very much. I am simply not that patient. I do not have a put-on-your-happy face. My face expresses what I feel. My mouth often mutters the words that go along. I do not disrespect the show because I do not want to disrespect the space she is making for herself and others. I do not stay silent either, because it feels like holding a secret that makes me an accomplice and enabler, in the ways that I am making space for myself and others.

In this setting, and in many settings, my compliance is implied. Don’t call him out. Don’t call any of them out. Don’t shake the hierarchy. Hold our secrets.

I am loyal as fuck. That is very different than being forced to keep secrets that aren’t mine to keep.

Liminal Has a Calendar!

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Liminal has a Calendar!

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There are even things scheduled on it!

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Workshop Time Availability

Are you interested in teaching an on-going workshop? A one-time workshop? Hosting a retreat? Event? Take a look at the Calendar for availability for March, April & May. Email gina@theliminalcenter.com to book.

Check-out Prices for workshop space here

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Free Co-working Hours & Affordable Massage

For the second half of MARCH, we will be open 2 half-days a week for FREE co-working hours starting on Tuesday the 17th.

Tuesdays 1 to 6 PM
Fridays 11-3PM

* On TUESDAYS from 2-4:30 you can book a massage with Tamara Gilhooly for $50 an hour suggested donation. Swedish or Deep Tissue! Text her at 510.613.5280 to schedule.

* You must RSVP to participate* email gina@theliiminalcenter.com

There will be Wi-Fi, cats and comfy seating options!
And the best part is, it is FREE!

Come check out the space, bring friends, meet new friends, and work on your writing at LIMINAL!

Here is the Facebook event page

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Promotion Parties!

Sat, March 28, 12pm – 5pm

Sunday April 19, 12pm -5pm

For those who are teaching & holding events at LIMINAL, this is a day to share about what you are doing in the next month, pertaining to writing & feminism. This is a time to work out a schedule of posting, re-posting and otherwise promoting each other throughout the coming month. You can also use this time to write blogs for the month, make event pages on Facebook and other personal networking you need to get done but are not always on top of by yourself.
*Bring a food item\snack\drinks to share.
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Submit-a-thon

Sun, April 12, 1pm – 6pm
Bring at least one place to submit to that can be shared with the group. Feminist focused submissions are encouraged but not necessary. Submissions to local places and places you have a personal connection to or can vouch for what they are looking for are especially welcome.
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LIMINAL’S 2nd SHOWCASE & FUNDRAISER: B-SIDE
Sat, April 18, 4pm – 10pm
Performers\Readers\Musicians, Vendors & Feminism! The fundraising goal is to raise enough money to invest in our own PA system!
*We are looking for feminist performers. Please email gina@theliminalcenter.com if you are interested in reading\performing\vending\displaying art or otherwise being involved.*
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“From all Points But the Center” Reading

Thu, April 23, 7pm – 9pm
A Feminist Reading Series. 4 Performers. 1 Works-in-Progress. A free writing prompt and share.
*We are looking for performers for this event. Submit ten minutes worth of material to gina.allpoints@gmail.com*
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Proprioceptive Writing 2-Day Retreat

Sat April 25th & Sun April 26th 10:00am – 5:30pm
Writing Retreat with Proprioceptive Writing Creator, LINDA TRICHTER METCALF. See the Facebook event page 

BOOK YOUR WORKSHOP & EVENT SPACE NOW! LIMINAL IS OPEN!

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LIMINAL is NOW OPEN and ACCEPTING MEMBERSHIPS!

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  • We have started to book workshops and events for April and May
  • For the month of MARCH, we will be open 2 half-days a week for co-working hours starting on Tuesday the 17th!

Fridays 11-3PM
Tuesdays 1 to 6 PM

* You must RSVP to participate* email gina@theliiminalcenter.com

There will be Wi-Fi, cats and comfy seating options!

And the best part is, it is FREE!

Come check out the space, bring friends, meet new friends, and work on your writing at LIMINAL!

  • Join us for our first PROMOTIONAL PARTY on March 28th. Let’s get organized and promote each other’s writing and creative work.

Membership

Membership applies to those who want to teach at LIMINAL. Essentially, Membership means that you can rent space at LIMINAL to teach your workshops for 1\4th of the amount that the space rents for to non-members.

How to obtain a membership:

1.Email gina@theliminalcenter.com and set up a meeting to discuss your plans, pedagogy, passions and goals and what role you see LIMINAL playing in them.

2.Pay a membership deposit.

3.Sign a contract.

4. Start teaching!

March at LIMINAL

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Welcome to March!

Photography by Stephen Texeira

Photography by Stephen Texeira

 LIMINAL is NOW OPEN and ACCEPTING MEMBERSHIPS!

  • We have started to book workshops and events for April and May

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  • For the month of MARCH, we will be open 2 half-days a week for co-working hours starting on Friday the 13th!

Fridays 11-3PM
Tuesdays 1 to 6 PM

* You must RSVP to participate* email gina@theliiminalcenter.com

There will be Wi-Fi, cats and comfy seating options!

And the best part is, it is FREE!

Come check out the space, bring friends, meet new friends, and work on your writing at LIMINAL!

Photography by Stephen Texiera

Photography by Stephen Texiera

  • Join us for our first PROMOTIONAL PARTY on March 28th. Let’s get organized and promote each other’s writing and creative work.

Membership

Membership applies to those who want to teach at LIMINAL. Essentially, Membership means that you can rent space at LIMINAL to teach your workshops for 1\4th of the amount that the space rents for to non-members.

How to obtain a membership:

1.Email gina@theliminalcenter.com and set up a meeting to discuss your plans, pedagogy, passions and goals and what role you see LIMINAL playing in them.

2. Pay a membership deposit.

3. Sign a contract.

4. Start teaching!

Another Thank YOU!

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The Pre-Opening Showcase and Fundraiser was beautiful and amazing! Thank you to everyone who came, performed, supported, helped out, shared yourself with us, shared us with yourself… it was even better than I could have imagined!

Though I pre-spent much of the money made at the event on pillows, carpeting, printed materials and stocking the bar, we did break even, which is great! Thank you to everyone who helped in that venture!

LIMINAL’s 2nd SHOWCASE

We will be doing it again! The goal for this show is to raise enough money to get a PA system of our own! The next showcase is set for April. It will be either the 18th or the 25th. Please send an email to gina@liminalcenter.com with links to your work to be considered to perform. We are looking for writers of all types, musicians, performers, mixed media, collaborations…all sorts of feminist showcase-able living art. Also looking for vendors with food, drinks, books, hand made goodies— please inquire!

-The event will go from 4 to 10.

-Reading slots will start at 5 PM and go until 8.

-Readers & Performers will get 10 minutes each.

-There will be ten-minute breaks at 50 minutes after each hour. (have writing exercises\audience participation here)

Please be available both days in order to submit.

I will also need volunteers to help with the bar, the door and cleanup because I proved to myself last time that despite my best efforts, I cannot be door-woman, bartender, organizer and host.

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February was also an exciting month for me because my chapbook, “All Small Carcasses” came out from The Gorilla Press. Do you also have a chapbook? I would love to trade you a copy of my chapbook for a copy of yours!

I am looking forward to collaborating with you and making LIMINAL into an inhabited space!

Gina