Let’s all go to the movies! Love, Simon THIS WEEKEND!
The local PFLAG chapter is sponsoring the movie admission this Saturday in Newport and this Sunday in Lincoln City for any student who can show their LCSD ID and wants to see this AMAZING movie, Love, Simon. And we want everyone there: allies and LGBPTQ folks of all ages! Let’s make this a community event!
Please help get the word out and send this message especially to all Lincoln County middle and HS LGBPTQ students.
Please tell students (AND EVERYONE!) … This is a first-come, first-snagged ticket opp.
Saturday, March 24th: (after the March)
Newport: Newport Cinema: Up to 30 tickets will begin to be distributed at 3pm for 3:40pm showing.
Must show LCSD student ID
Concessions on your own.
Sunday, March 25th:
Lincoln City, Bijou Theater: Up to 15 tickets will begin to be distributed at 1:30pm for the 2:00pm showing.
Concessions on your own.
If you’d like to help underwrite the costs of movie tickets for LGBTQ students for these specific showtimes, tax-deductible donations can be made to the Central Coast PFLAG. Link to donate via PayPal is here
Please spread the word. This movie is powerful. I cannot recommend it enough!
Love, Simon educational resources
Women playwrights push back at male domination of theater.
“The Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation’s Surf n’ Stewardship Film Series is back! This year’s series, themed “Women and the Sea”, features three films directed by women. These inspiring films highlight women taking on marine conservation issues, the strength of the Pacific Ocean, and sexism in the surf industry.
All films will be held at Rogue Brewers on the Bay (2320 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR) at 6:00 pm (doors at 5:30 pm). Don’t forget to wear a tiki shirt to the first two screenings for a great beer discount as part of Rogue’s Tiki Tuesday! Admission is free (donations accepted).
Tues., March 6 – Straws: An award winning documentary, directed by Linda Booker, that illuminates the problems related to straws and other single use plastic pollution that inundate our waterways and oceans. Following the screening, a panel discussion will be held about the impacts of single-use plastics on local waste management, recycling programs, and the environment, as well as locally-driven solutions to these problems. We will also host a free sustainability-themed raffle. http://www.strawsfilm.com
Tues., March 20 – Losing Sight of Shore: Emmy-winning director Sarah Moshman documents a group of female rowers in their trying and triumphant expedition rowing across the Pacific Ocean from the US to Australia, a trek never before completed by a team of four, nor a group of women. http://losingsightofshore.com
Fri., April 6 – It Ain’t Pretty: An award winning documentary about the challenges and triumphs of female big wave surfers fighting sexism in the water, in competition, in the media and in the surf industry with the support of a closely-knit community of like-minded women. The screening will be followed by a discussion. http://itaintprettyfilm.com
All screenings will begin with a brief presentation about the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, focusing on how you can get involved with our mission to protect and enjoy our oceans, waves, and beaches!
Thank you to Rogue Brewery for sponsoring the film series.”
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. For more information on the Newport Oregon Chapter, visit https://newport.surfrider.org
Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald rose to the occasion with their paintings of the former president and first lady, while—importantly—continuing their radical projects in black portraiture.
May 16, 2016 by Carmen Rios
Sister Corita Kent is a Pop Art pioneer too often erased from the annals of modern art history. Now, she’s taking center stage at an exhibition at Miami’s Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. In the Beginning Was The Word, which opened Saturday and will remain on view until September 18, is part of a three-part program at the museum called The Summer of Women, lending space and attention to a wide range of female artists.
Kent’s journey to social justice-oriented art pioneer was unusual. She joined a Catholic convent in 1936—right after she completed high school—and served in the Immaculate Heart of Mary order in Los Angeles for three decades as a “rebel nun” and head of the art department. (She ultimately left the order to pursue art in Boston, feeling stifled by an archdiocese that did not always stand by her politicized service.)
In 1962, she took her students to a gallery exhibition for a man who, at the time, was little known: Andy Warhol. In response to viewing his now-iconic soup can paintings, Kent began a career in Pop Art that utilized logos and corporate slogans as backdrops in silkscreen pieces calling for world peace, civil rights and dissent. She was a feminist who weaved the words of Gertrude Stein, Martin Luther King, Jr. and even the Beatles into works that remain relevant in a time where the gains of the sixties and seventies are under attack.
“Her works reflect the activist ethos of the time and express her concerns about racism, poverty, and the Vietnam War,” Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, director of the Frost Art Museum, said in a press release. “She saw her calling to use art as a response to cultural discord and shifts in public sentiment. Corita Kent’s legacy as a Sister who sought to awaken social consciousness in the United States is exemplified by her dynamic colorful prints that continue to provoke discussion and promulgate sentiments about social iniquities that still exist in our society, half a century after their creation.”
Kent’s art did more, though, than simply spark conversation. Her works were frequently spotted at protests in the sixties and seventies, where activists carried them as protest signs. She herself also walked the walk of activism by designing posters and billboards for organizations like Amnesty International, the International Walk for Hunger and Physicians for Social Responsibility in order to lend a hand to the movements that defined her career.
Despite her contributions to not only the art world but cultural conversations at-large, Sister Corita is often left behind in conversations about Pop Art, and even when her career was reaching a fevered peak she remained on the fringe of the male-dominated art movement. As a woman in the arts, she was already at a disadvantage; as a woman of the cloth, she stood in even starker opposition to the art world’s typical heroes: Men.
“An ‘artist’ was from New York,” Ian Berry, who co-curated a retrospective of her work at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, said in an interview with NPR. “They were a man; they were an epic, abstract painter. And she wore a habit—she just didn’t look like what the, sort of, movie version of an artist looked like.”
Art historian Susan Dackerman made the same point in Harvard Magazine. “Corita Kent in her habit couldn’t very well go hang out at The Factory with Warhol,” she told Jonathan Shaw. “There wasn’t really room in Pop art’s macho style for women artists.”
Nevertheless, Sister Corita and her work endure—and 50 years after some of her most important pieces made their original debut, she’s finally getting her due.
Photos are all from the Corita Art Center.
Carmen Rios is the digital editor at Ms., community director and feminism editor at Autostraddle, and a contributing writer at Everyday Feminism. Her work has also appeared in MEL, Mic, BuzzFeed, Feministing, and BITCH. She’s been dubbed a “digital native” and “vapid and uninteresting” by various people across the Internet and stays very zen in L.A. traffic. You can find her on Twitter,Instagram and Tumblr.
Elizabeth Woody Named Oregon Poet Laureate
Governor Kate Brown has named Elizabeth Woody of Warm Springs and Portland to a two-year appointment as Poet Laureate of Oregon. Woody will be Oregon’s eighth poet laureate since 1921. She succeeds Peter Sears, who has held the post since 2014. Woody will provide at least six and up to twenty public readings per year in settings across the state to educate community, business, and state leaders about the value and importance of poetry and creative expression.
Woody was born on the Navajo Nation reservation in Ganado, Arizona but has made her home in Oregon for most of her life. An enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, she has published poetry, short fiction, and essays, and is also a visual artist. Hand into Stone, her first book of poetry, received a 1990 American Book Award. Her other collections are Luminaries of the Humble and Seven Hands, Seven Hearts.
She was a founding board member of Soapstone, Inc., an organization dedicated to supporting women writers. She also was a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a national organization headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. She served as a program officer for the Meyer Memorial Trust from 2012 to 2015.
The Oregon Poet Laureate fosters the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, addresses central issues relating to humanities and heritage, and reflects on public life in Oregon. The Poet Laureate program is administered by Oregon Humanities on behalf of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Woody will assume the Poet Laureate role the last week of April. A public ceremony to welcome her and thank Sears will be announced soon. Read more at the Oregon Cultural Trust website.