Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Monday July 16, 2018: The Space Between Us - Part 1

The Space Between Women and the Technology Closing the Gap.

WM host Jovelyn Richards speaks with Lisa DeLapo about Makerspace: A program for women of color and disabled women that opens doors to leadership in the world of technology. Also joining Jovelyn in this segment are Gay Krause, founder of Krause Center for Innovation and Cicely Day, teacher and innovator.

Lisa DeLapo
Innovator in Residence
Krause Center for Innovation
Lisa has a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in teacher leadership, and she holds a graduate certification in network and communications management. Lisa has a multi-subject teaching credential as well as an administrative credential. She earned a 2016 CUE Gold Disk, and is a Google Certified Innovator and Microsoft Innovative Expert. She also volunteers on the East Bay CUE Board of Directors.

Lisa DeLapo joined the KCI as Innovator in Residence in 2017. Lisa is also the current MERIT Program Director. MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) is a research-based, educator development program designed to help teachers bolster their curriculum with technology-enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge and inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future. Lisa has taught K-12 students and teachers since 2005, and she has several years of experience as a cabinet-level Director of Technology in a public school district. Thoroughly familiar with MERIT, Lisa attend the program in 2013, served as an instructor in 2014 and as Assistant Director in 2015 and 2016. Please contact Lisa at ldelapo@krauseinnovationcenter.org

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Monday July 16, 2018: The Space Between Us - Part 2

The Space Between Us as Women and Gesture.

Jovelyn Richards host of WM:The Space Between Us, Dives into the story of Gestures, looking at what many cultures believe that gestures evoke spirits and rituals. This discussion is shared with Mandisa Amber Woods research in ancient tribal ritual and present day ritual.

Mandisa Amber Wood, M.A., M.F.A., is a Bay Area, CA artist, dancer, educator, and food justice activist. Mandisa incorporates intuitive painting, performance, regenerative and permaculture design, and transformative learning in her method for vibrant expression. Mandisa is an assistant editor for the Journal of Sustainability Education and a fourth year PhD student in the Sustainability Education program at Prescott College. Her emergent sacred research focuses on indigenous, first nations, and women of color priestesses in the Bay Area, CA catalyzing women-centered resurgence and biocultural diversity through community rituals, embodied practices, and healing centered social justice organizing. Contact Mandisa: www.MandisaRegenerativearts.com

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Also on today's show:
The Space Between Women and Technology

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018: The Supreme Court

"67% of the American public do not want Roe v. Wade overturned." -Heather Booth

Protestors outside the Supreme Court, July 9th

Can Roe be saved? Is there life for unions after Janus? And what about the Affordable Care Act? Veteran organizer Heather Booth says we can win if we don't give up the fight.  Booth was the founder of Jane, a collective which provided over 11,000 safe underground abortions between 1969 and 1973 in Chicago. She also founded Midwest Academy, which has trained 25,000 community and labor organizers over the past four decades.

"There is a path in stopping Trump's nominee," says Booth. Demand Justice, Planned Parenthood, MoveOn.org, Refuse Fascism and The Center for Reproductive Rights are good sources of information. The Center for Reproductive Rights has up-to-date news about the fight to protect abortion rights all over the US and the world. Organize, act and vote. "Democracy and justice can still be the law of the land."-Heather Booth

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Also on today's show:
It's the People's Power: Nicaragua
The art of Cecilia Vicuña

Monday, July 9, 2018: The art of Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen  

The first major US solo exhibition of works by Chilean-born artist, poet and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña opens this week at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).  Cecilia Vicuña left her homeland in exile in the early 1970s, after the military coup against president Salvador Allende. Cecilia has spent decades creating art in a range of mediums—from sculpture and poetry to video installations and live performance—that is deeply in tune with indigenous traditions and environments. Much of her work has a social justice element, and she's particularly engaged with the intersection between climate change and the world's indigenous communities.  Sharon Sobotta sits down with Vicuña to discuss her work and the exhibition, which invokes the overlapping discourses of Conceptual art, poetry, and feminism.

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Also on today's show:
It's the People's Power: Nicaragua
The Supreme Court

BAMPFA Mounts First Major US Solo Exhibition of Cecilia Vicuña
Opening July 11 at 7:30 pm
 On View July 11–October 14, 2018
 Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen Showcases Four Decades of Vicuña’s Art, Poetry, Videos, and Performance

(Berkeley, CA) May 17, 2018—The first major US solo exhibition of works by Cecilia Vicuña opens this summer at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), featuring four decades of work by the internationally acclaimed artist, poet, and filmmaker. Opening at BAMPFA on July 11, Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen marks the nationally touring exhibition’s West Coast premiere, which includes readings and a live performance by the Chilean-born artist as well as new site-specific installations created specifically for the BAMPFA presentation.

Organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC), Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen captures the breadth of Vicuña’s multidisciplinary practice, which encompasses performance, sculpture, drawing, video, text, and land art. Invoking the overlapping discourses of Conceptual art, poetry, and feminism, Vicuña’s body of work resists categorical distinctions, operating fluidly between concept and craft. Much of her work incorporates discarded materials as well as indigenous art-making practices, often incorporating themes of displacement, economic disparity, and climate change.

For her exhibition at BAMPFA, Vicuña is installing more than one hundred of her signature precarios: miniature sculptures precisely assembled from found materials and displayed together in lyrical juxtaposition. The precario series at BAMPFA includes a selection of works created between 1966 and 2017, installed on the gallery walls and floor in a display that emphasizes the ephemerality and “precariousness” of these delicate objects. In an evocative contrast of scale, the exhibition also includes a massive sculpture that Vicuña created out of scavenged materials from the ever-diminishing Louisiana coast—created during her residency at the CAC earlier this year—as well as large-scale textile installations designed for the BAMPFA space.

In addition to her studio practice, Vicuña has also published more than twenty collections of poetry. Excerpts from her poems are printed on the walls of the gallery, alongside book art installations of Vicuña’s poetry in English translation. Vicuna appears at BAMPFA on Sunday, July 8 at 3 p.m. to read from her newest collection New and Selected Poems of Cecilia Vicuña, published by Kelsey Street Press in Berkeley.

Complementing Vicuña’s work in the galleries is a rotating series of six experimental films created between 2012 and 2015, which screen continuously in BAMPFA’s Theater 2 throughout the exhibition. Often portraying Vicuña scavenging creative materials from natural surroundings, the films provide deeper insight into the artist’s deep connection to the landscapes she works in—a theme that resonates throughout her multidisciplinary practice.

On Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m., Vicuña inaugurates the exhibition with a performance that incorporates poetry, music, and audience interaction, inviting visitors to expand their perceptual faculties as they enter the exhibition for the first time. The artist is joined in conversation immediately after the performance with the exhibition’s cocurators, Andrea Andersson, Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the CAC; and Julia Bryan-Wilson, professor of modern and contemporary art at UC Berkeley. The cocurators also present a curators’ talk at 6 p.m. prior to the performance.

 “In every aspect of her kaleidoscopic practice, Cecilia Vicuña exemplifies the type of creative spirit we celebrate at BAMPFA—inclusive, socially engaged, and ambitious about the possibilities of artistic expression,” said BAMPFA Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder. “We’re thrilled to welcome her back to BAMPFA in person to kick off the West Coast premiere of her first US survey.”

“As the first US museum to present Cecilia Vicuña’s work with her focused MATRIX presentation in 1992, BAMPFA is proud to renew and deepen audiences’ awareness and appreciation of this singular artist with this unprecedented survey,” said Apsara DiQuinzio, curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator, who organized the exhibition’s presentation at BAMPFA. “Cecilia’s formally innovative, restlessly creative practice encourages viewers to consider our shared relationship to the planet, and to the economic and environmental disparities of the twenty-first century.”

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen is accompanied by a catalog published by SIGLIO that contains original scholarship on the artist’s practice by the exhibition’s cocurators, as well as art scholars Lucy Lippard and Macarena Gomez-Barris. The catalog is available to purchase in the BAMPFA Store.

 About the artist

Born and raised in Santiago de Chile, Cecilia Vicuña left in exile in the early 1970s, after the military coup against elected president Salvador Allende. A poet, visual artist, and filmmaker, she exhibits and performs internationally and is the author of more than twenty books of poetry. Vicuña also cofounded oysi.org, a site for the oral cultures and poetries of the world. Her work is included in the collections of the Tate Gallery (London), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Chile (Santiago de Chile), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). She divides her time between Chile and New York and is represented by England & Co Gallery in London. Her work was presented in Documenta 14 (Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece) in 2017.


Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen is organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC), and cocurated by Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the CAC, and Julia Bryan-Wilson, professor of modern and contemporary art at UC Berkeley. The BAMPFA presentation is organized by Apsara DiQuinzio, curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator, with Valerie Moon, curatorial assistant.

Monday, July 9, 2018: It's the People's Power: Nicaragua

Songs of Love, Justice and Humanity

What's really happening in Nicaragua? Is this a people's movement or a right-wing coup fomented by U.S. imperialism? Katia Cardenal, who in the eighties was one of the best known cultural ambassadors for the Sandinista-led government, as part of Duo Guardabarranco, says there is no question - the people are in the streets. She has marched with half a million people and watched snipers shoot them down. Cardenal will perform at La Pena on Saturday, July 14, in a benefit concert for the victims of violence; she will also give firsthand information. Kate's short conversation with her is a preview of what we will hear in more depth on Saturday night.

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Also on today's show:
The Supreme Court
The art of Cecilia Vicuña

Canto a Nicaragua: Katia Cardenal Benefit Concert for Nicaragua

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

 $25 General Admission / Kids Under 10 Free
Doors open at 6pm / Concert starts at 7pm

Since April, the situation in Nicaragua has been getting worse, and help is needed now more than ever! In response, Chavalos de Aquí y Allá are presenting Canto a Nicaragua, a Katia Cardenal Benefit Concert for Nicaragua. Special guests Nina & Sebastian will also be performing. There will be a folkloric dance performance and Nicaraguan food as well!

July 12th Event

Comedy at Ashkenaz! Benefit for RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services)

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $15 - $100 Sliding Scale
This month's Comedy at Ashkenaz! line up features Ngaio Bealum, Victor Pacheco, Francesca Fiorentini, and Lisa Geduldig.
This month's Comedy at Ashkenaz! show will be a benefit for RAICES. The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas. RAICES is the largest immigration non-profit in Texas with offices in Austin, Corpus, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
Stop Separating Families! Families Belong Together!
Geduldig, who is bilingual and has lived in Mexico, has been doing media outreach for recent local immigration protests in her capacity as a publicist and concerned citizen. She and Ashkenaz turned the launch of the Comedy at Ashkenaz comedy series last October into a last minute benefit for North Bay fire relief and raised $1200 for the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Geduldig has raised 10s of 1000s of dollars for various organizations through her annual event, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant since its inception in 1993. And Ashkenaz has been a vital community venue, which has held many a benefit since being founded in 1973 by a dedicated human rights activist, the late David Nadel.
Ngaio Bealum is an American comedian, musician, writer, actor, activist, juggler and publisher. He co-hosted Cannabis Planet and published West Coast Cannabis Magazine.  He writes a column in Sacramento News & Review, answering questions from readers about marijuana and its politics.

Ngaio was born in San Francisco to hippie parents, leading to jokes about how he got his name. He is well known for his many film and television appearances as well as for being a regular host of High Times events, and more recently for being a frequent guest on Getting Doug With High hosted by fellow comedian Doug Benson. He recorded a CD called Weed and Sex. Former member of the Award Winning Hip Hop band Most Chill Slackmob, and 1994 People's Choice Award winner of the International Jugglers Association Fest.

Victor Pacheco is a large, yet highly energetic comedian with the unique talent of romanticizing the complexity of being an educator in today's unforgiving society. Victor’s quick wit, commanding one-liners and warm personality have made him a favorite at comedy clubs, casinos and colleges across the West Coast and is a regular at Tommy T’s Comedy Club and Laughs Unlimited Comedy Club. Victor is first generation Mexican-American; his family hails from Michoacan, Mexico.

Francesca Fiorentini recently stepped down from being a long-time host and producer of Newsbroke on AJ+ when they moved to Washington, DC. She was behind such viral hits like White Fragility in the Workplace. She is also a correspondent with Explorer on the National Geographic Channel. As a stand up comic, she has been featured at SF Sketchfest, the Comedy Comedy Festival in LA, and in seedy bars throughout the Bay Area. Francesca currently co-hosts the monthly comedy show, Verdi Wild Things, at The Verdi Club in SF. She is also a political activist and has lived in Argentina.

Lisa Geduldig is a local comedian and comedy producer who’s the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of comedy shows including Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ - Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant (which celebrates its 25th Anniversary last December); Comedy Returns to El Rio! (which just celebrated its 10th Anniversary in May). She moonlights as a bilingual (Spanish-English) publicist.RAICES (The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) is a non-profit organization that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas. Founded in 1986, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client. RAICES’ advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families they serve every day as their attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status. Parents separated from their children at the border (and other immigrants placed in detention) can't get released from ICE custody to reunite with their families until they pay the full amount of their immigration bond. Bonds are set at a MINIMUM of $1500 and are usually in the range of $5-10,000, even for asylum seekers without any criminal history. Unlike in the criminal system, bail bond companies either do not help people in immigration proceedings or impose very strict requirements, like private ankle monitors (which families have to pay to "rent"). Donations to RAICES directly support legal services for detained separated parents and the direct funding for bonds to get parents released. Through the monies raised, they can now reach many more families, reunite parents with their children, and pay bonds to get parents released.  www.raicestexas.org

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Monday, July 2, 2018: L.A. Kauffman, author of DIRECT ACTION

Immigrants Are Welcome Here! Stories of Struggle, Triumph and Resistance

This week on Women's Magazine, after a week of historic protests around the country protesting the government's inhumane treatment of refugees from Latin America, we hear three stories about immigration:

First up, L.A. Kauffman, author of the book DIRECT ACTION and the forthcoming HOW TO READ A PROTEST, and a tactical coordinator at Thursday's women's mass civil disobedience at the Senate Office Building, takes us inside the largest women's direct action in history. How did it come about, what happened, and what comes next?

photo by L.A. Kauffman

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Also on today's show:
Filmmaker, Valerie Lapin
Novelist, Yang Huang