29 September 2010
It's been mostly music on Woman-Stirred Radio these past several week, and with reason. I've taken a hiatus: to think about Woman-Stirred in different ways, such as tightening the "queer" identity of the program and or make it woman only (which seems somewhat silly and narrow). After all, gender it the one of the engines of interaction and creativity.
I might even look to tag the show to that great lesbian icon, Sinister Wisdom, which I'll be co-editing with the incomparable Julie R. Enszer. Or, I just might keep it eclectic and welcome all, because in our great wide world there are many "genders," so to speak, and my brand of feminism is not a hermetically-sealed universe, and utopia is a fascinating theory, not a feasible possibility.
I know I'll start blathering here now, but, there it is!
Woman-Stirred Radio, which is a live, two-hour queer cultural journal, is a labor of love. I have no staff, which means I do all the research and scheduling, and I read all the books, I even stuck with The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson (Norton 2010), a book I wanted to toss instead of read. But of course it is good to know how the other half thinks.
There are some interviews scheduled in October so I'm getting ready to dive in again and continue to meet amazing poets and writers and visual artists and musicians, policy makers and brokers... etc. So that's that and this is this... doing what I love and more importantly, reaching out to the world and offer what I can do and what I share in doing so.
9 September 2010
This Thursday, September 9th. at 5:00 (eastern), Merry Gangemi welcomes Kate Davy to Woman-Stirred Radio for a conversation about her new book: Lady Dicks and Lesbian Brothers, an in-depth study of the phenomenal Women's One World (WOW Cafe Theater), "a small, hand-to-mouth, women's theater collective" that for 30 years offered complex, and hilarious "hit and run" performances, which were not only provocative and immediate, but also wove deep threads of connection to the women's movement and feminist theory of the 1970s and 1980s.
WOW Cafe Theater was fertile ground from which theater troupes and performance artists such as Split Britches Company, The Five Lesbian Brothers (who I saw in Provincetown in the mid-1990s), Carmelita Tropicana, Holly Hughes, Lisa Kron, Deb Margolin, Reno, Peggy Shaw, and Lois Weaver. And all, as I've found out, are also still kicking butt. The WOW Cafe Theater, at its current location on East 4th Street, is still kicking too!!
Davy's Lady Dicks and Lesbian Brothers is a treasure trove of lesbian and feminist culture with details and analysis about "a witty, hilarious, gender-bending and erotically charged aesthetic on the stage for women in general and lesbians in particular." And lest you think these brilliant women are no longer vital and still prodigious, think again. The avant garde WOW Cafe Theater that was born 30 years ago continues to flourish and can be found right there on East 4th Street.
Check it out... and tune in tomorrow, Thursday September 9th at 5:00 (eastern) for what I predict will be an interesting and exuberant interview with Kate Davy. If you want to join in the conversation call the air studio at 802.454-7762.
Kate Davy is the author of Richard Foreman: Plays and Manifestos, and Richard Foreman and the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre. She is currently Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Produced and hosted by Merry Gangemi, Woman-Stirred Radio (WSR) is a queer cultural journal that broadcasts live every Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 (eastern) on WGDR, locally at 91.1 and streams live at WGDR.org.