Friday, July 20, 2007

Don't forget! Mini Ladyfest!

The press release:
Ladyfest Ohio , a nonprofit feminist arts and activism organization based in Columbus , Ohio , is organizing a summer mini-festival to showcase new works by local performers and artists and raise some much needed funds for local beneficiaries. Ladyfest Ohio has hosted festivals in 2004 and 2005 and has supported smaller events in the years since.
The 2007 Ladyfest Minifest includes a full schedule of visual art, music, craft, performance, film, and workshops. The Minifest kicks off Friday, July 20th with a Happy Hour Art Opening at East Village from 6-8pm. Following the art opening, festival goers can stick around East Village for some live music at 10 pm headlined by Ginger Lees, Untouchable, and Alyson Greenfield or head over to Wall Street Nightclub for a DIY Fashion Show featuring the latest in handmade ready-to-wear modeled by the Ohio Rollergirls. Following the fashion show is Ginger's Mystery Box, a cabaret show featuring performances from the Cleveland Kings, members of the Royal Renegades, burlesque teaser Mz. Ginger Jones, belly dancer Drevala from Habeeba's, and Queen Mae and the Belles. Doors open for the DIY Fashion Show/Ginger's Mystery Box at 8pm, show at 9pm.

Saturday: a Carnival of Craft at the parking lot of Stonewall Columbus from 11am-6pm featuring over 25 local indie crafters peddling hip and handmade goods. The Carnival also features a live performance stage with puppetry from Magical 2 Foot Theater, Anna and the Annadroids, music from Elisa Nichols, general circus shenanagins, a cupcake eating contest sponsored by Surly Girl Saloon, and a LIVE Craft Corner Deathmatch event hosted by the one and only Reverend Roy Rogers. During the Carnival, a full diverse schedule of free workshops inside Stonewall will include: Puppetry for Kids, Hip Hop, IMPACT safety and self-defense, Creative Writing, Drag 101, Yoga for Families and Adults, LGBT Allies in Action, Reproductive Rights in Ohio, and Beginner's BDSM and BDSM as Feminist Practice. Free short films from Lux Killmore Productions (think: high camp at its finest) and comedian Jessica Delfino will also be screened inside Stonewall.

Saturday night, Ladyfest teams up with Jetgirl Productions for Jetgirl: Juicy at Skully's Music Diner from 9pm-2am. In addition to the booty shaking produced by DJ Pickles (Toronto) and VJs Lime and Coconut, the evening's performers include High Jinks Circus, Sacred Shimmy, and drag king extraordinaire STU (Toronto). For those looking for a different kind of booty shaking, live music from Frozen Feet, Drew Miller Davis Band, and Tori Sparks will be playing at East Village .

At 3pm on Sunday, Ladyfest Ohio will be screening 20 Straws: Growing Up Gay at Studio 35. 20 Straws shares the experiences of Ohio youth of being out and staying out in high school. The film is a project of Youth Video Outreach in Columbus .

Ladyfest Ohio $20 weekend passes include admission to all Ladyfest events and discounts off purchases made that weekend at Surly Girl Saloon, Betty's Fine Food and Spirits, East Village , U Cafe, and Wholly Craft.

Ladyfest Ohio is dedicated to promoting the artistic talents and political goals of ladies and all are welcome to attend. All events are meant to build a stronger feminist community in Columbus and support women working in the arts throughout Ohio . All Ladyfest Ohio events benefit The Girlz Rhythm and Rock Camp of Ohio and the Central Ohio Abortion Access Fund.
Dang, I am so not ready. :-(

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