Earlier this year in Russia members or a female rock band, Pussy Riot decided to take to Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour to protest how the Church apparently condones Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. “We were deeply saddened that you allowed the church to become a weapon in a dirty election campaign and urged the faithful to vote for a man who is as far as can be from God’s truth.”
I will always concur, believe, and practice that people should be allowed to express their thoughts and opinions; however, to radically do on sacred site I don’t agree so much. I believe these women wanted to make a direct point on a connection of the Church and Putin, but this act of protest could have taken place across from or near the church– not necessarily on site. There are things that I disagree with even as a Believer myself in the Black church, but I do and would continue to protest persons-of-interest not a sacred symbol of faith.
CALL FOR ARTISTS
St. George’s Arts Alliance
Presents the 9th Annual Fine Art Show and Sale November 3 & 4, 2012
If you would like to apply for participation in the Ninth Annual St. George’s Arts Alliance Fine Art Show and Sale, please submit 6 to 8 images representing your current work. Submission should be in the form of 5 x 7 or 8.5 x 11 photographs or high quality digital photos. Please indicate the medium, original size, and price of the artwork. Please also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or mailer so that we may return your samples to you following the selection process.
Please mail to: St. George’s Arts Alliance 8235 Dogwood Rd. Germantown, TN 38139 In order to be considered for inclusion in this show, artwork must be submitted NO LATER THAN JULY 31, 2012. Decisions by the Selection Committee will be made by August 15, 2012. For more information or questions please contact Timmi Warlick, 261-2395 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Bennett, 901-652-5822 or email@example.com. All information online at http://www.SGISArtShow.org.
Thank you for your interest in the 2012 St. George’s Arts Alliance Fine Arts Show and Sale. More about our about St. George’s Fine Art Show and Sale: Each year, St. George’s and the Arts Alliance hosts an exhibit and fine art sale featuring local and regional artists. Hundreds of pieces of artwork are on display and are available for purchase by both St. George’s families and the public.
It is both an opportunity for artists to introduce their work to a large number of serious collectors of fine art, as well as those beginning to learn who the important regional artists are. Artists are able to sell their pieces, and a percentage (30%) of the proceeds goes to enhance the arts programs of all three campuses of St. George’s Independent School.
In the mid-19th century, dance was ready for a revolution. The ballet theater had been nearly reduced to a peep show in Paris by 1850, as is reflected in the art of Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and others. Tutus were being shortened. Victorian corsets were donned by young “gamines,” who pranced around for the bourgeoisie. Additionally, as a reaction against the mechanization of the Industrial Revolution, an “ethereal” aesthetic became popular. Pointe shoes were invented by Marie Taglioni in 1827 to heighten the lithe look, and Romantic ballets starred fairies and nymphs. Even male dancing in Romantic ballets was tailored to please male audiences. Basically, a male dancer’s role was merely to frame the female body, support it, and aid in its contortion. Unfortunately, as more ballerinas fit this new ideal, theaters seemed to grow increasingly corrupt. As ballet developed a more scandalous reputation, many serious dancers realized…
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|THIS MONDAY! Vaginas Take Back Michigan Capitol! JOIN Eve Ensler & Michigan Senators & Representatives!
On Monday, June 18th, Eve Ensler and Michigan Senators and Representatives will join local activists and actors for a special performance of The Vagina Monologues on the Michigan Capitol Steps!
The performance is part of an organized response to the recent banning of Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown from publicly speaking in the House. On June 14th, Rep. Brown was banned by Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas and House Republicans for using the word “vagina” during a debate on a bill that puts new restrictions on abortion providers. Brown, who voted against the legislation, told supporters of the bill, “I’m flattered you’re all so concerned about my vagina. But no means no.”
“For 14 years at V-Day, we’ve seen the power of saying the word ‘vagina.’ We’ve seen how it’s freed women from their shame and empowered them to break the silence and become leaders in their communities. By saying the word ‘vagina’ and making it okay to say the word ‘vagina,’ we take away the humiliation, and fear, and myths that often surround it,” stated Ensler. “Censoring a woman for saying a word that is a body part that 51% of their constituents have is a repression that we have not and should not ever witness in this country.”
“They banned me from speaking because I dared say vagina, the correct, medical name of apart of a woman’s anatomy these lawmakers are trying to regulate,” added Representative Brown. “I’m outraged that there are Michigan legislators that not only want to dictate what women can do, but what we can say.”
WHO: Eve Ensler, Michigan Senators & Representatives & YOU!
Activists who would like to get involved can contact Valerie Keefe who will provide further information. Valerie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (517) 316-6420.
Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht // Buy this photo
Elizabeth Mensah, 22, moved to Memphis to take a position with Ballet Memphis. She studied with the renowned Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Chicago.