Culture Archive

Sleater-Kinney and 2.5 Wave Feminism

  Last night, I saw my first riot grrrl concert when Sleater-Kinney took the stage in Pittsburgh for the first time in 19 years. The show was sold-out. It was good. My ears hurt. I recognized about half the songs after marathon listening sessions in the prior weeks. I didn’t care when I didn’t recognize
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Ibsen at Off The Wall Makes Me Rethink Realism

This weekend, Off The Wall Theater is debuting a modern version of the Henrik Ibsen classic “Ghosts” and it has interesting implications for Women’s History Month. The history of Ghosts is as rich as the story line is intriguing. Strongly criticized by theater critics of the day as “abominable, blasphemous, disgusting, sordid” and shunned by
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Resiliency and Growing a Thick Skin

Last night, Google sent me a little alert informing me that I’ve been TERFd (again!) on a website related to harassing the trans community, especially trans women. My sin is being an ally to trans people (again!) If you’d like to better understand how & why this group of radical feminists bear such animosity for
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The Tweet Seats – Celebrating Bricolage Urban Scrawl

I was quite thrilled and honored to be one of two local twitter users invited to live-tweet an upcoming fundraiser for Bricolage as an extension of their “tweet seats” initiative. While many theater companies include social media in their media plans, few do so for fundraisers. This is an innovative approach to community engagement and
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PA Winery Tours Benefits #MostWantedArtists

As I’ve shared, I’m now an Artist in Residence with Most Wanted Fine Art (MWFA) gallery in Garfield. It is a terrific community engagement project that supports public art throughout the region. I was very happy to connect the gallery with an opportunity to secure sustainable funding through a partnership that focuses on fun things
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Valentine’s Day Giveaway: Passes to see Indecent Divas Performance at @OTWTheater in Carngie

We love our friends at Off The Wall Theater and the Indecent Divas cabaret performance was one of our favorites. Much to our delight, the DIVAS are back for one night only on Friday, February 13. Friday night only at 8 PM you should be in Carnegie enjoying this sexy, scintillating romp with Anna Elder
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Dicey & Paprika Cover Flash Dance Theme Song

I recorded this during the Dicey & Paprika show last year at Club Cafe. It always makes me smile and I could use a smile this week. The ladies granted me an exclusive interview last year that’s rather hysterical (and slightly alarming.) Dicey and Paprika have taken local singer-songerwriter Eve Goodman under their wings and
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PghLesbian Blog Nominated in Nine Reader’s Choice Award Categories

We are honored once again to receive your nominations in the 2015 Keystone Alliance Gaylife Newsletter Reader’s Choice Awards. Our blog is a regular contributor to their publication and we are thrilled to have so much community support for our work. The Keystone Alliance Gaylife Newsletter is a tri-state organization with a national and regional
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