Saturday, December 20, 2014

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place - December 20, 2014

Dixon Place presents...

"Salon Lounge at Dixon Place"

a monthly showcase of performance/literature/film-video by women

an International Women Artists’ Salon series

Saturday, 20 Saturday 2014 ~ Host: Carol Hollenbeck

Historical Woman Artist Honoree: Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179) German Medieval intellectual and artist

She wrote The Divine Works of a Simple Man, The Meritorious Life, sixty-five hymns, a miracle play, and a long treatise of nine books on the different natures of trees, plants, animals, birds, fish, minerals, and metals. From an early age, she claimed to have visions. When the Papacy supported these claims by the headmistress, her position as an important intellectual was galvanized. The visions became part of one of her seminal works in 1142, Scivias (Know the Ways of the Lord), which consists of thirty-five visions relating and illustrating the history of salvation.

Film: Maxi Cohen
Ladies Rooms Around the World, trailer

“I have been photographing in the ladies room for more than thirty years, from the Australian outback to Zambian discos, and videotaping since the late 1990s. This project is a celebration of women’s courage and beauty, meant to inspire self-expression and advocate for women’s rights. “

A Movement in Water, excerpt
“For more than the past fifteen years, I have been photographing and filming lush abstractions of water from Argentina to Zimbabwe, Bali to Bosnia to Botswana. A Movement in Water is an immersive traveling installation designed to shift your physiology and the way you look at water.”

Maxi Cohen is an artist and filmmaker. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Israel Museum, National Gallery of Canada and other museums and collection. Her films have played in movie theaters, film festivals and on television internationally.

Theater: Rosina Fernhoff performing play by Carol Polcovar

Alice-The Conversion of Alice B Toklas

Alice B. Toklas is known only as the "wife" of the modernist writer Gertrude Stein. In The Conversion of Alice B. Toklas, it is Alice who takes Center Stage. At age 92 Alice looks over her life and whether to become a Catholic. We learn about her love for Gertrude, the truth about their relationship and how they, as Jews, survived Nazi occupied France.

Rosina Fernhoff is the recipient of an Obie for her performances in FASHION and GERANIUM HAT. She career has encompassed regional and international off-Broadway, feature and short films, and she has directed 2 solo plays. For thirty years she has been touring with Av Inlender's 4 solo plays written for her: Snow People, Shadows, Mrs. Davidson's Story and Jerusalem Story. She has a BFA in drama from Carnegie Mellon University, and studied with Lee Strassberg, George DiCenzo and Sabra Jones. In 2014 she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Artistic Work from Carnival Girls Productions. She is a member of AEA ,SAG-AFTRA.

Carol Polcovar entered the literary world as a poet and publisher. Later she became a playwright and theatrical producer/ director as well. Her new venture is CandRwrite which offers marketing and publicity services. Ms. Polcovar is the founder and Artistic Director of New York City’s Fresh Fruit Festival.

Literature: Susan Sherman
Nirvana on Ninth Street, excerpt

Susan Sherman’s new work of short fiction NIRVANA ON NINTH STREET captures a time and place when revolutionary politics and arts grew among the Lower East Side’s deteriorating tenements.

Susan Sherman, poet, playwright, essayist, editor and co-founder of IKON magazine moved to the East Village in 1961 where she became part of its political and artistic activism. Nirvana on Ninth Street, captures that time and place. Her publications include, The Light That Puts an End to Dreams and the memoir: America’s Child.

Performance Poetry: Chocolate Waters
excerpts from early work and latest book, The Woman Who Wouldn't Shake Hands

During the second wave of feminism, Chocolate Waters was one of the first openly lesbian poets and performance artists to gain widespread attention. She was also a founder of Big Mama Rag, Denver's radical feminist newspaper. She continues to evolve. "Chocolate Waters is one of this world's original creative story tellers, life observers, and proof that "the personal is political" can be told in a humorous, direct, thought provoking, singular manner that will stay in one's mind long after a Chocolate Waters individual performance." ~ Vicki McConnell, author of the Nyla Wade Lesbian mystery series

Host: Carol Hollenbeck
Actress, author, and playwright Carol Hollenbeck has appeared on TV soap opera, in several off-broadway plays, and in several murder mysteries. She produced Hells Kitchen Short Film Festival, in which her short film THE LIFTERS was premiered. Carol founded the group HELLS KITCHEN WRITERS, which includes poets and novelists , and produce functions several times a year. Her book TRUE BLONDES, is about the trials and tribulations of what it means to be blonde, the myth surrounding the light haired goddesses. Carol’s play HOMETOWN PREMIER, which takes place in the sixties, tells the story of a young girl as she returns home from Hollywood for her hometown premier.

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