POWWOW Womens Pride 2010

Performing and Cultural Arts Festival
  Tonight Sakia Gunn Screening
The 1st Annual Rainbow Shoe/ Tie Affair
along with special events to coincide with the international VDay Movement.
(Partnerships and sponsorships available - contact C.C. Carter at powwowinc@gmail.com for ways you can become involved).   
For tickets for all events:
Check back for other partner and collaboration events updated weekly
POW-WOW Tuesdays at Jeffrey Pub, 7041 S Jeffrey
call: 773.530.8603
Tuesdays          March 2 - 30, 2010      1st Annual She Slam Competition
Wednesday    March 3, 2010            Affinity presents Screening of The Sakia Gunn Project
Thursday           March 4, 2010               Out at CHM -   Out at CHM: Queer Latinos: Art and Change
Friday                March 5, 2010              BBlyss presents 1st Fridays  
Thursday         March 11, 2010               No! The Rape Documentary: Screening and Discussion
Friday              March 12, 2010              Chicago Premiere of Eve Ensler's Anyone Of Us: Words From Prison
Saturday          March 13, 2010               Madman Productions presents LIPSTICK AND LACE 
Sunday           March 14, 2010                She Laughs OUTLoud featuring Dana Austin and Gloria Bigelow
Sunday            March 14, 2010               ICandy afterset at Rumba 
Tuesday          March 16, 2010               Men Talk Vagina - Part of the VDAY Men's Program
Thursday        March 18, 2010               Visual Arts Lecture - Mickalene Thomas
Saturday        March 20, 2010               WCF Sappho Salon and CFW LLC present Elana Dykewoman and Jenny Brier
 Sunday            March 21, 2010             The 1st Annual Rainbow Shoe/Tie Affair
 Tuesday          March 23, 2010                       Pandora's Follies at POW-WOW Tuesday 
Saturday      March 27, 2010            Evanston - Space presents Ellen Rosner & Friends
Tuesday        March 30, 2010                Finals for 1st Annual She Slam Competition
 Scroll down for complete infomation for each event
 Tuesday in March
come out to POW-WOW
March 9th
The 1st Annual
POW-WOW She Slam Competition
with a fierce line-up of celebrity judges
12 women per night will compete to be 1-3 for a battle of winner takes all in the finals for the $500 prize
 Prelims will take place
at Jeffrey Pub
7041 S Jefferey
Tuesday March 9th - 6:30 - 8 PM
 email to
powwowoutreach@gmail.com the following information:
Performance Name_____________________
College or University___________________
Telephone Number_____________________
Email Address_________________________
Preliminary Tuesday you can compete in (x one)
March 2_____
March 9_____
March 16____
March 23____
(please be advised that the date you select is not guaranteed but will make every conssession to do so - only 12 poets a Tuesday will be in that preliminary) 
Finals will take place at a space on the southside to be determined
March 30, 2010
7 - 10 PM
Rules and Guidelines
How many poems do I need to win?
1) You need at least 5 poems. Prelims are a 2,3,” slam, so each poet must prepare a two-minute poem and a three-minute poem.
  • Finals are a three-round elimination slam with 3-minute poems.
2) Repeats are NOT allowed during the competition. If you make it to the finals, all poems have to be pieces not performed in the preliminaries.
How does the competition actually work?
1) Each poet reads two poems on one preliminary night. Each bout consists of competing poets and a calibration poet in the first round only.
  • Poets read a three minute poem in the first round. The order of the second round is determined by the score in the first round. Poets read from high score to low score in the second round and they read a two minute poem.
  • 3 winners will be selected from that night to compete in the finals on March 30, 2010
2) The top twelve poets advance to the finals. The thirteenth poet is designated the calibration poet. All poems in the finals are three minute poems. No poems may be repeats from earlier in the tournament.
3) All twelve finalists read, the top seven move to the second round.
4)All seven poets read another poem and the top four go to the final round.
5) The four read one more poem and the high score of that round is the 1st Annual POW-WOW, She Slam Winner.
6) If there is a tie between the top two poets, they read one more poem in a sudden death match. Judges indicate which poet they prefer and the champion is crowned.

Screening of Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Affinity Community Services, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.
You've probably heard of Matthew Shepard, but you may have never heard of Sakia Gunn. Sakia was a 15 year old out and proud young woman from New Jersey who identified as an "aggressive" homosexual woman of color. She was stabbed to death in 2003 by one of the two much older men whose sexual advances she rebuffed that night.

Affinity is proud to be screening the documentary "Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project" by Chas Brack. The documentary follows the reaction of the Newark community where several rallies and vigils were held, galvanizing the community and prompting several LGBT organizations to form, including the Newark Pride Alliance and Sakia Gunn Aggressives & Femmes, as well as a scholarship fund in her name. May 23, the day Sakia was murdered, was declared by the city of Newark's Mayor as "No Name Calling Day".

The director will be present for the reception, which starts at 6:00pm, and the post-screening discussion, moderated by Cathy Cohen, political science professor at the University of Chicago and principle investigator of the Black Youth Project (www.blackyouthproject.com).

Special thanks to Northeastern Illinois University and especially Janean Watkins for making this screening possible.
Out at CHM:
Queer Latinos: Art and Change
March 4, 2010
5:30pm cocktails. 6:30pm program.
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Institute is a proud partner of Out at CHM, an annual series discovering the long and storied history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Chicago.  This installment promises a fascinating exploration of Chicago’s long standing and diverse queer Latino community. Scholars Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes and Lourdes Torres share their insights on the intersection of art and political change over the last twenty-five years.

Tickets required, visit www.chicagohistory.org.

Once in the Morning, 2005

Courtesy Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Lecture by Mickalene Thomas
March 18, 2010. 6:30pm.
Stage 2, 618 S. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor.


New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas is known for her elaborate paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel and colorful acrylics.  Her depictions of African American women explore notions of black female celebrity and identity while romanticizing ideas of femininity and power.  Reminiscent of 70s style Blaxploitation, the subjects in Thomas’ paintings radiate sexuality. Women in provocative poses sprawl across the picture plane and are surrounded by kitschy decorative patterns inspired by her childhood.  Mickalene Thomas earned her MFA at Yale University in 2002 and completed a residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.  Currently she lives and works in New York. This lecture is sponsored by the Photography Department, the Art + Design Department, and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The 1st Annual Pandora's Pantomime Follies
hosted by the fabulous
Nikki Patin
and featuring some of Chicago's best women's burlesque and drag illussionists
Jeffrey Pub
Chicago, IL
No! The Rape Documentary: Screening & Discussion
March 11. 5:30pm.

Annie May Swift Auditorium, 1920 Campus Drive,

One out of three women in the United States will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. The groundbreaking documentary film, produced and directed by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, an incest and rape survivor, features riveting testimonials from Black women rape survivors who defy victimization. No! is a Black feminist educational organizing tool being used in the global movement to end violence against women and children. This screening will be followed by a discussion with the director. Presented by Northwestern University’s Department of Performance Studies, Department of African American Studies, and Gender Studies Program, in collaboration with the Institute
Friday, March 12, 2010
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Northeastern University
700 E. Oakwood
Chicago, IL
in conjunction with
Chicago Foundation for Women's
Lesbian Leadership Council
Eve Ensler's
Pre-Reception 5:30 - 6:45 PM
Performance 7 -9 PM
$35 includes Wine and Cheese pre-reception, goodie bag and priority seating
$20 includes general seating for preformance
Sunday, March 14, 2010
5:30 - 8 PM
the hilarious
Dana Austin
the femme fabulous
Gloria Bigelow
and introducing
making her comedy stage debut
Jokes & Notes
4641 South King Drive
Chicago, IL
$25 booth
Seating begins at 5M
Showtime at 5:30 PM
2 drink minimum
must be 21 years old
Lesbian Leadership Council
and Sappho's Salon -
 Elana Dykewoman and
Jennie Brier
Saturday, March 20, 2010
7:30pm - 9:00pm
5233 N. Clark St.
All are welcome to attend this event.

About the Program
The Lesbian Leadership Council of Chicago Foundation for Women is proud to cosponsor Sappho's Salon in March. Women and Children First, Chicago's only feminist bookstore, hosts monthly performances by authors and artists for lesbians and their friends. The March 2010 salon will feature readings by Elana Dykewoman and Jennie Brier. More details coming soon!

Women & Children First is wheelchair accessible. If you have other accessibility questions or requests, contact Marisol Ybarra at (312) 577-2836, TTY (312) 577-2803 or mybarra@cfw.org.

Join us on March 21, 2010

 The 1st Annual
The Rainbow Shoe/Tie Affair
 a fundraiser to benefit our campaign to create Jackie's P.L.A.C.E. 
 The Marmon Grand Ballroom
2230 S. Michigan
Chicago, IL
$50 - Premium Ticket - Pre-Reception, Awards Banquet, Open Bar  and Buffet from 4:00 - 5:30PM
$25 General Admission Ticket for Dance,  Cash Bar and Silent Auction 6 - 9 PM
 Award Recipients:
Dr. Margo Bell
Lora Branch
Keith Greene
Rev. Straight
The Red Pump and Tie Project
Music by:
Lora Branch - Old School
Dj Levi - Stepping and Slides
DJ Phyl Thomas - Old School House
Host Committee
Chairs - Jackie Anderson, Tarrina Dikes, Pat McCombs
Rogeria Westbrook
C.C. Carter
Kayron Fortenberry
Donna Johnson
Cleo Downing, Ph.D
Sat Dexdelion
Latrice Goode
Alberta Mack
Silent Auction by some of Chicago's acclaimed visual artists and sculpters
Red Carpet parade and prizes awarded to the fiercest couple with matching shoe/tie/accessory combos
available at POW-WOW every Tuesday
 Ellen Rosner & Friends
Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8:00pm

1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston,IL
In the timeless Chicago tradition of Ray Rayner and Friends, and Garfield Goose and Friends comes an evening of Ellen Rosner & Friends.

The night's friends feature: new friend, Ingrid Graudins, old friend, John Hasbrouck and dear friends, Chuck Harling-drums, Judy Director-keys, June Obie-bass (AKA The Collective Ellen Rosner...if I have my way).

Come hear new music, at a great place, at decent hour.

Tickets are on sale now at http://www.evanstonspace.com/buytix.html

*a portion of ticket sales will go to a breast cancer patient support fund (TBD).

The 1st Annual Women's Pride Festival is sponsored by:
CK2 Entertainment
Class Ce Entertainment
E3 Radio
G-Spot Raido
Lesbian Leadership Council of Chicago Foundation for Women
The Ellen Stone Belic
Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media
Madman Productions
Windy City Media Group
Women and Children First