Gainesville Area NOW presents: "Miss Representation"

Published Robbie - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:46pm

"Miss Representation" is a 2011 American documentary film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. It explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women. The film interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from the likes of Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem to give an inside look at the media and its message. Runtime-85 minutes.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

Nude Descending An Empire (Book Release Party) + Blackfire

Published Robbie - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:31pm

This is a book release party, featuring acclaimed poet Sam Taylor—who will read from his scintillating and explosive new book, NUDE DESCENDING AN EMPIRE—and special guest Blackfire, who will rock out with Eastern European and Klezmer Jams. Also, wine will be served.

While you may have previously concluded that poetry readings are not always the liveliest affair, this event promises to change all that. Sam Taylor is the real deal, and Nude Descending an Empire is a collection of immediately accessible poems that dynamically engage with the political and ecological urgency of our contemporary moment. Taylor's politically radical second collection follows his more mystically inclined first, Body of the World, a finalist for Foreword Reviews Book of the Year. Taylor spent years living as a caretaker for a remote wilderness refuge, without phone, electricity, or internet, an experience that partly inspired this book. He currently teaches as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, and his work was recently honored with the coveted Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, which will support him to travel the world for a year.

You can sample his work at <>. And, listen to what others are saying!

“Once in a while a book appears that seems forged from the truth. This is one. The poems . . . take head-on the end of nature, for one thing, and the significance of human life in a world changing so perilously fast that it’s barely recognizable from one moment to the next.” — Chase Twichell

“Sam Taylor’s Nude Descending an Empire is a book that has large ambitions—and overwhelmingly succeeds at all of them. The voice here works at so many dimensions: spiritual, political, erotic, sensually worldly and quietly lyrical—and probably a dozen more! Few poets are able to write well in just one or two of these realms. That Taylor can do so much—he marries Frank O’Hara and Merwin, Whitman and Dante, your latest local radio report and science fiction!—is amazing in and of itself. And, then, when you take a breath and sit down hard reading this book, his gift at incantatory syntax takes this amazement to a wholly different level—you stand up, you read these poems aloud. I love the many lives of this book: his life as Sioux, Jew, a Christian peasant, and many others. I love how he curses and praises and sexes in the same poem, often in the same moment. Sam Taylor is a poet to reckon with, a poet to live with, a poet to marvel at. This is a wonderful book.”—Ilya Kaminsky

“Bountifully true to both the exploration of intimacy and sexuality implied by Nude AND to the unpacking of the public and political implied by Empire, Sam Taylor's new book is a wonder, by turns riding the crest of our immediate American nano-moment and channeling the vatic voice of ancient wisdom. These are poems for the long haul: they replenish us.” --Albert Goldbarth

“Nude Descending an Empire is a stunning book, in all the varied shades of ‘stun.’ The nude descending an empire enacts an apocalyptic prophecy where the earth’s inhabitants are scampering about barefoot and naked sheltering in the shades of the towers they had competed to build. But Sam Taylor is too astute a poet to only horrify us with the facts, with the impending damage. His voice is elegiac for all of us, for life on this planet, and his ironic sleights of hands point to the end of irony, apathy, or whatever we call the unconscionable ways that have sustained our consumption and violence. I know that when it comes to reciting and composing the psalms of our age, Taylor is the one I want to lead us in prayer.”—Khaled Mattawa

Please join us!

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 5:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Beginner Irish Set Dancing and Sean Nos Step Dancing

Published Robbie - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:59pm

Irish Set dancing is social, playful, relaxed and prone to spirited self-expression. It is very popular in Irish communities around the world. It is danced in four couple square formation.

Sean nos (old style) Irish dance is a solo, improvised form of percussive dance that is as varied and unique as every dancer who dances it.

Next time:
Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:30pm
$5 suggested donation

"Anne Braden: Southern Patriot"

Published Robbie - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 1:36pm

"Anne Braden: Southern Patriot" is a documentary exploration of the life and legacy of this American civil rights leader.  After she was charged with sedition for attempting to desegregate a Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood in 1954, Braden used the attack to turn herself "inside out" and embarked upon a lifetime of racial justice organizing matched by few whites in American history. Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was “eloquent and prophetic,” and named as one of only five white southerners he could count as allies.

Labeled a "traitor to her race" and ostracized as a “red” by segregationists and even many in the civil rights movement, she fought for an inclusive movement community and demonstrated that protecting civil liberties was essential to gaining civil rights. After decades of being shunned by even the most progressive organizations, in 1989 Anne Braden was awarded the first Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty from the American Civil Liberties Union as a “lifelong leader of the movements for racial justice, labor rights, and peace in the South.”

Described as “one of the great figures of our time” by historian Jacquelyn Hall, Braden died in 2006 leaving a remarkable legacy as a grassroots organizer, committed journalist, civil rights leader, movement strategist, social chronicler, public intellectual, teacher and mentor to three generations of social justice activists. In the midst of production at the time, the filmmakers continued with the documentary with other producers graciously contributing additional media.

In the film Braden is articulate, insightful, challenging, self-effacing, and charming. Her reflections on the significance of a lifetime of racial justice organizing are interspersed with commentary from civil rights leaders, organizers, historians, students and friends who intersected with her at key moments in her life. Archival material of the civil rights movement and historical and contemporary footage of Anne participating in the social justice community are juxtaposed with a variety of interviews. (

Runtime-77 minutes

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

Release Party for Sinister Wisdom 93

Published Robbie - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:16pm

Celebrate the first printing created by the Southern Lesbian Activist Herstory project. Sponsored by Wild Iris Books The entire issue is devoted to the beginning of the lesbian-feminist movement in the south, which means there is a lot about Gainesville in this publication! As the stories of second wave feminism are told, we want southerners included, and this begins to share our stories. Interviews and contributors include: Barbara Esrig, Pam Smith, Ronni Sanlo, Byllye Avery, Garnett Harrison, Shewolf, Corky Culver, Kate Ellison, and many many other women from all over Florida and the rest of the south.

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 6:00pm
Free, donations appreciated
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