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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

KUOW's Marcie Sillman posts interview on Electricidad's free preformance Thursday

Electricidad, has received good press since their performance last weekend and in preparation for their FREE performance on Thursday (see earlier posts & Seattle Announcements Calendar).  You can read and hear an interview posted by Marcie Sillman of KUOW.org that has just become available.  Enjoy!  Ms T.

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Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative is hosting Electricidad

Electricidad was at ACT last weekend and is playing as part of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 6:30pm.  There is a dinner at 5:30 with the play to immediately follow.  This is a FREE event.

Electricidad 
Directed by Rose Cano 
South Park Community Center 
8319 8th Ave S, 98108, 206-684-7451
Running Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes

A new kind of Greek Tragedy.  Where the South Side Locos are Kings and Spanglish rules.

A Chicano take on the Greek tragedy Electra, Luís Alfaro's Electricidad is a brutally modern adaptation of the classic revenge saga set within gang culture of the 'barrio'. One of the foremost Latino playwrights in the U.S. and winner of the MacArthur 'Genius Award', Luís Alfaro's eye-opening rendition situates the iconic characters in the present-day world of the 'Cholo' where the South Side Locos are Kings and Spanglish rules. Electricidad is mourning her father's body in her front yard, much to the dismay of the vecinos (neighbors) and her mother Clemencia, who was rumored to have had him killed to establish her power in the gang hierarchy. A comical bilingual chorus called 'El Chisme' gossips and tries to save their barrio from inevitable cycles of violence.

eSe Teatro's presentation of Electricidad is a blend between a staged reading and a fully produced play, presented in Spanglish.


Cast:
Luz García – Electricidad
Meg Savlov – Clemencia
Angela Maestas - Iffy
Leticia Jaramillo – Abuela
Ryan Dominguez - Orestes
Winston Rocha - Nino
Nataly García – chorus
Ana Maria Campoy – chorus
Eduardo Villarreal Gonzalez – chorus

Crew:
Rose Cano – Director
Javonna Arriaga – Stage Manager
Francisca García – Costumes

Thanks to Danielle Villegas for this information.

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Sistah Sinema

Sistah Sinema is a movie event showcasing Black womyn in Queer roles. Each showing will be followed by a moderated discussion section. Sistah Sinema was created to showcase the nuances of Black Queer Womyn culture. It is hoped that the movies will serve as a vehicle to foster honest dialogue on struggles and opportunities unique to Black Queer Womyn. While discussion will focus on Black Queer Womyn, all members of the Queer community are invited to attend.

Sistah Sinema will be held every first and third Saturday of the month, with possible schedule changes for holidays and to coordinate producer schedules.  Sistah Sinema is currently operational in Seattle and will launch in New York, Saturday, May 28th with plans to start in Atlanta and Portland by the end of 2011. Click here to buy tickets
Herstory of Sistah Sinema - Seattle

The founder of Sistah Sinema - Seattle was inspired by the warmth and family of three butch Black lesbians who, with their respective femmes, would get together every Sunday for dinner. The three friends referred to their gatherings as Sunday Dinner and would attend rain or shine, in good health or in bad as long as they were in the city.

The founder thought to herself, all lesbians of color should be blessed to share and have this sense of community with each other and other members of the queer community.   

Sistah Sinema - Seattle started January 15, 2011 at Vibe Bar and Grill. The inaugural event screening Family by Faith Trimel had ten attendees.

Sistah Sinema - Seattle is currently hosted at various Capitol Hill venues, including Wild Rose Bar, Broadway Grill, and others. Click here to purchase tickets.

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Sistah Sinema's Series The Beautiful Struggle: Overcoming Discrimination


You may have heard about Sistah Sinema, that combines films about Black womyn in Queer roles followed by a moderated discussion section.  They began this past January in Seattle and are expanding to New York City Memorial Day Weekend.  The newest series is 'The Beautiful Struggle: Overcoming Discrimination' that will screen Dream Deferred:  The Sakia Gunn Story and Training Rules.

Dream Deferred:  The Sakia Gunn Story
Saturday, May 28th, 2011
3pm - 7pm
Broadway Grill
314 Broadway East, Seattle WA. 98102 - 206-328-7000
Tool Box
1742 Second Avenue New York, NY 10128-3572.
http://www.thetoolboxnyc.com/
 Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Story
This documentary tells the little known story of Sakia Gunn, a 15 year old student who was
fatally stabbed in a gay hate crime in Newark, New Jersey. Sakia was an Aggressive. Sakia
held promise as a basketball player and was an 'A' student.

Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Story depicts the homophobia that caused this murder and questions the lack of media coverage of the murder of a Black Gay teenager. 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.
 Watch the moving trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXydJ4iHmto.
Tickets are $10 online at www.sistahsinema.webs.com and $15 at the door. $5 for each ticket sold will benefit Youth Eastside Service’s B-GLAD initiative that provides group counseling for queer youth in the Seattle area.
Training Rules
Saturday, June 4th, 2011
3pm - 7pm
Hula Hula
106 First Ave N Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 284-5003
Tool Box 
1742 Second Avenue New York, NY 10128-3572.
http://www.thetoolboxnyc.com/

Training Rules celebrates the start of the WNBA season. The Seatte Storm’s first regular season game is Saturday, June 4th at 12noon against Phoenix Mercury, 2007 and 2009 WNBA champions. The New York Liberty season will start Sunday, June 5th against the Atlanta Dream.

Training Rules documents the discrimination experienced by Lesbian basketball players at Penn State University for nearly three decades under Coach Renee Portland. The lead protagonist is Jen Harris, African - American star basketball player.
Watch trailer here: http://www.trainingrules.com/trailer.html 

Tickets are $5 online at www.sistahsinema.webs.com and $10 at the door. There will be ticket giveaways to upcoming WNBA games.

Sistah Sinema was created to showcase the nuances of Black Queer Womyn culture. It is hoped that the movies will serve as a vehicle to foster honest dialogue on struggles and opportunities unique to Black Queer Womyn. While discussion will focus on Black Queer Womyn, all members of the Queer community are invited to attend.
For more information, please visit website: www.sistahsinema.webs.com , phone: 425.954.6372, email: sistahsinema@gmail.com.  Seattle Announcement thanks Sistah Sinema for this information.

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