March is National Women’s History Month, y’all! Send a care package from Good Boxes (including some awesome items from In Other Words) to your favorite woman. A portion of the proceeds goes to a local women’s shelter.
Happening at In Other Words this month:
- Our neighbors, The Vital Compass, are joining us every other week for self-care sessions. These are happening on Wednesday the 5th and 19th at 11:30 am with Ear (Auricular) Acupuncture, which is a fantastic way to detox your mind and body. Suggested donation of $5.
- On Monday the 3rd, poet, artist, and cultural organizer Vanessa Huang and In Other Words invite feminists of color in the Portland area to join us for an evening to find poetry and make ritual in honor of our connection with chosen, inherited, and collective ancestors along our journeys dreaming and making worlds where each and all of us are free.
- On Tuesday the 4th join the folks from Flexible Fitness in Portland for the monthly introductory class. It will incorporate stretching, agility training, phantom weight lifting, and drumstick cardio. Bring water and a healthy sense of humor! The class is free and donations are welcome.
- On Wednesday the 5th join us for a reading, talk, and open Q&A with Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence anthology editor, Lisa Factra-Borchers.
- Saturday the 8th is International Women’s Day! We’ll with celebrating with Portland Pairings Wine Shop as they donate a portion of proceeds to In Other Words for this awesome event! We’ll also be hosting the Happy Hysteria Health Collective for a full day celebrating & supporting womb centric holistic health, or Happy Hysteria Day.
- Don’t miss Sistah Sinema’s monthly movie also on Saturday the 8th. This month is Thick Relations, a movie about family, connections, and love.
- On Tuesday the 11th at 4:30, join us for a talk and Q/A with bestselling authors Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson about what constitutes a good relationship. They will discuss their new book, Partners In Passion, which is fortified by interviews with couples from diverse backgrounds, relationship styles, and orientations who are enjoying erotically vibrant partnerships.
- On Thursday the 13th join NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon for the release party for the second edition of the Repro. Sheroes zine.
- On Sunday the 16th don’t miss the video showing of Homomentum: The Musical. Unicorns and other mythical creatures save the world through dance, live music, queer awesomeness, and glitter, in this brand-new genderbending sci-fi fantasy musical!
- On Wednesday the 26th is “In Other Words presents Reel Feminism,” a monthly film series hosted at the Clinton Street Theater! This month, we’ll be showing Maria in Nobody’s Land.
This month, COMPENSATION, the first feature by award-winning filmmaker Zeinabu Irene Davis (CYCLES and A POWERFUL THANG), presents two unique African-American love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man. Inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this moving narrative shares their struggle to overcome racism, disability and discrimination. An important film on African-American deaf culture, Davis innovatively incorporates silent film techniques (such as title cards and vintage photos) to make the piece accessible to hearing and deaf viewers alike, and to share the vast possibilities of language and communication. (source: wmm.com)
Director: Zeinabu irene Davis
Runtime: 95 minutes
Come down to the Clinton Street Theatre on Wednesday, February 26th at 7pm for a screening of Compensation with discussion to follow. Admission is $5-10, with anything over $5 going directly to support In Other Words.
REEL FEMINISM is a film series highlighting movies directed by women and genderqueer individuals that have a feminist perspective or address feminist topics. For more information, RSVP on Facebook and join the In Other Words presents: Reel Feminism group.
You are invited to join local author and activist Nancy Thurston for an afternoon of waking up to the feminine wisdom already within you.
Guided by excerpts from her provocative social change memoir, Big Topics at Midnight: A Texas Girl Wakes Up to Race, Class, Gender and Herself, Nancy will facilitate creative exercises to help you excavate the riches of your own story. In these unsteady times, you’re invited to find the solid ground within yourself.
The event is free. Attendees will be invited to give a free will offering to support the work of In Other Words.
Happenings for February at In Other Words:
- Our neighbors, The Vital Compass, are joining us every other week for self-care sessions. They will start on Wednesday the 5th at noon with Ear (Auricular) Acupuncture, which is a fantastic way to detox your mind and body.
- On Tuesday, February 11th, join the Happy Hysteria Health Collective with Rev. Teri D. Ciacchi from Living Love Revolution for an evening of dynamic conversation and embodiment exercises designed to help you identify and experience your sexual sovereignty.
- On Saturday, February 15th, check out the monthly film series hosted by Sistah Sinema celebrating the revolutionary act of a queer woman of color loving other queer women of color.
- On Tuesday, February 18th, stop by for the monthly local poetry reading series, featuring two readers and an open mic for those in the audience who wish to share their work
- On Saturday, February 22nd, join local author and activist Nancy Thurston for an afternoon of waking up to the feminine wisdom already within you at Tending the Fire: Feminine Wisdom for Midnight Times. Guided by excerpts from her provocative social change memoir, Big Topics at Midnight: A Texas Girl Wakes Up to Race, Class, Gender and Herself, Nancy will facilitate creative exercises to help you excavate the riches of your own story.
- On Wednesday, February 26th, don’t miss In the Other Words presents Reel Feminism showing of Compensation at the Clinton Street Theatre, an important film on African-American deaf culture by award-winning filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis (CYCLES and A POWERFUL THANG). Two unique African-American love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man that were inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this moving narrative shares their struggle to overcome racism, disability and discrimination. (source: wmm.com)
- On Thursday, February 27th, join us for Slam Up: Where Poetry Meets Comedy, an innovative mix of comedy and poetry through music and spoken word featuring Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger. They’ll rap, sing, spit (poetry), & grab you by the heartstrings with their tales of the many shades of love– requited, unrequited, gay, straight, queer, or, well, just “creative.”
To celebrate and honor Black History Month, don’t miss the 24th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films at Portland Community College! This is a FREE and open to the public event Thursdays through Saturdays all month, and the final weekend will also celebrate women filmmakers!
Get ready to put a bird on it, and join us tomorrow at 6 for In Other Words’ Crafty Night!
Bring your current project and plan to discuss feminist and queer issues in an inclusive, safe space.
Sistah Sinema started in Seatle, WA in January 2011. In the Spring of 2012, Women of Plenty launched Sistah Sinema – San Antonio (curently in hiatus). In June 2012, Sistah Sinema – Cleveland was launched. Sistah Sinema – Portland & Atlanta launched in January of 2013. Sistah Sinema – Greensboro went live in April 2013 and Sistah Sinema – Kingston in May. For details on bringing Sistah Sinema to your city, click here. Our goal is to become an international distribution network for Queer Women of Color cinema.
In Other Words is proud to be teaming up with Sistah Sinema to host monthly movie events! This month’s event is at 6 pm on Saturday, January 11th, and features five futuristic short films to give attendees a glimpse of queer women of color who are empowered by developments in technology as they continue to fight the beautiful struggle.
One film Elliot King Is Third (15 mins): What if the United States allowed for third gender identification? As a transgender male, would you pass to gain White man privilege or self-identify?