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WORD*ROCK*&SWORD: A Festival Celebration of Women’s Lives, Year 3
Sunday to Sunday: September 15—22, 2013

An annual series of event celebrating the brilliance and creativity of women!

SUNDAY September 15th 11:30am to 2:30pm
WE ARE AMAZING SALON WORD*ROCK*&SWORD: A Festival Celebration Of Women’s Lives Opening Service

Our ability to stand in community is our greatest resource. WE ARE AMAZING SALON Join us for Brunch and whatever you bring to the table!Bring 2-3 minutes of word/song/introductions/visual art/prayer/meditation/information… Bring a beverage- we’ll take care of the food.
The idea is to gather, listen and see each other. Bring yourself, bring whomever you think should be in the room. Let’s build relationships across common ground.
Location in Brooklyn, address given with RSVP. Space is limited so RSVP and name each person in your party. Tell us a little bit about yourselves.
RSVP REQUIRED:  email now

MONDAY Sept. 17th 9:30pm at Joe’s Pub
Word*Rock*&Sword Women of Comedy
Featuring Elvira Kurt- Hosted/Music by Dj Rimarkable, live Music performance by Rachel Friedman.

Elvira Kurt-Elvira was voted Funniest Female Comedian at the Canadian Comedy Awards and received a Gemini nomination for her one hour comedy special Elvira Kurt: I’m a Big Girl Now. The Second City Alumnus has had years of comedic success in Canada and the US. She has appeared on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and her comedy specials have aired on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, CTV, CBC and The Comedy Network. Dj Rimarkable-Redefining the word “remix”, Mariaelena “RiRi” Garcia, aka DJ Rimarkable is a renaissance woman indeed. A DJ, producer, drummer, vocalist, writer and instructor, her multiple talents have taken her to many stages. This show features a special live music performance by New York’s own Rachel Friedman.

TUESDAY, Sept. 16th 7pm to 9pm
We Who Believe in Freedom: A Conversation on Women, Criminalization and Justice.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd  New York, NY 10037
The conversation will feature presenters with direct experience on the issues of women’s defense against violence; the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women; the targeting of women based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; the policing of sex work; and mothers involved in youth justice. Moderated by Karen Thompson (The Innocence Project), the confirmed participants include Patreese Johnson (New Jersey 4 case), Robin McGinty (poet and activist), Tina Reynolds (Women on the Rise Telling HerStory – WORTH), Andrea Ritchie (Streetwise and Safe), Sharonne Salaam (activist and mother of Yusef Salaam of the Central Park 5) and Jacqueline Velez (Coalition for Women Prisoners’ Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act campaign).

THURSDAY Sept 19th at Sacred Studios, 7-9pm
WATER FROM THE WELL: an engaging healing creative expression workshop created/facilitated by Imani Uzuri (vocalist, composer, performer)

97 Clifton Pl  New York, NY (347) 715-4112 Sliding scale $10-$30
Using multi-layered practices including vocalizing, journaling, storytelling, small/large group engagement, group sound-making, singing and chanting, Imani Uzuri, who has facilitated creative expression, writing and healing workshops internationally including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, London, New York, Berkeley, Cambridge, and Philadelphia, invites participants to dynamically and intimately explore their own creative expression. Water From The Well is a supportive and affirming workshop that has been attended by artists from various backgrounds- singers, writers, poets, filmmakers, dancers, MC’s, and also welcomes anyone who wants to explore the expansive healing power of their own unique voice. Join us on this revelatory journey which promises to inspire!
30 spaces available (RSVP strongly suggested: https://www.facebook.com/events/151349978393687/)  *A limited number of scholarships will be available. please wear comfortable clothes, bring a journal and an open heart.

FRIDAY Sept. 20th 7pm-9pm
The New Black, A documentary film by Director/Producer Yoruba Richen
Q and A with the director following screening.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration 1368 Fulton St  New York, NY 11216
The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.
THIS EVENT IS FREE. Good to RSVP http://www.restorationplaza.org/calendar/newblack2013

SATURDAY, Sept. 21st 9am-11am
SAFE & FREE, Movement and Meditation In Honor of the Equinox with Ola Ronke

Hipdhamma, Yoga and Meditation Studio. 375 Stuyvesant Avenue (near Decatur)
This moment in where we transition from summer into fall is the PERFECT time for leaning into self discovery and introspection.
As mother Earth passes the baton towards cooler nights and more colorful days, let us take part in ritual that will open the mind, spirit and body towards growth, courage and faith.
Let us allow the asana and meditation to guide us to a place in where our souls can feel loved, protected, safe and free!!
Please wear comfy clothes, bring water and a journal for writing. 
*This workshop is for women and self identified trans people only.* It is pay what you wish with a suggested donation of $10. Please wear comfy clothes, bring water and a journal for writing.

SATURDAY, September 21, 2013
Doors @6pm w/ DJ Tikka Masala – $20
Word*Rock*&Sword: A MUSICAL Celebration of Women’s Lives 

le poisson rouge 158 Bleecker Street, NYC Buy tickets now

Featuring Nona Hendryx, Martha Redbone, KimberlyNichole, Christelle Durandy, Be Steadwell, Imani Uzuri, Toshi Reagon, Morley, Tamar-kali, Joan As Police Woman, Allison Miller, Ganessa James, Alex Nolan, Sue Hadjopoulos. DJ Tikka Masala, Abena Koomson, Arooj Aftab, Invincible Detroit, Judith Casselberry, KOKUMO, Jessica Care Moore.