I Want to F&%k This Review

Wow! When my sister forwarded me a link to a review for the movie Wanted, I was suspect. However the fact that she accompanied the link with a few choice phrases from the review, made me immediately click and read. Just how choice is this review? Try a sneak preview: "...she waves around a gun in ways that would make Freud weep with vagina envy." Now go read it right now! I echo the reviewer, I'm no Jolie fan either (who cares?) but she can do the bad-ass hottie shtick and for that I am a fan. I vote she's the next James Bond. Switchback will be seeing this movie! P.S. Anyone using Tawny Kitaen as a verb...um, yeah, awesome!

Last weekend for Feminist Interrogations exhibit at Arc Gallery in Chicago

"Feminist Interrogations" showcases feminist art works by emerging artists that do not privilege gender, but see it in conversation with questions of social justice in the global age. Featuring artists from Australia, the United States, and Europe, the artworks selected for "Feminist Interrogations" address how women's lives are impacted by and intersect with a variety of issues, such as consumerism, racism, reproductive rights, domestic violence, and the legacies of colonialism and war. Utilizing strategies that range from self-portraiture to collaborative practice, these artists provide an opportunity to engage in a wider dialogue of these complex concerns, as well as create sites of resis

Ida Applebroog

Good grief, I'm really reading about and looking at a lot of Ida Applebroog's work right now. There's a great video on her website where she makes some interesting statements ("I have a real problem with feminism and art. I've never liked the all women shows--it lables us, it ghettoizes us. I hate being labeled, I really hate being labeled.") and also discusses her approaches and various subject matter. Worth checking out.

Shad(ow)y Ladies!

For those of you in the Chicago area, hip lit mag/broadsheet quarterly THE2NDHAND is having its release party tomorrow night at Ronny's. The theme of the night is a twist on weddings, and one of the featured performers is none other than Jill Summers, who, with her sister Susie Kirkwood will be debuting a new shadow puppet story show--HOTEL--, which she describes as a Victorian ghost story! Woooo! Here are the details: THE2NDHAND No. 28 release party -- it's a wedding! Thursday, June 26, 8 PM, $6@ Ronny's, 2103 N. California Hosted by C.T. Ballentine & featuring: Lauren Pretnar, Chris Bower, Jill Summers & Susie Kirkwood, Fred Sasaki & Jacob Knabb, Kyle Beachy and the music of the Spec

Vagina Festival

While cruising the Feminist Majority Foundation website, I couldn't help but notice an event called "Vagina Festival" to be held in NYC this October. Last year's Vagina Festival coincided with V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Have you heard about this or did you attend last year? I'd be curious to read what folks have to say.

Poetry Cavalcade!

Hello Loves! Please coddle and nurture me because this is my first posting to the Switchback Blog, and regardless of my general overage of wordiness in colloquial speech (or even better, via txt msging!), I feel slightly timid putting anything up here because I admittedly do not keep up with any art or trend via the internet (aside from checking a ton of horoscope pages, daily). Nevertheless. I am posting to invite you (yes, YOU, ms/r/rs ADORABLE!) to a poetry extravaganza which will be happening Saturday, August 9th at the Mercury Cafe (1505 W. Chicago Avenue). This reading will feature myself (jen N.W.), as well as MANY other renowned local writers (the famed Thax Douglas of Chicago musi

When Mom and Dad Share It All

NY Times article by Lisa Belkin on equal parenting Features some interesting stats on division of labor and childcare in American homes...

Resort to Humming

Switchback Books is excited to announce that our own Daniela Olszewska's chapbook, Resort to Humming, has been accepted for publication by Scantily Clad Press. Congrats Daniela! To experience Daniela's brilliance in the interim, check out her blog at: danielaolszewska.com.

Spooky Boyfriend needs submissions from women

Nate Logan is a student at Moorhead State University and has started a new online magazine Spooky Boyfriend. Nate comes highly recommended through the grapevine, but is apparently having a hard time getting submissions from women. The address for submissions is: spookyboyfriend@gmail.com SUBMIT LADIES!!!

Check it out!

LADYLIKE: A PROPER TAKE ON FEMINIST ART Krista Babbitt (Chicago), Andrea Dezso (New York), Jessica Hannah (Chicago), Sally Ko (Chicago), Ke-Sook Lee (Kansas City), Emma McCagg (New York), Lorraine Peltz (Chicago), Abigail Pope (New York), Susan Sensemann (Chicago), Stacia Yeapanis (Chicago). The exhibition LADYLIKE is curated by Joanne Hinkel. Koscielak Gallery Chicago 1646 N. Bosworth Ave Chicago, IL 60622 Opening reception Friday, June 13, 2008 6:00 - 9:00 pm LADYLIKE features the work of ten artists who represent the dynamic spectrum of contemporary feminist art.2007 was quite a year for commemorating feminist art history, from the unveiling of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Femi

Oneiromance Cover Reveal!

Switchback is pleased to reveal, live & in color, the cover for Kathleen Rooney’s Oneiromance (an epithalamion): Winner of the 2007 Gatewood Prize, Kathleen Rooney’s Oneiromance (an epithalamion) explores the absurdity and divinity of the marriage ceremony through a dizzying dream sequence with playful verse that skillfully blends call and response with Shakespearean odes, romance and cynicism, storytelling and wordplay. Patty Seyburn proclaims: "These poems contain deep doubt and true sentiment, providing that pleasure-giving union of provocation and renewal." Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and the author of Reading with Oprah: the Book Club That Changed America (University

Klaver on Coultas, Klover on a Joyride

A big, huge congratulations to Founding Editor Becca Klaver, whose first chapbook, Inside a Red Corvette, will be published by The Greying Ghost Press, a division of Airforce Joyride! We are so, so proud of her brilliance, ambition, and general loveliness. Congrats girly!! Also, check out Becca's new review of Brenda Coultas's The Marvelous Bones of Time at Tarpaulin Sky.

Switchback interns take over P-Row on Saturday

Don't. Mess. With our interns! This just in: Four of our interns are reading for the Columbia College Chicago Poetry program at Printer's Row this Saturday. Helen Kiernan, Rachel Finkelstein, Jess Rose, and Jennifer Watman will read (in this order) with other students from 1:00 to 2:30 at the Columbia tent at Harrison and Dearborn. They'll be reading for about 10 minutes each. Come support them like they support us!

P-Row this weekend, holla!

Everyone, Switchback Books will be hawking our wares and generally causing a ruckus at the table we are sharing with dancing girl press this weekend at the Printer's Row Book Fair. Also nearby are our FFM, forever fest-mates, Featherproof Books. Tables are numbers 327 & 329, which is where we were last year, just to the right when you're facing Dearborn Station. Finally, I'm reading with John Tipton for the Poetry Center of Chicago at the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Stage, 11:30 on Saturday. For a complete list of all the events (Katie Ford, anyone?), click here. Hope you can make it out!

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