June 29, 2008

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!

June 27, 2008

"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 resistance." - Joanna Gardner-Huggett, juror

June 26, 2008

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.

June 25, 2008

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 Spectacles.

If you don't know about Jill Summers, you should. She's a writer of fiction and audio shorts and one half of a shadow puppeteer sister act, among other talents! If you can't make the THE2NDHAND shindig, check out her website for more information, and to read/listen to some of her work.


June 25, 2008

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.

June 25, 2008

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 music scenesterdom!), and potentially some of our other beloved Switchback ladies. I will post an addendum to this post when I receive the final "billing" for the evening, but for now, mark down the date and get pumped for the Leo sun to shine down on us poets & poetfriends (fiends?) as we suit...

June 21, 2008

NY Times article by Lisa Belkin on equal parenting

Features some interesting stats on division of labor and childcare in American homes...

June 16, 2008

The folks at MBR think Peggy Munson's Pathogenesis is "transformative and unforgettable." Check it:

Midwest Book Review June 2008

June 14, 2008

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.

June 13, 2008

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


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