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HWC #5 Pix

My Bad: Got a new camera months ago, but I’m only just now posting photos from Women’s History Month.  All credit goes to my neighbor & computer wizard Dan Flavin without whom these would all be lost forever. So anyway, here I am at Harold Washington College in the Chicago Loop giving my 5th annual […]

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Debating Essentialism

Are there any important differences between the way most men & women think?  Does it matter if most of our images of women are created by men rather than by women? This was the fascinating topic under discussion when Jill Coleman & Elisa Schoenberger presented: Essentialism & The Male Gaze: Why it’s so important to “Support Women […]

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SWAN Day @ the Goodman

Celebrating the 4th International SWAN Day with my friend Elisa Schoenberger on March 26, 2011. In between performances of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage @ 2 PM & Tanya Saracho’s El Nogalar @ 8 PM, we relaxed in Petterino’s Private Party Room. Petterino’s is right next door to Goodman Theatre, our host for this year’s “SWAN Day […]

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PRLF 2011

12/17/11 Update: Penny’s Picks is now available on Amazon! Click HERE to order your copy 🙂 Another year at the Printers Row Lit Fest & this year I even had a book.  Well, OK, a “proto-book” which is actually a draft version of a collection I’m planning to release later this summer. Thanks much to […]

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Brava, Tanya!

Congratulations to Tanya Saracho for setting the City of Big Shoulders ablaze with the premiere of her new play El Nogalar! El Nogalar, which opened at the Goodman Theatre on March 26th (International SWAN Day!) closed its run yesterday having garnered great attendance & excellent reviews.  And the icing on the cake?  The day after El […]

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3/26: See God of Carnage

Limited DISCOUNT tix still available for Yasmina Reza’s Tony-award-winning new play God of Carnage this Saturday afternoon, so come show that YOU Support Women Artists Now! When:  Saturday (March 26) @ 2 PM Where: Goodman Theatre’s Albert Stage 170 North Dearborn; Chicago Loop Prices: Main Floor $60 ($15 discount!!!)/Balcony $40 ($5 discount!) SPECIAL BONUS: This performance is scheduled for SWAN Day, […]

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3/26: See El Nogalar

Limited tix still available for Tanya Saracho’s new play El Nogalar.  The first preview performance is this Saturday, so come show YOUR support! When:  Saturday (March 26) @ 8 PM Where: Goodman Theatre’s Owen Stage 170 North Dearborn; Chicago Loop Price: Main Floor $25/Balcony $15 SPECIAL BONUS: This first performance of El Nogalar is scheduled for SWAN Day, so […]

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F2F with Judy Chicago

Met Judy Chicago last night after her wonderful lecture on her new Frida book (Frida Kahlo: Face to Face) @ our Harold Washington Library Center.  A student interviewed me while I was on the book signing line.  She wanted to know more about how it felt to see “The Dinner Party” as an installation in […]

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Brava, Sarah Bouyain!

  Week One of the 46th annual Chicago International Film Festival is now history.  Week Two begins today.  Many wonderful films in this year’s ReelWomen series J  Last night we saw a lovely film called The Place In Between set partly in Burkina Faso & partly in France.  Written & directed by Sarah Bouyain, The […]

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Two Free CIFF Passes!

  Cinema/Chicago is offering two FREE passes (2 guests per pass) to their ReelWomen Tribute to producer Paula Wagner! When: Tues, Oct 12 What: Tribute @ 6 PM & Party @ 8 Where: AMC River East How: Send me an e-mail message telling me the name of the first woman to be nominated for a […]

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Come Meet Naghmeh Shirkhan

High Tea” @ the Drake Hotel on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Naghmeh is in town for two screenings of her wonderful first feature The Neighbor at our CIFF.  Come meet her this weekend: AMC River East on Sat @ 5:40 PM or Sun @ 11:30 AM. Highly Recommended J  From Naghmeh’s Director’s Statement: ” I wanted […]

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Jane Addams in Salon.com

Last night I listened to Bill O’Reilly denigrate “Progressive Values” on Fox News, but this morning Salon implicitly fights back in this splendid review of Lucy Knight’s new biography of Jane Addams! If YOU are the least bit confused by the term “Progressive Values,” if you wonder if YOU want to be called “a Progressive” yourself, […]

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“Jane Addams” on BookTV

My friend Lucy (aka Louise W. Knight) will be on BookTV this weekend discussing her wonderful new biography Jane Addams: Spirit in Action.  She’s got one of the precious AfterWords slots, a full hour one-on-one with Dan Moshenberg (director of women’s studies at George Washington University). Cancel your plans, stay home & watch. I am […]

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“Jane Addams” on Diane Rehm Show

Rosh HaShannah 2010: While I was in Temple today, my friend Louise W. Knight (aka Lucy) was in Washington, DC for an interview on The Diane Rehm Show.  Diane spent almost an hour speaking with Lucy & early on, she had Lucy read my favorite quote (one I already posted earlier this week on Facebook).  […]

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9/8/10: Rockford College (Jane’s Alma Mater)

Celebrating Jane Addam’s 150th birthday @ Rockford College (Jane’s Alma Mater).

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9/6/10: Jane Addams Park (Chicago Lakefront)

Celebrating Jane Addam’s 150th birthday in Jane Addams Park (located on the Chicago Lakefront between Navy Pier & Oak Street Beach).

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Monday in the Park with Jane!

Click HERE for eVite as a printable pdf. Monday September 6th (Labor Day) is Jane Addams’ 150th Birthday! Please join us in Jane Addams Park (on the Chicago Lakefront) for celebratory cake & good fellowship. Date: Sept 6, 2010 Time: Noon Location: Jane Addams Park 550 East Grand Ave (west of Navy Pier/south of Oak […]

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Hooray, Harry Burn!

From this morning’s Morning Edition on NPR: “…By the way, this month marks a milestone for American women and for the country at large: it was 90 years ago this month that Americans ratified the 19th amendment to the Constitution – it gave women the right to vote. MONTAGNE: In August 1920, the amendment had […]

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New Bugler Girl!

Click HERE for Chgo Dinner eVite (8/26/10) Today is the anniversary of the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20, 1848. Wow, what a great day to release our new Women’s Equality Day buttons on Cafe Press 🙂 “New Bugler Girl” was designed in honor of this year’s Women’s Equality Day (8/26/10), the 90th […]

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Penny Wins State/National Awards!

On December 11, 2008, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their 2009 Golden Globe Nominations… and Penny went ballistic. I was stunned when Loveleen Tandan (Slumdog Millionaire’s credited co-director) was not named as Danny Boyle’s co-nominee in the “Best Director” category.  But my outrage quickly turned into energy, and I started an e-mail campaign on […]

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Louise W. Knight on BookTV

Click HERE to download more info.  BookTV did an interview with my good friend Louise W. Knight (aka “Lucy”) when they came to Chicago last weekend to attend our annual Printers Row Lit Fest! You can watch the full 13 minute interview HERE (scroll down to 5th program & click on Lucy’s picture).  Click HERE […]

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Hola, Teresa Costantini!

Director Teresa Costantini (left) was here in Chicago last week to screen her new film Felicitas at our 26th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival.  She is now on her way east to screen Felicitas in NYC too.      Felicitas is a gorgeously produced 19th Century romance with a feminist kick.  Recipient of 8 nominations from […]

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See New WITASWAN Video

Click HERE for song lyrics, etc.    Thanks to videographer Tim Bolger, you can now enjoy excerpts from our 2010 Chicago WITASWAN program (held in conjunction with celebrations of the 3rd annual International SWAN Day). Meet our special guests Eileen Douglas & Ron Steinman.  Eileen introduces their film My Grandfather’s House in Part One.  Then […]

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Road Trip Begins

Click HERE to download’s Jan’s March ‘10 Handout as a pdf file.   And the race is on: Speaking tonight (3/6) @ the College of Complexes, tomorrow AM (3/7) @ KAM Isaiah Israel, Monday (3/8) @ Harold Washington College, & Wednesday (3/10) @ Glenview AAUW. Happy Women’s History Month to All J

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3/6: College of Complexes (Chgo)

Celebrating SWAN Day in Chicago: Why Here & Why Now?  Explaining Chicago’s role in the birth of this internationally celebrated new holiday. UPDATE: Click HERE to watch Jan’s 25 min presentation (recorded by Tim Bolger).   Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010 Time: 8 PM Sponsor: The College of Complexes Location: Lincoln Restaurant 4008 North Lincoln […]

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3/7: KAM Isaiah Israel

Meet The Schvesters: Recent Films by Jewish Women Filmmakers Jewish women all around the world are making wonderful movies that we can all see on DVD if only we know where to look for them.  On March 7th, we will learn about Jewish life in Argentina, England, France, Israel, Mexico, and yes, the USA through […]

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3/8: Harold Washington College (Chgo)

  If I Ruled The World: Critique of 2010 OscarBowl  This will be my 5th Annual “If I Ruled The World” program analyzing this year’s Oscar Ceremony from a feminist perspective for the students of Harold Washington College. Date: Monday, March 8, 2010 Time: 7 PM Location: Harold Washington College 30 East Lake Ave; Chicago 60601 […]

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3/10: Glenview AAUW

Click HERE to download “Cultural Gendercide” handout as a pdf file. Women & Film: A Historical Perspective Global implications of the “Celluloid Ceiling” that has restricted opportunities for women filmmakers in Hollywood & beyond for decades. Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Time: 7:30 PM Sponsor: Glenview Branch AAUW Location: Glenview Police Station 2500 East Lake Ave; […]

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Bonnie/BONES Update

Yesterday, I hosted a “Meet & Greet” event for my neighbor & good friend Bonnie Carol McGrath (who is running for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County).  We went to see THE LOVELY BONES at our beautiful new Icon Showplace Theatre on Delano Place (just off Roosevelt Road & Clark Street), & afterwards […]

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Sunday Screening & Reception

  Come see THE LOVELY BONES this Sunday at Chicago’s beautiful new Showplace ICON Theatre!   When: Sunday, January 17, 2010 Time: 1:30 PM Where: 150 West Roosevelt Road (Delano Place)   And join us for an after screening reception for Bonnie Carol McGrath (candidate for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County).  Reception […]

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