At the intersection of
ART, ACTIVISM & SCHOLARSHIP
NEW COLLEGE OF CALIFORNIA presents
INTERRUPTED LIFE: INCARCERATED MOTHERS IN THE UNITED STATES
A traveling public art installation and a week of performance art, film, presentations and discussion.
June 3-June 9, 2006, New College of California, 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco
A dramatic exhibit of painting, drawings, sculpture and photography that documents the experiences of incarcerated persons in the United States. Interrupted Life seeks to educate and invites discussion about current realities and decent solutions to a major and growing problem in U.S. society.
National curator: Rickie Solinger. The Interrupted Life art show was made possible by Ford Foundation support
OPENING NIGHT GALA
Sat. June 3, 6:00pm -9:00pm
Reception: 6:00pm Speakers: 7:00pm
Rhodessa Jones, Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women
Helene Vosters, New College: Co-Director, Activism & Social Change
Melanie DeMore, singer/songwriter
Rickie Solinger, Interrupted Life National Curator, historian
Maisha Quint, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS OF INCARCERATION
Sunday, June 4, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Hosted by New College’s Women’s Spirituality Program
Speakers: Deborah Grenn (Core Faculty, Women’s Spirituality)
CONVERSATIONS AT THE INTERSECTION OF ARTS, ACTIVISM & SCHOLARSHIP
Monday, June 5, 6:00 - 9:30pm
Refreshments: 6:00 Panel discussion: 6:30
Moderator: Dean Mitch Hall
Panelists: Erika Shuch (Experimental Performance Institute);
Genny Lim (Weekend BA Completion); Helene Vosters (Activism & Social Change)
The Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in the School of Humanities of New College of California will host a Prospective Students Open House: 7:30p - 9:00pm
MARILYN BUCK: FROM FORCED PASSAGES TO WILD POPPIES
Tues. June 6, 7:00 - 9:00pm
An evening of poetry and discussion celebrating the life of anti-imperialist political prisoner and COINTELPRO target Marilyn Buck. New College faculty Graciela Trevisan and David Meltzer, both of whom have worked with Marilyn extensively, will host the evening. Dylan Rodriquez, author of Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectual and the US Prison Regime, will talk about Marilyn and others who speak from behind prison walls. Friends of Marilyn Buck Committee will update the audience on Marilyn’s case. Sliding scale donation suggested (to support the California Coalition for Women Prisoners). Co-sponsors Modern Times Book Store and Friends of Marilyn Buck
“ONLY THE DEAD CAN KILL: STORIES FROM JAIL”
Wednesday, June 7, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Join author Margo Perin and Community Works/West for an evening celebrating this exciting anthology of “Stories from Jail” featuring readings by ex-offenders and contributing editor Margo Perin.
“ALL ALONE IN THE WORLD: CHILDREN OF THE INCARCERATED”
Thursday. June 8, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Join Nell Bernstein, author of “All Alone in the World: Children of the
Incarcerated” for a discussion of the impacts of incarceration on children, families and communities. Event is co-sponsored by Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents. Sliding scale donation suggested, not required, to support the Danielle Metz legal fund. Sliding scale donation suggested (to support the California Coalition for Women Prisoners). Co-sponsors Modern Times Book Store and Friends of Marilyn Buck
CLOSING NIGHT CELEBRATION: AN EVENING OF SPOKEN WORD, THEATER, SONG AND DANCE
Fri. June 9, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Featuring performances by Baysic Project/Sisterz of the Underground,
Angela Wilson of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, Maisha Quint of the Photovoice project, Manish Vaidya and more!!! Refreshments and Closing Ceremony
June 2 through June 8
In conjunction with the art exhibit, the Roxie Theatre will host the U.S. premiere showing of “Songbirds”
Show times: Friday 6/2 thru Thursday 6/8: Nightly at 7:00 and 8:40 with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00, 3:45 and 5:20
Britain locks up more people than any other country in Europe, with the female prison population having risen 173 percent in the last 10 years. Songbirds presents the stories of women behind bars in Downview Prison in Surrey, England, to allow audiences to experience them through this documentary musical. After conducting extensive research within the prison, Director Brian Hill collaborated with poet and lyricist Simon Armitage and composer Simon Boswell to create songs ranging from rap to lullaby for each Downview story told in the movie. Although the film deals with depressing issues of drug addiction, abuse, and serious crime, Songbirds finds humor and tenderness through the vulnerability of singing. In the process viewers gain another portrait of these women beyond their prison sentences. – Anna Proulx (excerpt)
The Interrupted Life art exhibit and week of events at New College represents the efforts of an energetic coalition of activists, artists, scholars, incarcerated women and their family and friends. We are proud to be collaborating with these organizations: Legal Services for Prisoners with Children; California Coalition for Women Prisoners; Freedom Archives; Free Battered Women; Modern Times Bookstore; Prison Desk of the National Radio Project; Buildingbloc Arts Collective; Community Initiatives Program of San Francisco Women Against Rape; Friends of Marilyn Buck; Justice Now; Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents; Prison Activist Resource Center; Books Not Bars; Baysic Project/Sisterz of the Underground; Community Works, and others!
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