Arts: Performing Arts SWAN of the Day

Cat Power’s Third Cover Album is a Personal Journey

Today is the birthday of Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall – best-known by her stage name “Cat Power.” And, to celebrate, I’m excited to write about her latest album.

The first Cat Power song I ever listened to was Chan’s cover of The Velvet Underground’s song “I Found a Reason.”… read more.

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Arts: Performing Arts SWAN of the Day

Janis Joplin: Ode to Your Star in Our Feminist Firmament

Janis Joplin is a musical and feminist queen the likes of which are unmatched, and about whom much has been discussed, including in biography and film by women (see links below). A writer like me might wonder what else can be said about her, so I’ll praise instead.

Happy Birthday, Janis. You would have been 79, surely singing your way through a confusing world, lovingly looking back on the feminists and musicians you helped to birth.read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts Events/Exhibits/Festivals

Lubaina Himid Explores Nuances of Black British Identity

The audience member is in the paintings… the experience should be similar to entering a room and deciding what you’re going to do, how you will react and interact. (Lubaina Himid for Tate Modern)

Humans strive for a sense of belonging and a place they can call home. For many marginalized communities, this statement rings particularly true.… read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts Interviews

Cartoonist Caitlin Cass Brings “Women’s Work” to Comics

Many people, when they see a single-paneled cartoon with a one-line caption underneath, automatically think of the cartoons in The New Yorker magazine with their pungent critiques of daily life. But how does a cartoonist actually get her work into this famous publication?

After chortling over a cartoon I saw in the 10/4/21 issue of The New Yorker (see below for the link to “It’s all significantly less impressive once you realize…”), I reached out to artist Caitlin Cass to request an interview.… read more.

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Arts: Literary Arts Features

Meridel LeSueur: “Write More Shamelessly and Nakedly”

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media): Poet Iris Jamahl Dunkle, having completed a masterful biography of Charmian Kittredge London, is now doing in-depth research on her next subject: Sanora Babb. And FF2 Media is proud to announce that we will be traveling with her!

We have several reasons for embarking on this journey with Iris.read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts Events/Exhibits/Festivals

Etel Adnan’s ‘Light’s New Measure’ Exhibit at The Guggenheim

On October 8, 2021 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan opened a new exhibition: Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure. By the time the exhibition closed — on January 10, 2022 – the artist had passed. The fact that Etal was 96 when she died made the cultural moment all the more triumphant — a perfect capstone to an illustrious career.… read more.

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