Arts: Performing Arts Interviews

Kristin Lems Wants People to Know the Jane Addams Her Family Knew

By Elisa Shoenberger

Thanks to the enormous success of Hamilton on Broadway and beyond, historical musicals are having their moment in the limelight.

Now Chicago is making its own contribution with Saint Jane and the Wicked Wicks which just opened on August 26th. It’s a musical play interweaving the life stories of Jane Addams (social work pioneer and founder of Chicago’s Hull House) and Nellie Wicks (the great-grandmother of Kristin Lems who serves in the multiple roles of Playwright, Composer, Lyricist, and Producer).… read more.

Arts: Literary Arts Events/Festivals

Writers’ Lives Brought to Film in the BPL’s 2021 LitFilm Festival

The Brooklyn Public Library’s 2021 LitFilm: A BPL Film Festival About Writers kicked off this week with a screening and Q&A from director Lynn Novick and producer Sarah Botstein. 
Events/Festivals News

TIFF Targets Gender Parity with “Share Her Journey” Campaign

We’re thrilled to cheer on a cultural institution leading critical discussions of gender in the film industry and raising funds to support women filmmakers.
Arts: Performing Arts SWAN of the Day

Lesbian Theme in “Mädchen in Uniform” Boldly Feminist in 1931

Today is the 90th anniversary of Leontine Sagan’s Mädchen in Uniform! The revolutionary German film premiered in 1931 and remains one of the most strikingly feminist movies to this day. It follows a young girl sent to an all-girls boarding school who develops a romantic attachment to her teacher. It is based on a play by Christa Winsloe titled Yesterday and more.

Arts: Performing Arts Features

Burlesque Performers Keep Strutting Through the Pandemic

FF2 Guest post by Megan Hennessey

When the pandemic first hit in 2020, many artists and performers had to rethink how they connected with their audiences. Burlesque was no different. Performers got creative. 

For readers who are new to burlesque, this art form (which dates back to the 17th century) often focuses on striptease performances that emphasize the “tease.”read more.

Arts: Performing Arts SWAN of the Day

Sally Potter Maps Geographical Spaces and Historical Times

“You can’t really divorce women’s struggles in the world from women’s [struggles] in the cinema. As long as there’s hierarchy it means that women are somehow secondary or second class or less than. That’s going to be reflected in movies because films are the most powerful medium to reflect back society’s view of itself.”read more.