Thursday, March 19, 2009

Women's History Month in Fort Greene

In honor of Women's History Month, the following panel discussion will be held:


Above: Panelist Honorable Letitia James leading leading 2007's Walk Don't Destroy 3, legal campaign against Atlantic Yards. (image from

-Yvonne Graham, Deputy Borough President - Brooklyn
-Honorable Letitia James- 35th District & Member of the Women's Issues Committee - New York City Council
-Camille Rivera, Assistant Political Director - SEIU 32BJ
-Judy Wessler, Commission on the Public's Health System
-Wanda Williams, Director of Political Action and Legislation - DC 37

Moderator - Ruth Goldstein, Community Advocate - Fort Greene/Clinton Hill

Special Invited Guest: Congress Member Yvette D. Clarke, 11th C.D.

Sponsored by: The 57th A.D. Democratic Organization, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery - 18th S.D., Council Member Letitia James - 35th C.D. and District Leader Olanike Alabi - 57th A.D.

DATE: Thursday, March 26, 2009
TIME: 6pm
LOCATION: Teen Challenge Center, 444 Clinton Avenue (between Greene & Gates)

Information from: Fort Greene Association

Monday, March 2, 2009

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend Recap

Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn hosted this year's Williamsburg Fashion Weekend on February 20th-21st. The final show Saturday night was a collaboration between local designers from Treehouse and Sodafine. The models were all female musicians from many familiar bands and projects; Taigaa, Young People, Boyskout, Gogol Bordello, and others. At a staggered pace, each woman strutted onto the stage, picked up an instrument, and began building a cacophony of sound that no one in the crowd was prepared for. I was one of these performers, second onto the stage, contributing from behind a drum kit. Our energy on stage reflected from the audience- I could feel their excitement. 10 fashioned out female drummers were rocking out on one stage together. It can be tough to get a rise out of a Williamsburg crowd but they had definitely never seen anything like this before and they were floored!

"The last show of the night was a memorable joint venture between Treehouse Brooklyn’s Sirius and Sodafine, and oh my! Until there are high-flying trapeze artists on swings, and a slow but sure build up of a moving, all-female instrumental ensemble of models wearing sassy versions of marching band dresses like this, any other fashion party is only practice, a mere prologue."