What do first crushes, hip hop, cave dwellers, and the City of Los Angeles all have in common? They encompass just a few of the countless productions written, performed, produced, and/or directed by women at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, running June 7th through the 24th in Los Angeles. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most diverse and yet distinctly female shows this year, so be sure to catch these four productions before they close!Continue 》
In the month of June, I attended three productions at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Truthfully, I didn’t know if any of them would be worthwhile, considering it was a little difficult navigating the Fringe’s seemingly never-ending schedule online. There were so many shows listed, I didn’t know what to choose or how to even begin to think about choosing. After sleuthing around in some early press releases, I found one that attracted my attention and committed to another that sounded highly artistic. While the third happened completely by chance, I received it just the same as the other two.Continue 》
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend “Brooklyn Renaissance,” a talk at the Brooklyn Museum about the role storytelling plays in the visual arts. The panel featured three of my favorite artists working today: portrait painter Kehinde Wiley, a superstar in the art world; Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a young multimedia artist whose name you might be unfamiliar with but whose work you have probably seen; and filmmaker Spike Lee, who really needs no further introduction. Now seeing as I am a total pop culture nerd, it took me until just yesterday to get over my starstruck-ness and really digest the points brought up during the event.
It’s an unfortunate fact that as a woman, I’m entirely too familiar with being sexually harassed. Every day, I fear unwelcome advances as I walk to work, lingering and inappropriate grazes as I squeeze into a subway car, even catcalls as I open the door to my own home. But as a young woman who very recently entered the workforce, I can’t say that I’ve ever really feared sexual harassment in the workplace. I am fully aware that it can and does happen, but I don’t recall ever worrying about the matter like I worry about having to face some man’s sexist commentary as I pass him on the street. I know that as long as I am at work, there are laws to protect me, and if these laws fail to do so, I am certain that through the power of the internet and social media, I can find a support system that will help me find justice. I live in a world where most states highly recommend—some even require—sexual harassment training, and such cases are treated very seriously.Continue 》