LIT and AAUW Celebrate National Women’s History Month
Submitted Press Release
Clatsop Community College
The Lives In Transition Program of Clatsop Community College and the Astoria Branch of AAUW are celebrating National Women’s History Month with an art show, music, poetry, performances and speakers. The event will be held March 21st at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center in Astoria from 7-10 PM. The gala will feature Alexa Wiley of Portland, who will play music in the spirit of the folk tradition as well as Astoria’s own Erika McKay and Dinah Urell. Dr. Carolyn DiPalma of Seattle, the night’s featured speaker, will discuss issues of gender difference and equality. Laura Tattoo of Astoria will recite some of her original poetry. The event is free, open to the public and for all ages. For more information please contact Mindy Stokes at 503-338-2377 or 727-271-7989.
7:15 Erika McKay of Astoria, Oregon will perform her original music. As a singer/songwriter, she plays melodic mixes of jazz, blues, folk, alternative, and soul, for a unique sound.
7:30 Alexa Wiley of Portland, Oregon will read “Poetry is not a Luxury” by Audre Lorde. A discussion of the ways in which poetry saves women’s lives to follow.
7:45 Margaret Frimoth of Astoria, Oregon will read selected poetry. She is Coordinator for the Lives in Transition Program, Clatsop Community College and the founder and Camp Director of Victory Over Child Abuse (VOCA) Camps.
8:00 Dr. Carolyn DiPalma of Seattle, Washington will discuss gender equality and difference. Questions and answer period to follow. She is currently an Affiliate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Washington. Dr. DiPalma is author of “Teaching Introduction to Women's Studies: Expectations and Strategies”.
8:40 Dinah Urell of Astoria, Oregon will perform vintage blues. She is publisher/editor of HIPFiSH, the Columbia Pacific Region’s alternative monthly and a vocalist/performer in the realm of jazz and contemporary music.
8:50 Nancy Montgomery of Astoria, Oregon will perform a theatre period piece. She will portray Virginia Wolfe in discussion with her female lover. Nancy is a local theatre personality. She is owner of Columbia River Coffee Roasters.
9:00 “The Beautiful BellyDancers" of Astoria, Oregon will perform a dance. The group is comprised of Chelsey Porter, Jessamyn West, and Erika McKay.
9:10 Laura Tattoo of Astoria, Oregon will read poetry that she has written in both English and French. She is a recipient of the prestigious Nina Mae Kellogg Award.
9:30 Alexa Wiley will play in the spirit of the folk tradition. Her songs are a mix of poetry, jazz, world beat, country, rock, and folk. She has played music at the 2009 Fisher Poets Gathering, Women’s History Month Celebrations, Earth Day Celebrations, and the International Folk Alliance.