Meet Germaine and Their Quebecois (Canada) Feminist Folk Music Project

The women of Germaine are bringing a feminist perspective to the world of Quebecois (Canada) folk music. I had a chance to speak with two of the founding members Mélina Mauger-Lavigne and Florence Mailhot-Léonard after their mid-February performance for the virtual University of Chicago Folk Festival. (Note: Quebec is a French-speaking province located in eastern… Continue reading Meet Germaine and Their Quebecois (Canada) Feminist Folk Music Project

The Clothing Tells the Story: a Look at the Costumes of ‘Promising Young Woman’

Recently, the Hollywood Foreign Press released their nominations for this year’s upcoming Golden Globes ceremony. Women artists – especially women artists of color – are snubbed so regularly by these organizations that it’s become expected. And of course, I have my opinions on who was cheated this time around and who did not deserve the nominations they did get (Emily in Paris? Really?). But there did come one welcome surprise this year: Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman (2020) and its four nominations, including for Best Drama Motion Picture and Best Director. Before the buzz around this dark-comedy thriller subsides, and since I’ve been writing so much lately about costume design, I thought I’d talk about its costumes, which play a key role in the film’s storytelling.

Yardi Gras 2021: Resilience Made Manifest in New Orleans

For some people Mardi Gras exists as a single day, but Caroline Thomas is one of the full-time Mardi Gras artists who works on the event all year round. Thomas is a member of a carnival production company, Royal Artists Inc., that creates floats and props for Mardi Gras—as well as other big parades—held in… Continue reading Yardi Gras 2021: Resilience Made Manifest in New Orleans

18th Street Arts Center Begs Audience to ‘Come a Little Closer’

In an evening of performance artwork, University of Southern California artists explore the concept of online witnessing, questioning what it means to be present with the realities of others through the screen. Through the following pieces, the audience comes closer to the artist’s perspective on gender, religion, colonialism, collective memory.  (Come a Little Closer, University… Continue reading 18th Street Arts Center Begs Audience to ‘Come a Little Closer’

Digging into the Past: Curation and Costume Design in Netflix’s ‘The Dig’

THE DIG. RALPH FIENNES as BASIL BROWN, in THE DIG: Cr. LARRY HORRICKS/NETFLIX © 2021

On January 29th, Netflix debuted The Dig, a movie about the people behind the archaeological excavation of Sutton Hoo, one of the most important archaeological finds in history. I was really pleased to see a movie that tells the less well-known story of the people behind the work. On top of that, I was also… Continue reading Digging into the Past: Curation and Costume Design in Netflix’s ‘The Dig’

Patriarchal Poetry Slam: Amanda Gorman’s Poems Surpass Criticism

FF2 Guest Post by Mary Novaria Historically, people watch the Super Bowl for one of two reasons. They are football fans, or they want to see the ads. Sometimes both. This year, we had a fresh and compelling motivation to tune in when Amanda Gorman became the NFL Championship’s first-ever poet. Talk about winning the… Continue reading Patriarchal Poetry Slam: Amanda Gorman’s Poems Surpass Criticism