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Dr. Jill Biden’s Inauguration Fashion Conveys Unity & Learning While Championing the Work of American Designers

On a brisk winter’s day in January, the 46th president, Joe Biden, was sworn into office. Standing at his side in turquoise was our new First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden. Her impeccably tailored tweed coat is a Markarian original designed by Alexandra O’Neill, who also created its matching ocean-colored dress. O’Neill founded the luxury womenswear label in 2017 with the idea of combining celestial romanticism and timeless designs that maintain sustainability. Dr. Biden’s ensemble was designed and produced by O’Neill and her team in New York City’s Garment District.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Carron Little and Out of Site Show How Performance Can Adapt to COVID-19

While theaters and auditoriums have been closed due to COVID-19, performing arts companies have gotten creative in providing content to their patrons. Carron Little, Scottish artist, co-founder and curator of public performance series Out of Site (OoS), made the jump to digital in 2020 and has a full line up for 2021 including several Out of Site performances, artists talks, and a performing arts symposia as well as her own performances.

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Turner Classic Movies’ “Women Make Film” Series Shines Light on One Hundred Films Directed by Women

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will premiere the lauded 14-part documentary Women Make Film, introducing weekly episodes from the series beginning on the television channel TCM September 1, 2020, at 8 pm EST and subsequent Tuesdays through December 1, 2020. 

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BHFF Goes Virtual in November Due to COVID-19

The Black Harvest Film Festival, hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, should be starting in August. But, due to COVID-19, the festival will be virtual from November 6 through November 30. The festival, annual since 1994, recognizes independent films of international Black cultures. Director of Programming and cofounder of BHFF Barbara Scharres […]

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