Vashon Feature: August 2003
Get off-island for this production of bodyBODY!!!
Vanessa, it’s Alison
with Eve Ensler’s
Thursdays through Sundays;
Doors/exhibit at 7:30 p.m;
Show at 8 p.m.;Aug. 7-24,
2003; Theater Off Jackson,
409 7th Ave. S., Seattle
bodyBODY: Aphrodite Raves (www.bodybodyproject.com) is a groundbreaking multimedia exploration of the women's body-image issue based on interviews with women of all backgrounds, sizes, hang-ups and colors. Through theater (think “Vagina Monologues” meets “Saturday Night Live”), photographs and video, writer-producer Vanessa McGrady, photographer Amanda Koster and filmmaker Kathlyn Albright bring the message home that there is beauty in every body, despite what today’s prevailing images would have us believe. Oh, and we were here before Eve.
McGrady’s original comedy, “Aphrodite Raves,” directed by Silas Lindenstein, tells the story of a hairdresser and the people around her who navigate the complex landscape of culture, advertising and family dynamics to realize what it takes to be okay with the bodies we’re given. The show features the talents of Holly Brewer, Melanie Calderwood, Ryan Christopher, Dave Elvin, Erica Evans, Kate Jaeger, Mike Grimshaw, Mion Lee-Drew, Patrick Meehan and Kristal Thomas.
“Women are walking around feeling awful about how their bodies look, when in reality, they can’t possibly live up to the expectations created by mass media idealizations of beauty,” McGrady said. “bodyBODY aims to offer a more realistic alternative, by showing women’s bodies as they are and, at the same time, by telling women’s stories of struggle and self-acceptance. And it’s funny as hell.”
“This is Beautiful,” a photography exhibit by Amanda Koster, who unapologetically captures women as they really are in varying stages of undress. “It dawned on me that beauty is very proud, confident, ours. Beauty’s costume and skin varies in this world, but the splendor, the feelings that ‘We are gorgeous,’ ‘Nothing is perfect, I am good and I am alive, this is mine” and ‘This is beautiful’ transcend space,” Koster said.
Kathlyn Albright’s “Beyond the Body” is a video work in three parts that intersects with scenes in the play. In her work, women open up to the camera and reveal deeply kept truths about how people and events in their lives shaped their body image.
Aphrodite Raves opens
Aug. 7 and runs through
Aug. 24 at the Theater Off
Jackson (409 7th Ave. S.,
Seattle, WA). Our adorable
and loveable sponsors include
Connected Northwest, Crave,
Kodak, Ladies Workout Express,
Seattle News Fax, Venus
Clothing and Dr. Rachel
Waldron in memory of her
father, Dave Droisen.
Filmmaker Kathlyn Albright has worked with the Seattle International Film Festival and the Women In Cinema Festival; she is also a founder of Stopworks, a local media arts collective. Albright has also written, produced and directed several short films, including My Way Is Right, a semi-autobiographical piece that showed recently at Seattle’s One Reel Film Festival and at the Palm Springs Festival of Short Films.
Amanda Koster works
as a free-lance editorial
photographer for national
and international publications.
Her work exhibits internationally
and is part of a permanent
piece on women and domestic
violence at the National
Museum for Women in the
Arts in Washington, D.C.
Her Web site is www.amandakoster.com.
Go Now To Beautiful Magic Studio!
You must go NOW!!!! Many of you may have heard that our fair island is wishing lots of luck, love, safe travels & transitions to our own Louise Wisechild!!
(Can I just tell you I am soooooooooo going to miss her magical massage hands????)
Louise is off to Hawaii for good -- those warmer waters captivated her heart, and she's moving Beautiful Magic Studio to the South Pacific with her! Once she settles in over there at the "other" island, she'll be selling electric bicycles along with her Beautiful Magic art. If you head to Hawaii anytime after September, you'll have to stop in and see her there. (Can I tell you I already miss her!!!??)
SOOOOO, back here on Vashon, you must get to Beautiful Magic Studio now, in August, as it's your last chance to check out the goods, trade some awesome vibes with Louise, pick up one of those coooool Day of the Dead items she's got on the shelves!! This is it -- you just have to go now to check out the charms, spells, statues, and Mexican art at the Studio! She'll be open on the weekends for the month of August. Feel free to call if you want to check it out at other times or make an appoint for readings or other healing goodies with Louise. 567-5768.
Louise, can I come to Hawaii once a month for a massage?? :)
Tapestry of Time, Chapter 3-- only here at KotaPress!
Our own Joan M. McCabe has just released Chapter 3 of her novel Tapestry of Time, and you can only read it here!!! And don't forget to come back next month for Chapter 4!!
For more information about Joan, see www.jmmccabe.com