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Writers in the Mountains – Third Annual Book Festival

Writers in the Mountains – Third Annual Book Festival

 

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WIM’S Third Annual Catskills Book Festival

Sunday, April 24, 2016

12 Noon to 4 PM

Union Grove Distillery

43311 State Hwy 28, Arkville, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites you to a literary arts and community event and celebration we call “Meet the Authors,” the third in our series of annual book festivalsThis year the event takes place on Sunday, April 24, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY, an exciting new enterprise in the area. Union Grove is housed in a big old barnlike building featuring comfortable spaces fitted with stainless steel and copper and wood, a roaring fireplace, and the percolation of fine spirits—all making for a perfect environment in which to listen to, talk about, and think about books and writing.

The daylong event welcomes all writers and readers, artists and audience, and community members from every walk to brave the mud and chill of early spring and enjoy a warm gathering of successful and fascinating writers, illustrators, editors, educators, booksellers, and publishers from Syracuse to New York City and points between and beyond. This year’s keynote speaker is Rosie Schaap, author of the celebrated memoir Drinking with Menas well as the “Drink” column for The New York Times magazine.

Come by to shop for books directly from their authors, hear readings and peer-to-peer discussions, join in an enticing raffle (books are the prize, of course), and vote in the Best Book Cover contest.

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Documentary – Sylvia and Marsha

Documentary – Sylvia and Marsha


Cast and Crew Ann, Jayne Anne, Eloise and Mary Lou Harris were interviewed on camera recently by Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker 
David France and his amazing crew. France and company traveled to the family’s Catskill Mountain home to capture the interviews. 

His film, Sylvia & Marsha (working title), documents the life and times of transsexual rights pioneers, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. The Harris family members are big fans of David France and his previous film, How to Survive a Plague. David’s films tell stories about unsung heroes who changed the world – for all of us and for the better. A big thank you goes to Mark Blane, an associate producer at Public Square Films, for pre-interviewing the family and for creating such a relaxed, yet professional setting. 

Sylvia & Marsha, still in production, will be edited this spring.

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Obituary: Susan Joyce Weimer, Margaretville HS Graduate

Obituary: Susan Joyce Weimer, Margaretville HS Graduate

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There was a disturbance in the Force early on January 18, 2016 when artist and iconoclast Susan Joyce Harris Weimer (“Biba”) died in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the age of 93.

Born in Bronxville, NY in 1922, Biba was the daughter of George Edgerly Harris and Ruth Colony Harris SoRelle, both also artists and iconoclasts. Biba completed high school in Margaretville, where her family has lived for generations, before joining the Navy, serving as a gunnery instructor and a very young platoon leader.

Marriage to Flying Yeoman Don Robert Weimer took her to Wooster and Cleveland, Ohio, where Biba earned a BFA from Wooster College and Ohio University, an MA and MEd from Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Institute of Art, and an MFA from Kent State University. A single mother, Biba raised her three children at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Karamu House, giving them not only food and shelter, but also a world where the spirit can grow. And always she painted and drew, producing a prolific and powerful lifetime of work which was featured in the 2012 book Unbowed: the Paintings of Susan Joyce Weimer.

In 1969 Biba joined the faculty at Edinboro University of PA, where she was a professor of painting, drawing and printmaking until her retirement. She traveled and showed her work extensively, visiting West Africa, Europe, Hong Kong, the UK and Bahrain. Missing the sea, she moved to Ocean Springs, MS in 2001. She had exhibitions at the George Orr Museum in Biloxi and elsewhere until Hurricane Katrina drove her north to Brandon, MS. She lived in Brandon until 2013, when she moved to Albuquerque, NM to be near granddaughters Sarah Rose (Billy Browne) and Tessa Rose (Pete Salas Jr). Here she continued to grow as an artist even as her life force began to burn out.

Biba spent her last days in the loving company of family and friends – and of course her cherished dog, Winkle, and cat, Sam. She is survived by three children, Dale (John) Rose of Corona, NM; Don (Christine Linder) Weimer of Milwaukee, WI, and Christopher (Connie) Weimer of Denver, CO. She also leaves five grandchildren – Sarah, Tessa, Nicole (Greg Busch) Weimer of Ellicott City, MD; Jonathan Weimer of Milwaukee; and Dévon Weimer of Denver. She loved being a great-grandmother to Kestrel Rose Browne of Albuquerque and Josephine and Charles Busch of Ellicott City.

She is also survived by sister-in-law, Ann M. Harris of Margaretville; nieces, Jayne Anne Harris of Delhi, Eloise Harris Damone of NY and Mary Lou Harris of NY; and nephews, Walter Michael Harris, Frederic Harris, and their families. She was predeceased by her brother, George Edgerly Harris II in 2005; and nephew, George Edgerly Harris III in 1982. She also leaves behind beloved friend Julie Tucker of Cleveland, Ohio; and a loving circle of people in Albuquerque, including JoAnn Smith, Sarah Montoya, Rachael England, Seth Hoffman, Debbie Good, Pam Maples, Octavio Alcantar, John Van Dyke, and everyone at Java Joes. Special thanks also to Visiting Angels, Hospice of New Mexico, Jennifer Fiordelisi, Presbyterian House Calls and the wonderful staff at The Retreat Gardens.

Life with Biba was never dull. Life without her will never be the same.

A celebration of her life is planned for January 24, 2016 at her home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Karamu House (Tony Sias, 216-795-7070). Please visit our online guest book for Biba at www.FrenchFunerals.com.  

 

Susan’s book:

Unbowed

 

 

 

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For All You Theater Lovers – A Holiday Promo Code

For All You Theater Lovers – A Holiday Promo Code

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Click on the link below to use promo code MMB95WZN in the Create Space Store. Enter it upon check out to save 30 % on a copy of “Caravan to Oz”. It’s a great book for theater lovers. Good until the end of January 2016.  Happy Holidays from Eldorado USA Books.

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#glitterbeard

#glitterbeard

beard4Recently, family friend David Loehr owner/curator of the James Dean Gallery  in Fairmount, Indiana posted a “Today Show” link on my Facebook page about a new trend for men – Glitter Beards!

In the late ’60’s early ’70’s, George Harris III aka Hibiscus founder of two gender bending theater troupes The Cockettes and the Angels of Light (San Francisco/New York) regularly glittered his beard for performances and nightlife. Pictured are Hibiscus and his lover Angel Jack.

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Original Cockette Rumi Missabu presents – SHE’S COME UNDONE

Original Cockette Rumi Missabu presents – SHE’S COME UNDONE

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Tonight at BIZARRE Bushwick, 12 Jefferson Street Brooklyn, NY 9 PM (Donation)

Actor director producer Rumi Missabu aka James Bartlett of the rag-tag acid-drenched gender-bending Cockettes who were to drag shows as Niagara is to wet hosts a fun-filled multimedia romp with Special GuestsAlejandro Rodríguez aka Lady Quesa’Dilla, Nicholas GorhamSasha VelourJarvis Jun EarnshawMark Golamco, Video installation by Drag Historian Joe E. Jeffreys, DJ John Goddard aka Johnny O’rrible – 9pm 
$7-$20 Donation@Door

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They Made New York

They Made New York

On July 14, 2015, T magazine assembled some of the artists, writers, performers, musicians and intellectuals who defined New York’s inimitable and electrifying cultural scene of the late 1970s and early ’80s.  Happy to say we were a seminal part of that scene among many, many other influential creative people living and no longer with us who do not appear in this photograph or article. Click on the link above the picture to read about the remarkable times.

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NOWADAYS EVEN GLITTER HAS ITS PRICE

NOWADAYS EVEN GLITTER HAS ITS PRICE

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NOWADAYS

EVEN GLITTER HAS ITS PRICE.
Actor director producer mentor & original member of the rag-tag acid-drenched gender-bending Cockettes (1970-1972) James Bartlett aka Rumi Missabu continues to keep the spirit alive with a myriad of current projects all on a shoe-string budget at best and needs your help in supporting the following *RUMIPALOOZA extravaganza August 29th @ Ohmega Salvage in Berkeley, 
*THE RUMI MISSABU PAPERS  a donation this summer to the New York Public Library of Performing Arts @ Lincoln Center of queer memorabilia & ephemera including original photos, prints, tranparencies,  negatives, zines, posters, flyers, cards, letters, proclamations, CDs DVDs & cassettes not available commercially, and the feature-length film *RUMINATIONS from NuReality Productions currently in production about an elusive counterculture seminal cult figure who took a wrong turn, got lost and was too stubborn to ask for directions.
*2015 NYC Fall Tour October 2-11 including performances @ Bureau of General Services-Queer Division 10/3, historic Judson Memorial Church 10/7 & Bizarre Bushwick( date TBA)
Please dig deep and help support each or any of these amazing oppportunities. Your contributions will not go unrewarded. 
Much love.  – Rumi Missabu aka James Bartlett

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Must Read Theater Books – Broadway World

Must Read Theater Books – Broadway World

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We have made Broadway World’s list of “Must Read Theater Books”. Click on the link and scroll down. We are number six!!

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To purchase click here: Caravan to Oz

 

 

 

 

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THE COCKETTES PHOTO BOOK, Too Much Is Never Enough

THE COCKETTES PHOTO BOOK, Too Much Is Never Enough

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One of the original Cockettes Fayette Hauser (photo – Roger Arvid Anderson) is publishing a photo book about The Cockettes. Please consider donating to her Kickstarter campaign to publish this Limited Edition Photo Book about pioneering, influential San Francisco theater troupe – The Cockettes 1969 – 1972.

THE COCKETTES PHOTO BOOK, Too Much Is Never Enough

 

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