22 September 2006

Sandra Cisneros and Ruth Behar, Ann Arbor

Thursday, September 28, 7:30pm, in the Rackham Auditorium

The Hispanic Heritage Month 2006 Keynote Address will feature Sandra Cisneros on “Why I’m Not Hispanic.” Sandra Cisneros is a novelist, poet, short story writer, and essayist whose work gives voice to working-class Latino and Latina life in America. Her lyrical, realistic work blends aspects of “high” and popular culture. Her work includes the novels: The House on Mango Street (1983) and Caramelo (2002), Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991), poetry: Bad Boys (1980), My Wicked Wicked Ways (1987), and Loose Woman (1994), a children’s book Hairs/Pelitos (1994), and Vintage Cisneros (2003), a compilation of her works. In 1995 Cisneros was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and in 2003 she received the Texas Medal of the Arts. She lives in San Antonio, TX, where she has created the Macondo Foundation, a unique writers workshop with a Latino focus and a commitment to community service.
Followed by a light reception and book signing by Sandra Cisneros.

Friday, September 29, 11am-1pm, in 3512 Haven Hall

Talking in our Pajamas: A Conversation Between Sandra Cisneros and Ruth Behar. Dressed in their pajamas, author, Sandra Cisneros and U-M Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies, Ruth Behar will have a public conversation. They will discuss a range of topics, including writing, books, and being Latinas, topics which they have been talking about for over a decade. A continental breakfast will be served.


15 September 2006

Calling All Dancers! A Space of Your Own (new york)

This is a great opportunity to have an office and get the guidance needed to run a professional dance company. Here are the details:

DNA Subsidized Administrative Space Program

Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) is a unique arts organization that provides an arena where dancers at all levels of training, from novice through professional can study, create and perform. DNA's mission is to provide the tools and support necessary for artists to establish viable, healthy long-term lives as dancers. DNA acts as a laboratory in which ideas and vocabularies are exchanged and where artists may present their work before audiences.

Dance New Amsterdam's Subsidized Administrative Space program (SAS) was created and designed for dance artists and choreographers seeking to establish themselves in New York City but have been unable to find affordable administrative rental space given the current New York City real estate market.

Dance New Amsterdam's SAS program provides up and coming choreographers as well as established choreographers and companies dedicated administrative office space located within the executive offices of Dance New Amsterdam at a subsidized rental rate. For those applicants selected Dance New Amsterdam will provide access to the following.

:: Office hours 9:00am - 8:00pm* (Monday - Saturday)

:: Private cubicle with lockable storage and file space

:: Computer with internet access and printer

:: Phone with a private extension and receptionist

:: Office supplies**

:: Fax and photocopying**

:: Access to DNA facilities including conference room for private meetings, rest rooms, locker rooms, kitchen and faculty lounge

:: Approximately two hours weekly of private consultation with DNA staff in finance, development and marketing***

:: Access to potential teaching and performance opportunities.

*Flexible schedules available
**Limited to availability and usage
***By appointment only

DNA's community of artists, dancers, musicians, patrons and students provides a stimulating environment for SAS participants. Resident companies will receive professional guidance based on an initial annual assessment of each company's unique challenges, goals and objectives. Directors of SAS companies will be given special consideration for employment within DNA's school programs including the Modern Guest Artist Series.

Applications for the SAS program will be reviewed by the senior staff of Dance New Amsterdam as well as an independent panel of six dance educators and administrators. Selected choreographers and companies will begin their administrative residencies in November 2006 by signing a one year rental contract with the opportunity for extension when applicable.

The Application & Selection Process

Choreographers and companies interested in seeking approval should provide the SAS committee with a brief narrative that should include the following information.

:: Name of Company or Individual

:: Non-Profit/Corporate status and organizational chart*

:: Mission Statement

:: Brief History: biography of body of work, recent accomplishments

:: Current Fiscal sponsorship

:: Funding history and current fiscal sponsorship

:: Financials (annual budget)*

:: HR manual and EEO policy guidelines*

:: Administrative Goals: strategic plan or outline of intended goals during artist/company's residency in the SAS Program

*when applicable

The SAS committee will choose a group of semi-finalists with the final selection by the Executive Director. Selection will be based upon need, a clear mission and a history of completed projects. Consideration will be given to successful informal showings, presentations in small venues and ongoing consistent development of work.

Emerging dancer artists and companies without an extensive history of performances or general body of work will also be considered for participation and are strongly encouraged to apply

Deadlines for Submissions: October 13, 2006

Send proposals via email to:

SAS Program

Proposals can also be submitted by US mail or Fax:

SAS Program
Dance New Amsterdam
280 Broadway 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10007
Attn: Development Department

Fax: 212-625-8313

No Phone Calls Please


14 September 2006

favorite yoga pose: Janu Sirasana

I get these daily emails from Yoga Journal, which I think are really great. They remind me of things to focus on, and also things I can "let go" of. I meant to post one email that was titled "mind chatter!" But that's beside the point. My point today is that Janu Sirasana is one of my favorite poses. It's easy to do, and when done properly, uses your whole body to twist slightly and fold forward. Make sure to spend the time getting into proper position and avoid just collapsing forward.

Here's the info from Yoga Journal:

Tune Your Hamstrings

Think your hamstrings are too tight to forward bend? Then Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Pose) is the pose for you. This asana is attainable even for those with little flexibility. Its benefits-mental clarity, improved digestion, decreased stress-make it a welcome addition to any practice.

Janu Sirsasana is easier than other forward bends because it allows you to stretch one leg at a time-it cuts the resistance you may feel in your hamstrings when you fold forward in half.

Here's how to try it:

Sit upright with your legs extended on the floor in front of you. Bend your right knee up to the ceiling and pull your heel in toward your buttocks. Let your knee open out to the right until it touches or almost touches the floor. Place the sole of your right foot on your left thigh and flex your left foot. Twist toward your left leg and hold your thigh, ankle, or foot with both hands (or you can hold on to a strap wrapped around the left foot). Inhale and lengthen your spine, then exhale and gently fold deeper into the pose. Remain for five to 10 breaths, then switch sides.

Janu Sirsasana is a calming, cooling pose. As it becomes more comfortable to perform, you may find yourself ready for more challenging forward bends.

Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Pose)

Long and Strong


12 September 2006

A Ban on Skinny?

Skinny models wearing thin in fashion shocker By Andrew Hay
Tue Sep 12, 11:43 AM ET

MADRID (Reuters) - The world's first ban on overly thin models at a top-level fashion show in Madrid has caused outrage among modeling agencies and raised the prospect of restrictions at other venues.

Madrid's fashion week has turned away underweight models after protests that girls and young women were trying to copy their rail-thin looks and developing eating disorders.

Organizers say they want to project an image of beauty and health, rather than a waif-like, or heroin chic look.

But Cathy Gould, of New York's Elite modeling agency, said the fashion industry was being used as a scapegoat for illnesses like anorexia and bulimia.

"I think its outrageous, I understand they want to set this tone of healthy beautiful women, but what about discrimination against the model and what about the freedom of the designer," said Gould, Elite's North America director, adding that the move could harm careers of naturally "gazelle-like" models.

Madrid's regional government, which sponsors the show and imposed restrictions, said it did not blame designers and models for anorexia. It said the fashion industry had a responsibility to portray healthy body images.

"Fashion is a mirror and many teenagers imitate what they see on the catwalk," said regional official Concha Guerra.

The mayor of Milan, Italy, Letizia Moratti, told an Italian newspaper this week she would seek a similar ban for her city's show unless it could find a solution to "sick" looking models.


The Madrid show is using the body mass index or BMI -- based on weight and height -- to measure models. It has turned away 30 percent of women who took part in the previous event. Medics will be on hand at the September 18-22 show to check models.

"The restrictions could be quite a shock to the fashion world at the beginning, but I'm sure it's important as far as health is concerned," said Leonor Perez Pita, director of Madrid's show, also known as the Pasarela Cibeles.

A spokeswoman for the Association of Fashion Designers of Spain, which represents those at Madrid fashion week, said the group supported restrictions and its concern was the quality of collections, not the size of models.

Eating disorder activists said many Spanish model agencies and designers oppose the ban and they had doubts whether the new rules would be followed.

"If they don't go along with it the next step is to seek legislation, just like with tobacco," said Carmen Gonzalez of Spain's Association in Defense of Attention for Anorexia and Bulimia, which has campaigned for restrictions since the 1990s.

09 September 2006

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08 September 2006

Cadre Artists' Grant

cadre Visual Artists' Grant
Applications now being accepted!
We're very excited to begin accepting applications for the first cadre art grant. Applications may be submitted September 1 through November 1, 2006.

To date we have collected more than $2000 for the first round of grants!!!!!

If you have made a donation, you are already eligible to apply; if you haven't yet, please make a donation ($10 is the minimum donation) to apply (see details below).

All applications must be sent to cadreartgrant@yahoo.com and must include:

· An artist’s statement (300-500 words; no c.v.'s, please!)

· A description of what you plan to do with the grant (300-500 words)

· Your estimated need for your particular project (you can ask for any amount up to the current total collected for the grants)

· A URL for a blog or website containing your work

All images must be submitted as a blog or website* (no attachments or mailed applications will be accepted) to eliminate the administrative costs of postage and paperwork and submission costs for the artist (no more slides!). Applications must include at least 5 but no more than 20 examples of work. All applicant URLs will be posted on the grant's website for viewing by donors and the selection committee (see details below).

* If you don’t already have a website or blog, you can set up a free blog at blogger.com (if you’re a PC user), a not-free blog at typepad.com (if you’re a Mac user), a free blog at WordPress.org (don’t know if it favors PC or Mac), or you can even simply set up a free photo page at flickr.com. We’re sure there are other options out there, too—look around!



1. What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept:

money orders/cashiers' checks
personal checks (Please make all checks payable to Carla Williams or Deirdre Visser. See question#3 for details.)
PayPal (click donation button below)
Donations can be sent to:

p.o. box 720066
san francisco, ca 94172-0066

2. Can I be automatically set up to make a monthly donation?

Yes! Click here to sign up for an automatic $10 per month payment plan.

3. Are donations tax deductible?

Not at this time. The reason checks are to be made out to one of us is that we have opted not to seek 501(c)(3) non-profit status at this time. It's time-consuming and involved, and for now, we wanted to keep it as simple as possible and to operate like a clearing house for donations—money in, money out. The only deductions being taken are fees for Paypal donations.

4. What kinds of art does the grant support?

This is a visual arts grant—works in all media are eligible. While we don't support traditional performing arts projects, we do support performance artists. You can always E-mail us if you have any questions.

Suggested Donation Amount: $10.00 USD

For more detailed information about the grant, click here.


Please use the link below to forward this E-mail far and wide!

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(Carla Williams and Deirdre Visser)

email: cadreartgrant@yahoo.com
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03 September 2006

weekly recipe: dual dinner (veg and non-veg)

For this week's recipe post, I thought I would include recipes which can easily be adapted to suit vegetarian or non-vegetarian dietary choices. See, I am vegetarian and my hunny, well, she's not. And, while she does enjoy all the veggie food I cook, once in a while, I like to surprise her with something she'd really like (well, not quite a hamburger!) - salmon.

The recipes for this week are Spice-Crusted Tofu (or Salmon), adapted from poco-cocoa, and Black-Eyed Peas with Rainbow Chard, adpated from Cooking Light.

For the tofu or salmon, follow the recipe above with slight alterations for the salmon.

Salmon Alterations to Tofu Recipe
1. Dust the spice-mixture on the salmon in a foil-lined pan.

dusting the salmon
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2. Bake at 350 degrees F, until almost done. Not completely, since you will be baking for slightly longer in the next step.
3. Pour honey and lemon mixture over salmon and bake 5 more minutes, or until cooked to your liking.
4. Then, sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and enjoy with greens!

Black-Eyed Peas with Rainbow Chard

4c vegetable broth
3c water
2c fresh black-eyed peas
2T butter
2c finely chopped red onion
1lb coarsely chopped rainbow chard (or any other chard if you can't find rainbow)
1/2t pepper
1T hot sauce

1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a Dutch ove; bring to boil.
2. Redcue heat and simmer, partially covered for 30 mins or until tender (ok, mine took @ 45 min to 1 hr!)
3. Remove from heat.
4. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion. Saute 5 mins.
5. Add chard and pepper. Saute 3 mins or unitl wilted.

cooking greens
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6. Stir in vinegar.
7. Add onion mixture to peas. Stir.

Hope you enjoy this week's recipe posting.