Recipient of 2014 Leeway Transformation Award!

December 31, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Leeway Foundation Announces 2014 Transformation Awards

Nine women and trans* artists representing three counties in the Greater Philadelphia area have been named 2014 Leeway Transformation Awardees, the foundation announced today.

The Awards are granted annually to artists who have demonstrated a practice of art and social change for five years or more. The 2014 awards were presented to a diverse group of artists and cultural producers working in a range of disciplines including literary, media and performance arts.

“In our ninth cycle of the Transformation Award, the brilliant women and trans* award recipients we have supported are doing crucial work at a critical time,” says Program Director, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem. “In the midst of bleak times, they are creating art and impacting communities in innovative and purposeful ways. They each guide us towards the world we want to see.” Read More… 

TLA Anthology is out – including my article!

December 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Featured imageMy article “Zamlers, Tricksters, and Queers: Re-Mixing Histories in Yiddishland and Faerieland” is included in the new anthology Transformative Language Arts in Action, from Rowman & Littlefield!

Transformative Language Arts, an emerging field and profession, calls on us to use writing, storytelling, theater, music, expressive and other arts for social change, personal growth, and culture shift. In this landmark anthology, Transformative Language Artists share their stories, scholarship and practices for a more just and peaceful world, from a Hmong storyteller and spoken word artist weaving traditions with contemporary immigrant challenges in Philadelphia, to a playwright raising awareness of AIDS/HIV prevention.

Read the stories, consider the questions raised, and find inspiration and tools in using words as a vehicle for transformation through essays on the challenge of dominant stories, public housing women writing for their lives, histories and communities at the margins, singing as political action, the convergence of theology and poetics, women’s self-leadership, embodied writing, and healing the self, others, and nature through TLA.

The anthology also includes “snapshots,” short features on transformative language artists who make their livings and lives working with people of all ages and backgrounds to speak their truths, and change their communities.

CABARET VÉRITÉ

November 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m singing a very tender love song (one of my most favorites, “What More Can I Say” from Falsettoland by William Finn) in this 934875_308564332679267_3420022179286076476_nupcoming cabaret!

CABARET VÉRITÉ takes the stage at The Ethical Society Building, 1906
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, on Saturday, November 29 at 9:00 pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/814501225281285

Hosted by Tom Wilson Weinberg and Andrew Crowley, CABARET VÉRITÉ also features the super-talented Philadelphia-based musicians Kathryn Bezella, V. Shayne Frederick, Alexander Kacala, Ezra Berkley Nepon, Lexi Schreiber, Dena Underwood and
Ibrahim Vicks.

Haunted Sukkah at Klez Kanada

September 6, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Video highlights from the haunted sukkah we created at Klez Kanada 2014 in Jenny Romaine’s Theater Workshop! The references come from “Mayse Tishovits” by IB Singer, “Monish” by Peretz, The Last Dance of Ghenghis Cohn by Romaine Gary, and ideas about indigeneity by Thompson Highway. Also, the ethnographic expeditions and questions of Sh. Ansky and the research of Prof. Agi Legutko. Jenny Romaine and friends will next present the Haunted Suke at YIVO’s Yiddish open mic, Oct 14 in NYC.

Sunrise at Hyde Park performances coming up!

June 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Some nice press about the show…

* Tom Wilson Weinberg Brings His “Sunrise at Hyde Park,” Love Story of Eleanor Roosevelt & Lorena Hickok, to Cherry Grove
* Center to stage new Weinberg musical, Philadelphia Gay News
* 6 Gay Things to do in Philadelphia, G Philly

SUNRISE AT HYDE PARK

Musical based on ELEANOR & HICK, words & music Tom Wilson Weinberg, designed by Kevin Broad

EZRA BERKLEY NEPON as Lorena Hickok
HEIDI HAYES as Eleanor Roosevelt
ANDREW CROWLEY as Ray Corry

July 23rd, 24th, 25th at 8 PM
WILLIAM WAY COMMUNITY CENTER
1315 Spruce St., Philadelphia
Facebook Event Here

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 8:30 PM
Presented by ARTS PROJECT CHERRY GROVE
Cherry Grove, Fire Island

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Cast photo (Tom, Heidi, Ezra, Andy)

 


1932: Lorena Hickok, a hot-shot reporter for the Associated Press, is assigned to interview Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of New York State Governor and Presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt. Hickok wants to be covering crime, corruption and war. The shy, reluctant Eleanor wants to be left alone. This awkward interview changes the lives of both women.

1962: Ray Corry, an ambitious young curator at the Roosevelt Museum in Hyde Park, pressures the ill and aged Hick to donate her 30 years of letters, the intimate correspondence of two remarkable women. Corry is shaken by the content he discovers – the passion and complexity of the Eleanor/Hick relationship and the impact the letters have on his own life.

Based on ELEANOR & HICK, words & music by Tom Wilson Weinberg, book by Peggy Stafford, original direction by Darren Katz.

Conversation with Jennifer Miller in Movement Research Performance Journal

May 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

MRPJ44_Cover_200x300This past winter I had a great time interviewing Jennifer Miller for her featured artist section in Movement Research Performance Journal (#44). Other pieces in this section include:

  • CIRCUS AMOK: “THE MOST UNTIRING AND GAYEST” by Ira Livingston
  • JENNIFER MILLER’S ZENOBIA by Rachel Mattson
  • FROM FLOURISH TO FLIP: DANCING WITH MILLER IN AMOK AND BEYOND by Jennifer Monson
  • GOING FOR THE JUGGLER by John Bowe
  • SIDESHOW USA: BEARDED LADY & REVOLUTIONARY by Rachel Adams

Details up at http://www.movementresearch.org/performance_journal/currentissue/

Performance at Opentoe Peepshow

May 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Heels on Wheels presents… Opentoe Peepshow #16, Sun May 4, 2014!10252069_624667234278028_2081925015259201387_n
The Opentoe Peepshow is a monthly salon that reveals new work by queer artists the first Sunday of every month.

Sunday May 4, doors 7:00p, show 7:30p @ Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 

Featuring: Dandy Vagabonds [Baltimore], Ezra Berkley Nepon & Tom Wilson Weinberg [Philly], Dakota Russell, Ky’iera Campbell, & a video by LGBTQ students from Tribeca Film Institute!

I’ll be singing (with Tom Wilson Weinberg) selections to live piano accompianment from Sunrise at Hyde Park, Tom’s musical about Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, Based on ELEANOR & HICK, words & music Tom Wilson Weinberg, book Peggy Stafford, original direction Darren Katz.

New Report from The Lafayette Practice

April 24, 2014 at 2:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Screen-Shot-2014-04-14-at-8.04.55-AMThe Lafayette Practice is pleased to announce our new publication: Who Decides: How Participatory Grantmaking Benefits Donors, Communities and Movements.

TLP  conducted research and interviews to analyze and compare the practices of eight premiere international Participatory Grantmaking Funds (PGF). TLP examined existing data regarding the qualitative aspects of the funds and their grantees, including functions, roles, and budgets.

Participatory Grantmaking emerges from a practice of grassroots activism, with assumed belief that decision-making participation of people impacted by the fund’s programs will guarantee that grants are allocated to those most deserving. Participatory Grantmaking models have proliferated over the past several decades. Yet there has been little research or documentation to analyze the assumptions and outcomes of the methodology.

A Radical Ethics of Crowdfunding

March 26, 2014 at 12:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The March-April 2014 issue of Grassroots Fundraising Journal includes my interview with Annie Danger, “Emily Post-Capitalism and the Revolutionary Etiquette of Crowdfunding.”  I highly recommend subscribing to this journal – it is consistently super helpful and engaging with details, theory, and advice about raising money for social change.  You can read the article here with an added document, a proposed ethics of crowdfunding, that she and I put together. As Annie explains: We are hoping it can start good conversation about how to engage critically with this now-permanent aspect of our lives under capitalism. Thoughts? Questions? Amendments? We don’t claim to have the answers, but sure do have a lot of ideas and questions.

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Lafayette Project

March 12, 2014 at 12:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

logoIn recent months I’ve been working with The Lafayette Practice, a consulting group initiated by my good friend Matty Hart. The Lafayette Practice is a consortium of international professionals spanning 50 years of deeply engaged experience solving the complex problems that foundations and nonprofit organizations encounter. Our first project together was creation of a report for the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO) organization, titled “Potential, Strategy, and Impact: A Report on IDAHO’s Opportunities at a Critical Juncture.” The goal of this project was to develop a broad fundraising strategy for IDAHO, with a recommended implementation plan, addressing structural changes necessary for fundraising success in the US and beyond. Looking at short-term and long-term fundraising opportunities, identify funding trends, and reviewing potential legal structures, The Lafayette Practice (TLP) offered a series of recommendations that will contribute to the organization’s financial and organizational sustainability.

Currently, we are nearing completion of an exciting project: research and interviews to analyze and compare the practices of eight premiere international Participatory Grantmaking Funds.

Participatory Grantmaking – also referred to as Peer Review Grantmaking, Community Funding, or Activist Funding – emerges from a practice of grassroots activism, with assumed belief that participation by people impacted by the fund’s programs will guarantee that grants are allocated to those most deserving. Participatory Grantmaking models have proliferated over the past several decades. Yet there has been little research or documentation to analyze the assumptions and outcomes of the methodology. Stay tuned for more info on this research!

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