Bitch! Bitch! Bitch!

Redefining — and reclaiming — the word through Hollywood divas.

As a women’s studies professor, Elissa Auther was frustrated by narrow, stuffy discussions that never engaged anyone outside of academia. So last year she founded Feminism & Co., a Lab at Belmar series that brings a campy, irreverent style and creative performances to critical debates on women’s issues.

The series’ second season kicks off tonight with Bitch! The History and Politics of a Word. Melinda Barlow – a film studies professor, self-proclaimed “bitch extraordinaire” and fantastically unorthodox and engaging speaker, according to Auther -- will get the conversation started with clips showcasing Hollywood’s most irreverent and impudent female characters from the 1970s through today.

There’s a bitchin’ reception with cash bar at 6 p.m. at the Lab, 404 South Upham Street in Lakewood; the official program starts at 6:30 and will no doubt continue – unofficially – late into the evening at the Oven, across the street. Tickets to Bitch! are $10, $5 for Lab members. The Feminism & Co. series continues on Thursdays through April 23, when the Lab will move to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Go to www.belmarlab.org or call 303-934-1777 for tickets and info.
April 2-23, 2009

 
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