Locomotion at the Kennedy Center

I saw Jennifer Nelson this weekend at the Arena Stage Home Coming Day brunch and ribbon cutting for the new Mead Center for American Theater. Jennifer is at Ford’s Theater heading special programs. People may know her for penning the Elizabeth Keckly walking tour led by Mary Todd Lincoln’s African American dress designer, herself.

This week through October 31, the Kennedy Center presents “Locomotion” adapted by Jacqueline Woodson from her children’s book of the same title. The play is directed by Jennifer Nelson. “Locomotion” is a co-commission between the Kennedy Center with the Orlando Repertory Theatre. The play is for ages 9 and up.

Here’s the description:
Ever have a lot to say, but can’t get the words out? That’s the problem confronting Lonnie Collins Motion, a kid who’s so full of energy that everybody calls him Locomotion. After experiencing some very real family tragedies, the power of poetry finally provides an outlet for expressing his feelings. Award-winning novelist Jacqueline Woodson has turned her book into an inspiring play about the journey of a boy as he moves from tragedy to hope and from losing one family to gaining a new one. Wonder at this boy’s self-discovery through words.

Tickets are $18 and available from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC).

Women’s Health Network Fall Benefit with Barbara Ehrenreich

You’re Invited to the NWHN’s Annual Fall Benefit

Please join us as we present the 3rd Barbara Seaman Awards for Activism in Women’s Health and celebrate 35 years of action.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Studio Theatre
1501 14th Street N.W., Washington, DC
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reception and Program

Guest Speaker: Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich
is a nationally known author, feminist, and social critic who combines journalism and activism to spark lasting social change. Her expose of low-wage work, Nickel and Dimed, became a national best seller. She has turned her own personal experience with breast cancer into a trenchant critique of breast cancer “awareness” and other feel-good approaches to women’s health issues. Barbara first wrote about women’s health in the 1970s, when her pamphlet, Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers, was an underground sensation. As an early leader in the women’s health movement, and a leading social critique, Barbara’s remarks at the NWHN are sure to provoke, inspire and enlighten

Activist Awards: Anne Kasper and Miriam Zoila Perez

Anne Kasper has been an advocate, sociologist, researcher and public policy expert on women’s health for nearly 40 years. She brought women’s health movement strategies to her ongoing work as a leader in the struggle for health care reform. She was the director of the Campaign for Women’s Health in the 1990s and now chairs the Maryland Women’s Coalition for Health Care Reform.

Miriam Zoila Perez is a reproductive right and justice activists, a writer and blogger, and a speaker on LGBTQ issues. She is an editor with the popular blog Feministing.com. Additionally, she is an organizer and advocate for Latina women, most recently in her role as the e-communications for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Go to this link for tickets. For questions about the event – contact Jill Battalen, Director of Individual Giving, at 202.682.2640 or jbattalen[at]nwhn[dot]org.

The 37th Annual Washington Studies Conference

November 5 and 6
The Charles Sumner Museum and Archives
1201 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
For information, visit historydc.org/wsc or call 202-383-1890

Each year historians, preservationists, neighborhood sages, researchers, students, collectors and fans gather to exchange more stories about Washington, DC history — from the insiders’ perspectives.