I saw the Nina Simone movie last Friday. ("What Happened, Miss Simone") I can't say I loved the theater. The seats were uncomfortable and the popcorn was average, but the movie was really pretty good. I didn't know a lot about Nina Simone before this film, but left feeling like I had a complete understanding of who this powerhouse singer was and all she went through in her life. It's sad that such an immense talent had to endure such tragedy.
On the note of powerful theatrical presentations, I also saw a fantastic play on Wednesday night. It's an off-Broadway piece called "The Bullpen" written and performed by Joe Assadourian. Rather than writing it all down myself, I encourage you to view the NY Times review: (And I also encourage you to see the show!) New York Times link to the article.
Do you remember your first event with Women About?
Trusting a memory is always a leap of faith. However, I do fondly remember my first adventure with Women About. I remember it well because that's when I met my life partner.
A Women About member was "sharing" an urban hike down the newly opened Hudson River Esplanade. Members were meeting on 96th street and Broadway. From there they would hike down to the Lower West Side. It was a beautiful summer day in 2002, and I wanted to do something brave and adventurous. You see, I'd been single for some time and had decided it was time to get out there. To begin meeting other lesbians, making new friends and broadening my horizons.
I was living in New Jersey at the time and, making the trek to "the City" was going to be it's own adventure. The New Jersey Path train was not the most efficient mode of transportation and by the time I reached Manhattan, I was already late for the rendezvous uptown. I didn't know if the group would wait for me or not? I still had to get uptown to 96th Street and I was becoming filled with more and more anxiety! It was 2002, yes, people had cell phones, but it wasn't the smart and sophisticated, familiar device we see attached to everyone's hand like we see today. I couldn't just text the event leader that I was late, panicking and still rushing to get to the number one train.
When, finally, safe on the uptown one train I heard it. I heard the announcement –– something New Yorker's likely hear everyday, that the train wasn't going to make all stops. The train was skipping my stop at 96th street. What the hell! Why?
Due to some kind of construction, the train –– MY TRAIN, was averting off it's regular course. And in fact, the train, MY TRAIN, was not going to stop at the very place I needed to be 10 minutes ago. Now, understand for seasoned subway riders this kind of "snafu" is a piece-of-cake. They'd simply take the 2 or 3 or F or whatever hellish, alternate collection of routes were necessary to make it to their destination and be done with it. For me –– well, it was a fate that I couldn't physically withstand. I was already late, there was construction, and I was in a strange unmoving vehicle that was not my car. I had to completely re-adjust my perception of the world order and my place in it!
After taking the downtown train, circle back from 125th Street, I'd finally arrived at the corner of 96th Street and Broadway. There I spotted a group of women gathered in front of a corner store. Perspiring, undaunted and feeling a little self-satisfied after accomplishing the unthinkable, I crossed the street to be greeted by the welcoming smile that would be my future. There was the event leader, and though we had only communicated through emails about the event details, I had no idea what she looked like (or how she would react to my lateness). She said that somehow she'd known that I was going to get there and so they had all decided to wait.
The rest of the day was filled with food, (which is synonymous with Women About) great humor, conversation and a wonderful walk down the Hudson River Esplanade.
Women About is pursuing a big, simple goal.
Share events –– about most everything. “Everything” is, admittedly, a broad pursuit, so we’d like to take a moment to share what exactly “Most Everything” means to our community.
The variety of Women About events surprises and delights us day in and day out. Women About members, it seems, are passionate about everything under the sun. Whatever you’re into socially, whatever you want Women About to be about — chances are we’re cool with it. There are a few exceptions to the rule, and the precedents we expect all Women About events to adhere to, are outlined in our Community Guidelines. They help us make sure that every event is aligned with the Women About mission to build local community, and ensure that events stay friendly, welcoming, and respectful. The guidelines are pretty straightforward, but here are the basics below.
First up, every event must fulfill three basic requirements:
- Women About events are about local, real life, face-to-face community building and group interactions.
- Women About events are fun and respectful of members and the community at large.
- Women About events do not support activities that leverage professional or personal services for business purposes and/or profit.
At Women About we personally review each event to make sure it’s inline with our Community Guidelines. We want to make sure each event is non-offensive to our members and is set up to support our community.
We count on the Women About community at large to help us ensure our goals, and make sure events stay friendly, safe, and inviting. If you find any offensive material within our community there are several ways for members to report abuse: send us an email to , we will investigates every email, and try to resolve the problem.
The Women About community is a special one, and we’re building it together. As we continue to grow, we want to make sure our members feel empowered and have their voices heard. That’s why we encourage all members to raise a flag if anything not-so-awesome pops up. We’re here to help.