Month: August 2018

TueNight 10: Jo Piazza

Jo Piazza with her son at a UFO viewing center in Southern Colorado(photo courtesy of Jo Piazza) “I’m finally at a point in my life where I can say my job is to make cool shit,” says Jo Piazza, TueNight contributor, author of seven books and former editor at Yahoo, Current TV and New York Daily News. Jo’s latest novel is Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win (Simon and Schuster), about a woman running for Senate in the most important race in the country during a midterm election. “I feel like writing Charlotte, this fearless and ambitious woman, has given me more confidence. I’m finally advocating for myself in a way I was afraid to in my 20s and early 30s. It’s funny because when I was younger I really had nothing to lose. I had no family, no mortgage, no health concerns. Now I have all of those things, but for some reason I feel less afraid.” Jo has been driving from coast to coast, promoting her new book.”My goal is to start a big ass conversation about women, ambition, power and leadership.” Amidst it all, Jo …

TueNight 10: Tamara Winfrey Harris

Tamara Winfrey Harris is a stealth radical. She writes about race, gender and their intersection with politics, pop culture and current events. She graciously joined us in The Hotbed last month for a lively discussion of her book, The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America. Midwestern affability is her superpower; you’d never know The Washington Post once called her “…half myth-buster, half crusader and all the way fed up.” She likes Converse sneakers, margaritas and “cozy” mystery TV shows. She is ride or die for black women and girls. Housework is not her ministry. 1. On the nightstand: Apple TV remote; my reading queue: When They Call You A Terrorist by Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors, and New Power by Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans; aromatherapy spray; dust…an embarrassing amount of dust. Shit. I really should dust more often. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Sleeping with the TV on. It has to be on, but not too loud. I need to hear the voices on the TV, but not be able to discern what they are saying. I’ve been doing this …

TueNight 10: Nancy Nowacek

The silence around menopause is deafening. “It is easier to get people to talk about death and cancer than Menopause,” says Nancy Nowacek, artist, organizer and collaborator on Menopause: An Imperfect Guide. “Because it’s an incontrovertible milestone of age — [the secrecy] perpetuates and amplifies negative feelings women have about their age, their bodies, their very selves.” To that end, she’s created M_________, The Menopause Project, a pilot pop-up shop in Brooklyn, August 17-19, featuring experts in psychology, health, nutrition, pilates and powerlifting. The goal is to bring publicity, education and community to an experience common to, ahem, half the world’s population. “If we start joining together, in public, and learn about how our bodies are actually running incredible defensive plays, we can dedicate our hard-won experience, love and care to the rest of the world and start to lift the curtain on the mystery, shame, and confusion of what it means to enter the middle of our lives.” An artist by trade, Nancy has been working in design, play and the built environment for the past several …

TueNight 10: Crystal Durant

She’s an artist, an educator, a model, a DJ, a singer, a writer and for many a muse — Crystal is undoubtedly a modern renaissance woman.  These days she writes for The Z Review, sings in a monthly tribute show with F*BOMB at Arlene’s Grocery, and has her own Prince Purple Rain tribute band. In her own words, she’s a “magnet for all kinds of crazy, always smells like fresh flowers, and is waiting for the right guy to show up, man up, and make a semi-honest woman outta me”. Crystal had us all in stitches with her love of Seinfeld quotes at last month’s TueNight Live: 90s Bitch. Here’s her TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: A bottle of water, the TV remote, my signature necklaces, and my limited edition, highly sought after, collectible, Flava Flav alarm clock, SIGNED BY FLAV HIMSELF. It wakes me up by yelling, “YEAAAAAAAAHHHH BOYYYYEEEE!” No joke.  2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Cutting the neck out and the sleeves off of my t-shirts because they’re too constricting.  I think this is why people always ask if I’m a Rock Star, because …