Women Center Stage, a multi-disciplinary festival featuring women artists whose work calls attention to human struggles globally, kicks off tonight in New York.

Featuring panel discussions, films, plays, music and comedy, the festival run through July 17, with most events taking place at the Culture Project (55 Mercer St., between Broome and Grand).

To celebrate the opening, Jennifer Buffett moderates a conversation tonight between and about women making serious change in the world: Aisha al-Adawiya (Women In Islam), Gloria Feldt  (activist, author, former president of Planned Parenthood), Carol Jenkins (Women’s Media Center), Idelisse Malave (Tides Foundation) and Letty Cottin Pogrebin (activist and author). The conversation starts at 7:30 p.m., with a party to follow.

Tickets and information are available at here or by calling TheaterMania at 212.352.3101.

Future events include:

– Samantha Power, author of "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide," winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction, and Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran," discussing the power of the individual in making real change in the world

– Girls Life Adventure, a free workshop for teenage girls created by viBe Theater Experience and Girls Write Now

– Readings on violence against women presented by Eve Ensler’s V-Day

– The showing of "Town Bloody Hall," a 1979 film by Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker that chronicles the evening of April 30, 1971, "when local literati and feminists packed New York City’s Town Hall to watch Norman Mailer, who had just written ‘The Prisoner of Sex,’ grapple with a panel of passionate feminists." Hegedus will be joined by Jill Johnston, who was on the Town Hall panel, for a Q&A following the film.


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  • olivia June 29, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    thank you Women’s Voices for Change for your enthusiasm for Women Center Stage! we hope to welcome many of you to our theater this summer!