Jun 222011

Kentucky Theatre Summer Classics Series Continues

If you have not yet made it down to the Kentucky Theatre for one of this summer’s amazing revival screenings, there are still plenty of opportunities! Upcoming films include Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H (6/22) and a double feature of Abbott and Costello flicks (6/29). All films in the series are shown at 1:30 P.M. and 7:15 P.M. on their respective dates, and each screening is $4. If you can make it to the evening screening, you will be rewarded with a “My Old Kentucky Home” organ sing-a-long and an introduction by the always entertaining Bill Widener. For a complete list of films in the series, please visit http://kentuckytheater.com. Continue reading »

May 252011

DM: Ready to go. Film.

KET Seeking Short Films

Reel Visions, KET’s excellent television series spotlighting Kentucky filmmakers, is seeking submissions for its Fall season. The half-hour program features experimental, documentary, and  narrative films that are between one and twenty-five minutes in length. The deadline for this submission period is August 1, 2011. If you are interested in showing your work, please send a preview DVD to: Continue reading »

Nov 242010

By Natalie Baxter

While strolling around town on an unusually warm Saturday in November, I found myself at the Carnegie Center where they were hosting the UP! Fair, a gathering of self-publishing sequential artists from Kentucky and beyond. I must admit, the last place I would have imagined myself that day (or ever really) was at a comic book convention. Walking in, I didn’t exactly know what to expect. Continue reading »

Jan 292010

By Michael Dean Benton

“Why should an artist’s way of looking at the world have any meaning for us? Why does it give us pleasure? Because, I believe, it increases our awareness of our own potentiality.” — John Berger, Permanent Red: Essays in Seeing (1960)

“There are in fact no masses; there are only ways of seeing people as masses.” — Raymond Williams, Culture and Society (1958)

Gender and sexuality are important contemporary political concepts for understanding the constitution of our selves. They are important because they are a key to the production of our sense of self and identity as social beings, because they are experienced by every human being, because all societies seek to regulate what is acceptable in regards to gender and sexuality, and, because myths about gender and sexuality are tools for the control, demonization and oppression of groups of people. My claim for the importance of gender and sexuality as political concepts does not discount class or race, rather it recognizes that even within the hierarchical divisions of classes and races, there are further inequalities built upon perceived gender and sexuality differences (and vice versa). The discriminatory, power-based inequalities of gender and sexuality are even built into our everyday language.

While the construction of gender and sexuality is a serious subject for us to address, it is also a joyous, surprising, creative, and challenging project. Of all the personal illusions I continuously work to dispel, the myths of gender and sexuality are the most difficult; but, for that reason, also the most rewarding and enriching. The difficulty lies in my training from the earliest age to think of myself as a certain gender construct—a tough, heterosexual, working-class male—that must perform a certain rigid sexual role, and adapt the attitudes/poses necessary to be accepted in my early social environments. Continue reading »