Friday, March 18, 2011

The Weekend

Me and Chrissy on the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge


Yesterday was the very first day it felt like a true spring day since I moved to New York.  I met up with my friend and neighbor, Chrissy, and we went for the first bike ride of the year - over, across, and then back again across the Williamsburg Bridge.  I've been a little nervous thinking about biking around Brooklyn, but once we were riding I felt very comfortable.

This weekend is again filled with activities. 

Tonight I'll be attending a yoga class in Long Island City with a couple friends.  Afterward I believe we'll be going to Blackout Bar for Que(e)ry

Tomorrow I'm hoping for a long bike ride (this time on the road bike) during the day.  In the evening I'll be at a Chrissy's going away party (so bummed to see her go) with the festivities starting off at Lady Jay's and then dancing at Legion.

Sunday night, Vday Koreatown will be happening.  I am hoping to volunteer for this event.  A little background (from their event page):

"ABOUT THE SHOW:

The Vagina Monologues, written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, broke ground, offering to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addressed women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women. The Vagina Monologues ran Off-Broadway for five years in New York and then toured the United States.

The Vagina Monologues could be more than a moving work of art on violence; Ensler divined that the performances could be a mechanism for moving people to act to end violence.

WHY KOREAN:

“The Vagina Monologues” has been performed all over the world in various different languages. There has yet to be a production specifically by and for the Korean-American community that has been produced in New York City, so let us tear down the roof!

As the central melting pot of the world, it is shocking to see how our community is still silenced by overall aspects of female sexuality. Even the term “vagina” has often been an immense source of shame and secrecy for many of us because of tradition and assumptions of Korean femininity. With V-Day: Koreatown, 2011, our team hopes to unlock some of this silence, and encourage audience members and the Korean community to empower our women. The show has successfully generated broader attention and funds to end violence against women and girls all over the world, and we feel that now more than ever, there is a need to bring this attention closer to home and even closer to our ancestry.

The goal is not to just perform. The goal is to participate to the best of our abilities to move audiences to act and re-think Korean female sexuality . With the collaboration of actual Korean community organizations that support this cause, we wish to spread awareness also of the existence of the organizations themselves and their commitment to end violence against the women of the Korean community."

And of course, my thoughts are with my friends in Japan and those fighting in Libya.  From the New York Times:

The latest in Japan
Allies press Libya, saying cease fire is not enough

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