The Robin Flower Band will explode on
stage with high-spirited double fiddle
tunes and fancy flatpicking. They open
at Fitzgeralds April 27, and will be playing songs from Flower's new album, More
Than Friends, a mixture of traditional
tunes and Flower's own bluegrass and
jazzy originals with songs written by
Nancy Vogl and Laurie Lewis.
Flower, a feminist, came from a working class family in Cleveland, Ohio.
Both her parents were harmonica players
and taught her traditional Kentucky
bluegrass music. She states that "Old
time music embodies feminism. It has to
do with struggle and sharing—everyone
getting a turn. There's no elitism." Her
experience and style is diverse and skilled.
She has performed with the Latin rock
band, Be Be K'Roche and jazz with
Baba Yaga. She has toured and recorded
with Hazel and Alice, Woody Simmons,
Willie Tyson, Trish Nugent and Holly
Nancy Vogl's acoustic rhythm guitar
enriches and rounds out the fast picking
momentum of traditional tunes. Exposed
to music since she was very young, she
committed herself at age 20 to write
music. In late 1973, she started the Berkley Women's Music Collective with three
other women. They made five national
tours and produced two albums, Berkley Women's Collective and Trying to
Survive. She met Flower about five years
ago and they have played together since.
"Music to me is more than entertainment—it is a reflection of the culture
which inspires it. Playing with women has
let me feel a force of change and growth
and I have been at times soothed, healed
and motivated by musicians I know. What
I bring to my music is a commitment to
build a better growing environment for
us all," said Vogl.
Superlatives also best describe Laurie
Lewis. She placed first in the California
old-timer fiddler contest in 1974 and
1977, women's division. She has recorded
with Good Ol' Persons, Bay Records,
Spaniel Records, the soundtrack in
"Musical Holdouts," and many others
credit her name. She has been called the
"best known woman bluegrass musician
west of the Rockies."
Those wishing to partake in this
special evening of entertainment may
do so at Fitzgerald's, at the corner of
White Oak and Studewood, on April
27. For more information, call 733-0332.
This is another concert sponsored by
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A panel discussion on Pornography will take
place April 20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the
University of Houston, Corpus Christi-Fort
Worth Room of the University Center. Panelists
will be William Simon of the UH Sociology department, Gail Padgett, who contributed to the
Breakthrough article Pornography, Harmless
Fantasy or Violent Nightmare?, (November
1979), and Louise Johnson of Working Women.
Crisis Hotline, the 24-hour telephone counseling, crisis intervention and suicide prevention
service, will train volunteers on four Saturdays
beginning April 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30
p.m. Not all calls to the Hotline are about a crisis but each caller needs a friend who can listen.
The training program teaches volunteers how to
deal with problems like depression, drug abuse,
rape, parenting problems or thoughts of suicide.
After training, volunteers work just one 4-hour
shift each week. The shifts are flexible to
accommodate both family and work responsibilities. Especially needed are volunteers who
speak both Spanish and English and people who
can give their time after midnight. Call Crisis
Hotline at 228-1505 anytime for information
or an application.
Fourth Annual Nutrition Education Conference
sponsored by the Nutrition Education Association, Inc., will be held April 12 and 13, 9 to 5
at the Houston Oaks Hotel, 5011 Westheimer.
All talks will be specific and non-technical;
speakers include Rebecca Schwanecke, MD,
practicing Houston physician specializing in
nutritional therapy, and Ruth Yale Long, PhD,
of Houston, who will talk about what happens
when we don't get the nutrients our cells need.
Other topics will be delinquency and nutrition, nutrition and the effects of aging on the
skin, and non-toxic therapy for controlling
cancer. The public is invited but pre-registration
($15) is required. For further information call
the Nutrition Education Association, P.O. Box
20301, Houston TX 77025, or call 668-4218.
Valley Women's Martial Arts, Inc., a women s
karate and self-defense school, will sponsor the
1980 Annual Special Training, an intensive
workout for women practitioners of Karate,
Kung-fu, Tae Kwon do and Ja Shin do, June
26 - 29. Seven Black Belt women from different
styles (Okinawan, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean) will act as trainers. Workouts will include
sparring, forms, basic technique, kicking, falling
and sweeping, energy control exercises (ki or
chi) and running. Workshops of special interest
will also be held.
The training site is a small New England
campus to which the workshop will have exclusive access during the training. Facilities include
a large gym, mat room, pool, outside running
space, home-style food service and sleeping
facilities. The finale will be a public demonstration, for each group to show a special part of
their style. Pre-registration is necessary. Write
Valley Women's Martial Arts, 284 Bridge Street
Springfield MA 01103, (413) 732-8118.
The Voter's Key, a directory of elected officials
and voting information, is now available from
the League of Women Voters of Houston. This
convenient pamphlet is filled with facts about
all levels of government-names and addresses
of all federal officials including President, Vice
President, senators and representatives; all state
legislators by district and by party affiliation;
telephone numbers for all county and city officials; and a precinct guide which indicates
your district for U.S. Congresspeople, State
Board of Education, State Senator, State Representative, County Commissioner, and City
Single copies of the Voters Key may be obtained free at any public library or by sending
a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope to the
League of Women Voters of Houston, 1947 W.
Gray, Suite 202, Houston TX 77019. For information on large quantities call the League, 529-
3171 any week day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The public is invited to enter a poster contest
in honor of the work and goals of the Houston
Area Women's Center. A $500 cash first-prize
is being offered. Runners-up will be awarded
smaller prizes. The posters will be judged equally on their artistic merits and their ability to
convey the theme of "Women Helping
Women." Judges will be Mary Ross Taylor,
commercial artist Phyllis McMahon, and artist
Lynn Randolph, president of the Houston
Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art.
The winning poster will be printed and sold
as a fund-raiser for the Houston Area Women's
Center. The printed poster will be 24 by 26
inches, with a maximum of two colors on a
colored stock giving it a three color effect.
Submitted posters should follow these guidelines. Artists should not sir/n their work until
after the juding on Monday, April 28. The
posters will be on display from April 28
through June 1. Artists are to pick up their
work after June 1. The posters should be
mailed or hand-delivered to the Houston Area
Women's Center. For further information
or registration forms, call Sandy Long at 792-
The Protection of Human Subjects in Biomedical and Behavioral Besearcb is a public forum
sponsored in part by the UT Health Science
Center, scheduled for Saturday April 19, 9 a.m.
til noon, at the Scorpius Room of the Continuing Education Center of UH. Some topics to be
considered by public health specialists and
physicians are: Informed Consent, and Privacy
and Confidentiality. A panel will discuss fetal
research, research with mentally retarded,
mentally ill, or comatose patients, research on
reproduction and experimental drug research.
For registration or further information contact
Dr. Margery Shaw, P.O. Box 20334, Astrodome
Station, Houston TX 77025.
The Houston Chapter of St. Joan's Alliance, an
organization supporting equal opportunities for
women and men in the Catholic Church and in
society, meets the third Sunday of every month
at St. Michael's Church, 1833 Sage Road. The
next meeting will be April 20, at 7:30 p.m. For
more information contact Alice Conlon, 3502
Nottingham, Houston TX 77005.
Women's Information, Referral, and Exchange
Service (WIRES) is looking for volunteers.
WIRES is a an organization whose goal is to
help women find the knowledge, skills, and
information to develop their fullest potential. WIRES' volunteers staff a phone service
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The calls they receive deal with questions on
credit, education, housing, welfare, child care,
legal rights, health, and employment. Crisis
calls from battered wives, rape victims, and alcoholic or drug addicted persons are also
handled by WIRES. Volunteers are given
training on what resources are available in the
community, how to refer persons, and how to
effectively handle crisis calls. WIRES is a part
of the Houston Area Women's Center. Its office
is located in the Medical Center. For further
information or to volunteer, call Elizabeth
Glenn at 792-4664.
The Texas Association for Women in Mental
Health, a newly-formed group of professionals
and individuals interested in psychology free of
sexism, will meet on April 12 at UH/CLC.The
group will meet at noon in Room 2-508 of the
Bayou Building of UH/CLC for lunch and a
presentation on The Dinner Party. Viewing of
The Dinner Party from 2 p.m. till 3:30 p.m.,
followed by organizational meeting. For more
information on the group or their tour, call
Kathy Morris, 791-2266 or 528-7716.
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$7 one year
$13 two years
$18 three years
Mail check to Breakthrough,
P. 0. Box 88072, Houston TX 77004