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It all started with "A Room of
Our Own," hosted by Susan Wood, at
Westercon XXX in Vancouver. We are
pleased to confirm the rumor that we
steal only from the best and wish to
acknowledge a' debt of gratitude to
The original Room of Our Own
started out as a "hideout" for women
feeling oppressed; it broadened its
purposes as soon as it opened: many
others felt the need to be free of hassle
—particularly the gays, but also a number of straights who simply wanted to
talk in a framework of equality. Iggy's
A Place of Our Own will probably follow the same, informal pattern of evolution.
Most simply put, A Place of Our
Own is a room where women can get
away from the myth of the Hen Session
—a place where women, gays, and even
straights don't need to be defensive
about anyone's right to be a human
being among equal human beings. More
broadly, A Place of Our Own is an entropy bubble, a piece of the future in
which discrimination doesn't exist . . .
people relating to people as individual
human beings. This will be an area
where acrimony is left outside ajnd a sincere effort to understand other peoples'
viewpoints is made.
A Place of Our Own consists of
two rooms, one of which is set up for
a programming track dealing with topics
such as alternative marital forms, speculations about non-patriarchial futures,
sexism in fandom, women in fandom,
etc. The second room will be set up as
a lounge where discussions, either spontaneous or pre-arranged, can be held.
Due to Arizona state law, no smoking
will be permitted in either room.
The FanCabaret is something of a
new idea for this convention. Noting
that, traditionally, many fans like to
perform—or watch other fans perform—
at conventions, we decided to give them
space to display their talents and gather
and audience, and a genial atmosphere
in which to do so. Thus was created the
FanCabaret, a late-evening, informal
arena for these goings-on.
Beginning at 10:00 pm Friday
night with Dorothy C. Fontana acting
as host, the Cabaret will stay open as
long as the performers, audience, and
energy hold out. This will continue on
Saturday night at 11:00 pm with The
Mobius Theatre hosting, and again on
Sunday at 10:30 on when the hosts
will be Amy Sefton and Freff, with
the Freff 'n Amy show.
Now, about your part in all this,
Binky. You see, this is a fan cabaret,
and you are a fan. Get it? Got it?
Good. We want you in our show. If
you sing, dance, juggle, presdidigitate,
or otherwise make a public spectacle of
yourself, we want you there. We need
you there. Quit making excuses and get
up there. These people are all friends,
and we can make it a Hell of a party.
We'll have a lighting and sound
system (much thanks for the latter to
Bruce Dane) run by competent technicians. Of course, if your singing frightens the dogs and worries the neighbors,
just sit in the front and hum along.
How do you do this? Look for
flyers at the con for specific details,
but, basically, try to show up at least an
hour before the evening's show, preferably as soon as the previous Phoenix
Room function ends. Talk to me (Glen
Blankenship) at the preceding night's
show, even. That way we can get everything arranged beforehand, and work
you into an appropriate place in the
And if you're not interested in
performing, at least come on down and
watch. The Cabaret is the only programming function except for the films
scheduled for the late hours, and we'd
love to have you there.
What good is sitting alone in your
room? Come here the music play...
NO PLACE LIKE DOME,..
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