Your Ah Haa Moment: Phenomenal Women’s Week showcases local talent, 3/11

Your Ah Haa Moment: Phenomenal Women’s Week showcases local talent, 3/11

[click “Play” to hear Susan’s conversation with Megan Rood]

Megan Rood

Telluride’s San Miguel Resource Center presents an Artists’ Showcase & Open Mic Night, part of the continuing celebration of International Women’s Day and Telluride’s homegrown Phenomenal Woman’s Week. The event takes place Thursday evening, March 11,  6– 8 p.m. at Tellurie’s Ah Haa School for the Arts.

The suffragettes. Their names come back to us in waves, like way distant echoes. Even the name Betty Freidan, the woman who presided over the birth of modern feminism, resonates like some fire-breathing dragon of yore, which she was, in a way. Freidan’s compatriots and love children, Gremaine Greer, Gloria Steinem, Wendy Shalit, Katie Roiphe, Naomi Wolf, and Susan Faludi all paved the way, but still, women continue to struggle to find the ideal mix between feminism and femininity. Except perhaps in Shangri-Las like Telluride, where no one has a problem with women having it both ways. In Telluride, we paint our nails and break them too. In Telluride, where women run companies and mountain trails, a poet is a mom, a singer, and helps run a family orchard; KOTO’s musical director writes music herself and plays a flaming guitar;  and a gallery director moonlights as a lead singer in an all-women’s rock and roll band (with the music director).

Suzanne Cheavens (KOTO), Baerbel Hacke (Telluride Gallery of Fine Art), along with Suz Remec, Cindy Carver, and Molly Papier, collectively the 525s, an all-women’s rock band, headline the show at Ah Haa, which also includes readings of the poems of Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer (the mother with the orchard) and an array of artwork by their friends and neighbors: photography, paintings, jewelry, quilts, drawings and more.

The Ah Haa show honoring phenomenal women is the brainchild of the San Miguel Resource Center’s Advocate Manager, Megan Rood, a massage therapist who specializes in body-centered therapy for trauma survivors. She is also a super jock who writes songs.

To learn more about Megan and the evening at Ah Haa, click the “play” button and listen to her podcast.

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