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Planning

This area will continually show the minutes from the planning committee meetings after meetings are held.

Current Planning Session

9/14/00

ATTENDANCE: jen, elizabeth, shannon, greg, sammy,
saramonster, and the input of various folks within the
store

jen went over the last two meetings with greg and
shannon, in which greg stated something about jen
being on a power trip, after jen apologized about the
ticket price thing, and re-stated that the structure
of the festival could change if anyone didn't like it,
she was just trying to model some of it after
ladyfest, and some of it after conventions she has
attended.

what was that ticket price thing anyway?
ya, jen made a booboo and went ahead stating the
ticket price was $25, and elizabeth's reply after it
had been posted, was that it was too much. jen made a
retraction, stating that it would be around
$15-20...but TICKETS WILL NOT BE ON SALE UNTIL LATER.
sammy suggested we get all our logistic stuff -(space
band costs) and then come up with a ticket price. duh.
where were you before sammy? (jen smiles as she types
this) so in short, the ticket price is on hold,
therefore, making ticket sales unavailable at this
time.

jen reviewed the committees:

elizabeth and april- accomodations/registration/food

jen- general festival meetings, and
art/film/spokenword

the open committees are as follows:
banking bookkeeping
bands
workshops
security
publicity

greg and elizabeth agreed that food could be it's own
separate entity, and greg said he wanted to be the
festy bouncer fully equipped with a diaper, something
along the lines of a bottshiva(sp?).

so food is now a committee of its own, in which
saramonster has graciously agreed to chair.

sammy wasn't sure what he wanted to do, he is just
willing to offer his help....

jen thinks corrina would be good with publicity, and
ali would be good for bands, but did not think it
would be kosher to draft them into that position. she
will talk to them and pass it along....

regarding committees, jen suggested that each
committee try to meet a couple of times a month and
prepare a report for the general meeting-(either
verbal or written report) that is now held on the
second tuesday of every month until mid-feb, then
every week...as we will be preparing for the
'motherload'

***everyone appeared to be okay with this**

shannon stated she would help with food
greg wants to review workshops with an ironfist...

re workshops:
any suggestions? what workshops are in overkill?
elizabeth stated anything about the goddess is pretty
lame, as well as pad workshops. jen challenged the pad
workshop, and said it would be neccessary as many
women still don't know about the evils of tampons.

jen also mentioned the wonderful folks currently
helping us at lfmw: the wonderful amanda bean (what
state is she from?) who is our webmastress, and
southern US contact, tobi vail of krs who is helping
spread the word, donna dresch, and simon fisher of
chicago has offered to help when he can.

BANDS CURRENTLY SUGGESTED:
plastic progress
idgie
bitch and animal
bonfire madigan
stardeath
nedra johnson
letigre
god-dess
miss july
the sissies
pretty pony
trixie delicious
sexy fingerchamps
bitch hip
tracy and the plastics

**it was mentioned in a conversation between jen and
elizabeth prior to the meeting, about efforts to make
ladyfest midwest diverse, and elizabeth said for us to
watch ourselves doing this, as it will result in
tokenism, which is pretty insulting to both parties.
let's just keep the focus on getting good cheap
performers mostly from the midwest, and have our
two-three major bands be from other places. if a band
can't perform at the festival, let's see if they will
do a benefit show.

how many bands do we want?
8 bands would be a perfect number, but no more than
10.

how many workshops?
greg stated that when he attended queeruption, the
problem they ran into was that there were too many
workshops.
so, workshops should be around 18, no more than 20.

venues? where will all this stuff be held?
at a previous meeting, we agreed that maybe the
committees would all be responsible for finding their
own space, but let's work together and help each other
out.  (after the meeting jen went home and made
donation forms for businesses to select what they
wanted to donate:space, food, shelter for performers,
etc)

what about children?

jen brought this up due to the allegations against
michigan women's music festival from radical right
wing christians on child sexual abuse..do we want to
provide something and have our festival be looked at
with a scrutinous eye? greg/elizabeth suggested having
people with kids cover their own, but to obtain a
space for pwc, so they can collectively babysit for
one another. also make it known to pwc's that if they
bring their kid, to expect to put in a baby sitting
shift.

greg also added that maybe restructuring of the
volunteer system should be as follows: have all
festival participants put in a 2-3hr shift somewhere.

confirmed bands:
YES WE HAVE A COUPLE, BUT UNTIL WE GET MORE, WE ARE
KEEPIN' Y'ALL IN SUSPENSE....HA HA. LET'S JUST SAY
THEY ARE LOCAL.

MUSIC UPDATE:
NEDRA JOHNSON, of big mouth girl records, who does
funk/blues stated she would need travelling expenses
covered plus accomodations, but after that she could
be super flexible. she stated solo she is cheaper,but
with her band it would be more..do we want to take her
up on that? at full cost, she is only $650, so if we
had her travel here alone, and covered her
traveling/acomodations...plus paid her maybe $300,
would we want to do this? jen is rather partial to
her, and thinks she totally rocks. she's
funkdalicious.

NEXT MEETING OCT 12 8PM AT THE SAILOR

 

Past Planning Sessions

9/6/00

HERE'S MINUTES FROM THE LAST MEETING. THE NEXT MEETING
IS SCHEDULED FOR 9/14, YES THAT IS A THURSDAY, SORRY
ABOUT THE LAST CONFUSION...AT 8PM. PLEASE BE THERE ALL
YOU'S TOWNIES!!! PASS THIS ON!

attendance: jenfish, elizabeth, april henry, and
inadvertently the following: some girl, mark, sarah,
and whitedog.

there was a briefing of the last meeting and the
following decisions were made between the three of us.
if anyone wants to make changes, show up to the next
meeting so we can hear your voice!!!

the dates are still april 5-8. previously, we decided
through the 9th, but i was informed that was a monday.

the format will be as follows, and keep in mind this
is a rough bones draft of the festival.

THURSDAY: registration starts at 4p and will close at
llp. site of registration, TBA. at 7p, there will be a
get to know you partaaaay-(yes we want it spelled that
way)going on until 11p. site TBA. at 11p all 21 and
over are gonna mosey on over to bullwinkle's for
karaoke.

FRIDAY: workshops from 12-5. sites TBA, art opening
from 5-7. site TBA, and at 7-??is the MUSIC-(with
spoken word between sets)!! bands and site TBA

SATURDAY: 11A-2P workshops,sites TBA. 2-5 independent
films, site TBA (we have decided that we want to show
"9 Weeks", a film jenfish picked up at ladyfest in
OLY). we are currently seeking permission for that.
Jenfish is also seeking help to record and produce a
film short on her script from "the cupcake chronicles:
a guide to barfing" if anyone wants to help, please
contact her at leopardlezzy@yahoo.com she can't
really pay you,as she is broke, but you will become
totally famous for your help as this is a rad assed
script.
5-7 spoken word. site TBA.
8-??? bands bands bands! bands and site TBA

SUNDAY: 12noon-3pm visible assed community clean up!
put yer money where your mouth is and help clean up
ladyfest and the beautiful city of bloomington...non
festival attendees will wonder what the heck us folks
are doing. 3pm-? close festival with a caucus/forum.
site TBA


Since there were only three of us, we decided that we
would commit to the following committees:

jenfish-general festival, art/film/spokenword (yes,
that is one committee) times and sites TBA.

elizabeth/april- accomodations/registration (yes that
is one committee)elizabeth is doing the list serv too
and is gonna talk to the butchies about performing.

the wonderful amanda bean is in charge of our website.
she was the first one to jump on the task and it looks
great! kudos amanda! she is also the southern US
contact person.

the ladyfest website addy is http://ladyfest.cjb.net

OPEN COMMITTEES THAT NEED CHAIRPERSONS ARE AS FOLLOWS!
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, EMAIL JEN AT
leopardlezzy@yahoo.com

banking/bookkeeping
bands
workshops
security
publicity-(this can be for your part of the country,
world, planet, etc, and it is for the locals too)

**anyone can be a member of any committee, but one
person needs to be a committed chairperson and hold
regularly scheduled meetings-(my suggestion is 2x a
month for consistency)a member of each committee
should provide a verbal or written report for the lfmw
general meetings, which are held monthly-(will be held
weekly as festival comes nearer).

THE FOLLOWING BAND SUGGESTIONS WERE MADE:
the sissies-local bloomington
pretty pony-local bloomington
the butchies
le tigre
the gossip
boys of now
the need

WOULD SOMEONE BE A DOLL AND PASS THIS ONTO THE
FOLLOWING LIST SERV'S?

CHAINSAW RECORDS
SLEATER KINNEY LIST SERV
K RECORDS
AND ANY ONE ELSE THAT YOU THINK IS APPLICABLE

THAT'S IT. TRY TO ATTEND THE 9/14 MEETING AT 8PM AT
SECRET SAILOR. GRACIAS

minutes formulated, microwaved, and served on a bun
by:
jenfish superstar, acne prodigy

 

8/23/00

Ladyfest Midwest Meeting Minutes
8/23/00k 7pm at Secret Sailor Books

Attendance: Elizabeth, Laura, Jen, Ali, Sarah, Ian,
Some guy who just started at Soma, I think that is
it...

Elizabeth took notes. Meeting was held outside on the
street. 

1) can we change the name of GAL O VANT to Ladyfest?
**acc. to Jenfish, we could--she rec'd an email from a
friend stating that Ladyfest wanted other people to
take the festival elsewhere, and there is another
Ladyfest potentially scheduled to be held in Glasgow
Scottland.  SO YES
group decided: "Ladyfest Midwest" has cheesy but nice
ring to it.

2) so when do we wanna hold this thing?  Jen and
elizabeth were talking memorial day. ali stated it
would be better if we did this while the students were
still here. april? how bout the first weekend in
april? when is that? April 5-9? Yes!!!

April 5 registration-(thursday) hours haven't been
set, and festival to go 6-9 fri, sat, and sun.

3) how are we breakin' this on down?

WHAT:

a) thurs- registration, and kickoff events. get to
know you partayy, and for the of age crowd after
hours, there will be karaoke at bullwinkle's

b)fri- registration open in the am, then workshops
from 12-5, an art opening @5, 7-??bands

c) sat- 11-2 workshops, 2-5 independent movies,
7-??openmike/ bands

d)sun workshop will be a festival wide-visible assed
community clean up (what time??), open mike/caucus

4) WHERE ARE WE HOLDIN' THESE THINGS?

**all of these areas aren't concrete and were
suggestions of the group

BANDS: rhino's, waldron auditorium, buskirk chumley,
3rd street park-(someone will hafta check on noise
ordinance)

WORKSHOPS: secret sailor, 3rd st park, peoples
park-(if the big dig is over), meeting rooms at the
library, backroom of Soma coffeehouse

ART: secret sailor, the waldron, Soma, laughing planet

MOVIES: talk to ryder, city lights, fine arts bldg. on
campus

**after our heroes talked about the when where's and
whats, they collectively decided on committees.

FOOD, ACCOMODATIONS, AND REGISTRATION
SPACE
BANDS/PERFORMERS
WORKSHOPS
UNDERWRITERS
PUBLICITY/WEBSITE

***the last two committees will need to work together,
but idealistically all of us will work together. each
committee will potentially have their own meetings,
and the ladyfest as a whole will have meetings with
one committee.

next to last agenda: workshop ideas?
***we want to have original workshops, and not the
same shit we see at every festival/convention. if
people want to do something traditional, they need to
include something in it to set it apart from the rest
of the masses who will submit workshops of the same
nature.

WEBSITE MAKING, SELF DEFENSE, CAR MAINTENNANCE, MOTHER
PANEL, COMMUNICATING WITH OTHER COMMUNITIES,
VEGAN/VEGETARIAN PANEL, SUBSTANCE ABUSE PANEL, NON
TRADITIONAL VS. TRADITIONAL EDUCATION PANEL,

How in the fuck are we gonna get money for this?
benefits!  we ask local/ midwestern artists to have
hootenany's to raise money.  tba for specifics

NEXT MEETING: secret sailors, thursday 6pm on the 6th
of september. spread the word