Ada Lovelace Day, March 24 #geekgirl
Saturday 27th March 2010 – Body Canvas invites you and your guests to celebrate a spectacle of art and colour in an extraordinary event brought to Melbourne for the first time.
Body Canvas is Australia’s largest body paint festival. The event features artists from around Australia who come together to showcase their talent and support a charitable cause. This year’s event is proud to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
The festival is organised as a competition that will include professional and amateur artists fighting canada goose parka tilbud store out in front of a packed crowed and panel of celebrity judges for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Artists will create their masterpieces in the public forum at the St Kilda Sea Baths, followed by an exhibition and a catwalk parade. There will be a range of category winners announced from most creative to the most outrageous which will be decided by recognised judges from within the entertainment, fashion and artistic community.
Body Canvas festival is open free to public from 12pm to 6pm. The finals will run at the St.Kilda Sea Baths from 6pm to 1am, tickets for the finals cost $35.
Tickets can be purchased on the website http://www.bodycanvas.com.au/.
**Thursday March 18 to Sunday March 28**
Astor Theatre, ACMI Cinemas, Greater Union Cinemas Russell St & Loop
The 20th Melbourne Queer Film Festival features the best in queer cinema from Australia and around the world. Highlights include features, documentaries and shorts programs, along with panel discussions dealing with issues relevant to the queer community. As Melbourne’s second largest film festival this year’s program is overflowing with outstanding films from around the world.
At least 7 Australian towns and cities will participate in the next southern hemisphere leg of the World Naked Bike Ride in March 2010. More cities may be added to the list if volunteers are found to organise the ride in new towns and cities. The official southern hemisphere ride date is Saturday 13 March 2010.
Saturday 13 March 2010: Sydney and Adelaide
Sunday 14 March 2010: Newcastle
Sunday 21 March 2010: Canberra and Melbourne
Corner of Gore and Webb Streets FITZROY, Melbourne
Role Playing Girl Zine, a yearly publication about women in gaming, is seeking submissions of essays by women gamers, designers, researchers and others interested in role playing games. Cartoons also welcome. The 2010 theme: International Update.
Held in the heart of Aboriginal land under the gum trees, on the banks of the tranquil Yarra River, at the Fairfield Amphitheatre Multicultural Arts Victoria presents the Black Harmony Gathering; a unique event with the message say no to racism! With Indigenous and multicultural communities coming together in a spirit of reconciliation for Cultural Diversity week. This year the Black Harmony Gathering will launch the first Black Harmonies CD.
Black Harmony Gathering is a showcase for premium professional and talented emerging Indigenous, African and refugee
artists It is strongly supported by Indigenous and non-indigenous artists and communities alike. The Black Harmonies CD will cross the cultural boundaries to create a cultural revolution in the Australian music scene and features artists Kutcha Edwards, Peter Rotumah, Casey Atkinson, Tjimba Possum-Burns, Selwyn Burns, Ajak Kwai, Aminata Doumbia, Michelle Belesy, Joe Geia and Diafrix.
The Black Harmony Gathering will also feature a Cultural Stage led by Indigenous artists Koori Youth Will Shake Spears, Skye Taikato and Friends, Meriki Hood, Johnny Mac and more. With friends from our multicultural music and dance scene, the African Royal Drummers, Narasirato Pan Pipers from the Solomon Islands, Shiamak Bollywood dance group and the soul pumping vibes of African band Blak Roots. MC’s Shiralee Hood and Neda.
The day will be opened with youth forum Skillz at 12pm, a traditional Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and a smoking ceremony by Robbie Thorpe, followed by the Black Harmonies CD launch and Cultural Stage. There is a Koori BBQ of Kangaroo and Emu sausages, cultural food stalls, children’s activities, workshops and a market place of Indigenous and African wares plus more performers. People from all cultures come together for the Black Harmony Gathering a positive community celebration that is very special and important for the community well being.
Black Harmony Gathering is proudly supported by City of Yarra, Victoria Rocks, Koori Justice Unit, APRA, Victorian Multicultural
Commission, Besen Family and Triple R.
Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging (videologging, podcasting, comic drawing etc.!) to draw attention to the achievements of women in technology and science.
Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines, whatever canada goose parka tilbud store do. It doesn’t matter how new or old your blog is, what gender you are, what language you blog in, or what you normally blog about – everyone is invited. Just sign the pledge at Finding Ada and publish your blog post any time on Wednesday 24th March 2010.
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron, was an English writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage‘s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognized as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine; as such she is often regarded as the world’s first computer programmer.
High school handed best-selling author, Rebecca Sparrow, some of her most crushing moments:
• No-one invited her to her Year 12 formal
• Despite playing netball since she was nine, she wasn’t even selected for the C-Grade netball team
• She was kicked out of ‘Advanced Maths’ and made to do ‘Maths in Society’
• And – as if all that wasn’t bad enough – thanks to her permed hair she spent her teenage years looking like a cross between Jon Bon Jovi and Tootsie
And yet, Rebecca is one of those rare people who claims to have loved (nearly) every minute of her high school days. The question is – HOW?
In Find Your Tribe, Rebecca outlines the 10 key lessons she believes make the difference to not just surviving, but enjoying, those years, including – finding your tribe (your true friends), trusting your intuition, learning to be resilient, having a positive body image, coping with the pressure of school work, the importance of giving back to the community, the dangers of binge drinking and the delicate issue of young love … making this irresistible and invaluable reading for every teenage girl.
In 2003, Rebecca was asked to write a letter to a friend’s daughter before she started high school – to share some advice on what she thought her friend’s daughter needed to know to survive those joyful but often brutal years. This letter was the seed for her latest book, Find Your Tribe (and 9 other canada goose parka tilbud store I wish I’d known in high school), a witty, warm and wise roadmap for girls navigating their high school years.
Following the success of her first book, The Girl Most Likely, Rebecca started receiving emails from hundreds of high school girls around the country seeking advice about how to survive their teenage years. As a result, she provides motivational talks to countless numbers of high school girls on the topics covered in Find Your Tribe and she has twice spoken at the National Young Leaders Convention.
Highly engaging, relevant and inspiring, with a few memorable photos here and there of the author, Find Your Tribe is the little black book for every teenage girl … and a must read for every parent too.
See the star crossed love triangle that science turned its back on.
Fold is an a/v collaborative platform that has been shape shifting since its inception in 2002. This time veteran journalist and Apollo launch eye-witness Hinch teams up with a trio of imagist poets as they bring together humanity and science for a conversation with ”our dear friends from outer space.”
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Women of Letters, Melbourne’s newest literary event, is an afternoon that celebrates a diverse range of strong female talent whilst simultaneously raising funds for Victorian animal rescue shelter, Edgar’s Mission. Women of Letters will be held at Bella Union in Trades Hall on Sunday, March 28, 2010 beginning at 2.30 pm.
Curated by Age writers Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, this monthly occasion will bring together five of Melbourne’s best and brightest writers, musicians, politicians and comedians in celebration of the beautiful lost art of letter-writing.
The afternoon will bring the traditionally private endeavour of letter writing into the public arena, seeing each woman address the topic with their unique blend of insight, humour, lewdness and warmth.
The inaugural March Women of Letters will see musician Angie Hart, Black Text publisher Caro Cooper, the Green Guide’s Lorelei Vashti, television’s Myf Warhurst and respected comedian Judith Lucy each reading a letter they have penned to “The Night I’d Rather Forget.”
A rotating roster of the city’s finest musicians and DJ’s will provide a musical interlude, during which time the audience are encouraged to indulge in some letter writing for themselves.
Stamps and envelopes will be provided, and in the spirit of participation attendees are further encouraged to pen short notes to Women of Letters themselves. Michaela McGuire will then use these points of discussion as the basis of a free-wheeling panel chat to conclude the afternoon.
Tickets are just $10 and available at the door – Sunday March 28 at 2.30 pm at Bella Union, Trades Hall, corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets, Carlton South, Melbourne.
This national event brings together scientists, the media and the public to:
§ enhance reporting of Australian science
§ highlight and encourage debate on the role of science in Australian society
§ provide role models for the next generation of Australian scientists.
Fresh Science 2010 will be held at Melbourne Museum from Monday 7 to Thursday 10 June, 2010. Stories will be released to the media during the event and in the weeks following. The Fresh Scientists need to be available to talk to the media during this time.
Nominations are now open for Fresh Scientists and close Thursday 25 March 2010. More information and the online nomination form are at http://www.freshscience.org.au/