Anne, Frida & Harvey: Civil Rights

I’m always game to see art, whether on stage, on film, in museums or galleries. I appreciate old masters and new talent; I love viewing the world through artists’ visions.

Yesterday I fit in two events, on the surface perhaps disparate, yet offering some similar themes.

First, we attended Andrew Lippa’s workshop performance of Anne Hutchinson/Harvey Milk. We’d seen the oratorio I am Harvey Milk  in San Francisco in 2013 and at Lincoln Center last October and are familiar with the story and music. Looking for ways to extend the work into a full theater piece, Andrew discovered Anne Hutchinson,  anne-hutchinson-1 the Puritan spiritual advisor considered among America’s first feminists. Now a 90 minute performance, the show is divided into two segments, sharing the Hutchinson story first followed by Harvey Milk.  imagesA 16 -member chorus provided the backdrop for each piece as the three singers shared the stories. Here’s hoping the show will develop and be staged for more to see.

I found myself thinking about many other civil rights activists that spanned the period of history presented. Hutchinson lived in the 17th century; Milk in the 20th. Surely there’s been progress; certainly there’s more to do.

Later in the day, we strolled through the New York Botanical Garden, a favorite seasonal outing, this time to see an exhibit that shows how artist and political activist Frida Kahlo’s  paintings celebrate the plants and culture of Mexico. Worth a visit.

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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7 Responses to Anne, Frida & Harvey: Civil Rights

  1. Now that’s my kind of day. Will look Anne up now!


  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful day Lisa! Did you go with your husband? ❤
    Diana xo


  3. I always liked Frida kaylo. he fight for Civil Rights didn’t begin or end in the 1960s


  4. Drjcwash says:

    What a beautiful way to spend your day. Thank you for giving me some ideas. I do need to take a day off and go to the Botanical Gardens to see that exhibit. It looks beautiful. I just read a synopsis of Anne Hutchinson’s life. A midwife questioning the backward thinking and oppressive religious beliefs.


  5. susanissima says:

    So many opportunities on the East Coast! True we have Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., but you seem to have an unending menu of cultural possibilities in New York, Lisa. Here, we mostly hike, kayak and attend first Fridays. 😀


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