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  • Presenting at CAA Conference, Feminist Art Project day of Panels. Coordinated by Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein. 9am-5pm, Saturday, Feb 14, Columbia College, 618 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Free and open to the public.
  • Book event! Animal Acts: Performing Species Today on Wednesday, February 12, 7pm at Women and Children First 5233 N Clark St, Chicago
  • Publication of performance excerpt with commentary by Jill Dolan in Animal Acts: Performing Species Today Edited by Una Chaudhuri and Holly Hughes, University of Michigan Press, 2014.
  • Artist talk! FOOT 2014: Breaking the Body’s Boundaries The Festival of Original Theatre at the University of Toronto. 7:30pm at the Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College Street, Toronto. Thursday, February 6.
  • New project in development with the support of a two-year Artist Residency at the Theatre Centre in Toronto. Updates about the project and showings of work-in-process coming soon.
  • New performance project, FREE CHILDCARE PROVIDED at the Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival June 1 and 2, noon-2pm both days, 1535 W. Division Street, Chicago. Free!
  • Laine Newman’s documentary, You’re Not My Target Audience screens at the DOCNOW festival in Toronto on Thursday, May 30. I’m one of three queer women artists (also Moynan King and MC Jazz) interviewed/featured in the film.
  • Group Exhibition, “Postpartum” curated by Rachel Epp Buller, E.B. White Gallery, Butler Community College, El Dorado, KS. March 1-April 5, 2013. Public Reception Friday, April 5, 6-8pm.
  • Flowers screens at the Strangelove Queer Festival 2013 March 28-30 in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Performing Everything I’ve Got and more at the Animal Acts symposium and festival organized by Holly Hughes at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor March 21-24. Complete festival schedule and information here.
  • New publication: Reconciling Art and Mothering edited by Rachel Epp Buller includes an essay by Charles Reeve about my work.
  • Performing in the Dirty Plotz cabaret at the Rhubarb Festival in Toronto on Feb 21 at 10pm. Curated and hosted by Alex Tigchelaar.
  • New publication: Intimacy Across Visceral and Digital Performance includes a chapter I authored about intimacy and my Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar performance.
  • Performing at MIX 25 Opening Night in NYC November 13
  • YARD SALE at the Gladstone Hotel Granny Boots on Wednesday, July 25 from 8-10pm. Come buy the clothes off my back.
  • Performing The Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar in Montreal May 26, 2012 at Usine C. Presented by Studio 303 and OFFTA. Details here!
  • Guest Curating HATCH 2012. Performances at Harbourfront Centre April 14-May 5.
  • One Day Performance Art Workshop Saturday, February 25 at the Toronto School of Art
  • Performing at Explain Yourself Sunday, February 26 @ Goodhandy’s, 120 Church Street. Door at 7:30, Performances at 8pm. $6 at the door. Celebrating the launch of Canadian Theatre Review #149: Queer Performance
  • CTR #149 on Queer Performance includes publication of Everything I’ve Got available online here
  • The Artists’ Soup Kitchen! Artists are invited to a FREE HOT LUNCH. Each week is hosted by different artists who will bring their creative practices to the project. A different menu each week
    Mondays from 12-3pm @ The Raging Spoon Cafe, 761 Queen Street West, Toronto / Wheelchair accessible space
  • Curating Commitment Issues, an evening of performance art presented by Fado Performance Art Centre on Wednesday, November 16 at Oasis Aqualounge in Toronto, 7-10pm. There will be an artists’ panel and reception on Thursday, November 17 at the University of Toronto at 7:30pm.
  • Presenter/speaker at Hamilton Artists Inc.’s blackboxwhiteboxsmallboxnobox Status of Media Art Symposium on Saturday, October 22, 1-5pm.
  • Guest curating the 2012 HATCH season at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. More details and performance schedule coming soon!
  • Now online at Feminine Moments: fine art made my lesbian and queer women worldwide
  • Videos – including a new compilation DVD of recent performances (2003-2010) is now being distributed by Vtape.
  • Visiting Artist talk at Bryn Mawr College, Tuesday, February 15 at 7pm, Carpenter 21. Free.
  • Performing “Everything I’ve Got” at the Chapter Arts Centre Experimentica Festival in Cardiff, Wales on Thursday, October 14.
  • Performing at the lipsync SMACKDOWN fundraiser for the 7a*11d Festival. Thursday August 26, 2010 at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto.Doors open: 9pm. Show time: 10pm. Admission: $12.
  • Performing and presenting at the Performance Studies International Conference, June 9-13 in Toronto. Click here for complete schedule of events.
  • Participating in the Industry Series Pitch Session at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Kitchner, ON. Festival runs June 9-19, 2010.
  • Jess will be presenting and participating in a Symposium on Teaching and Learning Performance Art, Presented by FADO Performance Art Centre, Sponsored and hosted by OCAD. Monday, May 10, 2010, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, OCAD (Ontario College of Art & Design) 100 McCaul Street, Toronto.
  • Performance & Workshop! Jess presents “Everything I’ve Got” at the Edgy Women Festival at Tangente in Montreal March 24, 2010 @ 7:30pm – and will be teaching an intensive week long workshop at Studio 303 with a focus on ideas and actions of intimacy in performance.
  • Interview! Monday, March 8. Jess interviewed by Dykes on Mykes, CKUT 90.3fm in Montreal from 7-8pm. You can listen live here or check out the podcast here.
  • Performance! Jess presents “Everything I’ve Got” at the Rhubarb Festival, February 24-28 @ 8pm in Toronto.
  • Interview! Jess interviewed by Leanne Cusitar on Sex City CIUT 89.5FM. Airs Saturday, Feb 20 5-6pm.
  • HOT off the press! a monologue from Jess’ Emergency Exits published in “OutSpoken: A Canadian Collection of Lesbian Scenes and Monologues” Playwrights Canada Press, Ed. Susan G. Cole. Book launch celebration Monday, February 1 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 7pm.
  • Performance! HATCH: emerging performance projects presents “Everything I’ve Got” on Sunday, January 31. 4pm at the Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre. Performance followed by artist talk-back and reception. Tickets $12 regular, $10 student, senior or arts worker. 416 973 4000 or HERE
  • December Issue of Curve Magazine features an article written by Stephanie Schroeder about Jess’ performance work.
  • Read! Jess’ work included in the Study Room Guide on One to One performances, published by the Live Art Development Agency (UK) ed. Rachel Zerihan.
  • Tuesday, September 1 Jess’ performance work featured on re-broadcast of SOCKET on CBC Radio One. 11:30AM ET
  • Wednesday, June 24 Jess performs at Cheap Queers! 8:30pm at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto. Tickets $6.48 at the door(can’t beat the price!)
  • Now online! Check out the interview with Jess featured in No More Potlucks Issue #3
  • Read Amy Fung’s writing about Jess’ recent Edgy Women performance at Prairie Artsters.com
  • Monday, April 27 Jess will be performing at “Who’s Your Daddy?: A Queer Parents’ Cabaret,” sponsored by Pages, This Is Not a Reading Series and hosted by Mariko Tamaki. 7:30-10pm at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto. A book launch event in celebration of the publication of “Who’s Your Daddy? And Other Writings on Queer Parenting,” edited by Rachel Epstein. Published by Sumach Press.
  • April 3 & 4 Jess will perform “Everything I’ve Got” at Dixon Place, NYC. Double billing with Felice Shays’ “The Possibility of Response.” 8pm, $15. Saturday night’s performance will be ASL interpreted. 161 Chrystie Street. Tickets/info: 212 219 0736.
  • Monday, March 30, 7-8pm, Radio Interview with Jess Dobkin, by Dayna McLeod on CKUT 90.3FM in Montreal and live at ckut.ca
  • Sunday, March 22, Artist Talk at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse by Jess Dobkin. 11am-1pm, 4296 St-Laurent, Montreal. Free! Info: 514 871 0268.
  • Saturday, March 21 Jess performs at the Edgy Women Festival in Montreal. Performance begins at 7:30pm at Tangente, 840 Cherrier. Tickets $15/$10.
  • Thursday, March 5 Jess will be performing at the Joyce SoHo in NYC as part of the NDA Performance Mix Festival. Performance starts at 8pm. Tickets are $18 general, $15 students/seniors. 155 Mercer Street. Box office: 212 352 3101.
  • Jess will be featured in the upcoming issue of Shameless Magazine in a piece written by piKe krpan. Launch party on Saturday, March 15 from 1-4pm at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroon, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto.
  • Curator Charles Reeve’s “The Kindness of Human Milk: Jess Dobkin’s Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar” is published in the Winter 2009 Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, published by the University of California Press.
  • Anthropologist Penny Van Esterik’s, “Vintage Breast Milk: Exploring the Discursive Limits of Feminine Fluids” discusses Jess’ Lactation Station performance in the Winter 2009 Canadian Theatre Review, Ed. Laura Levin.