Women Are From Venus 

Grow that armpit hair and burn those bras, ladies. It's time again for the annual all-girl arts celebration Venus Envy. Now in its fifth year in Memphis, the show offers visual art, installations, live music, and belly dancing -- all produced or performed by women (but guys are allowed to watch).

Among the featured artists are Melanie Anderson, whose portraits and abstract works burst with bold color, and Phyllis Boger, whose oils and acrylics are pseudo-psychedelic. Other artists include Nikki Briggs, Christine Conley, Mary Cork, Lauren Davis, Paige Freeman, Rosemary Folk, Dani Harris, Stacy Jones and Christine Mathews.

Throughout the evening, local musicians will be taking the stage. Pagan singer-songwriter Skinny White Chick (pictured) sings enchanting lyrics as she strums an acoustic guitar. Valerie June, formerly of Bella Sun, performs gentle folk blues. Also playing are folk rocker Olga and Snow in April.

And as if that isn't enough, belly dancers from Tribal Memphis and Desert Rose will be shaking their hips all night long.

Venus Envy, intended as a way to empower women through art, began in 1999 in St. Louis and over the years has expanded to include Memphis, Baton Rouge, and Davenport, Iowa.

Venus Envy, Saturday, April 22nd, 7 p.m.-midnight, Glasshouse, 383 S. Main (527-0055), $10


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