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TLC #53: Word × Word and Fiction Of Now

Fiction Of Now

Poetry in the age of post-truth

"Fiction Of Now" takes place at the Berkshire Museum October 6 at 8:00 p.m.; graphic courtesy WordXWord.
“Fiction Of Now” takes place at the Berkshire Museum October 6 at 8:00 p.m.; graphic courtesy WordXWord.

Pittsfield, Mass.—WordXWord presents Fiction of Now, a program of work by poets spanning a wide range of ages and styles, October 6, 8P at the Berkshire Museum 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. The performance will take place in the physical context of Berkshire Museum’s Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash, a career retrospective of the artist’s work. Admission is free.

Fiction of Now

Poetry in the Age of Post-Truth

 

Friday, October 6, 8:00 p.m.
Berkshire Museum
39 South Street, Pittsfield
Free

For Fiction of Now, WordXWord has challenged poets to create and present original work that in some way resonates with the questions raised by Mr Bulkeley’s work, or more broadly, work that addresses the absurdity of life in a post truth age. Poets are free to address this challenge as they see fit or from whatever direction they choose. The result is likely to be a wild ride.

"Politics of Identity / Poetry of Inclusion & Exclusion" happens November 12 at Gallery 51 in North Adams; graphic courtesy WordXWord.
“Politics of Identity / Poetry of Inclusion & Exclusion” happens November 12 at Gallery 51 in North Adams; graphic courtesy WordXWord.

 

 

 

 

Given the range of poetic styles represented, and the challenge presented, the audience is advised to expect the unexpected! Parents are cautioned that this program may contain explicit material.

 

For more information about WordXWord, visit wXw365.org. For more information about Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash, BerkshireMuseum.org.

Will Call Episode #57.3: WordXWord / Lift Ev’ry Voice — until / UNTIL

until / UNTIL

WordXWord and Lift Ev’ry Voice collaborate in a poetic response to Nick Cave’s UNTIL

Nick Cave's "UNTIL" will be on display at MASS MoCA until September 4, 2017.
Nick Cave’s “UNTIL” will be on display at MASS MoCA until September 4, 2017.

 

Pittsfield, MA – WordXWord and the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival have collaborated to invite poets to participate in a performance response to artist Nick Cave’s massive installation – UNTIL – at MASS MoCA on July 14 at 7:30P. The performance is free (does not require Museum admission fee) and is open to all.

“When Nick Cave conceived UNTIL, he intended it to be more than an exhibition; his vision was a space that would serve as a platform for dialogue and expression.”

until / UNTIL is both a collective response and a dialogue featuring spoken word artists whose work spans a wide range of poetic styles. Participating poets include Curtis Asch, Alex Hicks, Ashley Wonder, Donna Motta, Stan Spencer, Epiphany Thomas, Tristan Alston, Seth Brown, Mariah Barber, Elizag, and Kori Alston.

“Cave’s UNTIL addresses issues of gun violence, gun control policy, race relations, and gender politics in America today.”

Parents are cautioned that this program may contain material that raises more questions than it answers.

until / UNTIL
WordXWord and Lift Ev’ry Voice in poetic response to Nick Cave’s UNTIL
July 14, 7:30 p.m.
Mass MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
Free

For more information about WordXWord, visit WordXWordFestival.com. For more information about Lift Ev’ry Voice, visit LiftEvryVoice.org

Signature Events / Lift Ev’ry Voice 2017

June 16, 8P

Carl Hancock Rux

Mass MoCa, 1040 Mass Moca Way, North Adams, MA

MASS MoCA presents Carl Hancock Rux spoken word and poetry created in response to Nick Cave’s expansive installation UNTIL. [Tickets: MassMoca.org]

June 17, 1P

Workshop with Carl Hancock Rux

Mass MoCa, 1040 Mass Moca Way, North Adams, MA

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Mass MoCA present a poetry/spoken word workshop with Carl Hancock Rux. [Free. Pre registration required: LiftEvryVoice.org]

June 27 – 30

Camille A. Brown & Dancers Community Residency

Pittsfield, TBD

Jacob’s Pillow Dance presents a series of dance workshops and events for youth, teens, and adults with Camille A. Brown & Dancers. All experience levels welcome. [Free. JacobsPillow.org]

June 29, 3:30P

Camille A. Brown & Dancers Lecture Demonstration

Pittsfield, Location TBD

[Free. JacobsPillow.org]

July 14, 7:30P

until/UNTIL

Mass MoCA, 1040 Mass Moca Way, North Adams, MA

Lift Ev’ry Voice in collaboration with the WordXWord Festival presents a multi-generational cast of poet/performers who will share work created in response to Nick Cave’s UNTIL. [Free. WordXWordFestival.com]

July 22,  10A – 6P

The Gather-In

Durant Park, Columbus Ave, Pittsfield, MA

Sponsored by the Berkshire Branch of the NAACP, In celebration of community, the Gather-In features activities for all ages, including games for children, musical performances, dance, food, a variety of vendors and informational booths, and a spirited a basketball tournament. [Free. NAACPBerkshires.org]

August 5, 5-8P

Struttin’ with Wanda Houston

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, 2 Plunkett St, Lenox, MA

The Mount plays host to Lift Ev’ry Voice in a celebration of community with the Wanda Houston Band. Enjoy delicious food from the Terrace Café and Lucia’s Latin Kitchen, available for purchase, or bring your own picnic. [Free. EdithWharton.org]

August 12, All Day
Lift Ev’ry Voice Day at Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance, 358 George Carter Rd, Becket, MA

Jacob’s Pillow Dance invites the Lift Ev’ry Voice community to spend a day and enjoy all that the Pillow has to offre. The day’s activities include free and ticketed performances, tour of the historic grounds, the opportunity to observe classes, picnic and more. [Free and TIcketed Events. JacobsPillow.org]

August 20, 3P

Walkin’ with LEV

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, 2 Plunkett St, Lenox, MA

Enjoy the SculprtureNow exhibition at the Mount as never before when Lift Ev’ry Voice takes you for medley of music, dance and poetic responses to the grounds and sculpture. [Free. EdithWharton.org]

August 25, 1-4P

Beaded Hope

Mass MoCA, 1040 Mass Moca Way, North Adams, MA

In conjunction with Highland Free Day at Mass MoCA, Lift Ev’ry Voice presents a family-friendly beading making workshop with Marla Robertson. [Free.]

Schedule updates and additional events, including events presented by friends of the festival can be found on line at LiftEvryVoice.org.

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The history of the African-American community in the Berkshires stretches from the War of Independence, which dozens of blacks from this region fought in, to the present day’s diverse community, including the second African-American female astronaut, Stephanie Wilson. Famous Berkshire natives include such historic figures as the legendary writer and activist W.E.B DuBois; Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, the first American slave to successfully sue for her freedom; and the Reverend Samuel Harrison, who served as the chaplain to the legendary African-American 54th Regiment of western Massachusetts in the Civil War and successfully fought for and won equal pay for black soldiers. Lift Ev’ry Voice celebrates this rich tradition of the African-American community, arts and culture, history and heritage, while acknowledging the larger global context in which this community exists.

Outspoken—WordXWord Youth Poetry Festival Where Youth Speak For Themselves

Mariah Barber; courtesy of WordXWord.
Mariah Barber; courtesy of WordXWord.

Community news submitted to us by folks who thought you’d like to know!

Pittsfield, Mass. — The second annual Outspoken Youth Poetry Festival will take place April 28–30, 2017 in the Upstreet Cultural District of Pittsfield, MA. The festival is a combination of workshops and performances, including the festival finale to be presented at the Berkshire Museum, Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. The Finale is free and open to the public.

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Will Call Episode #55.3, BONUS: WordXWord Lends 10 New Voices to 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival

WordXWord presents "Ten New Voices," a curated evening of poetry, as their entry into the 10X10 Festival.
WordXWord presents “Ten New Voices,” a curated evening of poetry, as their entry into the 10X10 Festival.

This is a special bonus episode connected with our coverage of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival taking place in Pittsfield now through February 26. We’ll be airing 10 episodes running 10 minutes each throughout the duration of the Festival.

10 New Voices
February 20, at 7:00 p.m.
Berkshire Museum
39 South Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
Cost: FREE

To hear Kate Abbott’s overview of the events and interviews with a selection of this year’s participants, listen to Episode #55 of Will Call, which you can find right on our homepage.

On Monday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m., WordxWord will present 10 New Voices, a free program of poetry and spoken word guest-curated by poets Doni Smith, Jadesola James and Sage, at the Berkshire Museum. We talked with all three poets as they planned the event.

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Will Call #54: Standing Together Against Othering in the Berkshires

"Kylie Jenner," by Merudjina Normil; submitted photo.
"Kylie Jenner," by Merudjina Normil; submitted photo.


In the wake of the November election, people across the country have seen fear and anger and exclusion become part of a national public conversation. Many people are sharing the experience of feeling that they do not belong in their familiar places. It’s called othering — making someone feel pushed to the edges, unwanted or different. It can happen in daily meetings and conversations, at work, at school, even at home.

In the Berkshires, movements are growing in response, art and lectures and performances and rallies, to explain what othering means and what it looks like — and to draw people together instead.

"Eyes Opaque With Terror," by Marcelene Mosca and Freya Segal; Mixed Media, 2014; photo by David Edgecomb.
“Eyes Opaque With Terror,” by Marcelene Mosca and Freya Segal; Mixed Media, 2014; photo by David Edgecomb.

People are saying in different ways, I feel threatened. I feel alone. And people are saying that hate is not mine. I want to stand with you. I want to live in a country where we can all live and love and work, pray or not, speak and play music. People are saying we need to talk to each other.

In the Berkshires, efforts are growing to bring people together. In Pittsfield, on a November afternoon, young WordxWord poets and storytellers reflected on how it felt to be excluded or pushed to the edges, as part of “Othering,” a month-long show curated by the Berkshire Art Association at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

In Great Barrington, Asma Abbas, Associate Professor of Politics and Philosophy at Bard College of Simon’s Rock, invited Moustafa Bayoumi, American Book Award–winning  writer and professor of English at Brooklyn College — who wrote one of the most re-tweeted tweets of the 2016 USA presidential debates, according to Twitter—to speak about Muslim American experiences in the last 15 years.

In North Adams, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel, joins Rabbi David Markus, her co-chair of Aleph, the central organization of the international Jewish Renewal movement, in a call for solidarity. If a national effort to register Muslims becomes real, they are calling on all Americans to register.

Nick Cave’s “Until”

One of 16,000 dangling items in MASS MoCA's Rauschenberg gallery that are part of the installation, "<a href="http://massmoca.org/event/nick-cave-until/" target="_blank"><strong>Until</strong></a>," by Nick Cave, on view through August, 2017; photo by Kate Abbott.
One of 16,000 dangling items in MASS MoCA’s Rauschenberg gallery that are part of the installation, “Until,” by Nick Cave, on view through August, 2017; photo by Kate Abbott.

And in December of 2016, MASS MoCA, offered free admission for Berkshire residents until the solstice, as Nick Cave’s installation, Until, opened to take a close look at the ideal of “innocent until proven guilty” — and what happens when it becomes “guilty until proven innocent.”

Soprano Brenda Wimberly and organist Sereca Henderson  perform at the opening of Nick Cave’s ‘Until,’ at MASS MoCA. His installation fills the Rauschenberg gallery, and everyone who walks in stops at the doorway. The room is as large as a football field. And it is full of light.

It’s like walking into an optical mobile. It’s a maze of stars and spirals and suns on 16,000 strings. They spin like tops, and they transform from pinwheeling color to faint lines, until they become invisible. In some of them, at the core, he has set the image of a hand gun.

 

Nick Cave is known for Soundsuits, wearable sculptures that cover the whole body, and he often performs in them. But here he has created something new. It’s a landscape. It’s a cloudscape made of chandelier crystal. It’s a place where he invites other people to perform.

Benjamin Clementine gave a concert on opening night.

 

Nick Cave created this installation holding in mind the lives and deaths of Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Yvette Smith and Michael Brown and more like them. Mass MoCA curator Denise Markonish speaks about his work.

Moustafa Bayoumi and Asma Abas

John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme,’ a jazz classic from 1965 has echoes of Middle Eastern scales in its improvisation, and echoes of Islamic prayer in its inspiration, professor Moustafa Bayoumi writes in his 2015 collection of essays, “This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror.”

Moustafa Bayoumi has explored the concept of Othering in both How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (2009) and This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror (2015); photo by Neville Elder, courtesy of Moustafa Bayoumi.
Moustafa Bayoumi has explored the concept of Othering in both How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (2009) and This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror (2015); photo by Neville Elder, courtesy of Moustafa Bayoumi.

 

 

Coltrane often performed with Muslim musicians, he says, and anyone with an ear attuned to Islamic influences can hear them in Coltrane’s words and music.
He quotes Coltrane’s liner notes: “No Matter what … it is with God. He is Merciful. His way is in love, through which we all are. It is truly — a love supreme.”
Moustafa Bayoumi is an internationally recognized journalist. He is a columnist for The Guardian; his writing has appeared in journals from the New York Times to the Nation; and he has appeared on CNN, FOX News, National Public Radio and many other media outlets around the world.
He is an associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, and in 2008 he won an American Book Award for “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America.”

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Asma Abbas is an Associate Professor of Politics and Philosophy and Emily H. Fisher Faculty Fellow at Bard College at Simon's Rock; photo courtesy Asma Abbas.
Asma Abbas is an Associate Professor of Politics and Philosophy and
Emily H. Fisher Faculty Fellow at Bard College at Simon’s Rock; photo courtesy Asma Abbas.

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“How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?” takes its title from writer, Civil Rights activist and Great Barrington native, W.E.B. DuBois, who asks that question in Souls of Black Folk.

In his book, Bayoumi tells the stories of seven young men and women in their 20s living in Brooklyn after 9/11.
Rasha and her family were imprisoned without trial and without evidence; Sami served in the military in Iraq; Yasmin fought discrimination in her diverse high school — and won.
In December, professor Bayoumi came to Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington to talk with professor Asma Abbas, and her students and the community, about the experience of being Muslim American in the past, in the last 15 years and today.
Many Americans misunderstand a great deal about what Muslim Americans believe and how they live their lives, he said.

To begin with, Muslim Americans have lived in this country for almost 400 years.

Aleph takes a stand against othering

Rachel Barenblat of Williamstown is the rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel in North Adams, and she will serve as the interim Jewish Chaplain at Williams College in the spring semester. She is also co-chair of Aleph, the central organization of the international Jewish renewal movement, with David Markus, associate spiritual leader of Temple Beth-El of City Island in the Bronx. He has Berkshire ties as well — like Rachel, he is a Williams College alum. (In full disclosure, I am also a Williams alum, and Rachel is an old friend.)

Jewish Renewal, founded by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, is a movement across Jewish denominations. At its center, Aleph includes a rigorous liberal seminary and a growing network of congregations and communities around the world.

"Arab Women Bonding," by Muriel Angelil; Monoprint, 2014; submitted photo.
“Arab Women Bonding,”
by Muriel Angelil;
Monoprint, 2014; submitted photo.

In response to the U.S. president-elect’s campaign promise to require all Muslims to register with the government, Aleph has sent out a call to all Americans, if that day comes, to register as Muslim in solidarity.

That call comes out of values central to Renewal, Rachel and David say, from a respect for all faiths, and a core Jewish value (Lev. 19:18), to love your neighbor as yourself.

The experience of being treated differently — the ‘Othering’ that David Markus talks about — is also the name of the Berkshire Art Association’s biennial juried show. In November, it filled the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield with abstract paintings, collages and drawings.

The art association sent out a call for work reflecting on experiences of exclusion and separation. More than 30 artists from throughout the Northeast had work in the exhibit — from a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. military who served two tours in Iraq to an African-American Pittsfield High School graduate now studying art at Williams College.

On Nov. 13, the Pittsfield organization WordxWord hosted an afternoon of poetry and storytelling on the same theme — WordxWord uses spoken word, poetry and storytelling to celebrate diversity and creativity and make connections.

"Kylie Jenner," by Merudjina Normil; Drawing, 2014; submitted photo.
“Kylie Jenner,” by Merudjina Normil; Drawing, 2014; submitted photo.

Four of those poets have given us permission to share there work here. We thank Izzy; our second poet, who has asked to remain anonymous; Sage; and Doni Smith.

"This Is Normal: 4th grade," by Dina Noto, Ink Drawing, 2016; submitted photo.
“This Is Normal: 4th grade,” by Dina Noto, Ink Drawing, 2016; submitted photo.

 

Looking Ahead

On Saturday, Jan. 7, on the 76th anniversary of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, a new Four Freedoms Coalition will invite the Berkshire community to unite against hate and bigotry in all its forms. The Berkshire County branch of the NAACP, BRIDGE, Berkshire Immigrant Center, United Africans of the Berkshires, and the United American Muslim Association of the Berkshires and others will gather for a rally and march in downtown Pittsfield.

The Four Freedoms Coalition is a non-partisan, diverse coalition of community organizations and people working together to unite the community and reaffirm the  American values outlined in President Roosevelt’s speech:

Freedom from fear
Freedom from want
Freedom of speech
Freedom of religion.

All are welcome. To find out more, check out the Four Freedoms Coalition on Facebook or email 4freedomscoalition@gmail.com

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On Jan. 29 at 3 p.m., Doni Smith and WordXWord will welcome the new year with a free poetry reading to celebrate sharing and caring and reflect on the consequences of greed at MCLA’s Gallery 51, at 51 Main St., North Adams.

Nine days after the presidential inauguration, poets and spoken word artists will bear witness to a world where greed appears to have no limits, and yet every day holds moments of generosity and compassion. The event will accompay Josh Ostraff’s exhibition, OFA ATU, which opens Jan. 26.

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Also in Pittsfield, Georgene Poliak has formed All Band Together as an initiative in compassion and solidarity. At the holiday Shindy at Shire City Sanctuary, she showed arm bands with a crescent and a star that she is making out of upcycled t-shirts and sweaters. They recall the bands that Jews in Europe were made to wear under the Nazi occupation. But these mean the opposite — they mean that people of many faiths can stand together.

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And in the spring, new artists will come to Mass MoCA to create and perform work inspired by Nick Cave’s ‘Until.’ Internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones will present a new solo work on March 4.

And choreographer, writer, and actress Okwui Okpokwasili will create and offer a site-specific dance on April 7.

Okwui Okpokwasili “Bronx Gothic” trailer from Peter Born on Vimeo.

Grammy-winnter and living legend Mavis Staples, known worldwide as a voice in R&B, Gospel, Soul, folk, rock and blues, will also perform at Mass MoCA on March 25.

And Toshi Reagon and Dorrance Dance will return to the ’62 Center at Williams College with tap masters Derick Grant and Dromeshia Sumbry-Edwards.

Art and Poetry Celebration and Book Launch with Drury High School Students

Ninth grade students from teacher Melissa Cairn’s English class at Drury High School will celebrate the publication of a book of their original poetry, created in response to a visit to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.

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Eighty-five ninth grade students from Drury High School visited the Clark Art Institute on March 29, 2015 and wrote original poetry based on a painting that they chose from the museum’s collection. The visit to the Clark was part of teacher Melissa Cairn’s “Art and Poetry” curriculum unit that helps students in her ninth grade English class make connections between the written and visual arts, building important critical thinking, communication and literacy skills.

During the visit to the Clark students explored paintings with Clark Education staff and docents and took part in dynamic poetry writing exercises with their teacher. After these exercises and conversations each student chose a painting they were inspired by and began the creative process of writing an original poem. Back in the classroom they built on their experiences with art and poetry and distilled their thoughts into a short essay exploring the connections between their poem and painting.

The book “Writing on the Devil’s Walls” presents the students’ work – the art work they chose, and the poem and essay they wrote – in published form. The book and its launch on May 4 celebrate the creativity and hard work of the students and the inspired teaching of Melissa Cairns, their teacher. The May 4 book launch celebration will include food, music and poetry reading, copies of the book, and screening of a video produced by Joanne Hurlbut at Northern Berkshire Community Television (NBCTC) that describes the Art and Poetry unit and making of the book.

The museum visit, publication and celebration were produced and supported by a collaboration of Drury High School, The Clark Art Institute, and the Art Museum Partnership for Education, Inc. (AMPED), a non-profit partnership of the Clark, MASS MoCA and the Williams College Museum of Art that aims to produce unique learning opportunities around the arts for secondary school students.

Community — Outspoken: Youth Poetry Festival Finale

Pittsfield, Mass.—The culminating event of Outspoken: WordXWord Youth Poetry Festival will be presented Saturday, May 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, Mass.

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib will lead workshops and host events over the course of the festival weekend (photo courtesy WordXWord).
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib will lead workshops and host events over the course of the festival weekend (photo courtesy WordXWord).

Featured guests will include Thomas Fucaloro and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. The evening will also include some of the brightest and bravest young voices including finalist from the festival’s youth and college poetry slam competitions. Keep Reading

INDIEcent Exposure #12 — Poet Robbie Q. Telfer of Project Voice

Robbie Q. Telfer; photo courtesy Project Voice
Robbie Q. Telfer; photo courtesy Project Voice

Visiting poet and host at the Word X Word Festival, Telfer is a complex guy

Robbie Q. Telfer; photo courtesy Project Voice
Robbie Q. Telfer; photo courtesy Project Voice

I had the privilege of speaking to Robbie Q. Telfer at length before he arrived in the Berkshires for his fourth year participating in the Word X Word Festival. Due to circumstances beyond my control, that conversation did not air while the Festival was still in play. But the lateness of the hour doesn’t dull the keen observations he makes, nor will his inspired descriptions of the interactions between poetry and life be any less brilliant. Enjoy this, the first in an occasional series on the Visiting Poets.

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INDIEcent Exposure #11 — Creatures of Habitat: The Magic Is in the Mechanism

The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monica Pizzichemi
The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monica Pizzichemi

UPDATE: This performance has been postponed until Sunday, September 27th 6-8 p.m. due to rain!

Creatures of Habitat interact with spaces and objects. It would be even cooler if they could time travel, too…oh, wait, they kind of do that…

The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monika Pizzichemi
The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monika Pizzichemi

Stefanie Weber’s Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Public Performance Project will appear Sunday evening 6:30-8:30p September 13th in the Morningside Community School parking lot.

We spoke with Stefanie Lynx Weber about the open rehearsal of this three-part exploration that takes place in Pittsfield. We came away thinking that the audience is at risk of being exposed to perception-expanding sensory input.

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INDIEcent Exposure #9 — WordXWord Blows Minds All Week

Curtis Asch in the Story Slam Semi-Finals at Dottie's Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield
Curtis Asch in the Story Slam Semi-Finals at Dottie's Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield

Poetry and Story Slams, Workshops, and Special Guests at Great Locations Make This a Can’t-Miss Festival

Curtis Asch in the Story Slam Semi-Finals at Dottie's Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield
Curtis Asch in the Story Slam Semi-Finals at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield
WordXWord uses spoken word, poetry and storytelling in shared space and time to celebrate diversity and creativity, empower the individual, foster understanding and empathy, and make real human connections. All WXW programs are free and open to all.

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