Friday, November 14, 2008

Deathlist Mag's usual suspects send up Beat poetry @ party this Sunday in Dallas

[I absolutely trust the DEATHLIST mag crew to always serve up something irreverent, sometimes distasteful, usually snarky, and NEVER dull! Joey Cloudy makes me snicker. If I can get there, I'm wearing something Beat-y.]

Beat Generation!

Host: Deathlist Mag
Location: Paperbacks Plus, 6115 La Vista Dr, Dallas, TX 75214
When: Sunday, November 16, 7:00PM
Phone: 214 827 4860

"I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life." -Jack Kerouac

Free * Wild * Anticipated * Turtleneck-y * Wine-like * Non-rhymed * Pub(l)ic

Local Writers read their favorites of the Beat Generation

Readings by...Joey Cloudy, Opalina, Carlos, Johnny O, Gayle Bell, Mike Clay, and many more.

Music by Swirve (yay, Chris & Tamitha Curiel)!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Open House from 4-7pm today @ Studio 909, a new wellness center in FW

[On Arts Goggle night back in September--omigosh, is it already mid-November?--me and a friend stopped in at Studio 909 for a quick and friendly tour before closing time. It was too late to sample any of the healing demonstrations, but the kind couple who spoke with us welcomed us with glasses of complimentary wine and an invitation to return for a deeper immersion into their onda. Well, now that time has come, as the Studio 909 staff of healing practitioners and crafts-makers are hosting an Open House today, free and Open to all. Special reason to stop in: Mary Elizabeth, whom I just met a few days ago, is offering demos of Thai Massage. She's also going to be involved with V-Day FW in March 2009, as a coordinator of the event happening at Casa Manana. More to come on that...]

free * free * free * gratis * gratis * gratis * free * free * free

STUDIO 909 presents

an Autumn Open House at 909 West Magnolia Avenue (just a couple blocks west of Hemphill, stone's throw from Yucatan Tacos)

from 4pm to 7pm


"Hors d'oeuvres and Delights" "Enjoy Free Samples and Demonstrations" of Feel Good Zaps * Quantum Biofeedback * Reiki * Thai Yoga Massage * Massage Therapy

"Door Prizes" and "Goody Bags"

STUDIO 909 - "creating wellness"
more info at 817.773.2264

Sunday, November 09, 2008

TWU's SAY (Socially Aware Youth) host film & Iraq war veteran on Tuesday, Nov. 11th

Socially Aware Youth (SAY) at TWU present


When: Tuesday, November 11th (Veteran's Day), 2008, 6:00 PM
Where: Texas Womens University, CFO building, room 204
304 Administration Drive, Denton, TX 76204

Join Socially Aware Youth (SAY) at TWU for a free screening of the film "The Ground Truth"

With guest speaker: Dustin Alan Parks, former service member and veteran of the Iraq War, founder of DFW for Peace.

About the film "The Ground Truth":

"Hailed as "powerful" and "quietly unflinching," Patricia Foulkrod's searing documentary feature includes exclusive footage that will stir audiences. The filmmaker's subjects are patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The terrible conflict in Iraq, depicted with ferocious honesty in the film, is a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home – with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government. As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all - the truth." -- IMDB

SAY (Socially Aware Youth) is a Texas Woman's University organization meant to raise awareness on current events, present new ideas, and educate each other in a discussion and/or debate.

Biweekly meetings will be held at TWU on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month.
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Location: ASB 304 (TWU)

Lacey Escalante: Group Coordinator
Sheri Carter: Secretary
Heidi Scalice: Treasurer
Christina Perez: Events Committee Chair
Kami Fletcher: Advisor

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about SAY, please contact Lacey Escalante at

F6 Gallery in Arlington needs submissions for December show

"Call for artists, crafters, tshirt makers, etc, etc. We're now accepting submissions for our December show."

December show: The Gift Show
When: December 13th 8pm-midnight

What we’re looking for: small, affordable art (think Christmas gift-worthy), crafts (handmade goods, clothing, jewelry, accessories, etc), t-shirts (do you design/print t-shirts? Bring it on), other artsy merch.

Each Artist/vendor will have about 5 feet of space wide and up to 12 feet high to hang work either on the wall, or to bring their own table/booth and set up items for the show.

Deadline for submissions is: November 26th.

If you haven​’t shown​ at F6 Galle​ry befor​e,​ pleas​e send a brief​ bio and examp​les of your work to info@​f6gal​lery.​com.

If you have shown​ at F6 galle​ry,​ pleas​e send an email​ to info@​f6gal​lery.​com letting us know you are interested.

Space​ is limit​ed,​ and we’ll​ revie​w entri​es first​-come, first​-serve​!​

For more info about​ submi​tting​ work, go the FAQ page on the F6 Gallery​ website.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Other Arts presents master accordionist Guy Klucevsek on Saturday, Nov. 8th

Guy Klucevsek concert:
Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 2:00 PM
in the auditorium of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Please note that this is an AFTERNOON concert.

Blurb from Other Arts' director Herb Levy:

Guy Klucevsek (pronounced kloo-SEH-veck) has received international acclaim as one of the most original and unique artists in creative music. After years of study in the Pittsburgh and Los Angeles areas, Klucevsek first emerged to widespread notice as a recording artist in the mid-‘80s as a member of John Zorn-led ensembles. He has since performed in concert and on the recordings of such luminaries as Laurie Anderson, Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb, Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Pauline Oliveros, Present Music, Bobby Previte, Relâche Ensemble and many others. He has also produced a steady stream of albums as a soloist or leader (20 so far), beginning with 1987’s Scenes from a Mirage and extending through his upcoming 2009 release on Tzadik, Dancing on the Volcano. Sometimes described as a post-minimalist, Klucevsek’s musical palette encompasses classical, jazz, folk, and world music idioms while retaining an unmistakable singular identity, whether performing his own works or those by the many composers he has commissioned.

Without question, Klucevsek is a virtuoso, but his music never presents virtuosity as an end in itself, instead engaging listeners with its uncommon warmth, depth, beauty, and - yes - humor (might his album title Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse provide a clue?). Klucevsek has also collaborated with numerous choreographers and theater artists including Ping Chong, David Dorfman, and Bebe Miller. His television and film credits include an appearance and performance on the long-running children’s series, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and three John Williams scores for Steven Spielberg -- The Terminal, Munich, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Tickets for Guy Klucevsek are $20 for general admission; $15 for students and seniors, available at the door.

Other Arts thanks the Arts Council of Fort Worth; Meet the Composer; Canadian Consulate; Mor-Sel Foundation; Linden Realty, Periplum Artes de la Rosa; & individual donors for support of concerts in 2008.

For reservations, subscriptions, discount cards and more information about these & future concerts, please contact: Web site up soon at


Call for Papers and Presentation Proposals: New Destinations in Oral History

Deadline is TODAY, Friday, November 7th - sorry for the late notice.

2009 Southwest Oral History Association Annual Meeting
Co-sponsored by USC LIBRARIES/Special Collections/"LA As Subject"
Doheny Memorial Library – USC & California African American Museum

“New Destinations in Oral History”
March 27-29, 2009

The Southwest Oral History Association in partnership with LA as Subject at USC and the California African American Museum invites proposals for papers/presentations for its 2009 annual meeting “New Destinations in Oral History,” to be held March 27-29 in Los Angeles. As the entertainment capital of the world and an important historical nexus, Los Angeles is an ideal place to explore the intersection of oral history, music, and other media from films to migration stories--to oral history in new technologies and spaces--to oral history as social networks. The conference program committee hopes to bring together oral historians, performing artists, filmmakers, scholars, students and other practitioners in a multi-disciplinary, multi-format conference that will highlight the multiplicity of work centered around oral history, entertainment, music and performance. Paper topics and sessions may deal with any aspect of oral history work including interviewing, processing, digital and archival collection methods, and the use of oral history in publications, exhibits, films, and readers’ theatre.

We encourage submissions from the Southwestern states represented in our organization: Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico and the U.S./Mexico border regions, as well as those outside the area researching southwestern topics using oral history methodology. The program committee invites proposals from oral history practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines including the humanities, social sciences and applied sciences. We hope to address how oral history is being used by academic and community scholars, museums, historical societies, libraries, teachers, independent researchers, and filmmakers. We are seeking a variety of sessions representing oral history work being conducted through traditional and non-traditional methods in the classroom, community, public and media settings. We would especially like to see proposals describing technology and innovative media, as well as proposals in International languages (note: SOHA can only accommodate a limited number of languages. If you submit a proposal for a panel/ roundtable in a language other than English, please be prepared to provide translation services).

General Information

Submission copies: All applicants must submit one copy of their proposal via email and one paper copy via snail mail at the address listed below. Please include a two sentence abstract and a two sentence biography with your e-mail submission.
Time segments: Plan for a 90 minute session with 5-10 minutes for introductions, 15-20 minutes for each presentation depending on number of participants, and 20-30 minutes for comments and discussion.
Submission descriptions: Include title and one page description of your presentation.
Resumes or CVs: No longer than one page.
Contact Information: Include name, address, affiliation (if any), phones, and email.

Registration: All participants must register and pay the registration fees. A few scholarships and awards are available. Check the web site at

Panel Submissions: Submit panel title, and titles of individual papers. We suggest limiting presentations to three people plus the moderator. Presenters usually prepare papers/presentations and submit papers or summaries to the moderator in advance. Please include biographies of all presenters.
Roundtable Submissions: Submit panel title; a one page description of the panel discussion, and topics of individual presenters. Roundtables usually include 3-5 presenters, and a moderator/or commentator. A roundtable is a more informal approach, often with discussions going back and forth among the presenters during the presentation. Please include biographies of all presenters.
Single paper/presentation: Individual papers/presentations may be submitted. The program committee will compose sessions under shared themes for individual papers/presentations.
Creative Non-traditional proposals: These may involve music, drama or readers’ theatre, films, poster sessions or other creative means of presenting oral history projects. Please include biographies of all presenters.

Equipment Needs: Please state equipment needs. Participants may need to provide their own AV. SOHA will try to accommodate equipment requests but we cannot guarantee equipment.

Deadline: November 7, 2008
E-mail 1 electronic copy to:
(E-mail confirmation will be sent upon receipt)
Miguel Juárez, MLS, Program Chair
If you have questions, call Miguel Juárez, SOHA ’09 Conference Chair at: 310-709-4608.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

8th Annual South Dallas Dance Festival starts tonight

[I received the following announcement from the City of Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) about a 4-day dance festival happening at one of my favorite cultural spots in Big D, the South Dallas Cultural Center near Fair Park.]


Beckles Dancing Company
ARGA NOVA DANCE and the South Dallas Cultural Center invite you to the 8th annual South Dallas Dance Festival (SDDF 8), New Growth!

Events will start tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm with a Roundtable discussion on the relevance of dance in various pursuits - health, religion, art, self-expression. The Festival continues Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm with performances. A Praise Dance showcase will close the Festival on Sunday at 3 pm.

On Saturday at 1 pm, a master class in African Dance with guest artist Michelle Gibson will enliven the festival as it does every year. Additional events include a film and a reception. SDDF 8 is supported in part by the South Dallas Cultural Center, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the James and Gayle Halperin Foundation, the Star System of donors to ARGA NOVA DANCE. For further information, call 214-886-2321.


Michelle Gibson, choreographer, instructor, and performing artist received her B.F.A in Dance from Tulane University. Michelle, a New Orleans native, has also studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow, and the Urban Bush Women's, "Walking with Pearl Primus" summer intensive. Her motion picture credits include having been cast as a featured dancer in the Academy Award nominated film, Interview With a Vampire, the Academy Award winning film, Ray, and the movie Just My Luck with Lindsay Lohan. Michelle's live performances include Confederacy of Dances, The Kid From Elysian Fields, tours in Germany, Japan, and Amsterdam, E- Women Network, LINKS Incorporated, Drum Café' and also performing at the UNCF's Patterson Research Institute Annual Conference. Michelle is the Founder and Artistic Director of Exhibit Dance Collective and her choreographic credits include Funk Nation, Bourbon Suite Women, Origins of Life, The River May Cry, Orumulia's Voices, Passions of Juno, A Creole Mass, and award nominated pieces Women's Evolution and Orisha Suite. Michelle has had the privilege of training under the direction of Ronald K. Brown, Sean Curran, Marlies Yearby, Max Luna, Alton Geno, Lula Elzy, Doug Varone, Baba Chuck Davis, Baba Richard Gonzales and Donald McKayle. Michelle is currently an artist in residence with the Ashe' Cultural Arts Center, choreographer for Six Flags/WOW Entertainment Dallas TX, member of Drum Café, and educator and instructor with the Dallas Independent School District teaching grades 9-12.

Participating companies are: A Dance Expression,Beckles Dancing Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Dallas Hispanic Dance, Ella Lois Hudson Ensemble, Khemetic Origins Rites of Passage Systems, Lisbon Elementary School "Character Counts" Dance Company, Mary Lois School of Dance Performing Company, Moving Canvas Dance Project, Tina Mullone, Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, ORIZON "O.P.T." ft. R3venge of the Nerdz, Pearl C. Anderson Dance Ensemble, Phase 2 Dance Ensemble, Second Generation Dance Company (from Houston), SDDF Scholarship 2008 Recipient Lauran Spencer, Jhon R. Stronks (from Houston),The Hockaday School Dance Department, and W. E. Greiner Dance.

On Sunday - The Art of Praise Dance featuring: Beckles Dancing Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Dr. Cori D. Mooring, For His Glory Dance Ministry, Jubilee UMC Praise In Motion, Lisbon Developmental Dance Company, Ordered Steps Productions, The Men of Judah of Friendship West, Second Generation Dance Company (from Houston), and Friendship West Youth Praise Dance Community.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday November 6, 7 & 8, at 7 & 8:00 pm;
Sunday, November 9 at 3:00 pm.

Admission: $10; Seniors, Students, Members of Star System and
Dance Council $5; The Roundtable is FREE.

South Dallas Cultural Center located at 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave.

Visit or call 214/939-ARTS for more information.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

what i feel @ once on this night of hope & optimism

hugs to all
from the north texas prairie,
feeling blissfully hopeful and lucky
(having just sidestepped two patrolling sqwad car chotas
as i sped happily away from my mama's home down
the avenue listening to steve miller 80s on the music radio,
for i suddenly somehow feel that i get to have the 80s back
as i lost them in 84 with the reagan years).
you can only know this bliss as a person of color
who has felt devalued through the haphazardly
implemented and foisted systemic devaluation of her
fellow brethren and sistren of color through the
decades of her life.
to have a black and a white family cheered on at the
podium at Grants Park on a night of ultimate hope
is the most amazing moment to witness in this ever-evolving
life of mine.

inversion, AND flipping of da quintessential
script are now mandates of the moment.

be loved, wherever you feel yourself to be:
atop a mountain, smiling in a valley,
cresting on the heart of hope.

peace be unto you, my dear comrade!