Archive for July, 2013

Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Saturday, October 5, 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 NW Hwy
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo

WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth for workshops and performance.


Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Saturday, September 7, 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 NW Hwy
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo

WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth for workshops and performance.


Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Saturday, August 3, 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 NW Hwy
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo

WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth for workshops and performance.


Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Saturday, July 6, 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 NW Hwy
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo

WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth for workshops and performance.


Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Saturday, June 1, 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 NW Hwy
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo

WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth for workshops and performance.


John Waters – Thank You!

Who: John Waters: “This Filthy World” When: May 29, 8 pm Where: The Kessler Theater, 1230 West Davis BUY TICKETS John Waters is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. Waters’ 1970s and early ’80s trash films feature his regular troupe of actors known as the Dreamlanders—among them DivineMink StoleDavid LocharyMary Vivian Pearce, and Edith Massey. Starting with Desperate Living (1977), Waters began casting real-life convicted criminals (Liz RenayPatty Hearst) and infamous people (Traci Lords, a former porn star). Waters skirted mainstream film making with Hairspray (1988), which introduced Ricki Lake and earned a modest gross of $8 million domestically. In 2002, Hairspray was adapted to a long-running Broadway musical, which itself was adapted to a hit musical film which earned more than $200 million worldwide. After the crossover success of the original film version of Hairspray, Waters’s films began featuring familiar actors and celebrities such as Johnny DeppEdward FurlongMelanie GriffithChris IsaakJohnny KnoxvilleMartha PlimptonChristina RicciLili TaylorKathleen TurnerJohn Travolta, and Tracey Ullman. Although he maintains apartments in New York City and San Francisco, and a summer home in Provincetown, Waters still mainly resides in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, where all his films are set. He is recognizable by his trademark pencil moustache, a look he has retained since the early 1970s.


Sandra Bernhard

What: Half Price Books presents WordSpace at The Kessler
Who: Sandra Bernhard
When: October 23, 8 pm
Where: The Kessler Theater, 1230 West Davis
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306194_10151290827115814_565672802_nSandra Bernhard began her career at L.A.’s famed Comedy Store in the ‘70s, and since then has written and starred in numerous one-woman shows, acted in movies and on television, recorded albums and authored books.Her first one-woman show, the groundbreaking Without You I’m Nothing, ran for 6 months off-Broadway in 1988 and served as inspiration for the film and Grammy-nominated album of the same name. The critically acclaimed I’m Still Here… Dammit! opened off-Broadway in 1997, moved to Broadway a year later, and was filmed for an HBO special.The New York Times described Bernhard as a “living, breathing bonfire” and applauded the show, calling it “an angst driven, foul-mouthed, poison-laced joy ride that banks and careens frenetically through the worlds of fashion, celebrity, rock, and religion.”

In 2006, Bernhard’s Everything Bad and Beautiful also opened to raves. “Give the dame her due, it’s invigorating to be in the presence of a true original.” (New York Times, 6/06) Her most recent show, I Love Being Me, Don’t You? played to sold-out crowds for an extended run last summer in Los Angeles. The album version of the show was released on Rooftop Records last fall, and she has been touring it with since.

“She has chutzpah to spare, but it’s her articulate intelligence that earns our attention … It’s [her] combination of glamour and accessibility that accounts for Bernhard’s enduring appeal,” wrote the Los Angeles Times.

From 1991-1996 Bernhard played Nancy Bartlett—the first openly gay character on a network sitcom—on Roseanne. And she has had guest starring or recurring roles on numerous other shows, among them: Good Christian Belles, Hot in Cleveland, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Crossing Jordan, Law & Order: SVU, Will&Grace, The Sopranos, The L Word, Ally McBeal, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Richard Pryor Show. She has appeared more than 30 times on Late Night with David Letterman and has been a regular guest of Howard Stern’s since the early ‘80s.

Bernhard’s film credits include Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics, Nicholas Roeg’s Track 29, Hudson Hawk, Dinner Rush, and Dare.

Bernhard’s music albums include: I’m Your Woman (Polygram, 1986), Excuses for Bad Behavior (Epic, 1994) and the world music album Whatever It Takes (Mi5). She has also sung with or opened for various musical acts, including: The Pretenders, Cyndi Lauper, and the Scissor Sisters.

Other notable performances include her participation in the Stormy Weather Benefit, the Rainforest Benefit, and The Elton John Tribute for Broadway Cares. “She has musicality to die for,” the L.A. Times wrote recently, “a voice that swoops from the bluesy basement to a top-floor falsetto and a campy soulfulness that can compellingly reinterpret the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady” or just go nuts with “Lady Marmalade.”

Bernhard has also written three books: Confessions of a Pretty Lady (Harper&Row, 1988), Love, Love and Love (HarperCollins, 1994), and May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra? (William Morrow,1998). Her work has also been published in numerous magazines, including, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, Interview, and Spy


Nikki Giovanni

WordSpace is Honored to Present
Nikki Giovanni–The Real Deal
When: December 8, 7:30 pm
Where: The Kessler Theater, 1230 West Davis
Sponsored by: Half Price Books with additional support by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs
Promotion Partners: South Dallas Cultural Center, Dallas Poetry Slam, the Kessler Theater
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Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past thirty years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality. Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the Black community. Her focus is on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others.

Many of Giovanni’s books have received honors and awards. Her autobiography, Gemini, was a finalist for the National Book Award; Love Poems, Blues: For All the Changes, Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea, Acolytes, and Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat were all honored with NAACP Image Awards. Blues: For All the Changes reached #4 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller list, a rare achievement for a book of poems. Most recently, her children’s picture book Rosa, about the civil rights legend Rosa Parks, became a Caldecott Honors Book, and Bryan Collier, the illustrator, was given the Coretta Scott King award for best illustration. Rosa also reached #3 on The New York Times Bestseller list. Shortly after its release, Bicycles: Love Poems reached #1 on Amazon.com for Poetry.

Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, on which she reads and talks about her poetry, was one of five finalists for a Grammy Award. Giovanni’s honors and awards have been steady and plentiful throughout her career. The recipient of some twenty-five honorary degrees, she has been named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle Magazine, The Ladies Home Journal, and Ebony Magazine. She was tapped for the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame and named an Outstanding Woman of Tennessee. Giovanni has also received Governor’s Awards from both Tennessee and Virginia. She was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and she has also been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry. She is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and has received Life Membership and Scroll from The National Council of Negro Women. A member of PEN, she was honored for her life and career by The History Makers. She has received the keys to more than two dozen cities. A scientist who admires her work even named a new species of bat he discovered for her! Black Enterprise named her a Women of Power Legacy Award winner for work that expands opportunities for other women of color.

The author of some 30 books for both adults and children, Nikki Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.


Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Team @ Read Rite Market

What: Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Team
When: Saturday, July 20th, 2:30 pm for the DPSYT (Festival begins at 10 am)
Where: Read Rite Market @ Oil & Cotton, 837 W. 7th St.
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 Grand_Slam_Team_Picture-1WordSpace and Dallas Poetry Slam are honored to present Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series Team, the competition winners representing Dallas at Brave New Voice for 2013: Kellen Weigand, Eliza Schreibman (the Grand Slam Champion), Lizzie Vamos, Josh Rambeau, Blake Lackey, and Amanda Jackson.

Throughout the year, Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo offer free writing and performance workshops at Half Price Books, 1st Saturdays of every month, a partnership of Dallas Poetry Slam and WordSpace’s Next Generation Project.

Come and support these amazing writers and high school performers. Alexandra Marie will be on hand to present the Team and accept any donations to get the team to their Brave New Voices national competition destination, coming up in August.

1013947_530783406970782_803878192_nRead Rite is a creative one day festival jam by the folks at Oil and Cotton in collaboration with writer, Joe Milazzo:

  • EVENTS MAY OVERLAP, COME ANYTIME!!!

    Scheduled Events:
    10-10:30am
    Coffee, Cigarettes and a Newspaper – Local journalists will choose an article from a variety of newspapers and read aloud as we enjoy coffee from Liz Goulding’s roving coffee shop featuring Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters. Liz will provide a coffee recipe book with instructions on how to make a perfect cup of coffee.
    11-11:30am
    BlackOUT///CutUP Poems – Cut and paste found words gleaned from the newspaper, books and other printed media to create poems with The Wild Detectives, a soon to be book store on 8th Street. Poets from Spain and New York will Skype in and present readings as we work.
    11-11:30am
    Intuitive Calligraphy – Artist Andrea Estrada will gaze into your soul and gift you with a word handwritten in her fine script.
    11:30-12
    Flash Book with Evan Cleveland – Make a small book super fast.
    12-12:30
    Silent Song – Jennifer McNabb from Resolana will share artwork and writing projects made with women incarcerated at the Dallas County Jail.
    12:00-1pm
    Ex Libris – This is a special demonstration for all of you bibliophiles, book worms, and closet librarians. Artist Kyle Hobratschk will lead you through the making of a bookplate etched into a copper plate on his beautiful press.
    12:30-1pm
    PRINT::PROOF – Pull a screen printed READ-RITE poster with Ryan and Rachel Rushing.
    1-1:30pm
    Oral Fixation Reading
    1:30-2pm
    Carve Magazine Reading
    2-2:30pm
    Dallas Poets Community Reading
    2:30-3pm
    Word Space (youth) Reading
    3-3:30pm
    Book Dissection with Candice McKay – Learn the anatomy of a book with book restorer and owner of the Book Doctor. Book cadavers and scalpels will be provided.
    3-3:30
    Carve Literary Services
    3:30-4
    Mad Swirl Reading
    4-4:30pm
    The Writer’s Garret Reading
    4:30-5pm
    Deconstruct Reconstruct – Make a book from the pages of a discarded books.
    5-5:30pm
    Robin Myrick/The Town Crier
    5-6pm The Wild Detectives are cooking and serving a FREE Paella dinner 

 


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