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Marilyn Clark, Shilyh Warren, Janelle Ellis: African American Women Film Directors

 Marilyn Clark, Shilyh Warren and Janelle Ellis team up for a conversation and film clips of African American Women Film Directors. RSVP NOW!

When: November 4, 7 pm
Where: RSVP for address, WordSpace@WordSpace.Us
Refreshments made possible by Spiral Diner and Ben E. Keith!

Marilyn Clark

MARILYN CLARK, is the Education and Outreach Coordinator of the South Dallas Cultural Center with 30 years of A long time South Dallas resident and one of its most outspoken advocates, Ms. Clark brings years of experience to this position as both an activist and educator. From her years with Sesame Street to her time at Cable Access along with her stints as political organizer for Rep. Jim Mattox, Ms. Clark’s experience is invaluable.


SHILYH WARREN (Assistant Professor of Film Studies, UT Dallas) will present the early history of black women’s filmmaking, beginning with Zora Neale Hurston’s ethnographic films of the late 1920s. Though Hurston is most well known for her literary production, she was also an early pioneer of anthropological filmmaking and the first black woman filmmaker. Black women’s documentary filmmaking would not resurface until the late 1960s with Madeline Anderson’s civil rights films, Integration Report and I Am Somebody. We’ll watch some of these together and discuss the lasting impact of Hurston’s focus on women, spirituality, and the body.


Janelle EllisJANELLE ELLIS teaches English Lit at El Centro College. She and Marilyn Clark have worked for decades in support of women in the arts, co-coordinating and curating numerous festivals and film projects, particularly highlighting the voice and art of African Americans.  Currently, they are participating in the Fair Park Film Forum. featuring the work of women in film as a global dialogue.




Julie Dash and Ava DuVernay with Cheryl Dunye, Tanya Hamilton, Kasi Lemons, Michelle Parkerson, Gina Prince-Blythewood, Dee Rees, and Oprah Winfrey

Friday: all day

Screenings at All Projection Facilities around Fair Park:

National Honorees + Local Filmmakers

Friday night: 7pm

Hall of State Auditorium (downstairs)

Premiere of Julie Dash’s new DOC on Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor “Culinary Griot”: TRAVEL NOTES OF A GEECHEE GIRL

Introduced with Docs by Cinematic Foremothers Zora Neale Hurston and Eloyce King Patrick Gist

Saturday noon: 11am to 1pm

Luncheon (Gullah Cuisine) in Galleries of African-American Museum with TRIBUTE to JULIE DASH: Great Director

Saturday afternoon: 2 to 4pm

Panel Discussion Filmed by C-Span in Auditorium

Moderated by Jacqueline Bobo (Audience by Invitation)

Saturday evening: 5 to 8pm

Gala Reception at Hall of State + seated dinner for Honored Filmmakers with Local Filmmakers

IndieGoGo fundraiser for Black Women Directors

Saturday late night: 9 to 12am

Concert at the Fair Park Band Shell Featuring Erykah Badu

Dawn Lundy Martin

When: Thursday April 21, 7:30 pm
What: African Diaspora: New Dialogues
Where: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 939-2787
Refreshments provided by Buttons Jazz Restaurant and Ben E. Keith–Thank You!



Photo by Max Freeman

Dawn Lundy Martin is author of three books of poetry, and three chapbooks. Of her latest collection,  Life in a Box is a Pretty Life  (Nightboat Books 2015), Fred Moten says, “Imagine Holiday singing a Blind alley, or Brooks pricing hardpack dandelion, and then we’re seized and thrown into the festival of detonation we hope we’ve been waiting for.” Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, Martin is a member of the three-person performance group, The Black Took Collective. She is also a member of the global artist collective, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, the group that withdrew its work from the 2014 Whitney Biennial to protest the museum’s biased curatorial practices. Martin is currently working on a hybrid memoir, a tiny bit of which appears as the essay, “The Long Road to Angela Davis’s Library,” published in the December 2014  New Yorker  magazine.

About South Dallas Cultural Center and Vicki Meek: The South Dallas Cultural Center is a community center with a wide variety of programs inspired by the vibrancy and diversity of the African Diaspora. The SDCC seeks to educate and inspire through the visual, media, literary and performing arts. Vickie Meek is the award winning director of SDCC. She is a curator, artist and activist. Her decades of service to promote art and racial equity have profoundly impacted the cultural life of Dallas and development of a whole new generation of African American artists. In 2016, Ms. Meek will retire from her office at SDCC to co-develop The Institute for Creative Research in Puerta Viejo, Costa Rica.


Karen Finley @ The Kessler Theater

Karen Finley: The Jackie Look

Tickets Now Available


Friday, April 1 @ The Kessler Theater

Karen Finley is an American performance artist who for three decades has enacted the traumas and psychological complexities of our times before worldwide audiences. In her Reality Shows she takes on the personas of such diverse cultural figures as Liza Minnelli, Terry Schiavo, and Laura Bush. In Dallas she will perform The Jackie Look at the Kessler Theater.


Karen Finley

ArtSpeak: Savage Impressions: Dirty Printmakers and Art Pirates Mash Up

Who: Matt Bagley, Andy Don Emmons, Clay Stinnett, Randall Garrett, Matthew Guest, Juanne Peck, Laney Yarber, The Amazing Hancock Brothers, The Mercury Rocket, Inferno Texino, Unconscious Collective.
When: Saturday, September 26, Noon-9 pm
Where: MFA Gallery, 409 N. Tyler Street in the Art Alley and Parking Lot
Are You Ready! This promises to be the ultimate underground arts festival you cannot afford to miss. More Info Soon.


John Slate: Confessions and Revelations of a Teen Punk Fanzine Editor

What: Salon with John Slate
When: February 11, 7 pm
Where: Private Residence, RSVP for Location: Wordspace@WordSpace.Us

John Slate presents an entertaining evening of powerpoint, handouts and reconteurship relating to his years in Austin as a teen punk zine editor.  John has presented other Salon topics such as “Outlaw Poetics” featuring the work of Bonnie Parker, Candy Barr and others. 

John-Slate-John H. Slate is the archivist for the City of Dallas, where he is responsible for historic city government records in the Dallas Municipal Archives. Slate is the author of “Lost Austin,” a recently published book in the “Images of America” series. “Lost Austin” records some of the city’s rich and unique history and most of the images depicted in the book are of seminal Austin places and institutions that no longer exist but that played an important role in shaping Austin’s special character. He is also the author of “Historic Dallas Parks” and “Dealey Plaza.”


Oral Fixation @ Dallas Performance Hall


Icing On The Cake Flyer

For its season finale, Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) has baked up something astonishing. Sweeter than chocolate and richer than cheesecake, “Icing on the Cake” is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite. Taking the Dallas City Performance Hall stage on Tuesday, May 10th at 8pm, our seven storytellers will mix it up and deliver the goods. From reality show adventures to road trip awakenings, creative cakes to birthday blues, cactus butts to bear caves, and human rights’ protectors to micro-preemie survivors, “Icing on the Cake” has every ingredient required to be amazing. Give your sweet tooth what it craves and follow this recipe: Do not miss this show! $25 tickets are on sale now! Keep an eye out for more details: storyteller profiles will be published in coming weeks.

Former full-time trial attorney Bill Holston finds purpose in fighting for human rights. Through pink cake and pee, Megan Mayo’s well-organized plan for her husband’s birthday is dashed. On his birthday, Jacob Longoria is rejected, fired, and assaulted—can it get worse? Writer Penny Taylor’s life is layered thick with cakes, cupcakes, and creativity. On a crazy road trip with his sons, John Stanton gets more than he bargained for. Personal chef Alyssia Birnbaum wins big on a network cooking reality show. And when Valerie Stokes’ twins become micro-preemies, everything hangs in the balance.

All Season 5 shows are staged at Dallas City Performance Hall in the Arts District at 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. Valet and self-parking are available at One Arts Plaza, or park free at a meter on Ross. $25 individual tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone at (888) 454-4353, or online at Group and student discounts are available.

Season 6 themes will be announced over the summer. No writing or performing experience is necessary, but stories must be true and on theme. For details and deadlines, visit Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Oral Fixation @ Dallas Performance Hall

WordSpace is honored to produce the 2015 – 2016 Season of Oral Fixation!

More details coming!

Oral Fixation @ Dallas Performance Hall

Stories about wacky Thanksgivings with family drama, chef/cooking/kitchen stories, times when a meeting of the minds got crowded by too many conflicting perspectives.

Oral Fixation @ Dallas Performance Hall



Buy Season Passes and Flex Passes

In The Doghouse” will feature another great evening of great storytelling: This month tales of  trouble in the “house”! Dallas’ ever-buzzier live storytelling series for adults, hits the big leagues with its 5th Season at the stunning City Performance Hall in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. The season opener, “Push the Envelope”, is a metaphor for the unconventional series itself.  This entertaining evening will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride exploring true life tales about breaking through the comfort zone. “

Oral Fixation @ Dallas City Performance Hall


Buy Season Passes and Flex Passes

Dallas’ ever-buzzier live storytelling series for adults, hits the big leagues with its 5th Season at the stunning City Performance Hall in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. The season opener, “Push the Envelope”, is a metaphor for the unconventional series itself.  Get in on the action Wednesday, September 16th at 8pm.  This entertaining evening will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride exploring true life tales about breaking through the comfort zone.

Will Richey of DaVerse Lounge and the Festival of Ideas shares the story behind his passion for helping others express themselves.  Dallas social change activist Christian Yazdanpanah reveals how his childhood struggle with poverty inspires him to push for educational reform.  Mary Kreider faces her biggest fear in public speaking class.  Suzette Drouillard deepens her relationship with her daughter by sending 28 cards in 28 days for her 28th birthday.  Wayne Applebaum wanders far from his Orthodox Jewish upbringing in NYC to find his limits tested when his son develops leukemia.  Donald Griswold falls deeply in love with the neglected Russian baby he adopts after a painful chapter in his life. And Justin Nygren of The Grove takes a huge risk professionally to keep his family afloat.  This show features real-deal envelope pushers who will bravely share their truths on the massive City Performance Hall stage.

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