Archive for February, 2017

Cottonmouth, Texas and the History of Popular Music in Dallas: Echoes and Reverberations

Who: Cottonmouth, Texas and the History of Popular Music in Dallas
Special Guests: Cameron Ray and Bayleigh Cheek.
What: Echoes and Reverberations: An Evening of Storytelling and Songwriters
Where: The Kessler Theater, 8 pm
When: Friday, April 7
Tickets: $15 Prekindle

Writer and spoken word artist Jeffrey Liles (aka Cottonmouth, Texas) has been a part of the Dallas music community for over thirty years, as a musician, DJ, critic, promoter, and currently the artistic director at The Kessler Theater. On this particular evening he will attempt to tell the story of how popular music has defined the culture of the city, from the early days of historic venues like the Sportatorium, Longhorn Ballroom and Bronco Bowl, to the emergence of the punk rock scene at the Hot Klub and DJ’s, to the reclamation of the Deep Ellum neighborhood, and finally to where we are now. It promises to be as much a historical revelation as it is a storytelling adventure. Two younger emerging Texas songwriters will perform short sets beforehand–Special Guests: Cameron Ray and Bayleigh Cheek.


Other People’s Poetry: Adrienne Rich

What: Other People’s Poetry (OPP) Presents Adrienne Rich
When: Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:00 pm
Where: Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce, Dallas TX 75226
Curated by: Joe Milazzo

Other People’s Poetry is proud to present the poetry of Adrienne Rich. We will be reading the poems Rich wrote between 1974 (when she won the National Book award for her Diving into the Wreck) and 1977 and collected in The Dream of a Common Language.

Readers: Margaret Allyson / Bear the Poet / Fran Carris / V.P. Crowe / Logen Cure / Brenda Gaba / Megan Giesecke / A. Kendra Greene / Jean Lamberty / Andrea Luttrell / Joe Milazzo / Amanda Mitchell / Roberto Munguia / Gayle Reaves-King / Desmene Statum / Connor Stratman / Leah Teiger / Robin Turner / Bess Whitby

Copies of Rich’s The Dream of a Common Language will be available for purchase at the event, thanks to our co-sponsor and co-host Deep Vellum Books

RSVP via Facebook

Learn more at: http://www.oppoetry.com/

 


Paul Quigg @ ArtSpeak

When: Saturday, March 18
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A N. Tyler St., 75208
What: ArtSpeak: In conjunction with his exhibition opening, WordSpace presents a rare musical perfotmance by Paul Quigg. Paul’s guitar wizardry is as formidable and enchanting as his photography. Be sure not to miss this chance to catch him play in the intimate gallery setting!

Mighty Fine Arts presents “Flotsam and Jetsam” featuring new work by Paul Quigg.

This show opens Saturday March 18 with a reception for the artist from 6-9pm and will run till Sunday April 30. Paul Quigg is a multi-talented savant with such a variety of skill sets he so casually harbors it seems almost unfair to those of us less gifted. He’s maybe most known for his musical ability and his sojourn in such legendary musical ensembles as The Nervebreakers, Vibrolux and Decadent Dub Team. For several years past he has commanded the sound board at the Kessler Theater where he has forged the audioscape that is the hallmark feature of the listening room there. And meanwhile between projects he has managed to master the art of photography and create an impressive body of work that he has finally managed to put together for exhibition. This is the first time out for Paul to show his work in a formal setting and the pictures he’s put together are lush and visually stunning. There’s a transcendent quality that resonates in his images that reflect a love of classicism and pure beauty. And perhaps that is part of his intent, to enhance the wonderous and defy the brutal. 


Natalia Toledo Paz at Latino Cultural Center

Who: Natalia Toledo Paz
When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7:30 pm
Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St, Dallas TX 75204
Admission is Free

WordSpace is honored to partner with Latino Cultural Center to host an evening of poetry, music and conversation.

Musical accompaniment by classical guitarist and composer Armando Monsivais and conversation with artist Sara Cordona will compliment Natalia’s performance. A post performance reception for the artist and book signing will follow the reading.

Natalia Toledo Paz has written four books of poetry and two of prose, all appearing in bilingual Isthmus Zapotec-Spanish editions. In 2004 she won the Nezahualcoyótl Prize, Mexico’s most prestigious prize for indigenous-language literature, for her book The Black Flower and Other Zapotec Poems (Phoneme Media). She has read her poetry around the world. Her work as a jewelry and clothing designer and chef reiterates the lively imagery of her poetry. She lives in Mexico.

 


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