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Members Discount PreSale for Laurie Anderson NOW

Dear Current and Potential WordSpace Members: Your $35 WordSpace Membership includes a 10% Discount to WordSpace @ The Kessler events. 
Members PreSale tickets for Laurie Anderson began January 6. If you are already a member, please give us a call to process your discount tickets. 214-838-3554. 
To become a member, click the PayPal Donation Button on the WordSpace website. Enter $35, fill in your info, and call 214-838-3554 for your discount tix.
Tickets go on sale to the public on January 13: General Admission $45, Reserved $60, VIP Tables for 4-$300, Meet/Greet Tables for 4-$500. No additional handling charges. (Discounts for John Waters will be be available in March.)
Best Wishes and Happy New Year to you!
Charles Dee Mitchell, Jean Lamberty, Steve Cruz, RockBaby, Alexandra Marie Thurston, Michael Guinn, Jerry Kelley, Young Eui Choi and Karen X Minzer.
Laurie Anderson is one of today’s premier performance artists. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist.O Superman launched Anderson’s recording career in 1980, rising to number two on the British pop charts and subsequently appearing on Big Science, the first of her seven albums on the Warner Brothers label. Other record releases include Mister Heartbreak, United States Live, Strange Angels, Bright Red, and the soundtrack to her feature film Home of the Brave. A deluxe box set of her Warner Brothers output, Talk Normal, was released in the fall of 2000 on Rhino/Warner Archives. In 2001, Anderson released her first record for Nonesuch Records, entitled Life on a String, which was followed by Live in New York, recorded at Town Hall in New York City in September 2001, and released in May 2002.Anderson has toured the United States and internationally numerous times with shows ranging from simple spoken word performances to elaborate multimedia events. Major works include United States I-V (1983), Empty Places (1990), The Nerve Bible (1995), and Songs and Stories for Moby Dick, a multimedia stage performance based on the novel by Herman Melville. Songs and Stories for Moby Dick toured internationally throughout 1999 and 2000.In the fall of 2001, Anderson toured the United States and Europe with a band, performing music from Life on a String. She has also presented many solo works, including Happiness, which premiered in 2001 and toured internationally through Spring 2003. Anderson has published six books. Text from Anderson’s solo performances appears in the book Extreme Exposure, edited by Jo Bonney. She has also written the entry for New York for the Encyclopedia Brittanica. Laurie Anderson’s visual work has been presented in major museums throughout the United States and Europe.In 2003, The Musée Art Contemporain of Lyon in France produced a touring retrospective of her work, entitled The Record of the Time: Sound in the Work of Laurie Anderson. This retrospective included installation, audio, instruments, video and art objects and spans Anderson’s career from the 1970’s to her most current works. It continued to tour internationally from 2003 to 2005. As a visual artist, Anderson is represented by the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York where her exhibition, The Waters Reglitterized, opened in September 2005.As a composer, Anderson has contributed music to films by Wim Wenders and Jonathan Demme; dance pieces by Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, Molissa Fenley, and a score for Robert LePage’s theater production, Far Side of the Moon. She has created pieces for National Public Radio, The BBC, and Expo ‘92 in Seville. In 1997 she curated the two-week Meltdown Festival at Royal Festival Hall in London.Her most recent orchestra work Songs for A.E. premiered at Carnegie Hall in February 2000 performed by the American Composers Orchestra and later toured Europe with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies. Recognized worldwide as a groundbreaking leader in the use of technology in the arts, Anderson collaborated with Interval Research Corporation, a research and development laboratory founded by Paul Allen and David Liddle, in the exploration of new creative tools, including the Talking Stick.She created the introduction sequence for the first segment of the PBS special Art 21, a series about Art in the 21st century. Her awards include the 2001 Tenco Prize for Songwriting in San Remo, Italy and the 2001 Deutsche Schallplatten prize for Life On A String as well as grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.In 2002, Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA out of which she developed her solo performance “The End of the Moon” which premiered in 2004 and toured internationally through 2006. Other recent projects include a commission to create a series of audio-visual installations and a high definition film, Hidden Inside Mountains, for the World Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan and a series of programs for French radio called “Rien dans les Poches/Nothing in my Pockets”. Her score for Trisha Brown’s acclaimed piece “O Composite” premiered at the Opera Garnier in Paris in December 2004.Anderson was also part of the team that created the opening ceremony for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Currently she is working on a series of documented walks, a new album for Nonesuch Records, “Homeland”, and an accompanying touring performance.

Randall Garrett

When: Saturday, January 25, 8 pm
Where: WordSpace, 415 North Tyler Street
Admission: Free
MORE! Clay Stinnett and Andy Don Emmons provide performance accompaniment


In conjunction with his exhibition opening at Mighty Fine Arts, Randall Garrett performs spoken word art at WordSpace. Gallery opening starts at 6. Performance at 8. Beverages and snacks are served and neighborhood businesses on Tyler Street are open for business and block partying.

Mighty Fine Arts presents “Noble Savages” featuring the Cirkit of Mythos with new work by Eddy Rawlinson, Omar Hernandez, Randall Garrett and Steve Cruz.  This show opens Saturday Jan 25 with a reception for the artists from 6-9pm and will run till Sunday March 9.
Noble Savages” plays off the concept of the outsider, untainted by civilization and living under his own inner rule, the term emerged in the 19th century as an expression of naiveté used to describe the native and exotic “other” during the periods of colonial expansion. Winking at the inappropriate nature and archaic language that brought forth such a term,Cirkit of Mythos makes playful mockery of it by embracing their stance as artists who live in a 21st century technologically advanced age, yet willfully standing apart and gleefully wallowing in their own iconoclasm. 
Eddy Rawlinson creates iconic paintings that glorify the biker and rebel outsider, rendered in super saturated colors reminiscent of psychedelic poster art. The graphic pop constructions of Omar Hernandez utilize contemporary digital techniques, even as they point out the apocalyptic direction of such technologies, and leaving subtle hints of a primeval perfection that might yet re-emerge. Randall Garrett debuts a series of new photo works based on performance characters, presenting alternate deadpan and humorous archetypes of the self, as dredged up from the shadowy depths of the unconscious. Steve Cruz provides comic relief with painted narratives of deities and lovers caught in a never ending series of antics balanced between humor and pathos.

Karleigh at Dallas Poetry Slam

537130_4768178685272_772775913_nWhen: January 17, 2014 at 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie
Admission: $5, WS Members Free

Karleigh began writing poetry in April of 2013 after a performance of Shane Koyczan’s poem “To This Day” left her anxious to share her experiences with people who could relate. Before poetry she spent all of her free time working back stage as well as performing in the theatre. She grew up doing productions in her hometown, Decatur Texas Before moving to Arlington to be closer to poetry venues in the Metroplex. She bases her writing off of the many life experiences that have brought her to this point in her life where she has been allowed the opportunity to effect people in a positive and healing manner.

She was a member of the 2013 Forth Write Youth Slam Team based out of Fort Worth, Texas. Together, they traveled to Chicago to compete in the Brave New Voices poetry festival where they placed Top 10 in the World and Karleigh was invited to perform on the Best Of BNV stage.

A chapbook and CD are both in the works as she prepares for the 2014 Women Of The World Slam in Austin, Brave New Voices 2014 in Philadelphia, and the National Poetry Slam Competition in Oakland. She hopes to continue writing and performing poetry and she cannot wait to see where her opportunities take her next.

Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Every first Saturday at 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway, Program Room-
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.


David Haynes

: New Book! Meet the Author of “A Star in the Face of the Sky”
When: Thursday, January 30, 7:00
Where: Salon, Private Residence
RSVP: or 214-838-3554
Admission: Members Free. NonMembers-donation suggested. Refreshments served.

StarFrntCoveronly 07.18.13A STAR IN THE FACE OF THE SKY examines the consequences of family tragedy.  Left with the care of her only surviving grandchild, Janet Williams desires that his life not be contaminated by his mother’s insanity.  When her imprisoned daughter reaches out to him, Janet scrambles to keep Daniel from her clutches.   Janet’s best friend, Estelle, provides refuge for her own misunderstood grandson, Ari, all the while pursuing her father’s dying wish that his riches leave the world a better place.  These four lives intersect—with each other, with the past, with the dead, with memory.  The novel explores the legacy of history, the evils of spite and, ultimately, the power of love. A STAR IN THE FACE OF THE SKY (New Rivers Press, October 2013)-Click here for the website.

DSC_4720David Haynes earned a B.A. in literature from Macalester College, Minnesota, in 1977 and an M.A. from Hamline University, Minnesota, in 1989. A former fifth and sixth grade teacher, he served as a teacher in residence at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Haynes also served on the leadership team at the experimental Saturn School of Tomorrow. His book Right by My Side (New Rivers Press, 1993) was a winner in the 1992 Minnesota Voices Project and was selected by the American Library Association as one of 1994’s best books for young adults. Two of Haynes’s stories have been recorded for the National Public Radio series “Selected Shorts.” In 1996 Granta magazine named Haynes as one of the best young American novelists. Haynes is currently an associate professor and the director of creative writing at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He teaches regularly in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and has taught in the MFA programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Hamline University, and at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, and at the Writers’ Garret in Dallas. His teaching interests include gender, class, race, and generational differences – all themes that he explores in great depth in A Star in the Face of the Sky.

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