I think the picture we have been running of Nikki Giovanni is the most charming photo we Nikki Giovannihave ever had of one our speakers. But believe me, the woman does not suffer fools gladly.

Listen in to this appearance when some one from the audience asks her opinion of Quentin Tarrentino’s Django Unbound. And that is just the start of it.

We can hope for similar fireworks at the Kessler Theater on December 8. Of course she will also be reading from her latest book of poetry, which she will be signing after the show. Tickets are available on Prekindle.

Now settle back for the fireworks on Django, The Butler, Precious, and Mississippi Burning.


Best advice is to buy a ticket.

A handful of tickets for Sandra Bernhard’s appearance on October 23 at the Kessler Sandra BernhardTheater remain available through Prekindle. Once seats are gone, a limited number of standing room seats will become available on Prekindle, and any remaining standing room will be available at the door.

Shop early for best selection. As of this writing there is even one front row table available if you feel like treating yourself and three of your friends to a real night on the town.


The somewhat disreputable looking crew in the photo below represents the best of the Kessler Theater, WordSpace, and Half Price Books. For WordSpace this is our first and possibly only chance to appear in the Dallas Business Journal. The photo was taken at the announcement event for the WordSpace at the Kessler season which kicks off on October 23 with Sandra Bernhard. Future guests will be Nikki Giovanni, Laurie Anderson, and John Waters. Tickets for Sandra Bernhard and Nikki Giovanni are currently available at Prekindle

We have Half Price Books, our season sponsor, to thank for getting us into the DBJ. Next we are aiming for the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

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That’s Jeff Liles from the Kessler, Karen Minzer from WordSpace, Kathy Doyle Thomas from Half Price Books, and Charles Dee Mitchell from WordSpace 

The Word Up is that WORD UP is the WordSpace Special Event for North Texas Giving Day

Stop me if you’ve heard this one:

September 19th is North Texas Giving Day

And yes we know that you have probably received announcements about this from every group or organization you have patronized or even thought about in Dallas over the past year. It is the day that any donation you make to any of your favorite non-profit organizations is increased in value by an added donation from Donor Bridge Texas. (This year they estimate that an additional 7% will go to the recipients)

Yes, we want your money, but we are also going to give you a show.

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On September 19, WordSpace at the Kessler Theater presents Word Up, an evening of cabaret-style spoken word performances by the Word Up All StarsMatt Bagley, Michael Clay, The Dallas Poetry Slam Team, The Andy Don Emmons Revival, Randall Garrett, Joseph Justin, William Bryan Massey III, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Carlos Salas, Opalina Salas, Bruce Webb, Josh Weir and Laney Yarber. Performances are from 7 – 10 PM in the bar of the Kessler Theater, 1230 West Davis Street.

We hope to see you at the Kessler on the 19th but


TheDonor Bridge website will be open for business from 7:00 am till midnight on September 19. For the direct link to WordSpace Donor Bridge page: CLICK HERE. The process is fantastically simple.

Or drop by the Kessler for the party. Our helpful board volunteers and staff will be on hand to make your credit card donations through the Donor Bridge website. You can give a little or a lot.

For more information on Word Up and all WordSpace activities go to our website or visit us (and Like us) on Facebook.



If you look at the picture to the right and think, “Hey, that’s Octavio Solis!” you may be

Octavio Solis, circa 1990

Octavio Solis, circa 1990

showing youour age.

I think the website I found that image on was from 1995, and even by then  Octavio had left Dallas for San Francisco several years in the past, lured there by the prospect of working with the Magic Theater.

Here in Dallas, in the late 1980’s, Octavio produced several plays in local clubs and for Teatro Dallas. A native of El Paso, he was a graduate of the theater program at Trinity University in San Antonio. His stay in Dallas was in fact fairly brief, but he had a definite impact on the local theater scene. And after his relocation to San Francisco in 1990, he continued to return for the occasional production at Undermain Theater and The Dallas Theater Center, as well as visits to theaters in San Antonio and Austin.

On May 24, Kitchen Dog Theater opens Se Llama Cristina, Solis’ newest play, previously produced only this past January at the Magic Theater in San Francisco.  WordSpace is delighted to present an evening with the playwright on April 17 at the McKinney Avenue Octavio nowContemporary.

The evening will provide old fans and a new audience with a chance to get to know one of the finest playwrights in the the country. The evening begins at 7:30, with tickets at $15 or $10 for WordSpace or MAC members. You can preorder tickets here


or take your chances at the door.



WordSpace and their producing sponsor Half Price Books have three special events this spring at three of Dallas’s best venues for theater, music, and the arts.

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Dagoberto Gilb

FEBRUARY 28:  Author Dagoberto Gilb with special musical guest The Felix Flores Band. This evening of music and literature, introduced by Dallas City Councilwoman Delia Jasso and hosted by artist Celia Alvarez Munoz, starts at 8:00 at the Bishop Arts Theater, 215 South Tyler Street, Dallas 75208.


MARCH 28: Andrei Codescru at the Kessler Theater. This popular novelist, essayist, and raconteur will read, tell stories, and engage the audience in a Q & A led by Jeff Whittington, executive producer of the KERA program Think. When WordSpace was still a newacodrescu-ea65aba16ca0051097484182ccf329a91c76e4dc-s3 organization, well over ten years ago, Andrei was one of the first literary personalities we brought to Dallas. We are delighted to have him back for this event. The Kessler will open at 7:00 pm to serve drinks and food. The program begins at 8:00.



APRIL 17: Playwright Octavio Solis now lives in San Francisco, but he started his writing octaviosolis200career here in Dallas. HIs twenty plays have seen over sixty productions across the United States. His appearance for WordSpace at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary. takes place as The Kitchen Dog Theater prepares a production of his new play Se Llama Cristina to open May 24th.

Buy tickets now to support the literary arts in Dallas.

Tickets for all these events are available through links to Prekindle on the WordSpace homepage.



We aim to entertain.

For the  Dagoberto Gilb reading on February 28 at the Bishop Arts Theater, we have as an

Felix Flores

Felix Flores

opening act The Felix Flores Band.

Ticket info is on the WordSpace website

Felix has been making the rounds of local clubs and events. He and the band were a hit at the recent Latino Arts Festival, where, by the way, WordSpace was also a sponsor.

If  you haven’t heard the band before, you can listen to four of their songs here

Or check out this video from a 2011 performance




On February 28, WordSpace presents Dagoberto Gilb at the Bishop Arts Theater. And we are all excited about this. But when I mention it to friends I get a lot of —

“Who is that?” or “I’ve heard that name. Isn’t he a writer or something?”

Well, of course he’s a writer. We are WordSpace and we present writers. And Gilb is

Dagoberto Gilb

Dagoberto Gilb

a writer we are not only excited but honored to present. Name recognition is a funny thing, especially among writers who are not currently appearing on talk shows and have nothing going for them but the overall excellence of their work, the respect of the literary community, and a long list of awards. Gilb, by the way, has all those things.

He has even been in the news some recently. In Arizona he was among the authors removed from public school libraries when it was decided that “ethnic” literary studies were divisive. Here’s one of the many articles on the response that particular piece of idiocy set off. He also maintains that rarities of rarities, a Facebook page worth following.

An evening with Dagoberto Gilb will be entertaining, invigorating, and memorable. We even have an opening act: The Felix Flores Band. Celia Alvarez Munoz, a Dallas-based and internationally exhibited artist, will host the evening.

For full details and tickets, visit the WordSpace website.