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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.



Bonnie Friedman

Bonnie Friedman

Bonnie Friedman’s essays tend to make their way into a lot of “Best of…” anthologies. She has been in such anthologies as The Best American Movie Writing, The Best Writing on Writing, The Best Spiritual Writing, and The Best of The Oprah Magazine. Her first book, Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas of the Writer’s Life as a Village Voice bestseller.

Friedman, who currently teaches Creative Nonfiction in the MFA program at the University of North Texas, will read new work at the WordSpace Salon on Thursday, September 12. To sample her writing, check out this essay published on Shambhala Sun — and find out why this blog post has the title it does.

The WordSpace Salon begins at 7:00 PM. Salons are free to WordSpace members and $10 for nonmembers.  Refreshments will be served. (What an excellent time to join WordSpace. Given the free salons and discounted tickets to Kessler Theater events, you make back you $35 membership in just a few months.)

Since salons are held in private homes, we do not publish the address until guests  RSVP at 214-838-3554 or via email at



WordSpace and the Kessler Theater have presented several knockout shows over the past few years. Shows featuring Dan Savage, Amy Sedaris, and Andrei Codrescu. But this year, thanks to the sponsorship of Half Price Books, we have an entire season planned. We are producing shows starting this October. Here is the line up:

Sandra BernhardSANDRA BERNHARD — October 23, 2013. Remember when she and Robert de Niro kidnapped Jerry Lewis in Martin Scorcese’s The King of Comedy? She may not be taking prisoners at the Kessler, but expect an evening of her no-holds-barred brand of comedy. She has requested that we provide a grand piano for the stage. We at WordSpace were a bit taken aback by the cost, but you know, even if she merely drapes herself across it, the money has been well spent.

Nikki GiovanniNIKKI GIOVANNI — December 8, 2013. This is the point when I am supposed to list all the awards and honorary degrees this remarkable poet has received, but you can read about those on the WordSpace website. I’ll just say that it is a long and impressive list, but here’s the cool part. Robert Baker, a researcher at Texas Tech University and major Gioivannii fan, discovered a new species of bat in Equador and named it after the poet. For those whose Latin is a little shaky. the Micronycteris giovanniae can also be called Giovanni’s small night flyer.

Tickets for both Sandra Bernhard and Nikki Giovanni are currently on sale at Prekindle:

Sandra Bernhard       Nikki Giovanni

laurie-andersonLAURIE ANDERSON kicks off the 2014 season on March 13. Laurie Anderson has been presenting dazzling multi-media stage shows since her premiere with Oh, Superman in 1981. She is a singer, a storyteller. a composer, and a virtuoso of the neon violin. The Kessler offers an unusually intimate setting to see this mega-star working her special brand of stage magic.



John WatersJOHN WATERS — May 29. It has come to our attention that many of what we have come to think of as “the younger crowd” know Mr. Waters only through his delightful, PG musical Hairspray. If you are too young to have had your mind twisted and possibly your life changed by such transgressive midnight masterpieces of the 1970’s  as Pink Flamingo’s and Female Trouble, his one man presentation of This Filthy World will be your chance to catch up. Mr. Waters has asked only for a stool, a cordless mike, and a spotlight. But what more does a born showman need?

Tickets for both Laurie Anderson and John Waters will go on sale after January, 2014. Watch both the WordSpace website and Prekindle for updated information.