Flute on its Feet in Scarsdale, NY

May 23rd, 2013 by Peter McDowell No comments »
June 15, 2013
3:00 pm

Lawler_back_to_back_med-resNew York City based flutist/dancer Zara Lawler performs “The Flute on its Feet,” with dancer/choreographer C. Neil Parsons as part of Flute Plus XXXVII at Hoff-Barthelson Music School, Scarsdale, NY, on June 15, 2013 at 3:00pm. Admission is free, but reservations are suggested. Please call 914-723-1169 or email hb@hbms.org. The Hoff-Barthelson Music School is located at 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, NY.

The Flute on its Feet is a virtuoso tour de force that includes classics of the flute repertoire, new works by American composers, and pieces choreographed for flutist/dancer Zara Lawler by innovative choreographer C. Neil Parsons. The Flute on its Feet offers audiences a new and truly unique experience within the world of classical music: instrumental performance of the highest quality fully integrated with dance, theater and storytelling.

Zara Lawler has created a new genre of performance that defies definition. Dance and story create new entry points into the music for the uninitiated; for the experienced concertgoer, they intend to illuminate the music in a profound and moving way. At once groundbreaking and inviting to new audiences, Lawler offers a new performance standard for the 21st century.

Flute Plus XXXVII is the annual flute celebration at Hoff-Barthelson Music School, hosted by flute professor Elly Ball, and includes a full program by a guest artist, complemented by short performances by the Hoff-Barthelson Music School Flute Choir.

COMPLETE PROGRAM:

Lowell Liebermann (b. 1961), Eight Pieces (1997), choreography by C. Neil Parsons

David Loeb (b. 1939) Shummu (Dreams of a Spring Evening) (1998), choreography by C. Neil Parsons

Edie Hill (b. 1962), This Floating World (2004/2006), staged by Zara Lawler with texts by Basho

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Fantasies, choreography by C. Neil Parsons

Ground-breaking flutist Zara Lawler, “an engaging, fluent, mellifluous soloist,” (Houston Chronicle) made her concerto debut with the Houston Symphony and her recital debut at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. A recognized leader in the emerging field of interdisciplinary performance, Lawler has collaborated with choreographers, composers and stage directors to create new and adventurous concert experiences. Recently, Lawler directed a site-specific performance for 104 flutists of Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Il Cerchio Tagliato Dei Suoni” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and appeared in family performances for the New York Philharmonic and for the Kennedy Center.

Lawler’s interdisciplinary performances, in which she plays, dances and acts, have been created in collaboration with choreographer C. Neil Parsons, stage director Gary Race, and composers Randall Woolf, Jerome Kitzke, and Alla Borzova among others. For many years, Lawler was the flutist and Co-Artistic Director of Tales & Scales, the innovative ensemble for children and family audiences. With T&S, she performed and co-created seven full-length works that integrated contemporary classical music with dance and theater, an experience described by New Music Connoisseur as “an enthrallingly visual and acoustic joy.” Lawler performed with T&S in some of the most prestigious venues in the country, including the Kennedy Center, the Kravis Center, TriBeca Performing Arts Center, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center and with the Atlanta, Utah, Indianapolis, and Oregon Symphonies, and the Buffalo Philharmonic.

Lawler has given solo recitals in New York, Santa Barbara, Hong Kong, and throughout the US, and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Houston Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Lawler spent two summers at the Marlboro School of Music, and has been a guest artist with eighth blackbird. Her critically acclaimed duo with marimbist Paul J. Fadoul (Lawler & Fadoul) is frequently heard in Washington, DC and New York City, and last year was in residence at Yellow Barn in Vermont.

 

Flute on its Feet Performance/Workshop at DANY

May 23rd, 2013 by Peter McDowell No comments »
June 16, 2013
3:30 pm

ZL-CNP-greek-key-webThe Flute on its Feet, a duo comprised of New York City based flutist/dancer Zara Lawler and dancer/choreographer C. Neil Parsons offer a performance/workshop at DANY (Dance Art New York), Studio 4/W on Sunday, June 16, 2013 from 3:30 – 5pm. Tickets are $25 (cash or check at the door), and reservations are required by emailing zara@zaralawler.com. DANY is located at 305 West 38th Street, New York, NY. For more information, call 212-564-3808.

Intended participants are flutists and other instrumentalists of all ages interested in exploring or adding movement and theater to music performance.

The Flute on its Feet is a virtuoso tour de force that includes classics of the flute repertoire, new works by American composers, and pieces choreographed for flutist/dancer Zara Lawler by innovative choreographer C. Neil Parsons. The Flute on its Feet offers audiences a new and truly unique experience within the world of classical music: instrumental performance of the highest quality fully integrated with dance, theater and storytelling.

In this workshop, Lawler and Parsons introduce participants to the basic principles of interdisciplinary performance, and demonstrate how to collaboratively create a mini-performance piece. They will cover both creating new works from the ground up as well as re-interpreting existing works to include extra-musical elements. The final collaboration will include participant-created elements, as well as a haiku by Matsuo Basho and a small section from Edie Hill’s This Floating World for solo flute.

COMPLETE PROGRAM:

Lowell Liebermann (b. 1961), Eight Pieces (1997), choreography by C. Neil Parsons

Edie Hill (b. 1962), This Floating World (2004/2006). staged by Zara Lawler with texts by Basho

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Fantasies, choreography by C. Neil Parsons

timthumb.phpGround-breaking flutist Zara Lawler, “an engaging, fluent, mellifluous soloist,” (Houston Chronicle) made her concerto debut with the Houston Symphony and her recital debut at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. A recognized leader in the emerging field of interdisciplinary performance, Lawler has collaborated with choreographers, composers and stage directors to create new and adventurous concert experiences. Recently, Lawler directed a site-specific performance for 104 flutists of Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Il Cerchio Tagliato Dei Suoni” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and appeared in family performances for the New York Philharmonic and for the Kennedy Center.

Lawler’s interdisciplinary performances, in which she plays, dances and acts, have been created in collaboration with choreographer C. Neil Parsons, stage director Gary Race, and composers Randall Woolf, Jerome Kitzke, and Alla Borzova among others. For many years, Lawler was the flutist and Co-Artistic Director of Tales & Scales, the innovative ensemble for children and family audiences. With T&S, she performed and co-created seven full-length works that integrated contemporary classical music with dance and theater, an experience described by New Music Connoisseur as “an enthrallingly visual and acoustic joy.” Lawler performed with T&S in some of the most prestigious venues in the country, including the Kennedy Center, the Kravis Center, TriBeca Performing Arts Center, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center and with the Atlanta, Utah, Indianapolis, and Oregon Symphonies, and the Buffalo Philharmonic.

Lawler has given solo recitals in New York, Santa Barbara, Hong Kong, and throughout the US, and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Houston Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Lawler spent two summers at the Marlboro School of Music, and has been a guest artist with eighth blackbird. Her critically acclaimed duo with marimbist Paul J. Fadoul (Lawler & Fadoul) is frequently heard in Washington, DC and New York City, and last year was in residence at Yellow Barn in Vermont.

Zara Lawler has created a new genre of performance that defies definition. Dance and story create new entry points into the music for the uninitiated; for the experienced concertgoer, they intend to illuminate the music in a profound and moving way. At once groundbreaking and inviting to new audiences, Lawler offers a new performance standard for the 21st century.

Collaborative performance artist C. Neil Parsons has been pioneering interdisciplinary performance practices for over 15 years. While studying trombone performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he designed an individual major (Interdisciplinary Performance & Education) to unite his interests in music, dance, theatre, and teaching. Since then, Neil has made a specialty of choreographing and directing musicians in interdisciplinary works, most notably with flutist Zara Lawler, *Asterisk, and The Fourth Wall. Neil currently resides in Bloomington, IN, where he is actively involved with several arts organizations, including the Bloomington Playwrights Project, Windfall Dancers, and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.

 

Chinese Fine Arts Society Celebrates
Asian American Heritage Month

May 3rd, 2013 by Peter McDowell No comments »
May 19, 2013
3:00 pm
May 21, 2013
12:00 pm
Pipa Master Wei Yang

Pipa Master Wei Yang

The Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS ) will present two free Chicago events in May 2013 in honor of Asian American Heritage Month:

The first, a free concert, on Sunday May 19, 2013 from 3-4pm will be our 24th Annual  All Chinese Music Concert held in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, Chicago. www.ChicagoCulturalCenter.org.

Featuring some of Chicago’s finest Chinese musicians including Silk Road Project members Wei Yang (who plays pipa) and Betti Xiang (erhu player), CSO violinist Qing Hou and award-winning pianist XiaoMin Liang, the program will include the world premiere of “A Mothers’ Love” a new pipa work by Liu DeHai, paired with “The Ancient Battlefield” a traditional tour de force for pipa; Chen Gang and He Zhanhao‘s “Butterfly Lovers Concerto”, an iconic 20th century traditional Chinese work, arranged for erhu; Chen Yi‘s violin/piano duo “Fisherman’s Song”; Victoria Bond‘s “Jing Zhong Bao Guo” for pipa/violin duo inspired by the life of legendary soldier and patriot Yueh Fei. Bond’s work, written in 2000, was the Director’s Choice winner of CFAS’ Yueh Fei International Composition Competition in 1999-2000. This concert, dedicated to the memory of the late founder of CFAS, Barbara Tiao, also provides a preview to their 2014 Main stage programming: the Five Elements Concert series. It will feature exemplary traditional Chinese works paired with contemporary works inspired by them, mirroring the approach that informed much of Ms. Tiao’s work with the Chinese Fine Arts Society.

The second event, a free festival of Chinese folk arts including music and dance will take place at noon on Tuesday, May 21 at Daley Plaza, Chicago. Performers include Jin Qiu Yue Dance Studio, Sheng Quan, martial arts, and the Eight Tones Ensemble of traditional Chinese instrumentalists. Richard J. Daley Center – 118 North Clark Street, Chicago – www.explorechicago.org.

Since 1984, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, a small, fully-independent arts organization has brought together people from diverse backgrounds over a common goal: to celebrate the beauty and majesty of traditional and contemporary Chinese music and art. CFAS is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Chinese culture, enhancing cultural exchange and pursuing excellence in Chinese music, dance and visual arts. For further information about the Chinese Fine Arts Society contact 312-369-3197 or info@chinesefinearts.org and visit ChineseFineArts.org.

Blair Thomas presents “The Selfish Giant” on May 17 and 18

April 29th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
May 17, 2013
5:00 pm
May 18, 2013
2:00 pm

selfishgiantTiny Tempest Farm hosts its annual organic vegetable and herb plant sale for two days this May. In addition, this year will feature two public performances of the family oriented puppet show The Selfish Giant by Blair Thomas & Co.

Owners Sheri Doyel and Blair Thomas, along with their twin sons, moved to Mohawk Road three years ago intending to share Sheri’s home-grown organic goods and Blair’s nationally regarded unique theater and puppetry with the community around Geneva Lake. This May, folks who garden and grow their own food will get a kick-start with the seedlings, and young and old can see the show in the family’s rustic dairy barn, transformed into a performance
space for the two-day event.

Suggested donation for The Selfish Giant is $5.00 for adults and children. Limited seating. Reservations recommended. Email info@blairthomas.org, or call 262-374-4903.

Recently presented at the Milwaukee Art Museum, The Selfish Giant was created by two theater icons— puppeteer Blair Thomas and singer-songwriter Michael Smith. Running time: 35 minutes.

Based on the tale by Oscar Wilde, the original puppets and music tell the story of a grumpy old giant who forbids the children in his village from playing in his beautiful garden. After the children are locked out, the trees and flowers refuse to grow and the garden plunges into an eternal winter. Then one morning, the children sneak back into the garden, bringing with them the joyous rebirth of spring.

This production was originally commissioned by the Chicago Children’s Theater and the world premiere was presented by the Chicago Children’s Theater in January 2008.

The Tiny Tempest Farm is located at W4355 Mohawk Road, Lake Geneva, WI 53147.

Bodies of Work Festival Explores Connection Between the Arts and Disabilities

April 14th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
May 15, 2013toMay 25, 2013

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Chicago is very lucky to host the Bodies of Work Festival, May 15-25. As Chicago Sun-Times contributor Dr. Kristi Kirschner said in a 2006 op-ed, “There’s nothing like a good story or a powerful image to challenge old prejudices and open up possibilities.” The article was entitled “Experiences of disability guide new art,” a sentiment which the Bodies of Work Festival epitomizes. This year, the Festival will bring together artists from locales as varied as Australia, the United Kingdom, and Oak Park, Illinois, to relish the new art that disability engenders, offering their audiences new experiences in the process.

For fans of interdisciplinary arts, the Festival offers an interesting mix. Beginning on May 15, festival-goers will have a chance to see: contemporary artworks by 38 disability-focused artists on display at the Woman-Made Gallery; a new theatrical adaptation of Still Alice, the New York Times-bestselling novel, presented by Chicago’s own Lookingglass Theatre;  three one-person shows presented respectively at the Greenhouse Theater and Victory Gardens; a series of experimental short films and recent documentaries at the Museum of Contemporary Art; poetry readings at the Poetry Foundation; and at least two appearances by Chicago playwright Susan Nussbaum, author of the new novel Good Kings, Bad Kings.

The complete schedule is below. Note that it ends on May 25. That gives you ten days to get as much new art as you possibly can.

Festival hashtag for Twitter, Instagram: #BOWFestival2013

Bodies of Work (BOW) Festival is a an eleven day, multi-venue Chicago event that highlight the work of artists with disabilities. The festival celebrates national and international artists with disabilities who are creating today’s cutting-edge theater, dance, literature, poetry, spoken word, film, and visual/performance art. It takes place at some of Chicago’s most recognized cultural institutions, and includes free public panels and talks in conjunction with many of the events.

BOW Festival perceives disability art as playing a key role in articulating what disability means personally, politically, and aesthetically. Artists involved in the disability arts and culture movement consider their bodily, sensory, cognitive, and neurological differences as wellsprings of creativity that provide unique perspectives of the world. The movement is intimately tied to and has grown up alongside the disability civil rights movement, and the urgency and vibrancy shared by both are present in the beautiful and challenging work showcased in this festival.

“We are particularly excited about this year’s festival because of its focus on professional artists with disabilities whose work illuminates important issues and emerging aesthetics of our community as well as the larger arts community,” said Carrie Sandahl, Bodies of Work Director and Professor in the Department ofDisability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bodies of Work: A Network of Disability Art and Culture is part of the Department ofDisability and Human Development at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Twelve cultural/academic institutions and community groups are participating: Access Living’s Disability Arts and Culture Project, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Hyde Park Art Center, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, Lookingglass Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Poetry Foundation, Raven Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Northwestern University’s Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program, Greenhouse Theater Center, and Woman Made Gallery. The 2013 Festival partners include all presenting venues plus Momenta Dance Company, University of Illinois at Chicago, Tellin’ Tales Theater, and the Chicago Cultural Center. All venues are wheelchair-accessible and have accessible restrooms. Many performances include audio description, word-for-word captioning, and/or sign-language interpretation. Please visit our website for information about specific disability accommodations at each event.

**OPENING RECEPTION: UPDATED INFORMATION**
The 2013 Bodies of Work Festival of Disability Arts and Culture Opening Celebration is generously hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The celebration takes place Wednesday, May 15, 6-8:30pm, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Randolph Street, Preston Bradley Hall. Doors open at 5:45pm. The evening’s honoree is Chicago writer, Susan Nussbaum. The keynote speaker New Yorker Simi Linton, Ph D, is oneof America’s foremost experts on disability arts and culture. Panelists include Chicago artist, Riva Lehrer, Davidson College Professor, Ann Fox, Indiana University poet and disability studies scholar Sami Schalk, and Berkeley, California poet, activist, and specialist in the history and current practice ofblack, disabled musicians. A panel discussion, “Framing the Festival: A Critical Discussion on Disability Art and Culture” will address some of the history, trends, and cultural contexts of disability art in general, as well as specific representational and narrative strategies being presented at the BOW festival. The reception includes hor d’oeuvres and is free and open to the public.

BOW is a network of artists and organizations formed in 2002 that explore and celebrate the contributions of artists with disabilities and the contemporary contexts of disabled lives. With thought-provoking programs of disability arts and culture, BOW serves as a catalyst to illuminate the disability experience in new and unexpected ways. The organization also provides a forum for on-going programs that honor and explore the accomplishments of local, national and international artists. It offers information to cultural venues about providing access and accommodations for both artists and audiences with disabilities.

COMPLETE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

Woman Made Gallery
Opening Reception: Humans Being II
May 10, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 10 – June 20, 2013
Gallery Hours: Wed., Thurs., Fri. noon to 7pm; Sat. & Sun. noon to 4pm.

Humans Being II is an exhibit that focuses on the experience of disability as explored through contemporary art. Juried by Riva Lehrer this group show includes artworks in all media by 38 artists. Woman Made Gallery, 685. N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago www.womanmade.org 312.738.0400. Free Admission.

Lookingglass Theatre
Still Alice
May 16-19, various times

Based on the New York Times bestselling novel, Still Alice, Professor Alice Howland is at the peak of her career studying the human brain when her own mind begins to falter. Fiercely independent, she battles to preserve her way of life, even as confusion clouds her thinking and her memory begins to fail. This world premiere adaptation is at the same time heartbreaking and hopeful. May 16, 7:30 PM is an open captioned performance that is followed by a panel discussion on “Living and Performing – The Disability and Arts Culture Movement.” May 19 features a 2:00 pm pre-show touch tour for patrons with visual impairments and a 3:00 pm audio described performance, followed by a panel discussion on “Living and Identity – Making connections between aging, dementia, and disability.” Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago. Ticket prices vary. For tickets and schedule, call 312.337.0665 or visit www.lookingglasstheatre.org.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Back to Back Theatre: Ganesh Versus the Third Reich
May 16-19, various times

Australia’s leading independent theatre is a unique ensemble of actors with disabilities who give voice to the social and political issues that speak to all people. MCA Stage presents this cleverly interwoven tale-within-a-tale that begins with the elephant-headed god Ganesh traveling through Nazi Germany to reclaim the Swastika, the sacred Hindu symbol of higher being. The story becomes a second transformative quest as the group of struggling actors rise to take power from an overbearing director, giving rise to issues of cultural appropriation, the responsibilities of those who speak for others, and what constitutes myth, reality or even normalcy. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago. Ticket prices vary. For tickets and schedule, call 312.397.4010 or visit www.mcachicago.org.

**UPDATED INFORMATION**
Access Living
Counter Balance IV
May 17-18, 6-7:30 pm

Counter Balance IV integrates dance, poetry and spoken word that explores the intersection of disability, diversity and art. The evening will include performers with and without disabilities: Oak Park’s MOMENTA dance company; Oakland, California, performer and interdisciplinary artist Lisa Bufano, who uses stilts and props in her pieces; New York-based Alice Sheppard, who dances with both wheelchair and crutches, and whose work challenges the assumption that assistive devices are compensatory; inter-disciplinary Chicago performance artist Baraka de Soleil, who explores the formless within form; and Chicago poet and visual artist Pennie Brinson, who reads poetry that explores dance and movement. A workshop in creative movement is held on Saturday, May 18, 1-3 pm. Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago. Free admission. Seating is limited. Reservations taken at jcharlton@accessliving.org

**NEW LOCATION**
Access Living
Good Kings, Bad Kings
Saturday, May 18, 2- 4 pm

The Chicago playwright Susan Nussbaum reads from her first novel Good Kings, Bad Kings, for which she received the 2012 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and will sign copies of her book. The story follows the lives of residents at the ILLC, an institution for juveniles with disabilities, where friendships are forged, trust is built, and love affairs begin, in an atmosphere of neglect and abuse. In this alliance the residents of ILLC ultimately find the strength to resist their mistreatment and fight back. A lifelong Chicago resident, Nussbaum’s plays have been produced at many theaters. In 2008 she was cited by the Utne Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” for her work with girls with disabilities. Woman Made Gallery, 685. N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago.  Free admission. To learn more, visit www.womanmade.org.

Poetry Foundation
Poetry off the Shelf: Jim Ferris, Leroy F. Moore & Barry Silesky
Saturday, May 18, 6-7 pm

The Poetry Foundation presents a reading by Jim Ferris, Leroy F. Moore, and Barry Silesky.  Ferris is the author of Hospital Poems, which received the 2004 Main Street Rag book award. Moore is the award-winning founder of Krip-Hop Nation and the performance group, Sins Invalid. Silesky, acclaimed biographer of poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and American writer John Gardner, is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, This Disease. Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, Chicago. Free admission. To learn more, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.

Hyde Park Art Center
Film Screening & Discussion: Beneath the Blindfold
Sunday, May 19, 2-4:30 pm

A nursing home aide from Africa. An actor from Colombia. A U.S. Navy veteran from Chicago. A physician from Guatemala. While different at first glance, they have a horrific experience in common: they all have been tortured. Co-directed by Chicago filmmakers Kathy Berger and Ines Sommer, Beneath the Blindfold (55 min., 2012) follows four survivors through the daunting steps of building new lives, careers, and relationships after the debilitating consequences of torture. The screening is followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and Maria Venegas, a torture survivor and human rights activist from Chile, will be present for the Q and A after the screening. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Ave, Chicago. Free Admission. To learn more, visit www.hydeparkart.org.

Raven Theatre
The Birdfeeder Doesn’t Know
May 19-22, 7:30 pm

Chicago playwright Todd Bauer’s production of The Birdfeeder Doesn’t Know follows the life of Herman, Ingrid and their disabled son. They have always encouraged their son to seek assistance in order to attain independence but now, due to the natural flow of life, Herman and Ingrid’s independence is threatened. When actions once perceived as easy and obvious when directed to their son are now perceived as insults when directed to themselves, the family unit becomes both echo chamber and torture chamber. Each performance is followed by a moderated post show discussion with the playwright, director and cast. Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark, Chicago. Tickets $10. For tickets call 773.338.2177 or purchase online at www.raventheatre.com. Free Admission.

Victory Gardens Theater
A Little Bit of Not Normal (formerly called All Kinds of Crazy)
Sunday, May 19, 7:30-8:50 pm

In this workshop reading written and performed by Arlene Malinowski, a family secret is uncovered when she attends her sister’s wedding. With her trademark humor, Malinowski confronts her own state of mind when depression slips in through her window, lights a cigarette and makes himself at home. Her autobiographical journey through the snake pit of mental illness is self-aware without being self-centered. Malinowski portrays a variety of characters including herself, her deaf parents, her husband, and the parade of physicians who attempt to treat her. Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 North Lincoln Ave, Chicago. Free admission. Reservation required. For tickets call 773.871.3000 or visit www.victorygardens.org.

 **JUST ADDED TO FESTIVAL**
Greenhouse Theater Center
Reinventing Story: Tekki Lomnicki, The Miracle, and New Disability Storytelling
Tuesday, May 21, 7-9 pm

This program will present two storytelling forms, Thanksgiving, a solo performance by Tekki Lomnicki, Artistic Director of Tellin’ Tales Theatre and The Miracle, Jeffrey Jon Smith’s award-winning film reinterpretation of the piece.  Both stories, even with such inspirational titles, may surprise and engage you to think differently about disability storytelling. The evening will include a discussion moderated by Terri Thrower to explore how these artists use storytelling elements to reframe and reinterpret familiar, and often tired, narratives about disability. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. Tickets $10. Call 312.540.1330 to reserve or purchase online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/380023. More about The Miracle is at http://www.themiraclemovie.com/

**JUST ADDED TO FESTIVAL**
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Intersection / Intervention: Disability in Museums
A Professional Development Workshop
Thursday May 23, 9am-12pm

How do museums function as unique spaces to reframe and expand conversations about disability? Likewise, how can Disability Studies and the disability rights movement offer insight for reimagining, improving and expanding the core functions of museums? The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the Museum and Exhibition Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago invite you to attend Intersection / Intervention and examine museums through a lens of disability. Confirmed Think Tank Panelists include: Carrie Sandahl, PhD Theatre and Performance Studies, Associate Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at UIC, Chun-Shan (Sandie) Yi, MFA, Artist, PhD Student in Disability Studies at UIC; and Christine Sun Kim*, Performance artist, 2013 TED Fellow. There is a $20 workshop fee (Students $5). Reservations are required. This event is ADA accessible. If you need additional accommodations, please call 312.413.5353 or email ljunkin@uic.edu

Museum of Contemporary Art
Film Screening: Four Films by Stephen Dwoskin
Thursday, May 23, 12-6 pm and Saturday, May 25, 2013, 2-8:30 pm

Stephen Dwoskin was a prominent member of the avant-garde in New York in the 60’s and later in London.  He made films that scrutinize the body and its discontents, rooted partly in his long struggle with polio. Emotionally intense, often with little or no dialogue, his films chart the narrow borders between pleasure and pain. The MCA Stage presents four films that reflect the breadth of his career, including the last film before his July 2012 death:
· Age Is… (2012), a subjective meditation on the experience and cultural concepts of aging: May 23, 1:30pm, and May 25, 3:30pm.
· Pain Is… (1997, 80 min), series of people living with constant pain, whether from illness, injury, or sadomasochism: May 23, 12pm, and May 25, 2pm
· Ballet Black (1986, 86 min), documentary about Les Ballets Nègres, Europe’s first black ballet company: May 23, 4:30pm, and May 25, 7pm.
· Behindert (1974, 96 min), autobiographical drama starring Dwoskin, about a love affair complicated by his disability: May 23, 3pm, and May 25, 5pm.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave., Chicago. Free Admission. www.mcachicago.org.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago
Film Screening: NoBody’s Perfect (90 min., 2008, directed by Niko von Glasow)
Wednesday, May 22, 6-7:30 pm

Winner of the 2009 German Film Award for Best Documentary, NoBody’s Perfect (2008, 90 minutes) follows Director Niko von Glasow as he looks for eleven people who, like him, were born disabled due to the side-effects of Thalidomide, and who are prepared to pose nude for a book of photos. The documentary explores the specific problems these twelve extraordinary people faced during their lives, and their candid reactions towards the photography project. The final results of the photo shoot give the models entirely new perspectives on themselves. The screening is followed by a panel discussion about disability and sexuality. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago. Free Admission. To learn more, visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/content/bodies-work-festival-nobodys-perfect-film-screening-discussion

Northwestern University’s Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program
Realities and Representation: A Roundtable Discussion of Good Kings, Bad Kings
Thursday, May 23, 5-6:30pm

In this roundtable sponsored by Northwestern University’s Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program, Professors Martha Stoddard Holmes of California State University, Rebecca Garden of SUNY Upstate Medical Center and writer and disability activist Mike Ervin of Chicago will react to and discuss concepts of good and bad, right and wrong and empowerment and powerlessness in Susan Nussbaum’s novel “Good Kings, Bad Kings.” The author will respond to the roundtable and discuss the process and decisions that she made in writing the book. The roundtable will be moderated by Catherine Belling of Northwestern University and plenty of time will be left for audience reaction and discussion. Feinberg School of Medicine Lurie Building, Hughes Auditorium, 303 E Superior St., Chicago. Free Admission.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Christine Sun Kim: Pardon me, where is the kitchen?
Friday, May 24, 6-7:30 pm

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum presents the innovative sonic work of 2013 TED Fellow Christine Sun Kim a deaf Korean-American performance artist who actively investigates the physicality of sound. She has an MFA from Bard College and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Recent performances include Upcoming: Gesture Sign Art, Berlin Kunstraum Kreuzberg. Hidden Treasures with Egloff, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY; Doing Becoming Being, TCB Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; and We Convert Our Mind to Creativity, Sound + Art Festival, Trier, Germany. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St., Chicago. Free Admission. To learn more, visit www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull. Space is very limited, must reserve seating at http://cskbodiesofwork.eventbrite.com/

Victory Gardens Theater
BALL and Other Funny Stories About Cancer
Friday, May 24, 7:30-9:00 pm

Written and performed by Brian Lobel, BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer brings together Lobel’s trilogy of work about his experiences with cancer (written between 2001 and 2011). His work infuses the “cancer story” with an urgency and humor that is sometimes inappropriate, often salacious, and always honest. Starting from the moment of diagnosis, BALL …goes beyond stories of medical treatment to explore sexuality, gender and politics. In pulling the trilogy together as one, Lobel attempts to show that surviving cancer is only half the battle. Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 North Lincoln Ave, Chicago. Tickets $10. For tickets call 773.871.3000 or visit www.victorygardens.org.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Film Screening: Eleanore & the Timekeeper
Saturday, May 25, 12 pm

The complexities of a mother’s sacrifice are discovered when Eleanore, at age 91, moves her developmentally disabled son Ronnie into a group home after 64 years of devoted companionship and daily ritual in their modest Pennsylvania farmhouse. Shot on 16mm, the film is a quiet love story between a mother and son, which celebrates life’s natural cycles of monotony and impermanence. Eleanore & the Timekeeper (76 min., 2010) is the first feature-length film by the award-winning experimental filmmaker Danièle Wilmouth, who is in introducing the film on Saturday.  Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave. Chicago. Free Admission. To learn more, visit www.mcachicago.org.

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Generous support for the 2013 Bodies of Work Festival is provided in part by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of People with Disabilities, Disability Resource Center and the Department of Disability and Human Development; 3Arts; MobilityWorks; City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; Illinois Humanities Council; and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Thanks to individual donors supporting the Festival, including Steven Lee, Beth Prevor, and Toby Tate.