Patriot Acts: Getting Bad & Nasty

I’m excited to announce that I have been working as the production coordinator on a second Bad & Nasty event. This one is a birthday bash for the 45th President’s birthday. We’re calling it “Patriot Acts: 71 Wishes for 45.” Huffington Post recently did a story on the events happening around the country. Check out the article here:

“The brainchild behind Bad and Nasty, performance artist Holly Hughes, is co-hosting ’71 Wishes For 45.’ Revelers seeking performance art, improv comedy, finger puppetry, blanket forts, and subversive books should head to Bona Sera’s Underground in Ypsyilanti, Michigan to party with Lola Von Miramar (aka Larry LaFontaine Stokes), Annie Zirkel, Margaret Parker, and emcee Patti Smith (the vamp tramp). Donations will go to Count MI Vote, an organization fighting gerrymandering.”

Call for Submissions: Patriot Acts

The curators who brought you BAD and NASTY (Not MY President’s Day) Events in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit are coming together and meeting in the middle for the next installment in the BAD and NASTY canon! We invite artists of multiple disciplines and ALL backgrounds and orientations to submit proposals for short (4-5 min) presentational works and/or roving or one-one one performances, at our Flag Day/”Birthday party” for D. Trump (“45”).

The PATRIOT ACTS, or “71 Wishes For 45” performance party will take place during the evening of Thursday, June 15th (the day after Flag Day as well, coincidentally, as Trump’s 71st birthday) at Bona Sera Underground in Ypsilanti. There will be cake and ice cream! Balloon animals! Spankings, and blowing out of 45’s candles!

Consider proposing performances that might in some way offer up your most sincere and/or most raucous wishes for 45!
Submit your proposals including a brief description and any online documentation BY MAY 15th to

(Notifications will be received by Memorial Day)

The evening will once again be a benefit — this time for Count My Vote, an organization dedicated to fighting gerrymandering in MI.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

The 71 Wishes for 45 team,
Heidi Haire
Patti Smith
Holly Hughes
Melanie Manos
Callie McKee
Amanda Ewing
Emilia Javanica
Stefanie Cohen

More information here.

Getting Bad and Nasty

UPDATE: Here is the link for the archived Bad/Nasty event page:

I wanted to take a minute to share a project I have been working on. I’m a co-curator and the production manager of an evening of performance and installation this Monday, February 20th, 2017. This performance is in solidarity with BAD AND NASTY’s (aka Bad Hombres and Nasty Women) call for art and action on President’s/Not My President’s Day. Amid an abusive climate of bigotry, sexism, xenophobia, environmental devastation and a long list of injustices, this event calls on each of us to come out of our studios to strengthen our community, engage/rage in dialogue, rupture false rhetoric, disrupt the normalizing, and be heard. Facebook Event

 Doors open and installation based work begins at 6:00 PM
Performances begin at 7:00 PM
$5-10 donations to benefit ACLU of Michigan
with DELICIOUS meals for purchase by Mama Nezaa of Paradise Natural Foods!

We’ve gotten some really awesome press – I can’t wait for you all to see it!


President’s/Not My President’s Day

Light Box is hosting an evening of performance and installation on February 20, 2017, in solidarity with BAD AND NASTY’s (aka Bad Hombres and Nasty Women) call for art and action on President’s/Not My President’s Day. We are inviting artists (visual and performance), musicians, writers and provocateurs to submit work and join in an evening of hellfire and brimstone that will lift the roof right off the Box. Amid an abusive climate of bigotry, sexism, xenophobia, environmental devastation and a long list of injustices, we call on you to come out of your studios to strengthen community, engage/rage in dialogue, rupture false rhetoric, disrupt the normalizing and be heard. This process and event takes cues from Viennese Actionists, Arte Chicano, Interventionists, All-wave Feminists, Butoh, Punk, Rap, South Park, Cyber-activists, insert your influences and muses here:__________.

We are interested in voices from ALL communities – mainstream, downstream, upstream, stream-of-consciousness: LGBTQ, POC, Disability, First Nations, Muslim, Self-Identified, White Male okay too.

Interested participants: Send a brief written proposal and/or images describing your intended offering, along with optional links to online time-based documentation to

Notifications will be made on January 25th

• Durational installations and video installations to be shown in basement spaces at Light Box.
• Shorter performative works, 8-10 minutes maximum, and readings in main space from 6 – 9 pm, Feb. 20th.

Light Box, located at 8641 Linwood Street in Detroit, has an accessible main performing space 1500sq.ft total — about 1300sq ft open space with sprung floor; audience or performing risers; about
75-90 chairs; PA system with a couple of mics; two video projectors; only house lighting.

Basement spaces — not ADA accessible include a large room with a former baptismal (now also a shower), a room with a former bank vault and a couple of other spaces.

Curators for this event: Amanda Grace Ewing, Emilia Javanica, Melanie Manos and Stefanie Cohen

About the national/worldwide efforts from
BAD AND NASTY (aka Bad Hombres and Nasty Women) is a loose-knit coalition of artists, activists, media makers, theater folk, web geeks, designers, performers, writers, concerned citizens, and [whatever YOU may be that is not in the list above] around the world who are tired of waking up every morning since Election Day 2016 feeling angry/scared/sad and not having anything useful to do with those emotions. We are currently planning a day (and night!) of art and action taking place around the world on FEBRUARY 20, 2017, called NOT MY PRESIDENTS’ DAY. Cool stuff will be happening at a safe and special theatre (or two or three!) near you. Check our map to find out what’s going on in your neck of the woods.