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 lightboxperformance@gmail.com.

(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.

UPDATE: Here is the link for the archived Bad/Nasty event page:  https://badandnasty.com/detroit-bad-nasty-light-box-22017/

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) https://badandnasty.com 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 Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/259197951180180/?active_tab=about

 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! https://www.facebook.com/ParadiseNaturalFoods/

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

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Last week I was honored to be a part of Pulitzer Prize Finalist Dael Olandersmith’s visit to the University of Michigan. She performed her new one woman play, “Forever.”

The performance was incredible – Olandersmith was genuine, honest, and a powerful moment of live theatre. The performance has lingered with me for a week, and I’m sure it will stay with me for quite some time. Do yourself a favor and go see it if you ever have the opportunity to. It was amazing.

Check out a video clip of the performance and a review here.

On November 19th, I was lucky to be the Production Assistant for Frank Pahl’s performance with the University of Michigan’s Living Room Series at Kerrytown. The concert was fantastic and The Lovely and the Wretched were amazing to work with. I have included a video from the event below.

“This is an excerpt from an 11/19/2015 performance by The Lovely and the Wretched. This is the end of a longer suite in five parts. Each section features a nasty three note combination, hence the title, “Three Bad Notes.” It will also be used by Little Bang Theory to accompany the silent film “Laugh Clown Laugh” when the suitor is present. The Lovely and the Wretched are Abby Alwin, Clem Fortuna, Tim Holmes, Frank Pahl, Mary Riccardi, Terri Sarris and Doug Shimmin.”
Video courtesy of Frank Pahl Vimeo. Video by Bob Teagan.

On February 18th, the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities presented Paul Dresher’s “A Picture Screen Stands in Solitude.” This musical composition is based on an essay written by a prisoner at the San Quentin Prison. The event included a performance of the piece, a conversation between Paul Dresher and Nigel Poor (the prison teaching artist), a second performance of the piece, and a talkback.

I was honored to be the Production Assistant on this very special event. We had a very quick two day load-in, tech, and performance – I was sorry to see this project go. It was an absolute pleasure to work on and as an artist with a focus in community engagement, this project really touched me. I’ve included a video of the performance at a different location for reference.

A Picture Screen Stands in Solitude – Paul Dresher. Text by Michael Nelson, with special thanks to Nigel Poor. Video property of Paul Dresher.