ARTTalk – Boston Court Performing Arts Center

ARTTalk – Boston Court Performing Arts Center

Michael Mccarty


Sixteen diverse performances, two stages, six-hours of programming – all free! This Saturday only – March 12, 2011 – head over to the Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena for ARTTalk – San Gabriel Valley”™s largest spoken-word festival that showcases some of Los Angeles”™ most established and emerging performers.

Report by Pauline Adamek

The six-hour performance marathon includes award-winning performers, literary authors, storytelling, music, communicative dance, poetry and more.

The yearly event features avant garde performances showcasing Grammy award winners, literary authors, storytelling, music, dance and more. ARTTalk represents a cross-section of artists exploring the spoken disciplines featuring some of Los Angeles most established and emerging performers all tied to the theme of Communication.

ARTTalk is produced by the Playhouse District Association and Boston Court.

A highlight of the day’s performances is likely to be Hula O”™Hoaloha”™s performance of traditional Hawaiian chants and dances used to tell the stories in ancient Hula Kahiko style; focusing on the two categories of Hula: Hula Kahiko (Ancient Hula) and Hula Auana (Modern Hula).

Michael D. McCarty is a multicultural storyteller of African, African-American and International Folk tales. He shares historical tales, stories of Science, spiritual stories as well as stories of the brilliant and absolutely ridiculous things he has done in his life.



Saturday, March 12, 2011

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Boston Court Performing Arts Center

70 N. Mentor Ave., b/t Union St. & Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.

For more info call -  (626) 744-0340

Admission is free.


Full Program:

11:00 a.m. – Clark Branson

The “Raconteur of Song and Story” will share his celebration of word in traditional storytelling style.

11:30 a.m. – Carole Kim and Friends

“In one ear…” is a sound-driven installation that sets to explore the nature of comprehending simultaneous input in a reductive, focused manner: one input for one ear, another for the other.

12:00 p.m. – Jo Nelsen

“Love Changes Everything,” is a thematic collection of songs and stories exploring love.

12:30 p.m. – Michael D. McCarty

Multicultural storyteller of African, African-American and International Folk tales, Historical tales, Stories of Science, Spiritual stories as well as stories of the brilliant and absolutely ridiculous things he has done in his life.

1:00 p.m. – Deaf West

American Sign Language (ASL) Story Time features performances of well-known and much-loved children’s stories in ASL (with voice translation).

1:00 p.m. – Mina Kirby (MS)

“Communication ~ More Than Words” features poetry, stories, and songs to communicate the writer’s feelings about the world.

1:30 p.m. – Lisa Yee

Award-winning author and children’s book author. Author of Millicent Min, Girl Genius, Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, So Totally Emily Ebers and an American Girl book Absolutely Maybe and Geektastic.

1:30 p.m. – Chris Rivas (MS)

A spoken word and poetry reading from Actor, Poet, Writer, Artist, currently studying and about to graduate from California Institute of The Arts (’11) shares his poetry.

2:00 p.m. – Hula O’ Hoaloha

Traditional Hawaiian chants and dances used to tell the stories in ancient “Hula Kahiko” style; focusing in two categories of Hula: Hula Kahiko (Ancient Hula) and Hula Auana (Modern Hula).

2:30 p.m. – 826LA

The nonprofit writing and tutoring center presents student readings from recent and upcoming publications: chapbooks produced during the After-School Tutoring program, the high school Youth Advisory Board’s style and literary ‘zines, and this year’s high school anthology, From the Couch to the Kitchen, written by students at Dorsey High School.

3:00 p.m. – Lineage Dance

“Defining Moments,” a communications piece exploring the territory of weaving stories of Lineage Dancers who have shared their own defining moments.

3:00 p.m. – David Doody (MS)

The lead engineer for real-time flight operations of the Cassini-Huygens Mission will discuss how we got to Saturn and what we have discovered there. Describing some of the historic achievements that led to interplanetary flight. Sharing the latest discoveries by the Cassini Spacecraft from Saturn and its diverse moons, as well as elaborating on plans for the mission’s future.

3:30 p.m. – Wicked Lit

Halloween theater readings focused on the adaptations of classic literary thrillers. Readings to include an adaptation of The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allen Poe.

3:30 p.m. Daniel Hernandez (MS)

A young journalist’s vibrant account of contemporary Mexico City, focusing on the city’s distinctive “tribes” of urban youth will read from his book “Down and Delirious in Mexico City.”

4:00 p.m. – Esther K. Chae

A solo performance piece, SO THE ARROW FLIES, is a composite of real events. They include the arrest of a Chinese-American FBI asset on espionage charges and the life of exiled North Korean film star Soon-young Chu.

4:00 p.m. – SLAKE: Los Angeles (MS)

Volume 2 of Los Angeles’ leading literary journal features journalists Hank Cherry, David Schneider and Joe Donnelly.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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