12:15 SHORTS: Poems and Puppets Jean Minuchin and Randy Hendler
This set honors the Day of the Dead and Halloween both occurring at this time of year. These holidays merge the living with the dead and the present with memory. The short works use puppetry, mime, poetry and video to tell tales about love and loss.
Created by Jean Minuchin - Liliana, Hanging Memories to Dry, Pilgrimage Created by Randy Hendler - Things Come and Go Performed by Jean Minuchin and Randy Hendler
Seemingly unrelated acts become inextricably linked when a juggling ball interrupts Stephen’s concert of Bach Cello Suites!
Additional Information Stephen has performed his Bach-inspired concert/theater work Angels In The Engine Room at the Bach Cello Suites Festival at Weill Recital Hall / Carnegie Hall in New York, and at PAPER, STRING, REVOLT in Northampton, Massachusetts.
2:30 Excerpt from American Stink Bug By Jean Minuchin
This is the first section of the full work “American Stink Bug”
The piece, created in the style of Bouffon, works within a clown genre that provokes through grotesque humor, whimsy, and confrontation. Jean Minuchin plays an American Stink Bug who interacts with the audience to poke at America’s deep political and cultural divides.
Trigger Warnings: Scatological humor, Political topics, Audience interaction, Bug Clown
3:15 Flour Dusted Tunes By Jonathan Stevens with Steven Katz
I’m a songwriter when I’m not being a bread baker. Or a bike-rider or a grandpa (known as “Nono”). I’ve been writing songs for over 40 years, but they’re as quirky and idiosyncratic as ever: crusty, chewy, well-fermented. Songs about seasonal plants, historic floods, poets-turned-into-modes-of-transportation. Luckily, my next-door-neighbor is a world-class cellist, so these lyrics and melodies get an airing-out via his bow sometimes. Come see.
4:00 pm Tree of Wisdom: My Aduon Across the Sea Foundation, Inc.
Tree of Wisdom, My Aduon was recently published on DVAN.org
The essay is about my grandmother who cared for and nurtured me when I was just a young child without parents. Perhaps she found comfort in sowing seeds of life through weaving fabric, foraging for wild edibles, and growing food. She offered what protection she could, through the devastating destruction in the lives of my people. It includes a brief history of the indigenous tribes of Montagnard Degar. The Montagnard people are a culturally diverse indigenous community in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. During the Vietnam war, these villagers fed and sheltered US Special Forces soldiers, helped them navigate the jungles, and fought alongside them. Claims to their land, resources, and human rights have still not been recognized and as a result they suffer from poverty and oppression.