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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Off the Page Readers Theater presents "Family Matters" Fridays Jan 20th and 27th at Mockingbird Books Sebastopol and Sunday Jan 29th Chroma Gallery Santa Rosa!

                                     
                        

 Off the Page Readers Theater presents our Winter show:
    "FAMILY MATTERS"
Just when you thought you were finished with the holidays, family dramas and quirks .......... here we are, back with the inevitable. We've all had them, loved them and hated them. And even when we leave them, we've still got them!

Friday Jan 20 & 27 @Mockingbird Books, Sebastopol
http://www.mockingbirdnewandusedbooks.com

Sunday Jan. 29 @ Chroma Gallery, Santa Rosa
http://chromagallery.net

TIX at the door: General $15, Students $10

Doors open @ 7:00, Shows @ 7:30

Writers: Sandra Anfang, Joe Arcangelini, Catharine Bramkamp, Armando Garcia-Dávila, Craig Harris, John Johnson,Chuck Kensler, Nancy Long, David Madgalene, Hilary Susan Moore, Megan O'Hara, Linda Saldaña, Jean Wong

Actor-Directors: Lew Baer, Joan Hawley, Kathleen Haynie, Hilary Moore, Spencer Sherman

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION



Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-328-3325.   




Shepherd Bliss to appear at the David Randolph New Way Media Festival, Occidental Center for the Arts, Sunday, October 9th, 2-4 pm


Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-328-3325. 

Shepherd is a long-term member of the Veterans Writing Group, which published the award-winning book Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, edited by Maxine Hong Kingston (www.vowvop.org), which includes his essay "Sound Shy." Shepherd has contributed to over two dozen books, including "Enduring War: Stories of What We've Learned," "Shattered Illusions: Analyzing the War on Terrorism," and "A Quiet Strength." His articles have been published by many publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Press Democrat. He has also appeared on the Oprah, Bill Moyers, and Phil Donahue TV shows and been interviewed by "60 Minutes" and the Wall Street Journal. He has operated the artisan Kokopelli Farm in the Sebastopol countryside for nearly two decades and specializes in agropsychology—farms as healing places. In the l960s, Shepherd  was a student of David Randolph’s at Drew Theological Seminary. Dr. Bliss serves on the Board of the Numina Center for the Arts & Spirituality at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. Shepherd’s presentation will be accompanied by Kim Atkinson.    

Kim Atkinson to appear at David Randolph New Way Media Festival, Occidental Center for the Arts, Sunday, October 9th, 2-4 pm




Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-328-3325.  

Kim Atkinson has been playing music since the 1970s and has become an internationally recognized percussion artist, teacher and ritual drummer. He is known for bringing psychological, spiritual and scientific insights to his presentations to create personal and group transformation.  Kim has recorded and performed with master musicians since the 1980’s, including work with many pioneers of healing music.  He was the music director and percussionist for Rumi’s Caravan from 2006 to 2013.  His love of poetry with music was started by accompanying Herb Middleton during the era of the "Prison Poets" on KPFA radio. Kim's rigorous studies in African and Cuban music and dance, Brazilian Shamanism and AsianSpirituality inform all his presentations. He has worked with Shepherd Bliss for more than 25 years. For more on Kim and his offerings visit www.pulsewave.com

Clara Bellino to appear at the David Randolph New Way Media Fest, Occidental Center for the Arts, Sunday, October 9th, 2-4 pm


Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-328-3325.   

French artist Clara Bellino emerged from Europe to become an important contributor to the American music scene with delightful stories, relatable music, and a lovable personality. She describes her musical stylings as pop jazz with a 60s Euro twist. Clara is a great believer in the power of imagination to create reality. With her music, she hopes to inspire listeners to feel empowered as the masters of their lives, to conquer their fears and to know that what they have to contribute is precious. Clara is currently working on her fifth album, which is expected to be released later this summer.

The Word-Music Continuum to appear at the David Randolph New Way Media Fest, Occidental Center for the Arts, Sunday, October 9th, 2-4 pm


Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-328-3325.   


THE WORD-MUSIC CONTINUUM 
(Kirk Lumpkin, Paul Mills and Mark Weider)

Kirk Lumpkin is the author of two books of poetry, In Deep and Co-Hearing. As a solo poet he’s performed all around the San Francisco Bay Area & Northern California; Los Angeles (Beyond Baroque, etc.); New York City (Bowery Poetry Club); Colorado; Toronto, Canada; and Great Britain. Kirk worked many years for the Ecology Center as the Special Events & Promotions Coordinator of the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets.

“Kirk Lumpkin has been an important part of the Bay Area (and beyond) poetry scene for years, hosting readings in San Francisco and Berkeley, helping to facilitate the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival [with Poetry Flash & former U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass], and hosting open mikes at Burning Man.”—Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review

“ . . . one of my favorite performers.”—Avotcja, poet, band leader, radio host on KPFA & KPOO

"I'm deeply honored to have your poem for me [Walking in the Woods with a Poet] in a book [In Deep] with so many other wonderful poems. ...it's such a solid real illumination . . .”—Michael McClure, Beat poet & playwright

“If anyone is a real shaman, Kirk is.” —Frank Moore, Internet radio host & performance artist

Paul Mills is a guitarist, composer, producer, and co-founder of The Word-Music Continuum. He also plays with the synthesizer duo, Silent Motif, and Jazz Sabbath, a jazz-rock fusion band specializing in guitar-driven improvisations. Paul and Kirk were both in the San Francisco Bay Guardian “Demo Tape Of The Week” winning band, Detour.

Mark Wieder (pronounced Weeder) has played bass with Aleph Null, Dick Oxtot, the Hot Club of Marin, the Shotgun Players, and more. His tunes have been performed by the Golden Age Jazz Band and the La Peña Latin Jazz Experimental Ensemble. He currently also performs with the Skimpy Portions and the Seething Brunswicks.

The Word-Music Continuum has recorded two CDs the most recent of which is Sound Poems. 

“To say the house was rocked is an understatement. You were great! You showed us that the blend of word and music is limitless and that poetry has no bounds.”—Bill Gainer, poet; organizer, Nevada County Poetry Series

Kirk Charles Heydt to appear at David Randolph New Way Media Fest, Occidental Center for the Arts, Sunday, October 9th, 2-4 pm




Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public. OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-328-3325.  

Kirk Heydt is a composer multiinstrumentalist with three releases as a leader.  He has recorded and performed  with Sonny Simmons, Cecil Taylor, Flipper, Hello  Kitty On Ice, Carolyn Wonderland, Jesse De Natale, Will Oldam aka Bonnie Prince Billy and   and Nino Moschella.




Friday, September 23, 2016

Steve Shain to appear at the David Randolph New Way Media Fest, Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental, CA, Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2 pm


Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public (Donations gratefully invited). OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-874-9392.   

Steve Shain has been playing the string bass since 1963 in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Currently freelancing with poets, dancers, jazzers and improvisers in the Bay Area, Steve was a founding member of the Rohnert Park Symphony. He and David Madgalene have been jamming since 2009. Currently Steve can be heard at www.bassicsewing.com.

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Sunday, October 9th, 2016, 2-4 pm. “SPIRIT POETRY SONG ACTION.” The David Randolph New Way Media Fest presents Shepherd Bliss, Kim Atkinson, Clara Bellino, the Word-Music Continuum, David Madgalene, Kirk Charles Heydt, and Steve Shain. FREE and open to the public (Donations gratefully invited). OCCIDENTAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental, CA. 707-874-9392.   

“Opening a festival in Sonoma County is like opening an observatory—you seek a better view of the stars already there and hope to discover new ones. Our goal is to seek and celebrate new ways of seeing and being and I am honored to sponsor this festival that now comes home to Sonoma under the direction of David Madgalene.

David is uniquely qualified with his feet firmly in Sonoma County where he lives and his arms open to all California and the world. The New Way Media Festival originated in Berkeley but now as we celebrate our first festival in the county at the Occidental Center for the Arts, the New Way begins a New Day.

Our thanks to all you in Sonoma and beyond who have journeyed to be with us and welcome to those of you who join us now in the Great Parade. Cheers!”
David James Randolph, Founder and Honorary Host of the Fest


 David James Randolph is active in the renewal of church and society as an educator and minister and was among those awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor for his service in Selma. David was President of Olivet University in San Francisco (2006-2009), and a pastor to churches in New York City and Long Island from 1975 to 1999. He taught at the Graduate Theological Union and served on the Board of the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education. In 2004, he founded the New Way Media Festival at Berkeley, one of the first festivals to feature New Media. He has created New Media works such as his film Our Dinner with Jane as well as having authored numerous books including God’s Party (Abingdon Press) and The Great Parade: Life, Love and Work (New Way Media). More at newwaymediafest@blogspot.com


Monday, August 8, 2016

J. R. Brady to appear at Aqus Cafe, Petaluma Poetry Walk, Sunday, September 18, 2016




J. R. Brady will present her poetry as part of the Petaluma Poetry Walk at the Aqus Café, Foundry Wharf, 189 H Street, Petaluma, on Sunday, September 20, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, on a program with Karen Melander-Magoon, Erica Goss, Leah Lubin and Susan Weinstein. 

J. R. Brady is an award-winning playwright and poet. Her work has been produced/published in the U.S., Britain, Scotland and France. In 2012 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has performed at numerous venues including the 1996 Edinburgh Theatre Fringe Festival.  A collection of her work, THE SPACE BETWEEN
was published by Beatitude in 2010 and a second collection, PERSONA, by Naiad in 2014. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.



PEPIN
By J. R. Brady


Dance, dance, dance out of time...
There are no pictures of my great-grandfather.
He feared the camera would steal his soul, except
   for the wedding tintype my great-grandmother 
   wanted so much, of them standing together against 
   a pastoral painted screen, she, almost sixteen, in 
   a borrowed white dress, he, stiffly suited, older 
   by ten years, black hair wild about his face, and 
   his eyes, the eyes that saw spirits, momentarily 
   blinded by a flash of light.
I saw it once before it was misplaced by someone, 
   long gone before me.

Dance, dance, dance out of time...
There are still fragments mentioned.
He was born mixed blood of French and Anishinnaabe
   (Chippewa is a white name, a child divided between 
   two minds. one of worlds’ measured order, the other 
   of circles, circles of the sun, circles of the moon, 
   circles of the human heart, and which was which? 
Mother? Father? 
He must have told her back in the beginning, back 
   when they still loved each other, and she did love 
   him, the way an abandoned Irish orphan, raised by 
   nuns, can love the first feel of freedom, and flesh 
   and discovery of unimagined possibility.

Dance, dance, dance out of time...
The Anishinaabe say we possess two souls, one that
   travels in shadows and dreams, and one that stays 
   deep inside the human heart, and if either is ever 
   lost, it leaves behind an emptiness, unendurable, 
   except when filled by wandering spirits who come 
   to warm themselves, then leave, without explanation, 
   and from the beginning there were spirits who came to 
   him and became him speaking an ancient language that 
   knew the cries of animals and of the earth and of 
   the wind.
And in the beginning she believed with him in 
   his voices of vanished worlds, for to her, Ireland 
   was a harsh distant word, and nuns knew nothing of 
   animals or the wind.


Dance, dance, dance out of time...
The Anishinaabe tell a story of how a coyote, once, 
   fell in love with a star...but because a star 
   can never leave the sky, the coyote had to climb to 
   the top of a mountain so they could grab hold of 
   each other and soar together high up into the 
   heavens, where forever they could dance circling 
   the earth in an endless night.
But the coyote, being a thing of flesh and blood, 
   grew tired and numb and longed for sleep, and for 
   the sun, and, finally, it had to beg the star to stop 
   awhile, but the star couldn’t because it was star, 
   and so the coyote decided to let go and fall back 
   to earth, alone.

Dance, dance, dance out of time...
And I have heard it said that people can stop 
loving for the same reasons they began.
New Orleans, St Paul, San Francisco...in the cities 
   the spirits, they stayed with him, holding him safe 
   against sadness, but never her, until their son died 
   and times grew hard and she railed against him 
   demanding a silence of voices that refused to know 
   her, and with whisky there came silence ,and an illusion 
   of finding each other again...but then the space inside 
   him filled with such a darkness the silence became 
   all of him, and, even without whisky, there were no 
   spirits.

Dance, dance, dance out of time...
They say that when the coyote fell to earth it
   lost its first life but found a second that it 
   lived less foolishly than before. 
My great-grandmother remarried an Irish horse-collar 
   maker who drank as full a measure as her first husband 
   but, afterwards, would simply sing himself to sleep,
   and that was enough, 
And no one ever asks about the star.
When my great-grandfather is remembered, always he 
   is remembered for leaving.
It is supposed he died an alcoholic’s death, anonymous 
   in a Sacramento hotel room.
It is supposed but no on knows, and it is said that 
   spirits of the dead wander forever in the circling 
   winds looking for their own lost world, and it is said
   that blood runs thin through silence, dissolving time,
   dissolving memory, dissolving connection.

Dance, dance, dance out of time...
And always I have wondered about the star.
And when I look at our family album picture of 
   my great-grandmother with her horse-collar maker, 
   I feel their silences echoing inside me, and I 
   know I almost understand the language of animals, 
   and I know I am uncomfortable around cameras, and 
   I know my own sadness always softens whenever I 
   stop and listen to the wind.

Karen Melander-Magoon to appear at Aqus Cafe, Petaluma Poetry Walk, Sunday, September 18, 2016

Karen Melander-Magoon will present her poetry as part of the Petaluma Poetry Walk at the Aqus Café, Foundry Wharf, 189 H Street, Petaluma, on Sunday, September 20, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, on a program with J. R. Brady, Erica Goss, Leah Lubin and Susan Weinstein. 

Karen has been creating poetry and songs since she was two.  She was published in the Seattle newspapers in grade school and also in Seventeen Magazine and won the Bank of America Fine Arts Award for Northern California.  Karen sang major opera roles in Europe for two decades, returning to the states to help manage Guenoc Vineyards and Winery and certify for import the Bordeaux vinifera Carmenere.  Her mini-operas for voice and piano have been staged and performed throughout the states.  She is a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, received her Doctor of Ministry from SFTS, Graduate Theological Union and Masters in Counseling, Boston University.  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Erica Goss to appear at the Aqus Café, Petaluma Poetry Walk, on Sunday, September 18, 2016




Erica Goss will present her poetry as part of the Petaluma Poetry Walk at the Aqus Café, Foundry Wharf, 189 H Street, Petaluma, on Sunday, September 20, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, on a program with J. R. Brady, Karen Melander Magoon, Leah Lubin and Susan Weinstein.


Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA, from 2013-2016. In 2011, she won the Many Mountains Moving Poetry Contest, and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2010 and 2013. She is co-founder of Media Poetry Studio, a poetry-and-film camp for teenage girlsShe is the author of Wild Place (Finishing Line Press 2012) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (PushPen Press 2014). Her poems, articles and reviews have appeared and are forthcoming in many journals, including Contrary, West Trestle Review, Tinderbox, The Tishman Review, Connotation Press, Hotel Amerika, Pearl, Passager, Main Street Rag, Rattle, Eclectica, Blood Lotus, Wild Violet, The Bohemian, Café Review, Zoland Poetry, Comstock Review, Lake Effect, and Perigee.



Love Poem with Broken Things
By Erica Goss

I like to think of him as a small boy, disassembling

the old phonograph his father gave him.



When we moved in together,

he filled our garage with red metal



toolboxes, boxes with drawers

inside of drawers, stuffed with



wrenches of every conceivable size,

drill bits, washers, screws, and nails.



It seemed as if he knew our life ahead

contained a lot of broken things,



and he, for one, was prepared. Back then,

his boxes of tools annoyed me, tripped me,



forced me to park in the driveway.

But now, when I think our life cannot accept



another broken, hopeless thing,

I know that somewhere in the garage



he has a tool that will mend it, tighten it,

wire it or stabilize it, and if he doesn’t,



we’ve learned to let it go with a shrug,

like when he finally admitted he couldn’t



put the phonograph back together, and solemnly

handed the screwdriver back to his father.



                                        First appeared in Eclectica, 2016


Buck Moon
by Erica Goss

I didn’t ask why my country was

moonstruck, deep in the month of July

when I was nine years old. I didn’t

care about the stiff unflapping flag

and even less about steps, leaps or

mankind. I was not impressed with the

lunar module and its spider legs,

or the black sky, or a man’s footprint.

I didn’t know the US flag, fixed

upright in the bone-dry dust, was a

challenge to the world: beat this. I had

no idea who the Soviets

were. None of it mattered in that hot

July, for I received a brother,

knowledge that filled me with lovely pain

and made me dizzy, like when I caught

my first glimpse of a photo of Earth,

its blue surface mottled with storms and

continents, my head a whirlwind of

ragged energy, spinning, spinning,

breathless, euphoric, alive. Beat that.



                                         First appeared in Atticus Review, 2013