Tuesday July 28, 7pm, Judith Sloan discussion on immigratio n and performance excerpts of Crossing the BLVD. George Stevens Academy Summer Speaker series, Blue Hill, ME.
Thurs Aug 6, Fri Aug 7, Sat Aug 8 at 7pm Judith Sloan in YO MISS! at the Playhouse Theater, Belfast ME to benefit WERU
Fri Aug 14, Sat Aug 15 at 7pm Judith Sloan in YO MISS! at the Playhouse Theater, Belfast ME to benefit The Restorative Justice Project
Thurs Aug 20, Fri Aug 21, Sat Aug 22 at 7pm Judith Sloan in YO MISS! at the Playhouse Theater, Belfast ME (limited seating, advance tickets recommended)
Thursday August 13 at 7:30pm, Judith Sloan in YO MISS! at Space Gallery, Portland ME FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS
Thurs Aug 27, 7pm Judith Sloan in YO MISS! at the New Surry Theatre Space, Blue Hill, ME, Blue Hill Town Hall ME BUY TICKETS
Sloan will be performing YO MISS! as the keynote performance at the National Oral History Association Conference in Tampa, FL October 2015.
Judith Sloan is an actor, audio artist, writer, radio producer, human rights activist, educator and poet whose work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd. For over twenty years, Sloan has been producing and presenting interdisciplinary works in audio and theater, portraying voices often ignored by the mass media. She will be performing YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide and Crossing the BLVD in July and the fall of 2014.
“In YO MISS!, Judith Sloan’s art and teaching cross-pollinate. Performing with musical collaborators, she re-enacts and riffs on her experiences teaching teenagers from myriad worlds: refugee camps, struggling neighborhoods, prisons. It is a performance about performances, a story containing many stories.” New York Times
“Crossing the BLVD is a whirlwind tour and love poem of what has often been called the most racially and ethnically diverse county in America. In the tradition of the playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Ms. Sloan performs “Crossing the BLVD” adopting the personae (and respectfully mimicking the accents) of the varied immigrants whose stories are in the book… The New York Times, City Room Blog, Sewell Chan
“Crossing boldly carries the tradition of oral history into the 21st Century. Electrifying!” Eve Ensler author The Vagina Monologues
A world view that sees comedy and tragedy as two bones of the same skeleton in the closet. Superb!.”
The Scotsman (Scotland’s National Newspaper) Sara O’Sullivan (London)
“Funny and sad, topical and biting… Exquisite comic timing best of all, Sloan can make you see your world in a slightly different way. And that’s what theater is supposed to do.” The Indianapolis Star
“In listening to what people have to say, Judith Sloan captures the essence of their lives…She is one part Studs Terkel, one part Lily Tomlin, two-parts originality.”
The Herald Bloomington, Indiana
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News: Warren Lehrer’s illuminated novel A LIFE IN BOOKS wins three more awards!
The 2015 International Book Award – Best New Fiction
The 2015 International Book Award – Best Cover Design, Fiction
The 2015 Paris Book Festival – Wild Card Award
Also, it was a Finalist for
2015 International Book Award – Best Interior Design
That’s 9 Awards A LIFE IN BOOKS has been honored with (so far), including:
The 2014 IPPY OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD for “MOST ORIGINAL CONCEPT” (Independent Publisher)
“A stunningly unique take on the novel that unabashedly explores the relationship between the narrator and reader, as well as the fragile and often blurry line that distinguishes truth and fiction. With A Life In Books, Lehrer has upended the modern novel form and its narrative limitations, creating a rich and engaging story through visual literature… Mind-blowing… reality bending… a laugh riot and a visual feast.”
The 2014 Best New Fiction Award USA Best Books Awards
and a Next Generation Indie Book Award, a National Indie Book Award, a CBAA Exhibition Prize (College Book Art Association), and a Print Magazine Regional Design Award (NYC).
Warren Lehrer tour continues:
July 3, 7:30pm Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Performance/Reading with Judith Sloan Deer Isle, ME
July 25 Book Arts Biennial Performance/Reading Minneapolis Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN
August 3 Sargentville Library Benefit Performance/Reading Sargentville, ME
September 2, 12:30pm Neuberger Museum of Art Panel: Transforming Trauma: How Art Responds to Urban Violence Purchase College, Purchase NY
A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel that contains 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer’s protagonist—Bleu Mobley—a controversial author who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. Mobley’s autobiography/apologia is paired with a review of all 101 of his books, each represented by its first-edition cover design and catalog copy, and more than a third of his books are excerpted. The resulting retrospective contrasts the published writings (which read like short stories) with the confessional memoir, forming a most unusual portrait of a well-intentioned, obsessively inventive (if ethically challenged) visionary. A LIFE IN BOOKS explores the creative process of a writer/artist, as it reflects upon a half century of American/global events, and grapples with the future of the book as a medium, and the lines that separate and blur truth, myth, and fiction.
In his funny, thought provoking performance/readings, Warren Lehrer presents an overview of Bleu Mobley’s life in books via many of Mobley’s book cover designs, book-like objects, and other biographical materials including animations and video performances of Mobley book excerpts by the band BETTY and actress/poet La Bruja.
PRAISE for A LIFE IN BOOKS
Studio 360, Click to listen. “An ingenious, one-of-a-kind novel.” Kurt Andersen, STUDIO 360
“A profound commentary… A Life In Books is brilliant, beautiful, delicious for eyes and mind.” Andrei Codrescu, public radio commentator
“A vivid kaleidoscopic odyssey that frames one man’s life through not one, but one hundred different books—and book jackets.” Jessica Helfand, founding editor DESIGN OBSERVER
“A meticulously illustrated chronicle… Pitch perfect.” Steven Heller, THE ATLANTIC
“A book-lover’s fictional treat of books that never were. A Life In Books is ultimately about survival, and transforming the sadness of life into art. As Whitman said, ‘I contain multitudes,’ and Bleu Mobley contains 101 books and a belief in the bounty of life. Wonderful!”
Michael Silverblatt, BOOKWORM, KCRW
“A tour de force of graphic design, illustration and writing. Guaranteed to bring a smile.”
Ken Carbone THE HUFFINGTON POST
“In the era of cookie-cutter books and rubber-stamped stories, Warren Lehrer’s A Life in Books is fresh, original, idiosyncratic, beautiful, and important.”
Rabih Alameddine, author of Koolaids, Hakawati, and I, the Divine
“A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is a typographical and design tour de force.” Ellen Shapiro, PRINT MAGAZINE
“A genre-defying night that fuses art and literature, prose and design into a multi-media presentation unlike any other.” Skylight Books
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Transforming Trauma Into Art is an EarSay initiative, created and directed by Judith Sloan, born out of our partnership with the International High School at LaGuardia Community College where many teenagers have emigrated to the U.S. from war-zones and conflict-zones. The premise of this workshop is based on healing through artistic expression using a combination of music, movement, theatre and storytelling. This process helps release the stories and stressors that prevent people—who have been traumatized by war, economic or natural disasters—from moving forward. This program brings an understanding of confronting obstacles through artistic expression to communities that are poor, displaced, or don’t have access to artistic training, serving approximately 450 students. The project grows out of our commitment to creating artistic works that evolve out of individual experience and community. In this case, the community is immigrant and refugee teenagers attending school in New York City. At a time of war, global tension, and polarization, our program encourages a depth of scholarship and storytelling that shapes the experience of the participants, giving them tools to make connections between cultures, shed light on the complexity and humanity of each individual, and deepen what it means or could mean to be part of a global community.
Thanks for your support.
Video: About the History of the Project
Over 800 people of all ages and backgrounds attended the world premier on April 29th, 2012
Music composed by Frank London
Libretto by Judith Sloan
Visuals by Warren Lehrer with Brandon Campbell
Premiered by the Queens Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos, Queens Symphony Orchestra music director
Performed by full orchestra and a 190-voice chorus comprised of the Queens College Choral Society and Queens College Choir, James John, Music Director
Featured Tabla Soloist Deep Singh
Spoken word performed by Judith Sloan in English with additional translations in Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic by Dailyn Despradel, Krussia, Haojie Huang, and Catherine Hanna.
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