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COBA’s home season opens this week

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Join us at the studio for our 2014 home season performances
a retrospective of traditional and contemporary African dance works
featuring Maa Keeba (2009), Portrait (1993) and Doun Doun Dance (2008)

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3Dreads and a Baldhead Arts Education Program‏

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Saddi Khali – Black Love Through a Lens
“Saddi Khali is one of the most cutting edge photographers in the black community right now. His talents mean that he travels all over the USA and has recently returned from a trip to South Africa. His art breaks boundaries while at the same time redefining what we see as self love. His photography makes looking in the mirror a far more pleasurable experience, forcing many of us to love the skin we’re in.” – Soul Train
Howdy 3Dreads and a Baldhead Community!
 

We are extremely proud to announce the return to Ottawa of Saddi Khali as the 3Dreads and a Baldhead ‘Artist in Residence’ from November 18th – November 30th to support the launch of ourArts Education Program with Poet in Residence –  John Akpata and Mixed Media Artist in Resident Kalkidan Assefa!

These three gentlemen have stepped out on faith with us to support creating a possibility for Black youth and young adult engagement through the Arts.  We have already seen the power of this possibility with our ‘Dear Ottawa’ project and our Poetry Mentorship program.
 
We invite individuals, community groups and schools to book Saddi.  Come out and see YOUR beauty!
“Black people need to see images of ourselves with humanity.  Women beautiful regardless of size, shape, or complexion.  Men strong, sensitive, present and loving.  Parents and children caring and happy.  Couples in love in warm intimate moments.  Us as lovers, sensual and sexy but not nasty even when we’re nasty.  This is not to say that other folks don’t need to see themselves in certain uplifting ways….but, I don’t know those ways.  I DO know how my folks are being fooled by and misrepresented in arts and media and I DO know how it’s affecting us.  So, all the work I do is in the intention of combatting that.” – saddi khali
 
Please contact us at 3dreads@gmail.com or visit www.3Dreads.com to book a session with Saddi or to see his Photograph walk schedule with BeMore Academy!
Come and Meet our Art Educators at
Fall Down Art Gallery (288 Bank Street), Thursday, November 28th, 8:00pmas we celebrate the new work of our brother Kalkidan!

Kalkidan Assefa – Mixed Media Artist in Residence
Kalkidan Assefa is a mixed-media visual artist and certified Artist-Educator. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia but raised in Canada since the age of five, Kalkidan was drawing from a young age and attended Ottawa’s Canterbury High School in the Visual Arts program before going on to study Political Science at York University. Specializing in portraiture, figurative, and iconographic paintings on canvas, he is also proficiently trained in technical drawing, ink studies, illustration, ceramics, photography, collaging and murals. Kalkidan’s work is rooted in the Afro-diasporic experience and issues of identity, interconnectedness, and cultural adaptation are prominent themes of his work. He has been creating and exhibiting regularly for the past 5 years, working on collaborative projects and group exhibitions in Toronto as well as Washington DC and most recently in London, England with SUPAFRIK 2013. His past exhibitions include ‘From The Soul’ at the Royal Ontario Museum, and ‘anOther Antilles’ Film and Installation as part of TD’s “Then And Now”  series. He currently lives and produces work in Ottawa.
For more info please visit www.kalkidan-assefa.com.

 

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John Akpata – Poet in Residence

John Akpata has been our Poetry Mentor for the past two years and he is an “OG” of Ottawa’s Poetry communities.
     John Akpata is the host of ‘Monday Night Scribes’ on CHUO 89.1 FM. Since January of 2004, John has hosted writers, reciters, MCs, poets and storytellers, to perform their work live on the air. John mixes Hip hop, Reggae, Spoken Word and politics with his live guest. John was nominated for Ottawa’s Golden Cherry Award for ‘Best Radio Show’ in 2005.  He is a member of the winning team from the 2010 Canadian Spoken Word Festival.
His newly released CD “John Akpata: LIve at Mercury Lounge” is his most recent accomplishment in a long line of them that also includes having run for political office in four Federal Elections to represent Ottawa-Centre.

 

 

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Toronto Eaton Centre Partners with Charity The Remix Project to Support Toronto’s Arts and Culture Community

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TORONTO, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ – Toronto Eaton Centre, downtown Toronto’s premiere shopping and tourist destination, is pleased to announce a philanthropic partnership with Toronto-based charity, The Remix Project.

“It is a very exciting opportunity for Toronto Eaton Centre to work with The Remix Project – a group of passionate, inspired and smart individuals who are really making a difference in our city,” said Meredith Vlitas, Senior Marketing Director, Toronto Eaton Centre. “We look forward to helping Remix strengthen their current offerings of providing education and creative programming for Toronto’s youth, as well as expanding the partnership over the coming years.”

The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and underserved communities. The organization’s programs and services support youth who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education. The Remix Project provides top-notch alternative, creative, educational programs, facilitators and facilities with a mission to help refine the raw talents of young people from across the GTA in order to help them find success on their own terms.

“As an organization, Remix is creative, high-energy, artistic, urban, and multicultural, all qualities that come to mind when we think of Toronto Eaton Centre.” said Derek ‘Drex’ Jancar, Co-Founder and CFO, The Remix Project. “TorontoEaton Centre is a cultural institution within our City and we see this partnership as a perfect fit to grow culture and creativity within Toronto.”

The partnership with Toronto Eaton Centre will help The Remix Project enhance engagement for youth participants and expand the program’s reach. Toronto Eaton Centre also looks forward to working with Remix on mentorship opportunities and engaging graduates for upcoming projects within the Centre.

“While researching philanthropic partners, our goal was to find an organization that is truly making an impact within our community,” said Susan Allen, General Manager, Toronto Eaton Centre. “Remix’s programs give back directly to the youth and culture within our city, both of which are at the core of what Toronto Eaton Centre stands for. We see this as a fantastic platform to extend our community reach.”

Additional information on The Remix Project is available at theremixproject.ca.

About Toronto Eaton Centre

Stretching two full city blocks North from Yonge and Queen and one city block west from Yonge and Dundas, Toronto Eaton Centre is among Canada’s most recognizable landmarks, and one of the country’s best-known retail shopping destinations. With more than 235 retailers, restaurants and services in the heart of downtown, Toronto Eaton Centre is the city’s premier urban destination. Toronto Eaton Centre is owned and managed by The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd, one of North America’s largest investors, owners and managers of commercial real estate.  For more information about the Toronto Eaton Centre, visit torontoeatoncentre.com.

SOURCE: Toronto Eaton Centre

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Synapse: Writing Insight From Gotham

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When film critic Roger Ebert died April 4, he was lauded for many things – his versatility, longevity, savvy, wit. But one virtue in particular stood out. As Chicago photographer Art Shay put it, “Even with movies he panned, he invariably found something worth going to see in them.”

Take his review of a film that regularly made his “worst films” lists: Adam Sandler’s The Waterboy. Ebert called Sandler’s character “insufferable,” described the plot as an “exhausted wheeze of a sports movie formula,” and gave the film one star.

Nevertheless, he praised the performance of actress Kathy Bates, writing that she “makes her character work as a comic creation, and knows the line between parody and wretched excess.” And he resisted the urge to hurl insults at Sandler. Instead, he wrote, “I suggest he (Sandler) is making a tactical error when he creates a character whose manner and voice has the effect of fingernails on a blackboard, and then expects us to hang in there for a whole movie.”

What Ebert demonstrated in that review and countless others is what the critic Judith Crist called mutual regard, and she included it as one of her four essential elements of any good work of criticism. (The other three are passion, frankness, and specificity.)

Mutual regard, she said, is showing respect for the creator of any work you’re evaluating, as well as respect for your readers.

When Crist talked of mutual regard, you never suspected the notoriously acerbic critic was trying to tell other would-be reviewers, “You kids play nice.” Rather, she cautioned writers to balance their obligation to be honest, even blunt, about a work’s quality with their obligation to acknowledge the effort, and struggle, invested in it by fellow artists.

In her famous review panning the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton film Cleopatra, Crist identified a litany of its failures: The script: “a mélange of clichés and pompous banalities.” The sets: “Cardboard and paint.” Liz Taylor: “Fishwife.”

But even though the movie was a four-hour epic that she called an “extravagant exercise in tedium,” she still found much to praise: the “lilting speech of Richard Burton;” the “fine performances” in minor roles by Roddy McDowell and Rex Harrison; the costumes that were “nothing short of sensational.”

And she conceded some moviegoers would enjoy the film. “Certainly,” she wrote, “if you want to devote the best part of four hours to looking at Elizabeth Taylor in all her draped and undraped physical splendor, surrounded by elaborate and exotic costumes and sets, all in the loveliest of colors, this is your movie.”

Though we don’t always identify it as such, mutual regard is something Gotham teachers train our students to use. When Gotham students are workshopping something, they must open their comments by identifying one thing that works in the piece they are reviewing. We don’t require this solely to put writers at ease in our classrooms, nor because writers often struggle to identify what works in their own writing, though both of those are true. We require it because mutual regard is essential to editing one’s own work, to reading the work of others, and to becoming a successful writer.

Mutual regard shows that you recognize the inherent merit in creating a work of art. It gives readers a sense of where your standards lie, as it allows them to compare your evaluations of what works against your evaluations of what does not. And it lends you authority, by demonstrating that you have put thought into your evaluations, and weighed things fairly.

We live in an age of ever-more criticism – a cursory search for reviews of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, for example, yielded 40,900 results, and that doesn’t count the opinions we’ll hear on Facebook or Twitter or out to dinner with friends. Writers who manage to rise above the noise, as Crist and Ebert did, understand that mutual regard is key, because ultimately it cultivates between writer and reader something crucial – trust.

Cheers,

Kelly Caldwell
Associate Dean of Faculty
Gotham Writers’ Workshop


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WRITE-INS

The Write-In is now in Brooklyn! Starting June 1, we’ll be hosting Saturday afternoon Write-Ins at Two Moon Cafe in Park Slope. Now you can have your weekend coffee with a side of writing inspiration. Sign up in advance or drop in.

We’ll still be hosting our Friday night Write-Ins in Manhattan.

SUMMER WRITERS’ WEKEEND
Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23

Why stay in the city (or travel here) when you could be at the beach?

Three good reasons:
1. Manhattanhenge
2. Shakespeare in the Park at the Public Theatre.
3. Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit.

And now, the Summer Writers’ Weekend!
Register for one class for $125
Two classes for $225
Three classes for $300
(Plus a $25 registration fee covering all classes.)

That sounds as refreshing as an ocean breeze.

Register here.


The Care and Treatment of Sacred Things, Part I
by Kelly Caldwell

It’s usually the first question on the first day of my New York City Memoir workshops: “Can you talk… about drawing from your life experience to write, and discovering that which is sacred and off-limits material?”

Only this time, it came not from a novice student, but through my iPod headphones from a veteran writer and host of the radio show, Writers on Writing (KUCI-FM, Irvine, California). And as Marrie Stone put the question to Molly Gloss, her novelist guest, she fused “sacred” and “off-limits” into a single term, winding the ideas together like the twin strands of DNA.

I expect this concern in my level 1 workshops, from writers eager to tell their stories but unwilling to sacrifice something precious in the process. Hearing it posed by a professional like Stone, though, I knew: Not only fledgling writers believe that when something is sacred to you, writing about it could be sacrilege. (Continue reading.)


This past week we started asking our Facebook fans some writerly questions. Maybe you read them—maybe you even answered some.

THE QUESTION: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure movie?
Our favorite answer was from Sara Johnston: “Independence Day. Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman: what’s not to love?” (Yes! And don’t forget Harry Connick, Jr.—kick the tires and light the fires.)

We also loved Rosalie Capri’s response: “Sixteen Candles…auto-mo-bile.”
(We’re sure the actor who played Long Duk Dong would be proud.)

THE QUESTION: Name an author, dead or alive, who you’d like to sit next to on an airplane.
With more than 100 responds, this was a tough one to decide.
Here are our top three:

Jennifer Allen wrote, “William Golding in the window seat and Aldous Huxley in the aisle. I’d gladly suffer the middle seat for that flight.”

“Jane Austen—I really hate her work so I’d be interested for her to try to explain what I’m missing,” wrote Tom Peach.
(Let’s face it: Austen’s Mr. Darcy simply doesn’t exist off the page.)

Janel Blessing added, “Truman Capote. We’d get airplane drunk.”
(That would be an entertaining flight for sure.)

THE QUESTION: What is one book you’ve never been able to finish?
Anna Setti wrote, “Anna Karenina. She got on my nerves.”
(At least Anna’s no Scarlett O’Hara or Amanda Wingfield.)

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Annie Proulx writes literary fiction brilliant enough to win major accolades and accessible enough to win a wide audience. She specializes in short stories, including “Brokeback Mountain.” She didn’t begin writing until her 50s, and as you’ll see, she doesn’t believe in rushing things.

Here’s a peek at what the author of The Shipping News advises:

  1. Proceed slowly and take care.
  2. To ensure that you proceed slowly, write by hand.

Continue reading. 


Are you ready to get Lit?

Gotham is hosting an event at Lit Crawl NYC on Saturday, May 18 in Brooklyn. We’ll be stationed at Ceol, an awesome Irish pub in Cobble Hill (191 Smith Street, between Baltic & Warren Streets) from 6:15-7:00pm.

For those of you who have enjoyed our Write-Ins these past few months, we’ll be doing something similar – only built for a much larger audience.

So come out, drink up, and write.


 


Every two weeks, Gotham’s Brandi Reissenweber answers questions submitted by readers of The Writer magazine. Here are some of the questions that she’s recently answered:

Q: I usually find ideas from real life that would make great short stories. How can I make it fiction instead of just retelling the real event? Answer

Q: Do I really need to bother with a cover letter when submitting my short stories? Answer

Find more Ask The Writer Q&A here

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Help AFCY win $1000 this month!‏

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Happy Holidays from AFCY‏

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Connecting Through Drama‏

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