Monday, May 6, 2013

C'est Fini! Spring Semester 2013! Let the Wild Rumpus Begin!

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
                                                        -- Buddha


The Spring Semester is over.  
   Have a cookie, dearies!

 Photo: by K. Iuppa.  Chocolate Chip Cookie Temptress!

Looking forward to some upcoming events this week in Rochester:

Authors Aloud!: Presents ML Liebler and Wyote Monk!

Hosted by: The Little Theatre  Tuesday, May 07, 2013
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Free and open to the public

A collaborative program of Writers & Books and The Little Theatre, Authors Aloud! brings two area authors each month to The Little Theatre Cafe.

Detroit Poet & Rock Poet M. L. Liebler will perform with Grammy Winning Eminem Producer, Musician and Co-Writer Steve King. Liebler & King are part of M. L. Liebler & The Coyote Monk Poetry Band made up of some of Detroit’s best known, award winning musicians. In Rochester they perform as a duo Wyote Monk with special guest acclaimed poet Sean Thomas Dougherty.

 JCC CenterStage:

Funny Girl

May 4-19, 2013

Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Bob Merrill, Book by Isobel Lennart
Featuring a beloved score of classics including "I'm the Greatest Star," "Don't Rain on My Parade" and "People," this legendary musical celebrates the meteoric rise of comedienne and Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice. A rags-to-riches tale of sheer determination and the quest for fame...and love.
Directed by JCC Artistic Director Ralph Meranto, and featuring the incomparable Brynn Lucas as Fanny, this is certain to be one unforgettable production. Shows will sell out.
  • Saturday, May 4 at 8 PM
    (This performance no longer available for online sales. Call during JCC business hours.) 
  • Sunday, May 5 at 2 PM
    (This performance no longer available for online sales. Call during JCC business hours.)
  • Thursday, May 9 at 7 PM (less than 50 seats remaining. Hurry.)
  • Saturday, May 11 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, May 12 at 2 PM
  • Thursday, May 16 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, May 18 at 8 PM
  • Sunday, May 19 at 2 PM
Directed by Ralph Meranto, Choreography by Meggins Kelley, Musical Direction by Brian Clickner
For tickets, call (585) 461-2000 during JCC hours or go online and order.

****This show is not to be missed.

Next Week:

Genesee Reading Series: MJ Iuppa & Celeste Helene Schantz 

Launch of my new prose chapbook Between Worlds (Foothills Publishing) price $10.00. 

Hosted by: Wanda Schubmehl , Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Member's Price: $ 3.00
General Public Price: $ 6.00

What an opportunity the Genesee Reading Series presents this month!  Well-known and beloved MJ Iuppa reads from a new book with emerging, not-to-be-missed Celeste Helene Schantz.  Our celebration of poetry extends into May, as these two poets show us why poetry still matters.
M.J.Iuppa lives on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario, where for the past eight years, she and her husband, Peter Tonery, have been committed to food sustainability.  Her most recent poems have appeared in Poetry East, The Chariton Review. Tar River Poetry, Blueline, The Prose Poem Project, and The Centrifugal Eye, among others.  Her chapbook As the Crow Flies appeared in 2008 (FootHills Publishing), and her second full length collection, Within Reach, was published in 2010 by Cherry Grove Collections.  A prose chapbook, Between Worlds, will be published in 2013 by FootHills.  She served as the poetry advisor (2007-2012) for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), and since 1986, has worked as a teaching artist in the schools, K-12, for a variety of agencies ( RCSD, BOCES 2, Genesee Valley BOCES, Writers & Books, Project U.N.I.Q.U.E. and V.I.T.A.L. programs). Currently, she is Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor program at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.
Celeste Helene Schantz is a member of the Board of Directors of Just Poets.  Her work appears in the groups’ annual journal, Le Mot Juste. Her essay, “Lines of Descent,” selected as a part of Story Walk at the Memorial Art Gallery of Rochester, tells the tale of how she learned about her African slave and Native American ancestors and how her family came to Upstate New York.  In 2012 she was a finalist in the Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s National Poetry Competition, judged by Naomi Shihab Nye. In March, Celeste was a participant in the Eastman School of Music’s Women in Music festival, which this year featured Pulitzer Prize winning composer Melinda Wagner.  She has been chosen by poet and novelist Marge Piercy to participate in her Intensive poetry workshop at Cape Cod. Celeste lives in Fairport with her son Evan, and is currently at work on her first book of poetry.

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