Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Yellow Rage 10 Year Anniversary Show and Fong Lee Fundraiser, Fri, Nov 19 @AAI, 7:30pm


A showcase of Spoken Word and Performance
To support the Fong Lee Family’s fight for justice

Friday, November 19, 2010
7:30 p.m.
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street, Chinatown Philadelphia
(215) 557-0455 or www.AsianArtsInitiative.org
$10 admission + additional donations accepted *
At this special anniversary performance, the renowned spoken word duo invites a showcase of 10 guest artists to share poetry, song, movement, and memories celebrating 10 years of YELLOW RAGE! Join us for a not-to-be-missed event filled with more than enough creative talent and energy to inspire us for the next decade!
Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh met in the year 2000 in a writing and performance workshop at Asian Arts Initiative. Over the years, YELLOW RAGE has sought to make positive impact through their poetry. They have performed on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and at an incredible array of colleges and community venues. Drawing from their own unique experiences, individual political ideologies, and personal life philosophies as Asian American women, Michelle and Catzie's poems address issues which explore the intersections of race, culture, gender, community, and self.
* All proceeds from this performance will go to the Fong Lee family's fight for justice. Fong Lee was a Hmong teenager who was shot in the back 8 times and killed by a police officer in North Minneapolis. For more information about Fong Lee: http://www.startribune.com/yourvoices/103979934.html?elr=KArks47cQiUdcOy_9cP3DiU47cQUU

Monday, November 08, 2010

Michelle in Light of Unity Anthology and Girl Fest, Hawaii

Hi all,

Just some updates:

My poem "Earth Shatter: For an End to Gun Violence" was published in the book E Pluribus Unum: An Anthology of Diverse Voices by Light of Unity Press last month.  Here's the flyer for the release party, which was a couple of weeks ago.

I'm also going to be performing in GiRL FeST this Thursday, November 11th, Honolulu, HI

SpitNSpin Poetry Pow & DJ Party
Thurs, Nov 11th at Fresh Cafe
831 Queen St.
7pm - 2am

You can download the program at http://www.girlfesthawaii.org/

The festival is also featured in the Star-Advertiser's TGIF Pulse section: http://www.honolulupulse.com/tgifinprint/girl-fest-welcomes-actress-charlyne-yi

I'm printing below.  Hope to see you.


Girl Fest welcomes actress Charlyne Yi

A scene from "Salt of This Sea," which will be screening at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. —Courtesy Photo

Charlyne Yi —Courtesy Tommy

When Girl Fest rolls around each year, spoken-word artist Mindy Nettifee and artist/facilitator Bonnie Tamblyn look forward to coming over to Honolulu to help girls and women find their voice, and to celebrate the possibilities of their gender.

The annual event, presented by the nonprofit group Girl Fest Hawaii, aims to empower women and girls through the arts. The nonprofit also works to prevent violence against women and girls through ongoing workshops.

This year’s special guest is Charlyne Yi,  who made her name playing the “stoner girlfriend” in Judd Apatow’s 2007 comedy “Knocked Up” and made the love-themed “hybrid documentary” “Paper Heart” last year with the help of her friend Michael Cera.

Actress Amber Tamblyn — enjoying a spike in her career right now as a recurring character in the Fox medical drama “House” and a role in the latest James Franco/Danny Boyle film, “127 Hours” — has also been a previous guest at the festival and is penciled in as a possible for next week, providing she can get away from her TV work schedule for a bit to join Nettifee and her mother, Bonnie.

Nettifee will be performing Thursday night — with or without her friend Amber — at the “Spit-N-Spin” DJ & Poets Party at Kakaako’s Fresh Cafe.

Nettifee will also lead a poetry workshop earlier that same day at the cafe.

“This’ll be my fourth Girl Fest,” she said by phone. “I’m always very inspired by the hard work, dedication and vision of (festival ‘non-executive director’) Kathryn Xian. I feel very connected to everyone there, and there’s nothing more surprising and wonderful that a festival addresses so dark a subject with so much joy and compassion.”

She has been conducting her creative workshop for the past 10 years, she said, “on special occasions. … We get together and find some inspiration, write together and then share our work. … It’s pleasurable to see what comes up, and with accessing the writer’s voice, I hope the students will walk away burning to write some more.”

Nettifee is touring in support of her latest collection of poetry, “Rise of the Trust Fall,” which she will read from during her performances here. “It’s a collection that represents my writing over the last three years.” she said. “I’ve been recognized as having a singular voice as a woman, and the tour is in hopes of finding a wider audience.”

The TGIF cover of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for Friday, November 5, 2010.

NETTIFEE has joined Bonnie Tamblyn over the past three Girl Fests with a popular “Voice of the Circle” workshop.

Intended only for women and girls and held in confidence, the session calls upon an age-old practice of having people come together in a circle to tell personal stories without judgment or recrimination. It’s facilitated by Tamblyn, a teacher and certified council circle facilitator with the Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, Calif.

Council circles have been used in the U.S., Israel, South Africa, Turkey, Switzerland and England, Tamblyn said. The practices are overseen by the nonprofit Ojai Foundation, which advocates the use of council practice to teach compassion and facilitate communication.

In that sense the “Voice of the Circle” echoes the goals of Girl Fest.

In addition to raising awareness and fighting back against the problem of domestic violence in Hawaii, Girl Fest’s public mission is to give young women a voice, forge relationships between individuals and organizations with a common cause, and expose women to the healing power of “progressive arts therapy” and “positive self-expression.”

“We give the women who come tools to be an effective listener and to feel comfortable telling their own stories,” Tamblyn said.

Amber Tamblyn has participated in council sessions, Bonnie said, and actually used one to clear the air during the filming of her feature “Stephanie Daley.”

—Courtesy Photo

—Courtesy Photo

AT GIRL FEST, one beneficiary of Bonnie Tamblyn’s workshops has been the Hawaii Girls Court, a program run by the state’s Family Court.

“As part of their work to become better citizens and strive for a better quality of life, they’ve been required to come to the workshop. They’ve already been doing the work there, and they come for council training, where it gives them permission to express themselves freely,” she said.

“I know the Hawaiian people already have something similar in ho’oponopono, and council circles (that Hawaii women) have participated in in the past have resonated with them. But here, there doesn’t have to be a resolution. There’s no hierarchy here, so that all voices may be heard.”

Also an artist and singer/songwriter, Tamblyn started practicing facilitation almost 20 years ago, finding that it fit naturally with her “transformational art.” She says the council circle provides “a tremendous potential for learning.”

“Meeting in circles is the most natural thing we gather together in,” she said. “It’s not necessarily therapy, but it is therapeutic.”
—Gary Chun / gchun@staradvertiser.com

—Courtesy Photo
“Girls Night Out”: 8 p.m. to midnight Wednesday at theVenue, 1144 Bethel St. Opening night concert with Simple Souls, poets Mindy Nettifee and Natasha “T” Miller, Shopping List and singer/songwriters Emi Hart and Hope Mayo.

Screening, “Salt of This Sea”: 6 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the University of Hawaii-Manoa Art Auditorium. A film about a woman, born of Palestinian refugees living in New York, returning to her parents’ homeland. On Thursday, lead actress Suheir Hammad will be in attendance.

“Spit-N-Spin” DJ & Poets Party: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday at Fresh Cafe, 831 Queen St. Featuring spoken-word poetry from Mindy Nettifee, Michelle Myers, special guest to be announced, KTUH DJs Iriesistable, Zilla, ADHDJ, Timo, Dlux.

“Bands Against Violence”: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nov. 12 at Anna’s, 2440 S. Beretania St. Live music from the Hell Caminos, Black Square, Dirty Genes and Nickie P. with Natasha “T” Miller.

“Interisland Down & Derby”: 3:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at Kamiloiki Park, Hawaii Kai. Featuring the women of Hawaii Pacific Roller Derby.

Closing night party: 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Nov. 13 at Fresh Cafe. With comedian/actress Charlyne Yi, Nettifee, Mani-Padi, Badenyaa & Sewa Fare, Hawaii’s B-Girl Crew, DJs Miki Mayhem and Spike, and special guest to be announced.