Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Chicago Literary Drag Cabaret with Lola von Miramar

Lola von Miramar presents Abolition of the Duck: A Literary Drag Cabaret

Please join us for a fun evening of multilingual literature, song, and dance at Cultura in Pilsen on Friday, February 6 at 9:00pm (1900 S Carpenter St, Chicago, Illinois 60608). Featuring Lola von Miramar (Larry La Fountain), Horchata La Tata (Brian Antonio Garcia), Pilsen's own Jezebel À GoGo (Jeremy Saxon), and friends performing in English, Spanish, and other magical tongues. ($5 suggested donation.) Copies of Larry La Fountain's Abolición del pato will be available for sale.

On Saturday, February 7, join author and performer Larry La Fountain for a writing and performance workshop: Writing Performance/Performing Writing: Voces que hablan.

Cultura in Pilsen, Contratiempo and the Chicago Latino Writers initiative are proud to present an exclusive workshop by queer Latino author, performer and scholar Larry La Fountain-Stokes.

In his two-hour workshop, La Fountain-Stokes guides participants through an exploration of writing for performance and through performance: an experiment in solo performative writing in English, Spanish, Spanglish, and other tongues of the Latina/o experience. We will do theatrical and writing exercises and conceive of our bodies as writing instruments that integrate sound, motion, movement, and dance. We will work within the constraints of our abilities and knowledges and create texts that live and breathe and persist on the page and in the memory of our listeners and viewers, and most importantly that make sense to us and respond to our needs and experiences. Wear comfortable clothes, bring short selections of your work (if you have any) that you are willing to share (or favorite poems or passages by other people), and writing instruments (preferably pen and paper, but electronic is OK).

No previous experience required. The only requirement is an open mind and willingness to experiment. Tickets for workshop ($25) available on Eventbrite here.

About Larry La Fountain-Stokes:

Larry La Fountain-Stokes is a Puerto Rican writer, performer, and scholar. He has published two books of fiction: Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails (Arizona: Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 2009) and Abolición del pato (San Juan: Terranova Editores, 2013). He is also the author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), a book of essays about Puerto Rican LGBT culture and migration. He has been performing in drag as Lola von Miramar since 2010 and has appeared in San Juan (Puerto Rico), New York City, Buenos Aires, Montreal, and Tepoztlán (Mexico). He currently works at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he teaches Latina/o studies and Spanish.

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