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Tell Me a Story: A City Lore Salon with Annie Lanzillotto
October 22, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Special Guests: Tufara Waller Muhammad and Nick Slie
7PM (EST) • FREE
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A Virtual Pot Luck: Bring a Story and a Dish
Three artists cook and tell a story full of soul. From the Mississippi Delta to a Yankee with a Southern Peasant Soul…
Stories, song, food, are ways we cope in crisis, nurture and nourish ourselves and each other. What’s cookin in your kitchen? What’s your comfort food? What story does your cookin’ evoke? What song, stories and dishes are you cookin up? Who are you feedin? Who’s feedin you? What feeds your soul? Join us to listen to and then share your own comfort food story or poem.
About the Speakers:
Tufara Waller Muhammad is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, popular educator, strategist, administrator, emerging cooperative developer, and consultant. She draws on sixth-generations of community worker wisdom based in Arkansas, Texas, and Mississippi. Her work at the nexus of art, faith, and justice in the US South and Global South, spans over 25years. From 2004 to 2015, Tufara directed Cultural Programs at the Highlander Research and Education Center in East Tennessee. For many years she was a show producer/DJ on KABF 88.3 in Little Rock, AR hosting Sankofa Sessions.
As a vocalist and musician she has performed with the Essie Neal Blues Band, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Guy and Candie Carawan, Elise Witt, Carpetbag Theatre, Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble, Chris Aka (Zambia), Devon Evans (Drummer, Wailers), Yvette “Babygirl” Preyer, and others throughout the world. In 2011, she was blessed to perform as the only American-born African Artist on the Africa Stage at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal Africa.
She is a member of Alternate Roots, a founding member of Datule’ Artist Collective, a founding member of The Delta Commons Group, and a founding member of the Southern Movement Governance Alliance. Tufara has served on the National Steering Committee for Art X Cultural X Social Justice Network, Leadership of the Arkansas Women’s Project, Design Team for InterCultural Leadership Institute. She currently works as the Project Manager for Project South’s Black Radio Project, and volunteers as the international advisor for the New Season’s Youth Program which provides US educational opportunities for African and Caribbean Students.
Annie Lanzillotto is an author, poet, song-writer, actor, director, painter, performance-artist, and prop maker. Her books are: “L is for Lion: an italian bronx butch freedom memoir,” (SUNY Press, Lambda Literary Award finalist), “Schistsong,” (Bordighera Press); “Hard Candy: Caregiving, Grieving, and Stage Light,” and “Pitch Roll Yaw” (Guernica World Editions.) Lanzillotto narrated the texts and composed the leitmotifs for the audiobooks of “L is for Lion” and “Schistsong” on Audible.com. Lanzillotto is the singer/songwriter of the albums: “Never Argue With a Jackass,” “Swampjuice: Yankee with a Southern Peasant Soul,” “Carry My Coffee,” “Eleven Recitations,” “Blue Pill.” Performance works include: “Blue Mailbox Book Crawl” (Franklin Furnace Commission / CityLore), “The Flat Earth: Wheredddafhuck Did New York Go?” (Dixon Place Mondo Cane Commission), “How to Wake Up a Marine in a Foxhole” (The Kitchen), “a’Schapett at The Arthur Avenue Retail Market” (Dancing in the Streets OnSite/NYC Commission / Rockefeller MAP Fund / Puffin Foundation), “Pocketing Garlic” (Franklin Furnace Commission), “Confessions of a Bronx Tomboy: My Throwing Arm, This Useless Expertise” (Under One Roof / Manhattan Class Company). Lanzillotto was awarded New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships for Non-Fiction Writing and Multi-Disciplinary Performance. She was a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow, and included in the moniker: one of “200 essential New Yorkers” (NY Times) for her performance installation “A Stickball Memoir” at the The Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in City Lore’s New York City Neighborhood Tent. She’s had writing residencies at Santa Fe Art Institute, Hedgebrook, New Jersey City University. B.A. Brown University, MFA Sarah Lawrence College. For more info: www.annielanzillotto.com
Nick Slie is a New Orleans-based performer, producer, and cultural organizer that works with his company, Mondo Bizarro, to use art as a tool for understanding what makes us commonly human and individually unique. Nick’s creative endeavors range from interdisciplinary solo performances to large-scale community festivals, from innovative digital storytelling projects to site-responsive productions. Since 2002, his wide array of imaginative projects such as Cry You One (2011-Present), Flight (2007-2010), Loup Garou (2009-2010), and Race Peace (2008-Present), have been experienced in art centers, universities and outdoor locations in 34 states across the country and occasionally abroad. For more than a decade, Nick has been passionately engaged in rebuilding his hometown of New Orleans, collaborating across sectors on a vast array of local performance and arts-based civic engagement projects. From 2004-2008, he served on the Executive Committee of Alternate ROOTS and is the former board chair for the Network of Ensemble Theaters. He currently serves on the inaugural APAP Artists Committee. Nick’s work has been supported by the NEA, Creative Capital, Alternate ROOTS, MAP Fund, NEFA’s National Theater Project, Rauschenberg Foundation, and Arts Council of New Orleans, among others. Nick has toured a wide array of imaginative projects to art centers, universities and outdoor locations in 38 states across the country and abroad. However, he is most proud of the work he does in Southeast Louisiana, where the land kisses the water.