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Tell Me a Story: A City Lore Salon with Annie Lanzillotto and Guests Dionne Kamara & John Gennari

March 7 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

About this Event

These times require skills of invention to adapt and survive. In the spirit of kids’ play, CityLore in collaboration with Street Cry Inc, creates “Game Night” where everyone is invited to come play: Zoom Handclapping Games, Hear poems on “Play” Learn Zoom inversions of primal games.

What new games and pranks are kids inventing?

What do you do when there’s nothin’ to do?

Can a Zoomer teach a Baby Boomer a new game?

What games can a Boomer teach a Zoomer?

What games do you play that require no equipment, no supervision, no technology?

What is the lifespan of a game?

Ever heard of “Knucks?”

What games have been lost over time?

How are games mysteriously taught child to child through thousands of years?

What games of Baby Boomers still live on in The Zoomer Generation?

Bring a ball or crumpled piece of paper or tin foil for our Zoom Catch. Bring the simplest object you remember a game around: a piece of paper to fold, a popsicle stick, a rock, a paper cup, a bobby pin, a marble, a paper doll, a bottle cap. Bring your poems and stories on play. Teach us a game. Read a poem of a memory of a game.

About the Guests

John Gennari is Chair of the Department of English, and Professor of English and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, at the University of Vermont. He is the author of “Blowin’ Hot and Cool: Jazz and Its Critics” (2006) and “Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge” (2017), both published by the University of Chicago Press. He is currently at work on two projects. The first is a book tentatively entitled “The Jazz Salon: Photographer Clemens Kalischer at Music Inn.” The second is a collection of food- and music-themed poems and vignettes called “The Kitchen Sessions.” At an earlier stage of life Gennari was an avid if unexceptional athlete (baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball, and tennis). After two hip replacements, he has had to scale back his physical exertions but remains a keen observer of all sports and forms of play other than the Johnsonville Cornhole Championships.


Dionne Simone started learning traditional Kumina dances as a little girl in Jamaica under her great-grandmother’s guidance. After moving to the United States she attended and graduated from Fiorella H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts where she received the Helen Tamaris Award for excellence in dance and from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center where she was a merit scholarship student.

Dionne is currently a teaching artist in New York City teaching dance to people of all ages. She is honored to also teach with her mentor Anne Green Gilbert at the Summer Dance Institute for teachers in Seattle, WA.

For Dionne, dance is for everyone and anyone. She believes that if we dance together and try on each other’s movements we will have a better understanding of each other and ultimately ourselves.



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