Fist & Heel Performance Group meets North Fourth Performing Artists

Originally posted on Today X 365:

North Fourth artists have had classes with Reggie Wilson’s company in years past so they were eager to go this morning when the dancers appeared. Reggie has the same expectations of our dancers as of any other class he teaches so they worked VERY hard, loving every moment it seems.  Here’s a small photo album:

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Car show logo by Derek Smith

If you like cars…food…bands…art…COME TO THE NORTH 4TH CAR SHOW on AUGUST 10TH from 10-4PM at the NORTH FOURTH ART CENTER at 4904 Fourth NW, Albuquerque 

 The North 4th Car Show is a new venture for North Fourth Art Center, planned by Exploratory Arts as another cool way to explore our world. We are expecting at least 50 new/old/interesting/funky/fancy cars to appear; a variety of food including Sebastiano’s Food Truck and others; local bands in the theater (more about them later) and some unusual and attention-grabbing artwork. Artists from the community and from North Fourth are offering up some of their most exciting pieces for display in the lobby/gallery. Also…there are tables available for $15 for your group, organization, or business to share information.

 We’ll back with more about this big new adventure next week. Meanwhile here are a few images for a sneak preview.

A tiny view of Juliana Coles absolutely great piece.

A tiny view of Juliana Coles absolutely great piece.

Soon James Dean's image will materialize here.

Soon James Dean’s image will materialize here.

Grace Sedillo, ready to drive away.

Grace Sedillo, ready to drive away.

Danny Chavez, on the road.

Danny Chavez, on the road.

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Two Worlds Theater 2013

Dancing with Fire

Dancing with Fire

The multi-talented Kimberly Gleason is back in town (from her new job and life in Spain) to recreate Two Worlds, the theater and film program produced for some years by the North Fourth Art Center.  Kim is partnering with Carmen Tsabetsaye, filmmaker and business professional in this ongoing venture.

 For these two weekends in July, last weekend and coming up on the 19th and 20th, Two Worlds Theater 2013 is offering a Staged Reading Festival with plays by Lucas Rowley (Inupiaq), Diane Glancy (Cherokee) and Kimberly Gleason (Navajo)—yes, in addition to producing, Kim is also a budding playwright.

 This coming weekend, Kim’s “Dancing with Fire” will be Friday at 7pm; Diane Glancy’s “Mask Maker” is Saturday at 5pm; and Lucas Rowley’s “William, Inc.” is Saturday at 7pm.

 I saw both “Dancing with Fire” and “William, Inc.” last weekend and previously read “Mask Maker.” These readings are all well worth attending; the work is original in that it comes straight from the brains, hearts and fingers of these able playwrights, and original in telling new stories effectively and old stories with a new twist.

 The readers/actors are certainly all capable and some of them are downright brilliant in their reading roles. In the two plays I watched, the serious topics (alienation, alcoholism) and the humor inherent in everyday life were well incorporated with relatively little chance for preparation by the readers. I was impressed.

 The following photos should further entice you all to come over to North Fourth Art Center Friday and/or Saturday nights. It’s good theater and there’s a chance to meet the cast of characters over refreshments after each performance.

Cast: William Inc.

Cast: William Inc.

William Inc., Venita yawakie-Gauna

William Inc., Venita yawakie-Gauna

William Inc., Lynnette Haozous

William Inc., Lynnette Haozous

Dancing with Fire, Wil Moore and Jay B. Muskett

Dancing with Fire, Wil Moore and Jay B. Muskett

Dancing with Fire, Zee Echo Eskeets and Forrest Goodluck

Dancing with Fire, Zee Echo Eskeets and Forrest Goodluck

William Inc., Lucas Rowley

William Inc., Lucas Rowley

William Inc., Kenneth Ruthardt and Wil Moore

William Inc., Kenneth Ruthardt and Wil Moore

Dancing with Fire, robert Mesa and Lynnette Haozous

Dancing with Fire, robert Mesa and Lynnette Haozous

Dancing with Fire, Lynnette Haozous, Jesus Mayorga, Jay B. Muskett; standing Wil Moore

Dancing with Fire, Lynnette Haozous, Jesus Mayorga, Jay B. Muskett; standing Wil Moore

Carmen Tsabetsaye

Carmen Tsabetsaye

Kimberly Gleason

Kimberly Gleason

FRIDAY AFTERNOONS

As in organizations, schools, businesses, government bureaucracies and art centers the world over, Friday afternoon is just not quite like the rest of the week here at North Fourth. It’s anticipation of the whole weekend ahead that makes us all a little restless and silly and happy.

For example Drum Circle today:
To the rhythm of some very fine drumming, restaurant names were chanted with vigor and expectations of weekend visits to some of the favorites. “I like Pizza Hut”… “I like Sadies”…and 37 or 100 more! After awhile the exercise switched to music with rock ‘n roll definitely coming out on top and the drumming intensifying.

Here are some of the North Fourth Drummers:

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KP, KEVIN, SOFIA

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PHILLIP, RUTH

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CASEY

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NICK

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ISAIAH, KP, KEVIN

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MATT

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CARMELA, PHILLIP

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Marisol’s Wedding

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The North Fourth Art Center theater serves all kinds of classroom, rehearsal, reading, performance and meeting purposes. And every now and then there’s a special event…like today when Marisol married Devin in a happy ceremony of laughter and commitment.

Of course her mom and dad were there as well as sister and brother-in-law and beautiful Jasmine, her daughter.

The Lobby looked spectacular…you would not have recognized it—all turquoise and white satin and fancy decorations.

There was plentiful and tasty food and delicious cupcakes. Dancing went on into the evening and a good time was had by all.

Congratulations Marisol and Devin.

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Jasmine, beautiful daughter of the bride.

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Gloria

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Devin, the groom.

Omar, father of the bride.

Omar, father of the bride.

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Mom & sister of the bride.

Mom & sister of the bride.

The last dance......

The last dance……

Flags for the Fourth. Flags on North Fourth.

The day before a holiday is almost better than the holiday itself…you have it all to imagine…you can taste the hot dogs, hear patriotic music—maybe Sousa marches from a nearby park, hang out with friends and family and thrill to the snap crackle and pop of fireworks. Best of all the flags waving all over the city and the big bright splashes of magical colors and shapes in the night sky.

So. Happy Fourth of July. Enjoy…and Be Safe!

Linda’s Painting and Drawing class made some flags especially for the occasion.

Rosie

Rosie

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Linda and Jolene

April

April

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Denise

Steve's Fireworks

Steve’s Fireworks

Original. Theater. Dance. Music. Equilibrium Theater & Buen Viaje Dance

ETC.

ETC.

North Fourth Art Center supports two community performing companies, one theater, one dance. Both Equilibrium Theater (ETC) and Buen Viaje Dance (BVD) are directed, taught and nurtured by professional performing artists as they create, rehearse and perform their original works of drama and dance.

BVD.

BVD.

 So far it sounds like all of the other dedicated community theater and dance in Albuquerque, right? All those hard-working talented artists, working for a pittance…or nothing. Just determined to practice their chosen arts.

 In many ways the artists of ETC and BVD are just like all of those other fine artists. However in at least one way they are unique. Most of them deal with one disability or the other—which sometimes seems to overshadow the multitude of abilities they have, both individually and as a group.

 This weekend (June 28, 29) those abilities such as talent, creativity, inventiveness and determination have been on full display as they perform the 2013 productions of original works: EquilibriumTheater Company’s “Breaking Bars” and Buen Viaje Dance Company’s “Whimsey.”

ESMERALDA.

ESMERALDA.

DREW.

DREW.

MARC AND CINDY.

MARC AND CINDY.

BRIDGETT AND JAMES.

BRIDGETT AND JAMES.

WHAT A GROUP!

WHAT A GROUP!

We always say this but it might be true—they just keep getting better and better! Equilibrium’s “Breaking Bars” was written by the company with the able guidance of theater artist/writer/director Peter Diseth.  Equilibrium’s teacher and artistic director, Kate Costello, did an excellent job of honing in on each actor’s particular talents, whether the over-the-top theatrics of Esmeralda Cernius or the big dramatic presence of James Sobczak Jr.. The company, along Kate and Peter, did the best job yet of matching acting styles and experience with particular actors. “Breaking Bars” moved along at a fast professional pace with never a boring moment. Good job ALL.

TONYA.

TONYA.

RYAN.

DIANA AND BILL.

DIANA AND BILL.

BVD.

BVD.

BVD.

BVD.

Buen Viaje Dance has a strong public profile because of its long history in the community. The artistic director, Bradd Howard, has maintained continuity of excellence and experimentation as well as adding his own dance perspective to the company’s repertory.  Pieces in “Whimsy” include two choreographed by Bradd and four by company members. The overall mood of the dance program was both lyrical and personal.  Some seasons have included more playful works and, while there were certainly elements of humor in Theo Arellano’s piece “Karate Dance,” overall it was a straightforward program of whimsically-themed contemporary dance. The work was all interesting, original and professionally presented. But of course each of us will always have our favorites—mine was “Hallelujah; I am; Hallelujah” choreographed by Bill Zimmer and danced by Bill and Diana Phillips. It is that odd thing of being simple and intricate at the same time; can I just say simply beautiful with small movements that are intricate/delicate/perfect. “Times Infinity,” choreographed by Bradd and danced by the company was awesome as well…or should I say agreeably danced and colorfully enhanced with both hoops and lighting adding to the overall effect of a vibrant and lively spectacle.

KATE AND BRADD, GOOD JOB!

KATE AND BRADD, GOOD JOB!

Congratulations to Everyone. Thanks for an exciting weekend.