Art Bar – The Third Hour Shakes

TAKE this Dance. SHAKE this Song.

That is what my co-curator Eboni Senai Hawkins has titled the third hour of The Art Bar, our “get-a-way where you can network, soapbox, entertain, be entertained, inform, initiate, and imbibe” at the Beyond Dynamic Adaptability conference, next Monday, October 24, 2011.

I am going to get out of the way and let the performers speak. First Eboni’s poetic description of what The Art Bar will morph into between 1:30-2:30pm:

We Have Questions, You Have Answers
Push to change the way your brain comprehends performance.
Six movement artists use the full arsenal of their skills to connect, rebel, skirt around, confront, and bear witness.
You will be asked how you feel and then asked to shout, sing, and dance it.
You will be asked to follow and to lead.
Step outside your head.
Ponder your feet, your hands, your solar plexus.
BE ready so you don’t have to get ready.
Accept Eboni Senai as she prepares the path with a question and a palatable offering.
Trust Yeni Lucero as she intuits your habitual gestures and flips them on end.
Rely on Nicole Klaymoon to inspire play in your limbs and activate your imagination.
Act out with Michael Velez as he invites you to a game and unravels your sense of what you know to be true.
Make your piece/peace with Brian Gibbs as he captures your moving image and dances with it, without you.
Respond to Anna Martine as she cooks up your thoughts and gives them rhythm.

Anna Martine will encourage participants to examine the difference between what they do, what their job is, and how that makes them feel. After collecting that input she will compile them into a call and response song that engages participants.

Yeni Lucero-Rivera will experiment with words and play with the concept of “Simon says.” Participants will explore their own psyche and mirror their own gestures and possible judgments. The experience will capture the emotion that comes with movement.

Art Bar band musicians: John Calloway, Karamo Susso, Ruthie Price, Michael Shiono, and Todd Brown will interact with the dancers via their music. You will able to interact with your body.

To find out if there is still space for you at this one-of-a-kind gathering go to Beyond Dynamic Adaptability.

Art Bar – The Next Two Hours

Lil' Miss Hot Mess

Tomorrow is the last chance to register for Beyond Dynamic Adaptability, which promises to be like no conference you have ever attended. The Art Bar is just one part of the program that distinguishes the event. As promised here is a look at the second hour of the Art Bar.

At some point you may have heard Alan Brown, the renowned researcher and Principle at WolfBrown, share his insights in some study, on a panel, stage, or breakout session. You have never heard him in conversation with Lil’ Miss Hot Mess – arguably San Francisco’s most outspoken drag queen known for blending camp, choreography, and radical politics. Unless this dynamic duo takes the show on the road this second hour at the Art Bar will be a once in a lifetime happening.

The Art Bar band is back with the second-hour addition of the keyboard and flute master John Calloway and amazing drummer Ruthie Price.

Musicians in the Art Bar band offer what might be a first life-time opportunity for many attendees. You can speak, rant, or sing your opinion in the open mic with the musical instrument/s of your choice. You want a hip-hop bass beat behind your as you make your point just tell Michael Shiono and he will back you up.  Want a classical Latin flavor on keyboard just tell John Calloway. The entire band can be your instrument. Todd Brown will “model” this in the first hour of the Art Bar in his “musicical conversation” in response to the Plenary.

How many ways can you participate? Beyond Dynamic Adaptability is pushing the limits on how audiences and presenters engage and interact, including how that happens at a conference.  You will be able to document your ideas through a Video Confessional Booth with Dr. Zebroski or succinctly express your views via haiku. Performers will be collecting your haikus and performing them throughout the day both in the Art Bar and in the nooks and crannies of the Memorial Marines Club, but we are open to your pre-conference haikus @WallArtsSF/#participarts.

Don’t remember the formula or spirit of the haiku form? Go to haiku for people at for a refresher and more. If you need permission to diverge from the rules see

I will serve as the metaphorical “sacrificial haiku lamb” here with only the second haiku I’ve written in my life:

Change flutters bird-like
Into our sometimes still air
Shifting thought currents.

See you in the virtual world until next Monday. For more information, and to register, please visit the event website.


The State of the Art Bar

Normally the mixing (or networking) over song, dance, chatter, and drinks, happens after a hard day of conferencing. At Beyond Dynamic Adaptability the mixing will be integral to the experience and begins early at the Art Bar.

The Art Bar follows the Plenary and runs concurrently with the breakout sessions. In fact you might describe it as a session where you could actually break dance or break into song on the open mic “stage.” How do you participate in the conference through interaction with art? Is it possible to address the issues of the day via movement or a poem? Think of it as a get-a-way within the conference where you can network, soapbox, entertain, be entertained, inform, initiate, and imbibe. Yes the “Bar” in “Art Bar” is literal. So bring cash.
Throughout the day we will combine a little bit of structure with a little bit of spontaneity. The 11:30-12:30 “set” looks like this:
  • The Art Bar Band: Todd Brown on guitar, Michael Shiono on bass, and Karamo Susso on kora. Other musicians and spokenword artists join as the day progresses.
  • Open Mic: Responses to the Plenary featuring interpretations by Russian dance psychic Dr. Zebroski and “musical conversation” by Todd Brown. You can the stage to share your thoughts with or without musical accompaniment. Tell the band to give you a bluesy backdrop as you pontificate on new forms of civic dialogue.
  • Performance Poet Baruch Porras-Hernandez flexes his poetic prowess.
  • Drag Art – Maryam Farnaz Rostami performs an excerpt from her one-woman show.
Each Art Bar “set” will have a unique programmatic twist while also offering activities that run nonstop. Where else can you?:
  • Write your Dynamic Haikus – Voice your opinion in a classic, exquisitely short, Japanese form. Artists will be collecting and reading haikus throughout the day. Remember, 5, 7, 5.
  • Spill it in the Video Confessional Booth – You’ve been watching all your favorite reality TV stars spill their guts for years, now it’s your turn! Take a minute and share your thoughts about the conference, the arts, the Bay Area, or more in the Video Confessional Booth.
Stay tuned to this blog page as we get closer to the conference date for upcoming descriptions of the “twists” at the Art Bar.
For more information, and to register, please visit the event website.


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