Palmer Design Team Named
Bullish on Bull-Jean
Quick congratulations to poet/playwright Sharon Bridgforth and musician Lourdes Perez. They have made the short list of artists eligible to take part in a national arts residency initiative, Artists & Communities: America Creates for the Millennium, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. The initiative will place artists at 56 host sites across the country during the year 2000 so they can create long-term programming that addresses issues of community significance. About 800 artists applied for the program, and Bridgforth and Perez are among 255 applicants from whom the 56 resident artists will be chosen.
This follows another recent honor for Bridgforth: Her new book the bull-jean stories, a collection of verse dramas about the woman-loving-woman named bull-dog-jean, won the 1998 Lambda Literary Award for Best Small Press Book. The Lambda Literary Awards recognizes excellence in the gay, lesbian, and transgender literary community. the bull-jean stories is available in book form ($12) and on CD ($12.99), read by Bridgforth, with vocals by Sonja Perryman and music by Deacon John.
I-35 Arts Corridor Update
That curious cultural causeway connecting our town with Minneapolis is still in operation. Just last week, it pulled Austin director Katie Pearl and musician SXIP up to the Land of 1,000 Lakes to work with playwright and former Austinite Lisa D'Amour on her new project SLABBER. Commissioned by Intermedia Arts with funds from the Jerome Foundation, SLABBER is a performance installation which explores such dichotomies as dirty/clean and sacred/ profane through the story of a girl who is exiled from her town when people come to believe she is unclean. The title comes from the machine in old soapmaking factories that cut big blocks of soap into slabs. D'Amour had worked with Pearl on the FronteraFest '98 piece Dress Me Blue, Window Me Sky, and so asked her to come direct the new work. Pearl, in turn, invited SXIP along, having been inspired by his performance on the closing night of the Electric Lounge and feeling he was the ideal person to create the piece's soundscape. If you didn't catch SLABBER in Minneapolis last week, don't worry. D'Amour reports that she and Pearl will perform the piece in Austin "sometime in Y2K."