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That’s What She Said featuring Lauren Zuniga
Saturday, July 7, 2012, 9:30pm
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
In Cynthia’s first performance after returning to Minneapolis, she welcomes to town the nationally acclaimed poet and activist, Lauren Zuniga as a feature for That’s What She Said. Joining Lauren and Cynthia in this one-night-only showcase of awesome are 2012 VERVE Grant recipient Aimee Renaud, Amy Salloway of the Rockstar Storytellers and the amazing hula hooper and founder of Harmony Hoops, Jessica Bessette. Cynthia is still confirming guests artists, so stay tuned for even more surprises!
More About the Performers:
Lauren Zuniga received national acclaimed for her poem, To The Oklahoma Lawmakers, which MoveOn.org called “The most riveting message about the war on women in under three minutes,” Zuniga’s newest collection of poetry, The Smell of Good Mud, explores the wild terrain of queer, feminist, collective living in the conservative state of Oklahoma. Set in a house named Clementine, these poems offer a communal meal, a radiant love affair and the inner carnival of a single mother.
Zuniga is a nationally touring poet, teaching artist and activist. She is currently ranked in the top 5 female poets, from the 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam. She is the founder of Oklahoma Young Writers and the 2012 Activist-in-Residence at the University of Oklahoma. Her work has been featured in On the Issues Magazine, on MoveOn.org, Daily Kos, Crooks and Liars, Being Liberal, RH Reality Check, Muzzle Magazine, The Faulking Truth, The Good Things About America and The Gayly. Most days, she identifies as granola femme/queer/mama. She lives with her two kids in an artist collective named Clementine where they experiment with weird things like kombucha and co-operation.
Aimee Renaud strives to be full of joy. Winner of the Urban Griots New Spoken Word Artist of the Year Award in 2009, and proud member of the 2009 Twin Cities Youth Slam Team sent to compete at the Brave New Voices National Competition, Aimee sometimes likes to read her poetry out loud, and hopes to spend the next year learning how to effectively foster her creative tendencies. At the moment, her projects are focused on sparking dialogue around the subject of oppressive language and its role within performance art. When she isn’t getting paid to sling espresso for motorcyclists, Aimee can usually be found playing with boisterous kittens, devouring the pastryarchy, daydreaming of the South, answering a crisis line, reading books and/or craigslist missed connections, serenading cute people with her ukulele, talking about gender/feminism/activism/TheFuture/magic, traveling everywhere, sending letters, and generally feeling free.
Actor/writer/storyteller Amy Salloway is excited that Cynthia’s back in town, and very happy to be included in “That’s What She Said”. Amy’s the creator of four mostly-autobiographical plays — “Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?”, “So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!”, “Circumference” and “Entwined” — all of which began their lives at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and have gone on to tour to Fringes, theatres, colleges, festivals and events all over the US and Canada. Amy’s been a guest playwright for Interact Center for the Arts, a contributor to MPR’s “In the Loop” and CBC radio’s “Definitely Not The Opera”, a Tellebration workshop instructor, and a teacher of improvisation and creative writing for Community Ed; she’s also a founding member of Rockstar Storytellers. For more info, check out www.amysalloway.com, or look up Awkward Moment Productions on Facebook.
Jessica Bessette started Harmony Hoops with a handmade hoop in the backyard, whirling around her waist. Hooping alone for years provided her with an understanding of and passion for this simple tool, and she began sharing her experience with others, helping them to enjoy the benefits of hooping. Today, after making more than 500 custom hoops and teaching over 300 hours of hoopclasses and workshops, Jessica is excited to share her passion and experience with you.
You can check out some of her videos here.
Thadra Sheridan has been published in the Star and Tribune, the Skyway News, Moxie Magazine, Rattle, and several anthologies. She has won awards for her writing from the Faulkner Society and the National League of American Pen Women. Her work has been featured on the final episode of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam in the summer of 2006, Minnesota Public Radio, and venues across the country, including San Quentin Penitentiary, where she scored serious points talking about her bad taste in men. She has been a member of four Slam Teams, three from Minneapolis, and one from San Francisco, which placed 6th at the 2005 National Poetry Slam. She featured in 2001 at ForWord Girls, the first ever all-female spoken word festival in San Francisco and won LA’s first all-female Redhots Slam in March of 2004. She was the recent winner of the Jerome Foundation’s Verve grant for spoken word. She bartends to pay rent and nurses a broken heart. She can be reached at Nym1993@aol.com.
Cynthia French is a writer and performer in Minneapolis. She has her MFA in Writing from Hamline University and has performed 15 national poetry slam competitions. She is returning to the Twin Cities after serving as the Executive Director of the Great River Arts Association to complete work on her first full length book of poetry, The Truth Behind Bingo Parlors. Cynthia also teaches creative writing, poetry slam, performance and other creative arts in area schools, community centers, colleges and universities. She was the Slam Master for SlamMN! for 6 years. Cynthia is known for her sassy feminism, often using sarcasm and sexuality to take on broad topics such as love, politics and roller derby.