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Newtown’s Dance STOP May 1 and City Speaks Episode 3 On Now with CD soon!

April 25, 2016

Just in time for National Poetry Month, CITY SPEAKS 3 is up and ready for your listening pleasure at a park in Pasadena located at 1199 S. Fair Oaks Avenue (S.W. corner of W. State St. and Fair Oaks Ave.)

The newest Episode brings the voices of E. Amato, Conrad Romo, and Terry Wolverton to this sculptural poetry/sonic installation daily, through Dec, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM for a sonic experience.

NewTown invites you to the third iteration of an ambient sonic experience, a collaboration between three local poets and sound designer Rima Snyder. City Speaks 3 creates a contemplative moment in the Crown City of the San Gabriel Valley. Sit in the sculptural chair and relax in dappled shade as you enjoy poetic reflections emanating from the ottoman of a makeshift living space.


And soon there will be a CD collecting all three episodes! I am thrilled to be a part of this project and very excited about our upcoming CD. Thanks to Rima Snyder for her work in Sound Recording and Design.

Episode 1 features Don Kingfisher Campbell, Matthew Shenoda, and Kath Abela Wilson. Listen to their words here.

In Episode 2,  recorded in 2013 and installed in 2014, Pat Payne, Mikael Hakansson, and I contributed work about water and power. Listen to the recordings here.

On Sunday May 1 I will be reading my CitySpeaks poem, 3:15 Experiment poems, and other poems with fellow Ventura County Community Collge Poets during WordFest at the Ojai Library, and I will probably read it again during my featured reading at EP Foster Library in downtown Ventura 730pm May 5. Both readings are free and open to the public.

Also on May 1 in Pasadena, DanceSTOP:wide in three presentations: 8am, 1pm, 6pm. This free, one-day public art performance at the twin bus shelters on the corner of Colorado and Allen in East Pasadena. NewTown has commissioned 8 modern dancers from Lineage Dance to respond to the perforated metal stage of the bus shelters. The silhouetted forms will move through gravity and light as they negotiate hard metal, waiting riders and passing pedestrians, responding only to the sounds and scapes of the street. Dance STOP was made possible by a grant from the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission.

Dance STOP will be visible from bus, car, on foot, and streaming live at Bus routes Metro #181, Foothill Transit #187, and Pasadena ARTS Bus #10. Take the 210 freeway, Hill exit. South on Hill, East on Colorado.

Street parking on both Colorado and Allen. Please respect parking signs on residential streets.
For more information about Dance Stop, please click here

City Speaks is a project commissioned by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division. NewTown is a dedicated consortium of accomplished professional artists and artist/administrators – musicians, dancers, film and video makers and visual artists – all of whom donate their time to ensure new creative opportunities for their colleagues throughout Southern California. It is a leader in the resurgence of artist-run, not-for-profit organizations currently emerging in Southern California and leading the way to an art world outside institutional confines, reinstating art in the pantheon of public discourse, private pleasure and plain old fun.

Over the last four years, NewTown has brought cutting-edge media, music, dance, performance and visual arts to over 100,000 people in wildly diverse sites, including the streets, alleyways, plazas, storefronts, parking lots, a hiking trail in the San Gabriel Mountains, a swimming pool and even a church basement. Its efforts have been acknowledged with grants from The Pasadena Art Alliance, California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, the Pasadena Arts Commission, and many private donors.

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  1. June 17, 2016 9:57 am

    thanks so much for posting this, gwendolyn. Hope you got a chance to see the work. please add yourself to our mailing list for future shows–

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