by Penelope Starr on Nov. 18, 2013, under Arts
Never Say Never is the theme of the December performance of Tucson’s own Female StoryTellers or FST! Founded in 2012, their mission is to provide a creative outlet for women’s voices in monthly performances. You have until November 23 if you want to tell a story for this show. You can find their submission guidelines here or email email@example.com no later than the deadline.
From their Facebook event page:
Each month 4 or more storytellers write and perform rehearsed personal stories based on a set prompt or theme. With each person’s individual perspective on the them, each FST! performance is uniquely unpredictable, often inspiring much laughter and the occasional tear from the audience.
In addition, FST! is dedicated to raising funds for local arts and community organizations. Their shows have provided support for a variety of causes; December’s beneficiary is Zoe M., a 17-year-old young woman with a rare form of bone cancer.
Come hear the stories on December 11 at Plush, 340 E 6th Street, Tucson at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30). Suggested donation is $7, cash only. ASL interpreters will be provided. I’ll see you there!
by Penelope Starr on Oct. 21, 2013, under Arts, Life
I was opening a pomegranate the other day, scoring the skin across the equator, carefully prying the two hemispheres from each other with care. Then I methodically picked and twisted out the plump red juicy seeds into a bowl.
I was totally absorbed in the process, paying attention to the details: sights, smells, sounds and I was thinking about what I was going to do with these beautiful pearls when they were freed from their skin. I decided to make potato & celeriac soup and serve it with a salad of romaine lettuce, cucumber and pomegranate seeds with a balsamic vinegar dressing.
It seems to me that you use the same skills when you are cooking as when you are creating a story. It’s important to have a plan or recipe for each individual dish and you must be able to visualize the whole meal and how the individual parts will work together. There needs to be some savory and some sweet, a variety of colors and shapes and it all has to be ready at the same time to be put on the table for your eaters.
When putting together a story, all the steps must be coordinated too. Each segment of the story needs to be considered in regards to variety in the tempo and tone. The delivery needs to be appropriate to the subject matter, and you need to get to a satisfying, logical ending for the audience.
Mostly, you have to be conscious and enjoy the process. That is the subliminal message that will be conveyed to those who consume your food and your stories.
by Penelope Starr on Oct. 07, 2013, under Arts, community
I’m taking a workshop at Gangplank every Saturday for the next seven weeks called The Magic of the Moving Image, a film-making workshop, taught by the amazing Gene Rudolf. I was hesitant to make the commitment to be in town for every weekend during this lovely camping season but it just sounded too good to pass up.
We had our first class today and the 15 or so participants introduced themselves and told what aspect of filmmaking they are interested in. The majority of people spoke about their desire to learn skills so that they can tell stories. My classmates are an interesting lot ranging in age from 11 to their 60′s with many different life experiences to bring to their projects.
The goal of the class is not to become technical wizards in eight weeks but to learn theory, principles and techniques through practical projects. Yes, I have homework to do, and I’m looking forward to it.
Gene Rudolf is a highly respected motion picture art director/production designer, with forty years professional experience and over thirty feature film credits including Raging Bull, Diner, Against All Odds and The Great Gatsby. Besides generously sharing his wealth of knowledge, he even brought coffee, fruit and donuts for everyone.
Gangplank is a wonderful new meeting space downtown at 17 E. Pennington. They are “a collaborative workspace, without physical or financial barriers preventing participation,” according to their website. Their expectations are that participants will share their ideas and knowledge with others so that innovative ideas will flourish.
I expect just that from The Magic of the Moving Image.