|Comedy, Theatre & Lecture|
Eisenhower Dance Ensemble
The Further Adventures of GUSSIE MAE IN AMERICA
written & performed by Letitia Guillory
A testimony of African-American women and a tribute to their endurance, strength and faith.
This performance trilogy is woven together by the spirituality of survival and the celebration of the human spirit. Using poetry, dance, music, installation art and storytelling, these pieces explore themes of struggle, loss, poverty, identity, redemption, sexuality and family. Above all, The Further Adventures of Gussie Mae in America is, a healing ritual...... clearing the way for what is to come.
"a captivating piece" -The New York Amsterdam News, August
"Ms. Guillory represents one of the finest actresses and writers on the scene today."
"The Further Adventures Of Gussie Mae In America, written and performed by Letitia Guillory and presented by Harlem's National Black Theatre, was a captivating, one-woman tour de force." -Theatremania.com
Guillory's acting credits include: The Taking Circle, Black Medea, As You Like It and the national tours of For Colored Girls... and Whatever Happened to Black Love?. Directing credits include: Fragmented Frontlines, The Waiting Room, Trip This and My Darling Gremlin. Guillory's play Free at Last was part of the Harlem Renaissance II Festival at the Apollo Theater, and Shelter: A Photograph of Hope was part of Community Works' Theater Connections program, at Aaron Davis Hall. Guillory was commissioned by Mind Builders Inc.. to write Dancing in Her Head: The Life & Times of Katherine Dunham, which toured NYC schools. As an Arts Educator, Guillory has worked with HAI, Community Works, Periwinkle National Theater, Brooklyn AIDS Task Force and served as the Artistic Director of the AIDS Theatre Project. She continues her work in Educational Theatre, presenting workshops in homeless shelters in NYC, on national college campuses and in communities.
Front Porch Workshop Series - programs developed for audiences of all ages, engaging the participants in history and the creative process.
Thomas Michael Jones is the Director of The Healing and Discovery Center, and is co-host of "The Open Door", a coast-to-coast cable television show dedicated to spirituality and the mind. He founded the first drug addiction center in Hawaii with The University of Hawaii. He has served as the director of The Applied Institute of Psychotherapy and as director and trainer for the Addiction Services Agency, in New York City. He is trained in Family therapy, Group therapy, Addiction counseling, Transactional Analysis and Primal therapy.
Thomas Michael Jones is a co-developer and facilitator of the Paradox Process. He currently teaches and consults with individuals, groups and organizations worldwide.
With his profound but practical understanding of the human experience, Jones presents lecture programs and workshops on the following topics:
Clarifying the Pursuit of Your Career
The Spiritual Path to Money and Success
Building Relationships that Work
Substance Abuse: Alternate Search for Reality
World heralded JUNKMAN, percussionist, Donald Knaack
Music composed for and performed on junk and found discarded objects
Spokesperson for Vermont's Agency for Natural Resource's campaign for recycling and reuse, including TV & radio ads.
Featured Artist: "Full Metal Edges", CBS "Sunday Morning", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Van's Warped Tour, Kansas City International Jazz Festival, The Great Went and Lemonwheel with PHISH, Lincoln Center Out-of Doors Festival, Boston Millennium Project, Mountain Creek, Stratton Junkjam '98, World Environmental Day at the United Nations, Discover Jazz Festival, and upcoming: Sundance Film Festival
European tours to Germany, Belgium, Italy and Croatia*
1998 finalist for Grammy Nomination for Junk Music CD - Best Classical Composition
Commissions by Twyla Tharp for American Ballet Theatre & Twyla Tharp Dance
Concerts, Audience junkjams, Lectures, Community Based Projects & Workshops
Hailed by The New York Times, The Washington Post & Billboard
San Francisco Sketch Comedy Group and Film Production Company
Voted 'Best Laugh Factory' by The San Francisco Bay Guardian
Winner of the 'Best of the Fringe Award' - 1998 & 1999 San Francisco Fringe Festivals
Produced seven Award-winning short films screened at Sundance, Dockers Classically Independent & the San Francisco International Film Festival, where the Lobsters took home a Golden Spire Award.
The group also runs annual Hi/Lo Film Festival
Four years, more than 15 original productions, a buncha short films & a dance number set inside a decrepit Russian space station
"An orgy of comic genius!" -Comedy Central online
"Hilarious! Killing My Lobster makes for an evening of thrills reminiscent of Saturday Night Live in the old days." -www.sfstation.com
"Head-shakingly funny. Monty Pythonesque sketches mix wacky physical humor with over-the-top loopiness. Moments of surreal cleverness abound." -Seattle Times
"crisp writing and slick performance (KML show at Chicago Comedy Festival) certainly edges closer to the ideal of "truth in comedy" than anything that's graced Chicago stages in the post-Del Close era." -Critics' Choices, Chicago Reader
In 1963, on a visit to master tailor Dougie Millings, John Lennon asked for something different and the distinctive Beatles look was born. Already a favorite of such early British rock stars as Tommy Steele, Tom Jones, Cliff and the Shadows and Hollywood legends Steve McQueen, James Dean and Sammy Davis Jr., Dougie Millings - from his studio/workroom at 63 Compton Street, in Soho, London - was actively changing the face of both mens clothing and rock n roll as we know it.
The original Beatles jackets, with round necks, were made in 4 colors and had braided edges. The price per suit was approximately $90. Dougie's son, Gordon, first trained as a tailor at Huntsman & Sons, and then joined his father's company. They were privy to some of the key developments in the careers of many of these stars. And in their store in Great Pulteney Street, they installed a grand piano on the top floor of the store and an upright in the basement, where acts used to rehearse. Fans soon flocked to the store to see the Beatles. "On one occasion, Paul was there," tells Gordon, "and we had to call the police from Soho nick to come down and clear the way because there were so many kids we couldn't even open the door." Dougie Millings and Son created some 500 outfits for the Beatles, in addition to fashions for Paul McCartney's band "Wings", Mick Jagger, and countless other stars, doctors and diplomats.
Gordon Millings continues the family tailoring business today; creating Custom made Suits and Costumes and carrying Ready-to-wear Stock and Limited Edition Collectables. With intriguing anecdotes, original photos and artistic genius, Gordon Millings presents Lecture programs and Workshops, marvelously celebrating pop history and innovation in fashion design.
**Biographical Information from The Look, Adventures In Pop & Rock Fashion, by Paul Gorman
(Sanctuary Publishing, Ltd., 2006)
Creator and Director
"She is blazing new pathways - a new frontier for the Hispanic business community."
The Wall Street Journal
Founder of LBS Services, cartoonist and creator of the award winning comic strip, Los
Kitos, Martha Montoya is the Chair of the largest Latino Business Owner Expo in the
country. Born in Bogota, Columbia, Montoya achieved success holding key international
management positions with agricultural firms importing from Latin America and
becoming a recognized speaker on international source issues. She is currently the Chair
of the Latin Business Association.
With persistence of divine proportions, Montoya pursued her dream of becoming a
successful cartoonist. She created the cartoon strip, Los Kitos, ("little dolls") to serve as a
vehicle for helping immigrants assimilate into a new society. Today Los Kitos is featured in
over 305 newspapers in 17 countries worldwide and has won scores of awards. A radio
show and live stage show presents bilingual entertainment throughout the U.S. Montoya
has finalized negotiations for a 26-episode animated television series based on her
characters. In addition, U.S. corporations and institutions, including Bank America Corp.
and the U.S. Postal Service, use the Los Kitos figures to serve as a gateway between
themselves and the Hispanic market. Companies use the characters to inform their Spanish-
speaking customers about services ranging from using an automated teller machine, to addressing
an envelope. Stores nationwide sell merchandise featuring the comic strip characters - items
ranging from shoes, T-shirts and watches, to cups of ready-to-eat gelatin.
Martha Montoya's lecture programs are insightful, educational and inspirational, like the woman
"Cartoonist Martha Montoya: Persistence helped her draw attention to an untapped Latino Market."
-Investors Business Daily
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