For some the holidays represent joy and community, while for others they represent the lack of. Be Love(d): Be love and Be loved is a show to give to those in need as well as to each other. We will do this by raising funds for the King County Crisis Clinic and having an evening of art performances. You don't give love to receive love. You give love to be love.
Crisis Clinic is a telephone service provider and a chemical dependency treatment service that has been running for over 45 years. They aid those in physical, emotional and financial crisis. They do this by defusing immediate distress for individuals, families and the community. They reduce the risk of violence to one's self and others and provide access to safety nets and community resources. Their passion is caring and listening; empowering people to make positive life changes.
If you are unable to attend, please consider still donating. All proceeds go into the production of the show as well as to the Crisis Clinic. We greatly appreciate your help.
Disclaimer: this is an all ages show although material performed may be 21+. When appropriate artists will advise of trigger warnings. I want everyone to feel safe. I also want the acts to be bold. The theme of the acts revolve around mental health and being heard exactly how one needs. We will carry this out with respect for all parties involved. Thank you.
Led to Sea
Led to Sea is the solo project of Seattle violist/violinist L. Alex Guy. She is sometimes joined by incredible percussionist Paul Kikuchi and bassist Jherek Bischoff. Her live shows have transfixed audiences from all across the U.S. and Europe.
Cahalen Morrison is a distinctive multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter born and raised in rural Northern New Mexico, and now makes his home in Seattle. He has toured the globe, been featured on the BBC, NPR, and KEXP, released two solo records, three records with Eli West, and will be releasing a record of original country music with his band, Country Hammer summer of 2014.
semi finalist for the PEN/Rosenthal fellowship, Robert Lashley has had poems published in such Journals as Feminete, No Regrets, and Your Hands, Your Mouth. His work was also featured in Many Trails To The Summit, an anthology of Northwest form and Lyric poetry. To quote James Baldwin, he wants to be an honest man and a good writer.
Cecily is a 2013 Bread Loaf Writers Conference contributor in non fiction. Cecily's work has been published in Fire Stories:Further Thoughts on Radically Rethinking Mental Illness. Since 2009, Cecily has been facilitating writing workshops for the LBGTQI community and performing on stages across the country. Cecily uses personal narrative to I form dialogue regarding neurodiversity, creativity, spirituality, and the current paradigm of mental healthcare.
Jodie Knowles is a performance artist, business owner and creative coach in and around the Seattle area. She is a self taught poet:Her work has been described as "Intuitively Brilliant!". She believes the arts have the power to save lives because she is proof of that power.
Tara Hardy is the working class queer femme poet who founded Bent, a writing institute for LGBTIQ people in Seattle, WA. She is the author of "Bring Down the Chandeliers," published by Write Bloody Press in 2011. Tara is the 2011 recipient of the Washington Poets Association Burning Word Award and was elected Seattle Poet Populist in 2002. Tara has performed on seven final stages during various National Poetry Slam competitions and has been the Seattle Grand Slam Champion three times. Currently, Tara tours the U.S. as a poet, performer, keynote speaker and teaching artist. A daughter of the United Auto Workers and activist in anti-violence movements, Tara views art as a tool for social change. She holds an MFA from Vermont College.
Casey believes that even serious topics can be discussed in passionate and fun ways. Casey really honed the skill of sarcasm by working with the public and observing behavior and attitudes. Casey began performing in fall of 2010. They debuted in the 2010 BENT Mentor Showcase. The continued performing in 2011: 10 poets/10 chapbooks, Sanctuary Arts Center-Poetry for a Cause, Seattle Liner Notes, Folklife Festival, Fremont Arts Abbey-Across the River, featured at Seattle SPIT, Allyship LGBTQ and BENT Mentor Showcase. In 2012: Vashon Island Night of Poetry, BOOST: Give Tara's Platelets a boost and the latest Jack McCarthy Book Release, Seattle SPIT and teamed up with Oscar McNary for the West Coast Illustrious Tour which in included shows in Santa Cruz, CA, Oceanside, CA, Chico, CA San Jose, CA Los Angeles, CA, Pamona, CA, San Francisco, CA Berkerly, CA, Oakland, CA, Sacremento, CA, Eugene, OR and Portland, OR. In 2013: Rain City Slam's Liner Notes, BOOST: Tara Hardy and BOOST: Fran Varian., Twilight Gallery, Rain City Slam Feature, Fremont Arts Abbey The Round and Amber Flame's Why Don't You Love Me. It is in the day-to-day experiences that Casey finds humor as a way to interact with the world and hopes to share it with you.
Alex Bleecker is a co-curator of the Breadline monthly performance series at Vermillion art gallery, and a founding member of the RE DRUM poetry ensemble. In the summer, he can be seen biking around town in official Marvel Universe Iron Man Halloween costume goggles. More importantly, he believes he is Iron Man.
Larry Crist has lived in Seattle for the past 20 years and is originally from California, specifically Humboldt County. He has lived in Chicago, Houston, London, and Philadelphia where he attended Temple U receiving an MFA in theatre. He's been widely published and is currently working compiling his first poetry collection.
Anis Gisele lives in Seattle, by way of Manila, Philippines. She has assimilated and now recycles, eats vegan, and occasionally won't shave for weeks. Her hippie self has featured on spoken word stages such as Rain City Slam, Seattle Spit, Hugo House, Makeda Presents, Electric Tea Garden, Ladies First, and the Bent Mentor Showcase. Her heart has a little porch swing for Seattle and her chosen family of artists, without whom she would not be so loudly alive and writing.
Joshua Morgan Koets Born in Hawaii. Have been performing poetry slam for almost a year now. Part of Seattle Poetry Slam's 2013 national team. Ela Barton has produced my one and only chapbook titled closet case. I am a student at Seattle Central Community College studying sign language. My end goal is to be a travelling poet and interpreter.
Greg Bee is a poet, amateur actor, advice columnist, budding playwright, and chili chef from Seattle, Washington. His work has been online, in print and on microphones across North America. Greg continues to discover himself in his writing as well as other people's writing.
Laura Wachs loves hugs and people. She has been performing poetry for the past three years featuring at shows including Bellingham's Poetry Nite, Everett Poetry Night, the Seattle Slam, Rain City Slam, Breadline, Claustrophobia, Folklife, Liner Notes among others. She believes poetry to be a means of healing and found strength in listening to others stories. She performs in order to offer that same strength. She also has an irrational fear of worms.
Storyteller/ stand up comedian
Emmett Montgomery is a bearded storyteller/comedian and host of the monthly variety show/love letter to Seattle, "Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery" at Annex Theatre and has been a featured performer at festivals across the country. Mr. Montgomery tells jokes from his heart, usually it is full of hope but sometimes it is full of spiders.
Levi Hastins is a freelance illustrator, visual artist and full-time graphic designer in Seattle.His work has been featured on The Better Bombshell, The Fox is Black, Juxtapoz, Ten Paces and Draw, Illustration Age, Capitol Hill Seattle, The Artfuls and The Random Illustrator. As a member of the bustling Seattle art scene, his work can often be seen at various galleries and businesses around Puget Sound. From tattooed bar brawlers to wigged aristocrats, foreign streets to fashion footwear, his illustrations reflect a lifelong obsession with high and low culture, tied together with fine lines and loose watercolor.
The Fremont Abbey Arts Center (View)
4272 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
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