November 24, 2017
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A new series of pop-up art events at The Otter Creek Hall at 82 Otter Creek Drive (previous events include the performance/installations “Flotsam” and “Suite Limpet”) will take place starting September 30 and ending October 7th, 2017. The week will include an art opening, a play, a poetry reading and music.
SATURDAY September 30
From 5-7pm opening of Nancy Andrews’ new sculpture and installation work “Greatest Hits” a series of events that are pictured in sculptural scenes pushing at the torn edges of girlhood, tree stumps, beauty denied, grotesquerie and aspirations of domestic stability. Andrews is best known as a filmmaker, most recently completing the feature film and web series “The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes”. She is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and several of her films are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art. Andrews is on faculty at College of the Atlantic.

Also on SATURDAY September 30 at 7pm, Lisa Leaverton, (writer & director) presents “ASAP: an auto-play.” Led by characters one might encounter in the workplace: “Try It,” “Activity”, “Task,” “Bootstrap” and “Reality Check,” audience participants may elect to participate in a number of playful, structured exercises, beginning with the task of recognizing the humanity of figures across a real or imagined divide, or simply observe other performers take on roles which are (sometimes awkwardly) pre-imagined for them, at times refusing dramas that are not their own. The auto-play is envisioned as a communication tool for exploring community responsiveness and cultural competency. Through (inquire within), Lisa creates experiential theatre, less reliant upon a big dramatic arc and technology and more reliant upon linguistic environment and energetic contribution of audience. Lisa is pleased to return to Otter Creek, site of 2012 collaboration, Suite Limpet with Dru Colbert. Lisa teaches Communication Studies at Univ of Maine and performance at College of the Atlantic. Look for upcoming agitprop puppet theatre piece (for mature audiences only): “You Don’t Know Dick:” in which Lisa reimagines Punch & Judy for current times, larger stakes & bigger crimes.
Then on SATURDAY OCTOBER 7, 5-7pm Bateau Press Launch Party for Bateau Lit Mag issue 7.1. Bateau Press is a letterpress publisher of chapbooks & an annual literary magazine. Bateau churns out the highest quality, well-designed, environmentally minded package of literature known to man. As of 2016, Bateau is housed within the human ecologically sound superstructure of College of the Atlantic. COA & Bateau Press: looking to change the world through hard work. (and Nancy Andrews “Greatest Hits” show closing)

And at 7pm (SATURDAY OCTOBER 7) Poetry Reading by Jennifer Tseng

Poet and fiction writer Jennifer Tseng was born in Indiana and raised in California by a Chinese immigrant engineer and a first generation German American microbiologist. Her first book The Man With My Face (AAWW 2005) won the 2005 Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s National Poetry Manuscript Competition and a 2006 PEN American Center Open Book Award. Her second book Red Flower, White Flower (Marick Press 2013), winner of the Marick Press Poetry Prize, features Chinese translations by Mengying Han and Aaron Crippen, and her novel Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions 2015) was a finalist for the PEN Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and for the New England Book Award. MAYUMI is available in English and Italian and is forthcoming in Danish. Jennifer won the 2016 Bateau Press Boom Chapbook competition for Not so dear Jenny and also won the 2017 Rose Metal Short Short Chapbook contest for The Passion of Woo & Isolde.
She has taught Asian American Studies and Creative Writing at UCLA and Hampshire College respectively and was the 2015 Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She teaches for the Fine Arts Work Center’s online writing program 24PearlStreet and is currently at work on a novel Woo, the imagined story of her father’s life.

Followed by music by The Henry Probe (Nancy Andrews and Zach Soares) space-psych-pop (