Join us for eats, drinks, and performances under the stars and twinkly lights at La Cocina Restaurant & Cantina. As part of their Tuesdays for Tucson, a portion of the proceeds from the night’s festivities will go to support these non-profit literary organizations Kore Press and POG. A resource table with information from our local environmental activist groups will be featured.
Poet JENNIFER SCAPPETTONE is a translator and scholar who works in a variety of textual, performative and digital formats. Her poetic projects include complex explorations of language in many different contexts. She has published four books: a critical study of modernist poets in Venice, Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Columbia UP, 2014), a book of translations, Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli, and two books of poetry, From Dame Quickly (Litmus, 2009), and, most recently, Exit 43 (Atelos, 2016).
Scappettone will present some of her latest work (in the form of readings and choral performances) that have to do with copper-mining, environmental destruction, and data. The improvised violining of Vicki Brown (Tucson) will open the show.
Violinist VICKI BROWN explores the intimate liminal spaces between the light and dark, the seen and unseen, the known and unknown. She often describes her music as ‘elemental psychosonic landscapes,’ drawing on her curiosity of what 63 shades of green looks through the eyes of an orangutan, what the underside of a bird’s wing sounds like in flight, the drag and push of water as an iceberg makes its passage. Drawing on an improvisational approach, she capitalizes on repetition and unbeknownst moments that become integral to the music-making experience. She has toured the US and abroad and collaborates with dancers, film makers, painters, poets and bands.