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FF Alumns present "QUEENS IN MANHATTAN", March 21, 2001 Wed.
March 21, 2001 an evening of four Queens artists reading and performing their works Judith Sloan, Warren Lehrer, Hal Sirowitz and Alvin Eng The Knitting Factory's "Knit-Active" Soundstage 74 Leonard Street $8 call: 212-219-3006
Produced by Ear/Say as part of the Crossing the Blvd project. Based in Queens, Ear/Say is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to documenting and portraying lives of the uncelebrated.
Judith Sloan will present new pieces from her work in development: Resident Alien/Alienated Resident which is based on the Crossing the Blvd project. Crossing the Blvd is a project in development with Warren Lehrer/Judith Sloan which looks at the lives of new immigrants in Queens, the most diverse locality in the United States with the largest mix of refugees and immigrants from all over the globe. "Fine acting gives Sloan's characters depth and texture." Variety
Warren Lehrer reads from The Portrait Series, his ongoing suite of books that document and portray the stoop philosophers, sit-down comedians and off-the-cuff bards who puncture the predictability of daily life and straddle the wobbly line between brilliance and madness. His readings form the suite of books published by Bay Press bring to life the stories and perspectives of four extraordinary men. "The Portrait Series shamelessly offers the pleasures of voyeurism all good books afford." The New York Times
Alvin Eng will be reading excerpts from "The Flushing Cycle," a humorous memoir monologue that recounts his odd odyssey of growing up as one of the few Chinese kids in Flushing to now being one of the few Chinese citizens of Flushing who does not speak fluent Chinese. "The Flushing Cycle" is the latest in a long list of artistic accomplishments for the prolific Eng" - Newsday
Hal Sirowitz will be reading from his newest work about trying to talk back to his family. The author of the critically acclaimed Mother Said, Sirowitz has published two books of poetry published by Crown, Mother Said, and My Therapist Said. Hal recently was named Poet Laureate of Queens! "Sirowitz's poems might be the channeled voice of Philip Roth in a state of catatonic dementia." The Village Voice
ABOUT EAR/SAY, EarSay, is a non-profit arts company based in Queens New York, dedicated to documenting and portraying the lives of the uncelebrated. Crossing the Blvd is a project in development with Warren Lehrer/Judith Sloan which looks at the lives of new immigrants in Queens, the most diverse locality in the United States with the largest mix of refugees and immigrants from all over the globe. In partnership with Elders Share the Arts, ESTA, Crossing the Blvd is being supported in part by a Rockefeller PACT grant.