From the Editor, Red Room Reflections

by Ruth Giordano

This month, in addition to reflections on Stage Time & Wine XCI, Stage Time & Juice XXIV and Kind of Red XI, we have the first in a series of reflections on the Red Room experience.

The backstory on this series follows:

Red Room runs an internship program and once upon a time, one of the interns, Leah List, made a project of collecting Favorite Memories of Red Room. She created a survey, distributed it and collected responses from a variety of Red Roomers. Over the next few months, I’ll share those responses with you here.

First up: Yves Tsou, Red Roomer and Diva Extraordinaire

“I think Red Room is a community where you can allow your horizon to broaden and your imagination fly. At the Red Room, everything is an art and everyone is an artist. You learn and experience from others. You create your own work and together we perpetuate the essence of Red Room. That is what amazes me the most.”

Yves Tsou
Yves TsouRed Roomer and Diva Extraordinaire
Stage Time & Wine XCl – July 15, 2017

By 張悅安 Eann

來紅緣寄詩酒已經變成我的例行公事了
每個月的第三個禮拜六,所有紅坊人在此相聚,好像是與生俱來的默契,我們都在紅坊找到自己的答案
每次來都看Addie用著他獨特的風格,流利的中英文在主持著
也喜歡紅緣寄詩酒的開場傳統:讀詩,一首關於「紅色」的詩
喜歡看著所有人帶著自己的東西,相信這些東西,愛著這些東西,再把他帶來紅坊與大家分享
這裡的人們有著相同的美麗,是大家一同坐在紅坊地毯上,專注,傾聽著每個分享者的,那顆心。

「臉紅著
一點點羞怯在發酵
酒精作祟
在心臟 響 到最大聲時
聽見自己的感動蠢蠢欲動 沖出喉頭
劃 破 空 氣
直奔直響直直向前鼓盪
沒有停 直到
最後
我都沒有
睜開 眼睛」

Stage Time & Juice XXlV: Joyous in July

by Carol Yao
Coordinator, Stage Time and Juice

It was a hot July afternoon, but this did not stop the Stage Time and Juicers from converging on the Red Room. We at the Red Room were delighted to see our regulars mixed in with many newcomers. Coordinator Jennifer Joy had the pleasure of walking around and chatting with a few of the first-timers. Her most remarkable encounter was with 3 street performers from the Xinyi District who were looking for something interesting and unusual to do while taking shelter from the sun. Apparently, they were not disappointed!

Open Mic had a good range of signups: among the performances were a few keyboard pieces, a cello performance, a repertoire of jokes, Jennifer and her daughter singing along with the ukulele, Sue deSimone singing while accompanied by her daughter on the guitar, Cici singing a very difficult solo, and her young friend leading us to clap along to “We Will Rock You” while beating on drumsticks. Sharon Landon led the crowd in a few warm-up exercises as an introduction to her upcoming Improv workshop, and then assembled teens in a circle to play a warm-up game.

After the break, Jennifer Joy led everyone in a sing-along. Constance concluded the event by having the children draw a collection of large geometric objects she had assembled (my favorite was the shiny white oblong!), followed by a painting session.

Julian ran the sound booth while Ashish took photographs. Homemade cookies and punch were served up by Nicole at the bar.

Overall the pace was brisk yet relaxed (is that an oxymoron?), so relaxed in fact that we had a bit of trouble getting the Juicers to leave the Red Room afterwards.

In the upcoming weeks Stage Time and Juice has 3 other exciting events planned: on Sunday, July 30 we will be hosting a self-defense workshop for ladies aged 14 and above. On Wednesday, August 2, Sharon will lead a 2-hour Improv workshop for teens aged 12-18. And on Saturday, August 5, Stage Time and Juice will host a special private event for the summer school students of ErXin private school in Keelung. Artist and Er Xin teacher, Russ Ronat, will lead a scavenger hunt involving his beautiful artwork on display for this month’s Visual Dialogues exhibit. Afterwards, veteran Juice performers will join the ErXin students in an open-mic session.

Needless to say, these are very exciting developments for the Stage Time and Juice family. We can hardly wait for the weeks ahead!

View more photos here.

For more information regarding these events and more, please find us on our Facebook page

Kind of Red Musings

From Manav Mehta
Curator, Red Room

紅屋,紅酒,臉紅紅; 我想我又戀愛了。
-Hoki


Red Carpet , red room, red wine (well , white and pink as well , but you know)
Red flows as much as the wine and the smooth jazz tonight.
Let’s all get red together tonight with the wine.
-a thirsty Red Roomer
一位口渴的紅坊人


Be the change i want to see until i see the result!


如果明天就是最後一天。那你想留給這世界什麼禮物。你會想改變什麼呢?
你想留給下一代什麼?
-Ro


如果你愛這個世界,首先你要過得幸福快樂。
-Cha Cha

On the last Friday of each month, during the Kind of Red tapas and wine tasting hour each participant is asked to contribute a line or verse that drips soon after a sip, sound, glance or a unique exchange. Here we share with the community some leafs of the accordion booklet.
在每個月的最後一個星期五, 在紅酒爵士夜中小酌及品嘗西班牙小吃的時光中,每個參與者都在義口小啜、一個聲響、匆匆一瞥或其他獨特形態的交流後被邀請貢獻一兩句或幾行文字。在個社群裡,我們在手風琴書的摺頁間分享彼此。

Kind of Red has been a treat to the senses, clarity to the mind, music to my taste buds.
-Reeves


Dive in and enjoy the tranquility with soothing jazz, timeless sounds, and forgotten beats.
Let us swim in the pungent sweat of grapes crushed with heat and ferver.
Their form forgotten, and instead shapes in the imagination of your flavour.
Diving in the sea,
Listen ~
the ocean, the flow, the whisper.
You’re the king queen of the world.
The being reigning the well collecting the colour seeping and the great bird shrieking ;
you are.
Make noise.

-a literary enthusiast of the Red Room
一位紅坊詩人