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21 October 2016, R4 presents Three by Poe

r4-3bypoe-program-101716-1Three by Poe
Presented by Red Room Radio Redux
Friday, October 21 2016
From 8 PM – 11 PM
Doors open at 7:00 PM
Show starts at 8:00

Stories by the master of mystery and the macabre,
Edgar Allan Poe, will be read aloud and accompanied by sound effects generated live using ordinary household items.
Musical background will further enhance the experience.

THE BLACK CAT, read by Paul Batt
THE TELL-TALE HEART, read by Whitney Sahar
and Poe’s most famous narrative poem THE RAVEN, read by Thomas Bellmore and featuring a special guest artist, Mr. Charles Haines to illustrate the poem as it is being read.

Bar open before, after and at intermission
Your Patronage: 300 NT
Tickets: available at the door OR through ACCUPASS
This performance will be in English.

Red Room at the TAF LIBRARY 2F
# 177, Sec.1, Jianguo S. Rd, Taipei
空軍總部「圖書館」2樓 台北市大安區建國南路一段177號
red.room.taipei@gmail.comwww.redroomtaipei.com

Visual Dialogues XI, October 2016

rrvdxi-oct-poster-092616Red Room is part of the greater Taipei and Taiwan community; it is our hope that we can help to bring the arts into the lives of all people. Red Room frequently works in coordination with other organizations to support socially important events. Visual Dialogues XI is a charitable art sale with all proceeds going to the Childhood Brain Tumor Association of Taiwan. We would like to invite you to the opening of this art event, featuring more than 15 artists. They have donated their art to be sold for the cause.

Come and be part of the event on October 2, 2:30pm -5:30pm

SHOW RUNS FROM 10/2 – 11/4 2016
GALLERY HOURS Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 5pm
or By appointment <artist.redroom@gmail.com>

The organizer Caridee Chou said:

“My sister was diagnosed with a brain tumor and during her treatment, she felt that art was a great healer. She discovered that painting helped her through this difficult period. This is where the idea originated to hold a charity art show to help other children who are suffering from similar situation. We wish for each child to experience the joy of a happy and healthy childhood.”

Participating artists:參展藝術家:周京瑤,凱利劉,李亭儀,鄭淑芬,周怡賢,鐘翊綺,沉步曦,詹凱名,呂佳真,李昀潔,吳鴻旻,邱國峰,陳敏媛,唐琪珮, Roma Mehta, Charles Haines.

Donations will go to Childhood Brain Tumor Association of Taiwan (CBTA).
The mission of the CBTA is to improve quality of life and the long term outlook for children with brain tumors from newly diagnosed to survivorship or end of life.
http://www.cbta.org.tw

紅房和中華民國關懷腦瘤兒童協會(CBTA)想邀請你參加他們的慈善畫展的開幕式, 有超過15個藝術家願意共同聯名將他們的畫作收入捐給中華民國關懷腦瘤兒童協會 (www.cbta.org.tw)。
該協會的使命是關懷腦瘤兒童身心發展,提昇腦瘤兒童治癒機會,宣導正確醫療觀念,交換家長輔育病童經驗,發揮互助力量。
參展藝術家:周京瑤,凱利劉,李亭儀,鄭淑芬,周怡賢,鐘翊綺,沉步曦,詹凱名,呂佳真,李昀潔,吳鴻旻,邱國峰,陳敏媛,唐琪珮, Roma Mehta, Charles Haines.
by Constance Woods
Coordinator Visual Dialogues

When I Couldn’t Go to Stage Time and Wine 82…

The title was meant to be a fill-in-the-blank activity. If anyone wants to send me a brief thought about what they did when they couldn’t go to Red Room’s Stage Time and Wine, send me an email at editor.redroom@gmail.com. For now, I will share what I did.

The day before, Friday September 16, was a beautiful day. The kind of day where temperatures were comfortable and the skies were a fresh-scrubbed blue with stunning cloud displays. I took my 6-year-old son to the Taiwan Puppet Theatre Museum near Dadaocheng Wharf and watched him be enthralled by the magic of the puppets on display. I sat down, smiling as he played with the demo puppets and made up stories about 19th-century puppets and masks.

Later that evening, I joined Ruth Giordano and an intimate crowd of new friends for an evening of R4 ReadAloud. We were settling in for an evening of wonderful words, ready to donate to the Playing For Change Foundation. It was setting up to be an evening of collaboration, conversation, and conviviality, when suddenly, a TAF security guard crossed the threshold. He asked for us to pack up and leave the venue because of the coming of Typhoon Malakas. It warmed my heart to see his concern for our safety.

Even though Typhoon Malakas ended up being fairly gentle, at least by my standards (I hail from east coast US, no stranger to hurricanes/typhoons), Stage Time and Wine was cancelled, perhaps for the first time in its 7 years. However, there was merriment in the Zahar household. My son took me on forays into his imagination, and I realized how much of a world-builder he is. My son has been creating his own animals, showing me bits and pieces through his drawings and answers to my questions. He showed me his prodigious memory by quoting to me lines from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the Gene Wilder one, of course!). He sang to me, we read together, and colored in our coloring books.
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So, in a way, I did have my own version of Stage Time and Wine, courtesy of my beautiful son. I even had a glass of wine to celebrate! I celebrated my son’s imagination and his boundless love and my return to my creative roots. I emerged from Typhoon Malakas feeling rejuvenated and ready to jump into creative work once again!

By Whitney Zahar
Red Room Scribe

The Word from R4, September 2016

 

Friday 09/02 at Red Room @ TAF, R4 presented their latest production: “The Most Dangerous Game,” originally written by American author Richard Connell in 1924 and adapted since then for stage, screen and television.

This incarnation was read aloud by Pat Woods and Paul Batt, supported by recorded musical selections by Bernard Hermann, Scarlatti, Britten and others. Live sound effects enhanced the audience members’ experience.

In addition to portraying the characters of the evil General Zaroff and his hulking savage lackey, Mr. Batt energetically produced sound effects using his voice and ordinary household items.

Mr. Woods delivered an impressive performance- portraying the main character as well taking on the responsibility of Narrator. Mr. Woods, a native of the UK, aptly read the main character’s lines in an New York accent and switched back into his own way of speaking in order to narrate the story.

The Most Dangerous Game

The evening was rounded out by members of Taipei Improv. They invited the audience to play some dangerous games of improvisation before and after the show. In addition, Karen Farley of KP Kitchen provided a dangerously delicious cake that looked like a checkerboard, complete with gummy bear game pieces.

Many thanks to the Red Room Volunteers who made it all possible.

Red Room RadIo Redux is also announcing an upcoming performance at TAF October 21
Three by Poe: Two stories and a narrative poem by the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe.

“The Black Cat”
In this study of the psychology of moral disintegration through alcoholism, a murderer carefully conceals his crime and believes himself unassailable. Eventually, he breaks down and reveals himself, impelled by a nagging reminder of his unforgivable sin.

“The Raven”
Easily Poe’s best-known poem, it tells of the mysterious visit of a raven to a grieving lover. The raven further instigates distress with its constant repetition of the word “nevermore”. The poem makes use of a number of folk, mythological, religious, and classical references.

“The Tell-Tale Heart”
An unnamed narrator endeavors to convince the reader of his sanity, while describing a murder he committed. The victim was an old man with a filmy “vulture-eye”, as the narrator calls it. The murder is carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by dismembering it and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the narrator’s guilt manifests itself in the form of the sound—possibly hallucinatory—of the heart of the victim still beating under the floorboards.

In the Red Room Radio Redux tradition, these Three by Poe will be read aloud and accompanied by live sound effects generated using ordinary household objects. Background music will further enhance the experience for the listening audience. In one special instance, during the reading of “The Raven,” the experience will be further enhanced by a painter rendering an illustration as the poem is read aloud.

by Ruth Giordano
Producer, Director, Red Room Radio Redux

Words from the editor, October 2016

Scribe’s Musings: Welcome one and all to this month’s issue of Red Room E-news. We have had a busy fall so far, as well as some unexpected surprises from Mother Nature. We can’t wait to share the stories of what we’ve been up to!

For the first time in our seven-year history, September’s installment of Stage Time and Wine was cancelled, due to Typhoon Malakas. In addition, the small, but spirited, gathering of R4’s monthly ReadAloud was advised quite gently by a TAF security guard to pack up and head out before the storm hit.

I found myself thinking about the way we look at disasters. How they galvanize a community, and sometimes the world, cannot be denied. Sometimes, I wish that we can have such generous and loving spirits all the time. In some ways, disaster can build a community. So can art. Look at what we’ve done here at the Red Room!

In the spirit of building community, I encourage all contributions from anyone who has experienced Red Room. Original artwork, poetry, prose, musings, and reflections are more than welcome. Just contact me at editor.redroom@gmail.com, or look at our submission guidelines on our website.

We have so much to share with each other! And hang on tight, there’s more to come! Come out on November 19 to see what the 7th Anniversary holds!

Joyfully yours,
Whitney Zahar
RR Scribe

12 October 2016, Crystal Sound Exploration

Crystal Sound Exploration
an experiential evening with
Leigh Ann Phillips
October 12 2016, 6pm to 8pm
at the Red Room
Patronage: 300 NTD
RSVP: red.room.taipei@gmail.com

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Leigh Ann Phillips is an award-winning singer, songwriter, sound healing practioner, lecturer and teacher from Hawaii. Leigh Ann will be in Taipei for one day only, sharing her gift of healing sounds.

The Shimmering Sounds Collection of crystal bowls that Leigh Ann has personally created are just some of the tools that can assist all of us in the powerful process of expansion and healing. For many years Leigh Ann has aligned with the mentorship of Dr Mitchell Gibson and his wife Archarya – www.tybro.com they gave permission for Leigh Ann to use specific mandalas that have purposefully been etched onto the crystal bowls in The Shimmering Sounds Collection, they are visually unique with a specific purpose or the three things that most of us want to improve in our life – health, relationships and finances.

“Mandalas are really ‘frozen mantras’, you are looking at sound in art because all geometric patterns emanate an energy based on the geometric shapes.
The gift of sound is that it opens up the perceptional doors between logic and intuition; there is a magic window, so just by hearing the sound of the bowls you are building brain cells. You literally have more brain cells in your one brain than there are stars in the known universe!”

~ Leigh Ann
www.leighannphillips.com

TAF LIBRARY 2F
# 177, Sec.1, Jianguo S. Rd, Taipei
空軍總部「圖書館」2樓 台北市大安區建國南路一段177號
red.room.taipei@gmail.com
www.redroomtaipei.com

2 October 2016, Visual Dialogues XI Charity Art Event 慈善油畫聯名展

 

rrvdxi-oct-poster-092616Opening Reception: Sunday, October 2 at 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Red Room & CBTA (Childhood Brain Tumor Association of Taiwan) would like to invite you to the opening of their charity art event, featuring over 14 artists. They will be donating their art for the cause.

Caridee Chou: “My sister was diagnosed with a brain tumor and during her treatment, she felt that art was a great healer. She discovered that painting helped her through this difficult period.”

This is where the idea originated to hold a charity art show to help other children who are suffering from similar situation. We wish for each child to experience the joy of a happy and healthy childhood.

Donations will go to Childhood Brain Tumor Association of Taiwan (CBTA).
The mission of the CBTA is to improve quality of life and the long term outlook for children with brain tumors from newly diagnosed to survivorship or end of life.
www.cbta.org.tw

紅房和中華民國關懷腦瘤兒童協會(CBTA)想邀請你參加他們的慈善畫展的開幕式,有超過14個藝術家願意共同聯名將他們的畫作收入捐給中華民國關懷腦瘤兒童協會 。
(www.cbta.org.tw)

該協會的使命是關懷腦瘤兒童身心發展,提昇腦瘤兒童治癒機會,宣導正確醫療觀念,交換家長輔育病童經驗,發揮互助力量。

參展藝術家 Participating artists:
周京瑤,凱利劉,李亭儀,鄭淑芬,周怡賢,鐘翊綺,沉步曦,詹凱名,呂佳真,李昀潔,吳鴻旻,邱國峰,陳敏媛,唐琪珮,Roma Mehta, Charles Haines.

A collaborative effort by Childhood Brain Tumor Association of Taiwan (CBTA) & Red Room.