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30 July 2017, 早晨的動動 Beats for Breakfast Vol. 9

Sunday, July 30 at 9 AM – 2 PM
Get ready for the ninth installment of

BEATS FOR BREAKFAST

Beats for Breakfast is an opportunity to gather, enjoy good music, bask in sunshine, and have a great time. It’s a party, with a difference. The focus is on movement, music, and well-being. Kick your Sunday morning off consciously through self-expression, nourishment, and DANCING. Following the spirit of the Daybreaker parties popping up globally BnB is bound to get you moving! But wait…

What is Daybreaker?!
http://www.daybreaker.com/
Schedule:

9:30 – 10:30 Yoga Session [Bilingual Instructor Carolyn] – (bring your own mat! If desperate the Peace street community center is kindly lending us some but if you can, being one to ensure there’s enough)
Limited yoga mats sponsored by PeaceStreet Community Center, please bring your own if possible.
10.30~10.45 Get yourself warmed up and charged with Roses’ wonderful dance workshop. Sure to get you in the grooving spirit!
10:45 – 14:00 The dancing begins!!!

Lineup:

HOWL
https://www.facebook.com/Howlmusic/
Chef :

怎麼支持這個行動
Keeping this movement going – How can you help it grow?

This event is Pay by Value. We would like to empower people to contribute according to their ability and the value they place upon their own experience ; thus empowering us as the organising groups to sustain and develop thsi platform into THE day breaker scene in Taipei , through your contribution, and feedback.

//Special thanks to Beats for Breakfast for organizing the occassion, Red Room for providing the space, Peacestreet Community Center for providing the yoga mats, Seedbase for facilitating the Pay by Value movement, and to all the participating vendors and volunteers that believe in our vision!//

Start your day a little differently.

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BEATS FOR BREAKFAST

誰說,喜歡跳舞的選擇只有夜店?如果,我們一起在早上跳舞,有很棒的DJ,一起做瑜伽,享受律動,音樂以及良善的思維,讓你星期天早上可以很豐盛,Beats For Breakfast 紅透美國東西岸,第一次在紅坊RedRoom 舉辦你一定要來體驗!

9:00~10:00 瑜伽 (雙語)請自備瑜珈墊。
10:00~14:00 跳舞。

費用:隨喜。這是由一群人先願意貢獻自己的才能,我們邀請你依照獲得的價值,以及你自身可以的能力,隨喜給場地與分享者。

紅房地址及聯絡方式
How to find us @ the Red Room

Address:
Taiwan Air force Base (TAF) 空軍創新基地 圖書館 台北市大安區建國南路一段177號(濟南路與建國南路交叉口)
No. 177, Sec. 1, Jianguo S. Rd (Intersection of Jianguo S. Rd. and Jinan Rd.)

Our entrance is located on the intersection of Jianguo S. Rd. and Jinan Rd. (TAF side entrance). After passing the gate, keep marching forward and you’ll see a white building to your left called Library. Make your way to the second floor via the outer staircase on the side.

捷運: 忠孝新生捷運張六號出口
Travel by MRT:[Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station Exit 6]Walk straight along XinSheng S. Road , then turn left on Jinan Road Sec. 2 , continue down and you’ll spot the entrance.

[email protected]

21 December 2016, Celebrating Leonard Cohen

“There is a crack in everything … that’s how the light gets in”

Celebrating Leonard Cohen : Poet & Songwriter!
懷念音樂會 :詩人 ,歌手 Leonard Cohen
Red Room and Happier Cafe would like to invite lovers of Leonard Cohen to join us in a celebration of the singer songwriter’s life. Selected works will be performed by local musicians. All members are encouraged to sing along and we welcome all of you musically inclined to join us, hit a triangle, beat the cajon, lead on guitar or even harmonising vocals.

Special Offerings of the evening will include Mulled Wine & 湯圓TangYuan.

紅坊國際村與更快樂實驗所想邀請所有喜愛 Leonard Cohen 的朋友們來參加我們舉辦的懷念音樂會。
Leonard Cohen的經典名曲將會由幾位當地的音樂家為您演唱。
同時現場也歡迎大家一起跟著大聲唱,也可以打三角鐵、玩箱型鼓、彈吉它等等用各種您喜歡的音樂表演方式來紀念心目中的偶像Leonard Cohen。
現場會提供熱紅酒及湯圓(當天是冬至)。

Wednesday 星期三 December 21 2016
Starts 活動時間 : 19:00 ~ 22:00
Free entrance

Open invite for the poetically & musically inclined to join us for a 5min~10min slot on stage to share!

歡迎大家上台分享詩或音樂,每位有5到10分鐘的時間可以站在舞台上喔!

Guest Musicians/Poets:
Tobie Openshaw
Rose Goossen
Sue DeSimone – Everybody Knows & Tower of Song
Sarah Indiana – Famous Blue Raincoat & You’ve Got Me Singing
Constance Woods

I did my best
it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel
so I learned to touch
I’ve told the truth
I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
it all went wrong
I’ll stand before
the Lord of Song
with nothing on my tongue
but Hallelujah

Leonard Norman Cohen, was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter.
Leonard Norman Cohen, 一位加拿大歌手,自作詞曲的音樂家、詩人、小說家及畫家

Red Room

Visual Dialogues XII, October 2016

At the beginning of October, Red Room teamed up with the CBTA (Childhood Brain Tumor Association of Taiwan) for a charity event. Fourteen artists exhibited their work to help the CBTA raise money. Part of the proceeds go to the CBTA, and part go to the artists.

The opening was on October 2nd, 2016, and the lovely Vicky Sun played hopeful and uplifting music to set the mood of the event. Further enhancing the mood were the colors and subject of the paintings themselves. As I looked around the room, happiness filled my heart.felt happiness. To me the event was lighthearted and peaceful considering the cause that was bringing everyone together. I hope others who came feel the same way.

Thank you to everyone who came to the event. Especially, thank you to the patrons who bought paintings and helped to support the cause. Those who made donations also contributed, and we thank you all too.

This show was a wonderful blend of the artists, the space and the association coming together to make a difference.
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Our next show will be a reflection of the past seven years to celebrate RR’s anniversary. A visual journey from our humble beginnings to the present. Please join us for the next Visual Dialogues show at the Red Room, and share in Red Room’s story.

by Charles Haines

Beats For Breakfast, October 2016

Beats for Breakfast event is held once a month. It’s where people do yoga, dance, and eat mindfully all day at the Red Room. The most recent one was held on Sunday, October 30. It was a lively morning and afternoon of music, color, dancing, and companionship.

While I wasn’t there for the yoga session, me and my sidekick (also known as my son, Preston), arrived in time to join Rose Goossen’s dance workshop. Well, I joined in. My son was more interested in lounging in the newly-created Reading Nook and watching. But having him absorb the atmosphere of loving your body and yourself, open dance, and open hearts was enough.

Rose Goossen believes that dance has three hypotheses: it’s a physical activity; it’s a spiritual activity, and it’s a social activity. I would say all three were proven as we all felt our bodies uplifted and in harmony with movement and music. As the beats kicked in, provided by DJ Leo, the room just erupted with movement. We let our bodies do the talking as we danced and cavorted on the dance floor.

I left feeling energized and better about myself. It was also great to reconnect with people. As we left, Preston received a green POWER bracelet from the lovely Tiffany Lin and Remindme Values. I love seeing that Preston is claiming his power. At a young age, he doesn’t quite know what it is yet. But he knows it’s there. And I think by coming to Beats for Breakfast, we all got a huge taste of the power within all of us.

Granola House, one of our partners, was also on hand with tasty and healthy treats. Christine, the founder, is passionate about reaching the people who really pay attention to what they consume.
www.granola-house.com

by Whitney Zahar

The WORD from R4, October 2016

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First up was October’s ReadAloud – Spirits Abound. It was an intimate evening for sharing stories and poetry. There were the beautiful lyrics of classic poets such as Christina Rossetti and Edgar Allan Poe, as well as original poetry. There were tales of ghostly encounters; real or imagined, we leave to your interpretation. The gathering was also treated to a complex 21st century re-working of traditional folklore. Poe yet again made another appearance with a reading of his tale of jealousy, revenge and being buried alive: The Cask of Amontillado.

If anyone is curious, Poets.org has a wonderful database of Halloween poetry and more. Check it out at https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/halloween-poems

Once summoned by prose and poetry, the spirit Edgar Allan Poe was not ready to depart from the earthly realm yet! Next up was Three by Poe – an evening of two stories and a narrative poem by the master of mystery and the macabre. First, the evening opened with a lively game of Murder. Participants wore red stickers to show they were playing and given mysterious instructions. One at the gathering was the Murderer. With a wink, he or she would kill until they were caught and accused.

It was just a game, by the way. No one really died.

r4-poe-2016-001s-12Then, the lights were dimmed and the audience crept onto the carpet and pillows as invited by Thomas Bellmore and the Three by Poe commenced with Paul Batt reading The Black Cat, a tale of murder, alcoholism, rage, and abuse. Mr. Batt’s deep voice throbbed around the room, drawing in the audience under the spell of the dreadful tale. Sarah Brooks provided a chilling accompaniment to the story with believable cat’s meows and other sound effects.

r4-poe-2016-001s-23After a brief intermission, Thomas Bellmore took the mike and delivered his beautiful rendition of “The Raven.” Bearing more than a slight resemblance to Poe himself, Mr. Bellmore’s hypnotic rendition of lost love and grief stirred the audience to the point that there was no need for sound effects. He took everyone along for the dark, exquisite ride.

r4-poe-2016-001s-32Finally, Whitney Zahar was up with The Tell-tale Heart. Together with Sarah Brooks on sound, Ms. Zahar spun the classic tale of murder, madness, and guilty conscience. The two ladies held the audience in a terrifying grip from beginning to the chilling end.

r4-poe-2016-001s-6Throughout the whole evening, master artist Charles Haines maintained a silent, but compelling presence on the stage. Donning a mask and with an easel propped before him, Mr. Haines created a beautiful, surreal canvas which featured all three of Poe’s works while the readers performed.

In a word, Three By Poe can be summed up as—spellbinding.

By Ruth Giordano and Whitney Zahar

View the full album here
R4 Three by Poe

Collaborating for the Kids: STJ and R4, November 2016


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We would like to announce an exciting collaboration between two sibling groups: Stage Time and Juice @ the Red Room, and Red Room Radio Redux (R4)! Ruth Giordano, the director of R4, has been involved in all aspects of theater practically since she began walking. As she frankly states: she has more than 50 years of experience to share.

In the next two upcoming Stage Time and Juice events you will be able to enjoy the fruits of that collaboration, beginning with a presentation of “Jack and the Beanstalk” during our anniversary show beginning at 2:30 on Saturday, November 19. Ruth will teach several teens how to use their voice and how to hand-create sound effects to retell this fairy tale classic in a fresh and appealing manner.

January 21 brings us Aesop’s Fables, based on a script Ruth penned in 2008 for a children’s theater company in Massachusetts. She will be adapting to fit the Juice troupe. This workshop is geared towards the younger children (ages 7-13). Part of the preparations for taking the stage will include prop and accessory crafting: parents will probably be called upon to assist!

Make sure to visit our Stage Time and Juice Facebook page to receive the most current information about all our workshops and events.
https://www.facebook.com/redroomjuice/

If you, like Ruth, have a gift or passion to share, remember that the Red Room’s door is always open! A small exchange of knowledge can change a child’s (or grownup’s) life forever!

By Carol Yao and Ruth Giordano

Scribe’s Musings, November 2016

For this month’s special anniversary issue, I’m going to turn the Scribe’s Musings over to Manav Mehta, who almost seven years ago, penned this exquisite poem that may prove slightly prophetic.
Happy 7th Anniversary, Red Room!

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Stage time and wine
I thank you all for coming tonight, on behalf of the community and i
Moments where we analyze what to do, and what not to do..
Well, screw explaining that I’m up here so that’s what I’m going to do.
I want to tell you all whats been going on in my mind..
Crunching new grooves with a 19 year old grind..
It gives me headaches, awkwardly personal “proud moment” smiles..
An unorganized database, receiving an endless number of untitled files..
You gel up your hair, your hat cries out “STYLE”
Your body type comes with a variable list of numbers to dial..
I’m working on mine! Jogging mile to mile..
A combined effort at a developing mentality, with assorted perspectives-
Stage time and wine, is a place of…
Well wine-
Something that makes it special..special is what you’ll find..
The word artist holds no boundaries, its not marked by a mustache or a hat…
Those who have both are simply gifted, and well..i didn’t get it so screw THAT!
According to me here, once you’ve entered the red room..planet earth is flat..
The ultimate symbol indicating that we’re all equal ..were all artists here- how about that?
It’s a time for us to share! BYOB should change to BYOSOMETHING TO SAY
Everyone has something to share, its usually the ones who are shy..who sit back and compare..
C’mon guys, that simply isn’t fair- but don’t go as far as saying “I CAN say anything..its not like they care”
WE’RE here to listen, to enjoy, to emotionally react the way you do biting into a sweet chocolate eclair..

I wake up with theories, which are completely genius..
But as the day ticks along, it deteriorates to something meaningless..
This random rambling is an example of that- but I love the act of performing..(AND YES THIS IS CONSIDERED A PERFORMANCE..).
That’s a fact

Art comes in all different shapes and forms..the ones labeled eccentric or exotic-
Are just ones there are no real words for..
Ever notice the lack of vocabulary we hold to describe certain things of wonder..
Beauty..stimulating and depressing – sigh..
We use our bodies, the tone of voice, our facial expressions-
I was gifted with the control of my eyebrow muscles..and so..tonight I will take the role of goofy.
Stage time and wine..
Time for all of us to shine..
Hence the much brighter lighting –to symbolize the divine..
Bring out the person inside of you tonight- do so through the love for the spoken word..
Mimes are allowed as well..
Like I said artist holds no boundaries or lines..
There are beverages in the back, grapey wine with some chai-ey chai.
Let us all enjoy the night-
In hopes for more random ramblings in sight.

by Manav Mehta