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18 February 2017, Stage Time & Wine LXXXVI 紅緣寄詩酒 86

Stage Time & Wine Lxxxvi 紅緣寄詩酒 86Saturday, February 18 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
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Please join us at Stage Time & Wine on the 18th of February 2017. Red Room will be hosting the 86th Stage Time and Wine and the first in the year of the rooster!

We welcome everyone to share the space as we revisit some familiar performances and be wowed by the new. Performers may sign up on the day of the event (open mic format).

6:30pm: Doors Open
7:30pm-8:45pm: 1st Half
9:00pm- 10:30pm: 2nd Half

Your Patronage 開支攤提費: 300 NTD

提示 Our usual reminders:

Performers have 5 minutes to share (unless you have made a request for a special performance beforehand)
各位表演者有5分鐘的分享機會(除非您事先提出為了特殊表演,延長時間的申請)。

The Red Room promotes the culture of listening. We ask you to honour performers by actively listening and remaining quiet and respectful while they are on stage.
紅房提倡傾聽的美德。我們邀請您積極聆聽,保持安靜,並且尊重空間與表演者。

Red Room is a community space and we welcome sharing.
紅房是一個社群空間,歡迎大家分享。

Stage Time & Wine is a performance-centric event and announcements are not encouraged. If you have an announcement to make, you may inform the MC and you are also welcome to leave your promotional material at the door.
紅緣寄詩酒是一個以表演為主的活動,因此不鼓勵您在活動上公開宣傳。倘若您有需要,請告知MC您的需求,並同時歡迎您將宣傳文宣留在入口處。

Credits & Sponsors 特別感謝與贊助

Tremendous gratitude to all our volunteers. Thank you to all who transform the space of the venue into the Red Room, prepare the food and drinks, greet everyone at the door, fill all who thirst till their cups near runneth over…and especially to all who help clean up. Stage Time & Wine would not be possible without your support and the beautiful spirit in which it is given!

Co-Founder | Ping Chu 朱平
Co-Founder | Ayesha Mehta
Reeves & Curator | Manav Mehta
Keeper of the Faith | Roma Mehta
ST&J Coordinators | Carol Yao & Jennifer Chau
ST&J Host | Brian Quentin Webb
R4 Director | Ruth Giordano
Visual Arts Director | Constance Woods
Operations | Sharon Landon
MoC | Charles Haines
Editor | Whitney Zahar
Sound | Addison

The Red Room is an ever-expanding community, exploring and extending the boundaries between audience and performer; a not-for-profit platform for events developing a culture of learning to listen to each other, what is around us, and our selves.

紅房是一個持續擴大延展的社群,不斷地將在聽眾與表演者之間的分界線上探索和延伸。一個非營利平台,藉由活動來發展學習聆聽別人、圍繞著我們以及我們自己的文化。

Reflections: Stage Time and Wine 81 – August 2016

At last, I entered the Red Room for the first time in over a year! After a year of great pressures, obligations, and pain, I breathed a sigh of relief. Even though I haven’t been a part of Red Room for very long, I feel like I’m always coming home when I walk through those doors. I feel like I’m with my tribe.

I think many of us feel the same way when we come to Red Room. We feel it’s a place that no matter how long we’ve been away, or how far we’ve roamed, we can always return and find a warm welcome.

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Some of us bring beautiful traditional Balinese dance, such Inggrid Wardani. Others, like Rajat Subhra Karmakar, bear beautiful songs from India, with the flavor of Taiwan. Someone brought us their talents for the first time, such as Sean Wang with his amazing violin, CiCi with her hip-hopping “Hamilton” virtuosity, and our own intern Willie Chung with storytelling skills. Max Powers regaled us with his sharp, delightful poetry, while Vicky Sun returned as our wondrous songstress. Andrew Salamanca also showed us more of what he was discovering in his explorations of Taiwanese music.

Here at Red Room, at Stage Time and Wine, or at any event, what you have to bring to the community will always be embraced. Songs, stories, poetry, dance, laughter, tears: bring it all! So long as “thee shall obeyeth the rules!”

For me, Stage Time and Wine 81 marked the beginning of a new year. It’s a year of new friends and new relationships with old friends. I see a bright new horizon where I get more of a chance to give back to the community, and where I get to cultivate my skills as a writer and a storyteller.

Thanks for welcoming me back, Red Room!

by Whitney Zahar, Red Room Scribe

Red Room Reflections: Stage Time & Wine 77

Stage Time & Wine rarely starts on time; it starts early. What I mean to say is, what I’ve come to consider Stage Time & Wine, and the Red Room community, extends itself beyond the hours between when the emcee enters the stage and the last performer exits. Red Room’s 77th Stage Time & Wine confirmed this view.

Roma Mehta and Sharon Landon laugh while preparing the stone soup for Red Roomers

Roma Mehta and Sharon Landon laugh while preparing the stone soup for Red Roomers

At 5:30, volunteers for the night already bustled through the space, carrying trays of foods, stirring pots and chatting over tidying up. At the front of the room, Vicky Sun perched on a stool with her guitar. She looked over to Addison, who having spent the last thirty seconds muttering “check” and counting in different tones into the mic, had already settled into his post. After receiving the thumbs up, Sun began to croon into the microphone, a warm bluesy melody expanded and filled the room. Volunteers in the back responded with a smattering of applause and affirmative whoops.

Deshara

Deshara tiptoes and skips playfully through the crowd

The room had filled well before Trevor Tortomasi, Red Room’s emcee for the night, recommended sitting on the ever present red carpets. People had clustered in groups, a mix of friends and new attendees, and had commenced sharing their lives with each other. 6:30 came and everyone finally settled and hushed. In truth the night was filled with curiousity rousing and empathy engendering moments.

Max Power positioned himself on the stool and, with his usual dry wit, launched himself into a world full of vivid imagery; a world which left the reader disoriented but wanting. Addison Eng added levity to the night with a performance that meshed acting and musicianship. Li Wei Seh sang songs from the collective memory of his tribe. Deshara, and a friend she pulled from the audience, introduced a playful children’s drumming game. Each of them ran and skipped and spun around a chest, intermittently slapping the wood and humming in an otherworldly voice. “We just practiced for maybe twenty, minutes before so, actually, we felt quite nervous today,” an out-of-breath Deshara convinced following a healthy applause.

A ukelele player, Joyce Wolf, shared in Deshara’s nervousness. Nevertheless, she thanked “the Red Room for creating [a] space to be able to perform and feel comfortable” before strumming and singing with a friend. Many other performers seemed to feel similarly, because they felt comfortable enough to impart personal and social memories with a room filled largely with people they’d only just encountered.

Fiona read Bei Ying, or my father’s back, a poem written by Zhu Zi-Qing. The resounding image in the poem is of a father walking away from a son. Before she began, she revealed that she had lost her own father two months ago. A friend embraced her when she finished, and other audience members outstretched their arms and extended affection.

Marcus begins his spoken word performance

Marcus begins his spoken word performance

Another performer, Alex, shared his own personal loss. During his five minutes, Red Roomers went through the five stages of grief in a tragi-comic story which centered on the loss of a fiancee. Alexandra Gilliam reads original poetry which also focused on loss, heartbreak and abandonment. Her words settle upon the audience like a several blankets, cocooning them in layers of meaning.

As the night draws to a close, our opening performer, Max Power, introduces a friend. He asks the crowd if he can share, though he has arrived late. Applause follows him to the front of the room, where he composes himself for a moment, before beginning a spoken word poem on systemic racism and the community he grew up in.

Though the mics were turned off after Marcus’ performance, Red Roomers continued to mingle and create well beyond the official end time. For many of us, Stage Time & Wine was more than a single event, or an open mic night, or a night of poetry and music. Stage Time Night was a facet of a community which flowed through all Red Room events and beyond them, spilling over past the microphone and the stage.

by Leah List
Editor for the Red Room

A Red Roomer’s Perspective: Stage Time & Wine 76

Red Room, by now, has made a name for itself as an open, enlivening environment that is verdant with the arts.  It’s a venue that, through its events and activities, bends over backwards both for the artists and for patrons who will go to great lengths just to have the presence of the arts dappling their lives.  The cup of inspiration is passed around freely, that everyone present might drink deep of it, and numerous people are in the wings volunteering their time, energy and miscellaneous forms of artistic mojo to create this platform that people can come stand upon.

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When people do make an outing to Red Room’s ‘Stage Time and Wine’ they will bring a multitude of things with them as the vehicle for their practice — instruments for music, paper for stories or poems, their own twisting, shifting frames for dance.  It’s rare that an evening at Stage and Wine passes without something unexpected, rare and robust taking the stage, though skilled exercises of more traditional and time-honored disciplines are inevitably present as well.  It is framed as a sharing and listening environment, though I personally suspect that a lot of people appear at Red Room events for the scene and the unique character of its actors.  Red Room’s events are also a branching-off point to involvement in various other art scenes and events in Taipei.

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Red Room’s Stage Time and Wine forms the foundations of a constantly changing and contorting chalice that serves as an axis for the city’s arts.  Since constantly-available venue has arrived to serve as the organization’s sanctuary (Red Room regulars will remember the hard times, when all we had was Stage Time and Wine once a month), a variety of gallery showings, concerts and other savory happenings have blossomed in this newly-available fertile soil.  Incidents at the Red Room are always worth a look.

Max Power is a Taipei local artist who writes and illustrates bittersweet dreamland fairy tales and histories of far-off worlds. his illustrations can be seen at facebook.com/seenerie .

16 April 2016, Stage Time & Wine LXXVII 紅緣寄詩酒 77

Saturday on April 16th, 6:30pm – 10:30 pm

Sing! Shout! Dance! Laugh! Bring in the Year of the Monkey!
At Stage Time and Wine…77th Edition!

We welcome everyone to share the space with us as we revisit some familiar performances and be wowed by the new. Performers may sign up on the day of the event (open mic format).

We invite guests to please contribute to the Community Bar with a beverage of their choice so that nobody has to go thirsty. (Pssst… we hear wine’s a good choice!)

把你的行事曆圈起來,下一次 Stage Time & Wine 活動,時間是 04 月 16日(六),地點在 Taiwan Air Force Base (TAF) 空軍總部 「圖書館」LIBRARY

把自己最喜歡的文章片段透過朗讀方式和我們大夥們分享,一同享受渴望的交流與那份心靈撼動。說、聽、傾聽、感受,與老朋友新朋友們一同分享獨特的體驗。現場也有氛圍溫馨音樂演出。所有的語言都非常歡迎!

紅房的酒吧是我們社群每一位所組成,請帶您精心挑選的來跟大家分享。任何您想喝的紅酒、綠茶、蘇打汽水,就讓我們從交流飲料開始。紅房社群的美食、美酒、心靈的點心吧由您我一起打造。

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6:30pm: Doors Open
7:30pm-8:45pm: 1st Half
9:00pm- 10:30pm: 2nd Half

Your Patronage 開支攤提費: 300 NTD

提示Here are our usual reminders:

-Performers only have 5 minutes to share (sniff! sniff!)
-各位表演者有5分鐘的分享機會(好好把握喔)

-The Red Room promotes the culture of listening. We ask you to honour performers by actively listening and remaining quiet and respectful while they are on stage (Non-listeners will be taken into the street and whipped.)
紅房是大家組成的經驗,請尊重空間與表演者

-We welcome sharing. We’ll make the stew, you bring the wine (or any other fantastically creative creations we’ll ooh and aaah over). Deal?
歡迎大家參加,我們會提供一大鍋湯跟些小吃- 請帶來些紅酒,茶,連加湯的蔬菜都可以!一起享受。

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Credits & Sponsors 特別感謝與贊助
Tremendous gratitude to all our volunteers. Thank you to all who transform the space of the venue into the Red Room, prepare the food and drinks, greet everyone at the door, fill all who thirst till their cups near runneth over…and especially to all who help clean up. Stage Time & Wine would not be possible without your support and the beautiful spirit in which it is given!

Co-Founder | Ping Chu 朱平 • Co-Founder | Ayesha Mehta • Reeves | Manav Mehta • Keeper of the Faith | Roma Mehta • Master of Cups | Charles Haines • Esthete | Julia Kao

RED ROOM www.redroomtaipei.com

6 April 2016, Stage Time & Wine at PINK ROSA’s Back Room

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The Dulan Strip’s first spoken word event.
EVERY FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH.
7pm-11pm
Pink Rosa’s Back Room
Dulan 102 / 都蘭 102
台東縣東河鄉都蘭村都蘭102號, Taitung City 959

These evenings start at 7pm. The first reader/speaker will be introduced and called up on stage after a few words from the host (me) at around 7:30. There will be an intermission, after which the 2nd half begins 15 to 20 minutes later until the last speaker/performer. Usually finishing between 10 and 11pm depending on how many guests there are wanting to speak.

Invite friends. People that would like to get up on stage and read some poetry, sing a song, make a statement or just tell a good joke. Anything goes. There is a sign up sheet for those who want to share something. Or just come along to see what happens and enjoy being part of the “Culture of Listening”.

Buy a bottle of wine at the entrance to share between 2 or 3 of you. That’s the entrance fee.
There’s plenty of entertainment and carefully prepared delicacies to enjoy throughout the evening.
These events are also a “Community Grapevine” and can be treated as a “Forum”.
A gathering place for us to meet, drink wine and get things talked about. If we have something to say then we should say it.

Spread the word, come join us for some stage time and wine… “Where the red step up to the stage with the red chair
at Pink Rosa’s Back Room is waiting for you”.

Dulan 102 / 都蘭 102
台東縣東河鄉都蘭村都蘭102號, Taitung City 959

WEDNESDAY APRIL 6TH IS OUR OPENING EVENT.

Building a community: Red Room’s 75th Stage Time & Wine

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Last month Red Room held its 75th consecutive Stage Time & Wine, the core event that launched the organization six years ago.  The Red Room had made a practice of welcoming people, no matter their rank. Over the months as a Red Roomer, I’ve watched first time attendees return and become regulars.  The Red Room has, undoubtedly, sustained a social enterprise and built a community through this practice.

Cathy Hsu came to Red Room for the first time last year and has returned several times to sing and listen. Listeners welcomed her each time. Irene first visited the Red Room some months ago with a keyboard. She had just begun teaching herself to play and she told the audience she hoped they could accept her mistakes. She, of course, received the full attention and warm applause every performer when she finished. This month she returned to share her progress. She’d grown so much in the last few months and she revealed that she’d found “true happiness” in the piano, and the community, after a break up.

Vanessa, another returnee, shared a deeply personal poem about overcoming insecurity and internalized misogyny. “You are a human being, you are not born to please,” she read, in the crowd several audience members nodded. Other familiar faces stood and shared. Alex Schmoyer read more poetry, as did Emily Loftis who shared a poem on South Korea. Alton Thompson, a fixture of Red room Radio Redux stood to read pieces he had chosen. Vicky Chen sang a new song and Rose Goossen, fondly known as the Red Room Angel for the music she shares, stood up to praise her. When one pair of performers forgot the words to the song, we invited them back on and clapped with them.

As I watched the performances, I observed audience’s reaction, as I always do. Some sat still, focusing intensely while others clapped softly to themselves; some sang along with songs they knew while others bounced silently with friends. In the front corner, near the velvety red and gold chairs, a group of girls sat talking amongst themselves. They had only met each other that night, but they had become fast friends. The evening progressed through a healthy mix of regular Red roomers and new performers. One, in particular, shared that she felt worried when she’d first walked in, alone and signed her name on the performance list. “I was alone,” she told me after the event. “but people were so kind. They came to speak to me [and] I felt that I knew everyone there. I fell in love with Red Room.”

It is this kindness and welcoming spirit that transforms what begins as a small room filled with strangers to one with friends. At the very beginning of the night, as attendees settled onto the red carpets, Manav Mehta, the MC, introduced an important, oft unnoticed element of Red Room: the volunteers. Not only do they attend and participate in Red Room events, but they ensure the Red Room succeeds. They have sustained the community from its inception and we are grateful for their hard work dedication. Like any of the new performers at the 75th Stage Time & Wine, or even the ones who’ve been on the stage before, our volunteers started with a bottle of wine and a room full of strangers who decided to support one another. It’s this support and willingness for camaraderie that has made Red Room an enduring and thriving community in Taipei.

 


 

 Leah List is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan’s Political Science and International Studies program. She is an aspiring writer, researcher, human rights advocate and a believer in the importance of storytelling. She currently resides in Tianmu. In her free time, she can be found at the Red Room where she volunteers.