IRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 7:30PM
EULIPIA/KNOT FRUM HERE
hosted by D.Scott Millerfeaturing
CECIL BROWN, novelist
KENNY BROOKS, saxaphonist
JANAKI RANPURA, puppeteer and visual artist
Cecil Brown is best known for his 1969 novel The Life and Loves of Mr.
Jiveass Nigger. His writings focus on the black man’s search for respect and identity in a racist white society. An angry and provocative writer, Brown uses humor to inform his social protest. Brown has written both fiction and nonfiction; he is a poet, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, commentator, and critic.
He will premier his film, “I, Stagolee: Chapter Five”, will read from the book with saxophonist Kenny Brooks, and talk about the evolution of Stagolee. This evolution is about how a theme starts out as a ” real incident,” and then is transformed into a folk ballad, and then as prose fiction–I, Stagolee, the novel–and finlly as a film adaptation from the novel.
Janaki RanpuraRanpura is a shadow puppeteer and visual artist. She is a graduate of Yale University, and is currently enrolled in the Physical Theater program at the Lecoq School in Paris, France. She has performed in Coyote’s Journey with San Francisco’s Shadowlight Productions, The Relevant Theater Company’s Ego Alter Ego, and co-produced the May 17th Cabaret at Studio Valencia. She is also a painter and graphic designer. Janaki will be doing a performance pieceabout drowning.