A performance by Rosemary Starace and JoAnne Spies
Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot Street (@ the Train Station, off Center Street),West Stockbridge, 7 p.m.
Join JoAnne Spies and Rosemary Starace as they interweave songs and poetry in praise of our planet—its inhabitants and happenings. Dragonflies and slugs, robins and rainstorms, cat ladies and continents: all are represented. Guitar, dulcimer, accordion, flutes, rattles, and drums will accompany original and familiar pieces spoken, chanted, and sung.
Rosemary Starace has read and performed at diverse venues, from The National Museum of Women in the Arts, to NYC’s Cornelia St. Café, to the Berkshires’ Bascom Lodge. Her poetry is published in Orion, Blueline, Lake, and more, and in her book, Requitements. She’s co-editor, with Moira Richards and Lesley Wheeler, of the anthology, Letters to the World, and a longtime teacher/mentor for writers and artists. See more on her website. “This is a poetry very much like the blues…. Hearing it, I feel a weight lifting in my chest that I didn’t know was there.” —Dave Bonta
JoAnne Spies’ recent works include Karaoke Confession and Trust at the Norman Rockwell Museum and Survivor Tree, sung at Ground Zero, New York City, with Jane Goodall officiating. Spies heads the Art Cart program at CATA, co-creating songs with elders and people with Alzheimer’s. Her CD’s include 2×3, Me & Melville, and North Avenue Honey. “She puts the purr in performance art.”—CD Nelson soundingtheriver.blogspot.com