Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Monday is the New Friday Cabaret

One Touch of Nature Makes the Whole World Kin (Image courtesy of Puppet Underground)
Puppet Underground wants to help you get off of the couch, away from the internet + tele for a few hours next Monday. And this just might do the trick. They've been a mainstay in the neighborhood and are once again hosting an innovative and engaging evening of music and puppetry.

From the organizers:

Monday, June 17, 7:00 PM.
La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, WDC.
$5-10 sliding scale donation.

Featuring: *     *     *

Weed Tree // local experimental guitar& drums duo of Amanda Huron and Layne Garrett.
One Touch of Nature Makes the Whole World Kin // gorgeous puppetry from Erik Ruin and Maryann Colella
Katherine Fahey puppetry // hand-cranked puppet shows and song from Baltimore.
Mike Andre // local songs of dissonance and beauty.

More on the show: *     *     *

One Touch Of Nature Makes the Whole World Kin is a table-top toy theater show by Erik Ruin and Maryann Colella concerning disasters and the organic mutual aid efforts/networks which arise in their wake. Amongst other examples, we focus on the Halifax ship explosion of 1917, the largest man-made explosion before the invention of the atom bomb. The show incorporates sprawling silk-screened graphics come to life, toy instruments, tape-deck sound effects and text from Rebecca Solnit's book A Paradise Built In Hell.

Eric Ruin is a printmaker, shadow-puppeteer, founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and co-creator of the recent book Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (w/ Cindy Milstein, PM Press, 2012). For more on his work, see

Maryann Colella is a puppeteer, dancer, mask-maker and street-theater instigator who has been working with The Bread & Puppet Theater for the past 7 years, and has also collaborated with All the Saints Theater Company, Royal Frog Ballet, the Boston Radical Arts Troupe, Deep In the Belly, the Puppeteers Cooperative and Agua Sol Y Soreno.

Katherine Fahey is a designer, performer and printmaker. She embodies a community of musicians, artists and writers where elegance and authenticity are signal virtues. Her cut paper and prints have become music posters, shadow puppets, portraits, set design and animation, including a lush music videos for musicians such as Wye Oak and ellen cherry."