Call for Artists: Quiet Heroes on a Rainy Night

Got THIS in the SPLAB inbox today:

Local arts consortium seeks practitioners of dangerous, witty and
unfettered theatre & art to create an urban carnival humming with salon &
speakeasy undertones.

Barnstorm is part performance space, part art gallery, part bar & lounge open for three nights only (May 5 – 7, 2011; 6pm-2am nightly). Barnstorm is ideas, noise and spectacle.

Transforming a wonderful, yet woefully underused, downtown venue (a 3400
sq. ft. former theatre currently serving as a storage locker), Barnstorm
will invoke the original European cabarets to bring audiences and artists
together in an intimate and seemingly “off limits” setting. People will
physically mingle in a variety of spaces; they’ll trip over each other;
thumb their noses at one another and engage – however indirectly – in a
dialogue about things that matter, things that disturb, things that art is
best at digging into…

…If you are an artist (or know an artist) interested in using art as a medium for dialogue about social issues facing our world, Barnstorm is the ideal venue.

There’s just three criteria we’re looking for you to exercise on your own

1) The work should engage social issues in some way (personal, local or
2) It should inspire dialogue or interactivity with your audience
3) It should be artistically original

Things to note:

It’s OK to present existing work, works in progress, or to use this as an
excuse to create something completely new.

We’re paying. A percentage of our net proceeds will be divided up equally
among all participating artists (we’re looking to include about 20).
You’ll receive a contract stating these terms.

We’re aiming to pull 400 people per evening – so this is a great
opportunity for exposure on the Seattle scene.

The deadline to submit your application is February 15.

Please visit to learn more and feel free to
contact us with any questions (or to brainstorm an idea):

If nothing else – please save the date on your calendar, and encourage
others you know to attend or apply.

Quiet Heroes on a Rainy Night

About Splabman

Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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