Thursday, September 5, 2013
Hairspray director John Waters and comedienne Sandra Bernhard visit Dallas for WordSpace series
Events include four speakers at the Kessler Theater this fall and spring.
OAK CLIFF WordSpace announced Wednesday night that its 2013-14 speaker series will include cult filmmaker John Waters, comedienne Sandra Bernhard, poet/activist Nikki Giovanni, and performance artist/writer Laurie Anderson. Each will perform at the historic Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff.
WordSpace was established by Robert Trammell in 1994, and over the years, the non-profit organization has brought a host of intriguing literary figures and cultural icons to Dallas. This year's "WordSpace at the Kessler" series is sponsored by Half Price Books and begins on October 23 with Bernhard's performance.
Best known for her acerbic stand-up, Bernhard has also written three books and has been published in a number of magazines including The New Yorker and Rolling Stone.
African American poet and civil rights activist Giovanni is on the calendar for December 8. She has written more than 30 books and has become a voice for equality.
Performance artist Laurie Anderson will visit on March 13, 2014. Her diverse repertoire includes multimedia installation, visual art, musical composition, poetry, photography and filmmaking. She's best known for reaching #2 on the UK music charts in 1981 with her experimental work, O Superman, which incorporates spoken word poetry.
The season ends May 29, 2014, with cult filmmaker John Waters, known for his "trash films" of the 1970s-80s such as Pink Flamingos, which featured transgressive themes. His biggest film, however, was the PG-rated Hairspray. His prolific career has also included exploits in journalism, stand-up comedy and photography.
Tickets range from $30 to $300, and performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Prekindle.
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