NSP! September 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2:00-4:00 PM
Body as Home is a movement based class taught by Jill Becker in the Bryan Center dance studio (2nd floor). This workshop is part of Nonstop Presents!, which includes cultural programming for the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute. This program is free and open to the public. For information, please call 767-2646.

Our bodies are our homes, wherever we go. The exercises and movement explorations that we do in this class are aimed at helping the participant feel more grounded physically while letting go of unnecessary tension. This lays a foundation for a sense of having one’s feet on the ground in a larger sense. We work with the breath and the body’s weight, as well as playing with how energy can be modulated. The class atmosphere ranges from introspective to playful, with opportunities to work with partners and in small groups. We move to music.

Saturday, September 6, 10:00-12:00 PM
Louise Smith leading the theater based workshop, Entering Community, at the Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs. This workshop is a program of the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute and is free and open to the public. For information, please call 767-2718.

This workshops will provide participants with a framework for thinking about how to approach their experience in the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute. Entering Community involves a set of skills and awarenesses that allow participants to dialogue effectively and respectfully with others, while at the same time attending to their own experience. We will explore how to create ground rules, how to be sensitive to space and to each other, how to unearth assumptions, and how to map assets that are in the room. The workshop will incorporate lecture and discussion, group activities, singing and reflection.

Sunday, September 7, 7:00 PM
D’Arcy Fallon reads from her creative nonfiction work So Late, So Soon on at the Epic Bookshop, 118 Dayton St., Yellow Springs. This is part of Nonstop Presents!, cultural offerings from the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call 767-2646.

D’Arcy Fallon offers an irreverent, fly-on-the-wall view of the Lighthouse Ranch, a Christian commune she called home for three years in the early 70s. More than just a memoir about living an isolated religious existence on California’s slippery shoulder overlooking the Pacific, this book is about being 18 and alone and hitchhiking around the country and getting taken in by Jesus people who loved the Lord and also made their own cheese. She writes of a series of harrowing and heartbreaking decisions that lead her away from the ranch and into her own life one step at a time.

A blurb from Kim Barnes, author of Finding Caruso: “Part adventure, part cautionary tale, So Late, So Soon explores the boundaries between selflessness and having no self; between needing and wanting; between the sacred and the profane. Sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, Fallon’s account of her young life in a California Christian commune engagingly illustrates the complexities of desire and deeply-rooted longing we all feel to be taken in, accepted, and loved. Shame, lust, compassion, and enlightenment–all find their place in Fallon’s honest retelling of her quest for community.”

D’Arcy Fallon has been an award-winning journalist and columnist for nearly twenty years, working for such papers as the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Colorado Springs Gazette. She now lives in Springfield, Ohio, and teaches journalism, English composition, and creative writing at Wittenberg University, where she is an associate professor. She has a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University and an MFA from Antioch University in Los Angeles.

Sunday, September 14, 2:00 PM
Artists in Community Revitalization, with Tom Borrup, at the Senior Center, 227 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs. The program is free and open to the public. For information, please call 767-2646. The three-hour workshop will focus on ways artists and arts groups have played a central role in the economic, social and civic life of contemporary communities.

Led by author, consultant, and educator Tom Borrup, the workshop will survey examples around the U.S. from his book The Creative Community Builder’s Handbook and feature the documentary film Third Ward, TX, by Andy Garrison (Antioch , ‘74), which tells the story of Rick Lowe and the artist-led Project Row Houses in Houston. It illustrates how art can be at the core of community revitalization on a daily basis.

In the second part of the workshop, participants will explore how the creative economy has impacted and might continue to impact Yellow Springs. The group will look back at the community’s efforts in the 20th century to build an industrial economy and at ways thinking has changed. The group will devise ways for artists, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs to give rise to the next generat1.25″ion’s economy.

A leader and innovator in community-based arts and community development for
30 years, Borrup uses a range of skills, interests and experience to assist foundations, nonprofits, and public agencies across the U.S. Based in Minneapolis, his organization, Community & Cultural Development, specializes in strategic planning and program evaluation in the areas of creative economic development, placemaking, nonprofit cultural management, and community cultural initiatives.

Since founding Community & Cultural Development in 2003, Borrup has provided his expertise to further the role of community-based arts and media in the development of healthy communities. His work includes development and animation of public space and the design and evaluation of civic, philanthropic, and nonprofit cultural engagement initiatives.

His book provides a theoretical base, practical examples and guidance for community leaders. It tracks communities that have transformed their economic, social and physical infrastructures through arts, culture and community-based media initiatives and includes a step-by-step planning guide.

Wednesday, September 17
The Show will be performed at 430 West Limestone Street in Yellow Springs, beginning promptly at 6:54 p.m. The performance, a Nonstop Presents! event, is free and open to the public.

The Show was created and is performed by Jill Becker and Louise Smith, both of the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute faculty, Doug Hinkley and Ken Simon.

Jill Becker directed the Dance Program at Antioch College from 2001-2008 and is currently on the faculties of the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute and Ohio Wesleyan University. She was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship and Artists Fellowships through the Community Arts Partnership (Ithaca, N.Y.). She directed Jill Becker and Dancers, Inc. in New York City from 1980 – 1986, and has toured extensively in Holland, Germany and North America. Ms. Becker travels with “Portraits of Women,” an evening of dances about contemporary and historical female figures. She holds a B.A. in Dance from the State University of New York at Brockport and an M.A. in Performing Arts from American University in Washington, D.C.

Louise Smith, M.A., M.S. Ed., was the chair of the Antioch College Theater Department from 1994-2008. In that capacity she directed and produced numerous events and taught classes in acting, directing, ensemble theater, collaboration, solo performance, voice and speech and 20th century avant garde playwrights. Professionally, Smith is an award winning actress (Obie 2003, Bessie 1990). She has worked with Julie Taymor, Meredith Monk, the Talking Band, Ann Bogart, Big Dance Theater and Otrabanda. She was a member of Ping Chong and Company (NYC) for 11 years, touring nationally and internationally. She has created and performed 12 solo works since 1984. She is passionate about theater as a transformative experience for both the audience and the performer.

Doug Hinkley has been an actor, director, writer, producer, designer, teacher, stage manager and/or technician with the Antioch Area Theater, the Living History Project, Yellow Springs Center Stage, the Dayton Theater Guild, the Dayton Playhouse, the Wilmington Summer Festival of the Arts, The George School, the American Shakespeare Institute and Wilmington College Theatre. He has a B.A. in Theatre from Wilmington College and an M.A. in English from Wright State University.

Ken Simon is a self-taught musician, writer and artist, a former philosophy professor, a Zen practitioner and a picture framer. He teaches meditation in the Ohio prison system. Simon has a B.A. from the University of Rochester and master’s degrees from Rochester, the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. He has taught at Central State University, Chicago Community College and the University of Illinois at Champaign.

Monday, September 22, 7:00 PM
Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Supreme Court expert Stephen L. Wasby – Exploring Myths About the Supreme Court.
Professor emeritus at the University at Albany, Antioch alumnus and researcher on interest group-based civil rights litigation, will cover topics ranging from selecting judges and justices to problems interest groups face in bringing litigation to the Supreme Court.

Tuesday, September 23, 6:00-9:00 PM
306 N. Winter Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Workshop by renowned Ohio Storytellers Harold and Jonatha Wright– World of Storytelling (1)
Former Antioch Professor and Award-winning translator of Japanese poetry, Harold Wright, and his wife will teach participants the basic skills and techniques of storytelling, examine various genres of stories and focus on the development of voice and body language. Part one of two-part workshop.

Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 PM
Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Lecture by nuclear disarmament activist Bobbie Wrenn BanksWhere Does The Money in America Go? For two decades Banks has worked for disarmament, education around military investment and empowerment of women and communities. She will examine the prioritizing of war spending and the military industrial complex over investment in public goods, such as health care and education.

Friday, September 26, 7:00 PM
Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Friday Forum, So Many Raging Controversies: What Do We Owe Our Adversaries?
Guests will include: Ramzieh Azmeh, board member of the Greater Dayton Islamic Foundation; John Booth, member of Yellow Springs Village Council; Daniel J. Estes, professor of Bible Studies, Cedarville University; Jacki Mayer, director of business operations and development, Radio WYSO. Moderated by Antioch College emeritus professor of philosophy of law and religion, Al Denman.

Saturday, September 27, 1:00-4:00 PM
Wild Soil Community Farm, Spillan at Hyde Rd., Yellow Springs, Ohio
Local and Sustainable Agriculture Workshop (1). Study a local farm that is designed around permaculture and no-till principles and this year supported 20 families through a community-supported agriculture collective (CSA). Part one of two-part workshop.

Sunday, September 28, 7:00 PM
Nonstop Presents! a screening of work compiled by New York media and visual artist Vanessa McDonnell, at the Senior Center on 227 Xenia in Yellow Springs.

New York based media artist and Antioch alumna Vanessa McDonnell will share her experience working with youth at public access television in New York City and screen excerpts of their work.

In addition, she will screen her own work-in-progress, “Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York” a document on super-8 and video of the last summer of Coney Island’s current incarnation, before the City of New York and Thor Development Corporation will raze a major portion of the historic amusement park and surrounding streets.

Finally McDonnell will leave her audience with Mike Shea’s classic “And This Is Free,” an intimate portrait of American street life from 1964 that captures an urban landscape that, like many fading relics of a time gone by, could only be preserved on film.