Swallowing the Devil’s Darning Needle

Red Swimming, acrylic on canvas, Laurie MacFayden

My pal Mandie Lopatka is hosting a spoken-word/music/art event Thursday night (July 15) in her beautiful loft residence/gallery in downtown Edmonton.

My paintings will form the backdrop for Swallowing the Devil’s Darning Needle featuring the spoken-word brilliance of Magpie Ulysses and Mary Pinkoski and the music of singer-songwriter James Lamb.

Magpie and James are in summer-tour mode with new stories and songs to share. Pinkoski has a set of new poems
that she will debut at the show. And I have added several new paintings to the rotating collection at Mspace – where my art lives after it leaves the nest.

The 411 on the performers:

Magpie Ulysses has been a member of two national champion poetry slam teams and won Vancouver’s 2008 CBC Poetry Faceoff. John Tanner of the Vancouver Observer calls her “a truly intelligent slam poet whose commentary stretches from the meaning of west coast life to the meaning of the universe.”

Edmonton’s Mary Pinkoski is a dynamic spoken-word poet whose work has been featured on CBC Radio One’s Radio Active and the Key of A, as well as Philadelphia’s Spotlight on Jazz and Poetry. Mary’s first chapbook, Set List: poems for lonely microphones, was published by red nettle press. She has also published a second chapbook: My Heart & Other Small Gifts. She won the 2008 CBC Poetry Faceoff national champion, and recently earned a spot on the first-ever Edmonton Slam Team that will compete at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Ottawa in October.

James Lamb is a Canadian songwriter/storyteller born of a large family of folk musicians from the Kootenays. Winner of the 2009 Arts Wells songwriting competition, Lamb is a compelling performer whose unconventional compositions and lyrics explore contemporary issues in Canadian culture. His live presentation ‘can haunt a room with thoughtful joy.’

As for me – I write, I paint. My debut poetry collection White Shirt, part of the Frontenac House Dektet 2010 series, will be for sale at the merch table ($16), and 16 of my paintings are on display/available for purchase.

If you’d like to join the party, things get underway at 7:30 p.m. at Jefferson Lofts,
10331 – 106 Street (Suite 29, 3rd floor, Buzzer #2929).

Some drinks and snacks will be provided, but feel free to BYOB.

Suggested donation for performers, $5-$10.

See you there.

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