Wednesday April 12, 2017

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Jade Esteban Estrada, Shawn Neustadt, Dawn Downey, and KC Storytellers.

JADE ESTEBAN ESTRADA-Beauty. Art. Flamboyance. Love. Stuggle. Fame. The Outburst KC and Vicarious Productions proudly present the Kansas City debut of the solo musical comedy “ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol, 1” ​starring solo theatre artist Jade Esteban Estrada​ at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, 2017 at The Outburst Performance Gallery located at 1715 Wyandotte in Kansas City, Missouri. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15. Seniors, students, military, artists discount $12.
For tickets and informationvisitwww.theoutburstkc.com or
call (816) 237-8805. Ages 13 and up.

“ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1” is the first of five installments written and performed by Comedy Central star Jade Esteban Estrada. The 75-minute musical comedy is presentation of the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as told through the voices of Sappho, Michelangelo, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Rivera and Ellen DeGeneres. Book, music and lyrics by Jade Esteban Estrada. Additional musical arrangements by Tracy Stark. The show is
directed by Jeff Wills. Costume design by Aliza Washabaugh.
“ICONS” made its world debut at the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival in Columbus, Ohio in September 2002. The Columbus Dispatch calls ICONS compelling…Broadway-caliber.” “Estrada knows how to draw an audience in and
hold them in the palm of his hand,” ​writes The San Antonio Express-News. “Without a doubt, the best entertainment dollars I spent this year went to “ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1” with Jade Esteban Estrada,” writes the Tampa
Bay Gazette. Last year, “ICONS” played a three-run at the 2016 Fringe World Festival in Perth, Western Australia. The Queer Av writes, [“ICONS” is] “funny, full of talent and educational!”

KC Storytellers-What happens when a community engages with the stories of its young people? What do students from 15 diverse high schools have to tell us? What can you do to support a student willing to share her own story with you?
The theme of the night is Now Hear This Kansas City! and will feature students from diverse high schools sharing stories to build community.

Sat, April 29, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Gem Theatre
1615 E. 18
Kansas City, MO 64108

Katie Kline is director of the Greater Kansas City Writing Project (GKCWP) where she collaborates with teachers preschool through college to improve student writing and thinking. The GKCWP offers professional development workshops for teachers, writing programs for students, and graduate courses through the University of Central Missouri.

Nicole Higgins is a poet and educator. As an Arts and Humanities Programming Associate at Mid-America Arts Alliance, she is currently out of the classroom, but she collaborates frequently with fellow educators and artists through the Greater Kansas City Writing Project and other creative community initiatives. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she holds graduate degrees from UMKC and the University of Georgia. Recent poems of hers appear in Storyscape, Bear Review, Sink, and I Only Wanted One Time to See You Laughing: a Prince Tribute Anthology.

Dawn Downey-When I’m not working on my laptop, find me on the patio tending a container garden (well, that might be wishful thinking but those pots will look great when I get around to them), or at the yoga studio perfecting my tree pose, or on the couch watching movies with my husband/sugar daddy Ben Worth.

My work has been published by River Blood and Corn, The Christian Science Monitor, Shambhala Sun, Skirt! Magazine, Kansas City Voices, and The Best Times. My essays have earned awards from the Missouri Writers Guild, Oklahoma Writers Federation, Northern Colorado Writers, and the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

[email protected]

Friday, April 14, 2017 7:00 PM
Uptown Arts Bar
3611 Broadway, Kansas City MO 64111

Saturday, May 20, 2017 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunshine Studio
706 West Pennway, Kansas City MO 64108

Saturday, June 3, 2017 4:00 PM
Kate Miller’s home.

Dawn Downey’s Four Steps to World Peace
A tongue-in-cheek, heart-on-sleeve reading from Stumbling Toward the Buddha, From Dawn to Daylight, and my work in progress, Searching for My Heart: Essays About Love. Spend an hour. Save the world.
———Kate opened her home to me for the launch of From Dawn to Daylight. Here’s what she has to say about having me back: “Dawn’s writing makes you feel like you are talking to a friend. The stories are real and Dawn has an amazing sense of humor along with dealing with issues that affect all of us at one time or another.”

SHAWN NEUSTADT/SurewoodSurewood has been a musician in Kansas City for a decade. Most of that time spent fronting his band Sri Yantra on guitar and vocal. Previous acts include, Tenedepe (pronounced Tuh Nay Duh Pay) Antumbra and Drew & Phriends.
Surewood has been published a few times, most notably in a recent release from Kansas Cities own 39 West Press titled
– Prompts! A Spontaneous Anthology –
He has been a featured act at Poetry & Absinthe, a local showcase hosted by the Wormwood Collective for artists on the fringes of their niche and continues to contribute to their presentation every first fridayof the month, currently being held at Prohibition Hall.

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Wednesday April 12, 2017

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Jade Esteban Estrada, Shawn Neustadt, Dawn Downey, and KC Storytellers.

JADE ESTEBAN ESTRADA-Beauty. Art. Flamboyance. Love. Stuggle. Fame. The Outburst KC and Vicarious Productions proudly present the Kansas City debut of the solo musical comedy “ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol, 1” ​starring solo theatre artist Jade Esteban Estrada​ at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, 2017 at The Outburst Performance Gallery located at 1715 Wyandotte in Kansas City, Missouri. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15. Seniors, students, military, artists discount $12.
For tickets and informationvisitwww.theoutburstkc.com or
call (816) 237-8805. Ages 13 and up.

“ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1” is the first of five installments written and performed by Comedy Central star Jade Esteban Estrada. The 75-minute musical comedy is presentation of the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as told through the voices of Sappho, Michelangelo, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Rivera and Ellen DeGeneres. Book, music and lyrics by Jade Esteban Estrada. Additional musical arrangements by Tracy Stark. The show is
directed by Jeff Wills. Costume design by Aliza Washabaugh.
“ICONS” made its world debut at the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival in Columbus, Ohio in September 2002. The Columbus Dispatch calls ICONS compelling…Broadway-caliber.” “Estrada knows how to draw an audience in and
hold them in the palm of his hand,” ​writes The San Antonio Express-News. “Without a doubt, the best entertainment dollars I spent this year went to “ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1” with Jade Esteban Estrada,” writes the Tampa
Bay Gazette. Last year, “ICONS” played a three-run at the 2016 Fringe World Festival in Perth, Western Australia. The Queer Av writes, [“ICONS” is] “funny, full of talent and educational!”

KC Storytellers-What happens when a community engages with the stories of its young people? What do students from 15 diverse high schools have to tell us? What can you do to support a student willing to share her own story with you?
The theme of the night is Now Hear This Kansas City! and will feature students from diverse high schools sharing stories to build community.

Sat, April 29, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Gem Theatre
1615 E. 18
Kansas City, MO 64108

Katie Kline is director of the Greater Kansas City Writing Project (GKCWP) where she collaborates with teachers preschool through college to improve student writing and thinking. The GKCWP offers professional development workshops for teachers, writing programs for students, and graduate courses through the University of Central Missouri.

Nicole Higgins is a poet and educator. As an Arts and Humanities Programming Associate at Mid-America Arts Alliance, she is currently out of the classroom, but she collaborates frequently with fellow educators and artists through the Greater Kansas City Writing Project and other creative community initiatives. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she holds graduate degrees from UMKC and the University of Georgia. Recent poems of hers appear in Storyscape, Bear Review, Sink, and I Only Wanted One Time to See You Laughing: a Prince Tribute Anthology.

Dawn Downey-When I’m not working on my laptop, find me on the patio tending a container garden (well, that might be wishful thinking but those pots will look great when I get around to them), or at the yoga studio perfecting my tree pose, or on the couch watching movies with my husband/sugar daddy Ben Worth.

My work has been published by River Blood and Corn, The Christian Science Monitor, Shambhala Sun, Skirt! Magazine, Kansas City Voices, and The Best Times. My essays have earned awards from the Missouri Writers Guild, Oklahoma Writers Federation, Northern Colorado Writers, and the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

[email protected]

Friday, April 14, 2017 7:00 PM
Uptown Arts Bar
3611 Broadway, Kansas City MO 64111

Saturday, May 20, 2017 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunshine Studio
706 West Pennway, Kansas City MO 64108

Saturday, June 3, 2017 4:00 PM
Kate Miller’s home.

Dawn Downey’s Four Steps to World Peace
A tongue-in-cheek, heart-on-sleeve reading from Stumbling Toward the Buddha, From Dawn to Daylight, and my work in progress, Searching for My Heart: Essays About Love. Spend an hour. Save the world.
———Kate opened her home to me for the launch of From Dawn to Daylight. Here’s what she has to say about having me back: “Dawn’s writing makes you feel like you are talking to a friend. The stories are real and Dawn has an amazing sense of humor along with dealing with issues that affect all of us at one time or another.”

SHAWN NEUSTADT/SurewoodSurewood has been a musician in Kansas City for a decade. Most of that time spent fronting his band Sri Yantra on guitar and vocal. Previous acts include, Tenedepe (pronounced Tuh Nay Duh Pay) Antumbra and Drew & Phriends.
Surewood has been published a few times, most notably in a recent release from Kansas Cities own 39 West Press titled
– Prompts! A Spontaneous Anthology –
He has been a featured act at Poetry & Absinthe, a local showcase hosted by the Wormwood Collective for artists on the fringes of their niche and continues to contribute to their presentation every first fridayof the month, currently being held at Prohibition Hall.

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