First Person Singular presents Dancing Barefoot: The Art of Patti Smith

First Person Singular presents Dancing Barefoot: the Art of Patti Smith at Pegasus Books on Solano, October 26, 7:30 pm 
The rocker. The writer. The singular sensibility responsible for over thirty year's worth of wild rhapsody and unflinching reflection. Who else but Patti Smith can reconcile the phrases "Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine," and "Art sings of God and ultimately belongs to him."? She knows the divine is best met in a pair of sneakers, and achieves sublimity without leaving the streets. For this celebration of Patti Smith, we offer a double portrait: accompanied by pianist Joshua Raoul Brody, stage and screen actor Julia McNeal (Hal Hartley's The Unbelievable Truth, NBC's Law and Order) will perform selections from Smith's National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids, and Theresa Kelly - with full band - will call down the heavens with performances of Smith's signature songs. Dancing Barefoot: The Art of Patti Smith will be a portrait of the artist in every sense.
Free. Wheelchair accessible. Party follows.

What: First Person Singular presents Dancing Barefoot: The Art of Patti Smith
When: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Where: Pegasus Books Solano, 1855 Solano Avenue, Berkeley (510) 525-6888
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: Free
What else: Refreshments served; wheelchair accessible.

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About Julia Mc Neal:  Julia McNeal played the role of Pearl in Hal Hartley's The Unbelievable Truth, has been featured in television's Law & Order, and many New York and Bay Area theater productions. Her roles include Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Actor's Theatre of SF), Alma in Summer and Smoke (Center Repertory Theatre), and Blanche DuBois in Streetcar Named Desire (Pacific Alliance Stage Company). Julia McNeal is a PlayGround company member, and has been featured in several First Person Singular productions.

About Theresa Kelly: A graduate in Theater Arts from Eastern Washington University, Theresa Kelly has played Luisa in The Fantasticks, Cathleen in Long Day's Journey Into Night, and Mary in Our Country's Good. Locally, she has performed with RoundBelly Theater Company, BattleStache Productions, and First Person Singular. A singer and songwriter, she has fronted the East Bay band Korolenko, and is the co-host of First Person Singular's HOOT!

About Joshua Raoul Brody: Composer, pianist, accompanist to the likes of Tom Waits, Lily Tomlin, Pee-Wee Herman, and Robin Williams, Joshua Raoul Brody is the Bay Area's go-to musician for nearly any kind of theatrical or musical production. He's been a member of the Club Foot Orchestra, The Residents, and The Holy Modal Rounders. He performs regularly with the quartet Tango No. 9, BATS Improv, and backs legendary San Francisco crooner Mr. Lucky with fellow local legend Ralph Carney. For First Person Singular, he accompanied Joe Christiano and Theresa Kelly in the girl-group song recital, I'm With Cupid - a benefit for WriterCoach Connection.

About First Person Singular
Premiering in August 2010, First Person Singular is a performance series that finds literary value in many forms. Bringing dynamic performers to timeless material in all-original programs, the series places special emphasis on the richness, variety, and vitality of the American voice. From August Wilson to Warren Zevon, from a 60's girl-group song recital to an all-female reading of Glengarry Glen Ross, First Person Singular represents the taste and talent of the Bay Area in unique and unexpected ways. Based at Pegasus Books in Berkeley, the series recently gave an encore performance of its original production, Find Your Song: The Blues Arias of August Wilson at San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora. First Person Singular's HOOT! - a themed songfest and open mic - is housed at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Albany. First Person Singular was recently honored with a Best of the East Bay 2011 award from The East Bay Express: "Best Remixed Literary Series."

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Pegasus Books on Solano
1855 Solano Ave
94707-2306 Berkeley