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September 8, 2010

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The Women of Tango: May 14th

May 1, 2010

Often overlooked in this male dominated dance, explore the feminine writers, singers and dancers that balance this compelling dance.

“Fragments for a Story of Tango Bodies,” an Essay by Marta E. Savigliano

Recorded Music by Adriana Varela

Performance & Demonstration by Rachel Greenberg, Visiting Artist & International Tanguera

$10 before 10pm/$7 Milonga only

LETRAS Y POESIA DEL TANGO is a curated investigation of the soul of tango through poetry and music, followed by late night dancing. Co-Sponsored by Richard Hugo House Writers Fund & The Loft

THIS MONTH HOSTED BY RICHARD HUGO HOUSE                          1634 11th Ave., Seattle 98122                                                                                                                     

PLOP! April 17th Installment: Memoir & Cello

April 6, 2010

PLOP! is back and inviting you for our second installment of literary and music performance.

I’m especially excited to introduce two medical memoirists from Seattle hospitals reading first hand accounts and stories of patients, health care, healing and residency; combined with the gracious humor, affect and emotion of Emily Ann Peterson’s cello, and the touch of Young Adult Fiction by a soon to be published Alexa Martin, ala Olympia.

Bios and RSVP below …

You’re Invited to PLOP!


PLOP! is an all new performance series produced and curated by Seattle artist Josie Davis.  PLOP! Invites select literary and music artists from across the Northwest to perform their work in an intimate house setting for a unique, wide eyed audience.  Want to PLOP!?  Bring your pillow to Beacon Hill.

Ready to RSVP?

Click HERE!!

Artist Roster, Series II

Emily Ann Peterson, Cello

Emily first began life as a cellist in 1995 and sustains her commitment to the music community through teaching, recording, and performance. 2009 held a season with the Seattle Rock Orchestra & the Northwest Symphony Orchestra as well as performances with Rosie Thomas, Damien Jurado, Joshua Roman, Grand Hallway, Shannon Stephens, Tara Ward & Jesse Sykes.

Audrey Young, M.D., Memoir

Audrey is the author of What Patients Taught Me, published in 2004, and House of Hope and Fear: Life in a Big City Hospital, published in 2009. People Magazine called her “a fine storyteller”. Her work has appeared in numerous medical journals and other publications. She currently practices hospital medicine at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Washington. Washington Travel and Life Magazine named her one of Washington’s best doctors. Audrey maintains a health care reform blog called Bonus Tracks and writes about her vegetable garden and kitchen adventures at Eat Local Northwest. She lives in Seattle with her husband and with two dogs who dream of the farm life.

Emily R. Transue, M.D., Memoir

Emily R. Transue, M.D., is a native of Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Transue is the author a memoir about medical training, On Call: A Doctor’s Days and Nights in Residency (St. Martin’s Press, 2004), and the newly released Patient to Patient: Lessons in Love, Loss, and Healing from a Doctor’s Practice (St. Martin’s Press, 2008). She has also published stories and poems in JAMA, the Dartmouth Medicine magazine, and elsewhere. She has taught a creative writing elective for medical students at the University of Washington for nine years. She received the Providence-Seattle Medical Center Outstanding Educator of the Year award in 2003.

Alexa Martin, Young Adult Fiction

Alexa is the author of Girl Wonder, a young adult novel due out by Hyperion in 2011. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives in Olympia, Washington, a beautiful place where it rains an awful lot. It is a point of pride when her friends tell her that she’s acting like a teenager – again.

Doors open 8pm, Event Begins promptly 8:30

$5-15. RSVP required


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April 2, 2010: Three Part Tango @ The Loft

March 28, 2010

Letras Y Poesía del Tango

Series III:

April 2nd, 2010

@ The Loft

208 S Washington #200

Pioneer Square

Map & Directions

Door Opens 8pm Sharp

Milonga Begins 10pm with DJ Kat

$10 before 10pm

$7 Milonga only

Composers, Voices, and Songwriters of the 1920’s

This month’s program includes:

Presentation on the life and work of Argentine Poets, Writers and Lyricists Homer Manzi, Alfredo Le Pera and Enrique Santos Discepolo.

Listen and introduce yourselves to the voices and collaborative melody of Singers Teofilo Ibenez and Jorge Ortiz.

Pianist/Composer Rodolfo Biagi was known for his work with D’Arienzo and for leading his own orchestra.  Ben Thomas will give an overview of his career and discuss the rhythmic and textural elements that make his music so identifiable and powerful for dancers.

A Taste of Tango

Alfredo Le Pera was an Brazilian journalistdramatist, and lyricist, best known for his brief but fruitful collaboration with the Argentinian tango singer Carlos Gardel. Some of their best-known collaborations are the tangos Melodía de arrabalCuesta abajoSoledadVolvió una nocheGolondrinaLejana tierra míaMi Buenos Aires querido, and El día que me quieras.  Le Pera is credited with elevating the literary quality of tango lyrics while respecting the popular character of the musical form.

Jorge Ortiz Jorge Ortiz worked with great orchestras such as Edward Donato, Rodolfo Biagi, and Miguel Calo. His career took him from the 1930’s to the 1980’s in Argentina, Brazil, and Columbia

Rodolfo Biagi was an Argentine Tango musician who started his musical career by playing background music for silent movies, and this was where he was first discovered by a tango band leader. He played for the orchestra of Juan D’Arienzo from 1935 to 1938, and is often partly credited for the development of D’Arienzos rhythmic style. He later formed his own orchestra, and the special rhythmic qualities of his music is easily recognisable.

LETRAS Y POESIA DEL TANGO is a six part performance and literary series co-sponsored by Richard Hugo House and The Loft in Seattle, WA.  A curated investigation of the soul of tango through poetry and music, followed by late night dancing, ¡como los barrios del Buenos Aires! Featuring local and international poets, musicians, DJ’s and dancing.

Co-Produced and Curated by Sara Thomsen and Josie Davis

206.713.9177/ or visit us on facebook! ….

PLOP! Cabaret Performance Series

March 7, 2010

Series I: March 20th, 2010

PLOP! Cabaret is an all new performance series produced and curated by Seattle artist Josie Davis.  PLOP! Invites select artists in the literary and music arts to perform their work in an intimate house setting for a unique, wide eyed audience.  Want to PLOP!?  Bring your pillow to Beacon Hill.  That’s right, Beacon Hill.

Doors open 8pm sharp, $5-10 sliding scale entry.

RSVP @ 206.713.9177/


Artist Roster, March 2010

Kate Lebo lives in Seattle and works for Richard Hugo House, a literary arts center. Her poems have appeared in Crab Creek Review, DMQ Review, Smartish Pace, Filter, and a River and Sound Review, and she was awarded a 2010 Soapstone residency. For more about Kate (and her tasty homemade pies) visit her blog, Good Egg (

A. K. “Mimi” Allin is the poet-in-residence at NBBJ in Seattle. Her
month-long project, Adopt-A-Poet, begins in January 2010 and marks the
nation’s first such corporate poet residency. It was conceived of and
brokered by the artist with financial assistance by The Seattle Office
of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Jennifer Borges Foster is a poet, bookmaker, and the editor of Filter, a hand bound limited edition literary journal. Her poems have appeared in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, ZYZZYVA, and other journals, she is the recipient of 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs grants, and she was short-listed for The Stranger’s 2007 Genius Award in literature. Jennifer will be reading new work created during a recent 3 week residency on the Oregon coast with fellow poet Kate Lebo.

John Osebold has long hair. He makes music, sometimes as Jose Bold (, sometimes in a band called “Awesome” ( He also makes sound designs for theater, scores film & radio spots, and enjoys making his own films out of found footage because he doesn’t have a camera. Three of his short unstageable plays appeared in Jen’s FILTER vol. 2. “Awesome”‘s newest show, West, will appear at On the Boards on April 22-25; John will direct Montana von Fliss’ Cancer the Musical at Washington Ensemble Theater on June 4-21; and Jose Bold’s new film & show will be December 3-4.

NEW SERIES: Letras y Poesía Del Tango

January 6, 2010


Seattle, WA – January 5, 2010

A curated investigation of the soul of tango through poetry and music, followed by late night dancing, ¡como los barrios del Buenos Aires! Featuring local and international poets, musicians, DJ’s and dancing.

Each month highlights guest artists including Bandeoneónista Ben Thomas of Tangabrazo and International Tangera Rachel Greenberg

Co-Sponsored by Richard Hugo House Writers Fund & The Loft                                                    $10 pre-sale @ or $12 at the door                                                                Cafe and Bar available @ Richard Hugo House

6:30 Door Opens                                                                                                                                         7-9pm Readings, Workshops & Performance                                                                                     9-2am Milonga (Ritual of Tango)

Series Begins February 5th @ Richard Hugo House.  Click HERE for details on our venues, contact, tickets and Series Calendar!

Embodying Sound-Movement Practices: Improvisation as Performance

November 18, 2009

Discover process-orientated improvisation in this two-hour performance workshop

Guiding us through safe bodily practice, we will move toward a somatic space, generating an integrated vocal and movement technique

* Exercising breath * Voicing the body * Physicality of the voice * Playing and improvisation * Embodying vocal and bodily gesture

With Guest Teaching Artist:

Alexandra Baybutt is a movement artist, whose primary interest revolves around interdisciplinary performance research and collaboration, presenting movement and dance in unlikely contexts for audiences to whom it is a bit of a surprise.

Based in London, U.K., Alexandra is currently enrolled with Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals in Vancouver, accredited by LIMS in New York.

Where & When:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

7pm – 9pm

@ The Loft

212 S. Washington, Seattle, WA 98101


Pre-registration & Drop-Ins Welcome

206.713.9177 or

$10 donation encouraged


Directly above Modern Design Sofa (210 S. Washington).  Entrance on Washington, directly across from the Mission