Stream Fahari’s “The Bull-Jean Stories” with Q-Roc Ragsdale live from Tampa

Back in March, Fahari Arts Institute snagged two Readers Voice Awards for its production of The Bull-Jean Stories. Harold Steward won for directing and Q-Roc Ragsdale took away the best dramatic actress prize for her role portraying a black lesbian in the rural South of the 1920s. The one-woman multi-media show by Sharon Bridgforth has brought Fahari enough attention that it will be performed in Tampa, Fla., at the National Performance Network’s annual meeting on Saturday.

Missed it when it was here? No worries — NPN is streaming all of theirlive  performances on the Internet. NPN has collaborated with #NewPlay TV to present all the performances in real time. Fahari announced in an email today that the piece, co-commissioned by DiverseWorks with the South Dallas Cultural Center and the NPN, will stream Dec. 10 at 7:30 EST, so 6:30 p.m. our time. Just click here to watch then.

—  Rich Lopez

Tour “My Life as a Doll” at DiverseWorks

Imagine that all you knew about being an adult you had gleaned from the dolls of your childhood. Who would you be? What would your home look like? How would you express sexuality and gender? (Would the shape of your feet allow you to wear flats?)

These are the questions that artists Tara Conley and Tria Wood asked in creating My Life as a Doll, currently installed at DiverseWorks art (okay, maybe not the one about wearing flats). Sculptor Conley and Writer Wood have created a fantastical residence for a fictional woman who lives her life as a doll. Each room of this home takes the form of a page in a book. As the initially seductive simplicity of her home give way to the perilous details of her life the audience is asked to engage in a complex dialogue about power structures, childhood expectations, and gender distinctions that take root early on and continue to shape us as adults.

Wood and Conley will walk visitors through their dystopic fantasy-land Tuesday, December 13 starting at 7pm. Free admission and open to the public.

—  admin