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October 22, 2013
We have all heard the expression, “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but what about a books title? Book titles can intrigue, inspire, and inform a reader about a book with just a few simple words. As for Laurie Rubin’s book, Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight, the title is an important part to the story and reading experience as a whole.
Here, Laurie shares some inside information about choosing her book, and song, titles:
Book titles are incredibly important. They capture in a nutshell what a reader is about to get themselves into, what world they will be in for the next several hours, days, weeks, months whenever they pick up a given book. I chose the title, “Do You Dream in Color?” because it was the question people have asked me from time to time. I think it’s such an interesting question for people to ask because I think of dreams as something you are living, not something you’re watching through a television screen.
September 18, 2013Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 7:00pm Goodbye Blue Monday 1087 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Chavisa Woods will be joined by Stephen Boyer and Tommy “Teebs” Pico on Wednesday, September 18th at 7:00pm at Goodbye Blue Monday for a reading, poetry, conversation, and musical performance. This is an official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.
This reading features two up-and coming NYC based authors; Chavisa Woods, author of The Albino Album (Seven Stories Press) and Stephen Boyer, author of Parasite, (Publication Studios) whose novels follows the lives of queer teenage runaways, one in search of true love and the other in search of something to blow up. With special guest poet Tommy Pico, and musical guests, The Fools, and others TBA.
The Albino Album, a queer epic, follows the life of a little girl who accidentally feeds her mother to an albino tiger and grows up to become a domestic terrorist.
August 15, 2013
Forty-four years ago today half a million people gathered to celebrate peace, oneness, freedom of expression, and music.
On Friday, August 15, 1969, by the sheer luck and compassion of farmland owner Max Ysagur, the Woodstock Music Festival opened in Bethel, a town in upstate New York, forty miles from Woodstock.
Woodstock is known as, “three days of peace and music,”where people of different ages, cultures, color, and creed came together to be apart of a transformational music journey. It is best known as the perfect portrayal of the 1960’s youth culture, the “hippies,” that gathered to celebrate music and peace, something the rest of the United States was not concerned with at the time.
Musicians such as, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Sly & the Family Stone, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and many more performed songs that expressed their opposition of the Vietnam War. Some of the artists there like Santana, were up-and-coming acts that Woodstock helped to pioneer their careers.
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March 21, 2013
Laurie Rubin, author of the memoir Do You Dream In Color?, has been everywhere this week, making appearances yesterday at the Free Library of Philadelphia and on WHYY’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. Mezzo-soprano Rubin talked with Coane about her experiences as a blind singer, revealing her experiences with music directors who refused to allow her to perform in operas due to concerns over her disability.
Don’t miss her charming performance at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where she delighted crowds singing with her partner, Jenny Taira accompanying her on piano, and read an excerpt from her memoir.
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January 15, 2013
Laurie Rubin, author of Do You Dream in Colors? Insights from a Girl without Sight, will be at Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco on Tuesday, January 15th at 7pm. Laurie will be discussing her riveting memoir which looks back on her life as a blind girl trying to find the answers to life’s tough questions like “Who am I?” and “Where do I fit in?”, and her journey to becoming an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano opera singer.
“Laurie Rubin shows that we need not be defined by what others may see as our limitations. With her remarkable approach to life and her extraordinary musical achievements, she is an inspiring example to all who are finding their way.”—Katherine Damkohler, Executive Director, Education Through Music
To learn more about the event, go to the Modern Times Bookstore event page.Laurie Rubin Book Talk Tuesday, January 15 @ 7pm Modern Times Bookstore 2919 24th Street, San Francisco, CA
October 25, 2012
When composer Bruce Adolphe asked Laurie Rubin to write a poem about her experiences being blind, the result was a beautifully composed twenty-minute song covering subjects from putting on makeup, creating jewelry, and other people’s fear of blindness and the unknown. Adolphe and Rubin will be preforming that piece as part of the Here and Now series at Bargemusic on Thursday, October 25 at 8pm. There will be copies of Rubin’s memoir, Do You Dream in Color? for sale at the event.
Laurie Rubin’s memoir Do You Dream in Color?, out in October, describes her past as a “journey towards identity,” one she hopes will resonate with young people struggling with two fundamental questions: “Who am I?” and “Where do I fit in?” Although most of us aren’t blind, Rubin believes that many of us have traits that make us something other than “normal.”
Blind since birth, mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin recently received high praise from New York Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini, who wrote she possesses “compelling artistry,” “communicative power,” and that her voice displays “earthy, rich and poignant qualities.” Recent career highlights include her United Kingdom solo recital debut performance at Wigmore Hall in London as well as her solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
September 24, 2012
The upcoming memoir, by Laurie Rubin, takes a look at her life as an international opera singer who happens to be blind. From her loneliness and isolation as a middle schooler to her experiences skiing, Rubin offers her young readers a life-story rich in detail and inspiration drawn from everyday challenges. Colors, Laurie Rubin tells us, affect everyone through sound, smell, taste, and a vast array of emotions and atmospheres. She explains that although she has been blind since birth, she has experienced color all her life.
Alan Elsner, of The Huffington Post, says about the book:
“Entrancing memoir…Rubin is a fizzy and effervescent presence whose unquenchable lust for life is utterly charming and persuasive.”
To read the entire article, click here.
Look out for Laurie Rubin’s Do You Dream in Color?, out this October.
November 17, 2011
Celine Curiol vs Arshid Azarine will be at Barbès in Brooklyn on November 17th 2011 at 7p.m. The event will include spoken word French/English poetry or texts of Celine Curiol transposed with piano compositions and improvisations of Arshid Azarine. After a decade infusing in New York, French author Celine Curiol returned to Paris where she met Franco-Iranian pianist and composer, Arshid Azarine. After experimenting with the interplay between music and language, rhythm and rhyme, they launched a collaboration that combined Curiol’s French and English-language poetry with Azarine’s musical compositions and improvisations. The result is a project that stands at the crossroad of western performance poetry and the Iranian tradition of “declameh”.
Celine Curiol is the author of three novels, including “Voice Over” (Seven Stories Press, 2008), which novelist Paul Auster has praised as “one of the most original and brilliantly executed works of contemporary fiction.”
Arshid Azarine is the leader of the Paris-based “multi-kulti” jazz band Azarine 6.
April 30, 2011Sabrina Chapadijev, editor of Live Through This, has performances in Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Madison, Cleveland; and Canton, Ohio. Find out more at her website. She also will be lecturing on the book in Detroit and Chicago.