OCCUPY THIS: CONVENE. CONSIDER. CONVERSE.
On November 7, some of New York’s most esteemed thinkers convene for an evening of innovative performance and political engagement to share their perspectives on the Occupy Wall Street movement. Each guest will present his or her own unique take on this astounding moment in American history, and then join in a conversation with the audience.
FEATURING: MIKE DAISEY, REGGIE WATTS, ANYA KAMENETZ, MARTIN DOCKERY, and the citizens of New York
Host: GREG BARRIS
WHEN: Monday November 7, 7:00 pm
WHERE: The Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry Street at Orange Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY
Tickets are $20. Proceeds will go MoveOn.org and OccupyWallStreet. Seating is limited, reserve now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaker and Host Bios:
Mike Daisey has been called “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by the New York Times for his groundbreaking monologues. His latest, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS, currently playing at the Public Theater, has been hailed by the Washington Post as "the best new American play of the year." He is an author, public intellectual, gonzo journalist, professional raconteur, and independent artist.
Reggie Watts Hilarious, brilliant, unpredictable – comedian/musician Reggie Watts is a staple of the international performance scene. Reggie's improvised musical sets are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and a looping machine. No two songs are ever the same. An avowed "disinformationist," Reggie loves to disorientate his audiences in the most entertaining way. You may not know what Reggie is going to do, but that's okay – he doesn't either. As a solo performer, Reggie was handpicked by Conan O'Brien to open nightly on Conan's entire North American "Prohibted From Being Funny on Television" tour. Reggie was featured as "Hot Comedian" in Rolling Stone's Hot Issue 2010, named SPIN Magazine's "Best New Comedian" and "Best of CMJ" 2010. Reggie released his debut comedy cd/dvd 'Why $#!+ So Crazy?' on Comedy Central Records in May 2010. His new album 'Reggie Watts Live at Third Man Records' is available now.
Anya Kamenetz is a senior writer at Fast Company Magazine, where she writes the column Life in Beta about change, and the author of several books. Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006), dealt with youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, (Chelsea Green, 2010) investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher ed; The Edupunks' Guide is a free ebook full of free and cheap resources for self- directed learning (edupunksguide.org). She was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing by the Village Voice in 2005.
Martin Dockery is a frequent performer in New York’s storytelling scene. Over the past several years, he’s created five critically acclaimed theatrical monologues (Wanderlust, The Surprise, The Bike Trip, Bursting Into Flames, and The Holy Land Experience) and one play (Oh, That Wily Snake!), performing them across North America, England and Australia, receiving numerous awards and kudos. If you’re in New York, you can next see Martin in Wanderlust at Theatre 80 St. Marks as part of the AFO Festival (www.afofest.org) on Nov. 16th and in The Holy Land Experience at The Kraine Theater (www.horsetrade.info) on Mondays from Nov 28th-Dec 19th. For more scintillating details, please visit www.martindockery.com.
Greg Barris Hailed as simply `Excellent!` by The New Yorker, Greg is the creator of Heart of Darkness, LA and NYC `s premiere showcase of comics. A staple of New York’s comedy club circuit, Greg has been profiled in The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Comedians Magazine, and The NY Daily News. Greg's comedic shorts have been featured on Funny or Die, College Humor and Jay Leno's Laugh Squad. He has been a commentator on MTV's All That Rocks, and Warren The Ape. "Heart of Darkness” has a monthly residency at Union Hall in Brooklyn, where "The band and comics will all be performing together, the audience will be involved, special guests will be involved—the whole way through. And sins will be forgiven." The show travels to LA, Florida and San Francisco, and has performed at the Guggenheim Museum.