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The Face Zone: Surreal Daydreams to Trip Your Imagination…

Martin Graff performs his solo, multimedia spoken-word act of poetic-prose vignettes with matching artwork about every topic from the stigma of liking scrapple to the meaning of life. What connects the pieces is that they each start with a projected image of a face—human, animal, alien, abstract—to prompt reaction and thought, and to act as a catalyst for the material that follows. The show is punctuated by original piano compositions from his album Trips for Piano to further deepen the experience. Graff’s imaginative humor, insightful commentary, unconventional artwork, and compelling music offer a uniquely engaging respite that cuts through the noise of our information-age lives with concise, essential truths certain to entertain and inspire lasting reflection.

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Get Me Home: A Travel Opera in Three Acts  

Music and libretto by Neal Learner

Maxine T. Heart lives overseas but needs to get back to America immediately. Her beloved father is hovering between life and death after being hit on the head by a falling tree branch while riding his bike. Maxine has bought her ticket and is ready to jump on the plane. There’s only one problem: in her shock at the family news, she gave the foreign travel agent her nickname, rather than full name, and failed to clearly enunciate her “ts” and “ds.” On her passport, she’s “Maxine T. Heart.” But on her ticket, she’s “Max D. Heard.” Problems ensue.

Director: Ruben Vellekoop

Cast: Neal Learner, Cathy McCoskey, Marissa Papatola, and Eric Yeh

Accompanist: Paige Rammelkamp

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Live at The Athenaeum

It’s been a long winter… Let’s brighten things up.

On Thursday, March 24th, join Martin Graff (The Face Zone / Trips for Piano) and Dwayne Lawson-Brown (Twenty:21 / One Color Kaleidoscope) for a luminescent experience of spoken word, art, and piano to move your soul and light your imagination…

The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Doors open at 6:30. Show starts at 7:00. Admission is free. The artists’ books and music will be on sale before and after the show.

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SEATS ARE LIMITED, so please respond early and with commitment. Hope to see you there. It is going to be a trip.

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Live on BlogTalk Radio

*MONDAY, JANUARY 24 at 8pm EST* I’ll be returning as the featured guest on Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio! Host Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram and I will discuss my thoughts on writing and the creative process. I’ll read material from my latest book from The Face Zone series and share music from my recently released Trips for Piano. Follow this link to stream the episode: The call-in number for questions is: (646)-787-1631.