Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tigertail's Season 2011 - 2012 Kickoff Party Annouced - Season to Include James Cotton Blues Performance in Miami Florida

Join Tigertail on Tuesday, October 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Wynwood Walls – behind Joey's restaurant, 2506 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami – for another lively Season Kickoff Party. The event is free. The 2011-2012 season's slogan is ExpectedUnexpected, and the party will live up to this motto.

Attendees will enjoy the outrageous New York City performance artist Pat Oleszko and her inflatable art, surrounded by the beautiful street-art murals of Wynwood Walls. There will be special appearances by guest artists and the Tigertail WordSpeak team hot from Brave New Voices in San Francisco. Season tickets and other prizes will be offered, and partiers will be invited to create their own murals.

Pat Oleszko makes a spectacle of herself – and doesn't mind if you laugh. The New Yorker says "She's a rhyming, punning, vogueing, shrieking performer - a social critic, a comic, and a vamp. Utilizing elaborate costumes and props, she has created lithe performances, films, installations that address trees, knees, breasts, butts, elephants and fingers. She has worked from the popular art forms of the street, party, parade and burlesque house, to the Museum of Modern Art, from Sesame Street Magazine to Ms, Playboy, and Artforum. A much decorated artist, literally and figuratively, she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jim Hensen Foundation and many others. She has exhibited and performed at many venues and museums, including a memorable show at the Bass Museum in 1993, about which the Sun Sentinel wrote, "Simply, Oleszko is the grande dame of performance art."

The Wynwood Walls were produced by Deitch Projects and Goldman Properties to coincide with the 2009 Art Basel Miami. These street art murals were created by artists from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S., including Brazilian twins Os Gêmeos and Americans Shepard Fairey and Ryan McGinnis.
Party attendees can enjoy dinner at Joey's or Wynwood Kitchen & Bar afterwards at a 15% discount.
Tigertail's Season 11/12 Calendar
Tigertail, A South Florida Annual: Florida FlashBook Launch and Reading
Monday, October 17, 2011, 8:00 pm, free admission
Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
The ninth edition of Tigertail's annual poetry publication, edited by Lynne Barrett moves into prose to explore the edges and overlaps between lyrical and narrative approaches. Fifty-four authors with connections to Florida contribute prose poetry, flash fiction, and flash nonfiction. For each piece, editor Lynne Barrett set a maximum word count of 305a number representing the original South Florida area code as well as the limits of a single pageand the result is an exuberant collection that captures both scintillant moments and the faceted turnings of memory. The cover image is by Miami artist Brian Reedy.

Livio Tragtenberg – The Cabinet of Dr. Strange – Sound Installation for Sleepless Night, Miami Beach
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 6:00 pm to midnight, free admission
Exact location can be found at
The Cabinet of Dr. Strange is a video sound performance created for an urban environment by this noted Brazilian composer and inventor of urban sound events. Tigertail fans will remember Livio from two Miami performances of Nervous City Orchestra. Performed from inside a cage, Dr. Strange establishes a special relationship with the audience by using an open mike. He then processes these sounds within seconds. The piece establishes a dialogue of humor, irony and surprise.

WordSpeak, Spoken Word for Teens – Book Launch and Reading
Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 8:00 pm, free admission
Free admission – All ages are welcome
Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
Tigertail's award-winning 2011 WordSpeak teen team brings you the leading edge of new work in spoken word. Poems spit by WordSpeak team members will rivet you to your seat. Book cover designed by Chris Meesey, teen editor is Gio Garced.

Wally Cardona – Tool Is LootContemporary Dance within WinterFest
Saturday, January 21, 2012 8:30 pm
Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach
Tool Is Loot is a one-year process of disorientation resulting in a duet. Working apart, in NYC and Paris respectively, Bessie award-winner Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey each solicited week-long encounters with non-dance experts. Each artist treated their aesthetic position to a barrage of assessment, opinions and desires of an "outsider." They ask, "What comes after you don't know anymore?"

AXIS Dance Company – Florida PremiereFull of Words
Presented by Florida Dance Association and Tigertail. Part of danceAble within WinterFest
Saturday, January 28, 2012 8:00 pm
Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach
This 12th annual danceAble event presents workshops, discussion and an electric evening of three works: The Narrowing by Sebastian Grubb, Light Shelter by David Dorfman (includes 10 Miami dancers) and the Florida Premiere of Full of Words by the noted British dancer and choreographer, Marc Brew. AXIS was recently featured on FOX TV's "So You Think You Can Dance."

SpeakOut – Tigertail's Gay & Lesbian Teen Spoken Word Project – Lenelle Moïse, Workshops and Performance
Friday, February 10, 2012, 8:00 pm, free admission
Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
Tigertail brings back Lenelle Moïse, a powerhouse poet, theater artist and dynamic speaker. Lenelle Moïse offers interactive performances and workshops that address race, class, feminism, LGBTQ identities, new theater aesthetics, immigration and Haitian-American culture. She creates intimate, fiery, politicized texts about the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, culture and compassion. Workshops and performances, week of February 6 through 10, 2012.

Elliott Sharp – Solo by Elliott Sharp, plus Syndakit with Musicians from U of M's FridaMusiq
Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8:30 pm
Miami Dade County Auditorium On-Stage, 2901 West Flagler, Miami
Elliott Sharp is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and curator central to the experimental music scene in New York City for over thirty years. His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; conceptual artist Pierre Huyghe; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; among others. Critics have hailed Elliott Sharp as one of American music's lesser-known geniuses, a guitarist and composer who works both within and at the fringes of NYC's avant-jazz and experimental rock music scenes.

James Cotton Superharp Band – An Evening with a Legendary Blues Great
Co-presented with South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC)
Saturday, March 17, 2012 8:00 pm
SMDCAC, 10950 SW 211th Street, Cutler Bay
Grammy Award-winner James Cotton with a blast-furnace sound, a larger-than-life personality, and massive frame, "Mr. Superharp" is a blues giant in every respect. The New York Times adds, "Cotton helped define modern blues harmonica with his moaning, wrenching phrases and his train-whistle wails." Join us at this beautiful new intimate facility in South Dade for soul stirring music.

WordSpeak – Tigertail's Teen Spoken Word Project – Josh Healey, Workshops and Performance
Friday, March 23, 2012, 8:00 pm, free admission
Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
This teen spoken word project includes workshops, slams and performances in a residency by Josh Healey, a community organizer, arts educator, and award winning poet from the SF Bay Area. Healey has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, and Al-Jazeera. He is the co-founder of the First Wave program at the University of Wisconsin, the first college hip-hop arts program in the nation. Healey is the recent Youth Development Program Director of the nationally recognized, San Francisco-based youth literacy organization Youth Speaks and was key staff for Brave New Voices, the annual Olympics of spoken word. Workshops and performances, week of March 19 through 23, 2012.

From the Eye of RosieTwo Evenings of Dance Curated by Rosie Herrera
Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21, 2012 8:30 pm
Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach
With the hurricane energy of its "eye," Miami's fast-rising mercurial Rosie Herrera sums up the "Expected Unexpected." This magician of dance will select work for these two concerts from the South Florida area. Get ready for an "Expected / Unexpected" perspective.

Tigertail Annual FundraiserExpected Unexpected<
Silent Auction Visual Art Curated by Fredric Snitzer
Saturday, May 12, 2012, 8:00-11:00 pm
Miami-Dade County Auditorium, On-Stage, 2901 West Flagler, Miami
What Tigertail presents and produces throughout our season is simultaneously of-the-minute, authentically Miami, on the leading edge artistically, and at the same time lots of fun. Tigertail fundraising parties themselves are legendary events that can transport you to another space and time. So mark the date in your calendars for this year's special bash and don't miss the event of the season! The generous support of many individuals helps Tigertail Productions, South Florida's pioneer non-profit presenter of innovative arts and culture, continue our work.

For season schedule updates, visit or call Tigertail Productions at 305 324 4337. Also see Tigertail's Facebook page for occasional updates –

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