Public Works Improvisational Theatre
Voice In the Well
Confessions of a Pulpiteer
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Confessions of A Pulipiteer


Sacramento Theater Examiner

Rehearsal photos of
"Confessions of a Pulpiteer"
the first staged reading of the
2010 Playwright's Festival of New Works
by: Barry Wisdom



KCSB 91.9 Santa Barbara Interview

"The Culture of Protest"
host Dick Flack interviews
Lee Boek about
Confessions of a Pulpiteer.
Musicians Mitch Greenhill
& Roberta Levitow
sing with Lee,
songs from the performance

Confessions of a Pulpiteer
[partial] Soundtrack *

I'll Fly Away

Farther Along

* Songs performed by Mitch Greenhill & Roberta Levitow.

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Lionel Rolfe at the Media Ecology Soul Salon in Santa Monica June 22

Lionel Rolfe Appearance Set For Monday June 22

7:30p.m at 3301 Pico Blvd in Santa Monica.

The salon is part of a series of engaging interviews by Gerry Fialka
with modern thinkers who address the metaphysics of their callings
and the nitty-gritty of their crafts.

The intersection of the arts and politics has a rich history in LA,
and there’s no better person to illuminate that history than author
and journalist Lionel Rolfe. In his book “Literary L.A.,” Rolfe
reveals the history of L.A.’s forgotten literary scene. From Charles
Bukowski to Robinson Jeffers, Aldous Huxley to Nathanael West, Rolfe
describes the authors who made L.A. home and looks at the stories and
struggles behind the creation of a culture. 



"Happy Bloomsday To ULYSSES Lovers Everywhere"

Readers Tribute To James Joyce & The Irish Imagination

Public Works Presents A Voice In The Well Production:
Eric Vollmer hosts our
11th Annual IRISH Literary Cabaret

Tuesday, June 16

Village Books
1049 Swarthmore
Pacific Palisades, 90272

Kate Friedricks & The Sons of Moynahans, Tania Getty, DJ CARLILE, Michael Lindsay, Lee Boek, Rory Johnston, Bill & Pablo, William H. Bassett, Rory, DJ, Tom Stoppard, Katie O'Loughlin, and more!

Door donations appreciated
Artists reception to follow with Irish coffee & desserts!

click here for more details


Stick Fly

Stick Fly, a new play from Lydia R. Diamon, features musician Mitch Greenhill (of our very own Confessions of a Pulpiteer) in sound design.

Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose, Los Angeles
Through May 31
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00.  Sundays at 3:00.
Reservations; 323 960-7740

In this new play from Lydia R. Diamond, an upper class African American family vacationing on Martha's Vineyard wrestles with parental expectations, sibling rivalry, and issues of class and race. Review


T I M E L E S S: The Composer/Arranger Series:I of IV

My friends at Mochilla and ArtDontSleep, know how to host a tremendous party; their events are beyond compare - worth checking out! I encourage everyone to try to attend at least one of their upcoming events:

Feb 1 - April 15



“Timeless” is an homage to the arranger/composers that have influenced hip-hop in the most literal and profound ways. Hear what happens when these two worlds come together.


Live Performance by
MULATU ASTATKE[myspace. com/mulatuastatke]
(Vibraphone, Percussion)
with a 15 piece orchestra
Bennie Maupin (Bass Clarinet, Flute, Soprano Sax)
Azar Lawrence (Tenor Sax)
Karriem Riggins (Trap Drums)
Phil Ranelin (Trombone)
Trevor Ware (Electric and Upright Bass)
Munyungo Jackson (Hand Drums and Percussion)
Joel Yennior (Trombone)
Todd Simon (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Viola)
Dan Ubick (Electric and Acoustic Guitar)
Brandon Coleman (Electric and Acoustic Piano, Organ)
Alan Lightner (Percussion)

Opening DJ sets by
CUT CHEMIST (myspace. com/cutchemist)
QUANTIC (myspace. com/quanticmusic)
EGON (www. stonesthrow. com/egon)

Sunday, February 1, 2009
7-11pm / All Ages / $22.50

Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Cal State University Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive. Los Angeles. 90032

*for more info please visit: | www. vtechphones. com/timeless

*Tickets Available via TICKETMASTER.COM and The Luckman Box Office

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Dig Deeper...

Mulatu Astatke is one of the most influential and important musicians from Ethiopia. During the 1960’s, he studied music abroad in London, Boston (Berklee School of Music) and New York. He then returned home to Ethiopia with a love of jazz and Latin music. Mulatu then remade the music he had learnt abroad through a distinctly Ethiopian frame - he called his music “Ethio-jazz”.

Mulatu is first and foremost a composer and arranger but also a multi-instrumentalist, playing the vibraphone, keyboards and organs. He is credited as having introduced congas and bongos into popular Ethiopian music. Ethiopian music didn’t have congas, they had to travel from West Africa to Cuba and then New York into the hands of a young Mulatu to make the journey back to East Africa. However, as Ethiopian songs traditionally focused on vocals his greatest contribution to the music of his country was introducing a new focus on instrumentation. His music veres from the sublime Tezetas to the most foot stomping funk. Since the early nineties Mulatu Astatke has been the center of renewed attention in the West. The award winning and invaluable Ethiopiques series by Francis Falsetto has shed a new light into a vital and amazing music scene that existed in Addis Abbaba before the disastrous Left-Wing dictatorship of the seventies and eighties. The composer/arranger of that era was Mulatu. He is a central figure in African Music in the way that Fela Kuti is. The influence of Mulatu’s music, his tone and sensibility can be heard in much of todays music. Cut Chemist, Quantic, Madlib, Kanaan all have felt the influence of Ethiopia on there music.

More recently his music became a central character in director Jim Jarmush’s 2005 independent smash Broken Flowers with actor Bill Murray.
myspace. com/mulatuastatke

Cut Chemist has been recording and performing for over twenty years. His roots lie deep in hip hop as a founding member of the rap group Jurassic 5. Cut was also a member of the latin jazz/ funk outfit, Ozomatli. Cut has developed a taste for music and rhythms from all over the world while keeping his tradition for the hip hop approach. Cut’s released his first solo LP with Warner Bros Records - the critically acclaimed The Audiences Listening in 2006.

2007 was a pivotal year for Cut - he landed an opening slot for Shakira’s Oral Fixation tour. When he returned home he joined long time friend and collaborator DJ Shadow to headline the Hollywood Bowl for “The Hard Sell,” an eight turntable show using an eclectic mix of music all on 7 inch vinyl. While in rehearsal for this show, L.A.’s prestigious Walt Disney Music Hall asked Cut to be a part of “Pravda,” a concept night of DJs combining Russian classical music from the Stalin era with contemporary beats. There is no place that Cut Chemist is afraid to go, musically. “I’ll never lose sight of my roots as a hip hop DJ. It keeps me constantly inventing. I believe all music can be considered hip hop when its presented in a way that’s fresh to peoples ears.
myspace. com/cutchemist

Quantic (Columbia) -Since William Holland AKA Quantic's first album release in 2001, much ground has been covered. Over the last 8 or so years 12 full length records have given him worldwide recognition. When he is not producing music that continues to push genre boundaries he travels as a DJ or with his band spreading his unique blend of Jazz, Latin & Caribbean rooted music. His track 'Mi Swing es Tropical' with Nickodemus further brought him to a global audience when it featured in Apple's tropical Ipod Advert throughout 2007. Shortly after which Holland moved to Colombia, setting up his South American studio 'Sonido del Valle' to work alongside a whole host of new musicians in Cali. 2009 will see the first release from his new band 'Combo Bárbaro' on Tru Thoughts Records. The record comprises of work with Peruvian Pianist 'Alfredo Linares' & Brazilian Arranger 'Arthur Verocai'.
myspace. com/quanticmusic

Egon - Eothen Alapatt, aka Egon, is Stones Throw’s general manager. At Stones Throw, he has produced anthologies such as The Funky 16 Corners and The Stark Reality’s Now. He has coordinated and/or A&Red for projects as varied as Madlib and DOOM’s Madvillain, Chrome Children, Tortoise’s Bumps and a bunch of others. He founded his own label, Now-Again in 2002 to focus on reissues of regional American funk and soul. Funk bands such as the L.A. Carnival, Ebony Rhythm Band, Kashmere Stage Band and Amnesty have seen their music released on Now-Again. Now-Again also represents catalogs that range from the superb Brasilian psychedelia to the funk and soul that Now-Again is known for. Besides all this he is still an in-demand dj world wide and writes a column for NPR online.
www. stonesthrow. com/egon

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