Mañana es Martes de CONCIERTO!!! Ven a disfrutar de este gran concierto con Johnny Favourite y Lady Zen interpretando "Ella & Louis"! Te esperamos a partir de las 5:30 con tu copa de bienvenida en Prolongación Alcocer #32 SMA, MuVarte Galería (junto a SAPASMA)!
Benefit Concert with Enrique de Allende
Te invitamos al concierto, que ofrecerá Enrique de Allende, este Martes 2 de Febrero, 7:30pm Teatro Angela Peralta. Donde tambien tendremos como invitados especiales a nuestro querido Johnny Favourite y la talentosa voz de Lady Zen. Parte de las ventas sera destinada como donativo al voluntariado del DIF. -- Please join us Tuesday, February 2nd 7:30pm at Teatro Ángela Peralta on a benefit concert, for DIF. Enrique de Allende's unique voice, on a popclassical concert with 7 great musicians on stage. Special performences by Lady Zen and Johnny Favourite TICKETS : - Teatro Ángela Peralta - Solutions (paqueteria, calle Recreo) - El Pegaso
Prices $150, $350 y $500
Apoya a quienes mas lo necesitan, disfrutando con un concierto expectacular! Suport the most needed families from San Miguel, enjoying an unforgetable evening!
Lady Zen and a cast of talent host a night of art, workshops, music and fashion as a fundraiser to benefit the Maine Hip Hop Summit 4-7 PM artist will host a series of events and booths upstairs at Empire and outside of the venue during Art Walk. from 9-1 Will be a night of music, a fashion show featuring Aquarius Funk and black light art by Tim Clorius. Ages: ALL AGES 4-7 | 21+ 9 PM ON
Obbligato at MJs Wine Bar
A weekly series of Jazz and Poetry
Yaji: East Meets West Cultural Gathering
Language & Identity
[Portland, Maine, April 14, 2015] — Our Yaji in May takes on the issue of language and identity. Three extraordinary artists will reveal their stories at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art. From the lyrical poetry of hip hop artist Lady Zen, to the striking photography of the Beijing-born, Rockport-based photography Ni Rong, and the storytelling prowess of Portland-based writer, Frank O Smith, all of our featured artists walk paths and practices that weave between Eastern and Western traditions. Inspired by the historic ‘elegant gatherings’ (雅集) of the Song Dynasty, where artists, poets, sages and scholars would come together to drink tea and contemplate art and life — Yaji is a modern day salon about the new waves of Chinese and Asian contemporary art and culture as they intersect with New England life. Previous Yaji editions were held in November 2014, and March 2015. What: Yaji: East/West Cultural Gatherings, Language & Identity When: Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 5:00-7:00pm (5:00-5:30pm tea and conversation; 5:30-7:00pm artist talk) Where: ICA at Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St, Portland ME 04101 Cost: Free! Chinese tea will be provided More info: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.foxintercultural.net/yaji
Five Directions by Annie Finch
In "Five Directions," nationally acclaimed Portland poet Annie Finch offers audiences a theatrical poetic performance of her new book of "Spells." Featuring Dark Follies ritual bellydance troupe in collaboration with the poet under the direction of Joie Grandbois. Annie's daughter, Althea Finch-Brand, makes a special appearance in a lyric fusion poem arranged by Lady Zen (Alzenira Quezada)
The show is approximately 50 minutes followed by a tea-tasting and fair in celebration of the five directions with an introduction to Annie's new company, American Witch. This show is designed to inspire and empower the goddess in all of us. Doors at 7, show at 7:30.
Tickets $12 in advance, $10 students and seniors, $15 day of show.
Too often, the voices and actions of queer people of color are rendered invisible within mainstream accounts of the LGBTQ movement here in the United States. This panel of activists, artists, and academics will explore the contributions of queer people of color within LGBTQ organizing and empowerment historically and today.
Lady Zen: Portland-based jazz-funk poet
Dr. Myron Beasley: Bates professor of African American/American Cultural Studies & Women and Gender Studies
Jules Purnell: Portland-based sexuality educator, activist, and snazzy dresser
All ages. Suggested donation of $5 to support Portland's Racial Justice Congress.
Hosted by Portland’s Racial Justice Congress and Pride Portland
Co-Sponsored by Portland's Racial Justice Congress, Pride Portland, USM Women and Gender Studies Program, Portland Outright, and the Southern Maine Worker's Center.
Mother Tongue Monologues (NYC)
Tara Betts, Sonya Renee, Lady Zen, Helena D. Lewis, Mahogany Browne, Crystal Valentine are part of a showcase of directed by Nikki Patin and Piper Anderson at the National Black Theater in Harlem. Mother Tongue Monologues showcases a cast of spoken word artists in a revolutionary poetic dialogue about state violence directed towards Black women. If you’re in NYC on February 21st, you are in for a rare and extraordinary treat -
See more at: http://tarabetts.net/2015/01/21/mother-tongue-monologues-nyc/#sthash.IXC9iQ33.dpuf
Inspiration comes in all kinds of characters at the fifth annual TEDxDirigo fall conference. This year's theme is "Mavericks & Misfits," and a wide array of speakers are planned for the Sunday, Nov. 9, event at The Frontier in Brunswick. Marty Pottenger, the director of Art at Work for the city of Portland; Tommy Waltz, a clinical case manager with Preble Street's Anti-Trafficking Coalition; Lady Zen (Alzenira Santos Amaral de Quezada), an internationally known lyric poet; Tim Clorius (a.k.a. Subone), a graffiti artist; Jeremy Frey, a Passamaquoddy basketweaver; and Hannah Holmes, the author of four books ranging in subject from a natural history of dust to the evolution of diverse human personalities, will share their stories of pursuing a unique passion. (For a full list of speakers, www.TEDxDirigo.com.)
Lady Zen is a spoken-word artist and jazz and blues singer, who has her MFA in creative writing from the Stonecoast MFA Program. She's done many regional and national commissions having to do with race and gender and sexuality in particular, often having to do with the American history of slavery and racism, and her own experiences growing up adopted from a black-Brazilian background and her and lesbian identity, in conflict with her fundamentalist Christian adoptive family who rejected her. Her mix of spoken word and amazing singing is something that can't be missed!
Creative Portland–the five-year-old organization behind First Friday Artwalks and 2 Degrees Portland–put an elegant spin on its first fundraising party May 9. Portland Framed at the renovated Westin Portland Harborview harkened back to the hotel’s early days in the 1920s with flapper fashion and cabaret music. The event showcased 57 works by more than a dozen local artists in black 12-inch by 12-inch frames by sponsor Casco Bay Frames and Gallery. Artists ranged from the nationally known painter Daniel Minter, who designed Kwanzaa stamps for the U.S. Postal Service, to the biologist-turned-photography artist Daniel Grenier who uses antique cameras to do cool stuff like make it look like pears are levitating. The juried selection was priced at $250 per piece of art, with half going to the artist and half to Creative Portland. Lady Zen and her band entertained with cabaret tunes and lyric fusion poetry that complemented the 1920s theme demonstrated so vividly in the women’s dresses and hairpieces. ”We wanted to be ourselves–a creative bunch, but an elegant bunch,” said photographer Arthur Fink, a member of the Creative Portland board of directors.
In classical music an obbligato usually describes a musical line that is in some way indispensable in performance. I believe that jazz and poetry are indispensable in the social scene. I bring together literary genius and the finest improv musicians for a weekly show I call Obbligato. This show is captured to document these fine moments that happen from 7-9 on Sunday Nights at a place called MJ's Wine Bar.
For those who have experienced The Rocky Horror Picture Show, it needs no introduction. It is a night of crowd merging with movie, where the fourth wall of the screen is broken, and the audience is connected by the rambunctious, gender-crossing joy and shock of a movie that is as much a film as it is an experience. The show will feature local performers dancing, acting, and singing along with the film, for an all immersive adventure.
Although largely ignored upon release, it soon gained notoriety as a midnight movie when audiences began participating with the film at the Waverly Theater in New York City in 1976. Audience members returned to the cinemas frequently and talked back to the screen and began dressing as the characters, spawning similar performance groups across the United States. Still in limited release nearly four decades after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Today, the film has a large international cult following and is one of the most well-known and financially successful midnight movies of all time.
Pride Portland! Kick-Off Party--Disco as place, and disco as music: its personality and sensuality, its intrigue and sense of party. The disco brings together queers, people of color, straights, extra-terrestrials, and those from different dimensions who want to party and dis-co-ball.
Featuring performances from Cherry Lemonade, Jennifer Miller, Atomic Trash, Haus of Paradigm, Lady Zen, Néstor González, A Severe Joy, Aquarius Funkk, 90 Minute Blonde, Lexi GoGo, Stripwrecked Burlesque, Holly Danger, and the Marquesa of Salem, Massachusetts, Gigi Gill.
Local DJs Linda T. and G&G Music Factory will be present.
Join us for the official kick-off of Portland's Pride week and festival!
Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut Street, Portland 8pm-1am Doors open at 7pm
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door Tickets available at: http://bit.ly/pridekickoff 21+
Presented by Lady Zen, José Ayerve, Joseph Nederveld, Pride Portland!, and Grace Restaurant.
Hosted by Lady Zen and Blake Hayes.
Sponsored by: Grace Restaurant and Pride Portland!
For a full schedule of 2014 Pride Portland! events, go to: www.prideportland.org
100 Most Stylish DapperQ's
In July 2013, dapperQ published our first ever list of 100 Most Stylish dapperQs. This was by far one of our most popular posts, but was by no means exhaustive. Since the original post was not comprehensive enough to capture all of the amazing dapper that exists in our community, our team decided to compile another list of 100 most stylish dapperQs.
Lady Zen will surround herself with a cast of musicians and dancers and pay homage to the one and only Sade. VJ Foo will be on hand as well, doing video awesomeness. What’s crazy is that Sade’s debut record, “Diamond Life,” was released THIRTY years ago. What? “Smooth Operator” is three decades old? I can’t even …
Five albums have followed, most recently 2010’s “Soldier of Love.” Man alive, the title track is gorgeous and our gal Sade’s still got the sweet pipes. As for Lady Zen, she told me Sade has always inspired her with her use of language, cinematography and her undeniable beauty. “I would have to say that Sade is in my top five of all-time female performers that I admire.” Zen traces it back to the early ’90s. “I remember watching the videos on MTV. “No Ordinary Love” stopped me in my tracks – the whole mermaid theme.”
Join us for this extravaganza from Jazz performer and spoken word artist Lady Zen. Dance, performance art and burlesque by Atomic Trash and several other outstanding Portland performers, all here to entertain you and to support our foundation. Plan to have a great time, there will be a wine bar, food and auction with outstanding items from local businesses. Auction will open at 6:00. This was a very popular event last time with excellent gift certificates and items from your favorite businesses , restaurants, artists,book stores, and more. A fun time! Elegant, sassy, spectacular top talent evening......and all to support gender non conforming and trans youth in our schools,families, and communities. Trans Youth Equality works hard all year to advocate for transgender children and youth. The funds raised will help support our summer and fall camps, and more........ make a difference. Show starts at 7:00. CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS: create change, support our critical work and even support our summer and fall camp for trans kids by using paypal.We are a 501c3 org and you can write it off! Go to paypal: Trans Youth Equality Foundation
Institute for Civic Leadership 20th Anniversary Celebration
LADY ZEN performed the dramatic “WILLOW MOON” -- accompanied by Katherine Albee and Dan Capaldi. In this commissioned musical poem, Lady Zen was inspired by stories of ICL graduates who were interviewed for the film the audience saw. In one account, a participant in the Outward Bound element of the Leadership Intensive was lost and stumbled upon other participants under the light of a full moon. Lady Zen frames the story of an individual's process of personal transformation toward success and joining a group -- and how people come together to create something positive. WILLOW MOON offers a meditation in the form of a refrain that echoes throughout the poem: The Moon / opened its eye / as wide as it could / to shine on me / and light my way. Read the complete lyrics here: http://civicleadership.org/blog/leaders-gathered-for-icl-20th-anniversary.
Gay Pride Amsterdam
Lady Zen is a Jazz-Funk Poet based in Portland,Maine. ... a 14-day stint in Europe where she performed at the historic, Café T Mandje in Amsterdam
The oldest gaybar in town! Nice atmosphere, nice people. The bar started in 1927 by Bet van Beeren, a lesbian who thought al people where equal. If you're wondering what al those ties are doing hanging on the ceiling, Bet cut them of from the man and put them there... When you're in Amsterdam, visit this cozy bar.
This year’s BUTCH Nation is going to be HOT! Join us for a super sexy and talented performance line-up! Keynote, Jay Toole will take to the stage to tell you a story or two as this show sizzles with music, performance, and cool raffles. Wait, that’s not hot enough? Well, perhaps you need a little bit of fashion in your life? No worries, Saint Harridan Suits will be there strutting about and representing in the BUTCH Nation Fashion Show!
Some things really do get better with age, and Boston Gay Pride is no exception. Started in 1970 by a small group of gay and lesbian Vietnam War protesters, it continued and grew, becoming one of the oldest surviving festivals of its kind. Today, Boston Pride attracts more than 400,000 participants annually. http://www.advocate.com/pride/2013/06/12/photos-spirit-boston-pride?page=full
Black History Month: Jazz & Poetry Reading
Stonecoast MFA kicks off Black History Month with a performance by Lady Zen.
Stonecoast is a proud sponsor of the 2013 AWP Annual Conference taking place in Boston from March 6th-9th. The Stonecoast community has come together to offer several exciting events that will take place during the Conference.
The Fogcutters are a 20-piece big band based in Portland, Maine, led by Brian Graham and John Maclaine. The Fogcutters feature a "traditional" big band set up but are not traditional in style. They are just as comfortable playing hard rock, hip-hop and funk as paying tribute to big band legends such as Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway. The band formed in 2009 after putting together a supposed one-night show of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald classics at The Empire Dine & Dance in Portland, Maine. The Fogcutters moved towards incorporating original and local music, regardless of genre culminating in the now annual "Big Band Syndrome" event held at The State Theatre (Portland, Maine). The concept of Big Band Syndrome is taking original songs written by local musicians and re-arranging them for big band then performing the songs with the artists. Big Band Syndrome has now become a staple in Maine music scene and has featured Maine artists such as The Mallett Brothers Band, Lady Zen, Spose, Dominic Lavoie, Darien Brahams, Jacob Augustine, Kyle Gervais, Dan Capaldi (Sea Level, The Cambiata), Spencer Albee(Rustic Overtones, Spencer & The School Spirit Mafia), Dave Gutter (Rustic Overtones, Paranoid Social Club), Eyenine, Anna Lombard (Anna & The Diggs, Gypsy Tailwind), Lyle Divinsky, and Adam Waxman.
PORTLAND — The annual “Alive at Five” free outdoor concert series in Monument Square kicks off this Thursday. All shows will be held Thursdays in Monument Square from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The rest of the schedule includes: July 19 – Spencer Albee (pop rock), Zach Jones (R&B), Lady Zen (soul); July 26 – McCarthys (alt country) and Amy Allen (singer-songwriter); Aug. 2 – March Forth (New Orleans marching band), Anna and the Diggs (Americana), Veayo Twins (MAMM Slam High School band winners); Aug. 9 – The Mallett Brothers (country rock) and CuLLu (reggae).
The series is sponsored by television station WPME/WPXT, radio stations WBLM, WCYY, WJBQ, and WHOM, plus the Portland Phoenix, Black Bear Energy and Sebago Brewing Co.
On Sunday, June 10, the Old Port Festival will kick off with a parade on Exchange Street and for the next six hours there will be music on six different stages, children's activities, food and wares from Maine artisans.
Dispatch Magazine - Middle and Temple streets • Featured performers include Amy Allen, The Wrecking and recent X Factor Contestants Pretty Girls Song Soprano, Arianna Cogswell, Dom Colizzi and Lady Zen.
Join Lady Zen as she brings you the reprise show of Neo Soul goddess Erykah Badu's first album in it's entirety. This is for those of you who kicked yourself the first time for missing out..as well as for those of you who dug it so hard you haveta see it again.
Two sets...Lady Zen's poetic, thoughtful and moving originals. And a live rendition of the album that helped usher in the neo soul movement. That's called a twofer.
Any bands that are personal favorites from over the years? Opera Jones (featuring Lady Zen, Sam James, and more), Sister Rita (Caleb Coulthard, Gary Meres, Casey McCurry), Ways of Man (Jesse Hautala, Chriss Sutherland, Zack Howard)… but there have really been so many amazing acts over the last four years. Listen for yourself:48hourmusicfestival.bandcamp.com
"...Lady Zen – I introduce her by her performance name, which she also goes by off the stage, sometimes abbreviated to Lady Z, or just Z. Lady Zen is a Brazilian spoken word artist who's performed her work quite literally across the country in venues where she's combined spoken word with music fusion to create a unique approach called “jazz funk.”
Saturday morning, more than 100 musicians did something they don't normally do. They got up early on a weekend. They did it for a good cause, though, to raise money for Music and Magic Maine, a local group that donates musical instruments to kids in need.
Lady Zen brings together the vocal styling's of a well seasoned jazz musician with lusty soul and funk riffs, punctuated by phrasing of a Hip Hop preacher, cultured in the modern tradition of slam poetry. She is a proud butch dyke styled from an era of cuff links, bowties and suits.
Lady Zen sings Lady Day @ Mayo Street Arts Center Portland, Maine August 14, 2010.
Female Hip Hop Alliance
The West Coast based Female Hip-Hop Alliance or the FHHA (pronounced: Fe-Ha-HA), was a group of women dedicated to learning skills of Hip-Hop lyric writing, beat making, and performing in a supportive, non-competitive environment.
Their performance at Ladyfest in Olympia, Washington was one of the biggest shows the group had ever undertaken.
It all began when Rachel Brady gathered a group of six underground female hip-hop artists in her home to pose a simple idea which launched a movement. “What if we shared what if we know about creating music with any young woman who wanted to learn the skill of being an MC?” She went on to explain that this could be one of the single most creative forms of combating the current homogenized culture of misogyny in the male dominated music industry. “If we could bring together a show of force and could gain ground and create a new feminist movement in music,” Brady said, “But I need your help.”With the support of some of the West Coasts most noted underground hip-hop performers like, Scream Club, Romanteek, Lady Zen, Chi Girl, and RainbowUnicorn the group began holding open classes every Tuesday night at 6pm in Brady’s home.
The mission of the group is to teach women of all ages to discover their self-exploration through building the skills of a DJ, finding their voice, and sharing their stories and experiences through the vehicle of Hip-Hop lyric writing and beat making in a supportive, non- competitive environment.
Each week, the founding members would load in turntables, microphones, records, and homemade flip charts as teaching aids for the week’s lesson. Sarah Wonderful of Scream Club put it like this, “It was amazing to see all these girls coming down the sidewalk at 10 minutes to six. Sometimes we would have as many as 25 women huddled around four turntables to learn the basics of beat matching.”
Brady soon discovered that some of the girls involved didn’t necessarily want to perform as MC’s but wanted to learn skills such as marketing, screen printing, and clothing design.
In order to keep them involved she found community support to allow these girls access to women owned screen printing shops and design studios that allowed the girls to begin creating merchandise for the shows. These girls also act as the official FHHA street team, creating flyers and spreading the word about the workshops.
The group began to branch out quickly organizing workshops in public schools, juvenile detention centers, and community centers in addition to performing at many community events and clubs. With a rotating group of performers, everyone gets a chance to perform in public.
“I believe we have a total of 15 regular participants, including ourselves, that are part of our pool of performers. Some girls may be too young to perform in a club, but can perform at a school function or festival”, said Lady Zen. “So we give them as much support and performance time as we can.”
Come see them perform this Saturday, May 23, 2004; 2pm. Ladyfest
Every Wednesday Night at Slainte, 24 Preble Street Portland, ME 9pm-12:30am
SwAnK Productions beings the queer community: MUSE. A weekly performance party. Much like those old parties at The Whiteheart. 10:30 -11:00 queer community leaders, artist, dancers, hairdressers, graphic designers, artist, theater performers, business owners, composers, instrumentalists stop all the action with a Pucha Kucha style presentations free to the public.
"This is a way to make us more aware of allies and our business owners, performers, and venue owners. For a half hour we are exposed to the presenters MUSE. Their inspiration and in turn we are inspired. We finish the night out with a big dance party. Guest Dj's and one hell of a great party!"
Muse is the public face of SwAnK, which aspires to host a yearly queer community awards show and banquet. Which will be Portland Queer Communities "Best Of" awards. SwAnK productions includes social heavies:
Lady Zen- Organizer and Host
Jazz Slam Poet. DJ for Whiteheart Parties. Featured Clash artists: Marvin Gaye, Elvis, Aretha Franklin. Opened for Kurtis Blow at the seen at Port City Music Hall. Featured on Lesbian Radio, Port Veritas Poet Opened for Kenya Hall while an artist in residence at the BIG Easy Opened for Jaye Drew. One of the field organizers for the gay marriage post card campaign. Featured on THE PULSE of Portland, %0 most influential people in Portland video Writer and Actor for the Queer Alternative Theater Company One of the founding members of Butch Poets
Doris Ortiz- Assistant Host and Production Manager Member of the Kings of the Hill Drag King Company
Mea Tavares -Social Communications Coordinator Social Scenester
Movies Made Me Gay
MoviesMadeMeGay June 5 – August 5, 2009 Soft Opening, Friday June 5th, 6-9pm GAY-la Reception, Tuesday June 16th, 7pm Sanctuary Tattoo and Art Gallery 31 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine
Curated by Derek Jackson, MoviesMadeMeGay features nineteen local artists who are responding to the power of cinema to inspire a new way of thinking. To quote Josh Thorson, curator of the exhibition “Perspectacle 1.5” at the New Museum “The Queer subject doesn’t necessarily have to have anything to do with sexual predilection; “Queer” can simply mean a subject with the experience of being outside of banal normality...” Works on display range from painting, photography, graphic design, sound, fashion, and culinary art, among other forms that reference filmic elements such as set design, movie soundtracks, costume and casting. This two-month exhibition is scheduled in conjunction with Portland’s 2009 Gay Pride festivities, with a “soft” opening for press and artists on Friday June 5th, and a cocktail reception with guest performances on Tuesday June 16th.
Exhibiting artists include:
Greta Bank Jake Brooks Matt Camp Josh Clukey Timothy Cole Just The Girl Next Door Golden Apple by Diana Duane Ian Goering Highkoo + Mr. Dereloid Derek Jackson Justin Levesque Heidi Powell Kelly Jo Shows Tina Smith Jamie O’Sullivan Caitlin St. Laurent Darrell Tapley JJ Thoman Lady Zen
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