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    Red Cliff performs on 11.15.14

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    Red Cliff will be performing at the Red Room 5th Anniversary celebration on the 15th of November 2014. Time: 3:30pm – 6:00 pm Music Bands Performance Venue: 華山文創園區,中館3-1 Huashan Creative Park, Zhong Guan 3-1 (Above LibLab Library) The Red Cliff is an acoustic Anglo-American trio currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. Singers/songwriters/guitarists Mark Darvill and Caleb Cole met in the cruel harsh winter of 2009 and have been performing in and around Taipei on and off since early 2010. After a long time spent feeling that their sound was missing something, the duo recently recruited the drumming services of Moshe Foster. The result is an at times melodic, at times frenetic blend of folk and rock. Audiences have been known to leave shows feeling satisfied, contemplative or just downright good. One thing’s for sure, you will leave knowing you’ve just watched a band… or sometimes maybe not, because sometimes there’s only two of them. Band members: Mark Darvill: guitar/bass/vocals Caleb Cole: guitar/bass/vocals Moshe Foster: drums Links to a few vidoes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raVriUr1kGo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbFhA54Fosk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK5ppngBYxM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ASaD09qKg8
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    ‘red room, all grown-up’…Apelles Johnson

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    Aside was a new experience to me. I feel as though I am a regular red roomer, but aside felt different. Before the show started, one woman described Aside as “red room, all grown-up”. I wrestled with this definition for some time. I hated the idea of Aside being the “high end” red room, or the red room for “us”. This mentality was what I had searched a long time to escape, and I found an escape from this in Red Room’s personability. I didn’t like the idea of it being a separate event where only the high-end people were invited. But then the shows started. And Red Room did not let me down. Aside soon showed itself to be a space where people were pushed to engage yet it was not the engagement of the usual stage time and wine. Manav was insistent on people speaking with the performers, and some of the more regular red-roomers egged the questions along. It then becomes a marvelous space for people to feel comfortable with “performers” and humanized us in a way that breaks down the barriers between the stage and the audience. It allowed me to be seen as a poet and then offered an opportunity to talk with a poet. And a black poet no less. If stage time and wine is like high school, then Aside is like college. Its a place where you are in the room with a professional and allowed to learn from their experiences as...
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    Daniel Black, June 2014

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    PIECE #1 The smoke filled room was dimly lit by hanging paper lanterns. I had a tough time dealing with the smoke only cause it would periodically rise from my own cigarette and hover over my eyes, causing a slight sting but nothing unbearable. She looked on across from me. Worrying thoughts flitting across her eyes. I could see her preoccupation with a thought. It was written in the way the emerald green of her eyes shone in the candle light . The waiter appeared with our drinks. He placed them in the center of the table and moved back through the fog to service another couple. I looked on as I reached for my drink. The brisk smell of twelve year old Japanese whiskey filled my nostrils as I went about bringing the cup to my lips. She stared at me for a moment. The tension building as I waited. We had spent the better part of the night talking about life, books we’ve read, places we’ve been and things we wanted to do. I could feel the ebb and flow of our interaction, and now we were at a very pivotal point. All because of a question. “ How are you really feeling? She blushed slightly as the words left my mouth. I could see that she had anticipated my inquiry. The cherry of her cigarette lit up as she inhaled deep. Biding her time to either make up a lie or to gauge if I was asking...
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    Drew’s Drama Session, October 2013

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    It’s about 11:30 in the morning as Drew guides a group of kids through a imaginary swamp in the Learning Kitchen. He gradually picks up his feet off the oriental carpet and deliberately lands them slowly and carefully, as if afraid to ruin the elaborate patterns on the delicate Indian rug. What is amazing is that the kids are shadowing his lead; most of them seem so curiously amused that they can’t help but shriek with excitement. Max, a second grader who entered behaving shy and meek during introduction, now has become equally hyper as Kyle, also a second grader who occupied his sense of imagination by throwing mud at the young thespians from the carpet swamp. It is hard to imagine just an hour earlier, every kid as languid and exhausted. “Shh… we have to be very quiet! There’s a sniper here! It’s nighttime and there are a lot of branches here in the swamp…” Drew vigilantly whispers to everyone. Conrad, one of the participants in the group, quiets down for a few seconds before he makes gunshot noises and falls down on the swampy ground. This cautious whisper from Drew was intended to calm the kids down, but rather managed to open another gateway to their imagination. Soon the kids are pretending to shoot each other. “No, no, no… I am not going to allow people getting shot in this class! And no shooting at other people either!” Andrew says, and I can’t help but giggle. Drew’s Drama...
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    Jason Hoy, September 2013

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    This was inspired by listening to the Beastie Boys one night, finding myself bored in the MRT the next day, and the headlines of September 2013: the Miley Circus, Taiwan politics, Middle East conflict, continuing ecological disasters, trade deals secretly negotiated with very insufficient scrutiny (such as ECFA and the TPP), internet surveillance, ubiquitous advertising…There is one invented word in here, “anthrobscenic” (from anthropocene + obscene). “Anthropocene” is a proposed name for a new geological era marked by human activity becoming an epic-scale force of nature, like a slow-motion asteroid hitting Earth. The term “pale blue dot” refers to a passage written by Carl Sagan upon seeing a Voyager 1 photo of Earth taken from the outer reaches of our solar system, worth a read on this page http://mister-walter.deviantart.com/art/Pale-Blue-Dot-189064960 (click image to enlarge). I must also mention Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath (see youtube), whose guidance in Kriya Yoga meditation has helped me along the spiritual path (“the crack in my cave”). So where shall we ride this stream of human consciousness? September 2013 A rhythm’s in my mind but there ain’t no words yet So I take my pen from pocket and the thoughts that come out I set Down to the ground and on some paper too With a beat and a brain to be bored there’s no excuse. Where will I go with this poem – I don’t know, Poetry’s more than parsing it’s also body flow. Thoughts in my head like yarns in all directions Pause and pick...
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    Aside@the Red Room, June 29 2013

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    The Red Room, organizer of Stage Time & Wine, cordially invites you to Date: Saturday, June 29th, 2013 Time: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm Venue: Learning Kitchen (above Third Place Aveda Salon) : No. 117, 2F, Da An Road, Taipei 北市大安路一段 117號2F. Join us for Red Room’s exclusive event “Aside” featuring seven performers This month at Aside we witness a shift on our view of personal expression within the arts. Each presenter will share with us their individual and unique story as an artist, whether it be through drama, prose, music or dance. This select group of presenters at ‘Aside’ have found inspiration and have in turn inspired others in their field of expertise. They use their art and creativity to spread the possibility of social change. At ‘Aside’, you will have the opportunity to engage in their passion in a more intimate setting, and to experience their work. The purpose? To connect with other people and organizations with similar ideas. Opening: 朱平 Ping Chu, founder of Canmeng Aveda. Master of Ceremonies: Manav Mehta Performers Katie Partlow Claire Daelin Sangpuy 桑布伊 Tammy Hsieh Tina Ma Ayesha Mehta Rene Kamm Tickets NTD500 each. Limited seating. Reservations required. Please contact Manav Mehta to confirm your attendance: Cell: 0910 947 307 Email: <red.room.taipei@gmail.com> Refreshments will be provided. Floor seating so please dress comfortably. Supported and sponsored by _________________________________________________________________________________________ The Red Room is a not-for-profit platform for creating community; for time to develop a culture of listening to each other, and what is around...
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    ST&W sharing 3.16 Manav Mehta

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    March 17th, sometime 5th Century In the promising land, with a not so promising name. A man was born in KILPATRICK, who preached his way to fame. His charm was willing yet flexible, knowledge bombs undefendable. Died south of DOWNPATRICK, today we praise ST.PATRICK. To quote the merry: “We raise our mugs to the oldest of drinks, those who need a hurl look out for clear sinks. Let’s crunch on Irish bacon, and alcoholic cabbage. Wear green & rid our minds of all heavy baggage.” Due to an individual’s existence, we all practice persistence, regardless of where you’re home is ; tomorrow we’re all Irish.   (c) Copyright 2013 Red Room.  Material on this site is the property of contributing members of the Red Room Community. Please do not copy any part of this publication. Thank you. 
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    Kevin Cox, October 2012

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    Red Room Poem Listen Do not be confused by what you see, A white american male is far from what defines me. Do not be tricked by rust that covers aging iron, strength still holds sturdy in its changing ions. Open your ears and drop your judgement, there cannot be fear in hearing the following statement. I am the brook that cannot be controlled, the seed that buds and continues to grow. I am the sand between your toes, the waves that crash and the cool wind that blows. I am the voice of your mother when you needed coddling, someone to hold, I am the voice of your father when he was forced to be bold. I am the tar that gives your wheels traction, I am high-end fashion, loves action, and hearts satisfaction. I am the song that beats in your head, the sun that rises and the moon that shines while you’re in bed. I am the pen that scribbles your thoughts to paper, the dream of strength that makes you your savior. I am the tree, the roots, the trunk, the limbs, the air that moves to fill your lungs. I am the mirror that reflects your smile, your hopes, your scars, your fears, the goose bumps on your skin, and the compulsion to bring one near. I am the light in the darkest night, I am strength, courage, honor, wisdom, and might. I am the shadow that hides, I am weak, insecure, shy, wrong, and...
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    Reider Larsen. September 2012

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    Reider shared an original song, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar: “Babel” Spiraling down to Earth. I saw an angel and an ancient curse What’s worse, I tried to relate that time is missing sand The more I want to say… The less I can. The folly of a man. Oh my. Oh what to do? A camera captures the moment but in a moment, can I captivate you? The time’s upon us so, just take my hand. It’s no elegant plan, But as they say, we might get carried away in lust I trust. What’s so only? And if we don’t do something, Something else might happen to me. But what am I to say? I don’t have the words, Oh hell, I’ll make them up. Because no matter what they would be there are no words could ever mean enough. Who am I to say that it’s fate, here that brought you. That you and I could be just a fling or an I do. Who am I to say, if I  do not know you. What you and I could be. So let’s take the chance to.


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