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International Renown Artist- NEIL BERNSTEIN

Bernstein or Towering  Based on a true story by Randy Ford and Neil Bernstein

International known artist and memorial builder (Bernstein}, whose work includes memorials to holocaust victims, 9/11 victims. border crossers who died in the Arizona desert. and destruction and loss life by storm Sandy, art that stirs such emotion that it leads to destruction of the artist’s work and attempt on his life and then a mental breakdown, incarceration, divorce, protracted custody battle, stint in the Arizona State Hospital, and finally triumph.


 Navy Distress Flag, PTSD Veterans blood, American Muscle Car (68′ Shelby-Bullit GT) paint, Air Force DD-979 Hazard Tag on canvas fixed to flag.

“ARRANCAR-THE PROMISED LAND FOR THE PEOPLE” Educational centerpiece from THE NEW JERSEY CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (Telemundo, Univision, PBS-“Golden Gates Bridge Over Troubled Borders Immigration Gateways to U.S.)


“AMERICA-9.11 !” ” FLAG SERIES CREATIVE DEPT OF DEFENSE Begin Friday 13th January 2017 ESPRESSO ART 924 E University Ave Tucson, Arizona 85719

“PRESIDENT TRUMP CHECKS THE PLA 2017” Navy Distress Flag, PTSD Veterans blood,  TRUMP campaign sign, American Muscle Car (68′ Shelby-Bullit GT) paint, Air Force DD-979 Hazard Tag on canvas fixed to flag.



“ARRANCAR-THE PROMISED LAND FOR THE PEOPLE” Educational centerpiece from THE NEW JERSEY CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (Telemundo, Univision, PBS-“Golden Gates Bridge Over Troubled Borders Immigration Gateways to U.S.)

 The Great Wall-Ark of The United State

Induced by the tempests of public need, our studios breed  mythological icons for the interpretation of historically significant events. Catalytic cyclones, the works shape clandestine materials, classic cars, carnival implements and other exciting materials into unusual contemporary representations of historically significant events.
2017: “Presidential Distress” GDCA Gallery Downtown Los Angeles

2017: Presidential Exhibition-NBC News, Phoenix, Arizona

2017 ACLU-NBC News

2017: NPR “Veterans Corner” 1 hour live interview

2016: New 911 wreckage-debris paintings released

2016 “AMERICAN PIE” series

2016: FILM-“BERNSTEIN!” underway

2016: established “The CREATIVE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE” interface and spx-operations agency international. Launched from Los Angeles, California and Washington, D.C.

2016: The New Lincoln Veterans Memorial Los Angeles, California

2015: “The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations by Jessica Aucther released on Amazon (immigration bridges)

2014-2016: “THE NEW LINCOLN VETERANS MEMORIAL”-(return from the ashes) Cross-country-major TV news-media. Classic Lincoln Towncar covered in signatures from the foxhole to The Pentagon to effect influence to U.S. Congress to repair the crippled VA

2013: Orange County Contemporary Arts

2013: Jailed-hospitalized due to “Psychosis induced by improper medications by under-funded VA Healthcare system”

2012: “WASTED MANAGEMENT” FEMA Area 3-Seaside Heights, New Jersey

2010: New Amsterdam

2009: “NEW CENTURY ARTISTS” Chelsea, N.Y.,N.Y.

2008: Santa Fe Railyard-Golden Gates Bridge

2008: “The Golden Gates Bridge(s) Over Troubled Borders” (7) Water-filled 80′ life-saving bridges along and across the U.S.-Mexico borders

2008: PBS Special

2007: El Ojito Center Tucson, Az. One Man 911 Arizona Border Exhibition

2007: University of Louisiana Museum Of Art-“UPROOTED” Lower 9th Ward Debris Works-spokesperson WBRZ

2006-2007: “THE BOTTOM OF THE 9th-Ward site-specific exhibition over the FEMA barricades of New Orleans from the wreckage and “Clandestine” materials of Hurricane Katrina-Rita

2006: Pennsylvania State Art Museum. “Art of the State”
2006: Jones Center/Museum for Contemporary Art. “New American Talents”, juried by Aimee Chang, director of Orange County Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, CA.
2005: Allentown Museum of Art, Allentown, PA. – Juried exhibition.
2005: Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, PA. – “Art of the State” juried exhibit. Juror: Kathrine Calley Galitz, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2005: Allentown Museum of Art, Allentown, PA. – “Myth and Magic” group exhibit
2004: Radio Europa, Cazenovia College, Syracuse, NY. – Lecture Series “The Arts of Terrorism”
2004: Europe mecca tv, art and terrorism. Bucks College, Newtown, PA. – Lecture Series “The Arts of Terrorism”
2003: Sofia Museum of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria – Ground Zero Memorial Works- One man exhibition.
2003: Tv Good Morning South Africa. Johannesburg Museum of Art, Johannesburg, South Africa – Ground Zero Memorial Works – One man exhibition.
2002: World Trace Center area, NY, NY – Ground Zero One Man 3000 square ft exhibition adjacent to ground zero.
2000: PNI Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. – Holocaust One Man Show

1998: Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. – Cutting Edge
1995: SteamRoller Gallery, Clinton, NJ. – One Man Show
1993: Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, PA. “Art On The Edge ”
1991: Penn state college Reddins, PA. – “Art Now” TV Series guest speaker
1991-1996: HighWire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. – One Man Shows
1991: Yeshiva, Old Jerusalem, Israel – Holocaust Works
1991: Massada, Israel – Dead Sea Siteworks.
1989-1990: Kunstenarts Contemporary Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands-Ten revolutionary american artists (co-ordinated w/Van Gogh
retrospective, 1990)-active in demolition-special interface operations Berlin Wall-Iron Curtain, Eastern Europe
1988: Day of the Dead Architectural Towers, Philadelphia, PA.
1980-1984: New Hope Artsl, New Hope, PA.
1979: Auswitz, Germany -Site work outside the gates of prison camp.
1978: Dachau, West Germany – Holocaust Works at the gates of Dachau.
1976: Fort Gordon, GA. –(10) Building M

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The Writer Studio-Cash and Awards for Dyslexic Students & College Scholarships— $40,000 will be awarded in 2017 & Writing Classes

Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so. — Doris Lessing
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Update For Potential Students and Others Interested In Our School
Cash and Awards for Dyslexic StudentsYoung writers age 7-17 Creative Writing Awards. Deadline is January 21, 2017. Cash Prizes: http://www.dyslexicadvantage.org/dyslexic-advantage-karina-young-writers-awards/


Also, College Scholarships— $40,000 will be awarded in 2017: http://www.dyslexicadvantage.org/dyslexic-advantage-programs/karina-eide-awards/

A Good Week to Join Us For A Reading in NYCSunday, January 22, 2017, 7 p.m.

Writers Studio Level III and IV Students

Readings by Maria Galeano, Hani Omar Khalil, Corey Sabourin and Emily Stutz

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, New York

Free (1 drink minimum)

Complete calendar of readings here.

Last Call For Winter Classes
Click any underlined text for more info and to register or call us 212-255-7075 <you many enter a class up to two weeks late>Online I starts
January 14
January 17NYC I in the West Village starts
January 18
January 23 NYC I in Brooklyn starts
January 19 
Hudson Valley Workshop starts
January 17Tucson Workshop starts
January 17Amsterdam Workshop Started
January 9 < you may enter up to 2 weeks late>

Calling All Poets

If you have an MFA in Poetry or have taken four or more post graduate poetry classes, take one of these classes:

NYC Advanced Poetry in the West Village Started
January 9
You may enter either class up to 2 weeks late.  Use discount code onlinepo for $30 discount

Tutorials Start Whenever

More info is here.
Not Afraid

“The emphasis on the persona narrator keeps me focused on the emotion and not disconnected. Also I have learned to take risks and not be afraid to embarrass myself.” — Catherine Wolf, Online Advanced Poetry student

Read more student feedback here.

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
NYC – Tucson – San Francisco – Amsterdam   Online – Kids Write – Hudson.

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BORDERLANDS THEATER- Shadow Puppetry Master Class with Shadow Master Larry Reed!

Shadow Puppetry Master Class with Shadow Master Larry Reed!
Seven day intensive: May 23-29
M-F: 5pm-9pm & Sat & Sun: 2pm-6pm 
               (If you have a day job, ok to come after 5pm on weeknights)
La Pilita Community Center

420 S Main Ave. Tucson, AZ

To register email pinate39@gmail.com
or call (520) 882-8607
Appropiate for all levels of experience. Learn or grow in the craft of Shadow Puppetry with nationally and internationally acclaimed shadow master, LarryReed, a trailblazer in the contemporary shadow theatre field. We’re fortunate enough to have him in town for a week!
We are living in what American Theatre magazine recently called, “a puppet moment.” Broadway hits starting with Lion King, Avenue Q, and Warhorse have put puppets in the spotlight. Shadow puppetry is possibly the oldest form of puppetry and the most magical. Larry Reed’s Master Class is perfect for novice and experienced puppeteers looking to widen their skill set: teachers or anyone working with youth, visual artists, theater students, and any one interested in craftwork and fun!
Class participants will make one complete story from start to finish, including:
  • A variety of puppet designs/styles
  • Shadow masks
  • Backgrounds and acetate slides
  • Overview of the shadow theatre lighting system
  • Puppeteering technique
  • Shadow special effects, and tricks of the trade
Cost: $150
Scholarship Option: Take the master class for free in exchange for staying on to build puppets and backdrops during the building phase May 31- July 24 Building sessions will take place three days a week, Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-9pm and Sundays 2-6pm. A minimum of 20 volunteer hours required over the 8 week build period.

The build is in service of the Sonoran Shadows workshop production, October 14-15, 2016. Paid puppeteer positions will be available for Sonoran Shadows.  

To register email pinate39@gmail.com
or call (520) 882-8607 

Larry Reed Biography
founded ShadowLight Productions in 1972 to nurture indigenous shadow theater traditions, and to explore and expand the possibilities of the shadow theatre medium. He is one of the first Westerners to have trained in the traditional Balinese shadow theatre (wayang kulit) and is a “dalang,” or “shadow master,” who manipulates over 20 carved leather shadow puppets while simultaneously serving as the conductor of the accompanying gamelan orchestra, the director, and the stage manager. Over the years, he has performed over 250 shows in this tradition around the world. In the early 1990’s, Reed entered a new phase of his career by inventing an ingenious shadow casting method, integrating traditional shadow theater techniques with film, modern theatre and dance styles. His major works include In Xanadu, The Wild Party, Coyote’s Journey, A (Balinese) Tempest,Monkey King at Spider Cave, Ghosts of the River, The Good-for-Nothing Lover, andPoro Oyna: The Myth of the Aynu. These and other original works have been seen at festivals and venues such as Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, Britt Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA, World Puppetry Festival, Huddersfield Festival in England, Walter Spies Festival in Bali, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Puppetry Conference, Fort Mason Center, Theatre Artaud, San Francisco Insitute for the Arts, and University of Hawaii-Manoa. Shadow Master (1979), his unique “dramatic documentary” on the family of a Balinese shadow artist, has been shown on PBS and Discovery Channel. Reed has garnered numerous awards and honors, and was named one of Top 50 artists in the SF Bay Area by Metropolitan Magazine in 1995 and 1996.
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Borderlands Theater, 40 W. Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85701

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Gecko Gals Ink, LLC

Authors who are “Differently Expertised”

PO Box 35271, Tucson, AZ  85740-5271

We offer writing workshops for those who wish to compose, whether for private use or publication.

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Mark your calendars now for the ALL-ZONA BOOK FEST  Sunday, October 12, 2014

St. Francis Cabrini Church

3201 East Presidio Road

Tucson, AZ 85716

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Chamber Music Plus- Presents Harry Clark’s CONFIDIENTIALLY, CHAIKOYSKI January 27, 2012

 Chamber Music Plus- Presents Harry Clark’s CONFIDIENTIALLY, CHAIKOYSKI January 27, 2012
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We’re looking for individuals, couples and businesses willing to underwrite the unique offerings of the highest artistic level that Chamber Music PLUS creates. For this support, CMP will personalize its thank-you bouquet with proper recognition in all its media, complimentary tickets, intimate meetings with the artists, opportunities to attend private rehearsals, and other flowers that the sponsor might enjoy.

To learn how to join Laurie and Tom Pew, Arch and Laura Brown, and Edythe and Bruce Gissing as this season’s major production sponsors, call 400-5439, or e-mail executive director James Reel at james@chambermusicplus.org.
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Confidientially, Chaikovski This Sunday!

We’re just a few days away from a Chamber Music PLUS show about one of the most beloved of all composers, and the most intense relationship of his life.

Nadezhda Philaretovna von Meck was a wealthy Russian widow of 45 when she first heard Tchaikovsky’s music, appropriately a symphonic fantasy called The Tempest. Overwhelmed by the beauty of the work, she decided to use part of her large fortune to support the composer, who was 36 at the time. Thus ensued a vast correspondence between the two, stretching from 1876 to 1890, when von Meck stopped sending Tchaikovsky money, for reasons that remain obscure.

She steadfastly refused to meet the composer (a refusal with which he was in agreement), though they did occasionally make eye contact at concerts or at the opera house. Once they even came face-to-face in the street, but both turned away, embarrassed.

In 1893, three years after his last letter to Nadezhda von Meck, Tchaikovsky died from cholera. Within three months his “Beloved Friend,” too, was dead.

Their extraordinary correspondence is the basis of the next Chamber Music PLUS production, Confidentially, Chaikovski. Author/cellist Harry Clark blames the nonstandard spelling of the composer’s name on the Library of Congress; he’ll probably justify it, and offer lots of other tidbits, in his pre-performance talk starting 30 minutes before the show.

That performance is slated for this Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Berger Center for the Performing Arts, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. (on the campus of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind). Harry Clark and Sanda Schuldmann will play music for cello and piano by Tchaikovsky and other like-minded composers. Tchaikovsky and von Meck will be portrayed by Richard Thomas and Michael Learned, performing together for the first time since The Waltons. This could be our most in-demand show of the season, so obtain your tickets now by calling 400-5439. You can find out more about the show and its featured performers, and order tickets online, here.

And remember–our subscribers can always purchase additional tickets for $30, which is 25-percent off the single-ticket price!

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19th Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival & 4th Annual Water Festival

The Earth Day Festival and The Water Festival partner for a big community event for learning and family-friendly fun on Sunday, April 21, 2013 9am-2pm, at Reid Park.  Register as a sponsor, exhibitor, artist, workshop leader, or volunteer.  More information is available at http://www.tucsonearthday.org and http://www.WaterFestivalTucson.org.


Pima County, AZ – Share your eco-friendly message for Earth Day at the Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival and Parade in combination with The Water Festival on Sunday, April 21, 2013. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reid Park, off Country Club Road north of 22nd Street. The Parade starts at 10 a.m. The registration deadline for exhibitors and parade entries is March 29, 2013.

In its 19th year, the Tucson Earth Day Festival and Parade with the theme “Green Planet, Green Future” is partnering with the 4th Annual Water Festival, presented by Tucson Arts Brigade, for this 2013 event.

Who’s invited? Non-profit organizations, private businesses, government agencies, clubs, families, artists, youth groups and community groups who have an eco-friendly message to share.

Sponsors have the opportunity to receive advertising benefits and recognition for their stewardship at each or both festivals. Businesses are encouraged to apply early to maximize their benefits.

Exhibits should provide information on environmental products or issues such as water conservation, water quality, air quality, household hazardous waste, habitat conservation, sustainability or other “eco” topics. Exhibitors should provide engaging, hands-on activities with take-away information about how to preserve earth’s resources for our children of the future. In addition, the Earth Day Festival features a Farmer’s Market and The Water Festival features water-inspired entertainment and workshops.

Parade entrants should share eco-friendly messages and can reflect the parade theme “Green Planet, Green Future.” Environmentally themed floats must be human-powered or use alternate fuel.

Alternate-Fuel Vehicle Exhibitors featured at the Earth Day Festival can show how their auto, bike or motorcycle runs on clean fuels such as biodiesel, compressed natural gas, electricity, ethanol, propane and even waste vegetable oil.

The Model Solar Race Car/Solar House Competition is open to middle school students who will show off their design and construction skills. Kits for this competition are available from the Society of Women Engineers at www.swetucson.org/solar.

Art Show, “The Vibe” Live Art Happenings, and Design for Water Solutions Contest, featured at The Water Festival, invites artists to show their water-inspired visual and performing arts, plus compete for a winning creative proposal for a water solution.

For more info and registration for The Tucson Earth Day Festival and Parade, go to http://www.tucsonearthday.org, call (520) 206-8814 or e-mail tucsonearthday@yahoo.com. Find us on Facebook at Tucson Earth Day Festival and The Water Project. To register at The Water Festival, go to http://www.WaterFestivalTucson.org, call (520) 623-2119 or e-mail info@WaterFestivalTucson.org.


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National Writers Union Tucson Unit- Open Mic Monday Night January 21, 2013

National Writers Union Tucson Unit- Open Mic Monday Night January 21, 2013

The National Writers Union will be having an open mic on Monday, January 21, at Fronimo’s Greek Cafe at 3242 E. Speedway Blvd. in Tucson. This month there will be, in addition to the open mic, a brief discussion of the NWU’s successful campaign on behalf of unpaid freelance writers writing for Heart and Soul magazine.
The open mic is for spoken word only, but is open to all forms of spoken word (fiction, essays, poetry, articles, polemics, etc.). So bring something to read!

The evening will start at 5:30 or so for those who want to have dinner; the open mic will start at 6:15. Fronimo’s is on Speedway just past Country Club (heading east) in a small strip mall next to the Walgreens. Parking is in the rear and can be accessed by turning into the Walgreens parking lot from Speedway and then proceeding to the mall.

National Writers Union
(UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO)
Tucson Unit

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