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Dissonance Presents: Unhappy Holidays 2018

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262 University Avenue W

St. Paul, Minnesota 55103

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During the holiday season, we are bombarded by images of people having a great time at parties bedecked with glitzy ornaments, surrounded by family and friends, and everything is merry and bright. But for many of us, those images don't depict our reality- for a variety of reasons - and it can be hard to explain why over and over again to well-meaning well-wishers.

Join Dissonance for our third annual Unhappy Holidays get together, a night without the pressures of a traditional holiday gathering. This no-alcohol, no-expectations, healthy-environment event is free and open to the public, and features some of the most interesting entertainers sharing their stories, comedy and music for a low-key event where you can come as you are. Wear a party frock, wear your sweat pants, and be among people who just get it.

All are welcome and the event is free, but capacity is limited so registration is necessary. We provide light, healthy refreshments (no alcohol). We also pay our artists and our vendors and believe in giving back to the community and making our resources available to anyone that needs them. If you can support our work, please visit Dissonance.Website to find out how you can contribute, or find our resource guide if you or someone you know needs it.

Thank you to our guests comedian Brandi Brown, musician and speaker Christopher Tait, musician Lydia Liza, and poet and author Saymoukda Vongsay.

Program:

Doors: 6:00

Refreshments, mingling, resources

Program 7:00- 8:30

Discussion, comedy, music

Mixer 8:30 - 9:00

Dessert


Guest Bios:

From Minneapolis, Minnesota, comic and writer Brandi Brown is currently the co-host of the podcast "Bill Corbett's Funhouse." Brandi regularly hosts at Minneapolis' Acme Comedy Company. She has toured with Jim Norton and opened for comics including: Maria Bamford, Joe Mande, Vanessa Bayer, Hannibal Buress and Michael Che. Brandi was a moderator on James Adomian and Anthony Atamanuik's "Trump vs Bernie" tour. She's appeared on American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio shows including: Open Mike Eagle's "Secret Skin" and Brains On! children's show "Smash Boom Best," where she was a writer and panelist. Unrelated to comedy, Brandi placed sixth out of 22 people in the 2018 Minnesota State Fair's novice Crop Art Contest. Her picture of a panda wearing opera glasses was made entirely out of seeds and netted her a $3 prize. She tweets (too much) at @itsthebrandi.

Christopher Tait is a member of the Detroit-based band Electric Six, and founder of Passenger Recovery, a service that provides resources for people recovering from addiction while on the road. "Passenger Recovery started basically from personal experience. So we bought this house in Detroit where travelling musicians can go to have a sober green room. There is recovery reading, chargers, coffee and most importantly peace and quiet." Since the project began, a number of other creative artists have become involved or pledged their support to the campaign, including Flogging Molly, Patti Smith, The Sword, the Flint Institute of Arts, Wayne State Press, and Lol Tolhurst.

Lydia Liza Lydia Liza eats red flags for breakfast. Not a lot of artists can wear the “teenage musical prodigy” hat and go on to find success as an adult. Not a lot of artists can write a smash novelty holiday song and go on to transcend the “viral sensation” label. But Lydia Liza taught herself guitar at 14, and has always been in this for the long haul. Lydia’s work ethic, not to mention her sharp, forward-thinking songwriting skills, has paid off. She’s shared the stage with artists like Justin Courtney Pierre, The Goo Goo Dolls, Kimya Dawson, Atmosphere, Dessa, Dead Man Winter, Chastity Brown, and many others, and is currently working on two projects: a full-length collaboration with producer Big Cats, and a new band and full-length under Your Friend, Lydia Liza (featuring Jessica Anderson of Enemy Planes, Jimmy Osterholt of Savage Moods, Jillian Rae and Gospel Machine, and Kelly Blau of Rachel Hanson).

Saymoukda Vongsay returns to Unhappy Holidays with her newest project, the illustrated childrens book version of her girlhood memoir poem, "When Everything Was Everything".

Saymoukda is a Lao American writer. She was born in a refugee camp in Nongkhai, Thailand and immigrated to Minnesota in 1984. Because of her unique background, her work is focused on creating tools and spaces for the amplification of refugee voices through poetry, theater, and experimental cultural production.

Her plays have been presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Theater Mu, Consortium of Asian American Theater Artists, and Theater Unbound. She is a Playwright's Center and Theater Mu fellow in playwriting, a Loft Literary Center fellow in poetry, a Twin Cities Media Alliance fellow in public art, and an Aspen Ideas Bush Foundation scholar.

She holds a Master in Liberal Studies degree and co-hosted a podcast on Minnesota Public Radio.



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