"Lunch and a Story for Grown-Ups" by Bird Ross

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"Lunch and a Story for Grown-Ups" by Bird Ross

I will provide you with lunch and read you a story on my front porch or in my nearest park.

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"Lunch and a Story for Grown-Ups" by Bird Ross

I will provide you with lunch and read you a story on my front porch or in my nearest park. You can come for the story, the lunch, the company or the place, but mostly I'm hoping you'll come for the break in your day and to say hello. The lunch will be simple, the story short. Please bring a blanket or chair for you comfort and something hydrating for your thirst. Stories will change each week and will come from my or the library's collection.

Bird Ross is a studio artist, lunch lover, story reader, park seeker, community curious, simple sandwich maker providing lunch and reading a story to grown-ups who don't get to be read to often enough.

Location:

Bird's front porch on the near east side of Madison.

After signing up, you will receive an email with the specific address.

Logistics and Accessibility:

I will provide you with lunch and read you a story on my front porch. You can come for the story, the lunch, the company or the place, but mostly I'm hoping you'll come for the break in your day and to say hello. The lunch will be simple, the story short. Please bring a blanket or chair for you comfort and something hydrating for your thirst. Stories will change each week and will come from my or the library's collection.

We will be on our front stoop in the open sunny air; should more shade or room be needed, we can easily walk across the street to a grassy + shady spot. Masks optional if you've been vaccinated.

Kids are welcome to accompany their grown-ups. The stories read will be not necessarily be for ‘mature audiences’ but will be geared for grown-ups.

Audience members will be on the sidewalk, stairs, or grassy boulevard. Access issues not anticipated.

Other Info:

This activity will take place outside and will be canceled in case of rain.

A Home Stretch Performance

Home Stretch is a “distributed festival” of small artistic acts taking place in Madison, WI between the summer solstice (21 June) and the autumn equinox (22 September). By appointment, local artists are offering intimate performances and other arts experiences throughout the summer.

In this time of transition between COVID lockdowns and eventual reopening, Home Stretch explores how forms of performance and other kinds of aesthetic sociality can help us re-learn how to be together.

The title Home Stretch refers less to the idea of the final part of a race, since the pandemic is far from over. Rather, it’s about artists stretching their homes into public space, and the public stretching out of lockdown bit by bit. These art experiences are a chance to stretch both social and artistic muscles.

All events are free to attend, though some performers may pass a hat or request donations to specific causes. Information and registration is at homestretch.art.

Home Stretch is a project of Spatula&Barcode, a Madison-based arts collaborative devoted to conviviality, criticality and commensality. More information about Spatula&Barcode can be found at https://spatulaandbarcode.net/ and you can follow @spatcode on Instagram (if you post about Home Stretch on social media, we encourage you to use #homestretch).

Home Stretch is funded in part by grants from the University of Wisconsin Division of the Arts and the Madison Arts Commission, with additional support from the Wisconsin Arts Board.