My childhood library installed a 40 foot mural by local artist Artist Najee Dorsey. It tells the history of the neighborhood, and features me and the apartment I grew up in!
Shay Youngblood with David Herman in the “green room”
The Denton Black Film Festival was a good time, reflective, informative, celebratory and sobering. The sold out screening of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO was an action that inspired me to return to a writing project with urgency. Christopher Blay’s exhibition KWTXR was moving and captured this moment now. The Women in Entertainment panel was illuminating and lots of new connections were made. The films and events were rich with testimony, strategy and respite in these challenging times. Thanks to Linda and Harry Eaddy and the DBFF Crew. Community Action at work!
Looking forward to seeing what comes of this writing challenge when a group of talented local theater and music professionals take to the stage for a bit of comedy, a dash of drama in a cool dark theater. Lipstick and Lead was my second choice for a title.
Hear excerpts from her new play Widows of America, Denton County and other works.
“When you uncover my body there will be a name for every heartbreak inked into my skin. Anyone who sees me naked will know it’s not just my body that’s vulnerable. I can still feel the buzz of a thousand needles.
Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. My mother gave me mine. Raise the cuff of my left shirt-sleeve three and a quarter inches and you will see, tattooed on my inner wrist, a long narrow instrument for scooping marrow from the bones of slow cooked meat dishes like osso bucco and oxtail stew.” Shay Youngblood from Broken Beautiful
Traveled to DC for the U.S. Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange. Keynote speaker Hiroshi Sugimoto shared his art, architecture and passions along with others who spoke about programs and projects leading up to the Olympics in Kyoto in 2020. The shinto shrine Sugimoto san designed on Naoshima changed me.
See my Japan Project page at www.shayyoungblood.com
The Indiegogo campaign to support the technical production of Add Architecture, Stir Memory was a success! Over 130 people attended the performance at the UNT on the Square Gallery on a hot Tuesday night in Texas. Looking to continue development of the work in other venues in the region and ultimately take it to Japan. Thank you to everyone who supported the work. A soft cover edition of the manuscript from the performance is now available online. Eternal gratitude.
A Workshop Production by Shay Youngblood
with special guests kt shorb and Lyndon Gill
Saturday, 28 June 2014 – 5-7pm @ Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin, Texas
Free and open to the public
What is the effect of memory on architecture? What is the effect of architecture on memory? How do our early memories of home shape who we become? I traveled from Texas to Tokyo in the spring of 2011 to ask these questions in the form of interviews with Japanese creatives, that would be the research for a novel set in Hawaii and Japan. Ten days after I arrived, Japan experienced the strongest earthquake in its history, which triggered a powerful tsunami and set off a nuclear disaster. In this multimedia performance I share my experience of home in Japan, my creative process and invite the audience to participate in shaping my work-in-progress.
*This workshop production is made possible with support from
ALLGO: A Texas Statewide Organization for Queer People of Color
“Impossible Landscape” artwork: Adrienne Brown