Oral Fixation Season 2 Wrap Party on 6/11

True Stories: Behind The Music

“True Stories: Behind the Music”

Oral Fixation is teaming up with our friends at the Granada & Dallas Observer’s Mixmaster to throw our Season 2 wrap party!

Wait, what!? YES! It’s true. Oral Fixation, Dallas Observer’s Mixmaster & Sundown at Granada got together to plan a little something fun out of the ordinary. The theme of the night is Life in the Music Industry. As a way to celebrate the end of Oral Fixation’s Season 2 and to promote the upcoming Twin Shadow “True Story” tour upcoming show at the Granada, which will be featuring storytelling from Twin Shadow himself, we are getting together some of Oral Fixation’s Season 2 music themed stories and combining them with several local musicians who will share their stories of success, failure, hilarity and perseverance. Plus, we will be displaying and reading confessions from the Granada Twin Shadow Confession Line and giving away prize packs for the crowd favorite and a random audience member, complete with a Twin Shadow super gift bag. Whoa.

If you haven’t been to a Sundown at Granada rooftop party you are missing out and this one is FREE! Plus $3 Beer & $3 wells all night upstairs! The event is this upcoming Tuesday, June 11th starting at 8pm. Drinks will be flowing and former storytellers and audience members alike will be mixing and mingling.  At 9pm, Oral Fixation will put on a mini outdoor show featuring Oral Fixation’s curated speakers:
Ken Bethea from “Old School”
Ward Richmond from “Cold Turkey”
Mandy Aguilar from “Cloud Nine”
Randy Brooks from “Home is Where the Heart Is”

This will be followed by a Granada-curated line-up of local musicians sharing their tales from the road.  Finally, our co-hosts Gavin and Jamie will read aloud selections from the anonymous Confessions Line they’ve had going the last few weeks.  Have a story to spill?  Get it off your chest at (214) 814-5033 and attend next Tuesday night. Just don’t blush too hard if they read your confession aloud or we’ll all know it was you! FYI- There is complimentary valet parking for Sundown. Click HERE for more info.

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We hope to see you there!

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Renee Rossi

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The bold and brave Detroit native is set to take us back to her Michigan school days, and we are excited!

Renée Rossi is forever grateful to America’s third world city, Detroit, for making every other place in the world seem appealing.  She writes poetry, creates visual art and is a student of Ayurveda.  She is trained as an ENT doctor and holds an MFA in creative writing. Read more

Last Show of Season 2 and We’re Goin’ Old School!

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To cap off a rockin’ Season 2, we’re going Old School! We are excited to see what you guys bring to the table for this one: think boom boxes, lunch boxes, Ford Pintos, homemade prom dresses, necking after math class, The Jimi Hendrix Experience on vinyl, chalkboards, time-out, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and the first time you saw Woody Allen fall in love with Diane Keaton on screen. Take it back, way back.

What Does it Mean?

1. A term used, usually approvingly, to refer to someone or something that is old-fashioned or traditional.

2. Anything that is from an earlier era and looked upon with high regard or respect. Can be used to refer to music, clothing, language, or anything really.

3. From back in the day

We want your stories of antiquity, from a time before iPhones and hybrid cars. Tell us about a moment you can’t seem to forget from the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s. Do you recall an embarrassing or life-changing instant from high school or middle-school–something that changed your life forever? What about something that happened recently that reminded you of your age and made you feel old fangled?

We are OBSESSED with your stories and this your last chance to submit for Season 2, so what are you waiting for?!

Need a throwback for a little inspiration? Check out one of our favorite clips from Grease:

We Want to Hear Your Story. For real. You have until this Friday April 26th at 5 PM to send them in!

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Erin Burdette

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Actress, writer, mother and newcomer to the Oral Fixation stage.

Erin Ryan Burdette earned her BFA in Theater (SMU) and MFA at UCSD’s Professional Actor Training Program. As freelance writer, she has written for The Dallas Morning News, various magazines, and literary journals. She is the recipient of the Wall Street Journal Prize for Literary Excellence. Read more

Behind the Stories: A Backstage Look at Under the Gun

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Do you ever wonder how it all works? What possesses someone to submit a true, personal story? What is the editing process like for the storytellers? For the editor? Here’s your chance to find out a little more about the inner workings of the show. We talked to some of the Oral Fixation folks- namely, the storytellers  and founder, Nicole Stewart- and got the inside scoop on Oral Fixation’s most recent show, “Under the Gun!” Read more

Our Current Fix: Poetry Matters

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“April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing 
Memory and desire, stirring 
Dull roots with spring rain. “

The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot

If you haven’t been subject to the recent bombardment of poetry, posts, articles or Tweets, you may not have realized that April is National Poetry Month

Firstly, what IS National Poetry Month, and where did it come from?

It is a month-long, national celebration of poetry that was established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. So, the concept is to dedicate the entire month of April to the recognition and celebration of great American poets and their work. Teachers and education professionals across the country are celebrating by integrating poetry into learning experiences. Bookstores are featuring and promoting higher sales of poetry books, the media is promoting poets and poetry regularly and the general public is encouraged to indulge in as much poetry as possible.

Sound like fun? Here are 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month from the Academy of American Poets!

A preview of a few:

-Take a poem out to lunch

-Memorize one of your favorite poems

-Put poetry in an unexpected place (like on a napkin, left for your local barista to find)

Interested in some poetry events around Dallas? Well, check out this list of potent poetry proceedings.

And how about a bit of reading for you? Read this article written by the NPR staff, featuring NPR ‘s first NewsPoet, Tracy K. Smith, addressing the question: “Does poetry still matter?”

Seen something neat regarding this Month of Poetry? Read a poem recently that moved you, made you laugh, brought tears to your eyes? Share it with us!

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