Local and imported talent come together to show that ‘Art Matters’ in WIWP’s gala and fundraiser

  • Mon Mar 11th, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

He’s a literary artist, he’s a performance artist. He’s a prodigiously talented, highly relevant and riveting performer. Woman in the Woods Productions is proud and excited to bring Poetry Grand Slam champion and TEDx speaker Alex Dang to the Rosario Beachhouse for the organization’s second annual gala and fundraiser on Saturday, March 30 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Dang has performed in over 45 cities in 25 states, and his work has been viewed more than two million times on YouTube. Everywhere he goes he makes new friends and adds to his huge fan base. There’s a reason for his popularity.

Dang has a remarkable ability to connect with his audiences, using humor and an engaging informality to convey a message that is at once intimate and universal. His poems speak to his experience as an Asian-American with immigrant parents. His incisive observations about the world around him—and his place in it—enlighten and educate, even as they entertain.

Also on hand for this night of stirring entertainment: the Steve Alboucq Jazz Quartet, featuring pianist Chris Morton, bassist Osama Afifi, drummer Max Holmberg and Alboucq on trumpet.

Holmberg was recently nominated for three Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards. Alboucq now hails from Orcas, after a multifaceted career. His musical journey has included playing with symphonies; big bands; Brazilian, Afro/Cuban, salsa and R&B bands; and, of course, jazz.

A succulent dinner will be provided by the inimitable Mary Russell and Ron Rebman of Orcas Village Store. On the menu: roasted lamb for the carnivores and a variety of delicious vegetables for vegan and vegetarian friends. Seattle’s David Bestock and Orcas’ own Don Drozd will be back from last year, as auctioneer and emcee, respectively. They will be bringing fun, wit and an admirable efficiency to the proceedings. They’ll keep things moving – from silent auction to dinner service to live auction to the final musical notes of the evening. Tickets for the event are going fast. Doors open at 5 p.m. Pick up tickets at The Office Cupboard.