Javon will be back at the Naperville Art League Fine Art Center Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30pm. RSVPs are required for attendance. RSVP by Jan. 30th.
FEE: $35/$40 CALL 630-355-2530 for info.
Last night I was lucky enough to have been able to sit in on Javon Johnson's writing and improv workshop. Javon was clear, honest, friendly and funny. Contrasting his towering six foot physique was his humble and grounded personality that instantly made everyone feel welcomed and at ease. I was glad he gave a brief description of his life up to this point because it always fascinates me how someone chooses acting and writing as a career and what that path looks like. His began in a town of about 20,000 people in South Carolina. He said he didn't really even consider himself a writer until after winning multiple prestigious writing awards. He received his BA from SC State and MFA from University of Pittsburgh and is a founding ensemble member of the Congo Square Theater Company.
The writing and improv exercises forced me out of my ego and into a stream of consciousness. Sometimes he used key words, other times he used images. Then we were required to read or act out the written words either of our own or of a partner's. Getting over the fear of sharing my writing seemed impossible, but the experience of it and the feedback helped bring me to a new, higher plane of writing and communicating.
One of the participants and I talked about how this type of acting and improv workshop is not only good for people interested in the arts, but how it can be used in business and in life. Good communication skills, a little humility and having a solid sense of self never goes out of style.
So at this time yesterday I had already downed probably eight 12 oz bottles of water. Today, I am on my third cup of coffee. Of course, yesterday I was in yoga training at Power of Your Om - a Baptiste Power Vinyasa Flow based studio - sweating my eyebrows off in an eighty something degree room with between ten and forty five people. It doesn't really make me feel any better about my habits, however, and the "shoulds" (and "shouldn't"s) start creeping in. I "should" be drinking more water even if I'm a seventy four degree room, I "shouldn't" drink so much coffee, I "should" try to fit a workout in instead of blogging, I "shouldn't" eat so much peanut butter. These habits become who we are
‘PRESENTING INDIA!’ SIOREE TO DEEPEN KNOWLEDGE ABOUT INDIAN CULTURE
Learn how to cook Indian cuisine, about vibration and sound and history of yoga
Naperville, IL (January 19, 2012) ‘Presenting India!’, an event hosted by Abhyaasa Yoga Studio in downtown Naperville, is about a variety of Indian cultures, not just a single culture within India. When you google the question, how many languages are spoken in India, the answer varies from there are 417 languages to there are 18 major languages and 1600 dialects. Indian foods and customs are equally as diverse. For the typical outsider, maybe one who is a beginning yogi or a visiting an Indian restaurant for the first time, it can be a long journey to become a authority of the philosophies and connoisseur of the flavors.
At ‘Presenting India!’ Sarita Sharma will demonstrate how to prepare a north Indian vegetarian dish as well as provide dinner following discussion and the musical performance. The discussion will be provoked by two film clips. One called ‘Yoga Unveiled’ and the other ‘Ragas Unveiled’. If there is interest, the writer and director of these films may visit Naperville during a full screening at a later date. Often, even after decades of yoga or Indian music study, the student will still consider him or herself to be just a novice. Yoga has been a practice in India for more than five millennia. It is a physical exercise, but ultimately it is about the health of the mind, body and spirit. For some, it is strictly a spiritual journey. Ragas, like hymns, can vary as such. For some, it is performance or duty, but for others they are conduits of sound from heaven.
‘Presenting India!’ is an education based event, but also a social gathering with a festive theme.
Note: A special treat from one of our patrons is the gift of Kashmiri Tea and she will bring traditional heaters from the Himalayan region!
WHERE: Abhyaasa Yoga Studio, 124 S. Webster, Suite 201, Downtown Naperville
DATE: January 27th, 2012
TIME: 7pm - 9pm
MORE: Call 630-358-9642 or 630-404-7774, Email firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit www.naperculture.org
About The Naperville Cultural Center: The Naperville Cultural Center is a 501c3 Illinois Non Profit Corporation whose mission is to end discrimination, preserve cultural heritage, conduct open dialogue about contemporary cultures in society and it’s evolution and promote peace through understanding through the arts and education. For more information visit us at www.naperculture.org or contact Michelle LeBlanc at 630-404-7774 or by email at email@example.com.
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