Saturday, November 15, 2014

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place - November 15, 2014

Dixon Place presents...

"Salon Lounge at Dixon Place"

a monthly showcase of performance/literature/film-video by women

an International Women Artists’ Salon series

Saturday, 15 November 2014 ~ Host: Dale Novella

Historical Woman Artist Honoree: Hannah Szenes (July 17, 1921 – November 7, 1944)

Hannah Szenes was a poet and playwright, writing both in Hungarian and Hebrew. She was one of 37 Jews from the area then-called "Palestine". Enlisted in the British Army, she parachuted into Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia during World War II to assist in the rescue of Hungarian Jews about to be transported to the German death camp at Auschwitz. Szenes was arrested at the Hungarian border, then imprisoned and tortured, but refused to reveal details of her mission. She was eventually tried and executed by firing squad. She is regarded as a national heroine in Israel, where her poetry is widely known.

Film: Poster Girl
“This film is a response to the cultural disconnect between veterans and civilians. I wanted to bridge that gap by showing the struggle and healing journey of one person. In this case, I was lucky to find Robynn Murray, whose voice is so powerful; I knew she could be a voice for the thousands of veterans struggling alone with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)." ~ Sara Nesson

Sara Nesson is a 2011 Academy Award nominated director and winner of the International Documentary Association (IDA) Best Documentary Short for POSTER GIRL. Sara is currently in development on her first narrative feature as well as other commercial and documentary projects. Sara continues to work with Veterans and is on the advisory board for Warrior Writers. She is the founder of Portrayal Films, based in Brooklyn, NY.

Literature: Jennifer Pacanowski, poetry
"22 veterans a day kill themselves. To save them it falls on the community to help them transition and truly come home from the war and the military culture. I am Jenny Pacanowski, poet/public speaker/combat veteran. I feel it is my duty to advocate and discuss veterans' issues as well as speak the truth of my experiences." ~ Jenny Pacanowski

Jenny Pacanowski joined the Army in 2003 at age 23. She selected the M.O.S. of health care specialist/combat medic with plans to work in a hospital and to someday become a nurse. In 2004 Jenny was sent to Iraq. During the 11 and 1/2 months deployment she worked as a combat medic driving a military ambulance serving as first responder medical support for convoys in Iraq for the Army, Air force and Marines. She logged thousands of miles throughout Iraq such as Al- Asad, Tikrit, Mosel, Samarra and the Sunni triangle. In 2007, she was diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Jenny began writing again to process the many issues she was dealing with after war and found solace in training and fostering bullmastiffs. The following year, she attended an Artist/writing veterans retreat at Martha's Vineyard where she found peace in the other veterans' company and also a venue for her writing/spoken word. Her work is published in Remaking Sense, the After Action Review and the Warrior writers 4th anthology. Jenny loves to facilitate writing workshops for veterans and military family members to continue to inspire people to write and discuss the cost of war.

Theater: Joanna Bowzer
Yellowjacekt, with performers Nelson Avidon (Dr. Alan Milllings), Peter Berube (Justin Little), Shelly Shenoy (Avery Millings), Nick Job (Joseph Millings) with intro by Shelly Shenoy

Yellowjacket is a new play by writer/director Joanna Bowzer. It follows a psychologist working with a war veteran who is on trial for committing murder while in a PTSD-triggered episode. As the verdict draws near, the doctor must battle his own demons while he works to help the soldier remember what might have caused him to commit the violent act.

Joanna Bowzer is a NYC-based director, writer and producer. Her projects in film have been screened at over 30 film festivals and have won awards across the country. Her stage work has been produced in NYC, LA and Oklahoma City. She is very excited to have the following phenomenal actors bring the show to life at the IWAS Salon Lounge: Nelson Avidon, Peter Berube, Shelly Shenoy and Nicholas Job.

Music: Jade Zabric
Texas native singer/songwriter, Jade Zabric is an Air Force Vet and was Tops in Blue lead guitar player. She now lives New York City pursuing her music in the venues, streets and subways. Her lyrics include everything from life, death and war to love and optimism.

Dale Novella: Vulnerable with her lyrics…strong in her approach, Mutron Angel is a bona fide artist, musician, and lyricist seeking to uplift and inspire the world by sharing her experiences through spoken word.

This ‘soul sister’ describes her body of work as honest, sensitive and urgent. From performing at local open mic nights in tiny bars of South Carolina to performing at the Nuyorican, Katra Lounge and Free Candy in NYC. Mutron Angel continues to take the world by storm as an R&B, Pop and Soul lyricist. As she continues to build her musical empire Mutron Angel draws strength and inspiration from her mantra, “Love yourself for yourself because you can’t depend on others to make you happy.” In 2011, she began a production company called Royaltie Entertainment Company (The REC) that promotes a positivity through hiphop, soul, and poetic events.

Mutron Angel is currently working on a spoken word album, which will be released on The REC and can be seen performing as a spoken word artist in NYC. Check out some of her past performances at: and for more information visit:

Donations and pass-the-hat tonight will benefit Trauma and Resiliency Resources, to support their all female warrior camps.

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