Saturday, March 18, 2017

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place: Saturday, March,18 2017

Dixon Place’s presents...

"Salon Lounge at Dixon Place"

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

an International Women Artists’ Salon series

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Host: Kate Hess aka Indigo Moon

Tonight we honor women throughout history who have paved the way for women’s rights through their voice and action around the world.

Film/Visual Art – Laura Arten, celebrating visual artist TOYEN
TOYEN , film 2.5min

Laura Arten pays tribute to the famous 20th Century transgender surrealist painter and artist TOYEN

'the story of hers'

A short that premiered in 2013 in Cannes in Court Metrage and then successfully did film festival circuit, about a mysterious young woman 'A', based on a real woman and takes place in London.

Toyen was a transgender artist born in Prague (1902) Painter, Illustrator, collagist and a member of surrealist movement. She regularly exhibited in Paris and Prague. A member of Devetsil surrealist movement in Prague and Artificialism movement founder along with Jindrich Styrsky. During WWII she immigrated to Paris and died there in 1980.

Laura Arten graduated in film studies from the University of The Arts London and subsequently went on to study acting at NYU Tisch and Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. She has been living in New York full time since 2016 pursuing career in acting and arts.

Storytelling – Simi Toledano, celebrating Unknown Matriarchs

I will be performing a monologue that I wrote about my relationship with my Moroccan grandmother and all of the women on the my dad's side of the family who I have not met nor heard stories about. I explore the deep longing I feel to know their stories and who they were so that I can better understand myself. I wrote it to perform with the Kaleidoscope Project, a monologue showcase featuring stories from Jews of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, directed by Vanessa Hidary.

Simi Toledano is a Brooklyn-based performance and theater artist, writer, educator, activist and mystic. She is passionate about the alchemical power of storytelling and creative expression as tools for healing, unity, and connection. Though she is a trained actress, Simi's artistic eye has recently been focused on directing. Some credits include The Philadelphia by David Ives at the Producer's Club and Black Star by Kendra Augustin at The Secret Theater. She is a regular presenter on International Women's Artist Salon weekly radio show. She can also be seen telling personal stories on stages across NYC both independently and with The Kaleidoscope Project. Gratitude to God/dess. Reach Simi at

Music/Poetry - Lucite Tokki, celebrating Korean poet Ok Bong Lee
The title of the first song is 'The Spirit in The Dream' which we wrote from translated version of Ok Bong Lee's poet which has the same title of the song. Both the song and the poem are about pain of lost love and missing someone whom you can reach only in a dream.

The title of the second song is 'No Reason', but it's tentative title since we didn't pick a permanent one yet. This song is about tiresomeness of conditional love.

Ok Bong Lee - (?~1592) was a very talented poetess from Joseon Dynasty who lived a miserable life for being born in the wrong era. She wrote this poem about her longing to meet her husband who deserted her. This poet shows 'Han' which is Korea's unique cultural concept.

Lucite Tokki is a female pop duo formed in Seoul in 2005. Both of them were born and raised in South Korea, and studied music. For over a decade, they released 4 full-length albums along with 12 singles mainly in Korean exploring various aspect of music from lighthearted acoustic pop to electronic alt pop. They moved to New York in 2016 Fall to find a new experience and sound.

Historical Honoree - Literature: Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960) was an African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and anthropologist. Of Hurston's four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. In addition to new editions of her work being published after a revival of interest in her in 1975, her manuscript Every Tongue Got to Confess (2001), a collection of folktales gathered in the 1920s, was published posthumously after being discovered in the Smithsonian archives.

Theatre – Christine Dixon celebrating Harriet Tubman
Excerpt from Harriet Tubman Herself

MS. Dixon performs an award winning one woman show, about the life and times of Harriet Tubman. Details from Harriets life up to her dead. Her escapes, facing a mistress, time serving the soldiers during the Civil War, etc

Harriet Tubman - Harriet was a nurse, a spy, and a cook during The Civil War. Harriet also led the Combahee River Raid, which was the first time during an American war, that a woman led a raid during a battle. Harriet also rescued over 750 enslaved people whom were left behind by their masters on the Gullah Islands. During the 1850's, Harriet could no longer hide her fugitives in free states in America. She now had to travel to Canada with her fugitives, to give them a chance for Freedom.

Ms. Dixon performs a 7x award winning one woman show about the great African heroine, Harriet Tubman. Era, the movie she stars in as Harriet Tubman, is now nominated in Belgium and will be screened in Hollywood CA, May 2017. She's with the New York Women in Film & TV. Fusion Magazines interview garnered over 2 million views.

Host – Kate Hess AKA Indigo Moon

Indigo Moon is a vocalist, lyricist, and spoken word poet.

Check out her new album at

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