SPECIAL GUEST PRESENTATIONS
IMPROVISATION AND CREATIVITY: MICHAEL POLLAN IN CONVERSATION
Fri., November 8 7:30-9:30 PM
Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall- Loyola University 6363 Saint Charles Avenue | New Orleans, LA 70118
Michael Pollan, the celebrated environmental journalist, essayist, and New York Times best-selling author of How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, joins the New Orleans-born ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin, President of the Amazon Conservation Team and author of Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice: An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Rain Forest, for a magical evening exploring encounters with unscripted reality.
Moderated by Randy Fertel, author of A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation and The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak: A New Orleans Family Memoir.
"One of the things that commends travel, art, nature, work, and certain drugs to us is the way these experiences, at their best, block every mental path forward and back, immersing us in a flow of a present that is literally wonderful - wonder being the by-product of precisely the kind of unencumbered first sight, virginal noticing, to which the adult brain has closed itself."
Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind
IMPROV AND THE COMICS: JULES FEIFFER IN CONVERSATION
Sat., November 9 7:00-9:00 PM
Freeman Auditorium at Tulane University 7018-7098 Plum Street | New Orleans, LA, 70118
Legendary cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter (Carnal Knowledge, Popeye), adult and children's book author and illustrator Jules Feiffer explores the role of improvisation in his many arts in a special evening. Recognized by the Library of Congress for his "remarkable legacy" to the arts and winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 as America's leading editorial cartoonist, Mr. Feiffer will be interviewed by Michael Tisserand, a New Orleans- based author whose most recent book is Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White — the Eisner Award-winning biography of cartoonist George Herriman. His other books include The Kingdom of Zydeco. A champagne reception in honor of Mr. Feiffer’s illustrious career immediately follows.
"There was no format at the time to fit the work I raged and screamed to do, so I had to invent one. Cartoon satire that commented on the US military, the Bomb, the Cold War, the hypocrisy of grown-ups, the mating habits of urban young men and women, these were my subjects. After four years of trying to break into print and getting nowhere, the Village Voice, the first alternative newspaper, offered to publish me. Only one catch: They couldn't pay me. What did I care?"