Sunday, September 13, 2015

Local Music at NOTSTOCK

Make sure you check out local music every day in the Beaver Dam during NOTSTOCK, Sept. 24-26. Check out the music schedule. #madeitontheblog‬ #msunotstock

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Bearded Men Improv to Perform at MSU NOTSTOCK 2015

Bearded Men Improv blends live theatre with the electric energy of improvisation. They create characters both hilarious and engaging and discover a story where there was only a scene. They invite the audience not just to laugh but also to grab their seats with anticipation and wipe away a tear if so moved. Join them on an epic journey of heart-warming proportions.

Come check them out at NOTSTOCK on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 1:00 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Aleshire Theatre, Hartnett Hall. And don't you dare miss their performance Thursday evening, Sept. 24 at 8:00 p.m., also in Aleshire Theatre. Free and open to the public. 

Bearded Men Promo from Bearded Men Improv on Vimeo.

Jason McCall, Award-Winning Poet, at WordStock 2015

WordStock kicks off NOTSTOCK with award-winning poet, Jason McCall. He will visit MSU classrooms Sept. 23. On Sept. 24-25, McCall will conduct workshops in the Student Center Conference Center and host a Poetry Slam in the Beaver Dam on Sept. 25 at 1:00 p.m. McCall will perform his work Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Aleshire Theatre with a reception to follow.

McCall is from the great state of Alabama, where he currently teaches English and Literature at the University of Alabama. He holds an MFA from the University of Miami, and his poetry has been featured in Cimarron Review, The Los Angeles Review, Mythic Delirium, New Letters, Poems & Plays, and other journals. He is the author of Silver (Main Street Rag), I Can Explain (Finishing Line Press), Dear Hero (Winner of the 2012 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize), Mother, Less Child (Winner of the 2013 Paper Nautilus Vella Chapbook Prize), and he is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop.

Four Poems by Jason McCall


Friends pass you a link,
tell you there’s something

you need to hear, a video
you have to see. A few seconds

in and you recognize
the beat, recognize the hook

comes from a song your mom used
to hum in the kitchen while she waited

for the apple pie to cool.
And you turn it off, disappointed again,

tired of hearing the same song.
You know every myth

is a retelling, a sample
of the music that moved

your parents hips, no matter
how hard it is to imagine

your folks grooving at prom,
slow dancing with the lump

that will be your sister between them.
You know this song;

you don’t need to finish the first verse
to guess it begins with a black boy leaving

home too soon and ends with a father sad
for all the times to told the boy to stand up

and act like a man, a mother
begging to put her baby back in her body

instead of handing him over
to the earth.

Sidekick Funeral: John the Baptist

Every MC needs a hype man,
Chuck D had Flav.
Biggie had Diddy.
And Jesus had you
to get the crowds ready,
to make sure the world knew
new shit was on the way.
You never loved yourself
too much or fell in love
with the idea that you could go
solo. You knew it wasn’t about you;
it wasn’t even about Jesus

and the whole “son of God”
tagline. It was about the message,
about the music of a million knees
dropping to the earth and dropping
their burdens at your boy’s feet.
And that’s why the message had to live
even if the body was on the cross,
in a Galilee grave, on his father’s throne.
And you made sure the message pumped
through every speaker in heaven, hell, and earth.

Sidekick Funeral: Ricky Baker

We were all running with you
in that alley, little
brother, every one of us

who chased a job that was gone the second
the secretary barked “can I help you?”
and demanded to see ID, every one of us

who couldn’t pay for condoms and now
can’t afford a car seat because we blew our wad
on Ruby Tuesday and haircuts for prom, every one of us

who had to pretend it was fun
sleeping on the floor
for three years, every one of us

who begged our friends not to read
the tags on our jeans or the tongue
of our shoes, every one of us

who thought we could outrun this world
until the sun marked us black
and cut through our dreams like a shotgun.


Only history I remember is John
Brown’s raid, Jim Brown running, and Joe Louis
putting a white boy on his ass.
What makes you think I’m ready
to run tonight? Think I care about your badge?
Your polo shirt and whiskey threats?

I’d rather go toe-to-toe with all of y’all.
Running ain’t in my protocol.

Big brother says keep my head
down and work hard.
Father says sweat and the world will
notice. Mama wants
me to slow down
and pray, but how long
could you kneel
in another man’s shit?

I’d rather go toe-to-toe with all of y’all.
Running ain’t in my protocol.

Gunshot and cover
page in tomorrow’s paper.
They’ll talk about my neighborhood,
about the nights I spent in police cars, days
I skipped school. They won’t say I died
face up, daring God to look me in the eye.

I’d rather go toe-to-toe with all of y’all.
Running ain’t in my protocol.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Alexandra Jelleberg Returns to MSU for NOTSTOCK 2015

Alexandra Jelleberg, an MSU art alumna and native of North Dakota, has been out east learning, creating, exhibiting, and speaking to others about her work, which is stunning. Alexandra's work is a mixture of figuration and abstraction; she creates abstract and biomorphic works in clay, blending the body with the landscape in her sculptures. 

This September she returns to MSU as one of our PotStock guest ceramicists. She will be working live Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 24-26 outside the MSU Student Center Beaver Dam. She will also speak about her work on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10:00 a.m. in Aleshire Theatre, Hartnett Hall. Be sure to come see and learn more about her work.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Kendra Rodgers at PotStock 2015

Kendra Rodgers returns to PotStock. Join Kendra, along with Alexandra Jelleberg and MSU ceramics faculty and students as they give ceramics demonstrations and raku firings. Try your hand at the potter's wheel, glaze a pot, or just watch and learn. Events will happen outside the MSU Student Center Beaver Dan in the picnic commons on Thursday and Friday, September 24-25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Kaïa Kater Concert and Dance Workshop at NOTSTOCK 2015

Kaia Kater
NOTSTOCK is delighted to host musician, Kaïa Kater. One of the youngest performers in the Canadian old-time and folk communities, this 22-year-old plays the banjo, sings, and has her own unique take on Appalachian and Canadian folk music. Kaïa is an eclectic traditionalist, having quickly gained attention as one of the most promising young performers in the North American folk world.  In June 2014, Kaia released her first full-length album entitled Sorrow Bound, produced by Chris Bartos. 

Kaïa will perform Sept. 25 in Aleshire Theatre. Wild Hands opens at 7:30 p.m., and Kaïa takes the stage at 8:30 p.m.

Kaïa Kater will also lead a dance workshop, “Percussive Dance Traditions of Southern Appalachia: A Journey in Hambone and Flatfooting” in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, Sept. 26, 11:00 a.m. to noon. All ages welcome!

Free and open to the public.

Wild Hands

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Firecracker Press at NOTSTOCK 2015

The Firecracker Press opened shop in St. Louis, Missouri in February of 2002. They are a letterpress design studio that combines antique printing technology with modern thinking to produce objects that bring surprise and joy. They make posters, prints, social stationery and greeting cards, business cards, invitations for weddings and parties, and more.

We are super excited to have them as our printmaking guests at NOTSTOCK 2015. They will be printing a special Minot print all day in the MSU Beaver Dam, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 24-26. They will also speak about their work in Aleshire Theatre on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24 and 25 at noon. Come check them out!