(photo credit: Lynn Lane)
Host: Jafreen Uddin
Saturday, May 8
Host: Larry Reed
Saturday, May 22
Host: Tikka Sears
Wednesday, May 26
For centuries, western writers were fascinated by Maluku Islands, located in current-day eastern Indonesia. One of St. Francis Xavier’s converts, a rebel queen called Nukila, became a figure of legend, not only in the Moluccas (where she is known as Rainha Buki Raja) but also in Europe: the Jacobean dramatist, John Fletcher, was inspired to write a play about her in 1647, The Island Princess. Another visitor who came to Ternate by way of Goa was Luis de Camoes, author of the Portuguese national epic, The Lusiads. Miguel de Cervantes and John Dryden also wrote about Maluku. In more recent times, the Dutch writer Maria Dermoût wrote about Ambon, and Nukila Amal, who is herself from Ternate, has also written about the island. This talk will touch on some of their themes.
Amitav Ghosh is the author of two books of non-fiction, a collection of essays and ten novels, which have been translated int over 30 languages. Dr. Ghosh’s books have won many awards, and his novel Sea of Poppies was short listed for the Man Booker Prize. Forthcoming in September of this year is his non-fiction work, The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis, which is partially set in Indonesia.
Host: Margaret Scott
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The environment on the Tibetan Plateau will influence the ecological balance, both at the regional and global levels. The region is host to one of the richest array of bio-diversity in the world. It is also where one of the largest ice fields known as the “3rd Pole” is located. This Plateau is also referred to as the “Water Tower” of Asia because over 1,5 billion people in Asia rely on the water that flows from there. Environmental experts have predicted that if steps are not taken immediately, the water sources will dry up by 2030! In this presentation, Arahmaiani will be sharing the work she has been pursuing on the Qinghai Plateau since 2010 with Lamas and monks from the Lab Monastery along with locals from 14 villages in Yushu Prefecture. They have been focused on garbage management, reforestation, a revival of organic farming, and the revitalization of Nomadic culture and lifestyle along with alternative energy sources.
Arahmaiani is an artist, activist, poet, and writer. She has long been internationally recognized for her powerful commentaries on social, political, cultural, and environmental issues. She has been working as a guest lecture at Passau University, Germany for the past eight years (teaching every summer semester). Her own identity as Muslim mediates between Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and animist beliefs. She has been working with communities dealing with environmental, social, and cultural issues in Indonesia and abroad. Since 2010, she has been working with Tibetan monks and lay people on environmental issues affecting life on the Tibetan Plateau.
HOST: Astri Wright
To some, success might be advancing up the corporate ladder by becoming a composed and influential spokesperson. To others, it could mean learning how to truly impress decision makers, or how to present dense technical material in a way that’s actually compelling. Then again, success could simply be developing the courage to stand up in front of others. In this workshop you will create a personal or business elevator pitch to ensure you get your clear, concise message across in 30 seconds! You will learn the four essential components of a dynamic, easy-to-remember formula using a simple, but powerful, model: PREP. You will walk away empowered with a framework you can use to clearly share your message with anyone, anytime. Expect to be involved.
PowerSpeaking helps companies, employees, and leaders become focused, relaxed, natural speakers who can engage others and get results. The company was named “Top Woman Owned Business” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2019 and “Business of the Year” by the Association of Learning Providers in 2020. Melinda McGrath is an internationally recognized communication instructor, coach, and organizational strategist. She has 23 years of experience guiding teams, coaching executives, and leading transformations in global technology companies. After a career in law, as well as sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry, Sarah Palmer is now PowerSpeaking’s European business affiliate.
Host: Wayne Forrest
Melinda McGrath and Sarah Palmer
How does a multidisciplinary artist create authentic, original work inspired by a tradition both her own ancestry and other cultures? Composer, multilingual vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, producer, and educator Jen Shyu offers a window into her artistic process, showing fieldwork as well as selected original compositions inspired by traditional music, dance and ritual from her parents' homelands of East Timor and Taiwan, along with her research in Indonesia, Korea, and Japan. She will also talk about mentorship and life as an artist in these pandemic times. Part 2 of her presentation will be an interactive workshop on creativity, where she will lead the audience through writing, singing, movement, and improvising.
A notebook, pen or pencil, and comfortable clothing are recommended.
Jen Shyu is a Guggenheim Fellow, USA Fellow, Doris Duke Artist, and Fulbright Scholar, and was the first female and vocalist bandleader on Pi Recordings. She has produced seven albums, performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and National Theater of Korea, among others. Before the pandemic, she was touring her solo Zero Grasses (commissioned by John Zorn) and giving free workshops in schools and for families across 50 states and has since moved her teaching+projects to Patreon where she hosts global workshops + salons on Zoom.
Host: Jafreen Uddin
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We all know that bad things happen. We all hope we can play a positive role in making the world a better place. Children today are growing up in an information-saturated environment with increasing access to sophisticated media. Some of that is useful. Much of it is designed to play to our worst selves. The mid-20th century paradigm of excluding children from conversations about difficult issues effectively leaves those conversations in the hands of friends on the playground and what can be found on the internet. Increasingly, families are recognizing the importance of talking to their children about what's happening in the world from an early age, and many are looking to children’s books to guide these conversations.
Since the publication of his first book, A is for Activist, Innosanto "Inno" Nagara has been recognized as an author on the leading edge of what Julia Alvarez has called the “new wave” of children’s literature. Inno will discuss his journey and the common threads that weave through all his books. He will share how living in two worlds, as a child in Indonesia and adult in California, has informed his work.He will focus in particular on his two books that are set in Indonesia, My Night in the Planetarium and M is for Movement.
Host: Rachel Cooper
Most of us are familiar with a version of the United States that extends from the East Coast to the West Coast and borders Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. But the country is not a continent; it is an archipelago. It claims more ocean space than it does land space, and more ocean space than any other country in the world. Because of its claims to islands in the Pacific and Caribbean, it shares watery borders with some twenty-one countries across the planet. Reminding ourselves of this watery version of the United States has stark implications for the day-to-day lives of US citizens, US residents, and populations throughout the world. Perhaps most immediately, it changes how we think of—and use—plastic, an everyday substance that is disrupting American ecosystems and human biology.
Brian Russell Roberts is Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Brigham Young University. He has written two histories of the Black-American experience: Artistic Ambassadors: Literary and International Representation of the New Negro Era, and, with Keith Foulcher, Indonesian Notebook: A Sourcebook on Richard Wright and the Bandung Conference. His new book Borderwaters: Amid the Archipelagic States of America will be published by Duke University Press in May 2021.
Host: Susan Harris
Brian Russell Roberts
Mushrooms are one of the most magic of ingredients – a kind of chef’s secret weapon – and pasta, of course, is not far behind! Please join us as we walk you through how to plan, shop, and prepare meals centered around both. We’ll start by showing you just how easy it is to make pasta from scratch, and what a difference it makes! Then, while it’s resting, we’ll walk you through (at least) two fabulous and very different sauces and fillings, opening a window onto dozens of dishes you can easily make at home. Along the way, you’ll pick up tons of valuable tips from two lifelong professional chefs who love to teach almost as much as they love to cook!
Loretta Keller began her career in the 1980s at the revolutionary California restaurant Stars, in San Francisco. She opened her first restaurant, Bizou, in 1993, and since 2008 has set new standards for museum dining with her multicultural offerings at the California Academy of Sciences and now at SEAGLASS Restaurant in San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Loretta is a James Beard nominee for Best Chef from the California/Pacific region. After study and work at restaurants in France and Germany, Colleen McGlynn began her professional cooking career in San Francisco in the 1980s, most notably at Stars restaurant, a bastion of California Cuisine. After moving to Sonoma County, she and her husband began the transition from the kitchen to the field. They grow olives for oil, grapes for wine, and lemons for marmalade, and raise heritage pigs and sheep for table and fiber.
HOST: Meg Taylor
Loretta Keller and Colleen McGlynn
In this presentation, James invites viewers into her home, where she will perform songs and show videos from throughout her career and talk about her life in music, including the long climb that women have had to make in the music industry.
Teresa James has been a professional blues, jazz, and rock singer for close to 50 years. She and her band The Rhythm Tramps were nominated for a Grammy in 2019. She has recorded with many of the top songwriters in America, including Burt Bacharach and Dolly Parton; performed on records for Randy Newman, Neil Diamond and others; toured in the 1980s with an all-girl hard rock band, and in the 1990s with an urban jazz artist; worked briefly as lead singer for martial arts expert and sometime guitar player, Steven Seagal; and toured the world for a year with rock legend Eric Burdon (of the Animals).
Host: Andrew Weintraub
Arrive with an empty stomach and plan on ending your evening with the knowhow to create a fragrant and healthy meal, Bali-style.
Indonesia, the Spice Islands, is famous for its flavorful regional cuisines. But how to recreate those dishes at home when you live beyond Indonesia’s borders? Chef Jazz Pasay will demonstrate how to easily prepare delicious Balinese dishes to satisfy your cravings for authentic tasting food. He will show Balinese cooking techniques and methods while also offering suggestions for alternative ingredients to substitute for hard to procure spices and for kitchen utensils not readily available outside of Bali. Participants will learn how to make Bali’s signature dish, nasi campur (mixed rice), that consists of fragrant jasmine rice surrounded by assorted appetizing sides to satiate any palate. Discover what distinguishes Balinese nasi campur from other similar mixed rice dishes from other regions in Indonesia and Southeast Asia by learning what sides are traditionally included as well as other possible substitutions. Jazz’s cooking demonstration will include vegetarian and vegan alternatives for each dish to meet everyone’s dietary preferences using recipes he developed in his restaurant, Bali Kitchen, located in the East Village, New York City (but with ingredients you'll be able to easily acquire). A list of ingredients will be sent to your email address so you can get cooking right away.
Jazz Pasay (aka Jazz Pangemanan Souisay) is a self taught chef. He was born into a family that owned a catering business in Jakarta, Indonesia. He moved to New York City in 2012 and worked in Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and American restaurants to gain broad experience and to network in preparation to open his own restaurant. In 2017, Jazz and his husband David Prettyman opened Bali Kitchen, a takeout restaurant serving Indonesian food with a focus on Balinese cuisine. In late 2020, Bali Kitchen, like so many restaurants, had to close its doors due to the Covid19 pandemic. While he hasn't made plans yet to reopen in a new location, Bali Kitchen received excellent reviews and garnered an enthusiastic following of regulars who are looking forward to the restaurant's next incarnation.
Host: Mary Sue Milliken
In this filmed presentation of a wayang kulit (shadow puppet) performance, an evil king, Jarasandha, is terrorizing the world—taking over countries, imprisoning just leaders, and wreaking havoc on communities. The five heroic Pandawa brothers (Yudhishthira, Bima, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sadewa), together with the knightly Kresna craft a plan to stage a special ceremony that will help forge peace in the world. Jarasandha, meanwhile, has made his own pact with evil forces in the underworld to sacrifice 100 kings to secure his power. He has already taken control of 97 and needs just three more. As Arjuna, Kresna, and Bima face off with Jarasandha in his kingdom, a debate begins on the nature of belief, religion, and rituals. The story comes to a climax when the Pandawa brothers go through with their ceremony of offerings as they are forced to examine their own spiritual beliefs.
Performed in Javanese and with English and Indonesian subtitles, this two-hour presentation will include a live interview with the shadow master and his translator. Gather as large a crowd as is permissible to watch this event on as big a screen as you might have.
Purbo Asmoro is one of Indonesia's foremost shadow puppet masters (dalang). Not only is he a performer of superstar status in grassroots venues all over Java, garnering audiences in the thousands, he is also a senior practicum instructor of shadow puppetry (wayang kulit) at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Surakarta, Central Java. Purbo Asmoro has performed in the USA, England, France, Austria, Greece, Thailand, Singapore, India, and Bolivia. Kathryn "Kitsie" Emerson has been a scholar and performer of gamelan and wayang arts since 1991. In 2005, she developed a method of simultaneous translation of wayang during her work with Purbo Asmoro. In 2016, she earned a Ph.D. from Leiden University's Institute of Area Studies, writing about Purbo Asmoro's artistic innovations within the context of the performing arts in Central Java.
HOST: Larry Reed
Purbo Asmoro and Kitsie Emerson
“Grow what belongs here. Be patient.” This simple premise summarizes everything we’ve learned at DaVero Farms & Winery and guides us in everything we do – how we care for our land, how we farm, how we make wine and olive oil and myriad other products from this magical place. We focus on farming Italian varietal wine grapes in the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County. Years ago, our farm began with imported olive tree cuttings from Tuscany, later we expanded into grape growing. We practice regenerative farming, following biodynamic principles, making our wines with native yeasts while employing a minimalist intervention philosophy. During the Virtual Wine Tasting you will taste 5 wines (a progression of white, rosé, and red wines – Allegro Bianco, Rosato, Dolcetto, Primitivo, and Sagrantino) along with a small sample of our Estate Olive Oil. You will hear the stories of the vineyards and be virtually transported to Sonoma County’s wine country with aid of video and pictures.
At DaVero Farms & Winery, our focus is regenerative farming, natural winemaking, and handcrafting Italian and Mediterranean varietal wines that are fresh, lively, and driven by a beautiful exchange of acidity and tannin. Our natural winemaking and minimal intervention practices help keep the resulting tannin levels on the softer side for our wines. Even people who are more sensitive to tannins have found enjoyment from tasting and consuming our wines - many finding them more "approachable" than other wines they've consumed in past from other wineries.
These are truly delectable wines that go wonderfully with a bit of food to join. We recommend including a light array of cheese, charcuterie, raw nuts, and even unflavored potato chips to enjoy during your Virtual Wine Tasting Experience. Some recommended cheeses include Piave, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Pecorino. In addition to the wines, you will find a sample of our Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your kit. It is a delicious finishing oil that can be used as a dip for bread or drizzled over bruschetta for a quick and easy way to enjoy during the tasting.
Please note that event is only open to those age 21 and over. We will need to receive your registration information by Friday, May 14 to leave time for the wine kit to be shipped to you. Each wine kit can serve 1-2 people. Someone over the age of 21 will need to be present to sign at the time the delivery. We cannot ship to P.O boxes. We ship to many states in the U.S. except to Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Utah, and Virginia. We do not ship internationally.
Our Director of Operations, Andrew Hock, will host this fun and informative virtual wine tasting. Andrew’s enthusiasm for DaVero would make you think that he’s been here from the beginning. But in fact, he started his career within restaurants, where he quickly rose to general management positions. But his heart – both professionally and personally – brought him to the wine country, at just the moment we were beginning a search for his role and his was the second resume received. His job is to make sure every person who comes into contact with DaVero has an extraordinary experience.
Host: Natasha Reichle
OH by Indonesian playwright Putu Wijaya, celebrates its world premiere reading in an English translation by Cobina Gillitt. Tackling themes of justice, truth, and generational difference, OH dramatizes the hallucination of an elderly accomplished lawyer who has been muted by a stroke. In his mind, he recalls the time when his son, also a renowned lawyer, visited and shared his thoughts about being the state-appointed defense council for a notorious drug dealer. His son won the case, but upon doing so became the target of a murderous mob. OH was first performed in Jakarta in 2017 to wide acclaim with the Old Lawyer performed by the playwright Putu Wijaya, the Nurse by his wife Dewi Pramunawati, and the Young Lawyer by his real son Taksu Wijaya. This event is a prerecorded reading by Taksu followed by a live discussion and Q& A session with him and translator Cobina Gillitt.
Putu Wijaya is one of Indonesia’s most acclaimed and prolific playwrights and monologists. In l972 he formed Teater Mandiri that performs his plays under his direction. By irreverently mixing fantasy and reality, Putu invokes “mental terror” in the hearts of his audiences. He attacks the monotonous rhythms of daily life and apathy toward the status quo. Teater Mandiri has performed in Indonesia, the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Egypt, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgrade, and Slovakia. He has published more than forty plays, dozens of monologues, over thirty novels, and fifteen short story anthologies, and has written and directed close to two dozen screenplays and television series and has conducted workshops around the world. Taksu Wijaya is the only child of Putu Wijaya and Dewi Pramunawati. Taksu has been a part of his father’s many theater productions since he was small. In the past few years, he has begun performing larger roles, including the Young Lawyer in OH that he has performed many times in several cities across Indonesia since 2017. Taksu now has a day job in IT while still growing as an actor as a member of Teater Mandiri. This is his first time performing the role of the Young Lawyer in English. Cobina Gillitt is a translator of Indonesian plays and a freelance new play and production dramaturg located in New York City. She has been a member of Teater Mandiri since 1988 and has performed and toured with them in Indonesia, the US, and Germany. Several of her translations can be found in The Lontar Anthology of Drama, Vol 3: New Directions 1965-1998 (Lontar Foundation, 2010) that she also edited and for which she wrote the introduction.
Host: Tikka Sears
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It may be the furthest thing from your mind to donate to the arts when there are so many people in need of food and assistance during the pandemic. One of the things we have all learned in these times of physical distancing is how important it is to maintain and make new connections as well as the need for new quality entertainment while we rarely venture out past the borders of our homes.
Purchasing tickets to the above events when they become available will directly benefit the Lontar Foundation while introducing audiences to new experiences beyond home borders. See how you can also help underwrite our translations and be a part of sharing the beauty of Indonesian literature, arts, and culture with English-speaking audiences by supporting Lontar's efforts.
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Live streamed events begin May1 and run through May 26.
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