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Local Puppeteers Perform this Weekend in Bushwick

SweatshirtAlphabet Arts, the local puppetry theater who brought you City of Hamburgers and Puppets Got Talent, are back with a weekend of shows at The Bushwick Starr. The first Puppets + Poets show is going on as I type this but they are performing from Friday through Sunday, including family matinees on Saturday and Sunday so you've got plenty of opportunity to see them this weekend.

I love their work and hope to get to one of the free(!) matinees with my son to see Sweatshirt Boy head to Coney Island.

The Bushwick Starr and Alphabet Arts present: Puppets + Poets  207 Starr St. (between Irving & Wycoff)  

Performances December 6 - 9, 2012

Thursday - Sunday Evening program for mature audiences: Thursday - Saturday at 8pm. Tickets $12.
Family friendly Matinee program for all ages: Saturday + Sunday at 4pm. FREE!

BROOKLYN, NY -Puppets + Poets is a workshop and performance festival produced by AlphabetArts to create and cultivate collaborative hybrid art. The festival includes two programs of eclectic performances blending poetry and puppetry, two of the world's oldest and most diversely practiced art forms. Featuring collaborations by poets, puppeteers, musicians, actors and other artists, including Sweatshirt Adventures by Alphabet Arts, Another World Is Possible by The People's Puppets of Occupy Wall Street, Your Parents' Cocaine by political hip-hop legends The Coup, and much more.

Artistic Director: Amber West
Producer: Sarah Engelman
Workshop Facilitators: Chris Borchardt, Joe Therrien, Amber West
Family Program Director: Chris Borchardt
Lead Puppeteers: Joe Therrien, Kirsten Kammermeyer
Stage Manager: Neelam Vaswani

Directions: Via Subway take the L Train to Jefferson Street, exit at Starr Street, walk against traffic on Starr, and the theater is 3/4 of a block on the right.  

For detailed driving directions visit: www.thebushwickstarr.org/DIRECTIONS 

Tickets are $12.00 atpuppetsandpoets.brownpapertickets.com

More info atwww.thebushwickstarr.org   

About Alphabet Arts:  Alphabet Arts is a nonprofit artist collective founded in NYC in 2009 by a poet, a puppeteer, and a producer. The collective blends a variety of art forms to create innovative performances and educational programs for both family and mature audiences. Learn more at alphabetarts.org 

More about Puppets + Poets: Alphabet Arts introduced this unique program in 2011 to create opportunities for diverse artists and youth to collaboratively explore the relationship between puppetry and poetry, art forms practiced throughout the world and across the ages. Participants in the collective's inaugural hands-on workshops created original "puppet poems" and performed to sold-out audiences at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Creative Arts Studio. Thanks to this success, The Bushwick Starr invited Alphabet Arts to produce a larger festival in 2012 that will continue as a lively annual event providing opportunities for artists and youth to create, collaborate, and build community across artistic disciplines and other borders. The development of Sweatshirt Boy's crazy Coney Island Adventure, which Alphabet Arts will present at the free Puppets & Poets family matinees in 2012, is supported in part by the Greater NY Arts Development Fund of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council.

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