Friday, February 11, 2011

The Flying Donkey Cabaret and Fandango Fronterizo Report Back

Hey everyone!

We have two very exciting events in February! We hope you'll come to them! One is our next evening of puppet cabaret madness in the fabulous form of The Flying Donkey Cabaret on Feb 24th and the other is our Fandango Fronterizo Report Back on Feb 27 where we'll share stories, photos and a short documentary video from our trip to Mexico.

See you soon!
Puppet Underground


Puppet Underground is honored to invite you to...


WHEN: Thursday, February 24th at 8 PM

WHERE: Trinity AME Zion Church, 3505 16th St NW (between Oak St and Meridian Pl)

COST: $5-$15 Sliding Scale Suggested Donation

An Evening of Impossible Cardboard & Brass Entertainments brought to you by an illustrious band of traveling puppeteers; a roadshow of puppets, music & genuine good old times featuring lifesize dancing donkeys, a junky trombone, drum & fiddle ensemble & lo fi picture shows of all sorts!

Come see some of our favoritest puppeteers from around the country! We have:

The Dolly Wagglers from Portland, Maine, bringing a fresh lowbrow crudeness to the world of puppetry, with cardboard operettas, crankyshows (low-tech scrolling pictures) and cantastorias painted on the dirty sheets of America.

And Federica Collina originally from Italy but now from every armpit of America she can find. Traveling and touring for the last 4 years, she has worked with every activist puppet theater this side of the Mississippi. She must have learned something by now.

And Jason Hicks from Brooklyn who is a puppeteer with a horn. Or so we're told.

Plus a gargantuan itinerant Cheap Art exhibit and store!

We'll see you there!

If you'd like to contact us about this event, email or call Janelle at or 646-734-6705



WHEN: Sunday, February 27th, 5 PM

WHERE: Luther Place Memorial Church
1226 Vermont Avenue NW Washington, DC

(corner of 14th St, N St and Vermont Ave. NW) by Logan Circle
We'll be in the basement room, entrance on N St NW

COST: Totally Free!

This past December Puppet Underground traveled to Chihuahua, Mexico to partner with several community groups throughout the state doing music and puppetry workshops. The trip culminated in a Fandango on the border between Juarez and El Paso on December 11th. Throughout the trip we got to work with amazing community groups, share some of our skills, learn more about the situation on the border, and be inspired by their struggle to make their communities safer and more just. We would love to share with you our stories, photos and a video we are making about the trip, screened for the first time at this event.

In addition to the report-back from the Fandango Fronterizo, we’ll have a panel discussion about increasing militarization and violence on the border and the role of US policies in contributing to this increase. We’re very happy to have joining us Catalina Nieto and Sanho Tree on the panel.

Catalina Nieto is a National Grassroots Organizer for Witness for Peace. She works for just and fair U.S. policies toward Latin America by helping lead campaigns to foster education, grassroots advocacy and media exposure on issues of trade, migration and military aid.

And Sanho Tree is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. He is the director of the Drug Policy Project, which works to end the domestic and international “War on Drugs” and replace it with policies that promote public health and safety, as well as economic alternatives to the prohibition drug economy.

We’ve also set up a blog with video clips, photos, press, poetry and other elements from the trip!