Sunday: Emotionally Unavailable, But Like Not?

Dec. 13

The last time I went to the roving, monthly performance/poetry event Emotionally Unavailable, But Like Not? it was an all-Clavel version, so everyone performing their music or their art or their poetry that night happened to be an employee at Clavel. That included, among others, owner Lane Harlan, who read poems from her book in the dark, and Christina Joseph, whose beautiful anxiety-inducing performance had her rubbing her face with wet porcelain clay and smearing lipstick around her mouth while a recording of Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem 'We Wear the Mask' played. Also that night Maya Martinez, the organizer/curator/creator of Emotionally Unavailable, read her poems about sex and sex work with such a casual/deadpan tone that I felt unsure if I should laugh or cry so I wound up doing a little of both. The performances all felt a bit off-the-cuff but still confident and earnest in the best way—it was the kind of thing that makes you feel like you could get up in front of a crowd, too, if you wanted to. Emotionally Unavailable is always up to the artists and it's open to what they want to do, so tonight, look forward to performances, poetry, and more from Person Ebeid-Attalla, Christianna Clark, Marcelline Mandeng, Nicky Smith, Heather Kohlberger, Amy Reid, and Mariella. 8:30 p.m., Terrault Contemporary, 1515 Guilford Ave., (336) 707-5511, terraultcontemporary.com, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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