August 3rd Friday Salon: Kwong/Gale/Lee/Donavon/McCormick @ The Rapp Saloon Poetry Reading, Santa Monica [18 August]

August 3rd Friday Salon: Kwong/Gale/Lee/Donavon/McCormick

20:30 - 23:00

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The Rapp Saloon Poetry Reading
1436 2nd St, Santa Monica, California 90401


DAN KWONG is an award-winning solo multimedia performance artist, director, videographer, playwright and visual artist who has been presenting his work nationally and internationally since 1989. His book, FROM INNER WORLDS TO OUTER SPACE: The Multimedia Performances of Dan Kwong, was published by University of Michigan Press, and the significance of his work is acknowledged in A History of Asian American Theatre (Cambridge Press). He served on the Board of Directors of Highways Performance Space for 17 years. Kwong has worked on devised theatre projects throughout Southeast Asia and in Beijing, China. In Japan he lectures at Kobe University and Aichi Prefectural University Nagoya, and taught acting last March at Saigon Int'l Film School, Vietnam. This Fall he returns to Hong Kong to work on his documentary/art video THE HOUSE ON ROBINSON ROAD. Kwong is adapting his stageplay, BE LIKE WATER, into a feature screenplay. He currently serves as Associate Artistic Director for Great Leap, Inc., a multicultural performing arts organization based in L.A. ( He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Resident Artist at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

ELAINE GALE is a performer, writer, professor, speaker and journalist. She is a former Los Angeles Times reporter and has tenure at California State University as a communication and journalism professor. She has a MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and a PhD in communication from University of Denver. She served as the Interim Chair of the BA Department at Antioch University Santa Barbara last year and has been the Writing Center Director for 13 years for the Graduate School in Leadership and Change at Antioch University. She has performed her one-woman show called ONE GOOD EGG at Beyond Baroque and in a sold-out run at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara.

CARA LOPEZ LEE is the author of the memoir They Only Eat Their Husbands (Conundrum Press, 2014). Her stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Manifest-Station, Two Truths and a Lie, No Extra Words, 50-Word Stories, Rivet Journal, and Pangyrus. She has edited more than 20 books. She has served on the faculty at Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop. She was a TV journalist and a writer for HGTV and Food Network. An avid traveler, she has explored Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and most of the 50 United States. Cara and her husband live in Ventura.

HEATHER DONAVON is a Voice Coach, Award Winning Songwriter, Session Vocalist and Voice Over Artist. Her vocals were recently featured on Melody Gardot’s Grammy nominated album, Currency of Man, and on Keb’ Mo’s Grammy nominated album, The Reflection. As a songwriter, her co-writes have been featured on Keb’ Mo’s Grammy nominated album, Blues Americana and on Keb’ Mo’s soon to be released live album, That Hot Pink Blues Album. As a session vocalist, her vocals have been heard on countless national commercials for TV, feature film, radio and Internet. As a Voice Over artist, Heather is the TV voice for the household brand, InStyler. Heather has released two albums, which are available on iTunes.

STEVE McCORMICK has just released his 6th studio album, Stars and Chandeliers. He is a consummate songwriter/producer and session guitarist. He has produced countless albums; Phil Cody, Michael Sherwood and Tim O'Gara to name a few. Though his slide guitar skills are highly sought after, his award winning songwriting and production skills have distinguished him. He’s collaborated with such notable artists as Stan Behrens (Canned Heat, Willie Dixon), Eric Lynn (Shangri La Studios), Richie Hayward (Little Feat), Stevie Di Stanislao (CSN, David Gilmore) and Pete Wasner (Vince Gill, Lowell George). His guitar work has been heard in countless national commercials and TV themes. He is the owner of Studebaker Sound Studios which features his custom built tube microphones, pre-amps and compressors.
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