Sunday, January 5, 2020




AN EVENT:  Upstairs. Tomorrow: Friday Dec. 13th. Use Library Court Entrance.  Music! Games! for Parlor or otherwise. A birthday (NORAA!)  Come over! Donate for touring bands! Help eat cake! 
AN EVENT: downstairs AND upstairs. More info to come, but don't worry, SANTA (beautiful version) will be there! Come sit near them, maybe on their lap if you're a child and talk about what you want out of life or just in your stocking. Food court! Buy last minute gifts that accidentally let on to your family how weird and magical you and your world actually are.  Just hang out. 
RIP Annapurna Himal Wagner 
Gutted and maybe not ready to say all of the things. Or any of the things, but wanted to get out information about Annapurna's memorial & where to donate to her funeral fund and to share a few photos/drawings that cut to the heart of the genius and generosity of Annapurna. Remembering that time when MoMA PS1 called us to see if we’d do a play and we decided not to tell them that we weren’t a performance troupe and you played the sweet existential leather daddy and cracked us all up when we adopted a diet that was 90% Sparks. Or when you convinced us that “Boris Vallejo” was a totally normal theme for a holiday card and we decked ourselves out in fur and studs and painted on muscles. Here you are licking a bass wearing a dead squirrel on your side and we’re all trying (and failing) to make sex faces at you and everything is ok in the world if only for a moment.  You come into the kitchen and the smell of wet earth, or vetiver is only preceded by the wildness or warmth in your eyes.
Memorial: Sat Dec 21st at Bell St Chapel. Showing of Purna's art writings, photos, and videos, immediately following her services.

The multi-media Hip Hop production that tells the story of a drug addicted rapper who finds himself emerged in JollyWorld; a hyper animated dimension where even the most common folk can reach their otherworldly potential.
Futureworlds examines how and why communities of color have been disproportionately criminalized for addiction, a disease that is now gaining growing compassion and policy reform. At the same time, our aim is to educate young people about the dangers of abusing drugs, with special focus on opiates and nicotine.

The Youth members performed in the production, wrote the play, created the set pieces, composed the beats and wrote the music.

This exhibit brings us a little deeper into JollyWorld

The youth artists that contributed to the pieces in the installation are:
Branson Tucker-Smith, Desmond Andrews, Jahrell Walker-Smith, Javie Hamel, June Santos, Keely Roberts, Lily Feliz-Castillo, Litty Justo-Espinal, Nuna Rodriguez, Ronnie Strew, Ronnie Zai, and Ruby Lopez.

AS220 Youth is a nationally recognized, award-winning after-school educational program and creative incubator for young people. Serving young people ages 14-21 with a special focus on those in the care and custody of the state, the program strives to dismantle the pipeline to prison by empowering  at-risk, beyond-risk and incarcerated youth through arts, culture and collective action.

AS220 Youth harnesses comprehensive arts education and technical training, career building, hip hop, and social justice education to affect change for youth and their communities.



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My name is Noraa Neither Kaplan and I’m the newest member of the dirt palace. I moved in at the beginning of November and I still wake up every day boggled by my mind-boggling surroundings. My time here has been filled with late-nights, the crackle of laughter, fries from New York System, inspiration, and general satisfaction about getting shit done.

A little about me: I’m a profane and sacred artist, making sense of the devastatingly personal and the radically communal. In other words, I make sad, sexy shit. I was born and raised in Providence and I’ve been floating around the DIY scene in town for a long time. I don’t like to limit myself, so I work in multiple media, including music, performance, poetry, painting, book arts, nonfiction writing, theatre, drawing, and so on. I also lead radical Jewish services through a group I founded called Shalem, create new biblical translations, sing in the Assembly of Light Choir, and sometimes book shows and events. I’m a nonbinary trans dyke who is also a faggot, I’m a disabled and mentally ill anarchist, I’m a lot of things and nothing. I love: chocolate chip pancakes at Royal Lunch, shitposting on twitter, dancing like twice a year, making new friends, and being extremely gay.


🍄🐞I printed Anarchist feminist Pippi Longstocking shirts and they are for sale in my online shop!100% printed by an anarchist feminist at the Dirt Palace. *click here*


I’ve been making ceramic tiles with some tender moments between boxers and some firey swans. Also playing with bleach and stamps on shirts… should I start a children’s/all ages clothing line??? If you want a flamingo shirt check them out online ~here~

Next month I will be in Tucson! There I’ll be giving a gallery chat at the Jewish History Museum in conjunction with their exhibit, Asylum/Asilo,
 centers the stories of people seeking asylum and our responsibility to end the abuse of migrants and asylum seekers.which I illustrated portraits for, as well as a printmaking/bookmaking portrait workshop as part of their Mapping Migrations photo memoir project. Can’t wait to be in the desert and dance to cumbia….

I’m looking for work again! Any leads in anything… preferably art related,  working in production, installation, framing, printmaking, woodworking, assisting artists, or a chill place to sling drinks food etc could also work. And I’m ~of course~ available for freelance illustration.

X is working on time. Not exactly sure of what this means but she sets two alarm clocks these days to drag herself into it. Into the day. A couple of weeks ago she read this book (below: Time is a thing the body moves through) in one sitting. It’s sort of about time. Swallowed it whole like a pill that is an antidote to scarcity. Also has learned that nothing makes her quite as happy as talking about/sharing books. And much of her reading these days happens by listening and so she’s been converting her audiobooks to mp3’s. Here is a spreadsheet list. If you want any, e-mail ( her and she’ll send them to you and be very excited to have gotten to share them.  Outfits still a pleasure. Still dressing for labor. Here is a floor made of pennies made of ceramic, with a section of a Sussy Santana Poem. The labor feels like it is slowly turning back towards the creative, and this feels really nice.


Cody is anxiously recreating objects in his bedroom for use in an upcoming "calendar." Looking forward to several upcoming projects, one involving the development of a digital repository wing of the Dirt Palace Library—more on that later.

We've uploaded initial materials about Critic's Choice! Check out a rough cut of the video here, featuring extremely animated commentary by yours truly.



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