Thursday, June 20, 2019




JUNE 2019
Ruffles, Repair and Ritual: The Fine Art of Fixing 
Backyard Performance & Videos at Wedding Cake House 

Saturday June 22, 2019 6:30 - 10:30 PM 
Rain or Shine Doors at 6pm, performances start at real live 6:30!!
DJ Philomena, Noraa Kaplan, Sandrine Schaeffer, Sherente Harris, House Red, Rachel Blumberg, Cody Ross, Greta Scheing, Ayana Evans, k. funmilayo aileru, Shey Rivera RĂ­os, Valise, Daniella Ben-bassat
Performances and movies on the Wedding Cake House lawn under the waning moon. Outside! Free! Bring a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, bring whoever and whatever will make you feel cozy. Doors open at 6pm, Performances start at 6:30. Supported by Andy Warhol Foundation and Providence Tourism Council. Rain or Shine. We'll put up a tent if it seems like it will rain...but crossing our fingers!

Thursday June 27

6 – 7:30pm
Artist Talk / Interview

Artist Eli Nixon in conversation with Xander Marro
Supported through the Art Culture and Tourism department, as part of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Arts project, the Dirt Palace is commissioning artists to make new work in conversation with the river, its history, and the future plans for the neighborhood greenway, October 2018 - July 2019.  
Our sixth event “Heron Now” Features the installation by artist Eli Nixon in our Storefront Window Gallery. Join us Thursday June 27th at the Dirt Palace while they discusses their work with artist Xander Marro.

A heron and their habitat. Not just Great Blue Heron but Huge Ass Blue Heron, towering above us. Flapping in the diesel tinged wind of our traffic. Me and my La Lupita breath huffing shellac (made of beetles) to protect a beast bigger than the indoors from the acid rain outside. I’m working on shifting my scale, human scale, in time and size: 450 million years of horseshoe crabs, heron talons large enough to scoop me from the Woonasquatucket River, were I fool enough to swim there.
Instead, I am grateful to have been bathed in the help of many friends, new and old, who used their hands and hours toward the creation of this cardboard kin. I'm humbled by the challenge of building "nature" together.

Eli Nixon builds portals and gives guided tours to places that don’t yet exist, or already exist but call for imaginative intervention. They are a settler-descended genderqueer clown, a cardboard constructionist, and a maker of plays, puppets, parades, pageants, suitcase theaters, and low-tech spectaculah- on their own, and in collaboration with artists, activists, animals and other more-than-human life forms. Their performances and installations occur on street corners and stages and in partnerships with schools, senior centers, and addiction recovery and mental health programs. Eli’s current creative efforts include identifying opportunities to dismantle Manifest Destiny, foster intra and interspecies kinship, and co-parent a 10 year old human. Eli is a Rhode Islander by birth and choice, living on Pequot, Nipmuc, Niantic, Narragansett, and Wampanoag land.