alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (dance)
Do you always wish you could go see more live music and see more dancers performing in a nightclub setting, but late nights keep you from attending?  Well, there's two events coming up in the next two weeks in MA that will give you that opportunity on a Sunday evening and have you home in time to get enough sleep for Monday's workday!  In both cases, advance tickets are strongly advised.

Sunday, August 12, 5-8pm:  The Shimmy Shack in East Berkeley, MA, with the music of the Mitchell Kaltsunas Ensemble (Arabic style) and featured dancer Chantal, a fabulous professional dancer and entertainer.  Several other performers from student to pro will be featured (including me :), there will be open floor dancing and excellent shopping opportunities at Alimah's Closet, importers of belly dance goods from around the world.  Refreshments will be available.  For more info, see the Ancient Arts Studio website.

Sunday, August 19, 6-9pm:  Live@ the Red Fez featuring Jemileh Nour, 1222 Washington Street, Boston MA, with the music of Hagop Garabedian, Dwayne Green, Costas Maniatakos, Ron Sahatjian and Bill Ferguson (music styles from around the Middle East).  Jemileh Nour is an exquisite and dynamic performer, and several of her students and colleagues will be performing along with her (including me :).  There will be open floor dancing, and other musicians are invited to sit in with the band after the performances.  The Red Fez is a full service restaurant featuring Middle Eastern delicacies and a full bar.  For more information, see the Facebook Live@ the Red Fez event page.

Both of these events are run by dancers who do this for the love of music and dance, and the desire to share that love with others and build community among dancers, as well as provide opportunities to hear and perform to live music for dancers who might not otherwise be able to do so.  Both events are worth supporting for those reasons alone--but the biggest reason, of course, is the wonderful quality of the shows you will see at both events, highlighting the skill and diversity of styles that can be seen within Middle Eastern dance.  These are great learning opportunities for students just learning about different styles of traditional music, or for dancers who have come to belly dance from a less traditional route who would like to know more about their dance's roots.  Good times are guaranteed!
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alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Voodoo Dolly)
Wicked and uncanny belly dance performances to entice and chill your soul...  It's the return of Raks Spooki!

Raks Spooki VI:  A Gothic Belly Dance Event
Sunday, October 16, 2011
8pm
Club Oberon, 2 Arrow Street (Harvard Square), Cambridge
Tickets $17, available at http://www.cluboberon.com/

From the jagged and angry to the mournful and elegaic to the silly and sublime, the troupes and soloists of Raks Spooki will explore the many facets of gothic music and culture through the artistry of belly dance.  Dancers--and a few live musicians--from across New England and beyond will join together to haunt and thrill you.  I am extremely pleased this year to present Raks Spooki at Club Oberon, an elegant and atmospheric cabaret-type venue right on the Red Line in Harvard Square and featuring a full bar*.   Proceeds from the event will as always be donated to Women for Women International.  

Featured performers include:
Accaliae
Alizah Afet and Mahira
Ameena
Aria Beth Michaels
Cait Capaldi
Di'Ahna
Katrina
Leilah
Nepenthe
Neylan
Samara
Selcouth and Stephen Carpenter
Shahla Nissa
Sybil and Dr. Druesome
Tempest
Zakiyah
and me, your hostess Badriya

There will be no Raks Spooki in 2012, so get your gothic belly dance fix now to tide you through the times to come...

*Please note that each individual under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.  Additionally, performances and music may contain, as they say, strong thematic content.

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alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Voodoo Dolly)
Raks Spooki V
October 17, 2010, 4pm-7pm
 
The Regent Theatre Underground, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA
Badriya is very pleased to announce the 2010 edition of Raks Spooki--this annual event is five years old now, and continues to provide some of the darkest and most creative performances to be found on the East Coast.  Join us for an early evening of thrills, chills and most likely a giggle or two--what better way to get into the Halloween spirit than to immerse yourself in the world of gothic belly dance?  Even better, 100% of the profits will be donated to Women for Women International, who do amazing work around the globe, including some of the lands in which belly dance originated. 

Performers from New England and beyond include:
IrinaXara, Tempest, Anansi, Samara, Neylan, Di'Ahna, Anaar, Tassellations, Selcouth and Cait Capaldi, the Accaliae, Baseema, Aria Michaels, *Samantha*, Inaya Nour, Black Butterfly Dance Company and your host, Badriya al-Badi'a! 

Vending by Tempest, Anaar, PartyLites and Sassy Sparkles Too!

Tickets are $12 and are available in advance at http://www.badriyaboston.com/raksspooki.html  Get yours to be sure you're not shut out if/when we reach the venue's capacity!

Shimmy spookily,

Badriya
www.badriyaboston.com
alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (tiger dancer)
Not the dead dancing spy, but an organization that does important work for all women:

Meiver's School of Oriental Dance* Presents:
"BARAKA: A benefit for Matahari"
Annual Student Dance Recital and Showcase. Featuring diverse and mesmerizing dances from the Arab world presented by Meiver's students and guest artists.

Wednesday August 18th 2010
...7:30 PM
$15 ($13 students w/ID & Seniors)
The Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second St. Cambridge MA 02141 617.577.1400


Tickets are now available online!
At the CMAC homepage: http://cmacusa.org/
Direct ticket link: https://cmacusa.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0OA0000000HebwMAC
Tickets are also available to purchase in person at the CMAC box office.

*We recommend buying your ticket in advance, as we expect the show to sell out.*

About Matahari:

Matahari: Eye of the Day
Ending Exploitation. Building Solidarity. Creating Community Solutions.

Matahari: Eye of the Day and its Solidarity Network projects address social injustices and human rights violations, including gender violence, slavery, sexual and labor exploitation and immigrant rights violations in the US. Our mission is to create safe, healthy communities, while shaping a strong social movement, prioritizing the leadership and voices of communities of color and immigrants. More about Matahari at http://www.eyeoftheday.org/.

*Baraka: in Arabic means spiritual wisdom, blessings, a gift from God.
*Raqs Sharqi (Oriental Dance in Arabic) is the term used in the Arab world for what Americans call "Belly Dance."

(I am performing in Meiver's troupe and as a soloist)
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alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Voodoo Dolly)
The Fifth Annual Raks Spooki--Call for Performers!
Sunday, October 17, 4-7pm
Regent Underground Theatre, Arlington, MA

I am now accepting proposals for Raks Spooki performance pieces.  Raks Spooki is an annual gothic belly dance event, so pieces must be gothic in nature, ideally performed to gothic music.  Dramatic story telling and overarching thematic content strongly encouraged--I am looking for diverse performances with plenty of thought and meaning in their conception.  Pieces should be no longer than 6 minutes.  There will be 15 slots available. 

Your performance proposal should include:

-your stage name/troupe name
-something about who you are as a dancer
-your music choice
-a brief description of your performance concept
-a link to a previous performance video (rehearsal or demo footage also okay)

Submissions will be accepted until July 31, and the line-up will be announced by August 8.

Send proposals via email to badriya@rcn.com.  Do not send your proposal via Facebook, LiveJournal or Tribe message, or via any other social network.  Your cooperation in this regard is appreciated.

*This year I am reserving 5 slots (1/3 of the total) for performers who have not previously participated in Raks Spooki (if you have previously performed as part of a troupe but would like to do your first Raks Spooki solo, you count as a new performer; new troupes/duets also count as new performers, if they are a combination of dancers that has not previously appeared together at Raks Spooki).  So I encourage those of you who have never participated to please submit proposals!* 

Looking forward to hearing from you all, and please feel free to ask me any questions you might have before submitting a proposal.

shimmy spookily,

Badriya
alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (tiger dancer)
I'll be doing a 20 minute dinnertime set at Khayyam Restaurant, 404 Harvard Street, Brookline, Friday evening--traditional Arabic show, starting sometime between 7:30 and 8:30.  This is a new venue for performing and the owner is very enthusiastic about making dance a regular feature of his restaurant.  The food is Persian-rooted pan-Mediterranean.  Call 617 383 6264 for reservations, which are recommended!
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alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Voodoo Dolly)
Save the date--Raks Spooki V will take place on Sunday, October 17 at the Regent Theatre Underground in Arlington, MA!

Information about performing, vending, etc will be forthcoming in late spring/early summer.
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alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (belly dance icon)
Hafli for Haiti!

Sunday, February 28
3pm-6:30pm
George Dilboy VFW Post
371 Summer Street, Somerville (Davis Square)
Suggested donation: $15, or according to your ability to give

100% of the profits raised will go to Partners in Health, http://www.pih.org/

Please join some of Boston's most talented--and compassionate--belly dancers in a fundraising event to help provide assistance to the people of Haiti. Performers include: Najmat, Troupe Moirae, Aria Beth Michaels, Nepenthe, Nikki, Mai'isah, *Samantha*, Ashley, Susi, Meiver, Phaedra, Akasha, Jaiyana, Inaya, Morgana, Xylinia, Aleksie, Karim Nagi of Turbo Tabla, Badriya, and speakers on the situation in Haiti.

Also featuring tarot card readings by Aepril Schaile, a delicious bakesale, and a fabulous raffle table including lessons with local luminaries, DVDs, jewelry, quality costume items, a gift certificate from the incomparable costumer Shadia and one day at any of Za-Beth's 2010 Boston workshops! Vendors include:

Sassy Sparkles, Too! http://www.sassysparkles.com/
PartyLite http://www.partylite.biz/machinton/
Sun Spot Designs http://www.sunspotdesigns.com/
Lia Sophia http://www.liasophia.com/
Designs by J http://www.wollycat.net/
Hope's Traveling Treasures http://www.hopestravelingtreasures.com/

The January 12 earthquake in Haiti brought to the already struggling people of that country a disaster of unimaginable humanitarian proportions, a disaster that will only grow in the days, weeks, months and even years to come. As individuals it's hard to know what we can do to help. But together, as a group, we can be more than any one of us alone, by pooling our skills and resources to give more than each of us is capable of giving alone.

--For general information, please contact Badriya at badriya@rcn.com

--For information on donating raffle items or vending, please contact Baseema at lehcar1007@aol.com

Sponsored by Badriya al-Badi'a, with the help of Baseema, Di'Ahna (who did the beautiful artwork!) and more
alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (belly dance icon)
Hafli for Haiti!

Sunday, February 28
3pm-6:30pm
George Dilboy VFW Post
371 Summer Street, Somerville (Davis Square)
Suggested donation: $15, or according to your ability to give
100% of the profits raised will go to Partners in Health, http://www.pih.org/

Performances, raffles, open floor dancing and more!

WE ARE SEEKING RAFFLE DONATIONS!!!

The January 12 earthquake in Haiti brought to the already struggling people of that country a disaster of unimaginable humanitarian proportions, a disaster that will only grow in the days, weeks, months and even years to come. As individuals it's hard to know what we can do to help. But together, as a group, we can be more than any one of us alone, by pooling our skills and resources to give more than each of us is capable of giving alone.

Please join some of Boston's most talented--and compassionate--belly dancers in a fundraising event to help provide assistance to the people of Haiti.  Performers include Najmat, Troupe Moirae, Aria Beth Michaels, Nikki, Ma'isah, Ashley, Susi, Meiver, Phaedra, Jaiyana and many more!


--For general information, please contact Badriya at badriya@rcn.com

--For information on donating raffle items or vending, please contact Baseema at lehcar1007@aol.com

Sponsored by Badriya al-Badi'a, with the help of Baseema, Di'Ahna and more!
                               
alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (fruityoatytrio)
Check out this interview with M about his Star Wars collection!

Got up super early this morning to go to a VFW hall to sign a contract for the Haiti benefit, only to find that the scheduling secretary was going to be in late this morning. Serves me right for not calling first. I feel close enough to signing though that I can give preliminary notice that there will be a belly dance benefit for Haiti at the Dilboy VFW in Davis Square on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 28 :-) Specifically the benefit will be for Partners in Health, because of their good administrative costs to actual aid ratio and because they already know the social and political contexts in Haiti and thus will be more effective than all the giants descending on the small island now. Anyway, mark your calendars!
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alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Default)
I am in this excellent sounding and diverse two hour show:

Johara and Snake Dance Theater Present:
Gifts from the Middle East

An Oriental Dance Show

Saturday, Dec 12, 5-7pm

Greek-American Club
288 Green Street (Central Sq., same block as the Green Street Garage)
Cambridge , MA 02139

Featuring

Johara and Snake Dance Theater

New Choreography by Johara and members of Snake Dance Theater

Egyptian (classic/contemporary), Gawazee, American, Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, and Bollywood

Special guests--Susi, Za-Beth, Badriya, Troupe Moirae, Inaya, Phaedra Rose, Reshama, Lady-Snake, and Serpentine Dancers

Vending by: Magic Carpet Productions and Johara / Refreshments

Tickets
$12 Advanced purchase
$15 at the door (*dance teachers get in free with 4 students)

Contact Johara: johara@joharasnakedance.com or 617-780-8890

www.joharasnakedance.com On Facebook Joharaboston
alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Voodoo Dolly)
Raks Spooki IV: A Gothic Belly Dance Event
presented by Badriya al-Badi'a

Sunday, November 15, 7pm
The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA
Tickets: $17, available at the Regent Theatre box office or at the door
http://regenttheatre.com/events/Raks_Spooki.htm


If Halloween is the time when the boundaries between worlds are opened, Raks Spooki is the time to see what has slipped through the veils and stayed in this world! Come see all aspects of the darker side of belly dance explored at the fourth annual Raks Spooki, from the elegantly enigmatic to the morbidly macabre to the archly humorous to the utterly unclassifiable. This year's roster of performers draws from a variety of belly dance backgrounds from the traditional to the tribal and include: Ameena, Aneckha, Aradia, Aria Beth Michaels, Atropos (Baseema), Badriya al-Badi'a, Di'Ahna, Ela Rogers, Eugenia, Johara's Snakedance Theatre, Katrina, Naomi, Neylan, Paloma, Qamar, Sabrina, Sabrina L., Samara, Selcouth, Tassellations, Tempest and Vadalna Tribal Dance Company. As the standing-room-only audiences of previous years can attest, this is a show you will not soon forget!

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Women for Women (www.womenforwomen.org/ ), a non-profit organization which helps women in war-torn regions of the world get back on their feet and start rebuilding their lives. Currently, they are focused on Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Kosovo, Rwanda, Colombia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some of these are places where our dance movements, costuming and jewelry come from. Using what women of the world have given us from our relative place of peace and safety, we can make real differences in the lives of other women. In exercising our freedom to dance in this country, we can help women around the world gain their own freedom from war, poverty and injustice.

Badriya is an Arlington-based performer of both gothic and traditional Arabic belly dance styles. For more information, see
http://users.rcn.com/badriya/
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alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Default)
Last night I found Edgar sucking on Sissy's neck and kneading at her with his front paws, while she did her best to ignore him. It was cute yet disturbing at the same time. And definitely proof that those Marshall Farms ferrets are taken away from their mothers too early. In general they are cozy enough with each other that we're not locking him in his cage any more, and given that he hasn't been sleeping in it for several days, I think we can finally put it away. He's still skittish and easily startled, and plays a little too rough for my liking with little Sisiutl, but in general he's settled in really well. Yay!

I'm dancing at 11:30pm at the Middle East this Sunday. For once I am being sensible and making a set out of all music I have used before, with the exception of one Hakim song but if you've danced to other Hakim songs, you can dance to them all pretty much.

Looking forward to cheering on Zenyatta in the Breeders Cup Classic tomorrow. If she wins, or even puts in a gutsy show or place, this is truly the year of the filly and mare in horse racing. I'd be glad to see it. If a filly is just as big and strong as a colt, there's no reason not to run her with the colts. And if that messes with the statistics a future breeding sire is compiling to determine his future worth, then good, frankly. Racing veers too close to existing for the sake of the money that can be made in the breeding shed rather than for the sake of the competition among talented athletes. Perhaps the regular participation of fillies and mares in more races can provide a spoiler effect. Also, I am not ashamed to admit an upswell of female solidarity and pride in my heart when I see a Rachel Alexandra or a Zenyatta take on and beat the boys ;-)
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Surprise!

Nov. 2nd, 2009 03:01 pm
alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Voodoo Dolly)
I'm doing a Raks Spooki promo performance at Ceremony's Down With Tempo tonight, sometime after 10:30--hope to see loads of you there! I will flyer you all!
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alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (belly dance icon)
I am dancing this weekend:

Saturday evening, the Red Fez, two shows, 9:45ish, 10:45ish (those ishes are very ishy)

Sunday afternoon, Northeast Belly Dance Association Humane Society benefit, Beats for Beasts, starts at 1:30pm at the Middle East upstairs. I am dancing to a David Bowie song. Guess which one?

Sunday evening, 11:30pm, the Middle East Corner, and you can also see the lovely Nepenthe at 9:30

Monday I go splat, except I have to go to work. luckily I have prepared ahead by sticking post-it notes all over everything in my office to remind me of what I need to do that morning.
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alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Voodoo Dolly)
I am participating in this fabulous event organized by the lovely Morgana on October 18 at the Athenian Corner in Lowell--ticket sales are advance purchase only, due to odd Lowell by-laws.  I have some tickets I would be happy to sell you, and I do take Paypal.  I also have two comp tickets that I'd be happy to give away, since M can't come due to ferret medication schedules :-/  I will be driving up and able to give up to three people a ride--you'd have to arrive a bit early, but they have a full bar at which to while away the time.  Anyway:

Morgana Presents
The Edgar Allen Poe Show
A poem, a dance, a dream within a dream

Sunday, October 18, 2009
7pm (seating at 6:30, please be on time)
Athenian Corner Restaurant
207 Market Street, Lowell, MA

With readings of Poe's works by Meg Smith, Eric Stanway, Mark Schorr and surprise guests

Oriental Dance illuminations of Poe classics by Morgana, Badriya al-Badi'a, Nadia, Alizah Afet and Troupe Moirae

With special musical guest Wisteriax

Tickets $15, advance sales only

For more information, visit poet-in-motion.net/morgana

I'm excited about my performance for this--it's a bit more interpretive dance than belly dance per se, but I can guarantee you it will be unique and different!
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alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Voodoo Dolly)

Raks Spooki IV

A Gothic Belly Dance Event

Nov. 15, 7pm, $17

The Regent Theatre

7 Medford St., Arlington, MA


I am pleased and honored to present the fourth annual Raks Spooki, New England's largest and longest running gothic belly dance festival, featuring dancers from the homelands of HP Lovecraft, Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. 

Tickets are available at the Regent Box Office, or call 781-646-4849

From the mystical to the eerie to the downright chilling (not to mention the occasionally silly), each performance will offer a unique vision of the fusion of Middle Eastern dance and a gothic sensibility.  Proceeds from the show will benefit Women for Women International, a group that supports women in many of the countries from which belly dancers draw their inspirations.

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alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Default)
Sissy has started eating pretty normally again this morning; she's still grinding her teeth a bit but seeing her eat is a huge relief.  She drank a lot of water this morning too, which she needed.  It looks like a broad spectrum antibiotic was exactly what the doctor ordered.

Ianto, otoh, had a moderately severe seizure Friday evening, only a couple of hours after getting his meds and shortly after eating.  He's getting increasingly difficult to medicate as well.  The Lupron shot he got a few weeks ago has definitely helped him regrow his fur, but I'm worried about risking more seizures with trips to the vet for monthly shots.  Not really sure what to do about that, wondering if the vet would teach me how to administer the shots and let me buy the Lupron and do it at home.  I'm less worried about his losing hair than I am about his prostate enlarging and causing urinary obstructions.  But in general, his quality of life is still there so we hold on.  He's very happy and affectionate in his own non-cuddling way most of the time.

Yesterday I had a massage, went to Redbones for lunch and then went to my parents' house for dinner to see them and my brother and crematia13 and little nephew Timothy, who even in just a week's time is so much better at standing.  I bet it's not long before he's walking.

Dancing at the Middle East tonight, 9:30pm!  Hanging around for drinks and dancing later as well.  John's a great DJ, it's like having Garabed back again!
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alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (belly dance icon)
I always forget to do these and then people yell at me for never announcing my shows, so for this brief shining moment in time, I am mindful and you are updated :-)

Sunday, July 19
Basha Cafe
26 New Street, Cambridge (near Fresh Pond)
Live music by Aboud Ghazi and Tony Chamoun!
$20 per person includes cover, entertainment and mezze (Middle Eastern snacky food).
Doors open 5:30 pm, show runs from 6 - 9 pm.
Reservations required. Please contact Najmat at 617 7759898 or Khaled at 617 9219922.

Saturday, July 25
Ferrets, Fellowship, Food & Fun Day!
Benefit for South Shore Ferret Care
noon-4pm (not sure exactly when I am dancing yet)
2 Lantern Road, Holbrook, MA
General admission $5, children $1, ferrets get in for free
There will also be a belly dance contest for ferrets, and no, I have no idea what that entails either, but it sounds cute!

Sunday, July 26
Middle East Restaurant
472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Square)
Featured Performer at 11:30pm
20 minute set

Saturday, August 29
The Improper Spectacle:  a day of "left-of center" belly dance
Manx-Cat Theatre, 410 Great Road, Littleton, MA
Workshop with the one and only Ela Rogers 2:00-4:00, Showcase 7:00pm
Workshop $25, Showcase $11 in advance, $15 at door, both $35
Featuring the Return of Badriyazilla!

And upcoming in the fall, there's an Edgar Allan Poe tribute on Oct. 18 in Lowell, an NBDA benefit for the Humane Society on Oct. 25 at the Middle East, and stay tuned for Raks Spooki news--it will be Nov. 14!
alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (belly dance icon)
In a very limited kind of way :-) Here's an article by Meg Smith in today's Arlington Advocate about Sunday's Belly Dance on the Beach show, featuring photos and interviews with me and Zehara!

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