The Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) invites you to attend our upcoming fundraiser!
Curious Comedy Theater
5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211
Wednesday October 18, 2017
Doors at 7:30 p.m.
DACP will bring Nina G, the San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite female stuttering stand up comedian (granted she is the only one), to Portland for an evening of comedy, and a silent auction! In addition to being a stand up comedian, Nina is also a disability activist, storyteller, children’s book author and educator. She brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity.
Valerie Branch, a Bay Area radio show host, comedy producer, and writer, captured Nina’s perspective on comedy in her 2014 piece “Comedian Who Stutters Goes Beyond the Punch Lines:”
Nina G has been challenging attitudes about Disability since she did stand-up for the first time in 2010. “How many people with Disabilities does it take to screw in a light bulb?” Answer: “One to screw it in and 5 able bodied people to say ‘You are such an inspiration!’” This joke is a favorite in Nina G’s stand-up routine. It brings to light (no pun intended) the struggle people with Disabilities have in an able -bodied society that reduces them to images of “inspirations” and “overcomers”…
Always striving to balance her strong activist voice with a good dose of comedy, Nina says, “There is an ongoing struggle of tending to be preachy but wanting to be funny at the same time. I think that’s a balance that I really need to have.” Nina goes on to emphasize: “For the topic of disability it’s especially important to utilize humor as a tool to open up dialogue, because people’s defenses are so high.”
Our fundraiser will support the second biennial Portland ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival, which DACP produces in partnership with national film festival ReelAbilities. Founded in 2007, ReelAbilities is dedicated to sharing the stories, lives and art of people with disabilities. It consists of award-winning films of the highest cinematic and artistic quality and is hosted in cities across the country including Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Houston and many more. We are excited to bring these films back to Portland! Portland ReelAbilities is scheduled for the spring of 2018.
Learn more about Nina G WWW.NinaGcomedian.com, her one person show: Going Beyond Inspirational, or purchase Nina’s book: Once Upon An Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities
Learn more about the 2016 Portland ReelAbilities Film Festival, and stay up to date with developments for 2018: http://portland.reelabilities.org/
“An Evening of Comedy” Featuring Nina G is made possible by the Northwest Health Foundation.