The Most of Lit Lounge Returns to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts June 26
Amy Walker New York Times bestseller Beth Lisick performs at Lit Lounge's debut event in June 2012.
Lit Lounge presents its second "Most of" edition, a sort-of best of round-up featuring prominent performers of both national recognition and local prowess. The conversation returns to the Virginia G. Piper Theater at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26.
Award-winning author and comedic performer Tania Katan is at the helm of the storytelling series. The cancer survivor and frequent TEDx speaker (and occasional Jackalope Ranch contributor) created the series in June 2012 to both media and audience acclaim.
"It's surpassed my expectations, which initially were to have a performance that had live story performers who were equal parts writers and performers telling true stories with live music weaving in and out," Katan says.
Katan grew up in the Valley and attended Arizona State University, where she currently consults and contributes to writing and lecture workshops after returning to the desert eight years ago. Her current position as "Producer of Shenanigans" at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's SMoCA Lounge, which allows -- nay, encourages -- her to create outside-the-box events like Lit Lounge.
The monthly event routinely sells out its 100 seats in the lounge. There, five performers expose themselves -- in a literary sense. Tales of dating disasters and triumphs. Divulging of family secrets and personal successes alongside failures. It's moving. Approachable. Honest.
"I've had the luxury of both being a performer and a presenter. I think that open mics serve a purpose and experimental spaces serve a purpose," Katan says. "Personally I'm a big fan and have performed at Space 55 a lot. And to me, you can work it out at Space 55, and that's why it's an important space.
June's event is an eclectic collection of fusion storytelling that's come to be expected of the museum's event, albeit on a larger scale fitting of Katan's own exuberant, excited personality. The 800-capacity theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is expected to sell out quickly.
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