When Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art announced it was bringing performer, author, and kickass entertainer Tania Katan on board to mix things up a year ago, we knew we were in for something good.
Almost a year later, we've sat in a sold-out SMoCA Lounge a number of times to experience a number of Katan's programs, including Lit Lounge. The event, billed by Katan as "a little rock'n'roll, a little This American Life," is a monthly opportunity to listen to selected authors and performers from Arizona and across the country. These lineups have shared their stories, paired with live music, to a live audience in the SmoCA Lounge.
And this month, Katan's taking Lit Lounge to a whole new level.
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On Thursday, May 30 Katan will welcome a handful of award-winning authors and performers to the big stage at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for "The Most of" Lit Lounge.
The evening will include stories from Katan, award-winning author Hillary Carlip, Stephen Colbert's guest on Comedy Central Joe Smith, best-selling author Jen Sincero, Comedy Central Stage performer Shaz Bennett, The Moth Story Slam (New York) winner Molly McCloy, L.A. Drama Critics' Circle Award-winning playwright Kim Porter, NEA Award-winning performer Jeff McMahon, New Times contributors Robrt Pela and Katie Johnson, and more.
As a teaser, Katan's provided bits from a few of the event's previous performers:
"At some point in the chaos . . . my mom had apparently lost the key to her fake, but sturdy, handcuffs." -- Katie Johnson
"I recognize too late that this is not 'meet the therapist' but THERAPY itself!" -- Jeff McMahon
"My girlfriend is not the type of person who likes to rely on people and I am not the type of person upon whom people like to rely." -- Scout Durwood
"I have a lot of lists. They're all written in pencil." -- Joe Smith
"I'm about to embark on my first ever cruise ship, like the Love Boat, only all lesbians...The Lez Boat!" -- Tania Katan
In addition to great stories and funny anecdotes from Katan, audience members will also be treated to musical bits by Where Are All the Buffalo, Halden Wofford + Doug Bale.
Tickets to Lit Lounge always sell out, and this time around, there's room for all of your friends. SMoCA member tickets are $8, non-member tickets are $10, and both are available for purchase through Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.