Pub Church: “Beauty of Public Art” w/ Allison Orr, John Burnett, & Paul Finley

Date and Time

Sunday, May 21st
5:30 PM


Scholz Garten
1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Ausin, TX 78701


Get excited, folks: this is the public house church SEASON FINALE, and it is going to be a DOOZY! 
SPECIAL NOTE: Instead of our usual side room at Scholz, this evening’s gathering will take place in a different adjacent room: Saengerrunde Hall. While the hall shares the same address as Scholz (1607 San Jacinto), its entrance is located directly to the right of Scholz’ front door along San Jacinto. Please ask for help inside if you have any questions upon arriving!

Allison Orr, Dumptruck Ballet, The Front Porch, Public House Church

Allison Orr choreographs dances… but with construction workers and their trucks instead of dancers.

From sanitation workers to firefighters, Venetian gondoliers to professional baseball players, power linemen to forestry technicians, Forklift Danceworks Artistic Director, Allison Orr, creates award-winning choreography with all kinds of performers. Challenging audiences to expand notions of dance and performer, Allison finds the raw material for her work in the stories and experiences of ordinary people, spending months researching and immersing herself in the community she is engaging. Uncovering that which is essential to the life of a community but often goes unnoticed is central in Allison’s work, as she seeks to give voice to people who may be marginalized or frequently overlooked. The way she immerses herself into their worlds is nothing short of incredible, as Chronicle Arts Editor, Robert Faires, details in this fantastic article.

Allison was named Best Choreographer of 2016 by The Austin Chronicle, Most Outstanding Choreographer of 2003, 2008 and 2013 by the Austin Critics Table, one of Tribeza Magazine’s Top 10 Austinites, and one of eight “Extraordinary Texans” by Texas Highways Magazine. Her large-scale work, The Trash Project, was named a #1 Arts Event by the Austin American-Statesman, #1 Dance Event by the Austin Chronicle, Most Outstanding Dance Concert by the Austin Critics Table, and is the subject of a feature-length documentary film entitled Trash Dance. Allison is a native Texan and holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College and a BA in Anthropology from Wake Forest University.

Paul Finley has been teaching guitar for over 25 years. He has performed for many years in Austin as a soloist, a theater musician, a children’s performer, and with an Austin Celtic and Cajun band (Glenn Glaz/Bayou Beaujolais), and has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Phil Keaggy. You can also find him backing up artists like Gina ChavezTodd GarzaAnyah DishonDave Thies, and Daniel Makins live and in the studio. His soundtracks have been used in documentaries, websites, presentations and commercials for Milwaukee Public Museum, U.W. Milwaukee, Arizona State Parks, Anasazi Foundation, Imagine Art, Sun Pop Studio productions, author Keith Miller and other regional commercials & television. He both teaches at  One Day Academy and offers private lessons.

Award-winning journalist, John Burnett, will host this evening’s conversation. As NPR’s Southwest correspondent based in Austin, Texas, John covers immigration, border affairs, Texas news and features, and does investigative reporting. Though he is assigned to the National Desk, his beat has sometimes stretched around the world.

Pub Church stats at 5:30 PM in the backroom of Scholz Garten. The second half of the conversation is opened up to the congregation as a roving microphone gives voice to all who wish to comment, question, and share their perspective. At the end of the discussion, a radically-open Communion service is always offered.

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