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What the heart wants

Valen­tine’s Day can be a time to shower your beloved with ex­pen­sive gifts — or it can be a time to con­nect to heart­cen­tered themes of love and un­der­stand­ing. One event this week in­vites au­di­ence mem­bers to re­ceive these ideas as con­sid­ered by writ­ers, while another asks par­tic­i­pants to cre­ate their own nar­ra­tives.

At Lis­ten to the H(ear)t, In­sti­tute for Amer­i­can In­dian Arts un­der­grad­u­ate cre­ative-writ­ing stu­dents join fac­ulty mem­bers for a read­ing of po­etry and prose in cel­e­bra­tion of Fe­bru­ary, the month of love. The event, which is free, is from 2 to 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Feb. 10, at the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Na­tive Arts (108 Cathe­dral Place). The MoCNA mu­seum store will hold Valen­tine-in­spired ac­tiv­i­ties in coordination with the read­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

The Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts (1050 Old Pe­cos Trail) holds Story Cir­cle from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Feb. 14, with artist and per­former Dier­dre Mor­ris, held in con­junc­tion with the CCA ex­hi­bi­tion Ciel Bergman: The Linens. Mor­ris is a trained fa­cil­i­ta­tor for Story Cir­cle, a plat­form cre­ated by the writer and so­cial ac­tivist Ar­lene Gold­bard, with the U.S. Depart­ment of Arts and Cul­ture, through which cit­i­zens can re­flect on the state of the union. Mor­ris uses this project as a jump­ing-off point for the CCA event. Par­tic­i­pants will de­velop short works with fa­cil­i­ta­tors that are in­spired by the­matic prompts — in­clud­ing ten­der­ness, em­pa­thy, fe­roc­ity, cel­e­bra­tion, fem­i­nine forces, and love — that res­onate with the themes of the Bergman show. The sto­ries be­come the ba­sis for a move­ment-based art event to take place at CCA in March. Ad­mis­sion to Story Cir­cle is $5. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit ccas­ — Jen­nifer Levin

Dier­dre Mor­ris

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