Birth­day jam ex­trav­a­ganza

‘Meda 4 Metta’ to ben­e­fit lo­cal theater

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Since 1999, Metta Theatre has worked in Taos with a mis­sion of pro­mot­ing all as­pects of lo­cal per­form­ing arts while nur­tur­ing the tal­ents of young peo­ple. To sup­port the work of Metta Theatre, a lo­cal graphic de­signer and event or­ga­nizer named Meda is or­ga­niz­ing a “Meda 4 Metta” fundrais­ing cel­e­bra­tion.

“Meda 4 Metta” takes place Fri­day (March 16) at 7 p.m. at the Taos Mesa Brew­ing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road. Ad­mis­sion is $10 and ben­e­fits Metta Theatre.

Metta Theatre of­fers weekly act­ing work­shops for young peo­ple and pro­vides act­ing and cre­ative writ­ing classes to lo­cal schools and the Taos County Ju­ve­nile De­ten­tion Cen­ter. In ad­di­tion, Metta of­fers read­ings and pro­duc­tions of lo­cal play­wrights, pro­duces orig­i­nal and pub­lished plays, and op­er­ates a 36-seat black box theatre.

The venue is run by a board of direc­tors. Pres­i­dent Bruce McIn­tosh is a pro­fes­sional stage and film ac­tor, play­wright, screen­writer and direc­tor who leads weekly act­ing work­shops and teaches classes for schools and the Ju­ve­nile De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

Asked what she likes best about Metta Theatre, Meda (who refers to her­self by first

name only) says, “First of all, Bruce is this amaz­ing be­ing who is just unas­sum­ingly giv­ing him­self away, re­ally. That’s his life. He’s just do­ing it … What he does with the kids is un­be­liev­able … He’s a tal­ented ac­tor. He re­ally is gifted. And, the way he’s pass­ing it to the next gen­er­a­tion is just re­ally fas­ci­nat­ing.”

Meda’s daugh­ter Pe­tra takes classes at Metta Theatre. “It’s her tribe … She says, ‘Mom, I found my tribe,’” said Meda. Pe­tra, who is also a vis­ual artist, will be sell­ing some of her wa­ter­col­ors at the show to ben­e­fit Metta Theatre.

The “Meda 4 Metta” ex­trav­a­ganza fea­tures a great line-up of lo­cal mu­si­cians.

Head­lin­ing the show is gui­tarist Chris Morel Sr., who plays a blend of blues, rock and coun­try. Morel is part of the AMB Band with Bob Andrews and Brent Berry. He also plays around town with Char­lie Woehler and his son Chris Morel Jr.

Also, per­form­ing is Wil­lyNilly, an open-stage, open­hearted band where mu­si­cians can come in and out of the core group to add their tal­ents to the mix.

“We call it a work­shop­per­for­mance style. It’s sort of a jam­ming of sorts. We in­vite peo­ple from the au­di­ence to par­tic­i­pate … It’s very eclec­tic,’” said Meda. “I sing in Ro­ma­nian a lot, which is my na­tive tongue. I was born in Ro­ma­nia … One song I sing is an old, an­cient song, a love spell, thou­sands of years old prob­a­bly.”

Willy-Nilly started in Au­gust of 2017 with a group of mu­si­cians gath­er­ing at sun­set at the Taos Junc­tion Bridge near Pi­lar to play to­gether. The core group for this show in­cludes Meda, Ken McNa­mara, Ryan No­body, Ra Paulette and Mary Rose.

Metta Theatre Young Artists will also be per­form­ing

COURTESY DORU BITTERMAN

THE ARTIST sim­ply known as Meda

COURTESY PHOTO

CHRIS MOREL SR., left, and Char­lie Woehler

By Ari­ana Kramer

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