The Spirit & Place Festival is now in full swing. I was asked to write an essay for them (and recorded it for our local NPR affiliate). This Friday I will be joining my fellow essayists for a live reading and Q & A:

As part of Big Car’s event at the Wheeler Arts Community and in partnership with Second Story, a reading will be featured from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. during Friday’s event only. This will feature eight of this year’s Spirit & Place essayists, each reading the essay they contributed for the magazine. After the reading, essayists will answer questions from the audience and from moderator Jim Walker. (Go here for more information about the event)

I also had the opportunity to be a part of the commercial for Spirit & Place. As this was a new experience, it was documented ad nauseum. Here’s the commercial script:

PAM: The one-of-a-kind Spirit & Place Festival is…

MAURICE: … a marketplace to test my ideas,

GANESH: … an explosion of creativity and imagination,

MICHAEL: … unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, where my curiosity leads the way

BETTY: … an opportunity to engage, explore and converse with my community

DENNIS: … a time when art, music and culture all merge together

REBEKAH: …a place for spontaneous fun — a killer good time!

PAM: How will YOU describe Spirit & Place?

Okay, no one will be calling me “One Take Broaddus”. Any time a director says “You know we’ll never use that take, I just wanted to see if you’d do it,” I worry about what will end up on youtube.