Kenista Noah-Walker is a displaced First Nations story-teller and spoken word artist lost in the vortex that was the Tucson of yesteryear and contemplating what direction to take for the turn of the milennium. She has attracted the interest of a slam poet producer but he wants more from her than her funny, light-hearted stories if he’s going to feature her on his new program. Nista has decided she needs to choose a new direction, but her Lakota cousin Albie keeps showing up, bringing joy and mass destruction equally to all whose paths he crosses. Together with the poets, performers, and scenesters of Tucson’s 20th century underground scene centered on the legendary Goth Club Asylum, Albie zig-zags his way across Nista’s indecision. The poets are out to sabotage an upstart event coordinator, some shady things are going down at the club next door, illusions are crumbling like stucco downtown, friends and lovers are being lost and found, and Nista’s people have a Columbus Day rally to organize, one with a dangerous unannounced guest. The times are about to change for downtown Tucson, forever. Nista knows that the funny thing about life is, no one ever gets out alive. Based on true events and real-life personas, living and dead, that once haunted the downtown strip on Congress Street, where John Dillinger was finally apprehended, ‘Walker” stretches a web that runs from timeless introspection through spoken word performance and story all the way to hyperbole and back again. This is a glimpse at a world that has vanished into the mists of local legend and the people who lived there on their last karmic walk-about at the cusp of the 21st century in America’s Sonoran Desert.
An Acadian-Cree musician, producer, scholar, story-teller and spoken word performer whose philosophy is, “Don’t worry too much about life – no one ever makes it out alive”. Lourdes writes with a unique musicality and distinct voicing and dialect. She gravitates instinctively toward hyperbole and satire. She believes that, “All life is a story because all stories were life, once”. Of her craft, she says, “Writing is like going down a river in a canoe with the whole world paddling along with you, never knowing exactly where you came from, exactly where you’re going or exactly where you might end up”.