Everybody has to live somewhere. This was the central message of Fixed Abode, the variety show organized and hosted by Tyler Thompson. On the evening of September 12, Loom, along with a full crowd at Uptown Underground, experienced a beautiful evening of music, poetry, and comedy centered around the theme of homes, dwellings, and the endless journey of finding a place to call home.
Local performers including She's Folks, Babe-Alon 5, Trevor Reusch, Christina Hall & Diego Colon, Daniel Fager, Hillary Maren & Khaki Pixley, Quentin Rynbrandt, Hannah Veldt, and more came to share their stories and talent. Among this lineup were Jeff Award Nominees, a playwright, a screenwriter, an electrician, and a U.S. veteran (who is also a great tomato farmer and happens to be Tyler's grandfather!). There were songs about love and travel (and occasionally vegetables), poems about family and growing up, and jokes about apartment hunting. It showed that we all have different experiences when it comes to "home."
It was also night for us all to reflect on the experiences of refugees, who experience such a drastic displacement from their homes. All the proceeds from ticket sales from the event were donated to Loom to help us continue our mission of helping the refugee women in our community rebuild their lives. In the midst of a larger global refugee crisis, Tyler talked about how it's great to be able to do our part to help the refugees right here in our community. We are so thankful to everyone who attended and stopped by our booth and to the Fixed Abode artists who used their talents to support our artisans! To quote a Chinese proverb we learned from Tyler, "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."