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[Self-]Listings / July
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Some special events this month:
The Hudson Manors
04 Independence Day at Sunnyside (home of Washington Irving), Tarrytown. July 4, 1855. Full day of live entertainment including dramatic presentations, speeches, period music, and traditional country dancing. (914) 591-8763.
04 Independence Day at Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson. Noon to 5. July 4, 1801. Cannon-fire, parade, costumes. Speeches and songs, military re-enactors performing drills and musters. (914) 271-8981 for information.
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08 Sun 6:00 Big City LitTM presents "The Subterraneans: Kerouac & Kees," Cornelia Street Café (Village, Bleecker/W 4). Scheduled readers plus open for poems by or about Jack Kerouac and Weldon Kees.
22 The Second Annual Festival Reading of Big Sur
On Sunday, 7/22, Jack Kerouac's novel, Big Sur, will be read aloud by distinguished poets and others at day-long festivals in San Francisco, Huntington on Long Island, Lowell, Massachusetts, and Orlando, Florida. All were key places in the author's life. Conceived by poet and historian George Wallace (ed. Poetry Bay), the coordinated four-city festival grew out of last summer's exhibition, "Kerouac in Northport" . . . (See Series on Series, June issue.) Details: http://www.poembeat.com.
[Order: NYC regular series, NYC single events; Upstream regular series, single events. Ed.]
NYC Regular Series:
ABCNoRio Gallery and Performance Space
Sundays at 3 p.m. $3
156 Rivington St
Feature + Open
Hosts: J. D. Rage, Bob Hart, Carl Herr, Peter Kerns and Bruce Weber
Info: (718) 638-7039 /
Check website for complete music, poetry and gallery info. www.abcnorio.org
Albany & Upstate
Aviatrix Reading Series
Flying Bridge Community Arts Ctr
522 Court St
(F train to Smith/9th St)
Sundays at 3:15 p.m. One drink min.
155 Bleecker St (at Sullivan)
Feature(s) + open.
Host: Brigid Murnaghan
Baggot Inn, Unnamable Poetry Reading [See Series on Series, January 2001 issue. Ed.]
Saturdays at 3 p.m. unless o/w noted. $5 ($2 discount on first drink.) Free for listeners.
85 W 3rd St (Sullivan/Thompson)
Info: (718) 499-4517
Feature(s) + open.
Curators: Steve Bennett / David Mark Speer
[The series may be unnamable, but there's no end to the ingenuity its curators bring to naming the weekly sessions. Ed.]
<Series is on summer break.>
13th St (B'way/Univ Pl) upstairs
02 Tue 9 p.m. $5 House of Pernod. Rick's Pernod's poems have been called "linguistic pinball machines." Preceded by open mic at 7:30.
Bluestockings Women's Bookstore and Café
172 Allen St (at Stanton/ F train to 2nd Av)
Events begin at 7 p.m. and are free unless o/w noted.
(212) 777-6028 / fax: 777-6042
Contact: Mick Walsh
12 Thur Amy Fusselman (The Pharmacist’s Mate)
22 Sun Comedy with Emmy Gaye.
6BC Botanical Garden
622 E 6th St between B & C
13 Fri 7 p.m. Free. Gerry Gomez Pearlberg and John Del Peschio.
28 Sat 3 p.m. Free. Thad Rutkowski
157 Ave C (10th St)
18 Wed 7 p.m. Peter Chelnik, Bob Feldman (tenor sax), Steve Grzeskowiak (guitar), and special guest, Angelo Verga (poet): "East Coast Jazz Poetry Explosion" Info: 289-8312.
2841 Broadway (110th Street)
Venue for most BigCity LitTM mid-monthly recording sessions. Spacious, high-ceilinged Tuscan ambience, succulent food, live opera on weekends. Info: (212) 864-2823.
CCS Reading Series
Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
$7.00 suggested, $5.00 students, seniors.
Civic Center Synagogue, 49 White Street, NYC.
3 blocks below Canal, between Church / B'way.
Founding Executive Director: Martha Rhodes
Director: Soraya Shalforoosh
Program Assistants: Patrick Donnelly / Cathy McArthur
<Series is on Summer break.>
Center for Book Arts, Phoenix Reading Series
Thursdays at 7 p.m. unless o/w noted. $3 contribution.
28 W 27th St 3rd Floor
(Ring #7 if door is locked.)
Info: (212) 264-4792 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Feature(s) + open.
Curators: Marlene Vidibor and Michael Graves
05 Joel Allegretti, Readings from The Plague Psalms (The Poet's Press); Raul Maldonado
51 Astor Place
Cornelia Street Café [See Series on Series, February 2001 issue. Ed.]
Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 6 p.m. unless o/w noted. $6 (first drink free)
29 Cornelia St (Bleecker/W 4th)
(212) 989-9319 (www.corneliastreetcafe.com)
Features only except Fridays.
Curator: Angelo Verga
Friday night open (Pink Pony West). Curators: Maggie Balistreri and Jackie Sheeler (See separate listing immediately following.)
(Feature at 7:45.) Info: www.poetz.com
05 Thurs INSTANT SHAKESPEARE: A Comedy of Errors
07 Sat Arab-American Writers: KAZIM ALI & SALADIN AHMED
08 Sun Big City LitTM records its feature, "The Dark" plus "The
Subterraneans: Kerouac and Kees." Readings from Kerouac's novel, plus
other poetry and music. George Wallace, creator of the four-city,
day-long marathon on Kerouac's Big Sur, will be among the guests. (See http://www.poetbeat.com for details on that event.)
11 Wed RENEGADE WRITERS: CHRIS BELDEN, ROB COOK, GIL FAGIANI
14 Sat Italian-American Writers
18 Wed Russian-American Writers, with ANDREY GRITSMAN
21 Sat Greek-American Writers: DEAN KOSTOS, DARLENE GOLD & DEBORAH EMIN
22 Sun THE ALL AMERICAN SLAM TEAM SEND-OFF: BRETT AXEL, CHERYL B, others
26 Thur INSTANT SHAKESPEARE: A Mid-Summer Night's Dream
28 Sat MARTINE DOMINIQUE presents CARIBBEAN WRITERS: the first of a new Cornelia series, equal parts poetry, prose, sea breeze and performance.
Pink Pony West at Cornelia (Fridays)
13 Diana Manister (contributing editor, Big City LitTM)
20 Paul McDonald (Louisville, Ky. Reviews and Interview, this issue.)
27 Jonathan Winell
The Drawing Center
35 Wooster St
Saturdays at 3 p.m. unless o/w noted. Free.
326 Spring St (west of Greenwich)
Info: Michael Broder (212) 246-5074
Exoterica [See Series Review, March 2001 issue.]
The Society for Ethical Culture
4450 Fieldston Rd (Riverdale, Bronx)
3 p.m. Feature(s) + open.
Director: Rick Pernod
Info: (718) 549-5192 (email@example.com)
Calendar of events: http://members.aol.com/exoterica
Fourteenth (14th) Street Y [See Series on Series, December 2000 issue. Ed.]
344 E 14th St (1st Ave)
(212) 780-0800 x 255
Director: Wendy Sabin-Laker
Poet-in-Residence: Veronica Golos
A Gathering of the Tribes
Housing Works Used Books & Café
126 Crosby St (B'way/Lafayette, Houston/Prince)
68th St / Lexington Av
8th Floor Faculty Lounge
Host: Elena Georgiou
425 Lafayette St
tickets @ telecharge 212-239-6200
dinner reservations & info: 212-539-8778
24 Tues 7:30 $15 Raw Materials: Real Matters
Poet/actor Alvin Seme transforms himself into seven characters each representing a stage of evolution in a young black man's road to enlightenment.
KGB Bar ['Degrees of Apprenticeship' MFA series poets (Brooklyn College) recorded live 12/18. See Audio/CD. Ed.]
Mondays at 7:30 p.m., unless o/w noted. Free.
85 E 4th St (212) 505-3360
Curators: Star Black and David Lehman
The Kitchen 519 W 19th St
Info: (212) 255-5793, ext. 11
Various theatrical performances and readings. Call for schedule.
[See review of Edwin Torres's Gecko Suite in March 2001 issue. Ed.]
The Knitting Factory
Saturdays at 6 p.m. unless o/w noted. $5
74 Leonard St (IRT 1 or 9 to Franklin St)
Feature(s) + open.
Korova Milk Bar
(See "Milk Bar")
Libraries in The New York Public Library System
Makor [See Series Review, January 2001 issue. Ed.]
35 W 67th St (Lincoln Ctr)
(212) 601-1037 (www.makor.org)
Eve Grubin, Poetry Series Curator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Four Thursdays 7:00-8:30 p.m. July 05, 12, 19, 26. Poetry Writing and Reading Workshop Instructor: Eve Grubin. $60 for four sessions; $120 for eight.
11 Wed 7:15 p.m. $5 Meet the Democratic candidates for Mayor of New York.
19 Thurs 7:30 $5 Candidate Michael Bloomberg.
Proletkult Poetry Circus
Feature + open.
Events begin at 7 unless o/w noted. $5
Ave B/ 7th St
Info: (212) 459-2653 (email@example.com)
Milk Bar (Korova Milk Bar)
200 Avenue A (at 12th St)
Events at 7:30 unless o/w noted. $2 (one drink min.)
Info: (718) 389-2666
Sundays at 1 p.m. $3 min. + $3 contribution
205 Atlantic Ave (Brooklyn Heights)
Feature(s) + open.
Hosts: Evie Ivy and Tom Oleszczuk
Info: (718) 789-3943
1040 Grand Concourse (165th St)
Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Pkwy
1071 Fifth Ave (88th St)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Museum of The City of New York
The New York Historical Society
2 W 77th St
www.nyhistory.org (212) 873-4300
New Millennium (Series for the)
The Lower East Side Ecology Center
East 7 th St (B/C)
Open. Saturdays at 6 p.m. Free.
Ninety-Second (92nd) Street Y [See Series Reviews, February 2001 issue. Ed.]
1395 Lexington Avenue
(212) 415-5500 (http://www.92ndStY.org)
29 Sun 3:00-4:30 p.m. $50 The "Grand Gonk" Hotel
Algonquin Round Table: Tea, Tales & Tour
Jim Pappas, actor, radio o personality and host of Author's Roundtable relives the legend of the Algonquin Hotel's round Table, the most celebrated literary group in the history of American letters: Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, George F. Kaufman.
Nuyorican Poets Cafè
236 E 3rd St (B/C)
The NY Open Center
83 Spring St
The Orange Bear
47 Murray Street.
Poet to Poet
Sundays at 4 p.m. unless o/w noted $3 + $3 minimum
Phoenix Reading Series
(see Center for Book Arts)
Pink Pony West Reading Series
Fridays at 6 p.m. unless o/w noted.
Cornelia Street Café (address, admission as above)
Feature follows open at 7:45 p.m.
Hosts: Jackie Sheeler and Maggie Balisteri
(See listings under 'Cornelia Street.')
Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church [See Series on Series, December 2000 issue. Ed.]
Events cost $7 unless o/w noted.
131 E 10th St (2nd Ave)
(212) 674-0910 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Readings: Monday (8 p.m. open, 7:30 sign-up), Wednesday and Friday (8:00 or 10:30).
Director: Ed Friedman / Program Coordinator: Tracy Blackmer
[Poetry Project is closed this month, and resume workshops and events in September.]
Seminar center and library co-founded in 1985 by Stanley Kunitz (U.S. Poet Laureate).
72 Spring St
Events are $7 / free for members unless o/w indicated.
(The Poets House programming season is over for the summer. Information regarding fall programs will be available later in the summer. For more information, please call (212) 431-7920.)
Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m., unless o/w noted
One University Pl (NE corner, Washington Sq)
Curator: Tom Padilla
[Posman held its last reading in April and has closed. We expect to carry at least one article shortly on this well-loved bookstore. Ed.]
Reading Between A & B
510 E 11th St
Unless o/w noted, free readings are Mondays at 8.
Curators: Meghan Cleary / Jonathan Thirkield
Saturn Series at Revival Bar [See Series on Series, March 2001 issue. Ed.]
Mondays at 7:30 p.m., unless o/w noted. $3 donation.
129 E 15th St
Feature(s) + Open
Hosts: John Chism, Su Polo and William Duke (www.poetrycentral.com)
Shelter Island Summer Series, "Poems in the Garden"
Sponsored by Rebel Road
5 Rebel Road, Shelter Island, NY.
Info: (212) 966-1667, email@example.com.
21 Sat 6:30 p.m. Featuring Marcella Durand, Lila Zemborain, Edwin Torres.
Taci (see Caffè Taci)
Teachers & Writers Collaborative
5 Union Square. Info: 212.691.6590; www.twc.org.
248 DeKalb Avenue
9:00 p.m. Thursdays
Open mic hosted by Christine
A Gathering of the Tribes
Sundays, 5-7 p.m., unless o/w noted.
285 E 3rd St (C/D)
(212) 674-3778 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fridays 7:30-9:30 $3 Stoop Poetry Workshop. Participants bring several copies of one poem. Sundays 5-7 p.m. $3 Feature(s) + open.
[Check web site for complete schedule. Ed.]
The Underground Lounge
955 West End Ave (at 107th St)
Open mic, Mondays at 8, hosted by the Freestyle Family Orchestra.
(See Baggot Inn)
Sundays at 7 p.m., unless o/w noted. $5
313 Bowery (Bleecker) (www.cbgb.com/slamschedule.html)
The West End Bar
2911 Broadway (113/114th Sts)
Open: First Sunday of the month, 8 p.m.
Universal Spectrum Series: hiphop / poetry/ folk vocals / jazz / storytelling
227 Smith St., Brooklyn
Thursdays at 7:30. Free.
Sponsored by: Marisa Simon
Info: (718) 260-9299 email@example.com.
NYC Single Events:
Friday, July 6, 2001, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. $5.
Featuring Eileen Myles and Romy Ashby. Sponsored by Goodie Publications
True, 28 E. 23rd St. @ Madison Ave., New York, NY. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.goodie.org
(Hudson River Valley & Upstate)
Big City LitTM goes country! The magazine will be sponsoring a number of events and workshops in Greene and Southern Albany Counties during July and August.
Hudson Valley Manors: Special Events
(For complete details, consult http://www.hudsonvalley.org)
04: Independence Day at Sunnyside (home of Washington Irving), Tarrytown. July 4, 1855 in true 19th-century style. Full day of live entertainment including dramatic presentations, speeches, period music, and traditional country dancing. (914) 591-8763.
04 12-5: Independence Day Celebration at Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson. Fourth of July 1801! Cannon-fire, parade, costumes. Speeches and songs, military re-enactors performing drills and musters. (914) 271-8981 for information.
05, 7 to 9 p.m. $15: Twilight Garden Walk at Montgomery Place, Annandale-on-Hudson. Reservations required. (845) 758-5461 ext. 16.
07, 14, 21, 22, & 28: Eighteenth Century Dinners at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson. $50 per person. (914) 631-8200 ext. 618.
09 – 13: Teachers' Institute at Van Cortlandt Manor Croton-on-Hudson. Intensive five-day, hands-on course exploring life in the 18th century (914) 631-8200.
14 $35/$25: Camp-Out at Sunnyside, Tarrytown.
Bonfire folk tales with a professional storyteller. Adult required for every two children. Bring own gear. Rain date July 21. Reservations (914) 631-8200 ext. 628.
(Questions re Albany: email@example.com)
02 [1st Monday] - Open Mic, 7:00 PM, Mocatopia Coffee House, Lark St., Albany
04? [Every Wed] - Open Mic for musicians & poets, 9PM, Lark Tavern, Madison Ave., Albany
04? [1st Wed] - Open Mic for musicians & poets, 7:00 PM, MotherEarth's Cafe, Quail & Western, Albany
06 [Every Fri] - "Urban Guerilla Theater" open mic, 9PM, Mason Hall, 120 Madison Ave., Albany
11 [2nd Wed.] - "Alchemy of the Word" Open Mic & feature (Dan Wilcox), Lionheart, Lark St., Albany, 7:30PM
12 [2nd Thurs.] - "Soul Kitchen" Open mic at Clayton's Caribbean Restaurant, 244 Washington Ave., Albany, 8PM
08 [2nd Sun.] - Saratoga Poetry Zone, open mic, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs, 3PM
17 [3rd Tues.] - Open mic, Colonie Town Library, 629 Albany Shaker Rd., Loudonville, 7PM
21 [3rd Sat.] - Arthur's Market, 35 N. Ferry St., Schenectady, 7:30
24 [Last Tues.] - "School of Night" open mic, Valentine's, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 8:00
25 [Last Wed.] - "High Drama Poetry Society" Open Mic, Fuze Box, 13 Central Ave., Albany, 7PM
Delaware County, Northern Catskills
WORD THURSDAYS, Treadwell, NY
Creative Non-Fiction Workshop with MELORA WOLFF
6 p.m. Mondays: July 9, 16, 23, 30
(607) 746-7306 WORDTHUR@CATSKILL.NET
Wolff directed the creative writing program at O'Neill Literary Center of Washington College this past year, and she has served on the creative writing faculties of Binghamton University and Hartwick College. There is a fee for the workshops. Organized by Bertha Rogers.