Tuesday, June 1, 2010

This Week: Poetry at the Library, Joshua Clover, R25 Festival and Fundraiser

Friends, Sacramento and Davis are cooking this week with lots o' literary fun!

Check it out:

Tomorrow is the First Wednesday poetry reading at the Central Library from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Featured readers are: Paco Marquez, Sue Thomas, Trina Drotar, and Sandy Thomas. Bob Stanley hosts. Open mic to follow. More info here.

Then, head over to Davis for...

Joshua Clover will be reading his poetry tomorrow night at Bistro 33 in Davis. Word on the street is the first 50 guests arriving receiving a complimentary glass of wine.

Having won several important awards for his poetry and criticism, Joshua Clover has also been a student favorite since he joined the UC Davis English Department in 2003. A participant in the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Clover was awarded the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets for his first book of poetry entitled Madonna Anno Domini (1997). His most recent book, 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About (2009), is a bold reimagining of how we understand both pop music and its social context, and is described as “a tour de force of lyrical theory.” Clover’s poetry has been featured in three editions of Best American Poetry, and he has twice won the Pushcart Prize. He has written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and The Village Voice.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early at Bistro 33 to secure a table, and to sign up for a spot on the Open Mic list. The Poetry Night Reading Series, hosted by Andy Jones and produced by Brad Henderson, occurs on the first Wednesday of the month at Bistro 33, and third Thursday of the month at the John Natsoulas Gallery, both at 8 P.M., with an open microphone segment at 9 P.M.
Who: Joshua Clover
What: The Poetry Night Reading Series
When: Wednesday June 2nd at 8 P.M.
Where: Bistro 33

And this coming weekend, get ready for...

Festival at R25
Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6

Please stop by for the first ever R25 Festival - that's the parking lot where SPC lives at 25th and R - on Saturday June 5th (noon to 8pm) or Sunday, June 6th (noon to 6pm). There will be artists' booths, live music, an art auction on Sunday, poetry, puppets, some drama performances, something for everyone. We've been wanting to collaborate with the other organizations in the complex for a long time - this should be a fun weekend of music, art, poetry and more. Participating Bands include: Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks, The Streamliners, Christian Dewild, Peppertree, Aisle 99, and the James Israel Band. Thanks to Matrix Arts, Alliance Francaise de Sacramento, California Stage, Ed Claudio, and all the participating groups. The event is FREE, but we'll be asking graciously for donations, and selling raffle tickets during the afternoons. If you want to donate an item for the raffle, donate to the R25 beautification project, or have any questions or suggestions, please contact me at bobstanley@sbcglobal.net. Or just come by for an hour or two - look forward to seeing you on June 5 and 6! More info here.

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