Odd Words March 2, 2012Posted by Mark Folse in books, literature, New Orleans, NOLA, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
Yes, it’s Friday and I’m sitting down to write Odd Words. I have to do something to get this back on a regular schedule but the collision of midterms, a return to work and the simple necessities of life (sleep is nice; so is food) is making a mess of every plan I come up with. Somehow this week’s listings is sandwiched between bringing my son to school, the UNO Library, a trip to the bookstore, and downtown to get a new security badge for work. No, not sandwiched, which implies two blocking parts, but rather sliced, diced and shredded into the salad of my days.
& First, Friday’s routines:spokenwordnola.com’s weekly event at the Red Star Gallery on Bayou Road at 9 pm and the No Love Lost Poetry Reading at the Love Lost Lounge at 5:30 pm. Take you pick, or take two for the same price, as NLLP doesn’t charge a cover.
& On Saturday, the Milton H. Latter Memorial Library on St. Charles Avenue hosts the monthly Poetry Buffet, featuring Joseph Bienvenue under the able direction of poet hostess Gina Ferrara. Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m.
& Also on Saturday, Miss Maureen conducts her regular children’s Story Time at 10:00 A.M. in our Healing Center location and at 11:30 A.M. in the flagship store Uptown. This weekend features The Lorax. We all love us some Dr. Suess.
& Two words: praline bacon. Garden District Books will host Kit Wohl (who promises to bring food) to discuss her new book NEW ORLEANS CLASSIC BRUNCHES while we all brush the crumbs off of our shirts. Her book examines the New Orleans tradition of elaborate, mid-morning (and sometimes hungover and hungry) meals with this collection of fifty classic brunch recipes from legendary restaurants such as Brennan’s, Dooky Chase’s, and Antoine’s. Oh, and Elizabeth’s. (Did I mention praline bacon? Can I have some now?) From beignets with cafe au lait to grits and grillades, these recipes sparkle for any occasion. Tips, techniques, and inside secrets accompany each lusciously photographed. recipe. Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m.
& Have I mentioned that Maple Street Bookshop has a First Tuesday Book Club at the Uptown location? I haven’t? Sorry guys. Well, here is the next entry with a discussion date less than two weeks away so if it sounds interesting you had best get over to one of their three locations and get a copy before a week from this Tuesday. the next meeting is March 6 at 6:00 P.M.: Gather with the club to discuss Tea Obrecht*s book, THE TIGER’S WIFE. ‘Stunning . . . a richly textured and searing novel.’ Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, and who am I to disagree. The book club meets at the Uptown location Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m., so you’ve still got enough time to get a copy and plow through it this weekend.
& If you’ve missed it elsewhere, there is no better place to appreciate Constance Adler’s MY BAYOU, NEW ORLEANS THROUGH THE EYES OF A LOVER than at at Bayou St. John teams up with Swirl, which I sure hope means wine. It’s not clear which room it will be in but they’re next to each other so it won’t be hard to find. And I assume there will be wine, so the confluence of geography and alcohol is just irresistible. Thursday March 8, 2012, 6:00 P.M
& At Maple Street’s Uptown location Professor John Klingman, the Richard Koch chair at the Tulane School of Architecture, is stopping by to discuss and sign his book, New in New Orleans Architecture. Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m.
& This coming Thursday 17 Poets! will feature Professor ARTURO (aka Arthur Pfister), a poet and fiction writer from New Orleans, Spoken Word artist, educator, performer, editor, speechwriter one of the original Broadside poets of the 1960s together with poet and performance artist Valentine Pierce. In its review of the “From a Bend In the River” anthology, which included Pierce’s, “Rivers of My Soul,” the Times-Picayune called her one of the stalwarts of the New Orleans poetry scene. Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 pm.