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Odd Words May 19, 2011

Posted by The Typist in books, New Orleans, Odd Words, Toulouse Street.
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Ray Shea at Domy Books in Austin for a reading of Where We Know--New Orleans as Home

Ray Shea at Domy Books in Austin for a reading of Where We Know--New Orleans as Home

So in spite of my painful posterior (don’t ask) and with the assistance of Dr. Co-Co Vikodeen I managed to crawl over to Austin (thanks R for the flight coupon that made this possible) to join Ray Shea in a reading/singing of the Chin Music Press book WHERE WE KNOW–NEW ORLEANS AS HOME at the fabulous Domy Books in Austin. A specialty store featuring art books, books as art and an immense collection of ‘zines and other Odd things, I immediately fell in love with the place. The reading took place in their art space, and what you see behind Ray are a collection of Masonic and Odd Fellow banners that were displayed along with ceremonial robes and other accoutrement of the mystical orders that normally are never seen by the public.

Thanks, Austin.

The crowd was small but deeply interested, and we appreciate the hospitality of Domy Books and everyone who attended. We take our show on the road again tonight at Domy Books Houston, with fellow contributor Sam Jasper and editor/contributor Dave Rutledge joining us. I wonder if Houston can stand up to the high bar set by the crowd and the Tex-Mex of Austin. If anyone knows where to get a kick-ass breakfast taco before I get on the road home Friday morning, let me now.

Got plans for Friday night? If you do they are probably for later (this being New Orleans) so you should stop and check out this Featured event:

& On Friday May 20, 2011, Martin Behrman Charter School will present “Martin Behrman Charter School Presents The 1st Annual Poetry on the Avenue”, an evening of spoken word poetry and live music. The event will take place on the school’s front lawn from 5pm to 8pm. Hosted by NOLA poet sensation Chuck Perkins (you saw him on the Hornets commercial) and House Band Blackstar Bangaz featuring Mario Abney, the event will feature performances by student poets from Behrman, several local poets and musical artists including Truth Universal, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Franklin IV, iCon the Artist, Quest, and many others along side internationally renowned feature poets Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets and Jessica Care Moore. The event will provide a festive and safe environment with police tents and several vendors. The event will be free and open to the public and accept monetary donations from attendees as it is also a fundraiser for Behrman.

& OK, I don’t normally do children’s books but I think if you have children and they aren’t ready for the bleak and beautiful Bayou Farewell, you should get them a copy of World Without Fish, “Mark Kurlansky’s…riveting new book for kids about the threat to fish, the oceans, and our environment — and what, armed with knowledge, kids can do about it. In this amazing book Kurlansky tells how the fish we most commonly eat could beome extinct in fifty years, and the domino effect that this would have, from the oceans turning pink to seabirds, then reptiles, then mammals disappearing. It explains the complicated effects of overfishing, global warming, and pollution and the dangers of fish farming. Not this Thursday but next Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books

& On this Thursday 17 Poets! features the Dr. Jerry Ward, Jr., author of the acclaimed book: The Katrina Papers (UNO press, 2008) and winner of the Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award, 2011 Followed as always by an open mic hosted by Master of the Universe Ceremonies Medusa-maned Jimmy Ross. Thursday at the Goldmine Saloon, eightish. (Alas, I’ll be in Houston at another Chin Music Press reading)

& Don’t forget the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden hosted NOLA Project’s dusk time performances of Shakespeare’s whimsical A Midsummer Night’s Dream Tickets $10, $8 seniors/students, $6 children, free for NOMA members and students from many local universities with student ID. 7 p.m. through May 27. (I missed Titus Andronicus. Damn)

& The Ebony Center at 4215 Magazine Street hosts a weekly spoken-word, music and open-mic event. Tickets $7 general admission, $5 students. 11 p.m. Friday.

& Octavia Books hosts a novelist two-fer on Saturday afternoon featuring R. Zamora Linmark reading from his new book, LECHE, and Karen Tei Yamashita reading from her I HOTEL, 2010 National Book Award finalist. Go read the teaser. I’m in New Book Detox until I get the pile next to the bed down, but these both sound like great reads.

& On Saturday, Poet Gian “G-Persepect” Smith and Alphonse “Bobby” Smith host Pass It On, a weekly spoken-word and music event at the George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, 2003 Carondelet St. Admission $6. 9 p.m G-Persepect is the poet featured in the Treme trailer.

& On Sunday, May 22 the Maple Leaf Bar celebrates the End Times with an Open Mic. Last time I talked to Nancy Harris, I was booked as feature on June 5. Watch this space for details.

& Don’t forget every Wednesday at 9 pm be sure to check out the open poetry forum hosted by Kate Smash in the amphitheater on Decatur across from Jackson Square. No list, no mic, just anyone who shows up free to read what they like. Musicians encouraged to join. Wednesdays at 9 p.m. in the amphitheater/steps across from Jackson Square.

& Also every Wednesday Thaddeus Conti will revive the Dinky Tao poetry meeting (reading, discussion, drinking–coffee in this case) at 8 pm 5110 Daneel at The Neutral Ground Coffeehouse. Every Wednesday. Click the link for the priceless Facebook page photograph of Conti and David Rowe.

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