Jonathan Ames reads from his new novel
Wake Up, Sir!
Monday, July 26th, 8:00 PM
Jonathan Ames is the author of I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, What’s Not to Love?, and My Less Than Secret Life. He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for prose fiction, but as a boxer he is a loser — he had a singularly unsuccessful amateur career (0-1), fighting as “The Herring Wonder.” Mr. Ames contributes frequently to Public Radio International’s The Next Big Thing and has been on Late Show with David Letterman more than once, which is nothing to sneeze at.
What kind of book has Jonathan Ames written this time? Well, think of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, except that Wake Up, Sir! is not as good. But that’s all right — no book is as good as Don Quixote. You might also think of A Confederacy of Dunces, but there again Ames’s book falls short. I think, though, we might be pushing this humility business too far.
Wake Up, Sir! Is the story of Alan Blair, a young, loony writer with numerous problems of the mental, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and physical variety. He’s very good at problems. He’s also quite skilled at getting into trouble. But luckily for Alan, he has a personal valet, a wondrously helpful fellow named Jeeves, who does his best to sort things out for his young master
Jonathan Ames will read and sign copies of Wake Up, Sir! at the event.
More info is at: www.jonathanames.com
Monday, July 26th, 8:00 PM
Lord of the Yum Yum
Friday July 23rd 8PM
Join Lord of the Yum-Yum for an evening of
Vocal Grind Scat Live at Quimby?s
Known for strange vocal ruminations and a hilarious live show, Lord of the Yum-Yum promises only the highest quality, most enriching and mind numbing entertainment all at the same time. Lord of the Yum-Yum, aka Paul Velat, combines a guttural scat vocal style, classical/jazz themes, throat singing, improvisation, and electronics to take the modern voice to a new place.
Paul Velat is a Former/Current Band member of: Herc., Fleck/Velat, Eric Kmiec Quartet, Six of One Half Summers, Paul Vee and Latchkey Kids, Herbal Flesh Tea. He has also studied with Don Malone, Stacy Garrop, Dan Schaff, Claude Baker, Susan Botti, Patricia Moorehead, Ilya Levinson, Lee Kesselman and Stuart Folse. As a performer, Paul has toured nationally with a concentration on the Midwest and since 1991, he has done many radio and television appearances as well as hundreds of performances around the greater Chicago area.
More info is at: www.lordoftheyumyum.com
Quimby?s welcomes the Perpetual Motion Roadshow #12
starring Emily Pohl-Weary, Sonja Ahlers and Jim Munroe.Thursday, May 27th, 8:00pm
Perpetual Motion Roadshow #12 features the superhero team-up of the century! Superhero makeovers and more from the contributors to Emily Pohl-Weary’s Girls Who Bite Back! and movie-style trailers for Jim Munroe’s Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask!
Emily Pohl-Weary, editor of Kiss Machine and co-author with Judith Merril of the Hugo Award-winning Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, puts her unique stamp on the field of speculative fiction and pop culture in this one-of-a-kind anthology of short stories, cultural analysis, comics and artwork. Editor Emily Pohl-Weary, visual artist/writer Sonja Ahlers (Temper, Temper) and other contributors to the anthology Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks will be doing a variety of fun performances.
Check out: http://girlswhobiteback.com
Roadshow organizer Jim Munroe is doing a No Media Kings edition of his cult-classic novel Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask, and indie filmmakers have made short movie-style trailers to promote the corporate crime-fighting superheroes novel. They will be shown between the performances.
“Jim Munroe has written the first novel to harness the energy, idealism and cartoon inspired playfulness of the new wave of culture jammers. It’s about time we have some superheroes to save us after the post-irony meltdown — forces of corporate darkness, beware.” -Naomi Klein, author No Logo
Check out: http://nomediakings.org/flyboy.htm
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Thomas Edwarrd “Eddie” Shaw,bass player in The Monksbook signing event with RoctoberThursday April 29th 8PM
Thomas Edwarrd “Eddie” Shaw, bass player in The Monks, the legendary garage band made up of American GI’s based in Germany in the 60s. “The anti-Beatles” are often referred to as the first punk band, and their dark, intense LP “Black Monk Time” is considered one of the greatest albums of all time. Eddie will be signing copies of his critically accclaimed memoir of his days in the band, also titled Black Monk Time (Carson Street Press). He will also be signing his latest book, Beltrami’s River, a historical novel about a visionary amateur explorer. He will also discuss his upcoming book (which he will be in Chicago researching) about his days as a Jazz/Funk fusion musician in the 70s.
Jake Austen is the editor of Roctober Magazine and co-producer of Chic-A-Go-Go, Chicago’s longest running, first run, weekly local dance show. The latest issue of Roctober (to be released at this event) is the TV Rock & Roll issue, featuring amongst other things, an interview with Shaw about the monks legendary TV appearances.
In addition to Shaw’s signing and reading, there will also be a projected video of the monks German TV appearances.
more info at www.roctober.com
SPEC Chicago presents Readings from
ROAR MagazineFriday, April 23nd, 4:00 PM
SPEC Chicago presents an afternoon of readings featuring students from Jesse Senechal?s ROAR Magazine class at Kelvyn Park High School, Chicago.
Readers most likely will include: Isabel Jaimes, Christina Kortuba, Dennys Lucero, Rafael Diaz, Mayra Guitierrez, Alex Chamorro, Daisy Pelayo and Anais Torres.
Further information and updates can be found at www.selfpublishers.org