June 30th at Quimby\’s there is a reading. It involves
Dan Gleason, it involves the incredibly
talented Daniel Knox, it involves the superlative
Gregory Jacobsen. Here\’s the press stuffs for it:
Colonic Irrigation Jones, Diptheria Jackson & Rene
\”A One Time Promotional Event! Expect No Frills! The
Magical Misery Tour! Oslo! Budapest! And now
Chicagolicousness! Must move mega-units! Automatic
Audience Electrolysis! We Won\’t Be Undersold! Funk
(Dan Gleason reads from \’It Ain\’t Extra, It\’s Sextra\’
and his new zine \’*@^>&/^-AC/DC/%!#
Karen Lee Boren reads from Girls in Peril
Wednesday, June 28th, 7:00 PM
A beautiful coming of age story, Girls in Peril, is the premier novella published by Tin House Books, and has already been nominated for the 2006 Discover Great New Writers Award.
About the book:
During a single summer in the 1970s, five 12-year-old girls idle away their time: jumping rope, playing four square, torturing the neighborhood Avon lady, sneaking out for late night swims in the lake. They find peril lies in places they never would have thought to look: in uncomprehending parents who steal their time and freedom (and, in one bizarre case, a thumb); in the pull of an uncertain world beyond their all-important friendships; and in their own burgeoning sexuality. Gradually the girls reassuring group identity splinters as they mature and violence close to home threatens to split them apart for good.
Girls in Peril is a novella about the special bonds between young women on the verge of adulthood. In this sparkling debut, issues of sexuality, identity, and class are woven into a magical and unforgettable coming of age story.
About the author: Karen Lee Boren teaches literature and creative writing at Rhode Island College. Her fiction has appeared in the Florida Review, Night Train, Karamu, Hawai?i Pacific Review and Dominion Review.
Small Happy zine party Friday, June 23rd, 8:00 PMFREE
Come celebrate the first issue of Small Happy, a zine comprised of unrelated paragraphs and art collaged together by four strange and wonderful ladies (Erin Davis, Katy Rabbitt, Ursula Copenheaver and Erica Burkhart).
The event will include readings by:
Amanda Krupman (a multi-talented performer-of Girly-Q burlesque), Erica Burkhart (romantic scientist and band-mate of the late Sunday Tore Downs),
Aimee Brown (interdisciplinary artist originally from the dirty south) and
P. Genesius Durica (published in the Indiana Review, the Mid-American Review, Blue Mesa, Tinhouse and Spork). Juggling by Matiss Duhon (tall, dark and dangerous), and Other Special Guests TBA! Wine and Beer provided.
Small Happy with be available for purchase at Quimby\’s: $12 Color, $6 B&W.
Sparkle Kids Action Network presentsa workshop with Jacinta BunnellWednesday, June 21rd, 7:00 PMFREE
The Sparkle Kids Action Network presents Chorus of Crayons Tour 2006: a four week tour featuring Jacinta Bunnell, Michael Truckpile, Julie Novak, and Dave End. This troupe of independent thinkers, songwriters, artists, and activists will be bringing a coloring book-making workshop, acoustic music and a hearty collection of crafts, books, and zines to bookstores, cafes, collective houses, and art spaces near you. Beginning June 14th from their home in New York?s Hudson Valley, the Sparkle Kids will embark on a month long tour throughout the northeast, midwest and Canada in their converted 1987 veggie-diesel Mercedes.
The Sparkle Kids Action Network is eager to find listeners and collaborators to experience and share in their unique brand of home spun entertainment and progressive community atmosphere. Dealing creatively with the themes of gender, children?s media, politics, queer issues, work and play, the Sparkle Kids will all be performing at The Ice Factory in Chicago on June 22. On June 21 at Quimby\’s there will be just a workshop with Jacinta Bunnell.
Jacinta Bunnell is the creative force behind two gender-blending coloring books: Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls Will Be?.. and Girls Are Not Chicks. On the tour she will be facilitating workshops on making your own guerrilla-style coloring books. When she?s not holding a crayon, Jacinta loves to teach yoga-robics to toddlers and host masquerade parties for cats. http://www.girlsnotchicks.com/
The Machine Media presents
Music with Meaning 7
June 19 7PM
Readings from Brian Costello, Jim Derogatis, Jessica
Hopper, J.R. Nelson and Amy Phillips. Hosted by Kelsey Snell and Brandon Wetherbee.
Brian Costello is the host of “The Brian Costello Show
With Brian Costello,” a live onstage talk show
performed regularly at the Empty Bottle tavern in
Chicago. His writing has been featured in New City,
the2ndhand, Bridge, Horizontal Action,
Maximumrocknroll, Sleepwalk, and Hair Trigger. He will
also appear as a regular columnist for the upcoming
garage punk n ‘roll webzine, Terminal Boredom.
Costello, a central Florida native and part-time
Fiction Writing instructor at Columbia College
Chicago, also manages the Protomersh Records label and
is the drummer for the Functional Blackouts. His first
novel ?The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs? was
released late last year on Featherproof Books.
Jim Derogatis is the pop music critic at The Chicago
Sun-Times and the author of several books about rock
‘n’ roll: Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester
Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic (Broadway Books,
2000); Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative
Music Explosion of the ’90s (Da Capo, 2003); Turn On
Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock (Hal
Leonard, 2003), and Staring at Sound: The True Story
of Oklahoma’s Fabulous Flaming Lips. You can hear him
every Saturday evening on WBEZ as co-host of the
?world?s only rock and roll talk show? Sound Opinions.
Jessica Hopper is a Chicago-based feminist music and
culture critic . For the last 14 years, she has
published the fanzine Hit it or Quit it. She is a
columnist for Punk Planet and is a regular contributor
to Minneapolis City Pages and The Chicago Reader. Her
work has also appeared in SPIN, Bunnyhop, Seattle
Weekly, Venus, Grand Royal, BB Gun, Melody Maker. Her
essay “Emo: Where The Girls Aren’t” appeared in
DaCapo’s Best of Music Writing 2004. Her piece on
Warped Tour “Punk is Dead, Long Live Punk” appeared in
DaCapo’s 2005 anthology, and was also nominated for
Outstanding Arts Journalism by the Society for
Professional Journalism. She also maintains the Tiny
Lucky Genius blog.
J.R. Nelson writes whatever he likes in his blog
?Ozzie Guillen for President?. You can harass him at
the Empty Bottle or at Myopic Books. He seems to
enjoy accepting random AIM messages from random
people. Go ahead and see for yourself, his name is
Amy Phillips is the news editor at Pitchfork Media.
She writes regularly for The Village Voice and
Blender, and has contributed to the Philadelphia
Inquirer, Spin, Newsday, Hit It or Quit It, Kitty
Magik, Decibel, and many other publications.
Kelsey Snell and Brandon Wetherbee are the creators of
The Machine Media. They bit off more than they could
chew with Music with Meaning 7. Who does 30 days of
anything besides eating fast-food?