Monthly Archive for September, 2007

Jonathan Katz, star and co-creator of “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist” at Quimby’s!

Sep ’07
25
7:00 pm

Jonathan Katz is scheduled for this rare in-store appearance at Quimby’s Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00pm, and he will be autographing copies of his new CD “Caffeinated”! We know it’s short notice but we just couldn’t say no to such an awesome event!

J Katz

The co-creator and star of Comedy Central’s wildly popular Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist returns to his stand-up comedy roots with the long overdue release of his first ever CD. Fans of Dr. Katz will recognize the clever and quiet yet subversive voice of the world’s most famous animated shrink as he tailors comedy for the live stage. Caffeinated also includes outrageous phone-in segments Katz popularized on NPR’s The Next Big Thing along with original music never heard away from the concert stage. Katz fans have had to sample his comedy in small doses. Finally, Caffeinated delivers the many facets of this man’s remarkable comedy in an easy to swallow once-a-day treatment.

Author, producer, actor, comedian and musician, Jonathan Katz is one of the entertainment industry’s most original and versatile creative personalities. He co-created and starred in the hit animated series, “Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist,” which, during its six seasons on Comedy Central, was credited with branding that network as the home for sophisticated, smartly stupid humor.  As an actor, Katz has won praise for roles in the films Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy(“excruciatingly funny”), the David Mametfilms State and Main, Things Change, and The Spanish Prisoner, and with Janeane Garofaloin The Independent. He co-wrote Mamet’s critically acclaimed House of Games. In the last several years, Katz has created and produced innovative programming across different media platforms, including “Raising Dad” for the WB, and the animated television pilot, “Say Uncle” in which he co-starred with Lisa Kudrowfor Disneyand Fox.  Originally a musician and songwriter, Katz fronted a rhythm and blues group called Katz and Jammersbefore serving as the musical director for Robin Williams’1979 stand-up tour. In 1981 he started working solo, doing a cabaret act that was mostly musical, and in between songs he began to lay the groundwork for his stand-up act. A native New Yorker, Jonathan moved to Boston twenty years ago and currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.  In 1997 Jonathan was diagnosed with MS. Weeks later he found out what those two letters represent (multiple sclerosis). For the last few years he has talked publicly about how this illness has impacted his life, and finds sharing his situation with others very enriching. “Life goes on with the disease. I use comedy to cope. In fact I teach a course called “Coping with Comedians who use Comedy to Cope.”

RAGAD Event

Sep ’07
22
7:30 pm

RAGAD presents INTERSECTIONS: A READING FROM THE STREETS. Join local authors for a night of readings, both fictive and non, based on Chicago street intersections and locales. Come listen and see how the roads you travel inspire other. This event doubles as a release party for RAGAD # 4, which features a short called “The Landing” by Paul Silverman. This event is free. Copies of RAGAD’s new issue as well as back issues will be available. With readings by Pete Coco (editor of Please Don’t), Scott Stealy (editor of Please Don’t), Ben Tanzer (author of Lucky Man), CT Ballentine, and RAGAD editor Nick Ostdick. Fun for all!

Ben Tanzer’s debut novel Lucky Man was published by Manx Media this past spring – www.manxmedia.com/luckyman.htm. You can check out his blog “This Blog Will Change Your Life

Pete Coco’s writing has appeared in The Madison Review, The 2ndhand, Econoculture, American Book Review, as a Featherproof Mini-Book and is forthcoming in Barrelhouse and Other Voices. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a founding editor of the forthcoming literary website, Please Don’t.

Scott Stealey has a mini-book out from Featherproof Books and is co-editor of the upcoming webzine Please Don’t, at please-dont.com .

CT Ballentine lives and writes in Chicago. He is the audio editor at www.the2ndhand.com

Nick Ostdick is the editor/publisher of RAGAD. His writing has appeared in Word Riot, THE2NDHAND, VerbSap, Identity Theory, Wandering Army, and others, and is forthcoming in Letter X. Visit him online at www.inthenickoftime.wordpress.com

Joe Meno, Micky Hess & Gretchen Kalwinski at Quimby’s!

Sep ’07
14
7:00 pm

Joe Meno, Micky Hess & Gretchen Kalwinski at Quimby’s!

Friday, Sep 14th, 7:00 PM
FREE



Long before he established himself as an indie-publishing sensation with his hit novels Hairstyles of the Damned and The Boy Detective Fails, Joe Meno brought out his debut novel, Tender As Hellfire, with St. Martin’s Press. Here, with a re-edited paperback edition, Meno limns a near-fantastical world of trailer park floozies, broken-down ’76 Impalas, lost glass eyes, and the daily experiences of two boys trying to make sense of their random, sharp lives.

Dough and Pill are brothers bound by more than blood. The anguish of their past, the terror of their present, and the uncertainty of their future all underscore the only truth that is within their grasp: each other. For beneath the cruel surface of their trailer park community lies a menagerie of odd characters, each one strange yet somehow beautiful. Surrounded by the strange and displaced, Dough and Pill must navigate through a world of constant pain and confusion. Finding beauty in unexpected places and maintaining a reverence for hard-won scars, these two brothers learn, finally, that even broken things can be perfect.

Joe Meno is the author of the novels Hairstyles of the Damned, The Boy Detective Fails, How the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender As Hellfire. He was the winner of the 2003 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction and is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.

Joining Joe Meno in reading for this event will be Micky Hess and Gretchen Kalwinski.

Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Most Wanted Music Description: Proclamations of hip hop’s death have flooded the airwaves. The issue may have reached its boiling point in Nas’s 2006 album Hip Hop is Dead. Nas’s album is driven by nostalgia for a mythically pure moment in hip hop’s history, when the music was motivated by artistic passion, instead of base commercialism. In the course of this same album, however, Nas himself brags about making money for his particular record label. These and similar contradictions are emblematic of the complex forces underlying the dialogue that keeps hip hop a vital element of our culture. Through the lens of hip hop, and the threats to hip hop culture, author Mickey Hess is able to confront a range of important issues, including race, class, criminality, authenticity, the media, and personal identity.

Mickey Hess likes to think about rap music. He is Assistant Professor of English at Rider University, and the author of Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Most Wanted Music (Praeger). His memoir Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory will be reissued by Garrett County Press next summer. His stories have been featured in Ninth Letter, Punk Planet, and The McSweeney’s Humor Anthology.”

Gretchen Kalwinski has freelanced for: Stop Smiling, the Chicago Reader, Venus, UR Chicago, and Punk Planet about topics as varied as books, restaurants, theater, a lion and tiger den, and audio art. Kalwinski holds an English degree from Indiana University and has worked as an independent bookseller in San Francisco and Chicago, an editorial assistant for the University of Chicago Press, and the permissions coordinator for the Poetry Foundation. She has read her short fiction for the Guild Complex and Dollar Store reading series, and studied privately with poet Diane Di Prima. Her poems and short stories have been published in THE2NDHAND literary broadsheet and Paterson Literary Review, and she is cofounder and coeditor of Literago.org, a literary website. She currently works as the Associate Features Editor at Time Out Chicago magazine.

A Stoopid Pigeon Treasury signing at Quimby’s!

Sep ’07
1
7:00 pm

A Stoopid Pigeon Treasury signing at Quimby’s!
Saturday, Sep 1st, 7:00 PM
FREE


This will be a book signing for the comic book A Stoopid Pigeon Treasury. Stoopid Pigeon has been an on going web comic for over six years now. A Stoopid Pigeon Treasury is the first print collection of strips from the series.

For this signing Both of the creators of this comic book Brett Neveu (writer) and Richard Sparks (artist) will be present to sign books and discuss their work. Both men are from Chicago

Check it out on-line!