TYPEWRITERGIRLS PORTRAIT OF THE DADAIST AS A PUBLIC SCHOOL OFFICIAL
A Poetry Cabaret that Explores the Marriage of Art and Education
What: A Poetry Cabaret featuring a letter writing station where audience members can express their concern about the dwindling quality of public education and lack of arts integration to elected officials, educationally-themed Dadaist drinking and writing games, readings from poets who also serve the role of educators, magic, dance, live music, performances and private “lessons” from the famed Poetry Brothel from New York City, and the TypewriterGirls’ sketch comedy to tie it all together.
Who: The TypewriterGirls Poetry Cabaret (Crystal Hoffman and Margaret Bashaar) w/ dance by Staycee Pearl Dance Company; live music by Amoeba Knievel; magic from Mark Swindler; poetry from Lynn Emanuel, Andrew Mulvania, and Skot Jones, and performances and private readings from The Poetry Brothel NYC.
When: Saturday, October 23 Doors Open at 7 PM/Show at 8 PM
Where: Modern Formations, 4919 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Cost: $7.00 cover/$5.00 cover with a personalized letter to elected official expressing concern over the budget cuts to education and arts programs in particular.
Pittsburgh, PA–The TypewriterGirls have long considered themselves to be unique and enthusiastic purveyors of knowledge to the public in general and budding Dadaists in particular; however, on Saturday October 23rd, they begin to take their roles as alternative educators perhaps a little too seriously.
Can one of their shenanigan-filled, Dada-bred poetry cabarets become an actual institution of learning? Come find out if the girls can successfully integrate poetry, comedy, dance, magic, literary drinking games, art, music, and chaos into a coherent lesson plan at TypewriterGirls Portrait of the Dadaist as a Public School Official: Doors will open at 7 PM, with the performance starting around 8 PM; $7.00 cover/$5.00 cover with a personalized letter to an elected official expressing concern over the budget cuts to education and arts programs in particular.
Will the DEA shut down their classes on consciousness-expanding? Will Christian moral watch-dogs prevent education on the “dark arts” of magic and manipulation of one’s reality? Exactly how many governmental and social institutions will attempt to close their doors before evenings end?
Fortunately, they’ve assembled a crack team of artists with similar interests in spreading enlightenment to the masses: The Staycee Pearl Dance Company will be serving as gym instructors for those of us who found dodge ball and push-ups to be cruel sadistic rituals; comedy rockers, Amoeba Knievel, will be there to make music class impossible to snooze through; Mark Swindler will be adding an all-too necessary course to any sensible curriculum, Magic and the Mysteries of Reality Manipulation. However, as one would expect the true core of their institution is poetry and the evening will not fail with readings from Lynn Emanuel, Andrew Mulvania, and Skot Jones.
However, if all else fails, the girls have brought in The Poetry Brothel NYC and audience members will have ample opportunities to seek education in a dark corner of Modern Formations with any of their members privately.
The Poetry Brothel is an organization of poets and artists who take
poetry outside of classrooms and lecture halls and place it inside the
lush interior of a bordello. Based on the turn-of-the-century brothels
in the United States and Europe, many of which functioned as safe
havens for the fledgling, avant-garde artists of the times, The Poetry
Brothel events present both male and female, emerging and established
poets. The creation of character, as both disguise and freeing device,
enables The Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative
expression, where poets and audience can be themselves in private.
Each poet, under an alias, offers the intimacy of his or her original
poetry in one-on-one readings for $5 a piece. Tipping is encouraged.
Poems may not be suitable for children or adults without a taste for
whiskey, absinthe, or the Sublime.
skot michael jones; alternate form, skot–1. verb. To chant in an amplified guttural or sonorous manner, especially poems, incantations or mystical texts 2. noun. One who breathes alone, silently in a dark room 3. adj. oddly geometric, yet seemingly chaotic in form and/or fashion, especially as it refers to glyphs, sigils and unknown or archaic characters ie. “That icosahedron is very skot michael jones!”
Andrew Mulvania is an Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing) at Washington & Jefferson College. His first book, Also In Arcadia, was published by The Backwaters Press in 2008. His poems have appeared in Poetry, North American Review, Southern Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Bellingham Review, Weave, and elsewhere, and new work is forthcoming in The Southwest Review. He was the recipient of a 2008 Individual Creative Artists Fellowship in Poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Lynn Emanuel holds a BA from Bennington College, an MA from the City College of New York, and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She is the author of four books of poetry,Hotel Fiesta, The Dig, Then, Suddenly–, which was awarded the Eric Matthieu King Award from The Academy of American Poets, and Noose and Hook. Her work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Poetry numerous times and is included in The Oxford Book of American Poetry. She has been a judge for the National Book Awards and has taught at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Warren Wilson Program in Creative Writing, and the Bennington College Low Residency MFA program. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been a winner of the National Poetry Series.