KGB: Liars’ League - Dreams & Aspirations

December 07, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Liars’ League - Truth & Consequences

October 05, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: FREE WATER #14

August 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Liars’ League - Short & Sweet Flash Fiction

August 03, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Joe Okonkwo and Kia Corthron

July 07, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Joe Okonkwo is a cum laude graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in theatre. He made his living in theatre for a number of years as an actor, stage manager, director, playwright and youth theatre instructor. His poems have appeared in a variety of print and online venues including Van Gogh’s Ear, Anthology Magazine, Priapus magazine, timbooktu.com, queerpoets.com and poetism.com. Joe’s interviews with opera stars such as Jane Eaglen, Samuel Ramey and Susan Graham have appeared in High Notes, the e-newsletter of The Metropolitan Opera. He is a proud resident of the New York City borough of Queens.

The author of more than fifteen plays produced nationally and internationally, KIA CORTHRON came to national attention in the early nineties with her play Come Down Burning. Portraying characters who live in extreme poverty or crisis and whose lives are otherwise invisible, her plays paint a disturbing picture of American history and its repercussions on our most intimate relationships. Corthron’s most recent awards include a Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright (Honored Playwright) Award, the USA Jane Addams Fellowship Award, and the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, and she has developed work through various international residencies. She has also written for television, receiving a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and an Edgar Award for The Wire. The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter is her first novel. She grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and now lives in Harlem, New York.


KGB: FREE WATER #13

June 17, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Daniel Braum book launch

June 12, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Liars’ League - Borders & Boundaries

June 01, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Paragraph

May 27, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Book Release - “Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory”

May 20, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Book Launch, Reading & Signing!

“Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory,” a groundbreaking work by UNC-Chapel Hill English and French scholar Hassan Melehy (Bloomsbury, Spring 2016) explores how native French speaker Jack Kerouac’s much misunderstood method of “spontaneous prose” actually had its roots in a more elaborate poetics of exile. Through meditations on moving between territories and languages, the Beat Generation author sought techniques to overcome the restrictions he encountered in writing in a single language, English, thus contributing to some of the major twentieth century aesthetic and philosophical currents that have yielded such concepts as otherness and nomadism.

Melehy has lectured extensively on the subject of Kerouac’s bilingualism in places ranging from the University of Kansas to the Universität Regensburg in Germany. In 2013, he teamed with Joyce Johnson, author of the Beat memoir “Minor Characters” (1983), and the Kerouac biography “The Voice Is All” (2012), for joint presentations at Barnard College and the Smithsonian Institution.

From Bloomsbury Publishing:
Given Jack Kerouac’s enduring reputation for heaving words onto paper, it might surprise some readers to see his name coupled with the word “poetics.” But as a native speaker of French, he embarked on his famous “spontaneous prose” only after years of seeking techniques to overcome the restrictions he encountered in writing in a single language, English. The result was an elaborate poetics that cannot be fully understood without accounting for his bilingual thinking and practice.

Of the more than twenty-five biographies of Kerouac, few have seriously examined his relationship to the French language and the reason for his bilingualism, the Québec Diaspora. Although this background has long been recognized in French-language treatments, it is a new dimension in Anglophone studies of his writing. In a theoretically informed discussion, Hassan Melehy explores how Kerouac’s poetics of exile involves meditations on moving between territories and languages. Far from being a naïve pursuit, Kerouac’s writing practice not only responded but contributed to some of the major aesthetic and philosophical currents of the twentieth century in which notions such as otherness and nomadism took shape. Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory offers a major reassessment of a writer who, despite a readership that extends over much of the globe, remains poorly understood at home.

Reviews:
“Melehy aims to revitalize our thinking on one of the most widely and enthusiastically read of twentieth-century American authors. Through excellent exposition, careful analysis, and valuable critical readings that draw on recent French notions of ‘minority’ and ‘nomadic’ writing, Melehy explores the role of the French language in Kerouac’s life and work, bringing this important and fascinating topic to formal academic discussion” – Jonathan Arac, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh, USA

“Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory argues persuasively that Kerouac’s literariness is thoroughly sophisticated, and that his relationship to French and French Canada are at the root of this literary achievement. Melehy’s examination of Kerouac’s countercultural poetics and the relationship of those poetics to social locations and dislocations will be of interest to both scholars and Kerouac aficionados.” – Maria Damon, Professor of Humanities and Media Studies, Pratt Institute of Art, USA

“Hassan Melehy’s Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory offers a much-needed reassessment of Kerouac’s work. Through a groundbreaking analysis of Kerouac’s vexed relationship to his Québécois ancestry and his experience of exile from his own history, Melehy provides a context in which many of the main features of Kerouac’s writing come alive anew. Melehy shows why Kerouac is a central figure for a re-imagination of American literature that would-for the first time-take into account our multilingual and vagabond past.” – Timothy Hampton, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley, USA


Jamie Clarke & James Brock

May 15, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

KGB: True Story Nonfiction—Lucas Mann

May 10, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


An Evening with PEN Translation

May 08, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

May 07, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Spaghetti Eastern Music

May 06, 2016
9:00 pm -

$5 cover.  2 drink minimum. 


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers featuring Bianca Stone

May 06, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bianca Stone is the author of several chapbooks, most recently I Saw The Devil With His Needlework, and the poetry-comic I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You, Beautiful Mutant. Her first full-length collection is Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (2014). Stone is the editor of Monk Books, and is also a regular contributor for The The Poetry Blog. Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Best American Poetry 2011, Conduit, Crazyhorse, and Tin House. She collaborated with Anne Carson on Antigonick (2012), and is the chair of the Ruth Stone Foundation. A graduate of the NYU Creative Writing Program and former curator of this reading series, she lives in Brooklyn.


Robert Lopez & Sam Ligon

May 01, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

KGB: New York Stories (Columbia University Teachers College)

April 30, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


FREE WATER #12

April 29, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Book Party - Stay with me Awhile by Loren Kleinman

April 27, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

LOREN KLEINMAN‘s poetry has appeared in journals such ADANNA, Drunken Boat, The Moth, Domestic Cherry, Blue Lake Review, Columbia Journal, LEVURE LITTÉRAIRE, Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Narrative Northeast, Writer’s Bloc, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review (PLR), Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. Her interviews appeared in IndieReader, USA Today, and The Huffington Post. She’s also published essays in Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and Seventeen Magazine. She is the author of Flamenco Sketches and Indie Authors Naked, which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Journalism in the UK and USA. Kleinman’s The Dark Cave Between My Ribs was named one the best poetry books of 2014 by Entropy Magazine. Her third collection of poetry Breakable Things released via Winter Goose Publishing in March 2015. She is also working on a novel, This Way to Forever and a memoir, The Woman with a Million Hearts. She is a faculty member at New York Writer’s Workshop and a full-time freelance writer and social media strategist.  Stay with Me Awhile is her fourth collection of poetry. Loren’s website is: lorenkleinman.com and lorenwrites.com.

AMYE ARCHER writes, mothers, and teaches in Northeast PA. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, a very handsome cat, and a Sam’s Club membership.  Her memoir, Fat Girl, Skinny is forthcoming from Big Table Publishing. Amye’s full-length poetry collection, Bangs, was released in 2014. She has also published two chapbooks: A Shotgun Life and No One Ever Looks Up.  Amye’s work has appeared in Nailed Magazine, PMS: Poem Memoir Story, PANK, and her ex-boyfriend’s garbage can. She is the creator of The Fat Girl Blog. You can read more about her at www.amyearcher.com. Follow her on Twitter @amyearcher.

PAUL BECKMAN’s stories are widely published in print and online in the following magazines amongst others: Connecticut Review, Raleigh Review, Litro, Playboy, Pank, Blue Fifth Review, Flash Frontier, Metazen, Boston Literary Magazine, Thrice Fiction and Literary Orphans. His work has been included in a number of anthologies and published in a dozen countries. Paul earned his MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. He is also a photographer, both above and beneath the water. His latest collection of flash stories, “Peek”, published by Big Table Publishing weighed in at 65 stories and 120 pages. His website is www.paulbeckmanstories.com.

JOEL ALLEGRETTI is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently The Body in Equipoise (Full Court Press, 2015), a chapbook on the theme of architecture and design. His second collection, Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium. Allegretti has published his poems in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Smartish Pace, PANK, and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and India. His fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Adroit Journal, and The Nassau Review, among other literary journals. His performance texts and theater pieces have been staged at La MaMa Experimental Theater, Medicine Show Theater, the Cornelia Street Café, and SideWalk Café, all in New York.

LISA MARIE BASILE is the author of APOCRYPHAL (Noctuary Press, 2014) and a few chapbooks. She is the editor-in-chief of Luna Luna Magazine and her poetry and other work can be read in PANK, Tin House’s blog, Tinderbox, Coldfront, The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, The Huffington Post, Best American Poetry, PEN American Center, Dusie, and the Ampersand Review, among others. She’s recently been profiled in The New York Daily News, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Poets & Artists Magazine, Relapse Magazine and others. She’s included in the Best Small Fiction 2015 and Best Emerging Poets anthologies and holds an MFA from The New School. She works as an editor at Hearst Digital Media and freelances part time.


KGB: David Blair & Joanna Hershon

April 26, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

David Blair is the author of the new book of poetry Friends with Dogs (Sheep Meadow Press) and Arsonville, another book of poetry coming out later this year from New Issues Poetry & Prose. His first book of poetry was chosen by Thomas Lux for the Del Sol Poetry Prize. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter.  Poems from his new books originally appeared in Agni, Boston Review, InDigest, Ploughshares, Slate Magazine, Salamander, storySouth, and in the Jaded Ibis Press anthology Devouring the Green: Fear of a Human Planet.

Joanna Hershon is the author of four novels: Swimming, The Outside of August, The German Bride and A Dual Inheritance (May,2013, Ballantine), for which she recorded the audiobook with Random House Audio.  Her writing has appeared in (among other places) The New York Times, One Story, The Virginia Quarterly Review, the literary anthologies Brooklyn Was Mine and Freud’s Blind Spot, and was shortlisted for the 2007 O. Henry Prize Stories. She’s an adjunct assistant professor in the Creative Writing department at Columbia University and is currently working on a novel.


KGB: MWA Reading

April 23, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


LIU Brooklyn Reading

April 22, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: NY Writers Workshop

April 21, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: BEDLAM 2 - NEW WORKS BY WOMEN WRITERS

April 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

April 16, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


LIU Brooklyn Reading

April 15, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Buck and a Quarter Band

April 14, 2016
9:30 pm -

RR: I Got a Story to Tell

April 12, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Short Readings w/ a Book Preview by Mychal Denzel Smith (hosted by The Nation Institute)

Mychal Denzel Smith is the author of Nation Books’ upcoming Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education. A Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute and contributing writer for the Nation and Femenisting.com, Mychal is one of the country’s most prominent young writers on race. His book delivers an intimate, unflinching account of what it means to be a young black man in America in the age of Obama, mass incarceration, and police brutality.

Tonight Smith will emcee, introducing each person to do a short reading followed by a preview reading from his upcoming book.

Speakers:

Josie Duffy is a lawyer that writes full time, as a staff-writer for Daily Kos and as Chief Editor at Seven Scribes
Darnell Moore, is a senior correspondent at Mic and co-managing editor of The Feminist Wire
Jamilah Lemieux is the Senior Editor for EBONY Magazine, and a writer who specializes in topics of race, gender and pop culture
Hannah Giorgis writes at the intersections of race, gender, and (pop) culture at Buzzfeed
Natasha Lennard writes angry political analysis for the Intercept, Fusion and (until its coming demise) Al Jazeera America
Durga Chew-Bose is a writer living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in The New Inquiry, Matter, Hazlitt, Buzzfeed Ideas, GQ, among other publications. She is currently working on her first collection of essays.


True Story Nonfiction

April 12, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Robert W. Bingham Award Finalists, Read!

April 10, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: NYU Emerging Writers

April 08, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sloane Crosley


KGB: Let the Dark Ones In

April 08, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Liars’ League - Mistakes & Missteps

April 06, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Sean Beaudoin, Teddy Wayne, Diana Spechler & Robert Burke Warren

April 03, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: Spaghetti Eastern Music

April 01, 2016
9:00 pm -

$5 cover.  2 drink minimum. 


RR: Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra

March 31, 2016
8:30 pm - 12:00 am

Doors open at 8:30. Show 9:00 - 12:00am
2 drink minimum
Reservations recommended. Email lori@kgbbar.com


KGB: [no event listed]

March 31, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Luxe Rd.

March 29, 2016
8:00 pm -

$15 cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Pratt Reading

March 29, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Annual Easter Comix and Graphic Novel Night

March 27, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

Paragraph

March 25, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: NY Writers Workshop

March 24, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Pratt Reading

March 22, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


An Evening with Slice Magazine

March 20, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

March 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Hofstra MFA reading

March 18, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Beware the Ides of March

March 15, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

an evening of poetry, fiction, & translation with Curtis Bauer, Adam Berlin, & Alexander Long


KGB: Four Way Books Spring 2016 Launch Reading

March 15, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A recipient of fellowships to the Cave Canem Foundation, the Prague Summer Writing Institute, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Vermont Studio Center, Kamilah Moon’s work has been featured in several journals and anthologies, including Harvard Review, jubilat, Poem-A-Day for the Academy of American Poets, Oxford American, Lumina, Callaloo, Essence, Gathering Ground. A Pushcart Prize winner, she was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Audre Lorde Award from the Publishing Triangle. Her poetry collection She Has a Name was published by Four Way Books in 2013. She has taught English and Creative Writing for several colleges and organizations.  Moon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. A native of Nashville, TN, she currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Winner of the 2015 AWP Intro Journal Award and the 2014 Intro Prize in Poetry by Four Way Books, and recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, Rajiv Mohabir received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, Kundiman, and the American Institute of Indian Studies language program. He received his MFA in Poetry and Translation from Queens College, CUNY where he was Editor in Chief of the Ozone Park Literary Journal. A PhD candidate at the University of Hawai‘i, he currently lives and teaches poetry and composition in Honolulu. His poetry collection The Taxidermist’s Cut, which won the Four Way Books Intro Prize, judged by Brenda Shaughnessy, is a Four Way Books Spring 2016 title.

Maya Pindyck’s first collection of poetry, Friend Among Stones, won the Many Voices Project Award from New Rivers Press, and her chapbook, Locket, Master, received a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her most recent collection, Emoticoncert, is a Four Way Books Spring 2016 title. Currently a doctoral student at Columbia University’s Teachers College, she lives in Brooklyn and teaches throughout New York City.

Daniel Tobin is the author of From Nothing, a Four Way Books Spring 2016 title, as well as six previous books of poems, most recently The Net (Four Way Books, 2014). He has garnered numerous awards, including a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Tobin earned a BA from Iona College, an MTS from Harvard University, an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and a doctorate from the University of Virginia. He teaches at Emerson College.


Elizabeth Hodges, Mona Awad, Yma Johnson & Brian Sousa

March 13, 2016
9:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Elizabeth L. Hodges is the editor/publisher of St. Petersburg Review and Springhouse Journal. She has published work in the Connecticut Poetry
Review, The New Virginia Review, The North American Review, and Ploughshares among others. Her book of poetry, Witchery, is out in March 2016 from MadHat Press.
from Poets & Writers
“In Witchery, Elizabeth Hodges takes on living itself, the tension between love and fear, the sublime, ugly and beautiful, the embrace that chokes as it heals, and she gives us words that gently sand, then dress our raw wounded naked skin.” Mukoma wa Ngugi. Illustrations by Ed Rushcha.
Available March 2016 from MadHat Press at www.madhat-press.com.

Mona Awad’s writing has appeared in VICE, Time, McSweeney’s and St. Petersburg Review among other publications. Her novel in stories, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, was released by Penguin Books in February, 2016. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing and English literature at the University of Denver.

Yma Johnson is a first generation Sierra Leonean immigrant who began her writing career in 1996 as a journalist in Puerto Rico. She has written articles on topics ranging from the criminalization of the mentally ill to Japanese swordsmanship. She is a master’s candidate in creative writing at Eastern Michigan University where she recently taught rhetoric and composition. She also taught poetry at a women’s prison. She won 1st place in the 2012 Current Magazine Fiction and Poetry Contest as well as an honorable mention from 2014 Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest. She has work forthcoming in St. Petersburg Review and the Encyclopedia Project, an anthology of experimental literature. Yma also has a short story in Cthulhu Lies Dreaming, an anthology inspired by the work of HP Lovecraft.  Yma lives in Ann Arbor, MI where works as grants director for the Ecology Center.

Rhode Island native Brian Sousa has been published in various magazines, journals, anthologies, and newspapers including new fiction in Springhouse Journal, The St. Petersburg Review, Verdad Magazine of Literature and Art, Newfound, Quiddity, Redivider, Gavea-Brown,The Writer Magazine, Babilonia, DMQ Review, Atticus Review, Stylus, Naked Singularity, The Providence Journal, and others. His fiction is featured in the Rutgers University Press anthology of Luso-American Literature, 2011, forthcoming in Portuguese Writers of the Diaspora, an Anthology (Tagus Press), and one of his short stories, “One Night in Salvador,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2007, he was awarded a fellowship by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and in 2011, he was a finalist for the Dzanc Books International Literary Award and winner of a scholarship to the Disquiet International Literary Program in Portugal. Two years later, he was chosen as a reader at Disquiet 2013.

Sousa holds an MFA from Emerson College, and plays guitar in various musical projects around Boston. He freelances for Outside Magazine, South County Life Magazine, Newport Life Magazine, and other publications. He’s currently at work on a novel titled “Dreams About Ghosts.” Follow him @SousaWriting and Facebook.com/BrianSousaAlmostGone

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

March 12, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Red Hen Press - A Well-Made Bed

March 11, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join Red Hen Press in celebrating the release of Abby Frucht and Laurie Alberts’ new novel, A Well-Made Bed, which Kirkus Reviews calls “an absorbing read that keeps the reader intrigued and entranced.” Abby and Laurie will be joined by Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing alums reading from their own works.

A Well-Made Bed:
Nearly fifteen years after the death of her childhood friend in a violent hit-and-run accident, Noor Khan is still in the midst of struggle. With a failing equestrian business and suspicions of an unfaithful husband, her years of physical and psychological therapies have driven her to cross a line that blurs what is law, and what is right. When Noor’s home-steading neighbor, Jaycee, gives her the chance to save her business and her marriage through the underground cocaine market, the two fall into a world of murder, copyright infringement, dementia, and one large, Peruvian cheese wheel that has them trapped in the morally ambiguous lifestyle they may have desired all along.


RR: Buck and a Quarter Band

March 10, 2016
9:30 pm -

True Story Nonfiction

March 08, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Jennifer Belle et el.

March 06, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bestselling author Jennifer Belle has lead an underground writing workshop for 17 years in NYC. Eight current workshop members will come together and read from works in progress and finished books that have just procured top agents. Come meet Jennifer, hear readers such as Lanie Robertson (playwright of the recent Tony award winning Broadway hit Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill) and Donna Brodie (Executive Director of the Writers Room) in this first-of-it’s-kind coming out party.

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

March 05, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: William Paterson University MFA Poets

March 05, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Howard Steng completed his thesis project, a book of poems entitled “Along the Way,” in December 2015. He is an adjunct professor at William Paterson University and a full-time English teacher at the Bergenfield Alternative High School in Dumont, New Jersey.

Paul LaTorre is a poet who writes rhythmic poems focusing on male body image and eating disorders. He is a recent graduate of the MFA program at William Paterson University and is an adjunct instructor of Creative Writing at Bloomfield College.

Scott Wordsman will receive his MFA from William Paterson University in Spring 2016. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Common Ground Review, Futures Trading, Mad Swirl, Main Street Rag, The Puritan, Slipstream Press, Spry, and others. Scott currently serves as a graduate assistant for the William Paterson University College of Humanities & Social Sciences, where he lends an editorial eye to Map Literary, the university’s lit mag. He lives in Jersey City.

Christopher Salerno’s most recent book of poems, ATM, was selected by D.A. Powell for the 2013 Georgetown Review Poetry Prize. Sun & Urn, a new book, has been selected by Thomas Lux for the Georgia Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in late 2016. Previous books include Minimum Heroic (Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, 2010), and Whirligig (Spuyten Duyvil, 2006). He is also the author of the chapbooks AORTA and AutomaticTeller, winner of the 2013 Laurel Review Midwest Chapbook Prize. A New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellow, Salerno’s poems have been published in numerous magazines. He is currently an associate professor of English at William Paterson University. He can be found at http://www.csalernopoet.com.

Timothy Liu (Liu Ti Mo) was born in 1965 in San Jose, California to immigrant parents from Mainland China. He is the author of nine books of poems, including Of Thee I Sing, selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year; Say Goodnight, a 1998 PEN Open Book Margins Award; and Vox Angelica, which won the 1992 Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. He has also edited Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry. Translated into ten languages, Liu’s poems have appeared in such places as Best American Poetry, Bomb, Grand Street, Kenyon Review, The Nation, New American Writing, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Yale Review. His journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. Liu is Professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey and lives in New York City with his husband.


RR: Spaghetti Eastern Music

March 04, 2016
9:30 pm -

$5 cover.  2 drink minimum.
Spaghetti Eastern Music is the solo project of NYC guitarist, keyboardist and singer Sal Cataldi.  Cataldi fuses Eastern beat and funk-influenced guitar instrumentals with acoustic vocal tunes, much of it performed to the moves of his bellydancing collaborators Karen Wahl and Callista Zaki.  Time Out New York writes: “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern-influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere,” while The New York Times proclaims Cataldi has “a beat unmistakably his own.” Called “truly excellent” by The Village Voice, “triumphantly funkified” by UPI and “wonderfully melodic and off-center” by WFMU’s Irene Trudel.  His critically-acclaimed new album “Sketches of Spam” and more info is available at www.reverbnation.com/spaghettieasternmusic


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers featuring Carmen Gimenez Smith

March 04, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Carmen Giménez Smith earned a BA in English from San Jose State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Casanova Variations (2009), the full-length collection Odalisque in Pieces (2009), and the memoir Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else (2010). Her most recent book, Milk and Filth (2013), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Giménez Smith is the editor-in-chief of Puerto del Sol and publisher of Noemi Press. She teaches at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.


RR: Greg D’s Odds and Ends

March 03, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$5 admission, 2 drink minimum

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Greg D’s “Odds & Ends” presents…

Dave Doobinin - 7pm

Dave Doobinin’s latest album, The Left Side, is both refined and emotionally raw. Doobinin’s voice is mournful and consoling as he sings his elegant melodies. The starkly beautiful album favors a songs-first production aesthetic with impactful flourishes like swooping slide guitars, delicate touches of electronica, atmospheric keyboard passages, hypnotic chiming guitars, and dazzling musical counterpoint sections.

http://www.davedoobininmusic.com/

Sounds of Greg D - 8pm

Greg Di Gesu, aka Greg D, is a prolific songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. Having written nearly 900 songs, Greg’s music spans many influences and styles while creating a niche that is certainly his own. Live performances enable the interplay of Greg and his musicians to truly deliver the songs. A new album will be released in 2016.

www.gregsounds.com


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - David Lehman + Mark Halladay

February 29, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

David Lehman is the author of many collections of poems, including New and Selected Poems (Scribner, 2013), Yeshiva Boys (Scriber, 2011), When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005), Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man (with James Cummins, Soft Skull Press, 2005), and The Evening Sun (2002).  Among his books of non-fiction are A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Shocken Books, 2009) and The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (Doubleday, 1998), which was named a “Book to Remember 1999” by the New York Public Library.  His newest work, Sinatra’s Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World, will be out on Sinatra’s 100th birthday, Oct. 27, 2015.  He edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006), and is the series editor of The Best American Poetry.  He is on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at the New School and New York University. He lives in New York City and Ithaca, NY.

Mark Halliday is Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio University.  His volumes of poetry include Thresherphobe, Jab, Selfwolf, and Keep This Forever.  He is also the author of a critical study of Wallace Stevens and many essays on contemporary poetry.  His awards and distinctions include the Rome Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Foundation Writer’s Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. 


Catherine Texier & Amy Koppelman

February 28, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Catherine Texier was born and raised in France. She is the author of six novels, Chloé l’Atlantique, Love Me Tender, Panic Blood, Victorine, Young Woman With a Bunch of Lilac (forthcoming in Italy in 2016), and just published Russian Lessons. Her memoir Breakup was an international bestseller. Victorine won Elle Magazine’s 2004 Readers’ Prize Best Novel of the Year. Her work has been translated into 10 languages.
She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award and two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. Her short fiction and essays have been widely anthologized. She was co-editor of the literary magazine Between C and D, and has written extensively for the New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Newsday, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Marie-Claire, and Nerve.com.

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

February 27, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

February 27, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Prime Time Crime

February 26, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Scott Adlerberg lives in Brooklyn. He is the author of Spiders and Flies (2012), Jungle Horses (2014), and Graveyard Love (2016), which was published earlier this month by Broken River Books.

Christopher Irvin is the author of Safe Inside the Violence, Burn Cards and Federales, as well as short stories featured in several publications, including Thuglit, Beat to a Pulp, and Shotgun Honey. He lives in Boston, MA with his wife and two sons.

Jason Starr is the international bestselling author of many crime novels and thrillers including Savage Lane, recently published by Polis Books. He also writes comics and graphic novels for DC and Marvel.


RR: Salty Brine

February 26, 2016
7:00 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents… THESE ARE THE CONTENTS OF MY HEAD

From her rise to stardom on an MGM lot to her tragic death on a cold bathroom floor, she gave her fans everything she had until there was nothing left to give. The consummate performer and legendary icon, Judy Garland, becomes the fragile, glittering centerpiece of Annie Lennox’s jaw-dropping debut solo album, Diva, in this month’s edition of Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret.

Doors at 7:00pm
Shows at 7:30pm

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Directed by Victoria Flores
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Arrangements by Ben Langhorst
Featuring Ben Arons, Jarrod Bates, Ben Langhorst, Christopher Nattrass and Rob Mosher


KGB: Sideshow Goshko

February 25, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sideshow Goshko Storytelling Series turns 7 years old! And we’re celebrating.

Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, SiriusXM) invites some of New York’s top writers and storytellers to share true, bizarre tales about their lives. There’s a challenging trivia game and a free wine giveaway where seven (one for each year we’ve been around) lucky audience members will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce! Tonight’s stellar lineup includes stories from:

Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live)

Andy Christie (host The Liar Show, Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour)

Tara Clancy (The New York Times, The Paris Review)

* New York Times “Critic’s Pick”
* Time Out NY “Critics’ Pick”
* NY Daily News “Editor’s Pick”
* “a well-programmed night” - The New York Times


RR: Salty Brine

February 24, 2016
7:30 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents… THESE ARE THE CONTENTS OF MY HEAD

From her rise to stardom on an MGM lot to her tragic death on a cold bathroom floor, she gave her fans everything she had until there was nothing left to give. The consummate performer and legendary icon, Judy Garland, becomes the fragile, glittering centerpiece of Annie Lennox’s jaw-dropping debut solo album, Diva, in this month’s edition of Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret.

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Directed by Victoria Flores
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Arrangements by Ben Langhorst
Featuring Ben Arons, Jarrod Bates, Ben Langhorst, Christopher Nattrass and Rob Mosher


KGB: Barry Eisler in conversation with Jeremy Scahill

February 24, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the talk
Scahill’s a fan of Eisler’s fiction…and Eisler gets his story ideas from publications like Scahill’s The Intercept and books and films like Dirty Wars. So this should be an interesting conversation—not just about the nature of our metastasizing national surveillance state, but also about the complicity of the establishment media and the role of fiction, film, and television in shaping the public’s understanding of what the government is doing in our name.

About Jeremy Scahill
Jeremy Scahill is one of the three founding editors of The Intercept. He is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, and author of the international bestselling books Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield and Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill has served as the national security correspondent for The Nation and Democracy Now!.

Scahill’s work has sparked several congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for Blackwater. Scahill is a producer and writer of the award-winning film Dirty Wars, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.

About Barry Eisler
Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan, earning his black belt at the Kodokan International Judo Center along the way. Eisler’s award-winning thrillers have been included in numerous “Best Of” lists, have been translated into nearly twenty languages, and include the #1 bestseller The Detachment. Eisler lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and, when he’s not writing novels, blogs about torture, civil liberties, and the rule of law. www.barryeisler.com.

About The God’s Eye View
The God’s Eye View is CIA veteran Eisler’s 11th novel, a story of mass surveillance, whistleblowers, and an intrepid Intercept reporter. Enthusiastic reception includes a boxed review in Publishers Weekly ("Eisler’s expert knowledge of spy craft and hand-to-hand combat combine with his ultra-deep distrust of government intelligence to propel this suspenseful yarn into the front ranks of paranoid thrillers”); a starred review in Booklist (“When Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove was having its run, service people left the theater muttering, ‘That wasn’t a satire. That’s what they’re like.’ So it is with Eisler’s fine thriller…”); and some kind words from Barrett Brown, Chelsea Manning, Jesslyn Radack, and other journalists and whistleblowers.

Knowledge is power…and they know everything.

NSA director Theodore Anders has a simple goal: collect every phone call, email, and keystroke tapped on the Internet. He knows unlimited surveillance is the only way to keep America safe.

Evelyn Gallagher doesn’t much care about any of that. She just wants to keep her head down and manage the NSA’s camera network and facial recognition program so she can afford private school for her deaf son, Dash.

But when Evelyn discovers the existence of an NSA program code-named God’s Eye, and connects it with the mysterious deaths of a string of journalists and whistleblowers, her doubts put her and Dash in the crosshairs of a pair of government assassins: Delgado, a sadistic bomb maker and hacker; and Manus, a damaged giant of a man who until now has cared for nothing beyond protecting the director.

Within an elaborate game of political blackmail, terrorist provocations, and White House scheming, a global war is being fought—a war between those desperate to keep the state’s darkest secrets, and those intent on revealing them. A war that Evelyn will need all of her espionage training and savvy to survive. A war in which the director has the ultimate informational advantage: The God’s Eye View.


RR: Luxe Rd.

February 23, 2016
8:00 pm -

$15 cover.  2 drink minimum.


Idylls of Complicity Book Release Party

February 23, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Carl Watson is a poet, fiction writer, playwright and critic.  He grew up in Northwest Indiana and has since lived in Portland Oregon, New Orleans, Chicago, New York and Paris. He has traveled extensively in India and other parts east of the Atlantic.  He currently splits his time between NYC and an old barn in the Catskill Mountains.  Watson has written cultural criticism and reviews for various journals including The Village Voice, NY Press, Downtown, Tribes, and The Williamsburg Observer. He is the author of several books of fiction, including Bricolage ex Machina (Lost Modern Press), Beneath the Empire of the Birds (Apathy Press), The Hotel of Irrevocable Acts (Autonomedia), and most recently Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming, a novel published by Sensitive Skin Books.  He has also published several collections of poetry, including Anarcadium Pan (Erie Street Press), Living for the Ecstasy Sect, Confessions of an Aspirin Eater, The Green Man (Apathy).  His latest collection, Astral Botanica, is published by Fly by Night Press, the imprint of A Gathering of the Tribes.  He has been published in various journals including Sensitive Skin, The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, Degraphe, Liberation and others.

The novel Hotel des acts irrevocables (Gallimard) and the short story collections Sous l’empire des oiseaux, la vie psychosomatique, and Hank Stone et le coeur de craie (vagabonde)have been published in France. Vagabonde press will publish the novel Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming, in 2016.

Watson received the Kathy Acker Award for Fiction in 2012.

Watson wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on the autobiography of the outsider artist, Henry Darger. He continues to work with Darger’s manuscripts while publishing articles about his work. He teaches literature in the CUNY system.


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Karen Weiser + Stacy Szymaszek

February 22, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Karen Weiser is the author of To Light Out (UDP), Dear Pierre (Well Greased Press), Placefullness(UDP), and Pitching Woo (Cy Press). She was recently awarded a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation residency, a Process Space residency through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. She is currently working on the libretto for an opera ("You Who Made the Heavens Incline") about one of the first great composers, Kassia, a 9th century Byzantine nun, in addition to writing a young adult fantasy novel. She lives in New York City where she teaches and writes on 19th century American Literature.

Stacy Szymaszek is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships, Hyperglossia, hart island and Journal of Ugly Sites & Other Journals, which won the 2015 Ottoline Prize from Fence Books. Her book A Year From Today will be out in 2017. She has been a mentor for Queer Art Mentorship and a regular teacher for Naropa’s Summer Writing Program. She is the Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church


Writers Studio

February 21, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: James Delano

February 20, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: MWA Reading

February 20, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: WFMU Readers

February 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: FREE WATER #11

February 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Eugenia Leigh is the author of Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows (Four Way Books), the winner of the 2015 Late Night Library Debut-litzer Prize in Poetry. The recipient of fellowships and awards from The Frost Place, Poets & Writers Magazine, Kundiman, Rattle, and the Asian American Literary Review, Eugenia received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn.
Vincent Toro has an MFA in poetry from Rutgers University. He is winner of the 2015 Sawtooth Poetry Prize and is recipient of both a Poet’s House Emerging Poets Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. His poems have been published in Kweli, The Buenos Aires Review, Codex, The Acentos Review, The Journal, The Ostrich Review, Matter, The Cortland Review, The Caribbean Writer, and have been anthologized in CHORUS and The Waiting Room Reader 2. Vincent is an artist in the schools for Dreamyard and The Dodge Poetry Foundation and a professor at Bronx Community College. His collection, “Stereo.Island.Mosaic.” is forthcoming in January 2016 from Ahsahta Press.

Eric Amling is the author of From the Author’s Private Collection (Birds, LLC).  For the year 2016 he is curating the small press After Hours, Ltd. In association with The Song Cave.

Emily O’Neill was born on the bedroom floor in her mother’s childhood home and has been making loud messes ever since. Her first collection, Pelican, won YesYes Books’ inaugural Pamet River Prize and her recent work has been featured in Cutbank, The Journal, Minnesota Review, Redivider, and Washington Square, among many others. She has a degree in the synaesthesia of storytelling from Hampshire College and, when not selling sushi and sake bombs at a rock n roll izakaya in the Fenway, teaches writing at the Boston Center for Adult Education.


KGB: Drunken Careening Writers

February 18, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Michael Cross Burke is a NYC-based queer performance artist, dancer, professor & husband. His performance works have been presented nationally, internationally and throughout NYC at venues including Dixon Place, La MaMa, HERE Arts Center, The National Gay & Lesbian Theater Festival, BAAD, The Gene Frankel Theatre, Highways Performance Space (LA) New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix, Joyce Soho, The Single File Festival (Chicago, IL), Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Pulse Ensemble Theater, The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Charter Oak Cultural Center (Hartford, CT), The Fresh Fruit Festival, Austin Arts Center, Ragged Blade Production (St. Louis, MO), Chashama, Theatre Offensive, The Fresh Fruit Festival, SEEN+ HEARD Festival (Atlanta, GA), Buddies in Bad Times Theater (Toronto), Austin Arts Center, among others as well as extensive colleges/university tours. Burke performed in Penny Arcades’ BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE!!! in its 2009 Spiegel Tent revival and in Holly Hughes’ Preaching to the Perverted. Other theater credits include multiple productions with the “Obie” award-winning Peculiar Works Project, The Ordinary Theatre Company, and two seasons with CT Shakespeare Festival. Film credits include Todd Verow ‘s Bulldog in the White House and XX: Where Your Heart Should Be, & Vacationland. He played the title character in Vortex by legendary filmmaker Mike Kuchar. He has appeared as himself on MTV News and the documentary “This is who I am” as well as music videos by directors including Katrina del Mar & Gian Franco Morini. Burke is the Director of the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Program in NYC and been a Professor in the Theater & Dance Department at Trinity College since 2001.

Ed Hamilton, author of “Legends of the Chelsea Hotel” will read from his new book, “The Chintz Age: Tales of Love and Loss for a New New York.” In “The Retro-Seventies Manhattan Dream Apartment,” the novella that completes the collection, a schizophrenic and a psychopath, soul mates bound together in a twisted love affair, engage in a battle of wills in a bid to control a valuable piece of rent stabilized real estate. Although set in NYC, in a larger sense, “The Chintz Age” is about people in the arts struggling to survive and maintain relevance in an urban climate that’s become increasingly hostile to their work, and really, to their very existence. But more than that, what the older creative person may come to feel is a sense of obsolescence in a city that’s changing so fast as to become unrecognizable almost overnight.

Vanda’s novel, Juliana (Vol. 1, 1941-1944) was just released this month. This novel is the first a series about the same characters living through decades of LGBT history. As a playwright Vanda has received numerous honors, among them an Edward Albee Fellowship.  Her play, Vile Affections, published by Original Works was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her play, Patient HM, won the Pride Stage and Screen’s Women’s Playwriting Award and another play, Why’d Ya Make Me Wear This, Joe, won Celebration Theater’s Best New LGBT Play. The Forgetting Curve was produced in Boston in September 2014 and the producer has plans to bring it to New York.  Vanda’s non-fiction story, “Jack,” was published in Prairie Schooner and another non-fiction piece, “Roger: Lost Between Philosophies,” appears in Pentimento. Other short prose pieces have been or will be published in Sinister Wisdom, The Outrider Review and The Grub Street On-Line Journal.


RR: East Village Irish Music

February 18, 2016
7:00 pm -

presents Dylan Foley
7:30pm start
Concert to be followed by a jam session
$10 tickets
https://www.facebook.com/events/1669533943293587/


RR: Salty Brine

February 17, 2016
7:30 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents… THESE ARE THE CONTENTS OF MY HEAD

From her rise to stardom on an MGM lot to her tragic death on a cold bathroom floor, she gave her fans everything she had until there was nothing left to give. The consummate performer and legendary icon, Judy Garland, becomes the fragile, glittering centerpiece of Annie Lennox’s jaw-dropping debut solo album, Diva, in this month’s edition of Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret.

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Directed by Victoria Flores
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Arrangements by Ben Langhorst
Featuring Ben Arons, Jarrod Bates, Ben Langhorst, Christopher Nattrass and Rob Mosher


KGB: Fantastic Fiction

February 17, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada, Gemma Files has been a film critic, teacher, and screenwriter. Probably best known for her weird Western Hexslinger series (A Book of Tongues, A Rope of Thorns, and A Tree of Bones), she has also published two short fiction collections, two speculative poetry chapbooks and a story-cycle (We Will All Go Down Together: Stories of the Five-Family Coven). Five of her stories were adapted as episodes of Showtime’s The Hunger, an erotic horror anthology series produced by Tony and Ridley Scott. Her latest novel is Experimental Film.

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The Only Ones, Carola Dibbell’s debut novel, was included by Nancy Hightower in the Washington Post’s top five science fiction and fantasy novels of 2015 and by NPR’s Jason Heller in his best books of 2015. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Black Clock, and Fence, and her rock criticism and other journalism mostly in the Village Voice.


Stage Reading: The Soldier and His Family

February 16, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

THE SOLDIER AND HIS FAMILY: A TRILOGY
by JAN QUACKENBUSH

“THE ONE PENNY OPERA: A SOLDIER’S TALE”

“THE SOLDIER’S WIFE OF BLAUBEUREN”

“THE SOLDIER’S SON”

JAN QUACKENBUSH is an internationally produced playwright. He is published by Calder & Boyars, London, and included in the anthology Signature 20 with Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco. He has had several productions at the LA MAMA ETC theatre in New York. Jan wrote his trilogy The Soldier and his Family for the avant-garde an der westentasche theatre company in Ulm, Germany, as a biographical work of the company who presented the three one-act plays in 2013-2014-2015, most recently in June, 2015, in the Baden-Würtetembergischen Theater Festival, Heidelberg, Germany. On a personal note, Jan feels very privileged that he has participated as a playwright for about ten years with the westentasche – (“vest pocket”) theatre –produced by Thomas Dentler and Nancy Calero. Jan’s current projects include two new plays based on stories of Ulm. Jan lives in Binghamton, NY, and teaches theater at SUNY-Broome Community College, and in the MA/MFA Creative Writing Program of Wilkes University.

NANCY E. DENTLER, artist name: Nancy Calero, was born in Lima, Peru, 1973. Actress, poet, former dancer and director. She studied psychology, theatre and ballet at the oldest University in America: San Marcos University, in her home town. Since 2003 Nancy has worked at theater in der westentasche as an actress and theatre pedagogue in public, private Schools and the University of Ulm, with kids, youth, adults and old persons. Nancy is also Dr. Clown for kids of war and poor countries by Friedensdorf International, and with help from her “elefante” puppet she makes everyone laugh and feel happy.  Nancy also works with refugees and disabled persons in her theatre projects. Since 2013 Nancy is a German citizen and works actively in her community as Mentor of integration at culture in Germany. She has received many prizes with her “vest-pocket” ensemble. Nancy has been elected President of “Sommertheater westentasche association” that produces in Ulm all Quackenbush plays.

THOMAS MARTIN DENTLER, Sandhausen Germany 1959. Professional actor, director and general director at Germany’s smallest private theater: theater in der westentasche (theater at pocket money) in city of Ulm - Baden-Würrtemberg. Best young German actor prize at Berliner Theater in year 1984 of Deutsche Bühne Verein (Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Dentler’s theater legacy comes from a very long tradition of his artist family (210 years documented work as musicians, actors, etc). His great grand-father Johann Dentler has been from the stage of Karlsruhe’s Kaiser. Grand-father Max Dentler founded the first private music school in Karlsruhe (Dentlersche Musikschule) and was a professional virtuoso violin player. Father Theodor Dentler and mother Christiane Peinert- Dentler founded the first little theater westentasche in south Germany. Thomas’ work has been around the world - presented at famous festivals, art communities, universities and schools in Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Abidjan, Australia, Peru, Russia, Japan, USA, Israel, etc. UNESCO prize (three times) and many others. Exciting!- theater in der westentasche is one of the most experimental and intercultural theaters of modern Germany.


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Danniel Schoonebeek + Simone White

February 15, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Danniel Schoonebeek’s first book of poems, American Barricade, was published by YesYes Books in 2014. In 2015, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and his second book of poems, Trébuchet, was selected as a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series and will be published by University of Georgia Press. In 2016, Poor Claudia will publish his latest book, a travelogue called C’est la guerre. He is also a co-organizer and founding member of Bushel.

Simone White is the author of Of Being Dispersed (coming from Futurepoem), Unrest (Ugly Duckling/Dossier) and House Envy of All the World (Factory School). She is Program Director at The Poetry Project and lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.


An Evening with Art Farm Nebraska

February 14, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Art Farm, http://www.artfarmnebraska.org, is an artist/writer residency program in rural central Nebraska, beginning its twenty-third year of operation in 2016 with a mission supporting artistic vision, which may be impractical, obscure, and independent of commercial recognition—where failing is no less welcomed than succeeding: offering studios, time, and resources for pursuing their range of expression, for experimenting, for developing projects, but most of all, for distilling the promise and potential of their creative enterprise, while working and living in a rural environment.
Aimee Herman is a poet with two books of poetry, Meant To Wake Up Feeling (great weather for MEDIA) and To Go Without Blinking (BlazeVOX books) & a writing teacher at Bronx Community College & currently at work on a novel. More of Aimee’s writing can be found in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books), Cream City Review, and Adrienne Journal.

Carmella de los Angeles Guiol is a Florida-based gardener, dancer, adventurer, and writer. A Miami native and a graduate of Amherst College, she is currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of South Florida. Her writing and photography has appeared in magazines such as The Toast, The Normal School, Tahoma Literary Review, BUST, The Fourth River, Lunch Ticket, Spry, and The Inquisitive Eater. She is currently working on a young adult novel set in Miami.

Kaylen Mallard
is originally from Tennessee, and has a MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Montana. She’s been a resident at Art Farm, Madroño Ranch: Center for Writing, Art, and the Environment, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and her work has appeared in Hippocampus and Gulf Stream among other publications. Currently, Kaylen is the Director of Development for the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Lauren Wallach’s writing has appeared in Joyland, The Collagist, Requited, Electric Literature, and others. She is a Brooklyn native and currently lives there with her cat Theodore Valentine. She was an Art Farm resident last September and is currently at work on her first book.

Raluca Albu was born in Romania and raised in the Bronx. She writes about both. She’s the daily section editor for Guernica Magazine and teaches in the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Words without Borders, and bathroom stalls (but only in erasable pencil). She spent her two favorite summers of all time frolicking through Marquette, Nebraska’s cornfields and plucking sunflowers by the Black Sea.
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About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

February 13, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Trumpet Fiction

February 13, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Special Mystery Writers Night!

Michael Sears’ first novel, the best-seller BLACK FRIDAYS, a thriller with a financial twist, took the Shamus award and was short-listed for the Edgar and three other major awards.  MORTAL BONDS, the critically-acclaimed second novel in the Jason Stafford series, won the Silver Falchion at Killer Nashville.  Continuing the series, LONG WAY DOWN, was described as “one of the best thrillers of 2015.” SAVING JASON, fourth in the series, is due from Putnam in February.

JOE GANNON, writer, teacher, set dresser, editor and spoken word artist, was a freelance journalist in Nicaragua during the Sandinista Revolution. His first novel, Night of the Jaguar, was named one of the best mystery debuts of 2015 by Booklist and was a finalist for the International Latino Book Awards. His second novel, The Last Dawn, was published by Minotaur January 26th.

SJ Rozan has won multiple awards, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, Macavity, and the Japanese Maltese Falcon. She’s written thirteen books under her own name and two with Carlos Dews as the writing team of Sam Cabot, plus more than fifty short stories.  SJ was born in the Bronx and lives in lower Manhattan. Her newest book is Sam Cabot’s SKIN OF THE WOLF.  She’ll be teaching a writing workshop this summer in Assisi, Italy, so ask her about it.

HOST:

Charles Salzberg is the author of the Shamus Award nominated Swann’s Last Song, as well as Swann Dives In and Swann’s Lake of Despair, which was a finalist for two Silver Falchion Awards, the Beverly Hills Book Award, and the Indie Excellence Award. He is also author of Devil in the Hole, which Suspense magazine named as one of the best crime novels of 2013. He has written for major magazines, as well as the New York Times Book Review, and is the author of over 20 nonfiction books, including From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, an oral history of the NBA, and Soupy Sez: My Zany Life and Times (with Soupy Sales). He teaches writing at the Writer’s Voice and the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member.


RR: Is That All There Is?

February 12, 2016
7:00 pm -

with Sherry Duvall-Covington

Join proud mother, hopeless romantic and arraigned arsonist Sherry Duvall-Covington as she explores her emotional triggers through the power of music and tries to answer the age old question “Is that all there is?”.  She’ll cover cabaret favorites from Liza, Bette and Nina, among others, and hopefully provide a little catharsis to boot.

Created by Zachary Clause
Arrangements by Darren Cohen
Directed by Reed Whitney

Doors at 7:00pm
Show at 7:30pm
2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

$15 Tickets at http://isthatallthereis.bpt.me


RR: Buck and a Quarter Band

February 11, 2016
9:30 pm -

KGB: Behind the Book

February 11, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Behind the Book in a night of stellar debut fiction grappling with love, loyalty, and the frailty and tenacity of human connection – whether in war or family.

Matt Gallagher’s lauded debut, the “urgent and deeply moving novel” Youngblood, is a parable, a mystery, and a love story all wrapped in the form of a war story set during the Surge in Iraq.  As the layers of the mystery peel away, grim truths are revealed about love, loyalty, violence, power – about life in a very hard place made so much harder by years of war.  A former U.S Army captain, Matt is the author of the acclaimed Iraq War memoir, Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War, based on the popular and controversial blog he kept while he was deployed.  He is also the co-editor of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War.  He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and Boston Review, among others.  He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, and works as a writing instructor at Words After War, a literary nonprofit devoted to bringing veterans and civilians together to study conflict literature.

“A complex tale about the Iraq War, intrigue, love, and survival.  Gallagher follows up on his successful first book, the memoir Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War (2010), with a smart Iraq War novel that adds something new to the genre—new genres.  Gallagher subtly weaves throughout this excellent, brutal tale intrigue, a mystery, and two compelling love stories ... A fresh twist on the Iraq War novel adds depth to this burgeoning genre.”
–Kirkus (starred review)

Lynn Steger Strong’s highly anticipated debut novel, Hold Still, traces the anatomy of a mistake and the weight of culpability.  Evoking finely wrought characters reminiscent of those by Claire Messud or Elizabeth Strout, Hold Still delves into the emotionally suspenseful relationship between a mother and her troubled young daughter, whose indiscretion that results in a life-changing tragedy.  Lynn has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University where she currently teaches freshman writing.  She also teaches at Pratt Institute, Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and Catapult. S he lives in Brooklyn with her husband, their two daughters, and their dog.

“Lynn Strong’s captivating novel explores questions of blame and guilt from many points of view, all of them rendered with tenderness, compassion, and surprising humor. A little bit Lionel Shriver, a little bit Virigina Woolf. Hold Still is a terrific debut.”
–Victor LaValle, author of The Devil in Silver

*****

Behind the Book is a small literacy nonprofit organization working with low-income students in NYC K-12 public schools.  We bring authors and their books into individual classrooms in programs that incorporate direct and sustained interaction between students and authors.  In workshop fashion, students do original writing; in elementary school, students create illustrated books.  All students receive copies of authors’ books to keep as their own.  Our goal is to build a new generation of readers and writers.  Since 2003, we have connected more than 10,000 students with contemporary literature by bringing authors and their books into classrooms for creative writing projects. 

www.behindthebook.org


RR: Swingaroos

February 11, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

RR: Salty Brine

February 10, 2016
7:30 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents… THESE ARE THE CONTENTS OF MY HEAD

From her rise to stardom on an MGM lot to her tragic death on a cold bathroom floor, she gave her fans everything she had until there was nothing left to give. The consummate performer and legendary icon, Judy Garland, becomes the fragile, glittering centerpiece of Annie Lennox’s jaw-dropping debut solo album, Diva, in this month’s edition of Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret.

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Directed by Victoria Flores
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Arrangements by Ben Langhorst
Featuring Ben Arons, Jarrod Bates, Ben Langhorst, Christopher Nattrass and Rob Mosher


At The Inkwell: Fiction Night

February 10, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

PAUL BECKMAN‘s stories are widely published in print and online in the following magazines amongst others:Connecticut Review, Raleigh Review, Litro, Playboy, Pank, Blue Fifth Review, Flash Frontier, Metazen, Boston Literary Magazine,Thrice Fiction and Literary Orphans. His work has been included in a number of anthologies and published in a dozen countries. Paul earned his MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. He is also a photographer, both above and beneath the water. His latest collection of flash stories, “Peek”, published by Big Table Publishing weighed in at 65 stories and 120 pages. His website is www.paulbeckmanstories.com.

P. CASEY TELESK published his first short story, an alternate history tale about the assassination of President Truman, in his elementary school journal at the age of eight. His 1999-2005 anthology of bad breakup poetry has not yet found a home. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from The Pennsylvania State University and is a graduate of the Wilkes University M.A./M.F.A. Creative Writing Program. He enjoys writing about modernist literature, the Death of Affect, and the importance of structure in literary craft.

HELEN KLEIN ROSS is the author of What Was Mine, a novel published in January by Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books, a People Magazine “Best of 2016” book. Her novel Making It: A Novel Of Madison Avenue (Gallery Books, 2013) is an e-book that experiments with digital epilogue. She is the creator and editor of The Traveler’s Vade Mecum, a crowd-sourced poetry anthology forthcoming in September from Red Hen Press. Her poetry, essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker,The New York Times and in The Iowa Review where she won the Iowa Review Award for Poetry in 2014. Helen spent decades as a writer/creative director at global ad agencies on both coasts. She graduated from Cornell University and received an MFA from The New School. She lives with her husband in Manhattan and Salisbury, CT.

Writing is D FERRARA’s obsession. Numerous publications, including Main Street Rag, Crack the Spine; American Writers Review, Broadkill Review, Amarillo Bay and Penmen Review, among others have fed this mania. Her script,Arvin Lindemeyer Takes Canarsie was a Finalist in ASU’s Screenwriting Contest. Her play, Favor, won NJ ACT’s Outstanding Production of an Original Play.


RR: The Duchess And The Fox

February 09, 2016
8:00 pm -

“Every Night” record release party
$10 cover.  2 drink minimum.
8 pm doors.  9 pm show.


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

February 09, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join True Story: Nonfiction for a night of slow journalism with the editors and writers of Delayed Gratification, a quarterly print publication which revisits the events of the previous three months to see what happened after the dust settled and the news agenda moved on.

Rob Orchard is the co-founder and editorial director of the Slow Journalism Company, the publisher of Delayed Gratification magazine. The publication is a labor of love that’s designed to offer an antidote to PR-driven stories, knee-jerk reactions and churnalism. Rob likes to seek out strange stories from the past: you can read some of his favorite commissions here.

James Montague is associate editor of Delayed Gratification, where he writes long form non-fiction on anything from the Jewish division of the English Defense League (with whom he spent four months) to stories about long forgotten British terrorist groups. He is also an award winning author and journalist who freelances for the New York Times, CNN.com, GQ, The Blizzard and World Soccer, among others. 


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Alan Bernheimer + Aaron Simon + Genya Turovskaya

February 08, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

ALAN BERNHEIMER’s most recent collection is The Spoonlight Institute, published by Adventures in Poetry in 2009. He has lived in the Bay Area since the late 1970s, where he was active in Poets Theater and produced a radio program, “In the American Tree,” of new writing by poets. He maintains a portrait gallery of poets reading on flickr. His translation of Philippe Soupault’s memoir, Lost Profiles, is forthcoming in 2016.

San Francisco-based poet AARON SIMON studied at the New School under the tutelage of Larry Fagin. Simon’s lyrical new book, Rain Check Poems, is described by former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore as “a good band whose record is killing it on the deck” and by Dodie Bellamy as “subtle yet seductive poems.” Featuring original cover art by artist Jessica Dessner, Rain Check Poems is available now at BlazeVox.com and at Green Arcade Books. Simon previously released “Senses Himself” (Greenzone Editions), “Periodical Days” and “Carrier.”

GENYA TUROVSKAYA is a poet, translator and psychotherapist. She was born in Kiev, Ukraine and grew up in New York City. She is the author of the chapbooks Calendar (UDP, 2002), The Tides (Octopus Books, 2007), New Year’s Day (Octopus Books, 2011) and Dear Jenny (Supermachine, 2011). Her poetry and translations of contemporary Russian poets have appeared in Chicago Review, Conjunctions, A Public Space, Aufgabe, Octopus, jubilat, Supermachine, Gulf Coast and other publications. Her translation of Aleksandr Skidan’s Red Shifting was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2008. She is the co-translator of Elena Fanailova’s Russian Version (UDP, 2010) which won the University of Rochester’s Three Percent 2010 award for Best Translated Book of Poetry. She is also a co-translator of Endarkenment, The Selected Poems of Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (Wesleyan University Press 2014). She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Hunter Shorts

February 07, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Darragh McKeon

From the midlands of Ireland, Darragh has lived in New York for the past two years and is in the Hunter MFA programme. His debut novel ‘All That is Solid Melts Into Air’ was published by Harper Perennial in 2014 and has been translated into eight languages. He grew up in the countryside so goes hiking occasionally to remind himself what a field looks like.

Julianna Hurtado

Julianna is a Texas transplant who now resides in New York City. She recently graduated from New York University where she studied the relationship between creativity, madness, and everything in between. Julianna is now pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Hunter College, where she belongs to a motorcycle gang of strange, incredible writers. In her free time, Julianna cooks indulgently, watercolors, and acts like a complete child.

Ian Seiter

Ian is a Filipino American Writer, born and raised in San Diego, California. A graduate of English from San Diego State University he is currently completing his Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Hunter College. He lives in Brooklyn where he is working on his debut novel.

Sean Hammer

Sean is a Maryland native currently studying fiction in the MFA program at Hunter College. He treats baseball the way most people treat religion, named his dog after John Cheever, and is most happy in a clean blazer. He is the author of the award-winning Kindle Single, “Cornbread,” and you can find his work in The Prague Revue, Mid-American Review, and The Fiddleback.

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: James Delano

February 06, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers featuring Kirstin Valdez Quade

February 05, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kirstin Valdez Quade received a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation as well as the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the 2013 Narrative Prize. She is the author of Night at the Fiestas (2015), a short story collection. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Narrative, Guernica, The Southern Review, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. Beginning in 2016, she will be an assistant professor at Princeton University.


KGB: Columbia Selects

February 04, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our lineup this month:

K.T. Billey’s poetry collection Vulgar Mechanics, was a finalist for the 2015 Pamet River Prize from YESYES books and is being translated into Spanish by the poet Soledad Marambío, who published an acclaimed translation of Anne Carson’s “The Glass Essay” in 2015. Originally from rural Alberta, Canada, Billey’s poems have appeared in journals such as CutBank, The New Orleans Review, and Prelude. She won Vallum’s 2015 Poetry Prize and translates from Icelandic and Spanish. She’s now writing an autobiographical comedy about a woman working at a progressive sex shop in cowboy country.

Marina Blitshteyn and her family came to this country as refugees from the Soviet Union. She is the author of five published or forthcoming chapbooks: Russian for Lovers (Argos Books), Nothing Personal (Bone Bouquet Books), $kill$ (dancing girl press), Kaddish (Argos Books) and Sheet Music (Sunnyoutside Press). She is currently working on a manuscript of hybrid prose and writes lyric reviews for The California Journal of Women Writers.

Kyle Valenta is an essayist, editor, and travel writer who lives in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in Blackbird, Noble/Gas Quarterly, Sixfold, and other outlets, and he was a finalist for Arts & Letters’ Susan Atefat Prize in Nonfiction in 2012. He is working in fits and starts on a collection of short fiction as well as a book of essays based on his travels.

What is Columbia Selects? The first Thursday of each month the Columbia MFA program hosts a reading series featuring Writing Program alumni. These fresh talents are finished with or near to finished with their first books, but do not yet have a book contract and/or an agent. In recent years, many of our featured writers have achieved critical and commercial success. This is your chance to glimpse who you’ll be reading in 2017!

Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.


RR: Salty Brine

February 03, 2016
7:30 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents… THESE ARE THE CONTENTS OF MY HEAD

From her rise to stardom on an MGM lot to her tragic death on a cold bathroom floor, she gave her fans everything she had until there was nothing left to give. The consummate performer and legendary icon, Judy Garland, becomes the fragile, glittering centerpiece of Annie Lennox’s jaw-dropping debut solo album, Diva, in this month’s edition of Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret.

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Directed by Victoria Flores
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Arrangements by Ben Langhorst
Featuring Ben Arons, Jarrod Bates, Ben Langhorst, Christopher Nattrass and Rob Mosher