FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #25

So often I feel like I’m tightrope-walking above a gator-filled swamp while the world keeps chucking rotten watermelons at me, but these Flapperhouse readings make me feel all swaddled and warm. Like a birdhouse in my soul, you might say.

We’re having our 25th (!!!) one of these tomorrow night to launch our Fall issue, and there’ll be poetry & music & voodoo & telepathic football-playing dogs & on top of all that we’ll be raising funds to help immigrant families in need of legal assistance.

If you’ll be in the NYC area, feel free to swing by. I’ll be your little glowing friend, your blue canary in the outlet by the light switch, watching over you, filibustering vigilantly…

FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #24

Join me & some very talented writers/performers tomorrow night (August 15) from 7-9 PM at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn as we dance with the faeries for a Mid-Summer Night’s reading!

starring

DENISE JARROTT

ALIBI JONES

RAX KING

GEORGE KOVALENKO

KWAME OPOKU-DUKU

Admission is FREE, and you can purchase print copies of the latest issue of FLAPPERHOUSE  for the special reading price of $5. Facebook event page here.

Weird Times: NYC Rocknroll & Other 9/11-Era Tunes

Been indulging nostalgic urges by reading Lizzy Goodman’s MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM, an oral history of NYC rocknroll in the 2000s. Which of course has been putting me in the mood to listen to this autobiographical Spotify playlist I made a few years ago called “Weird Times: ’01 – ’02,” all the music I surrounded myself with as a collegiate NYC rocknroll kid between 9/11 through the end of 2002, a surreal & unforgettable period I spent oscillating between madly exhilarated & madly depressed.

Obviously this playlist has a bunch of those NYC rockers– The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, Andrew WK (no Interpol, though; never really my bag). But there’s also lots of kick-ass non-NYC rock: The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, System of a Down, The Hives, The Donnas, Tenacious D, Weezer; plus plenty of wonderful non-rock: The Avalanches, OutKast, Eminem, Bjork (though alas, nothing from THE BLUEPRINT, because Jay-Z is still anti-Spotify at the moment).

Curious how most of these tracks were recorded before 9/11, but a lot of them still seem to anticipate some crazy, sinister, no-tomorrow times ahead. Or maybe that’s just hindsight-goggles talking. Either way, “Weird Times” is a pretty riveting collection of tunes if I do say so myself, even if it doesn’t necessarily transport *you* back to that year or so you spent stumbling around the East Village (and occasionally Brooklyn), finally able to legally drink and constantly on edge that the city around you would start exploding again so why not go to Brownie’s to watch some raucous sloppy-haired garage band while you get utterly obliterated?

FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #21

Tonight I’m hosting FLAPPERHOUSE’s 21st Reading to celebrate the flight of our Spring 2018 issue. The show will be from 7-9 PM at Brooklyn’s Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Ave).

starring
GREGORY CROSBY
LAURA PODOLNICK DUKHON
GABRIELA GARCIA
ALIBI JONES

KATIE LONGOFONO
ABIGAIL WELHOUSE
(& maybe more?…)

Admission is FREE, and you can buy print copies of FLAPPERHOUSE #17 for the special reading price of $5.

facebook event page here