Friday, November 4, 2011

NOV/DEC 2011: Gertrude Stein; John Evison; Taylor Mali; Marty Jessen; By the Hand of Horace; John Sayles; Krampus

8:00 PM, Fri; 7:30 & 9:00 PM Sat; Nov 11 & 12
A Staged Radio Drama
Featuring Jane Hardy

The Raconteur cordially invites you to spend an evening with Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Isadora Duncan, Henri Matisse, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Salvador Dali at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Hosted by Gertrude Stein. A work of theatrical magic that captures the essence of an extraordinary woman, "Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein" is an imaginary monologue set on the eve of Stein's eviction from her famed Paris studio.

In the wake of Woody Allen's marvelously romantic Midnight in Paris and Kathy Bates' spot on depiction of Stein, Jane Hardy returns with her one woman portrayal of the dynamic matriarch and the (lost) generation of writers and artists she mentored. Raconteur patrons may remember Hardy from her riveting performance as a panicky invalid in the staged radio play "Sorry, Wrong Number," or the sadistically scientific Dr. Brodsky in the Raconteur/MCC stage production of "A Clockwork Orange." (Not for nothing, but those who have seen both Steins, Hardy and Bates, have preferred Hardy.) To reserve a seat for a particular performance, e-mail us your name, the number in your party, and the evening/time you wish to attend. Sound Effects! Theatrical Lighting! Reservations required! $10 (suggested donation)

6 PM, Sun. Nov 13

An ongoing series of teen mics hosted by an outstanding high school student who selects four participants and a favorite author who headlines via SKYPE. This time the host and coordinator is John Melendez, jazz prodigy, rapacious reader, noir writer, and MHS book critic. He's picked Jonathan Evison, who will beam in from Seattle, Washington. Evison's work, often distinguished by its emotional resonance and offbeat humor, has been compared to a variety of authors, most notably J.D. Salinger, Charles Dickens, and John Irving. His debut novel, All About Lulu won critical acclaim, including the Washington State Book Award, and landed on many year-end “Best of” lists. Editor Chuck Adams (Water for Elephants, A Reliable Wife, An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England) has called his second novel, the electrifying epic West of Here, the best novel he's worked on in over four decades of publishing. In his teens, Evison was the founding member and frontman of the Seattle punk band March of Crimes, which included future members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

8 PM, Fri. Nov 18

Taylor Mali is the author of The Last Time as We Are (Write Bloody, 2009) and What Learning Leaves (Hanover, 2002) and has published five CDs and one DVD. He is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and he travels the world teaching creative writing and performance skills. Marie-Elizabeth Mali is the author of Steady, My Gaze (Tebot Bach, 2011) and co-editor with Annie Finch of the forthcoming anthology, Villanelles (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets, 2012). She serves as co-curator for "louderARTS: the Reading Series" in New York City. Together they curate the "Page Meets Stage" reading series at the Bowery Poetry Club. They divide their time between NY and Western MA, and spend their days writing poetry, organizing slams, and taking care of their cats.

2 PM, Sun. Nov 20

More soon...

8 PM, Sat. Nov 26
By Alex Dawson

Reading/Mixed Media
A lonely ten year old boy confronts a violent grandfather/retired logjack, and the extravagant hand shadows he casts onto the bare, blonde planks of his bedroom wall come to grotesque and explosive life. W/sound effects! And a slide show of haunting b/w illustrations by artist Janice Fried.

The Raconteur & The Forum Present
8 PM, Sat. December 17
W/Writer/Director/Producer JOHN SAYLES
Screening/Reading/On Stage Discussion/Audience Q&A

Oscar nominee, MacCarthur fellow, and the indisputable "Godfather of Independent Cinema," John Sayles, screens and discusses his 17th feature film, the acclaimed, historic war drama, Amigo, starring Chris Cooper and the legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre, and reads from his new novel, A Moment in the Sun, a spectacular work of fiction compared to both Doctorow and Deadwood.

Before Kevin Smith maxed out his credit cards, before there was an IFC or a Sundance film festival, and long before "independent film" became a marketing niche, there was John Sayles, making it happen with a combination of talent, shrewdness, and determination. An acclaimed novelist before he ever touched a camera, Sayles burst onto the film scene in 1980, when he wrote and directed the much praised social comedy, Return of the Secaucus 7. Three years later, Sayles received a MacArthur Fellowship, using the money to partially fund his second film, The Brother from Another Planet, a fantasy flick about a black, three-toed slave who arrives from outer space and finds himself at home among the people of Harlem. Since then, Sayles has directed 17 features (Lone Star, Passion Fish, Eight Men Out, The Secret of Roan Inish, and Matewan), funding most of his award winning, oft Oscar nominated productions by penning low budget shockers like Piranha, Alligator, and The Howling. Recently compared to a "left leaning, baby boom John Ford" by the New York Times, John Sayles produces populous pageants, spinning fables of the American character out of the threads of myth, memory and ideology.

Click HERE for the New York Times review.
$15.00 NOTE: At The Forum Theatre (314 Main Street) NOT The Raconteur.