The local choreographer and director Gabriella Barnstone is currently soliciting contributions via Kickstarter to support her dance theater piece Nuevo Laredo, which will debut at Dixon Place next spring. We emailed with her about the piece and the pitch:
In what ways can dance portray current events in general?
I think dance can portray current events in the same way any medium of art can—by bringing something to light and maybe looking at it through a different lens. So whether or not the drug wars in Mexico have been on someone's radar, by coming to see this piece they will either perk up their ears, or come to think about it in a way that may be different from reading about it in a newspaper or listening on the radio.
But tonight, more changes are afoot: tonight, at our short fiction competition and live-judged reading series, brought to you by Harper Perennial and the New School, we have a new drink special to go along with the same old terrific short stories, witty literary banter and drunk trivia...
It's in honor, obvs, of the late Dennis Hopper.
So Literary Upstart, the L's short fiction competition and reading series, brought to you by Harper Perennial and the New School, will be holding its third and final semifinal a week from today, next Thursday, at Spike Hill off the Bedford stop, which still has that "new Upstart venue" smell. And that "dollar beer" smell.
Join us, won't you, at Williamsburg's Spike Hill—just roll off the Bedford Ave L stop and there you are—on Thursday, June 10, and Thursday, July 8, starting at 7pm both nights. Yes, there'll still be dollar beer, rowdy trivia, bite-sized lit-criticism and wonderful short fiction from our city's best unknown writers. Except in Brooklyn, which is arguably where it should have been all along.
Although Jonny's attempts at inciting a post-reading brawl came to naught, last night's Literary Upstart semifinal was still a resounding success, if I remember correctly. Thanks to readers Jeff Somers, Frank Haberle, Tracy O'Neill, Kathryn Sanders and the winner, Snowden Wright; to the participants in our hotly contested NYC Literary Trivia competition; to the New School and Harper Perennial for their support; to the Slipper Room, for hosting; and to Dogfish Head, for the $1 bottles of beer scattered throughout the Slipper Room, as this slideshow from last night amply demonstrates:
Here at L Mag HQ, we are itching, like a man on a fuzzy tree, to get down to the Slipper Room for tonight's Literary Upstart readings (brought to you by Harper Perennial and the New School, with $1 beers while they last provided by Dogfish Head).
So, to get ourselves in the proper mood, we've been watching old videos of great New York
drunks writers of bygone days. We can only hope tonight's reading is half as memorable as this one was:
You should know, then, that Literary Upstart, The L's American competitive short fiction reading series/literary thunderdome (brought to you as always by Harper Perennial, the New School, and the letters b, o, o again, z and e), will hold its second night of readings (and witty but generous-spirited critiques, and banter, and trivia) this coming Monday, the 17th, at the Slipper Room on the Lower East Side. Doors are at 7pm.
And, once again, we will be selling Dogfish Head beer for the low low price of $1.
See you there.
Last month, the kick-off event featured dollar beers from Dogfish Head, local authors reading stellar unpublished short fiction, smartass audience members answering trivia questions, witty pronouncements from our distinguished panel of judges, and L Magazine staffers yelling at each other from on and near the stage. Who knows what’ll happen tonight? (Note: Pretty much all that, again.)
If it's your dream to be onstage at Upstart, but you find trivia competitions undignified, please be advised that we're accepting submissions through the end of the month.
If you're anything like us, you've read the reports, and gazed upon the photographic evidence, of this year's first Upstart event, and thought to yourself, "wow, that sure seems like fun." So. Monday, May 17th, doors at 7pm; cheap booze, short fiction, witty critiques from our judging panel, drunken trivia competitions, giveaways, and a general sense, when all is said and done, that you've really been A Part of Something.
And, hey: with the last of our three semifinal readings coming up on June 9th, you should probably be aware that the deadline for Upstart submissions is Monday, May 31. So get on with it.
Literary Upstart (brought to you by the New School and Harper Perennial, both of which provided ample gratis reading material for attendees to take home) has two more semifinals and the grand finale down the pipe; mark your calendars for the next reading, on Monday, May 17.
The woman—Laura "Alko" Hall, 20; pictured, in a shot almost certainly taken from her myspace by an enterprising subeditor—had run up a marathon list of alcohol-related offenses: disturbing the peace, flouting bans, wearing a ring emblazoned with the word "Boozey" on it, etc...
Well, Ms. Hall. While you may be too drunk for England and Wales, you're never too drunk for Literary Upstart. It's short notice, I know, and European flights are still effed up, but still: we at The L Magazine would be very pleased to invite you to be our guest tonight at our Literary Upstart reading. The booze will be cheap and you're not banned from drinking in this country (you have a fake ID, right? from your preteen days?), so we're sure you're down; and we are very, very eager to meet the woman ruled too much of a boozehound for the nations which produced Kingsley Amis and Dylan Thomas.
So tonight, join us at the Slipper Room on the LES, for the first reading in this year's Literary Upstart competition (brought to you by the fine folks at the New School and Harper Perennial). The doors open at 7, and the five featured will writers will read their stories aloud to our distinguished panel of judges (headed by Distinguished Spokesjudge Ben Greenman) soon thereafter, once you're all settled in with your $1 bottles of Dogfish Head.
New York City Literary Trivia, giveaways, and the feared, witty feedback of our judging panel to follow, along with many more dollar beers. Join us at Literary Upstart tonight, or we will be sad.
The first of this year's Literary Upstart readings, presented by the New School and Harper Perennial, will be held on Monday at the Slipper Room on the Lower East Side. While they last, there will be bottles of Dogfish Head on sale for the princely sum of $1 apiece.
(Don't forget to tip your server: while the beer is cheap, the service most certainly is not, as a wise fellow once said.) (Maybe more than once.)
So yes. Upstart on Monday. Dollar Dogfish. Just please don't get so into the literary spirit that you try to set any records.
You should come, not just for the aforementioned to-be-named cheap booze—though we'd be lying if we said we didn't think it was a major part of the appeal—but for the very good stories (we're pleased with this year's crop), the enthusiastic atmosphere, the copious swag, the drunken attempts at answering trivia questions, and so on and so on.
And hey, if you have a previously unpublished short story of 1,500 words or fewer, why not submit it? "Well, because, I mean—" No. Submit, you will submit.
(Also, if you have already submitted but haven't received confirmation from us, please don't be shy about resubmitting. Email issues, since resolved.)
Here are the submissions guidelines, if you think you'd like to be one of the people reading said terrific short stories. If alternately you'd like to part of the respectfully raucous crowd, I think this announcement just about covers it.
Stay tuned for more announcements about drink specials and whatever else we've neglected to mention up to now.
Lit Up is one of the things we at the L most enjoy doing, not just for the quasi-legendary sense of boozy literary camaraderie at the live readings, but for the chance to read the often quite spectacular fiction output from aspiring writer types all over the city. So take a look at our submissions guidelines, and show us whatcher workin with.
And tell your friends, even the ones you secretly hate.
If you know what you're getting yourself into, click right here for submissions guidelines and get cracking.
If you have no idea what we're talking about, here's what Literary Upstart is all about:
This just convinces me even further how repellent BDSM is. You must be mentally ill…
elvis costello perfomance link (the published one here is not working) http://videos.mediaite.com/video/Elvis-Costello-Radio-Radio-1977
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