September 27, 2007
Quirky Reading @ Mad Art, Friday
Having only just poked out my head from my new home under a rock, I got notice of an interesting reading at Mad Art tomorrow evening. Given some play in this week's mega-RFT, the event's a melange of reading and performance. Gotta be quick on the computer tonight, so I'll just pass along the blip from the Mad Art site, content that I'll fill in the blanks at the gallery tomorrow:
Left Bank Books presents an evening of literature, comedy, and live music at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2007, at Mad Art Gallery. Jonathan Messinger, author of Hiding Out will perform original comic writing along with writer Jason Toon and photographer Nathan Keay.
Jonathan Messinger celebrates the release of his new short-story collection, Hiding Out, by bringing his long-running reading and comedy series, The Dollar Store, to St. Louis. The show invites participants create stories and other performance pieces from junk Messinger finds in dollar stores, what he likes to call "evocative crap." The show has run for three years in Chicago, selling out for the past two. For this special engagement, St. Louis native Nathan Keay will present a slideshow for various uses of a shoe horn, and local Woot.com creator and writer Jason Toon will explore the virtues of a trick golf ball.
Live music will be performed by Chicago's Stephanie Morris and John Huston. Also featuring live music from St. Louis' own Jason Toon's The Help.
This is an all ages event, free and open to the public. Cash bar available.
This event is also the kickoff of the "New and Improved" Left bank books reading group! Now dedicated to bringing you the finest in fresh, intelligent, culturally relevant, enjoyable, mentally invigorating, and unapologetic new literature, and giving you the chance to meet the authors! To be a part of Left Bank's kickoff event, buy the first selection, Hiding Out by Jonathan Messinger, by September 21 at Left Bank Books. All reading group picks are 20% OFF. Meet at 7:00 p.m. at Mad Art Gallery before the show for a reading group discussion (free snacks provided). Meet the author and receive your very own Dollar Store modern relic!