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Bob Holman, the man who helped popularize slam poetry in the city, founded the Bowery Poetry Club, so you can feel quite confident that the acts inside aren't just a bunch of wannabe beatniks. Spoken-word poets, self-conscious rappers, amplified rockers, and tawdry burlesque acts frequent the stage in the back, while arty regulars hang out in the club's macabre, red-chandelier-equipped cafe. It also has wi-fi.
Brooklyn accordionist Dallas Vietty specializes in musette, the lilting, highly ornamented French waltz music that's making some small comeback long after its early 20th century heyday. His set is part of a program celebrating NYU... More »
Reverend Jen Miller, the self-proclaimed Patron Saint of the Uncool, celebrates the release of her third book, Elf Girl: A Memoir, tonight at Bowery Poetry Club, the current home of her monthly Anti-Slam. In keeping with her usual desire to defy... More »
Where else could you see, Amira Baraka backed by a live jazz quartet one night and a mega J Rock concert marathon the next? The Bowery Poetry Club houses some of the most diverse forms of entertainment in NYC, which only makes sense seeing that the ever eccentric and eclectic Bob Holman owns the joint. Plus the food served there isn't half bad.
Ever been to bingo at a church hall with mean old ladies who bring their own ink blotters? It's intense. There are barely any voices or sounds heard--just the emotionless drone of the caller, the spinning of the ball cage, and the shuffle of tennis-ball-bottomed walkers on the wood floors. That's not what it's like at Murray Hill and Linda Simpson's long-running Monday Night Bingo. This downtown comic duo is one of a handful of gamers who have tapped into a young, fabulous, and mostly... More »
Even after her punk-band days and her years of "anti-slam" variety performances, Jen Miller has kept a busy schedule. When she's not doing her cable-access show, or working out of her home as the curator of a troll-doll museum, or writing columns for artnet.com, or lecturing at USC about performance art, you might find her starring in her self-proclaimed "live-action TV show" Rev. Jen's Really Cool Neighborhood. Ably assisted by her Chihuahua (Rev. Jen Jr.), a giant talking roach, Moo... More »
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