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Lisa’s note: I have some listings to keep you all busy around town and out East. Thanks for stopping by. —Enjoy!

the urbanseashell—line up

(scroll down for detailed info)

Women's Work
Bowery Poetry Club, 3/16; 3/20
The Parkside Lounge, 3/19
The Perch Cafe: Literary Tuesday, 3/18; 3/25
Brooklyn Restaurant Week, 3/24-31
The Cornelia Street Cafe, 3/20
CinewomenNY, 3/25
Hamptons Restaurant Week, 3/30-4/6
The Charismatic Megafauna String Orchestra, 4/2
Remembering Fireflies
Moving Image, 4/3

Cecilia Dinio Durkin, founder of Women’s Work located in Cold Spring, NY was introduced to me by Louise Orlando, a good friend and former colleague from Scholastic. Louise and Cecilia know each other from their travels through Africa.

Ceciia and her husband Peter take folks on personally hosted Safari’s. They have one coming up with only 4 spaces left. If anyone is interested in going on a Safari to Botswana, click here for details and don’t forget to let me know if you’re going so we can post your adventures.

Cecilia’ business is also being recognized in the Hudson region for being an innovated business within the community. She writes:

Hi All, Just thought I'd share some good news...Women's Work has been nominated by the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce for Most Innovative Business. WW is in the company of several very prestigious and long standing orgs/businesses and I'm so honored that my tiny little shop that's barely been around for two years would be noticed...

There is a way to vote on the CS Chamber website if you are so inclined...and if you know of anyone interested in the voting, perhaps you could forward the email to them as well.
Just when I am wondering if I'm doing all I can, I get a nudge that things are indeed progressing nicely. This nomination only proves that we're on the right track.

Thanks everyone for all of your support! And I'll let you know who wins!

Cecilia Dinio Durkin

Women's Work
66 Main St

Cold Spring, NY 10516


The Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Innovation in Business Award to honor a business or organization that has positively impacted the immediate community and Hudson Valley Region with Job Creation, Business Growth, New Initiatives and Sustainability. Please cast your vote by going to


LiVE MaG! #5
with superhosts
Hanne Winarsky, Editor of Princeton University Press and
William Electric Black, Poetry Coordinator for
La Mama, Etc.
Bring your poems to be read on the stage!
Get published in LiVE MaG!

Hear guest poets
Sheila Maldonado,
Ilka Scobie,
Mark Statman
plus Beat goddess JANINE POMMY VEGA!!!

hosted by your devoted MC and IMPresario,
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

On Sunday, March 16 from 6 to 8,
$4 entrance fee includes complementary magazine

The Bowery Poetry Club
is located at
308 Bowery
between Houston and Bleecker
Subway: F train to
Second Avenue or 6 train to Bleecker.


Evan Laurence wrties:
Hello Friends! My Sexahol Revue is getting hotter than ever
and can be seen
next week, March 19 at:
The Parkside Lounge
417 East Houston
(Around Ave. B or Attorney Street)
$5 plus 2 drink minimum
Take the F to 2nd Ave, R/W to 8th ST. or 6 to Astor Place
Evan Laurence - singing au capela (my computer is dead!)
and bringing out Blinka in a brand new outfit!
Also improv-ing with the fabulous David F. Slone.
David F. Slone - Singing and improv-ing with moi!
Fantastic Genius - the funniest couple in the world!
Nasty Canasta - Burlesque stripping with an ingenious comic flair!
Christopher Noffke - Singing his cute little ass off! and
Crossroads - A wonderful musical trio and their first time at Sexahol!
We need to entertain the hell out of you, so come!
Arrive! Be There! Don't
be square!


The Perch Café

Literary Tuesdays
Curator - Pam Laskin
followed by an open mic

March 18- MFA student Marathon. Lynette Braxon is a professional actress, poet, playwright and storyteller who shares her stories, poems, songs and dance with everyone. She will be sharing the stage with Karen Clark, who received her BA from Barnard College in 1983, with a double major in English Literature and German. She spent much of her adult life in the retail book business, and owned a used bookshop, The Last Word. After closing the store, Karen started in the MA program at City College, and has since switched to the MFA Program. Last spring, she was thrilled to receive CCNY/CUNY’s Geraldine Moore award for short fiction. Lynn Dion is enrolled in the MFA program at City College with a focus on nonfiction and translation. She holds masters degrees in Music and Psychology, and teaches Introduction to Psychology and Writing for the Sciences at City College. Jacklyn Janeksela is an adjunct lecturer , completing her MFA from City College. She hopes to continue her studies at the Graduate Center, where she would like to study Comparative Literature and concentrate on translation. Currently she is working on her first novel and a collection of poetry. Laurel Kallen’s prior lives include speechwriting for former New York City mayor David Dinkins. She writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and her work has appeared in The Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, Global City Review, Mothering and Montessori Life.


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Tahani Salah & Aja-Monet present
a NEW Poetry series at

308 Bowery@ Bleecker
OPEN MIC & Feature Performances by
Mahogany-Browne and the


Thursday, March 20
10-12 a.m.
Swagger Dagger Dance After Party 12a.m. until ???

CWNY-NYWIFT Screening Series


6:30 PM
Two Boots Pioneer Theater

155 E. 3rd Street, near Ave. A

Tickets: $6.50 CWNY/NYWIFT members
and Students/Groups/Pioneer members
$10.00 General Public
Buy Tix at
or call 212-591-0434

Filmmaker Q&A and After Party
following screening at No Malice Palace

A Walk to Beautiful tells the stories of five Ethiopian women who suffer from devastating childbirth injuries and make the journey to reclaim their lost dignity. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women are left to spend the rest of their lives in loneliness and shame. The trials they endure—and their attempts to rebuild their lives—tell a universal story of hope, courage, and transformation. Read More...

The Perch Café
Literary Tuesdays
Curator - Pam Laskin
followed by an open mic

March 25-Cave Canen Presents: Celeste Doaks, Hallie S. Hobson, Juliet Howard and Nicole Sealy. Celeste Doaks’ work has been published in The Village Voice, Time Out New York and Quarterly Black Book Review. In 2005 she won the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker scholarship to attend the Fine Arts Work center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She is a three-time Regional Cave Canem fellow, and is co-founder of Speakeasy, a monthly Open Mic series in Brooklyn. Her only other obsessive passion is being an aunt to two 9-year old boys. Hallie S. Hobson is a playwright, and has been featured poet at the Louder/Arts program. Her theatrical works have been work shopped and presented at Brava!Theatre for Women in the Arts, the Mark Taper Forum Blacksmyths Writers’ Lab and A.S.K.,among others. Hallie received her bachelor’s degree from Yale, and an MFA in playwriting from UCLA, and currently makes her home in Harlem, New York. Juliet P. Howard is an MFA candidate at City College, and a Cave Canem fellow. She has been published in Promethean and The Portable Lower East Side. Juliet holds a BA in English from Barnard and a JD from Brooklyn Law School. She lives in Brooklyn with her life partner Norma Jean and their two sons, Jordon and Nicholas. Nicole Sealey is a journalist, editor and poet. Her interviews with acclaimed writers Sapphire, DJ Spooky and Patricia Smith can be found in Artists and Influence: Volume XXV, Studio and Mosaic. She is the Readings/Workshops Program Coordinator at Poets & Writers, and a Cave Canem fellow. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies Feeding the Soul: Black Music, Black Thought and His Rib, among others.

March 30th to April 6th
presented by WordHampton PR

6:30 pm,
Wednesday, April 2

The Charismatic Megafauna String Orchestra is an old-time string band with a modern twist. Its members are Park Slope's own Bilger family--Burkhard Bilger on guitar, Jennifer Nelson on violin and accordion, Hans Bilger (14) on stand-up bass, and Ruby Bilger (10) on vocals and percussion. Their friend and spiritual leader Michael Abrams plays ukulele and the youngest Bilger--Evangeline (5)-- occasionally joins in on songs about chickens. The band plays an uproarious mixture of folk songs, novelties tunes, and rock-and-roll classics, filtered through their own sweet but slightly skewed sensibilities.

Apr 2
Apr 16
Apr 30
May 28
Jun 11
Jun 25 (tentative)

3 6 5 5 th A V E N U E
F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)
W W W . T H E P E R C H C A F E . C O M

Pam Laskin is the Curator of Literary Tuesday's at The Perch Cafe
Show your support for this independent writer and order her latest book:

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At The Times Center, Thursday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.

Wong Kar-wai, the influential and innovative Hong Kong director known for his stylish cosmopolitan romances, will be the focus of a special program of conversation and clips from his films. The program, presented by Museum of the Moving Image on Thursday, April 3, 2008, 7:00 p.m. at The Times Center in Manhattan, features a dialogue with the director, moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz, and clips from Wong’s films including his new movie, My Blueberry Nights, In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express, and more.

Wong Kar-wai came to international attention at the 1989 Cannes International Film Festival Critics’ Week with his first film, As Tears Go By. His second feature, Days of Being Wild, a period romance set in 1960s Hong Kong, established him as a master with his luminous, visually exquisite scenes of neon, nighttime, and unrequited love. This film also marked the beginning of his collaboration with Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle and the actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai. The 1994 cult hit Chungking Express was followed by Fallen Angels, films that capture the urban energy of Hong Kong before the return to Chinese rule. At the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Wong was awarded Best Director for Happy Together, a gay romance set in Buenos Aires, and in 2000 at Cannes, his most acclaimed film, In the Mood for Love, was awarded Best Actor for Tony Leung. My Blueberry Nights, his first English language film—starring Norah Jones, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, David Strathairn, and Rachel Weisz—will be released by The Weinstein Company on April 4.
Tickets: $25. Museum members receive a one-time special discount of $10 on tickets purchased before March 27 / Free for Sponsor-level members and above. Order advance tickets online at or call 718.784.4520.

The Times Center , at 242 West 41 Street is the venue for a monthly series presented by the Museum of the Moving Image. Past guests have included Chris Matthews, Sidney Lumet, Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Ang Lee, Joan Allen, James Schamus, Danny Glover, and John Sayles.

The renovation and expansion of Museum of the Moving Image has begun. The grand reopening is planned for December 2009. During construction, film screenings will be held off-site.

Visit for updates and announcements,
Upcoming Workshops & Summer Programs!

1 comment:

Ron said...

There are a lot of interesting things to do in brooklyn. Last years i did a Brooklyn New York tours! It was amazing but i want to return there as soon as possible! :)!