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The Charistmatic Megaphonic 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 (13) 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.
Future dates unless otherwise noted: March 11 & 25th, April 8 & 22nd, May 6 & 20th, June 3 & 17th
Literary Tuesdays curated by Pam Laskin March 3 at 7:30pm
Laura Hinton is the author of The Perverse Gaze of Sympathy: Sadomasochistic Sentiments from Clarissa to Rescue 911. (SUNY Press, 1999) and co-editor of We Who Love to Be Astonished: Experimental Women’s Writing and Performance Poetics (University of Alabama Press, 2001) and other work. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as How2, Feminist Studies, Sonaweb, NthPosition and anthologies like Poetic Voices Without Borders. A long poem-book manuscript, Sisyphus My Love, is currently under submission. Laura is the editor of a chaplet series by the newly inaugurated Mermaid Tenement Press, and is a Professor of English at The City College, where she teaches women’s literature, contemporary literature and film, and where she coordinates the InterRUPTions experimental-writers reading series. She will be reading with Brenda Iijima, author of Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus, 2007) and Around Sea (O Books, 2004). Her book If Not Metamorphic was runner-up for the Sawtooth Prize and will be published by Ahsatha Press, and revv.you’ll-ution is forthcoming from Displaced Editions in 2009. She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, and together, with Evelyn Reilly, is editing a collection of essays by poets concerning poetry and ecological ethics, which will be available in spring, 2009. She is the art editor at Boog City as well as a visual artist, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she designs and constructs homeopathic gardens.
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