TUE FEB 10: “Housing Works presents a reading and musical performance with the historian Philip Dray (Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen) and the musician Mary Kate Oâ€™Neil. Singer-songwriter With her work previously hailed by critics as ‘deeply authentic and original’ (Rolling Stone) and ‘pure magic’ (Filter), Underground reaffirms Oâ€™Neilâ€™s talent for heartfelt, bittersweet songwriting.” 7PM, “Admission is free, donated books are welcome and encouraged.”
WED FEB 11: The Beatrice series (I would propose, as Lord Byron suggested, â€œThe reader is requested to adopt the Italian pronunciation of Beatrice, sounding all the syllables.â€) presents novelists Karan Mahajan (Family Planning) and Diana Spechler (Who By Fire) at the Mercantile Library Center for Fiction. 7PM, FREE.
THU FEB 12 & FRI FEB 13: At The Kitchen, “Kalup Linzy is known for his absurdly humorous drag-performance-based videos in which he repurposes the narrative style of daytime television soaps in order to explore complicated relationships between race, class, gender, sexuality, and popular culture. For these evenings, he debuts a new, solo theatrical work exploring related themes, in which he plays piano, sings, and is accompanied by video projections that feature his ever-expanding cast of riotous characters.” Highly recommended. 8PM, $10 tickets.
SAT FEB 14: Freebird says, “To celebrate the one year anniversary of our post-apocalpytic book club, we will be showing some short films that will tug at any romantic heart: animated instuctions on how to survive a fallout, a Mississippi PSA about Armaggedon-proof bookmobiles, and a rare Richard Lester comedy about post-Nuclear Britain.” 7:30PM, FREE.
SUN FEB 15: As part of KGB Sunday Night Fiction, Jonathan Baumbach reads from YOU or The Invention of Memory, which you have about a week left to request a copy of for free via The New You Project [Full disclosure, as always: I am Jonathan’s publicist]. 7PM, FREE.