What Jonathan Ames said and our new songs about YOGA.

October 10th, 2017

“I was so honored that the Bushwick Book Club made music in response to my writing.  All the arts are about communication — if one is to make grand summarizing statements — and to have two of the arts communicating with each other, prose and music, like birds in a tree in Bushwick, is a brilliant concept that the Bushwick Book Club has invented and continues to practice with great joy and exuberance and beauty.  And to repeat myself — I’m so pleased that my writing caused this lovely group to burst into song. Because what’s better than bursting into song? Very little!” – Jonathan Ames, 

We played songs for Jonathan Ames’, Wake Up, Sir! in April 2014.  You can listen to all the songs here: https://bushwickbookclub.bandcamp.com/album/wake-up-sir-by-jonathan-ames

And you can listen to Jonathan speaking about being moved by BBC, singing a lullaby and demonstrating an authentic Harry Call right here: https://bushwickbookclub.bandcamp.com/track/jonathan-ames

Our next show is Tuesday, October 10th, 7:30pm at Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the same room where Jonathan Ames enacted that boyhood warning call and where the Lenape tribe partied for centuries.  The book inspiring new songs is yoga master, B.K.S. Iyengar’s LIGHT ON LIFE.

You know what is funner than doing yoga?  Well, just about anything, but definitely, listening to songs inspired by yoga.  Listen to new, original, songs from:

John S. Hall - poet, songwriter, KING MISSILE
Frank Rathbone, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, SicTic
Jessie Kilguss - songwriter, musician, vocalist
Pearl Rhein - actor, songwriter, ”Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812!”
Charlie Nieland - producer, engineer, songwriter, LUSTERLIT
Susan Hwang - songwriter, BBC founder and host

Bushwick Book Club meets regularly on the edge of literature-inspired art.

October 10th, 7:30pm
Barbès
376 9th St. (@6th Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY (7th ave stop on the F train.)
Door – $10 recommended donation
www.bushwickbookclub.com
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/332269887184880/?ref=br_rs

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TIME CHANGE for Show on the 17th! We start at 8:30pm

September 16th, 2017

Venue is the same, but we’ll be going on at 8:30pm!  That is the MEAT CAKE hour!!  Author DAME DARCY will be there!  So will all these fine musicians and songwriters, filmmakers, snack makers:

Susan Hwang - songwriter, BBC founder and host
John S. Hall - poet, songwriter, KING MISSILE
Charlie Nieland - producer, engineer, songwriter, LUSTERLIT
Jessie Kilguss - songwriter, musician, vocalist
Lisa Barnstone - Filmmaker
Annie McCain Engman - songwriter, vocalist
Mark Lesseraux - songwriter, band leader – MARK LESSERAUX AND THE CITIZENS
Tom Lackaff - songwriter
Ellia Bisker - songwriter, SWEET SOUBRETTE, CAHRMING DISASTER
Jim Andralis - songwriter, JIM ANDRALIS AND THE SYNTONICS
Mallory Feuer - songwriter, GRASPING STRAWS
Pearl Rhein - songwriter, actor, “The Great Comet of 1812″
Henry Tenny - songwriter, writer, producer

Bushwick Book Club meets regularly on the edge of literature-inspired art.

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Our Next Show: MEAT CAKE BIBLE by Dame Darcy for Brooklyn Book Festival Book End Events

August 14th, 2017

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THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2017 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT
Author Dame Darcey will be there to hear all the songs and to speak with the audience about the ”neo-Victorian horror/humor/romance comic” MEAT CAKE as we explore it through the creativity of local Brooklyn musicians, artists and culinary creatives.  Dame Darcey will also give a special performance of her own songs along with new work from:

Susan Hwang
John S. Hall
Charlie Nieland
Jessie Kilguss
Lisa Barnstone - Filmmaker
Annie McCain Engman
Mark Lesseraux
Tom Lackaff
Ellia Bisker
Jim Andralis
Mallory Feuer
Terry Radigan

and others!

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Tuesday’s show inspired by Steve Martin

June 5th, 2017

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TUESDAY’s show is at Barbès in Park Slope.  June 6, 7:30pm, 376 Ninth St., (@ 6th Ave.) in Park Slope Brooklyn. You get to see, hear and taste Born Standing Up and Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin.  It’s a great excuse to watch some of the footage of his seminal stand-up if you don’t have time to read.  In addition to the songs and comedy, here’s the MENU from our contributing chef, Jonathan Dressler:

Pre-Show Snacks 
“Vinyl Vest Pocket” from How to Fold Soup
- chips & onion spread

 ”Months One and Two” from Dr. Fitzkee’s Lucky Astrology Diet
- boiled egg & raisin salad w/ cumin and cilantro

After Show Dessert 
“Month Three” from Dr. Fitzkee’s Lucky Astrology Diet”
- pumpkin pie w/ whipped cream and chocolate sauce

* Comedy from Tabitha Vidaurri
* Visual art from Kat Flannery and Julie Lamendola!
* Songs from Susan HwangCharlie NielandJohn S. HallKrystal HawesBen FoleyNessa GrasingStorm Garner
and Janelle Maire!
* FB event HERE

Introducing our book-inspired chef!

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Jonathan Dressler used to be decent at trombone and trumpet, is still is ok at drums and synthesizers, is good at audio engineering and electronic music programming and is getting closer to being decent at cooking one day.Instead of attending culinary school, Jonathan has opted to work at several top New York Restaurants. He hopes to one day have a restaurant which can combine health and wellness with indulgences with the wonderful world of celebratory foods. Like pie.
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The Podcast

June 1st, 2017

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The podcast about new things made in response to books is here!  We have two episodes already.  The most recent features our latest performances and creations for AMERICANAH by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie for the mayor’s One Book, One New York initiative!  Listen on iTunes and Soundcloud!

Join BBC founder, Susan Hwang in her kitchen with songwriters, John S. Hall, Charlie Nieland, Jessie Kilguss, Krystal Hawes and Jennifer Devore for AMERICANAH-inspired cocktails and the cookie you don’t get for reducing racism.  The songwriters discuss their participation in the first One Book One NY initiative and the impact of AMERICANAH in their music and lives.  Enjoy songs from those at the kitchen table, plus performances from Karen Kuhl, Jim Flynn, Juliet Garrett, Janelle Lawrence, Annie McCain Engman, Terry Radigan, Swan Drsti and Iyvon Edebiri.  Kat Flannery‘s AMERICANAH-inspired painting is featured, but of course you can’t see it.

Subscribe to the podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-bushwick-book-club-podcast/id1242684159?mt=2

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Our next show: AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, May 12th for ONE BOOK, ONE NY

April 23rd, 2017

Our next show:
AMERICANAH
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
May 12th at City Winery
for ONE BOOK, ONE NY

More literature inspired times are ahead for the whole city as New York becomes one, big book club.  Is there a record for largest book club ever?

Song, dance and art are in the making right now, in response to the One Book, One NY choice - AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  This is an Official One Book, One NY Event!

Friday, May 12th, 8pm
City Winery

155 Varick St.
New York, NY 10013
Door: $10 / ticket link: HERE

Writing and performing:
Susan Hwang - co-host and songwriter
Jessie Kilguss 
- co-host and songwriter
Charlie Nieland - producer, lusterlit.bandcamp.com
Karyn Kuhl - singer/songwriter
Annie McCain Engman - songwriter, musician, actor
Terry Radigan - singer/songwriter
Jia Jung - podcast - Play It Back, writer, songwriter
Nicola Yvette Hughes - choreographer
Krystal Hawes - songwriter, musician, vocalist
Juliet Garrett - songwriter, actor, Psychobaby
Jennifer Devore – cellist, composer, Zentripetal
Ben Foley - singer/songwriter
Jim Flynn - harpist, songwriter
Swan Drsti – dance, multi-media – radio - INK AND WORM
**visual art by Kat Flannery**

More info on the Mayor’s One Book, One NY initiative: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/books/one-book-one-new-york-program-announced.html?_r=0

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Getting ready – April 8th, Saturday – HOW TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE LAUGH

April 4th, 2017

We’re presenting new music, dance and improv inspired by the memoir/instruction manual by comedian, writer, filmmaker, Negin Farsad – HOW TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE LAUGH.  Hear sneak peaks of songwriters in process on Swan Drsti’s literary podcast Ink and Worm: All Things Reading and Writing (Wednesdays at 2pm on Radio Free Brooklyn).  Here’s the episode from last week!

This Wednesday’s episode will feature more BBC songwriters in conversation with Swan.  The show is this Saturday at Little Skips!

April 8th, 8pm
Little Skips
941 Willoughby Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221
DOOR: by donation (proceeds from the night go to immigrant advocate group MAKE THE ROAD)

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Our next show: HOW TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE LAUGH by Negin Farsad

March 9th, 2017

2017 is Bushwick Book Club’s year of immigrant, comedian or immigrant-comedian authors.  To kick off this series, we’ve chosen Negin Farsad’s HOW TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE LAUGH as fodder for new songs, art, dance and snacks.  Join us April 8th at 8:30pm at LITTLE SKIPS in Bushwick for a literature-induced, multi-media high.  It’s creativity inspired by creativity with no seat belts, life jackets or helmets.  We’re Bushwick Book Club, and that’s how we do Saturday nights.

Scheduled perfomers:

Jessie Kilguss
Ray Brown
Susan Hwang (hosting as well!)
Charlie Nieland
Jim Andralis
Thomas Wolfe
Cody Blevin
Jackie Desouza
Aigul Nevin (native dance from Kyrgyzstan)

FULL Post-Book-Club sets will be performed by RAY BROWN and others to be announced soon!

FB invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1252858074831687/

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Hello again, goodbye.. 2016

December 9th, 2016

We’re letting go by playing it again and hearing something new.  We’re taking the spark of creations from this year and seeing how we can further it now, how they want to take shape now and what else of ourselves comes through the songs now.  We’re building now out of nothing and out of everything we got.  Come celebrate with us at the marvelous Issyra Gallery.  You’ll be immersed in an environment built from the hands, spirit and vision of artist, Issa Sow, plus the literature-inspired revelry of yours truly, Bushwick Book Club.  Plus, someone is making beef bourguignon.

BBC.2016Performances by: SWAN DRSTI, JESSIE KILGUSS, TIMOTHY DARK, STORM GARNER, CHARLIE NIELAND, SUSAN HWANG, MARK LESSERAUX, SWEET SOUBRETTE

Specialty 2016 literature inspired COCKTAIL and SNACKS by DEB AND JASON!

Songs inspired by:

GALAPAGOS by Kurt Vonnegut
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF by Tennesse Williams
CATCHING THE BIG FISH by David Lynch
GEEK LOVE by Katherine Dunn
Biography of Nikola Tesla by Sean Patrick
THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE by Jonathan Lethem
Monsters of Literature

SATURDAY, December 17th, 7pm
ISSYRA GALLERY
300 Observer Hwy (Hoboken stop on PATH)
Hoboken, NJ
FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/140956606385586

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Songs about books – Triple Release show Wednesday night at HiFi!

September 27th, 2016

Jessie KilgussCharlie Nieland and BBC founder, Susan Hwang are releasing their new recordings of songs inspired by works of Vonnegut, Tennessee Williams, Jonathan Ames, Stephen King and others (even Julia Child!).  The show is at HiFi in the East Village and will include performances from Jessie and her band, plus Charlie and Susan’s new all-lit-based duo, Lusterlit, plus special guests from Bushwick Book Club – Sweet SoubretteCasey Holford,Pearl Rhein and John S. Hall.  The good times are endless with a good book.  Or even a bad one.

Did you see the commercial for the show?

Wednesday, September 28th, 7:30pm-10:30pm
HiFi
169 Ave. A
NYC

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