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What Jonathan Ames said and our new songs about YOGA.

Tuesday, 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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The Podcast

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

Tuesday, 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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Hello again, goodbye.. 2016

Friday, 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!

Tuesday, 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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March 15th – Bob Holman

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Join us for a birthday celebration Bushwick Book Club style!  Your favorite local and touring musicians, songwriters and artists present new music and performance inspired by the work of Bob Holman — poet, spoken word artist, endangered language activist, founder of The Bowery Poetry Club and creator of new PBS series, “Language Matters.”  We are celebrating this celebrator of creativity with creativity inspired by his creativity!

 

March 15th, 1pm
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, NY

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Shining Synchronicities – The Mirror’s All There

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The show was on October 29th.  John Fell Ryan’s birthday.  His 42nd birthday.  42 people.  October 30th was the date of the closing day at The Overlook.  It’s all coming together now.  Our next BBC book?  Bluebeard of course by Vonnegut.  Vonnegut in January.  Date will be posted soon.

Meanwhile, enjoy the photos by Lippe Manufacturing online:

https://m.facebook.com/BushwickBookClub/albums/872225559456103/

And all the songs (plus John Fell Ryan’s presentation) on the BANDCAMP!

And all these synchronicities (extracted from JFR’s presentation):

  • 42 – is all over the Shining (and Hitch hiker’s guide to the galaxy – the answer to life, the universe and everything.)
  • 4+2 = 6, the priest I sat next to on my 11 hour ride (Apollo 11!) back to NYC said 6 is the number of the devil (1 short of god who is 7).
  • 6 also reflects the hexagons on the carpet; the parking lot.

Nautical theme:

  • JFR had dinner at Maritime Hotel – walked 12 blocks to the show which was at the lightship Frying Pan
  • “The Shining” begins on water –  Lake Montana
  •  JFR visited that lake as a child.

“Room 237” premiered at Sundance, at the Egyptian Theater, located on Sidewinder, which is the  street that leads to the Overlook in the movie.

The Egyptian theater was also the theater JFR worked at as a teenager in Seattle.

  • Mistake – weirdest of the night.  The pre-recorded track for Nicola’s dance piece cut off, and we heard—“This is Katie on Radiolab”
  • KDK 12” is the call sign for the radio at the Overlook.

Rocky” theme/connection: 

  • That night people started shouting out “Adrian!” ( for Adrian Cohen, but in the Sylvester Stallone accent)
  • “The Shining” is famous for its use of the steadicam.  The steadicam operator and inventor,  Garrett Brown, was called away from shooting “The Shining” to shoot “Rocky.”
  • Actor Tony Burton, Rocky’s ring man, also played the snowcat rental guy in “The Shining.”

Coincidental names:

  •  Tony Burton/ Tony the invisible guy who lives in Danny’s mouth.
  • Danny Lloyd / Lloyd the bartender
  • Lloyd the bartender’s bar is based on the Gold Room in the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright left his wife for his girlfriend who was murdered by a crazy guy with an ax who set his whole studio on fire.
  • We’re all here in the Hex.
  • The boiler room (the Frying Pan stage area looked like a boiler room)
  • JFR’s college roommate married his ex-girlfriend in that room in the Frying Pan.  Her grandmother said “This is the worst place she’s ever been”
  • “The Shining” keeps producing stories — Halloran calls the pantry “The Story Room.”  Endless tales, legends, looping endless shots, 127 takes of Halloran talking to Danny about ice cream.
  • 237 – Jack Nicholson born 1937.  Danny Lloyd born 1973.
  • Coach sells the Apollo 11 sweater for  $732
  • Stanley Hotel – Stephen King stayed at Stanley Hotel and wrote The Shining there.  Stanley Hotel was designed by Freelan Oscar Stanley.  The Overlook Hotel is a conglomerate of several hotels.  Timberline Hotel in Mt. Hood, Oregon and Owani Hotel – Yosemite, designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood

“The mirror, the mirror, the mirror’s all there.”

Like walking through a mirror, JFR walked into movie-ness.  He’s not the super fan.  One day, after drinking 12 beers in 8 hours…

October 30th – the closing day in The Shining at The Overlook.

In 1977, October 30th was daylight savings.  Time, contracts, celestial bodies…

 

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CHARMING DISASTER for the after show

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

This just in:

CHARMING DISASTER will grace us with their songs of murder and accidents and calamities for our post-SHINING  afterglow on the historical lightship FRYING PAN. There will be exclusive pre-release copies of their debut album, “Love, Crime & Other Trouble” available at the show.

Join us in casting that creepy light next Wednesday night!

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LoveCrime+OtherTrouble

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September 19th – Maya Angelou’s I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Our next show will present new music and performances inspired by the words of Maya Angelou.

September 19th, 8pm
Dixon Place
161 Christie Street
New York, NY 10002
ph: 212-219-0736

Performers:

Debe Dalton – singer-songwriter, banjo player
Prince Akeem – hip hop artist, rapper
Phoebe Novak – singer-songwriter
Sanam Erfani – actress, playwright
spiritchild – hip hop artist, activist
Susannah Pryce – performer, fire dancer, rapper
Pierre de Gaillande – composer, musician,

Hosted by BBC founder, Susan Hwang and BBC Malmo, Sweden founders Kristian Carlsson and Thomas Teller who will also be performing their original work inspired by Angelou’s book and life.  Thomas Teller is accompanied by Swedish musicians Christoffer Larsson and Marcus Sjögren.

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AND, you can listen to songs from our last show on bushwickbookclub.bandcamp.com:

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some pictures from our first NYC/Malmo show

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Thanks Dag, for these lovely shots of our first experience presenting with BBC Malmo (and our first Swedish author).  What a time…

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