Posts Tagged ‘songs about books’

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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Our next show – A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith

Monday, August 17th, 2015

September, 14th, 8pm - Join us at the venerable, delicious, creative hotbed known as SUPERFINE for our presentation of new music and performance inspired by Betty Smith’s classic, A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN.  It’s an Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event!

Local songwriters, musicians, poets, dancers and creative daredevils of all mediums come together to present their creative responses to A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith.
SONGWRITERS: Mark Lessereaux, Peg Simone, Renee Goust, Soce The Elemental Wizard, David Lavin, Hilary Downes, Susan Hwang, Sweet Soubrette, Mia Pixley,  The Violin Femmes , Pearl Rhein and Robin Aigner
VISUAL ART – curated by Ori Cosentino - ocosentino.com
Book-themed culinary offering also by Ori Cosentino
DANCE by Andrew Jannetti (andrewjannettianddancer.org) and Jessica Lewis Arts (Jessicalewisarts.com )
Hosted by BBC founder Susan Hwang.
Superfine has been a cultural and culinary haven in DUMBO for 17 years and continues to cultivate and excite Brooklyn arts and palettes!
Bushwick Book Club engages readers through song, performance and art!  Your mother’s book club is nice too…
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Hello, Nyack. A brand new Book Club is born!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Singer/songwriter/performance artist/busker Joe Crow Ryan is moving to Nyack, NY.  With his arrival there, he is starting the brand new Nyack, NY chapter of The Bushwick Book Club.  Their first show coincides with our 5th anniversary show in Bushwick, so January 22nd we’ll be celebrating both how old and how new we are!

Bushwick Book Club Nyack will be at Olive’s–a great local bar that not only has songs about books, but their own house potato chips.  Handmade potato chips are an obscenely well-matched snack food for literature-inspired music (wings and calamari are not too shabby either).

January 22nd – BBC Nyack, first show!
Olive’s
118A Main St.
Nyack, NY 10960
ph: 845-353-4377

January 22nd, 8pm, BBC 5th Anniversary/Vonnegut show!
Goodbye Blue Monday
1087 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY
ph: 718 453 6343

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First show of 2014 – Welcome to the Monkey House

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Our first show of 2014 is also our FIFTH ANNIVERSARY.  Five years of songs about books and only more to come.

So far, we have Phoebe Kreutz (who also played the very first BBC show in January of 2009), Susan Hwang, Mia Pixley, Phil Andrews, KEN SOUTH ROCK (Susan’s favorite rock band–half Ken Minami from Japan, and half Adam Amram from Bushwick) and Jessie Kilguss.  More players to be announced soon!

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Our next show: 2013 Sampler at Slipper Room

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Decisions are overrated.  Just take a bite out of each one.

On December 18th, you get to taste songs inspired by all the books we used for musical inspiration in 2013.  Hear your favorite songs about books in new arrangements and instrumentation with collaboration from dancers and aerialist, Rebecca Heinegg!

It’s a literary-musical, cross-genre, mixed discipline send-off to the year at the beautiful, Slipper Room in the Lower East Side.

Performances by: Arden Rogow-Bales, Casey Holford, Charlie Nieland, Jessie Kilguss, Jonathan Vincent, Julie Delano, Leslie Graves, Mia Pixley, Peter Dizozza, Phil Andrews, spiritchild, Susan Hwang, Sweet Soubrette

Songs inspired by: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Tango by Justin Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, Mapping Manhattan by Becky Cooper, The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and My Lunches with Orson

Thursday, December 18th, 8pm
The Slipper Room
167 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
(212) 253-7246

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End of October Orson Welles inspired show!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Our next show is using My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles as inspiration for new songs.  Come hear what happens when brave songwriting minds collide with stories and conversations from this seminal filmmaker, artist and personality.  We may have to eat his favorite meal in honor of the night: 2 steaks cooked rare, 2 baked potatoes, a whole pineapple and a pint of scotch.

Wednesday October 30th, 8pm
Sidewalk Cafe
94 Ave. A (@ 6th Street)
New York, NY 10009
Door: by donation

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June 18th – “Mapping Manhattan” at The Living Room

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

We’re excited to present original music inspired by Becky Cooper’s new book Mapping Manhattan: A Love (And Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers.  It’s a collection of hand drawn maps of this city – each as different as the New Yorker that created it.  They are maps of lives lived and stories told–lamenting, celebrating, remembering.

Come hear the music inspired by these glimpses into our neighbors’ lives.  Show is Tuesday, June 18th, 8pm at The Living Room in the Lower East Side.  Songs by:

Hilary Downes, Toby King, Susan Hwang, Jessie Kilguss, Sweet Soubrette, spiritchild, Herb Scher, Dan and Rachel and Danydany.

This book choice was inspired by Maria Popova’s awesome blog to inspiration and all things interesting, Brainpickings.org.  If you click on the book there and buy it through Amazon, you help her out.  If you come hear the songs next Tuesday night, you help out your inner hunger for brand new, literature-inspired songs!  (That sound is your soul grumbling for songs about books.)

Mapping Manhattan - June 18th at The Living Room!

 

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