- Poetry Time at Spacespace. I will be reading with John Sakkis and John Coletti on Saturday, January 16th at 8PM. Brandon Downing will project video. You can expect good times and poetry sympathizin' homies.
- TypewriterGirls Take Over New York at the Bowery Poetry Club on January 17th. These Pittsburgh poetry-performance juggernauts are always putting on awesome-sounding events that are too far for me to attend, and they're finally here in NY so I'm sure as fuck going. Please come with me. Let's make it a poetry weekend.
- You should read the new 6x6 from Ugly Duckling Presse. It features Emily Carr, Julia Cohen, Natalie Lyalin, Lee Norton, Dan Rosenberg, and G. C. Waldrep. Can you believe this is #19 in the series? And as gorgeous and cheap as only 19 can be (forgive me that; I just remember myself at 19). But seriously what's not to love.
- Garrett Burrell's chapbook The Plague Doctor, which once sold out both its runs, is now available on the internet and you should read it. It is newly accompanied with illustrations from local man Paul Tunis of Death By Orphans fame.
- Consider for a minute when you get on the subway and yammer on loudly about someone's sports-team-sweatpants-tucked-in-boots combination (hypothetical!) (maybe!) that that person might speak your obscure Nordic tongue. This happens a lot in the city. The city is like the internet, that way -- people say curious un-thoughtful things without regard. While I never hope that the internet becomes a police state, I do hope that people in life can think about the implications of what their words convey.
- The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. This movie is full of Terry Gilliam weirdness, and as a prop-and-outfit enthusiast I have to say the costuming, by Monique Prudhomme, is fantastic. Here is an interview with her. The movie is in limited release right now, and for some goofy reason I went to the movies for the first time in like a million years (since I saw Let The Right One In). The flick is a bit heavy on the "rescue the little girl" motif, but it handles it in some unconventional ways and the little girl herself (a gorgeous Lily Cole, wow) is quite headstrong. Also, Tom Waits is in this movie, which is a good thing.
- This amazing shot-for-shot Lady Gaga parody made entirely with, from, and around just stuff in someone's house. As my friend Ellen said, "I'm sad I didn't make it."
And that's your ARTS for the week.