Contemporary STL Playground of the Ridiculous

playgroung_pro.jpgCheck out the ridiculousness at the Contemporary during its new summer series The Playground of the Ridiculous. Ridiculous, serious, and inconsequential acts will be performed.

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June 27, July 11, July 25
6:00 – 10:00 pm, Free admission, $1.00 Budweiser Select

Check out the ridiculousness at the Contemporary during its new summer series The Playground of the Ridiculous. Ridiculous, serious, and inconsequential acts will be performed.

Friday, July 11
This evening will welcome a film screening of Houdini’s surviving film footage (check out the YouTube video here), poetry readings hosted by Observable Books with poets Marcel Toussaint, Pamela Garvey, Alessandra Lynch, and Kevin Prufer, dance performances by Atrek Dance Collective, and music by The Mirror Stage.

Friday, July 25
This evening will welcome a film screening of The Stan Laurel Collection, poetry readings hosted by Observable Books with poets Aaron McNally, John Gallaher, Alessandra Lynch, and Stefene Russell, dance performances by Atrek Dance Collective, and music.

 

About the performers:

Marcel Toussaint’s works have been featured in fourteen anthologies, National Public radio, KDHX FM 88 Television, by the Symphony Pops at Powell Hall and in a poetic bi-lingual booklet "Remember Me Young.”

Pamela Garvey’s chapbook, Fear, a finalist for the New Women’s Voices Competition, was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press. Poems are in recent issues of Contemporary Verse 2 and Smartish Pace and forthcoming in Cimarron Review and RATTLE.

Alessandra Lynch is the author of Sails the Wind Left Behind (Alice James Books, 2002) and It was a terrible cloud at twilight (Pleiades Press, 2008). Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Antioch Review, jubilat, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.

Kevin Prufer’s newest books are National Anthem (Four Way, 2008) and Fallen From a Chariot (Carnegie Mellon, 2002). With Wayne Miller, he’s also editor of New European Poets (Graywolf Press, 2008) and Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.

Aaron McNally is the author of Out of the Blue (Caveworks, 2008). His collaborations with Friedrich Kerksieck have been published widely.

John Gallaher is the author of Gentlemen in Turbans, Ladies in Cauls and The Little Book of Guesses. Recent work appears in Field, New American Writing, Iowa Review and The Best American Poetry 2008. He lives in rural Missouri and co-edits The Laurel Review.

Stefene Russell is a co-editor of 52nd City magazine (52ndcity.com) and a member of the arts collective Poetry Scores (poetryscores.com) which is dedicated to translating poetry into other media, including music, art, film and dance.

 

 

 

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