Friday, November 14, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 11 no 23

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for all of the creativity and generosity flowing through our community. I am constantly reminded of how cool our neighborhood is and you all are the ones that make it happen. Keep up the good work! 

Soft River Reading Series - poetry reading
Monday, November 17
652 E 52nd Street
7:00 PM, free (donations for traveling writers encouraged), all-ages 

I used feel overwhelmed while reading poetry, I was afraid that I wasn’t doing it right. A few years ago I realized that my fear was silly. There is no right or wrong way to experience poetry, just let it wash over you. I do really enjoy it when I can hear the words in the poet’s voice; it brings a whole new appreciation for the work. You can do just that at Print_Text on Monday, November 17. Bring a pillow to sit on and join five poets for a cozy evening of poetry. 

Here is a little bit about the poets:
Joel Felix is travelling in support of his book Limbs of the Apple Tree Never Die and is from Seattle. Patrick Morrissey is the poetry editor of Chicago Review and is about to have his first book of poems published.  Kaveh Akbar is from Indianapolis and is a poet, editor, and educator. He founded and edits Divedapper, serves as Poetry Editor for BOOTH. His writing has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, , The New York Quarterly, The Dublin Quarterly, and more. Chris Forhan now lives Indianapolis and grew up in Seattle. He is the author of Forgive Us Our Happiness and has won several poetry prizes. He teaches in the MFA program at Butler University. Wendy Lee Spacek also lives in Indianapolis. She is a poet, curator of the Soft River, and unofficial distributor of small-press books. Her work has been published in LVNG Magazine and on-line through Monster House Press.

Mandatory Mustache Bash
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Melody Inn
3826 N. Illinois Street
21+, 8:00 PM, $10
This is the sixth year for the Mustache Bash and instructions are to, “make one, grow one or get one at the door!” If you don’t have one already, show off your creativity in making a mustache to wear. The sky is the limit. Sort of – it does have to fit under your nose. And don’t worry; if you don’t come with a mustache you will be given an adhesive one at the door
Prize categories include the traditional, Best Real, Best Fake and the coveted Mustache Spirit awards. This year Creepiest and Most Uncomfortable are new categories. Judges will be mingling amongst the guests picking their favorite mustaches, so arrive early enough to be considered (judging ends at 11:00).
9:00pm – Nate and Dev
9:45pm – Brandon Tinkler
10:45pm – Pork & Beans Brass Band
11:30 – Awards
Midnight – The Kickback
Larry Carlton
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Ave
21+, 7:00 & 9:30 PM, $40 ($60 for front row seating) 

Four-time Grammy winner, Larry Carlton is known all over the world as one of the best guitar players around. You can often see him supporting Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, or The Crusaders. His own records are a distinctive blend of bluesy soulfulness and plenty of jazz. He has a new Christmas album coming out, so I bet he’ll be playing some of those. The Jazz Kitchen is music smaller than the concert halls Carlton typically plays in. This is a great chance to see him in an intimate setting.