Saturday, July 19, 2014

Third Thursday July 2014

The July 2014 edition of Third Thursday Open Mic Poetry Night at the Vintage was a great success! Thirteen readers and two musical acts (one a duo, one solo) bared their hearts and souls and presented them to an appreciative audience. If you missed it, don't fret - the next Third Thursday Open Mic Poetry Night at the Vintage will be held August 21, 2014!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Third Thursday and other literary events in July!

It's been a while since I've done one of these...sorry about that!

Third Thursday Open Mic Poetry Night is this Thursday, July 17 at the Vintage in Scranton!  Come to read, to listen, or to cheer on your favorite local poets. Sign-ups begin at 8:00, poetry at 8:30. This month's event will be preceded by the event Crooked Lines for Crooked Times / Live Ink, Slide Show: Courtroom Illustration and Live Music Drawings by Ted Michalowski, which is scheduled to start at 7:00 and run for 45 minutes with a Q&A immediately afterward. Come for one, stay for both! Third Thursday Open Mic Poetry Night is presented by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers' Collective and will be hosted by Harold Jenkins. The event is free and open to all, but donations to the Vintage are welcomed and encouraged!

And that's not all that's going on in the area...

Friday, July 18, Wilkes-Barre
THIRD FRIDAY SPOKEN WORD ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY BASH w. KIM COSCIA! This will be the last of the Third Friday Spoken Word Series at Arts Seen on the Square in Wilkes-Barre and is scheduled to begin at 8:00.

Saturday, July 19, Scranton
Gettysburg Poets at the Library Express at the Mall at Steamtown, second floor. Begins at 3:00.

Join us for a special poetry reading featuring the Gettysburg Poets! Featured poets include, Martin Malone, Katy Giebenhain, Dana Larkin Sauers, and Gary Ciocco.

Friday, July 25, Scranton
Kick Out the Bottom open voice poetry reading! NEPA's most exciting open mic returns for another go. From the Facebook page description:

open voice reading
held every last Friday of the month

continuing July 25th, 2014

at Embassy Vinyl
352 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA

sign-ups at 6:45 pm, reading at 7 pm
3-5 minutes of voice:
poetry, short fiction, rap, performance art, and all-things-word

first come, first serve, 13 slots
(long distance poets can contact me about holding a spot)

no feature/everyone is featured
standing room only/b.y.o.c. (bring your own chair)

hosted by Charlotte Rusalka

"if you want a revolution
return to your childhood
and kick out the bottom"
--from Tombstone as a Lonely Charm, Part 3 by D.A. Levy

From its host, Charlotte Rusalka:

This month's reading falls on my birthday. I am very excited about that. I couldn't ask for a better birthday gift, other than ya'll bringing your brave words.

This reading there will be another splendid raffle, to raise some funds for Energy Justice Summer. They are an organization I am so excited to participate in, because they are doing great things together with our neighbors in NEPA. EJS has already raised enough money for a family from Dimock to have an expert witness to challenge Cabot Oil & Gas in court, because they were responsible for water contamination. Free workshops are being provided to the community, like a water quality testing training at Salt Springs State Park on July 16th.

Check out the facebook page to keep updated on events for Energy Justice Summer and how you can get involved:

Friday, July 25, Tunkhannock
Open Mic Night at the Dietrich Theatre, 60 E. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. Friday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m.  Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Laurel Radzieski. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee.

Open to audiences and performers of all ages.  Musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types are invited to share their talents.  Then the Breaking Ground Poets, a Tunkhannock-based youth poetry group, will storm the stage armed with original works sure to make waves.  These young people with a mission will perform at the Dietrich shortly after their return from Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, the largest youth poetry completion in the world.  Seating is limited. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.

Every Sunday, Stroudsburg
Open Mic at the Living Room, featuring music, singing, dancing, and even some poetry and prose. Signups begin at 6:30. Located next door to the Sherman Theater. Follow the link for more information!

Keep the Breaking Ground Poets in your thoughts as they go off to Philadelphia this week to participate in the Brave New Voices Poetry Slam! If you've seen them in action, you know what they're made of, and you know that they will make NEPA proud!

Saturday, August 2 at noon through Sunday, August 3 at noon
The return of 24 Hours of Art at the Vintage!

This celebration of the visual, literary and performing arts will be held for one day (that's 24 hours non stop) starting on August 2nd @ noon and continuing till August 3rd @ noon. All events/programming are offered FREE to the public (donations encouraged) 

The 24 Hours of Art will take place both indoors (@ The Vintage) and outdoors (directly outside The Vintage as well as within the PNC Plaza space on corner of Penn & Spruce)

Community partnerships with Mission Yoga, Scranton StorySlam and more have made this event possible! 

Full schedule to be released early July 2014. 

Presented in part by a generous grant from the Lackawanna County Department of Arts & Culture.

As always, this may not even be the whole list! Let us know if there are events that need to be added!

Be sure to check the Facebook page for The Vintage to find out about upcoming events of all sorts there! Support The Vintage, home base for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers' Collective and host for our meetings and Third Thursday Open Mics!