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Fur, Latex & Fishnets

Aug 23, 2015

Me+4“I’ll be in fur, latex, and fishnets,” writes poet Nicelle Davis. “You?”

Perhaps we need to ask the other poets—Louise Wareham Leonard and MacGillivray with appearances by Tom Janikowski and Kim Dower—what they will sport at The Edison in downtown L.A. on September 2 when Pasadena’s Red Hen Press launches “the first of what hopes to be a series of readings…called Fluid,” continues Davis. “As in the movement of water at a time of drought, poetry at a time of oppression and silencing.”

The official statement for the evening’s event declares that the dress code calls for “sophisticated, no athletic wear or uncollared shirts.” Highly creative might be another phrase to employ as Davis has revealed she’ll be modelling a Pavlina Janssen creation. (Janssen’s a proto-organic artist. Hint: It’s all about the beauty of decay.)

Davis’ second collection of poetry Becoming Judas (Red Hen Press, 2013) has been described by Juan Felipe Herrera, the 2015 U. S. Poet Laureate, as “a new elemental bible-diary-manifesto.” Herrera concludes, with “Nicelle’s genius magic in this grand, magnificent, luminous creation-braided-fleshspirit word book.…You have to caress and let it all unravel.”

 

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Davis will share the stage with Kim Dower, a longtime Red Hen poet—Air Kissing on Mars (2010) and Slice of Moon (2013)—who’s next book Last Train to the Missing Planet is scheduled for release in spring 2016 and who’s work has been featured in Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Alamanac.”

Another poet on the evening’s program is Tom Janikowski, a midwestern author; writing flashes, short stories and the newly released The Crawford County Sketchbook— “underground daring; above-ground finesse.” Janikowski “currently writes, mixes cocktails, and makes his living as a priest in Davenport, Iowa.”

 

Photo courtesy of Red Hen Press

Photo courtesy of Red Hen Press

 

Louise Wareham Leonard; photo by Teri Fiske

Louise Wareham Leonard; photo by Teri Fiske

 

Poet Wareham Leonard originates from New Zealand, but has inhabited and explored the remote outback of western Australia, Europe, and the deep South. She’s currently a resident of upstate New York, which must feel tame in comparison. The final artist on the evening’s lineup is MacGillivray, a Scot. Her poetry encompasses “performance art, song-writing, and the use of visual media such as sculpture and photography.”

 

MacGillivray; photo by Bobby Whittaker

MacGillivray; photo by Bobby Whittaker

 

My myths crossed when I was four. I mistook the pastel picture
of Jesus hung in every Mormon home for John Lennon. Both
called the Prince of Peace. Was encouraged to talk to him. Offer
up suffering. Let him carry my scabs in his satchel; red letters
addressed home. Inside the paper-wrapped package: a six-string
guitar interpreting lyrics. I still talk to John when praying to Jesus.
—From “Disclaimer: Assumptions Made by This Homemade Religion” by Nicelle Davis

 

Nicelle Davis

Nicelle Davis

 

A virtual curtain opens at The Edison website and a woman on stage swirls her skirt while “Night and Day” written by Cole Porter in 1932 and featured in the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musical film The Gay Divorcee plays in the background. Formerly downtown L.A.’s first private power plant and built in 1910, the building has been re-designed while retaining many of its original aspects, including some of the original generators, as seen, most appropriately, in “The Generator Lounge.” Other areas include The Music Room, The Tesla Lounge, The Well, The Game Room, and The Lab. Davis calls Andrew Meieran and Marc Smith’s creation “a post-industrial steampunk venue for Los Angeles nightclubbers.”

 

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Hand-crafted cocktails are named to enhance the carefully crafted ambiance: Paper Moon, Algonquin, and The Mistress. Edison’s menu, or “Catalogue of Parts,” offers Angel Eggs (deviled eggs topped with caviar) and Electric Squid (fresh crisp calamari with garlic chipotle aioli, and cilantro honey lime and cocktail sauces). “Patented Snacks” includes a simple salad and “A Less Simple Salad.” Ahi tuna tartare and Scottish salmon sashimi represent the Far East, while entrées include sliders (Kobe beef, chicken and seared ahi), jumbo prawns, a grilled cheese, and cabernet braised short ribs. Price range: appetizers and entrées, $9-$20; cocktails, $14; spirits, $10-$55; beer, $6-$10; wine, $10-$13.

 

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Red Hen at The Edison might be one’s special night out or eat beforehand and make sure to be one of the first 20 guests who will receive a drink voucher, because the location seems intriguing, moody and fun (if it’s not too self-conscious and showy) and “Fluid” aims to be a wonderful program with multi-talented voices.

This opening show will prove that poetry is sexy and provocative—it is a show of heat and ice. It is Fluid.
Nicelle Davis

 

Red Hen Press at The Edison: Fluid
Wednesday, Sept. 2nd, 7:30 p.m.
The Edison, 108 W. 2nd St., #101, L.A. 90012
St. parking available or $7 at lot, $10 valet
Admission free with 2-drink minimum
First 20 guests receive 1-drink voucher
Dress code: sophisticated
Please bring valid ID: this is a 21+ event
For more info, visit RedHen.org

 

Kim Dower

Kim Dower

 

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The Edison interior stills from WillPearson.co.uk/interactive/virtualtour/edison.

 

Kim Dower

Kim Dower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




1 Response for “Fur, Latex & Fishnets”

  1. Aha, Now I know what Kim Dower looks like!

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