Thursday, February 19, 9:00pm, Village: The Round Table with Abby Payne and Joelle Lurie. I’m looking forward to reading two poems between the sets of these two talented musicians. (No cover, Caffe Vivaldi, 32 Jones Street, off Bleecker near 7th Ave).
Saturday, February 21, 8:00pm, Gowanus: Among other entertainment, the next installment of Zev Rector’s Everlasting Manual Electric Show will include a poetry reading by Rachel Voss. You can also read Rachel’s work in Borderline Poetry, Hanging Loose Magazine, and Work Magazine. ($30 for a single ticket or purchase in bulk for a discount, RSVP for location contact: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 321-EXIT-BY-5)
Tuesday, February 24, 7:30pm, Upper West Side: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble is performing sold out shows Thursday through Saturday this week, but you can still see Yo-Yo Ma at Avery Fisher Hall in celebration of the Chinese New Year on Tuesday. Along with being a critically acclaimed cellist, he is an extraordinary arts advocate. In 2013, I attended Yo-Yo’s Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at the Kennedy Center. During the lecture, entitled Art for Life’s Sake, he talked about the importance of arts integration in education and moving from STEM (science, tech, engineering, math) to STEAM (+ arts) and how his Silk Road Project uses the arts “to help students develop the tools that will make them eager, rather than fearful, to meet the world they don’t know.” ($45.00 – $115.00, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, corner of Columbus Ave and W 65th St)
Saturday, February 28, 3:00pm, Chelsea: My dear friend, art advisor Heather Flow, introduced me to Sheila Heti’s writing. The seven other performances of her play, All Our Happy Days Are Stupid, are sold out. For excerpts of Sheila’s work, read this from her book, How Should a Person Be?, or this from her anthology, Should I Go to Grad School? ($25, The Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, 19th between 10th and 11th)
Thursday, March 5, 7:00pm, Lower East Side: Jaymay is playing sold out shows Monday, February 23 and Thursday, February 26 at Rockwood, but tickets are still available for her third show on March 5. ($12, Rockwood Stage 3, 196 Allen St, Houston and Allen)