Friday, June 23, 2006

Back from Boston.

Wow - seems like I missed quite a bit whilst I was off pimping Small Brutal Incidents in Boston.
Lets recap, shall we?

Did anyone make it to Namoli Brennet's show? How was it?

I used to write a food column for a now defunct regional paper (Moveable Thanksgiving...what, you don't remember it?) so it was nice to see The Guardian (UK) profile one of the best food writers ever, MFK Fisher.

I swear to God, this is the last summer reading list I'll post. But it's a doozy!

Just in time for Christmas, freakish loner, er..., I mean respected author Thomas Pynchon has a new book out in December.

Paste magazine has listed the 100 best living songwriters.

I missed Franklin's Bloomsday this year. Sort of....Attendance had been dwindling, but I still thought it was a pretty cool project while it lasted.

Lots of poetry readings happening in Pittsburgh this summer.

Othello as noir? Why not.


During the 1920s and early 1930s, commercial fishermen along the Lake Erie shore unloaded thousands of pounds of a cargo they called "midnight herring." These "herring" weren't pickled, but the people who bought the precious cargo surely were. "Midnight herring" was alcohol smuggled across the lake from Canada during Prohibition. This colorful era is recalled at the Erie County History Center with an exhibit called Midnight Herring, a cooperative venture between the History Center and the Port Dover Harbour Museum. It opens today. Through photographs, objects and memorabilia, the exhibit brings the colorful characters of the era – the Semple family, the Sisters of St. Benedict and Westfield Jimmy – to life. The exhibit opens in conjunction with the publication of Dr David Frew's newest book about the cross-lake traffic in contraband, also titled "Midnight Herring" (the cover of which was designed by Eric Armbruster of Bensur Creative).

Beginning July 1 through October 1, 2006, the Erie Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and are holding the "2006 Amateur Photo Contest". They are currently seeking photos of people, people and more people enjoying area attractions and events. The photos help us promote Erie and surrounding Erie County. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place. Here's a sample what they are looking for this year:
Festivals, Fairs, or Concerts.
Performing Arts
Erie Places (Downtown nightlife, Bayfront Activities, Shopping, etc.)
Due to last year's tremendous response, their office is filled up with pictures of sunsets, the Brig Niagara, Erie Zoo and Presque Isle State Park. Please limit your submissions to the above mentioned categories. Only two photos per applicant. For contest guidelines and application form, please visit their website.

It was over in an instant, but seeing Conneaut Lake Park’s Blue Streak roller coaster hit by lightning is something three people say they won’t forget.

To the roster of musicians, comedians and magicians appearing at casinos these days, add your favorite author.

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