If you couldn’t be there last night here is a brief overview of the evening — and a little bit of how it landed on me.
First off Hannah made dinner for the home crew and Shannon. Eggplant Parm, which I hear was boffo, I am not doing well with nightshade these days so she cooked a bit of Salmon for me special. Hannah = the best. Then it was off to the show and man it did not disappoint on any level!
Kali Quinn — I have watched her go from a student clown to a master clown before my eyes! She was so funny and poignant!
Donna Berman — Cheated a little bit. She rolled out Emma Goldman! How could she possibly go flat reading from Emma. Great choice!
Yolanda Allen — Made me cry. First big boo-hoo of the night for this old boy.
Mixashawn & Abu Carter — Gave me a song, a new song for the evening and threw in a chant, a very moving, deep healing chant to boot.
Chris Brown — May be my new favorite poet.
Sugati & Chris — First time in all the years I’ve known her that I’ve seen Sugati dance! What a treat! The drum and the ringing thing made me feel like breaking out some Sanskrit!
Luis Cotto — Read an absolutely kick ass poem!
Taneisha Duggan — Made me blush and cry at the same time.
Julia Pistell — Funny as hell!
Sea Tea Improv — Funny as a Blue Dictionary in the ocean.
Maureen O’Brian — Her poem about a robotic surgeon named DaVinci in whose razor sharp mechanical arms she entrusted her life was chilling, touching and flat out beautiful.
Kevin Lamkins — Covered “What’s so funny bout’ Peace, Love and Understanding.” Elvis Costello? What more needs to be said?
Jeff Zinn — Stimulated the revolutionary spirit of everyone in the room. Reading from his father’s work and looking just like him.
Chion Wolf — Beautiful song. Beautiful Cello. Beautiful guitar.
HartBeat — Deb Walsh is silly. Hahaaaaaaaaaa! Julia and Steve doing Dario Fo — nuff said there I think. No wait, let me just say one more thing — Hilarious!
Greg Tate — Did okay.
Beat City Beauties — Hot satire.
It was a great evening. Fun was had by everyone. I am once again humbled by the love and healing energy that has emerged for me from this community. Amazing. Generous. Human. Big time human beings living in Hartford and the Shires.