Three Rooms Press presents NAKED BURROUGHS: A 100 Year celebration of Beat icon and postmodern trailblazer William S. Burroughs on Friday, February 7, at Cornelia Street Cafe. The event will be highlighted by tribute readings and discussions by performance artist and Burroughs associate PENNY ARCADE, poet STEVE DALACHINSKY and spoken word artist KAT GEORGES. Also on tap will be an audience group reading of an excerpt from Burroughs’ iconic masterpiece NAKED LUNCH. Three Rooms Press co-director PETER CARLAFTES hosts.
Doors open at 5:45. Admission is $8 which includes (naturally) a free drink! Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, in the West Village, between W. 4th Street at Bleecker (http://corneliastreecafe.com/).
Information on key performers:
PENNY ARCADE is a performance artist, actress and playwright, best known for her show Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! She has worked with numerous underground film and theater artists including John Vaccaro’s Playhouse of the Ridiculous, Jack Smith, Charles Ludlam, Quentin Crisp and Andy Warhol. She is a co-founder of the LOWER EAST SIDE BIOGRAPHY PROJECT, an oral history of New York’s Bohemian culture from the 50s to the present.
STEVE DALACHINSKY is a New York downtown poet and author of the PEN Award-winning book THE FINAL NITE and Other Poems (2006). Dalachinsky’s main influences are the Beats, Blake, The Odyssey, obsession, socio-political angst, human disappointment, music (especially Jazz), and visual art with leanings toward abstraction. His work is spontaneous and leans towards transforming the image rather than merely describing it, in what he now refers to as transformative description/descriptive transformation.
DAVID LAWTON is a spoken word artist and actor, who former MC5 manager and White Panther founder John Sinclair calls “a fine poet and terrific performer.” His most recent books is the poetry collection SHARP BLUE STREAM (2012), which includes homages to Herbert Huncke and other Beat icons.
KAT GEORGES is a New York spoken word artist, designer and co-director of Three Rooms Press. Her books include the poetry collection OUR LADY OF THE HUNGER and PUNK ROCK JOURNAL. She will read an excerpt from Burroughs’ classic novella JUNKY.
About the Monthly:
THE MONTHLY at Cornelia Street Cafe, hosted by Three Rooms Press, brings together writers, artists, philosophers and scientists to discuss a monthly theme. Past themes have included women in love, conspiracy theories (on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination), and illegal Leaves of Grass, an exploration of grass-related ideas from Walt Whitman to the War on Drugs.
100 Year Tribute to William S. Burroughs
Friday, February 7, 2014, 6 pm | Cornelia St. Cafe
Featuring William Burroughs discussions and readings starring
Penny Arcade • Steve Dalachinsky
Davide Lawton • Kat Georges
Plus a group reading of excerpt from Burroughs’ masterpiece
Hosted by Peter Carlaftes
Cornelia St Cafe, NYC
29 Cornelia Street | between W. 4th & Bleecker