monster vs. monster

so much to do, so little time
September 21, 2009, 9:55 pm
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After missing the What Cheer? Brigade’s big fall show, the Rise of the Herbivores fundraiser for RIVA (seriously I missed that?), a night of super short stories at WNWN, and the Titless! fundraiser show, I am actually feeling a little overwhelmed with all the things Providence is offering for me to promptly forget. So in the name of organization and prideful city participation, here’s a list of things I’m excited about in the next few days.


China Mieville is reading tomorrow at the inconvenient hour of 2:30 p.m. I’m really only interested because BW was really insistent upon my reading Perdido Street Station, which I never did. However, because he kept repeating the name over and over, I now feel like I’ve read the book and thus feel a great affinity with this author. Also, the Literary Arts events haven’t let me down yet. (By the way, this super random looking picture is actually one of Mieville’s illustrations.)


On Thursday Sharon Marcus, author of Between Women, gives a lecture on the drama of celebrity…


…which is pretty drastically rivaled by a pinup party at Jerky’s. With Live Burlesque. From someone called Sparkles McTitsy. How can I possibly pay attention to a lecture on Victorian identity when I know I could be watching live burlesque from McTitsy?

BeowulfdigitalflyerWaste Not Want Not presents us with Beowulf, performed by the traveling Baltimore Annex Theater. Bands Ambergris and Barkley Dog will open.


Moliere’s Tartuffe plays Sept. 24-27 and October 1-4. I’ve never read Moliere but he was mentioned in an article I read last week for my new very favorite class, and really that’s good enough for me.


Finally Why? is coming to the Middle East Club in Cambridge on October 1. If I can find someone to take me, I’m going for sure. If I can’t find someone to take me, well, I’ll be weighing the joy, familiarity and comfort of seeing my favorite Oakland band against the anxiety of going to a new city alone and the taxi fare across state lines. Hmm.

I am feeling the beginnings of a cold, so really I’ll be lucky if I make it to ANY of these, but it sure is nice to know that so much is available to me. It turns out that Providence has a lot to offer and would be a really amazing city if I only had time to explore it and embrace it with any sort of devotion.


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i hope i didn’t pass along my cold germs at knitting last night! also, when i first moved to providence, i went to the middle east to see my friends from pittsburgh play a show. you can take the commuter rail and the subway, and it’s super affordable and easy. let me know if you want/need instructions. definitely better than taking a cab!

Comment by chelsea

Oh that is really good to know, thanks! I really need to go to a show where I can sing and dance, so I was hoping this would be possible. I definitely caught my cold from one of the other English students, so you are blame free – but now we can share strategies for fighting illness. So far my approach is to stay in my pajamas all day long reading and drinking tea and listening to French electronic power pop.

Comment by devon

Seriously you have to go see Why?. Also, Mieville’s new book is a detective story which sounds boring to me, so I don’t know if you’re missing much. You should definitely still read Perdido Street Station in your abundant free reading time though!

Comment by BW Diederich

If I was in RI, I would definitely take you to see Why? I love them too! I hope you can make it to some of these events, though, they all sound pretty awesome.

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