Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Nellcott Is My Darling  (Jun 21)

Golda Fried launches her new novel in Montreal!
Golda Fried lauches “Nellcott Is My Darling” with Marc Ngui, author of “The Unexpurgated Tale of Lordie Jones” (Conundrum Press).

21 June, 7.00 pm
Pharmacie Esperanza
5490 Saint-Laurent, Montreal
Free

SUMMARY OF THE NOVEL: Alice Darling has just moved to Montreal to go to McGill University. She’s never had a boyfriend and doesn’t know how to do laundry. She joins the Film Society and hangs out in the library. She drifts away from boring Bethany, her best friend from high school, and starts to trail after Allegra, the caffeine-addicted, dish-throwing artist in the dorm room next to hers. And, most of all, she thinks about how she’s still a virgin and how she’ll never figure it all out. And then she meets Nellcott Ragland, a 23-year-old who works at Basement Records and wears black eyeliner, and he asks her on a date. Alice tries to hide out in the Film Society office. She spies on Nellcott at the record store. She gets advice from Walker, her filmmaking, womanizing friend from Toronto. But sooner or later her parents are going to visit and watch her cry. She won’t admit it to them, but Nellcott has become her darling.

  • Date : June 21

Thursday, May 19, 2005

The World is a Heartbreaker  (May 19, 7:30 PM)

Shannon Bramer (The Refrigerator Memory), Stephen Cain (American Standard / Canada Dry) and Sherwin Tjia (The World is a Heartbreaker) read at Pharmacie Esperanza with Corey Frost, author of The Worthwhile Flux (Conundrum Press) and Genevieve McClean. Music by Amber Goodwyn.

The World Is a Heartbreaker inaugurates a new subgenre: imposter poetry. This collection is a set of 1600 pseudohaikus, bite-sized chunks of poetic goodness shotgunned at the distracted masses. What’s a pseudohaiku? It’s the poetry of pure indulgence, a three-liner without the constraint, the pretension or the 5–7–5 syllable form. The subject matter? Relationships, cats, insecurities – themes recur and build into a kind of non-linear narrative. These micropoems are easily digestible yet remarkably acute, a catalogue of scattered thoughts and pointed observations that go down like potato chips – betcha can’t read just one. Sometimes sexy, sometimes scandalous, sometimes sentimental, but always three lines long, these pseudohaikus are the future of poetry in a world awash with sound bites, news clips, catchphrases. There are no pleasures like the guilty ones.

Sherwin Tjia is a Montreal-based poet and painter. He has exhibited widely and works as a medical illustrator for McGill University. He is the author of “Pedigree Girls” (comic strips) and “Gentle Fictions” (poetry), both from Insomniac. Recently, he illustrated JonArno Lawson’s “The Man in the Moon-Fixer’s Mask” (Pedlar). A second “Pedigree Girls” collection will be published by UK-based Saqi Books in spring 2005.


Friday, May 13, 2005

THE SYNOPTIQUE BENEFIT  (May 13, 8:00 PM)

On Friday, MAY 13, 2005 we’ll be celebrating the release of SYNOPTIQUE 9 with a benefit concert and short-film programme (curated by Brett Kashmere) at Main Hall, 5390 St. Laurent, Montreal.

When: Friday May 13th, 2005; doors go at 8:00

Where: Main Hall, 5390 St. Laurent. Just below St. Viateur.

What: At 8:30 a film program selected by Concordia’s Brett Kashmere, entitled Original Copy will be screened. Then, music with Alden and Adam, The Remains of Brian Borcherdt, and The Besnard Lakes.

Tickets are cheap ($5 in advance and $7 at the door) and on sale at: CD Esoterik and Cheap Thrills.

*** PRESENTED BY CJLO ***

ORIGINAL COPY
PROGRAMMED BY BRETT KASHMERE

EYE MYTH EDUCATIONAL :: STAN BRAKHAGE
BACKSTROKE :: TROY RHOADES
CINEMA AND VISUAL PLEASURE :: ANNIE MACDONELL
CHIASMUS :: DAICHI SAITO
BREATH :: KELLY EGAN
CHASMIC DANCE :: DAICHI SAITO
BUFFALO LIFTS :: CHRISTINA BATTLE
PLANE :: KARA BLAKE
WATERWORX :: RICK HANCOX
PARADISE FALLS, NEW MEXICO :: CHRISTINA BATTLE

AND MORE

  • Date : May 13
  • Time : 8:00 PM
  • Venue : Main Hall
  • Address : 5390 boulevard St. Laurent (Map it)