Reading + Performace: Beats & Baby Beats Celebrate at BMCM+AC
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
February 11th, 2005, 8pm
Students and BMCM+AC members: $3
General admission: $5
On Friday, February 11 a select group of local poets and writers with ties to the Beat generation will read and perform their work and that of their predecessors at the Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center at 56 Broadway in downtown Asheville. As part of a three-month series of events celebrating the Beat movement, and Black Mountain College artist Leo Krikorian, the February 11 event will honor Mr. Krikorian, who passed away in January, as well as east coast Beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, William Burroughs, Bob Kaufman, Jack Micheline, Diane di Prima, Carl Solomon, Ed Sanders, Ann Waldman, and others. Visual artist and BMC student, Krikorian was known as the "Grandfather of the Beats" because of a now-legendary bar he opened in 1953 in San Francisco called The Place. The Place was a watering hole and cultural mecca for Beat era poets, artists, musicians and filmmakers - a place where artists met to talk, drink, socialize and perform their poetry with local jazz musicians.
Honoring the spirit of The Place as well as the New York scene of the 1950s, featured performers for the Friday, February 11 event include former Beatitude magazine editor and one of the “Baby Beats”, Thomas Rain Crowe; performance poet and rock drummer, Michael Revere; grandbaby Beat poet and SLAM champion Ted Pope; son of well-known poet William Matthews and editor of Rivendell journal, Sebastian Matthews; poet, renaissance man and Black Mountain College and Beat scholar, Jeff Davis; owner/proprietor of The Reader’s Corner bookstore in Asheville, Gillian Coats; Brooklyn College student of Allen Ginsberg, and UNC-A professor, Lori Horvitz; local performance artist and editor of Thistle Journal, poet Jaye Bartell. The special guest on this evening honoring Beat poets from the 1950s will be poet Lee Ann Brown, from New York City, a long-time and close friend of Allen Ginsberg. Providing jazz accompaniment and music for the evening will be the JAR-E Jazz Quartet. This special evening of Beat generation-inspired prose, poetry and music will be recorded live for a future show to be aired on WPVM, 103.5FM.
The December 10th, west coast Beat Evening was a sell-out and a huge success. People who were turned away at the door (because of fire-code regulations) are encouraged to come out and come early to the Feb.11 evening, in order to be sure and get in, as organizers for the event are expecting another full house.