Get Lit(erary) Thursday, May 11 7pm

With LPM closing, we will be moving to the Raue Center Cafe.  Watch for  updates.  The readings will start at 7 as usual but there will be no dinner. We will be reading Philip Denofrio’s plays based on the comings and goings at Le Petit Marché.
April’s Date is early due to Holy week.  We have a surprise planned so hope to see you.
For March, we will be doing our Reader’s Choice Party Pieces to celebrate St Pat’s
All Things Valentine’s Day plus having fun with Shakespeare!
We will have some fun at our January event. Hope you can join us!
December 9 will feature Holiday readings
November 10th’s readings will focus on the waning of the year.  I’ve chosen a short play and some poetry so far.
October 13–Halloween
September 8 7pm  All about FOOD! Thomas Keller, Ruth Reichl, Alice Waters and more.  Plus TWO Local Authors
August 11,  A One-Act play by David Pinski, a short  story by Elizabeth Berg and  more
July 14, 7pm Well, that’s Bastille Day so guess what the theme will be!
Well
JUNE 9
August Strindberg, Jane Smiley and Arnold Bennett celebrate summer

MAY

GET LIT(ERARY) presented by WSRep 

Celebrating April! 
Poetry Month 
Baseball 

National Library Week  

 I think we have some really entertaining readings this month: a touching one-act play written by local author, Judith L. Fergen, a short story by Italo Calvino, and some poetry selections, too!  Our menu will be purely  American with hot dogs, mac and cheese and a special treat!  Join us after 5pm for dinner and 7pm for the show. hink we have some really entertaining readings this month: a touching one-act play written by local author, Judith L. Fergen, a short story by Italo Calvino, and some poetry selections, too!  Our menu will be purely  American with hot dogs, mac and cheese and a special treat!  Join us after 5pm for dinner and 7pm for the show.

 
 
MARCH
Commemorating the Easter Rising, Dublin, 1916
FEBRUARY
Love Letters and other romantic writings
JANUARY
Looking through some good short stories–more later
DECEMBER
Holiday selections–I have not found them all yet
NOVEMBER
Native American Literature
OCTOBER
Getting in the mood with Edgar Allen Poe and Philip K. Dick
SEPTEMBER
Three short stories presented tonight by members of WSRep!
AUGUST
We will celebrate two Augusts–August Strindberg and August Derleth as well as some others but I don’t want to spoil the surprise!
JULY
It’s just after the 4th so we will be reading from Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain and O. Henry with a poem or two thrown in for good measure.  Join WSRep for our Fourth of July readings.  And, stop in early for a fresh pasta dinner.  Serving begins at 5.
JUNE
Celebrating Fathers with Lewis Carrol’s “Father William,” “The Old Man Dreams” by Oliver Wendell Holmes, “A Father’s Confession,” by Guy de Maupassant and,since it’s June, Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery.”
MAY
We will celebrate MAY!  Songs of Labor Unions, Poetry of Spring and a Neil Gaiman excerpt
WE
APRIL
Members of WSRep will start with a hilarious story by Théophile Gautier, a 19th century French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art and literary critic.  We will continue to explore Paris for this April meeting.
MARCH
We’ve decided to move Get Lit(erary) to the SECOND THURSDAY due to conflicts on the Third Thursday. This week  ee will be reading from Mary Lavin and James Joyce, as well as having fun with some lighter Irish-themed pieces. Join us! 7pm presented free by WSRep!
FEBRUARY
Early this month–Thursday, February 12,  7pm
Members of WSRep will start with a hilarious story by Théophile Gautier, a 19th century French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art and literary critic. Then we will finish Diane Baia Hale’s play, “The Wisdom of Serpents.” The playwright will be here to fill you in on Act One in case you missed it as well as to sign copies of her play.We are reading Act II of a fascinating (and timely) play by Diane Baia, “The Wisdom of Serpents.” Don’t worry if you missed Act I–we will catch you up!
The play is about famed real-life German poet, musician, mystic, author, preacher, and founder of two abbeys, Hildegard von Bingen. She was one of the most influential personalities of the twelfth century.  Hildegard’s penchant for telling the truth, especially regarding the corruption of the clergy, has made her more than a few enemies. Thus when she dares to defy both church and state in defense of a heretic knight, it might take more than a miracle to save her. Based on a true story.
Act 1 is this month and Act 2 is February 12th.
Thanksgiving Get Literary
Join us for some holiday fun.  Our readers will have some funny and thought-provoking pieces prepared for you including a presidential spoof, a holiday poem and a short essay by Wisconsin’s own Aldo Leopold, called “Thinking Like a Mountain.”
Halloween Get Lit(erary)
Join us for some wonderful seasonal stories from some special guest readers as well as some of our regulars.    We will be serving Philly Cheesesteak Lasgna for dinner so come early and eat!
Get Lit(erary) is on September 18th.  We will be presenting an Anne Tyler story.  Our October Halloween reading on 10/16 will feature a story by Nathanial Hawthorne (remember Diane Baia’s play about him?).  November’s date is 11/20 and there’s an Arlo Guthrie feeling in the air.  More info to come!tember 18th.  We will be presenting an Anne Tyler story.  Our OctoNovember’s date is 11/20 and there’s an Arlo Guthrie feeling in the air.  More info to come!
Join us Thursday8/21 at 7
AThis Thursday Michael Wasz, Philip Denofrio and Melissa Thomfohrda will begin the evening by reading, “A Father” by Anton Chekhov.  After a brief intermission, Pam Curtis, Ela Winnett and Jessica Benson will read “Three Women” by Sylvia Plath

July

Our esteemed readers will present two short stories that explore the extraordinary in every day life.  The first selection is Ethan Canin’s “Angel of Mercy, Angel of Wrath.” Then after a short break, “The Road Agent,” by Robert Olmstead.

Come in early for our $12 Pasta Dinner:

Looking ahead–next month’s readings will be on August 21 and will feature selections by Sylvia Plath and Anton Chekov.The “Group” will be reading the first two acts of “The Admirable Crichton” this month. Listen to J.M. Barrie’s views on class and social order this month and hear what happens next month-July 24th (fourth Thursday)when we finish reading the play.
And, if you are interested in being a part of Get Lit, stop in to talk to Dawn (or call).

 

We are in the process of choosings May’s program–never fear, we will get it done!

Tonite’s readings are two Gabriel Garcia Marquez short story and at story from L. Frank Baum.  Hope to see you!

March’s Get Lit —  Not quite sure, but check back!

 

What a great play!  January’s Get Lit was so good.  February 20 we will be reading “Presidential Stories.”  We’ve found some good ones so hope you can join us at 7pm.   Pasta will be Spaghetti & Meatballs!

In January we will be reading the second act of Diane Baia’s play. Don’t worry if you missed the first act in November–we will give you a synopsis. That’s the second half–not sure about the first!

Sorry, forgot to update this.  We will be reading from Diane Baia’s new play as well as read some selections from Ben Franklin.  More info to come

August’s Get Lit is a bit of a departure from our normal readings. We will have four local authors here to read from and talk about their books.  M. E. May (http://www.memay-mysteries.com/) was here in the spring to read from her first book and is returning now that the second has been published.  Annie Hansen (http://kellyclarkmystery.com/) will be making her first appearance with her first mystery.  Ivan Ewert (http://ivanewert.com/?tag=famished) is also making a return visit to read from Famished The Farm.  His second novel is due out in the autumn.  Our fourth author is Mary Gustafson (http://www.bluelotustemple.org/2013/07/07/podcast-112-summer-series-mary-gustafson/) who has written a biography of Bhante Sujatha from Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock.  Following the readings, we will have a question and answer/discussion period and a chance for you to purchase books.

GET LIT(ERARY ) July 25, 7pm

Please note, we need to change the date this month.  We will be reading an original play by Philip Denofrio entitled “The Pastry Chef’s Daughter.”  He wrote it about LPM and it is quite funny.  And, seeing that “The Jungle Book”  is opening in Chicago, we’ll be reading some Kipling poetry also.  Hope to see you on the 25th!

MAY 16  We will be celebrating Mothers and Baseball at May’s Get Lit! Enjoy some classic Mother’s Day Poetry including Edna St Vincent Millay’s “The Courage My Mother Had,” and “Smoke” by Faith Shearin.  And, in the second half, we will read a John Updike poem entitled “Baseball” and several others before reprising “Who’s on First?”

MARCH:  This edition will be set up like an Irish Session.  WSRep members will be performing their “Party Pieces” for you.  Sure to be a great evening of music, poetry and literature.  Drink specials will include Murphy’s and Irish Coffee.  Pasta Dinner will be Lasagna Mulcahy Style!

February’s selection is Edward Albee’s, “The American Dream” as well as “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner.

Havent chosen January’s story yet!  Stay tuned

December’s selection is “The Long Christmas Dinner” by Thornton Wilder.  It’s an early play that foreshadows “The Skin of Our Teeth” and “Our Town.” It tells the story of the happenings at Christmas Dinner over the course of several generations–and all in 30 mins.  We hope you can add this to your Christmas calendar.

Back to our regular time!  We will be reading Thanksgiving poetry and Native American Literature this month.  Hope you can join us!

HALLOWEEN READINGS!  GET LIT(ERARY) OCT 18, 8pm

Dear Dawn,

Hopefully quick updates on all sorts of subjects!
Tuesdays & Wednesdays After 5–Small Plate Special=Buy a small plate and have a glass of wine (selected) for $4.00

This Thursday
–Join us for Fettucini with Nichols Squash Alfredo Sauce and your choice of Braised Brussel Sprouts or House Salad for $10. AND,There will be music!  Three of our favorite guys are playing!  Ryne (that’s right, Mr Pretzel) & Jack, otherwise known as No Return, are starting at 6:30 followed by Brad Dargan at 8pm.  I know we’re in for a great night.

Friday Night Dinner
is Fish and Chips and our Unfried Tilapia & Veg Plate.  And, in honor of Ivan Ewert’s Book Signing, we will also be serving Pork Tenderloin Sliders with BBQ Sauce–Hot Sauce available, too!
Ivan’s reading and signing will start at 7:30!

Saturday Breads=Italian, Feta & Herb, Whole Grain, French Country & Dinner, Russian Rye, Barm Brack, Cranberry Walnut, Baguettes, Cinnamon Swirl.  And, of course, Beignets, Chocolate Brioche & Cinnamon Rolls.  Call if you want us to hold any for you.

Saturday Night–Gourmet Flatbreads and Small Plates

Get Literary Meeting for anyone who would like to read–Come talk to us on Wednesday, November 7 anytime between 5-7.

Nancy Williamson’s artwork is now on the wall.  Stay tuned for the Meet the Artist date & time.

Kimble & Bean
–Huge Fall Sale!  50% Off Everything

 October 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th ONLY!
 10-5 Wednesday thru Saturday, 12-5 on Sunday

Trick or Treatingis Wednesday, October 31, 3-5.

We’re getting close to 350 “LIKES” on Facebook so why not give prizes? We will randomly draw 4 names from the next 40 likes!’

Stargazers Ball–Saturday, November 3, at 7pm.  Still tickets available.  Check it out.  Catering by 1776, Two Tales and LPM so you know the food will be good. And, it’s always been one of the best nights of the year.

Gosh, is that all?  If not, I’ll get back to you tomorrow!  Thanks so much, guys, and hope to see you this week!

Dawn

Dear Dawn,

Hopefully quick updates on all sorts of subjects!
Tuesdays & Wednesdays After 5–Small Plate Special=Buy a small plate and have a glass of wine (selected) for $4.00

This Thursday
–Join us for Fettucini with Nichols Squash Alfredo Sauce and your choice of Braised Brussel Sprouts or House Salad for $10. AND,There will be music!  Three of our favorite guys are playing!  Ryne (that’s right, Mr Pretzel) & Jack, otherwise known as No Return, are starting at 6:30 followed by Brad Dargan at 8pm.  I know we’re in for a great night.

Friday Night Dinner
is Fish and Chips and our Unfried Tilapia & Veg Plate.  And, in honor of Ivan Ewert’s Book Signing, we will also be serving Pork Tenderloin Sliders with BBQ Sauce–Hot Sauce available, too!
Ivan’s reading and signing will start at 7:30!

Saturday Breads=Italian, Feta & Herb, Whole Grain, French Country & Dinner, Russian Rye, Barm Brack, Cranberry Walnut, Baguettes, Cinnamon Swirl.  And, of course, Beignets, Chocolate Brioche & Cinnamon Rolls.  Call if you want us to hold any for you.

Saturday Night–Gourmet Flatbreads and Small Plates

Get Literary Meeting for anyone who would like to read–Come talk to us on Wednesday, November 7 anytime between 5-7.

Nancy Williamson’s artwork is now on the wall.  Stay tuned for the Meet the Artist date & time.

Kimble & Bean
–Huge Fall Sale!  50% Off Everything

 October 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th ONLY!
 10-5 Wednesday thru Saturday, 12-5 on Sunday

Trick or Treatingis Wednesday, October 31, 3-5.

We’re getting close to 350 “LIKES” on Facebook so why not give prizes? We will randomly draw 4 names from the next 40 likes!’

Stargazers Ball–Saturday, November 3, at 7pm.  Still tickets available.  Check it out.  Catering by 1776, Two Tales and LPM so you know the food will be good. And, it’s always been one of the best nights of the year.

Gosh, is that all?  If not, I’ll get back to you tomorrow!  Thanks so much, guys, and hope to see you this week!

Dawn

Once again we will read “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”   We will also be reading “Little Orphant Annie” by James Whitcomb Riley and “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” by John Keats.  Join us for a spooky evening–at 8pm–a bit later than usual due to Ladies Nite–featuring Kim Kuzma, Melissa Thomfohrda, Ivan Ewert & Michael Wasz.

SEPTEMBER 2012

We will be presenting two poems by Pablo Neruda–“La Reina” and “Tonight I Can Write.” The Neruda will be read in both Spanish and English by Michael Strei and Ivan Ewert. We will also be reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s, “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World,”  a wonderful short story full of the magical realism Marquez is known for. Please join us for this free presentation.

IT’S ALL ABOUT AUGUST!

Celebrating back to school with “Dream-March,” a poem by James Whitcomb Riley and the passing of Maeve Binchy with her short story “Textbook Love,”  both read by Amy Ferraro and Mike Wasz, with a children’ s chorus joining in on the poem and  newcomer, Jeffery O’Malley, in “Textbook Love.”

Then two August birthdays–Alex and Melissa will read two works by Madonna and we finish up with Mike & Amy reading Ray Bradbury’s “The Last Day of the World.”

Dinner Thursday is Eggplant Parmesan with Pesto Pasta served with a salad and bread for $10.  The readings begin at 7, so please join us a bit earlier so we can serve before starting.  It’s going to be a fun evening so hope to see you.This month’s readings were chosen during the hot spell –they, too, are hot and steamy–probably R-Rated! I know our WSRep actors will have a great time with thess selections.
” Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood read by Kim Kuzma
“Lola” by Ray Davies read by Ivan Ewert
“Love Wanders in the Night” from the Decameron by Boccaccio read by the Ensemble
“The Elephant Is Slow to Mate” by D. H. Lawrence read by Chris Davis
“Seven Drunken Nights” Irish Folk Song, read by Amy Ferraro and Mike Wasz
Stop in early for dinner and small plates.  Have found some wonderful material for May’s readings.  “A Day in the Country” is the title of two short stories; one by Guy de Maupassant, and another by Anton Chekov.  Two totally different journeys with the same name–sort of like cabernet.  We will also be reading “Spanish Pipedream” by John Prine–his version of a life in the country!  Please join us for a glass of wine and two great stories!

APRIL

This month’s main selection is “Liberty Tax,” by Jean Thompson.  Our readers are WS REP members Amanda Flahive, Christopher Davis & Frank Gaughan.

Jean Thompson has been heralded as “America’s Alice Munro…one of the best contemporary short-story writers” by Kirkus Reviews. This story is a great example of  her beloved trademarks of dark humor, seductively sharp wit, and uncanny observations on human nature. She is also the author of Who Do You Love: Stories, a 1999 National Book Award finalist for fiction, and the novels City Boy and Wide Blue Yonder, a New York Times Notable Book and Chicago Tribune Best Fiction selection. She lives in Urbana, Illinois. Visit her www.jeanthompsononline.com.
And, yes, there really is a Liberty Tax company!

We will also feature some baseball fun! Raue Center’s own Richard Kuranda will be joined by Frank Gaughan in a sure to be hilarious rendition of “Who’s On First,” the classic Abbot & Costello spoof.  And, finally, Steve Goodman’s “Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request.”

One more thing–Thursday’s menu will have a “Baseball & Taxes” theme!

The theme will be St Patrick’s Day, of course!  Let us read you a story and some poetry and you can sing us some songs!  I’ll update this as soon as the details are known.

Great Time Last Night–Hope you can join us on February 16th

Let It Snow!    1/19, 7pm                                                                  the cast from December reading
Stop in for some enjoyable (candle lit) down time.  Let  talented actors from WSRep & the community read to you!  This month’s selections include a story by Hans Christian Anderson, a poem by Robert Burns (in celebration of his birthday),  “A Rookies Notebook” by Gerald Graff and Joseph Epstein that parodies the New York Knicks of the 70s and two short  winter poems.

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