[Local events] Sunday Feb. 11: Loudon/Koeneke/Landers

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Thu Feb 8 20:45:09 PST 2007

A reminder about this coming weekend's Spare Room reading.

Note: By special request, Rodney Koeneke will be performing his 
"neo-benshi" narration along with a film clip from a 1950s Bollywood 
melodrama. For more information about "neo-benshi," see the July 2006 
S.F. Cinematheque announcement pasted in at the very end of this message.


Spare Room Reading Series


Rebecca Loudon

Rodney Koeneke

Susan Landers

Sunday, February 11
7:30 pm

New American Art Union
922 SE Ankeny Street

$5 suggested donation

spareroom at flim.com

Upcoming readings:

March 19: Kate Greenstreet & Janet Holmes
March 25: Mark Wallace & Lorraine Graham
April 22: Susanne Dyckman & TBA
May 20: Rachel Zolf & Elizabeth Treadwell


Rebecca Loudon lives and writes in Seattle. She is the author of two
collections of poetry, Tarantella (Ravenna Press 2004) and Radish King
(Ravenna Press 2006) and a chapbook, Navigate, Amelia Earhart's Letters
Home (No Tell Books 2006.) Rebecca is the librettist for composer Roupen
Shakarian and is currently writing the libretto for an opera, Red Queen.
She teaches poetry workshops to adults and violin to children.

Rodney Koeneke is the author of Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006), Rouge
State (Pavement Saw, 2003), and an obscure study of I.A. Richards in
China. His work has been read or performed at Small Press Traffic, The
Poetry Center at SFSU, the Pacific Film Archive, The Poetry Project at
St. Marks Church, and the 2006 Flarf Festival in New York City. He lives
with his wife Lesley Poirier and their young son Auden in the SE
cantonment of Portland. He blogs about poetry & Portland at

Susan Landers is the author of 248 mgs, a panic picnic (O Books, 2003)
and co-editor of the journal Pom2 (www.pompompress.com). She lives in


San Francisco Cinematheque announcement, July 2006:

NEO-BENSHI: The Latter Day Art of Live Film Narration

A "benshi" was a film-teller, someone who wrote a script to narrate and 
act out from the stage what's happening on the movie screen. This was a 
major profession in Korea and Japan in the silent film era. Sometimes 
the benshi ventriloquized the characters in the movie, sometimes just 
narrated the action, sometimes remained silent.

They always wrote their own scripts.

Neo-benshi warps that format to a modern entertainment-art of taking 
back the movies. In this festival of alternate readings, six scenes from 
major films are wrested from the studios by turning the sound off, and 
re-telling them in real time.

Six writer/performers from the Bay Area will re-present the following 

Brandon Brown 1930s Serial Western
Roxi Hamilton 1950s Hollywood Melodrama
Rodney Koeneke 1950s Bollywood Melodrama
Norma Cole & Mac McGinnes 1960s Crime Drama
Stephanie Young 1980s Sci-Fi Horror
David Larsen 2000s Historical Epic

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