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Special Events / Editors' Picks
January 2002

09 Wed 7 $5 (2 drinks) Powell Leonard & The Lionhearted Players. Comedy variety show. Jessi Cleaver, Colleen DeJohn, Irene Georgeian et al. Busker Browns, 307 E 53rd. Info: 718-482-8790. Co-hosted by Ella L. Smith. ellasmith@earthlink.net

13 Sun 1:00 p.m. $5 Edward Field in his only area reading for the year. Author of ten books of poetry, including A Frieze for a Temple of Love (Black Sparrow), five novels, and the narration for the Academy Award winning film, To Be Alive. At Exoterica, The Society for Ethical Culture, 4450 Fieldston Rd (Riverdale, Bronx). Info: (718) 549-5192.

17 Thur 7 $5 A Tribute Reading for Agha Shahid Ali. Featuring Kazim Ali, Tina Chang, Regie Cabico et al. reading their favorite of the beloved Kashmirian author's poems. Asian American Writers Workshop, 16 West 32nd St, Suite 10A, (212) 494-0061

24 Thur 7:30 $15, 12 Enid Dame (Lilith, Home Planet News), inspiration for many of the contributors to the "Because They Did" feature (See Archive Jan'01), Veronica Golos and Jessica Stein appear, with the anticipated release of that feature's Print Series monograph, in Makor's "Poetry & Mentorship Series." 35 W 67th St. Reservations recommended. Call (212) 601-1030. (A 92nd St Y program center.)

25 Fri 6:30 $10 Against The Tide presents Poets for Peace, a reading at Bread and Roses, with Zoe Anglesey, Chris Brandt, Martin Espada, Cornelius Eady, Veronica Golos, Yusef Komunyakaa, Rashidah Ismaili, D.H. Melhem, Grace Paley, Angelo Verga, David Williams. Music by Pam Parker / Joe Uehlein. Special message from Mumia Abu Jamal. Venue: Local 1199 310 West 43rd Street. RSVP: 718-653-1153. Contributions go to HERE Local 100 (Hotel and Restaurant Workers) and Women in Black.

02 Sat 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Free. Groundhog Day Celebration Honoring Staten Island Chuck at the Staten Island Zoo, sponsored by Staten Island OUT LOUD. Readings of poetry (Robert Louis Stevenson's "My Shadow," Philip Miller's "February 2," and Patricia Lawson's "Being and Groundhogginess") [See Feb'01 issue], multilingual fables and Native American folk tales. Info: 718-907-0709.

18 Mon 8 p.m. $5 Extravaganza of Shy Glances-- a benefit for Doctors Without Borders and The Red Crescent. FireCircle Writing Collective, Zur-- Dance Music from the Land of Ur and DJ Sims spinning soul and funk. Exciting prizes, a goddess visitation, soldiers and a hula girl. Galapagos Art Space, 70 North 6th Street, L to Bedford Ave. For info contact: firestarring@yahoo.com or 718-782-5188. Hosted by Regie Cabico.