Wednesday, October 20, 2010

THE TYPEWRITER GIRLS, Modern Formations, THIS Saturday

A Poetry Cabaret that Explores the Marriage of Art and Education

What: A Poetry Cabaret featuring a letter writing station where audience members can express
their concern about the dwindling quality of public education and lack of arts integration to
elected officials, educationally-themed Dadaist drinking and writing games, readings from
poets who also serve the role of educators, magic, dance, live music, performances and
private “lessons” from the famed Poetry Brothel from New York City, and the TypewriterGirls'
sketch comedy to tie it all together.

Who: The Typewriter Girls Poetry Cabaret (Crystal Hoffman and Margaret Bashaar) w/
dance by Staycee Pearl Dance Company; live music by Amoeba Knievel; magic from Mark
Swindler; poetry from Lynn Emanuel, Andrew Mulvania, and Skot Jones, and performances
and private readings from The Poetry Brothel NYC.

When: Saturday, October 23 Doors Open at 7 PM/Show at 8 PM

Where: Modern Formations, 4919 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Cost: $7.00 cover/$5.00 cover with a personalized letter to elected official expressing concern
over the budget cuts to education and arts programs in particular.

The TypewriterGirls have long considered themselves to be unique and
enthusiastic purveyors of knowledge to the public in general and budding Dadaists in particular;
however, on Saturday October 23rd, they begin to take their roles as alternative educators
perhaps a little too seriously.

Can one of their shenanigan-filled, Dada-bred poetry cabarets become an actual institution of
learning? Come find out if the girls can successfully integrate poetry, comedy, dance, magic,
literary drinking games, art, music, and chaos into a coherent lesson plan at TypewriterGirls
Portrait of the Dadaist as a Public School Official: Doors will open at 7 PM, with the performance
starting around 8 PM; $7.00 cover/$5.00 cover with a personalized letter to an elected official
expressing concern over the budget cuts to education and arts programs in particular.

Will the DEA shut down their classes on consciousness-expanding? Will Christian moral watch-
dogs prevent education on the “dark arts” of magic and manipulation of one’s reality? Exactly
how many governmental and social institutions will attempt to close their doors before evenings

Fortunately, they’ve assembled a crack team of artists with similar interests in spreading
enlightenment to the masses: The Staycee Pearl Dance Company will be serving as gym
instructors for those of us who found dodge ball and push-ups to be cruel sadistic rituals;
comedy rockers, Amoeba Knievel, will be there to make music class impossible to snooze
through; Mark Swindler will be adding an all-too necessary course to any sensible curriculum,
Magic and the Mysteries of Reality Manipulation. However, as one would expect the true core of
their institution is poetry and the evening will not fail with readings from Lynn Emanuel, Andrew
Mulvania, and Skot Jones.

However, if all else fails, the girls have brought in The Poetry Brothel NYC and audience
members will have ample opportunities to seek education in a dark corner of Modern
Formations with any of their members privately.

Check out their website at

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