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October 29: That’s How the Light Gets In @ TheCuttingRoom in New York City

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Eve Brandstein at the Cutting Room


On October 29, 2013 at the Cutting Room in NYC, Eve Brandstein will play host to award winning writers and performers in “That’s How the Light Gets In”.  You can get tickets for the show now for $15, or pay $20 at the door.  Get your Tickets Here for $15 ($20 if you buy at the door):  http://tickets.thecuttingroomnyc.com/event/377153-eve-brandsteins-poetry-in-new-york/

(bios below)

Rain Pryor
Sylvana Joyce
Simon Pettet
Nathan Pearson
Carole Montgomery
Miles Lally
Michael Lally
Sandy Helberg
Julie Christensen
Ben Brandstein
Nichole Acosta

EVE BRANDSTEIN’S POETRY IN MOTION has a 25 year history of bringing leading actors, writers and poets together to create exceptional spoken word events. In addition to producing the series since 1988, Eve Brandstein is a published poet and has been a major studio and network executive as well as a tv producer, a film and theater director, writer/creator, and casting director. She has recently been directing NY theater productions including for this Fall season – Shut Up, Sit Down and Eat at the Players Theater and Saffron and Rosewater at the 92nd St. Y.She is also an artist, psychotherapist and teacher. Eve welcomes you to an evening of poetry, story, and song for this first night in NY at the Cutting Room.  Evebrandsteinproductions.com and evebrandsteinpoetryinmotion.com

Nichole Acosta  is a multi-cultural Brooklyn-based poet heavily influenced by rappers Narubi Selah, Eve, and Missy Elliot, singer P!nk, writers Lemon Andersen, Beau Sia, Amiri Baraka and Ray Bradbury and comedian Bo Burnham. Though she hated writing as a kid, her English teachers pushed her to love it. At age 11 she performed her first poem infront of a live audience at the Walt Whitman Birthplace. And in 2006, she finished in the top 15 out of 500 youth poets in the Urban Word Slam.

She’s known for both her cutting and positive words, taking on human nature, popular culture, and the challenging nexus between love and relationships. She is the founder/producer of the Epic XII, a unique quarterly performance event featuring 12 collaborations between musicians and poets, and is the Director of Community Relations for her home base. For more details, please visit: nicholeacosta.wix.com/poetry

Ben Brandstein recently graduated Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in writing.  Published works on the Juice Bar website and the chap book – “Tempermental Tongues” Ben has performed his work in Los Angeles at Beyond Baroque and Library Girl and in New York at KGB Bar. He is living in New York and presently looking for a job!

Julie Christensen is a veteran of Leonard Cohen’s bands of the 1988 and 1993 tours and on record (and featured in the documentary “Leonard Cohen-I’m Your Man”, because of her longtime connection with impresario Hal Wilner, but he’ll hate that moniker.) She has made 5 of her own soulful CDs of mostly original material in the interim, performing regularly with top musicians in Southern California. Julie’s also been a voice-slinger for hire live and in the studio with the likes of Robben Ford, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Steve Wynn and Van Dyke Parks.

Christensen’s new Americana album “Weeds Like Us”, produced by Mavis Staples’ bassist and solo artist Jeff Turmes, can be found at all the usual online haunts.

Julie has been allied with Poetry in Motion practically since its inception decades ago, and is proud to have read and sung at many shows. She now lives in East Nashville with her husband, actor and artist John Diehl, and their dog Rothko.

“–one of the truer singers you’ll ever hear — straight up, no mannerisms, perfect taste; listen … and recognize how she could sing with both Leonard Cohen and Chris D. “–Greg Burk  L.A. WEEKLY 

Sandy Helberg As one of the original Groundlings, Helberg has been in numerous films, including three with Mel Brooks’. TV, “M*A*S*H”, “Newhart”, “The Jeffersons” and many more from the previous century.  Among his  comedy writing credits:   Golden Girls, Dear John, Perfect Strangers, He is  presently writing and performing his work on both coasts and a new comedy show to be launched in 2014.

Sylvana Joyce is a classically trained pianist and professional actress, leads a showstopping performance with her powerhouse voice and natural star quality. Sylvana Joyce and The Moment’s music is the perfect mix of gypsy rock, blues and cabaret that has drawn comparisons to Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Gogol Bordello and The Dresden Dolls. Six months after the band’s inception, they had already received recognition from the industry, with a full week feature by MTV and Ourstage as a “Needle in the Haystack” Artist. Sylvana’s band has already graced the stage over 100 times all over the Northeast, and have opened for such names as Nikka Costa, The Aristocrats, and Lettuce. SJ + The Moment are also proud to announce they’ve been accepted to a myriad of prestigious festivals this year, including SXSW, Musikfest, and Montauk Music Festival, and are currently #1 on Blues/Gypsy Rock Charts for NYC on ReverbNation.
Sylvana Joyce will be played her single, “The Break” on NBC for Jimmy Lloyd’s Songwriter Showcase. http://www.sjandthemoment.com.

Michael Lally 27 books of poetry and prose (Rocky Dies Yellow, Hollywood Magic, March 18 2003, et. al.); 92nd St. Y Poetry Center’s Discovery Award for The South Orange Sonnets 1972; NEA Poetry Fellowships 1974 and ‘81 (the poem My Life denounced in Congress as “pornography” in the right’s first attempt to end the National Endowment for the Arts), PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature for Cant Be Wrong 1997; American Book Award for It’s Not Nostalgia 2000. Co-founded Mass Transit poetry reading series in DC (1971-1975) and Poetry in Motion in L.A. (1988-96) among others. Day jobs included jazz pianist, editor, publisher, college teacher, book critic (for The Washington Post and The Village Voice et. al.), chauffeur, TV (JAG, NYPD Blue, Deadwood, et. al.) and movie actor (White Fang, Basic Instinct, The Cool World, et. al.), screenwriter and script doctor (Drugstore Cowboy, Pump Up the Volume, et. al.). Since 2006 writing the blog Lally’s Alley (lallysalley.blogspot.com).

Miles Lally is one of the Berkshire’s busiest electric bassists and a founding member of several of the area’s most dynamic groups, including Bell Engine, Jordan Weller and the Feathers, and The Transmitters.  Miles wrote the song “Soul Breaker” in response to reading Jack Olsen’s Last Man Standing: The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt.  “Soul Breaker” was subsequently recorded by Bell Engine and is available on CD, iTunes, and Spotify. 

Carole Montgomery is an accomplished comedian, director & producer.  Along with directing and developing Comedian Elected to Town Council In NJ, Carole created and directed the sketch comedy show Fine, Funny & Female. She has directed the play The Lighter Side of Death by Jim Mendrinos along with Jim Florentine’s solo show I’m Your Savior. She also created her own solo show, Confessions of a PT&A Mom, which had a long run in Las Vegas. Carole has co-produced the NY Underground Comedy Festival and produces comedy tours for Armed Forces Entertainment.

So far Carole & her NY Underground Comedy Festival Allstars have performed in Iraq, Haiti, Kosovo, Holland, Kuwait, Diego Garcia, Singapore, Honduras, El Salvador and Germany to rave reviews. Carole is a contributing blogger at Huff Post 50. You can follow her on Twitter @nationalmom

Nathan  Pearson Whether through his career in Social Services….or his presence on the spoken word scene, Nathan Pearson, AKA Nathan P. has found a way to uplift, motivate, inspire as well as entertain those he cross paths with. Beginning in 2000 when he became a Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe Grand Slam finalist and slam host,  his poetic travels have taken him to several college campuses, 3 poetic off broadway productions, two chat books, 1 cd…..countless performances, and blessed to meet and perform with a Fort Knox vault of talented artists!Friend him on Facebook under Nathan Pearson (just look for the trademark fedora).

Simon Pettet is an English-born poet who has been living, since 1977,on New York’s Lower East Side. HEARTH, his Collected Poems, appeared from Talisman, a few years back. Alice Notley has called him “American and British poetry’s most meticulous craftsperson”. Joanne Kyger writes, “His poetry is always insightful, ardent, playful, right on the spot, and ahead of the current”

John Ashbery writing of his first book, LYRICAL POETRY, observed, “Simon Pettet’s short poems have a great deal to say and their seemingly modest dimensions help rather than hinder his saying it..”.

He is the author not only of several books of poetry, but also two classic works of collaboration, with photographer Rudy Burckhardt, the “underground classic”, TALKING PICTURES and the quaintly-titled CONVERSATIONS ABOUT EVERYTHING. He also co-edited OTHER FLOWERS, the posthumous poems of the “New York School” poet James Schuyler, and also edited a collection of his ART WRITINGS for Black Sparrow.

He has read and performed his work countless times, both nationally and internationally (he has, just recently, returned from a prestigious Emily Harvey Foundation residency in Venice, Italy). “. He’s, for the past two years, the secret curator of the Allen Ginsberg blog (The Allen Ginsberg Project).

Rain Pryor, is a director, producer, writer, actor, stand up comedian, activist, dynamic speaker, and mother.

Pryor, is also a headlining comic, bringing her own style and not trying to fill her fathers shoes. Rain can be seen headlining across the country and working out material in NYC.

Rain made her TV debut on the ABC hit series Head of The Class, playing the tough talking TJ; a role she created at her audition. Pryor also starred opposite Sherilyn Fenn and Lynn Redgrave, as Jackie, the lipstick lesbian drug addict on the Showtime series Rude Awakening.

Her stage credits include, the title role of Billie Holiday in the Billy Holiday Story UK Tour, Ella Fitzgerald in Ella, meet Marilyn UK tour, Lady in Red For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enough.

Pryor’s, award winning solo show, Fried Chicken and Latkes  gives and irreverent and poignant look at racism in the late 60s -80s. Rain Completely wrote and created her show, including adding some of her own original music and lyrics.  For more details, please visit www.rainpryor.com.