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Jan 13, 2017The East Nashville Ramblers - $7Steam-Powered Bluegrass

Named after their creative, independent neighborhood on the other side of the Cumberland River, The East Nashville Ramblers will bring their forward-leaning, traditional bluegrass to Mother Fools on Friday, January 13th. The group features two noteworthy up and comers in the acoustic music world, Amanda Fields and John Mailander. Virginia native, Amanda Fields hails from the same rugged countryside that was once home to the Stanley Brothers, the Carter Family and more. She's an unforgettable, true vine singer of the highest caliber.

John Mailander is one of the finest fiddlers of his generation. John is a already a seasoned veteran of the bluegrass and new acoustic scene having performed with musicians such as Tony Trischka, Tim O'Brien, John Reischmann, Darol Anger and others. He was recently honored as a nominee for the 2016 IBMA Momentum Award that recognizes leadership and innovation within the bluegrass community.

Long time friends of Mother Fools, John Fabke (bass) and Jon Peik (banjo), will complement the proceedings with their wit, charm and excellent musicianship.
Jan 6, 2017The Madtown Poetry Open MicIn times of political and social uncertainty the Arts afford us one way to respond. On Friday, January 6th, we will forgo the usual featured reader spot and instead ask that those who wish to read in the open mic do so with at least one original poem, or a poem written by someone else, that addresses in some fashion our current political climate. The possibilities are endless and I hope many of you will participate, as I hope many more will come to listen and support our event. The usual guidelines will apply, i.e. a maximum of three poems for no more than a total of five minutes. Please join us on the first Friday day of the New Year and let your voice be heard.

The Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7:30pm and the event begins at 8:00pm.

For over ten years Ron hosted poetry readings as well as an open mic at Avol's Bookstore in Madison. His poems have appeared both on-line and in print journals. His manuscript, "The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions," received an honorable mention in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. Ron serves on the board of The Council for Wisconsin Writers, and sells used and out-of-print books on-line under the name Avol's Books LLC. If you have questions about the open mic, call Ron at 608-255-4730, or email him at avols@chorus.net.
Jan 15, 2017Art Reception for Clairanne GodfreyCome meet January's featured artist.

6 - 8 pm.

Free and open to the public.
Feb 4, 2017Yid ViciousGROUNDHOG DAY 2017: THE DE-ASHENING

Dear Klezbyterians,
Well, it’s a brand new year! Time to put behind the detritus of the past and focus on what’s ahead. But also, time to reflect on what came before. Perhaps these are mutually exclusive goals. But, what if, perhaps NOT? While you were spending the holidays enjoying yourselves with family gatherings, gift shopping, crying jags, and yelling at the television, we at Yid Vicious Enterprises LLC were hard at work in our spacious offices coming up with a theme for the upcoming Groundhog Day blowout at Mother Fool’s.

Reflecting on the year past, many ideas presented themselves. All of these potential themes had merit. They included:
*sports teams that won that we never thought would;
*Lemmy, we hardly knew thee;
*another Star Wars all of a sudden;
*cats we miss;
*what the fuck happened;
*tribute to the least-liked guy in the Eagles;
*no, seriously, what in the fuck just happened;
*mid-winter blahs;
*malaise;
*garbage fires;
*torpor;
*orange is the new blllaaaaarrggggghhhh;
*condiments;
*seventy degrees in November: totally normal;
and many others.

Finally, we landed on a theme of positivity: rising above the ashes.

As many of you are no doubt aware, Yid Vicious found its true home at Mother Fool’s more than two decades ago, when Mother Fool’s was a new business and Yid Vicious was just starting with the bulgars. Over the years, the band and the business grew, thriving separately but always coming together for the most sacred of days: Groundhog Day. Then, in August 2016, Mother Fool’s suffered an involuntary re-model thanks to some moron driving when he shouldn’t have been. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt, but the front exterior, including its beloved sparkling mosaic, was demolished. We were aghast, wondering if Mother Fool’s would recover from this terrible misfortune.

And they did! And they’re still open and serving not but the finest ice coffee and hosting music and helping us all celebrate together the sacredest rodent-themed holiday that we can think of: Groundhog Day! This year, to celebrate Mother Fools’ tenacity and pluck, we’ll be shoving our beloved marmota monax aside to celebrate another fabled creature: the phoenix! Because, rising out of the ashes! Like how Mother Fool’s rebuilt! To help remind us that everything’s not horrible, and even when it is, there’s hope for renewal and rebirth! Like we all need in the middle of winter, especially now that Princess Leia is gone!

For this extra-special twenty-second annual Groundhog-and-Phoenix Day reunion concert blowout, Yid Vicious will be rolling out its exciting new version of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Finally, Russian modernism meets Wisconsin klezmerism in a bold and possibly inspiring manner that will offer hope and tranquility to us all. Then, past and present members of Yid Vicious, numbering into the hundreds, will assemble for the annual Yid Vicious Reunion Sher-off, a Madison klezmer institution where dancing, singing, whooping, and plate-spinning are not only allowed, but encouraged.

Please join us if you’re able. If not, catch us next year or the year after that. Yid Vicious and Mother Fool’s are going to be here for a long time to come.
Jan 28, 2017Freedom Night [open mic]Open mic. Come read your latest poem or short story or play a song on the guitar. Tell some jokes, etc. Open mic at Mother Fool's!

Host: Angelica Engel
Feb 3, 2017The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ Oscar MirelesOscar Mireles is the Executive Director of Omega School, where he has been employed for the past 22 years. Prior to working at Omega School, Oscar was the Associate Executive Director of the United Community Center/Centro de la Comunidad Unida. His educational background includes a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his service to the community.

Oscar is a published poet and is also the Editor of three anthologies titled “I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos In Wisconsin.” He has a chapbook titled “Second Generation” published in 1986. Oscar was recently appointed the fifth and first Latino “Poet Laureate” for the City of Madison for two years (2016-2018).

The Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Each month a featured reader is showcased for 15-20 minutes, followed by the open mic. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7:00pm and the event begins at 8:00pm.
Feb 18, 2017Auralai w/ Paul Fonfara (Painted Saints) - $8With Stephanie Tschech providing a foundation of cello and voice, complemented by mulit-instrumentalist Nate Lehner, Auralai combines the best of classical beauty with pop-esque rhythm and melody. Stephanie's abstract but vivid lyrics, and complex yet catchy rhythms and melodies are often described as "transporting", sometimes haunting, sometimes hilarious, always fiercely engaging. No slave to both conventional songwriting and classical cello form, Auralai brings a much needed fresh breed of indie-pop music that is nothing short of captivating.

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Painted Saints is centered around the songwriting of Paul Fonfara. With odd cinematic twists, and a transparent sense of sincerity they tackle a Spaghetti Western, Heroin Klezmer, Experimental Sad Bastard Chamber Folk, Psychadelic Shoegaze Dirge Motown, Andrew Bird if he was from Twin Peaks sound.

A transplant to Minneapolis from Denver, where after finishing a degree in music studying Clarinet, Fonfara got his start in DeVotchKa, then moved on to record and tour internationally with 16 Horsepower/Woven Hand and with Jim White on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. When Fonfara settled in Minneapolis 9 years ago, his well-honed and exploratory talents were immediately recognized as he became a member of local favorites Spaghetti Western String Co., balancing the precision and delicacy of that band with the raucous playfulness of the Brass Messengers, and silent movie film scores of Dreamland Faces. To fill out Painted Saints, Fonfara recruited many of Minnepolis’ finest players including members of The Poor Nobodys, and Dark Dark Dark.

Throughout all of his time working with other bands and collaborators, Painted Saints has remained Fonfara’s outlet for his own songwriting. A talented painter, his songs become sprawling sonic landscapes of visually imagistic lyrics, often as melancholic and forceful as they are shimmering and lovely. Lyrically, the songs are populated by escapist dreamers, flailing underdogs, and children’s imagined civil wars. Songs find inspirations in Henry Darger paintings, a boxer comtemplating his life between the moment he takes a hit on the chin to hitting the canvas, children watching the world below from the tallest Pine tree in small town Wyoming, and bike rides through blizzards.

Feb 25, 2017Freedom Night [open mic]Open mic. Come read your latest poem or short story or play a song on the guitar. Tell some jokes, etc. Open mic at Mother Fool's!

Host: Angelica Engel
Mar 3, 2017The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ Featured Reader, Andy GricevichAndy Gricevich has played music for pretty much all his life, and it probably influences everything he does in some way--even the way he soaps his elbows (if he soaps his elbows). For a decade, he did it for a living, performing satirical songs with the Prince Myshkins and strange chamber music with the Nonsense Company. He's been getting the bug again to sing whenever he can. He also runs the Oscar Presents reading series here in Madison, and intends to start publishing Cannot Exist magazine before too long. As always, he finds it a little embarrassing to write about himself in the third person.The Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7:30pm and the event begins at 8:00pm.

For over ten years Ron hosted poetry readings as well as an open mic at Avol's Bookstore in Madison. His poems have appeared both on-line and in print journals. His manuscript, "The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions," received an honorable mention in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. Ron serves on the board of The Council for Wisconsin Writers, and sells used and out-of-print books on-line under the name Avol's Books LLC. If you have questions about the open mic, call Ron at 608-255-4730, or email him at avols@chorus.net.
Mar 11, 2017BEEFUS w/ Bunnygrunt and The world's only purveyors of skeezy skunk-funk and meta-meat-fork feedcore jive, BEEFUS are an 8-piece ensemble with an urgent message for all hu-mans. It's hard for mortal minds to figure out just what this message means sometimes, but it has to do with hellbeast squid lords, faceless corporate torture-minions, and sexy mutants of many limb-configurations coming together to lay eggs and rejoice. Irresistibly devolved and weirder than Rod Serling's happy meal toy, BEEFUS show will leave you blissfully brain-drained and eating the dirt from between your toes. For tonight's performance, BEEFUS have gone Full Blewgrass and will port rustic lyres of appropriate bucolic minstrelsy.

Bunnygrunt started off twee but spent so much time on the road that they learned how to rock. The missing link between Teenage Fanclub and Teenage Wasteland, like a bat out of hell baby, Bunnygrunt was born to run. They’ve been tearing it up for years now—legends of the underground teaching the indie kids how to rock and the rockers how to weep.

With his electric banjo and ukulele, accordion and trombone kazoo, Robert Severson has crafted Saint Louis, Missouri's Googolplexia into a one-man outsider vaudeville. Severson stomps, claps, and gurgles into the disparate, cobwebbed corners of American music and sometimes beyond. Song to song, Googolplexia swings between styles and strategies, evoking Elvis, Belafonte, Whitney Houston, Gene Austin, Andy Kaufman, The Ink Spots, Yves Montand, karaoke, opera-from-scratch, improv comedy, Shakespeare, Smokey Robinson, gypsy, calypso, bal-musette . . . ; but whether it's a song about a giant monster fish, heartbreak and working fast food, his beloved Volvo 240, or even an off-the-cuff cover, Severson's crackling, three-steps-ahead wit and pyrotechnical phrasing give the songs beating hearts.




Feb 24, 2017Hanah Jon Taylor Trio - $10Hanah Jon Taylor - Saxophones / Flute / Wind Synth
Dushon Mosley - Drums
Darius Savage - Bass
Mar 18, 2017James the Magician. $6James the Magician has been performing magic for 30 years (since the age of 5). He has performed his comedic style of magic for all sizes of audiences doing close-up, parlor and stage magic. Come share with him his favorite style of magic in the parlor at Mother Fools.

Mar 5, 2017Art reception for Jon ArnoldCome meet March's artist.

4 - 6 pm.

free and open to the public.
Mar 25, 2017Freedom Mic March MicVariety Open Mic at Mother Fool's
Sign-up starts at 7

...poems and jokes and tea and songs...

with host, Angelica Engel
Apr 7, 2017The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ featured reader, Rita Mae ReeseRita Mae Reese is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Stegner fellowship in fiction, a “Discovery”/The Nation award, and a Pamaunok Poetry Prize, among other awards. Her second book, The Book of Hulga, was selected by Denise Duhamel for the Felix Pollak Prize in 2016. She designs lesbian poet trading cards and is the Co-director of Literary Arts at Arts + Literature Laboratory in Madison, WI. Find out more at ritamaereese.com.

The Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7:30pm and the event begins at 8:00pm.

For over ten years Ron hosted poetry readings as well as an open mic at Avol's Bookstore in Madison. His poems have appeared both on-line and in print journals. His manuscript, "The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions," received an honorable mention in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. Ron serves on the board of The Council for Wisconsin Writers, and sells used and out-of-print books on-line under the name Avol's Books LLC. If you have questions about the open mic, call Ron at 608-255-4730, or email him at avols@chorus.net.
Apr 29, 2017freedom night open mic - April 2017 Edition8 pm / sign-up at 7:30
@motherfools
hosted by: Angelica Engel
Jun 3, 2017Cancelled - Ladyscissors! - $6Due to circumstances beyond our control, this show has been cancelled. We will reschedule it as soon as possible.

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"Madison band Ladyscissors covers a lot of giddy and playful pop territory..." - Tone Madison

"The [quartet] (Stephanie Rearick – drums and vocals; Lorrie Hurckes – guitar and vocals; Brent George – guitar; Anne Bull – bass and vocals) blend those late-Fifties-style vocal elements and early-Sixties instrumental references, protecting the ethos of the not-too-studied brand of rock musician that delivers it straight from the gut while spiking the punch with a dose of punk raunchiness. As the name might suggest, Ladyscissors keeps the music fun and the production decidedly real." - Local Sounds Magazine

http://ladyscissors.com
May 5, 2017The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ featured reader, Bria Fey ServossBria Fey Servoss has been writing for herself since she was six years old, but has only acknowledged being a "writer" for a few years, especially after taking a poetry class lead by the incomparable Matthew Guenette, who informed her that she was, in fact, (and much to her happy surprise) already a fully-formed poet. Bria’s writing usually hovers around the interplay between women and men, and the ideas surrounding self-concept, although lately she’s also been drawn to nature and the weirdness of humanity. Currently she is in the process of working on an illustrated chapbook with her friend and amazing print artist, Lesley Numbers.

The Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7:30pm and the event begins at 8:00pm.

For over ten years Ron hosted poetry readings as well as an open mic at Avol's Bookstore in Madison. His poems have appeared both on-line and in print journals. His manuscript, "The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions," received an honorable mention in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. Ron serves on the board of The Council for Wisconsin Writers, and sells used and out-of-print books on-line under the name Avol's Books LLC. If you have questions about the open mic, call Ron at 608-255-4730, or email him at avols@chorus.net.
Jun 4, 2017Art Reception for Julie S. MajerusCome meet our featured artist for June.

6 - 8 pm

Free and open to the public

More info.
May 20, 2017Hawaiian Music of the Golden Age 78 RPM record presentation featuring Mal-O-Dua - $5Between 1915 and 1925 more Hawaiian records were sold than any other genre of music! As a result there are some important firsts that happened in the Hawaiian music genre that were also firsts in the history of recorded music overall. Step back into this "Golden Age of Hawaiian Music" for some antique Aloha! Join avid 78RPM record collector and professional musician Chris Ruppenthal (Mal-O-Dua, Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble, The North Westerns) for a vintage record listening session and a very special Mal-O-Dua performance!

During the first set Chris will add historical context and significance to the original early 78 RPM record issues you will hear played on a circa 1910 Victor Monarch IV horned phonograph and vintage portable tube powered record player. Then later Chris will be joined by Cedric of Mal-O-Dua for a live performance during the second set. You will hear their unique versions of some of the classic original Hawaiian music. The second set will also feature a Hula dancing duo! Chris did a similar presentation as a featured speaker at the HSGA (Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association) 2016 national conference. But now you can experience it here in Madison!
May 19, 2017Nick Jaina - $7Nick Jaina is a musician and writer from Portland, Oregon.

He has toured the world over the last decade, releasing several albums on HUSH Records and Fluff & Gravy Records. He co-founded the Satellite Ballet and Collective in New York City, which has collaborated with dancers from the New York City Ballet and Julliard. He has composed soundtracks for feature films and plays.

"Get It While You Can" is his first book, an impressionistic memoir about a love of music and the world.

His live show is a collection of storytelling and music. He loops electric guitar and creates soundtracks for his stories, interspersed with songs. It is like Radiohead meets Radiolab, in intoxicating blend of music, words, and imagery.
May 27, 2017freedom night open mic8 pm / sign-up at 7:30

@motherfools

hosted by: Angelica Engel
Jun 17, 2017Steel City Jugs Slammers - $6"Birmingham’s Steel City Jugs Slammers provide audiences with a one of kind experience. From the moment that they take the stage, spectators will immediately take a step back in time. From their appearance, to their instruments, to the old southern banter, this group has all the charm of a century-old traveling music show fresh off the train, and will keep your attention captive from the first time you hear the blow of the jug and pluck of the tub bass." - magiccitybands.com
Jun 9, 2017Vegetarian Alcoholic Poetry Reading at Mother Fools - $5Milwaukee’s Vegetarian Alcoholic Press will hold a poetry reading featuring five writers it has published at Mother Fools.

This will be the first official reading the press has held in Madison during its three-year run.

The featured readers of the evening consist of emerging poets Nathan Fredrick (aka Freddy La Force, Milwaukee), Georgia Lundeen (Minneapolis), Bethany Price (Milwaukee), Troy Schoultz (Oshkosh), and Kelly Sexton (La Crosse). All five poets vary in style from frank to mythical to macabre.

Nathan Fredrick is the pen name of Freddy La Force, publisher and editor at Vegetarian Alcoholic. He has produced 11 books for the label since 2014, including two containing his own words, Parallelograms (with Heidi Koos, 2014) and Fall Catalogue (2016). He most recently edited an anthology of 47 Milwaukee poets, Return to the Gathering Place of the Waters.

Georgia Lundeen has a taste for the fantastic but always writes sincerely. Her bold use of traditional meter and occasionally even (gasp) rhyme should not frighten the poetry aficionado as her lines are both surprising and congruent. She self-published her first children’s book, Love Like Us, with Alexandra L. Hemrick in 2014. Her first full-length collection of poetry, spare, was released by Vegetarian Alcoholic in April 2017. More of her poems can be found at sparepoetry.com

Bethany Price holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She doesn’t own a watch but is obsessed with time and its great tragedies. Her poems appear online in BlazeVOX, Media Schmedia, and 2River. She lives in Milwaukee and walks around with no shoes fairly often. She has a chapbook through pity milk press in 2013 called All I Wanna Do and a book through Vegetarian Alcoholic Press in 2014 entitled Terror. She is an actress occasionally. Bethany edits articles for The Art Shore, a local arts blog started by Jerrod Johnson. She also appears in the anthology Return to the Gathering Place of the Waters.

Troy Schoultz is a lifelong Wisconsin resident. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, where he also edits the nationally recognized Fox Cry Review. His interests and influences include garage rock, vinyl LPs, found objects, the paranormal, abandoned places, folklore, old cemeteries and the number five. His poems, stories, and reviews have all appeared in Seattle Review, Nerve Cowboy, Rattle, Slipstream, Chiron Review, Word Riot, Fish Drum, Midwestern Gothic and several others since 1997. He was nominated in 2012 for a Pushcart Prize by Slipstream literary magazine, and is the author of two chapbooks, A Field of Bonfires Sings (Wolf Angel Press, 1999) and Good Friday (Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry, 2005). His first full collection, Biographies of Runaway Dogs, was published by Vegetarian Alcoholic in 2016. He currently resides in Oshkosh, WI.

Kelly Sexton holds an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, is the former poetry editor for Bombay Gin, and loves asparagus. She has been published in Monkey Puzzle, Touchstone, Apothecary, Species, and other journals and zines. Her book Vodka Mountain or I’m Bad at This Game will be released in September by Vegetarian Alcoholic. Her poems can be found online at http://bukowskirat.blogspot.com
Jun 2, 2017The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ Featured Reader: Gillian NeversGillian Nevers grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, although she considers Madison her home town, as she came here in 1962 to attend the University of Wisconsin and never left. She taught art in the Madison schools for two and one-half years after graduation, until she was forced to “retire” because she was pregnant. After both of her sons were in school and she went back to work, she switched careers and spent the next twenty plus years working with victims of crime. Gillian began writing poems after retirement and in 2002, when one of her poems was published, declared herself a poet!

Gillian’s poems have appeared in Silk Road, Wisconsin People and Ideas, Pearl, Pirenes Fountain, Verse Wisconsin, Right Hand Pointing, Architrave Press, Heron Tree Review, Silver Birch Press and other print and online literary magazines and anthologies. She won second prize in the 2008 Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters statewide poetry contest and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011.

Gillian has been an active member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, where she has served as Membership Chair and written a Markets column. She currently coordinates the WFOP calendar reading for the Madison area. Gillian also coordinates poetry readings in conjunction with exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition, she teaches writing to adults at a week long workshop for the Road Scholar program. She’s also writes poetry with kids at the Greater Madison Writing Project summer camp at Olbrich Gardens.

Gillian lives in Madison with her husband, Dan, and their irascible, but sweet dog, San Rocco.

The Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7:30pm and the event begins at 8:00pm.

For over ten years Ron hosted poetry readings as well as an open mic at Avol's Bookstore in Madison. His poems have appeared both on-line and in print journals. His manuscript, "The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions," received an honorable mention in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. Ron serves on the board of The Council for Wisconsin Writers, and sells used and out-of-print books on-line under the name Avol's Books LLC. If you have questions about the open mic, call Ron at 608-255-4730, or email him at avols@chorus.net.
Jun 16, 2017James the Magician"James the Magician is a Magician. He is a Comedic Magician. People tend to laugh at him.

James’s magic is a unique addition to every occasion. Performing with a wild passion since he won his first talent show at the age of 7, James has performed magic for all people at school programs, weddings, corporate events and everywhere in between. James’s favorite color is blue but that does not matter because he is color blind, and he isn’t afraid to tell you. His favorite part about performing is the fact that joy is contagious. It’s passed from the performer to the audiences and by the end of the show everyone is left pleasantly amazed." - James the Magician (talking to himself)
Jun 18, 2017Honey LaBronx on Pro-Intersectional VeganismA special free talk with Honey LaBronx.

Creating a movement that works for everyone.
Jul 7, 2017The Madtown Poetry Open MicJohn Burroughs is a Cleveland-based author and publisher, known for his dynamic performances, whose most recent poetry chapbooks include Water Works [2017, The Poet's Haven], Electric Company [Writing Knights Press], Beat Attitude [NightBallet Press], It Takes More Than Chance to Make Change [The Poet's Haven] and The Eater of the Absurd [NightBallet Press]. In a previous life, he served as playwright and occasional music director in residence for the Ministry of Theatre at Ohio's Marion Correctional Institution. He won the first poetry slam he ever competed in. His blog was ranked number one on MySpace when he left in 2007 to create his own website. Later he co-founded the infamous Lix and Kix Poetry Extravaganza and almost-annual Snoetry: A Winter Wordfest. But he is perhaps most proud of his work, since 2008, as founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press, publishing provocative work from around the world. This is his first-ever trip to Wisconsin.

The Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7:30pm and the event begins at 8:00pm.

For over ten years Ron hosted poetry readings as well as an open mic at Avol's Bookstore in Madison. His poems have appeared both on-line and in print journals. His manuscript, "The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions," received an honorable mention in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. Ron serves on the board of The Council for Wisconsin Writers, and sells used and out-of-print books on-line under the name Avol's Books LLC. If you have questions about the open mic, call Ron at 608-255-4730, or email him at avols@chorus.net.
Jun 24, 2017Freedom Night [open mic]Bring your spoken words, your songs, your jokes...

Open mic!

Sign up starts at 7:30. Hosted by Angelica Engel.
Jul 8, 2017The Resonant Rogues - $7American folk music has always had a populist perspective, a vision of music made by the people, for the people. Asheville, North Carolina roots band The Resonant Rogues know this well, for they’ve traveled the byways and highways of America, even crossed the water to Europe and the Mediterranean with instruments and songs in tow. Anchored by the songwriting duo Sparrow and Keith Smith, the Rogues have shared songs with train-hoppers in New Orleans, busked on the streets of Budapest, learned Turkish Romani dance in Istanbul, and marched in protest in the hills of Appalachia. Throughout, the stories they’ve heard and the people they’ve met have fueled their music, which abounds with influences like Eastern European Romani brass bands, New Orleans street jazz, old-time stringbands, Woody Guthrie anti-fascist folk, French jazz manouche, and Middle Eastern rhythms. It’s not easy to pull off such a bold combination of genres, but The Resonant Rogues learned this music in person from the people who created it, so they have a tie to each tradition and a working knowledge of what this music means to the ordinary people that make this music every day. It’s a tintype view on the modern world,a cracked image that reflects the past through a prism of the future.

On their new album, Hands in the Dirt, The Resonant Rogues bring these stories and influences to the fore, all filtered through a thoroughly contemporary perspective. The title track speaks to a younger generation’s renewed interest in sustainable gardening and agriculture, but pulses like an old country blues song. Opening track “Muddy River,” pulls from the banjo/fiddle pulse of stringband music, but speaks to the ever-increasing speed of change. The song “Am I Right” channels the swing of American doo-wop, blended with New Orleans second- line influences and fueled by the tenor sax of Asheville’s Ben Colvin (and Sparrow’s accordion). To make Hands in the dirt, The Resonant Rogues drew from their rich net- work of musical friends in the progressive Appalachian city of Asheville, North Carolina, like fiddler Drayton Aldridge, bassist Craig Sandberg, pedal steel player Matt Smith, cellist Franklin Keel, and drummer Mattick Frick. However, for their final song on the album, the powerfully moving protest song, “Can’t Come In,” they invited a new friend, Basher Balleh, a Syrian refugee musician and country singer living in Istanbul who plays with the band Country for Syria. The song references classic folk tropes like John Hurt’s “Make Me A Pallet on the Floor” to talk about the current anti-immigration sentiment in the United States. It’s a scary new world today, but The Resonant Rogues make music that refuses to shy away from our current reality. They make music for the people they meet every day who are affected by our current policies, and they make music to take us through these dark times.
Jul 21, 2017Approaching Happiness with Krish Mohan - $7Approaching Happiness with Krish Mohan at Mother Fool's
Featuring Jason Hillman & Stevie Leigh Crutcher!

Approaching Happiness: What makes us happy? Comedian Krish Mohan explores the idea of Happiness and perceptions of mental illness in today’s society. He removing the stigmas associated with immigration, drugs, gun control, racism and being accountable for the problems we’ve created, all revolving around the subject of mental health. Will he find out how we can all approach happiness?

Krish is a socially conscious Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges and DIY venues across the country. He focuses on idea based stand-up tackling race, religion, immigration, relationships, political and social issues. With his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor, Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds. He has had a highly rated & hit IndyFringe & the Capital Fringe Festival show. He has been featured on NPR and in the Arch City Comedy Festival.

“an honest, funny approach to describe how his expectations of moving to America didn’t line up with reality; how he has handled racism…; his relationship with his parents who raised him to be a devout Hindu, yet he is no longer faithful; and even sex education” -NUVO (Indianapolis)

“Mohan’s material is frequently clever if not uproariously funny” Roger Caitlin of the Washington Post

“If you appreciate comedians that deliver a message with style and truth, and make you LOL while they’re delivering the message, then go see the Indian Comedian, unless of course…you’re racist.” -Randy Clark from IndyFringe Talks

“he is a thinking man’s comedian and an astute one at that.” -Tom Alvarez of the Examiner

“a playful, provocative stand-up routine” -The DCist

“wry observations about how he’s treated in America as an immigrant, though he uses where he was born and what he looks like as a jumping-off point, not a crutch” -IndyStar

“‘touchy’ subjects are addressed with a personal approach from lifelong experience” -Ben Daniels of the DC Metro Theater Arts

“His insights on racism and alienation are presented with a light-hearted touch, which can be very difficult to pull off, especially in our current climate.” -Wendy Carson of Plays with John & Wendy

Audiences have called Krish’s show “brilliant”, “hilarious” and “refreshing” as he “skewers mainstream American ignorance: a nation of foreigners doesn’t seem to know what to make of them”.

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