Featuring mixed-media work by Lauren Feece, Staci Sterenberg, and Victoria Szilagyi. Reception Sat 10/12, 6-10 PM.
Bunn and Hurtt present the hardcover collection of their graphic novel series The Sixth Gun.
Comics are not always funny—but in those cases, they can be claimed as high art, like The Walking Dead or Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Comics—the other kind—aren't always funny either. They either curl up like dead spiders and disappear beneath a dresser forever, or they soldier on to another open mike. That quick homonym demonstration aside, here's the deal with a new stand-up comedy show happening at Challengers Comics + Conversation on the last Thursday of every month. Action Comedy is a nod to Action Comics, the series in which Superman first appeared, published by what would become DC Comics. The show's produced by a five-boy team of Kevin Brody, Mitch Kurka, Ian Abramson, Jeff Scheen, and Zach Peterson, and joins an already pretty stellar line-up of live programming at the shop. Continue reading >>
Billy Bermingham's latest play proves the truth of the old William Blake dictum "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." This wild, campy comedy is certainly excessive, packed with crazy plot twists, insane characters, vulgar language, cartoonish but graphic sex, and all manner of bodily substances (including, but not limited to, blood, urine, sperm, and human excrement). The story, involving Hitler's inner circle, a handful of Disney characters, and several members of the Bush administration, is breathtaking in its wide-ranging craziness. The ironic thing is that Bermingham's vulgarity, reminiscent at times of both Lenny Bruce and the National Lampoon in its prime, also seems to give him artistic space for pointed satire and some very brilliant comic moments. Not for the squeamish. —Jack Helbig $12
Bill Savage moderates a discussion between crime fiction writers Frances McNamara, David J. Walker, and Tim Chapman.
Luce discusses her book Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail.
Curbside Splendor presents readings by Samantha Irby, Ben Tanzer, and Megan Stielstra.http://curbsidesplendor.com
Nilsen, author of the short story collection Rage of Poseidon, is interviewed by Jessica Hopper.