09 September 2008

Get Your Fest On

Michelle Tea
Our No. 1 Lesbian Crush is in the Church's neck of the woods September 26 for Decibelle (in Chicago), which is brought to us by the Estrojam folks.

Spring Green Lit Fest

This year features Honor Moore, who, though not the Church's N1LC, is definitely a lesbian. Also features Charles Baxter, an English faculty member at University of Minnesota, who is definitely not. September 12 and 13--as in this weekend, y'all--in the place FLW made (kinda?) famous, Spring Green, WI.

Wisconsin Book Festival
Brought to you by the illustrious Wisconsin Humanities Council October 15 through 19. I fantasize about telling Judy Blume how Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself shaped my life. (I'd know nothing about Israeli modern dance now if I hadn't come across that book as an 8-year-old.) Also features Patricia Smith Pulitzer Prize winner Marilyn Robinson. Milwaukee events include a reading by Richard Russo, a Wisconsin authors night at Schwartz on Downer, and a poetry reading at Woodland Pattern.

Madison Zine Fest
Spurred on by the first annual Milwaukee Zine Fest, perhaps, Mad Zine Fest is back. This year, it's at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Madison. One day only! October 18.

06 September 2008

I Should've Done This Yesterday

I've been fascinated by Present Music's Season Opener, as it features so much old-timey goodness: waltz, Charleston, and ragtime by Your Mother Dances; after-concert musical ambience provided by Milwaukee's neo-vaudeville Scarring Party; and the evocative locale of Turner Hall Ballroom. The program, of course, features John Adam's Son of Chamber Symphony. And I hear tell of a Charleston demo. Sounds like the bee's knees.

Image from Present Music's website.