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Busboys and Poets
Washington, DC
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In celebration of the landmark exhibition "Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg" on view at the National Gallery of Art through September 16, Busboys and Poets and Split This Rock present "Howl" in the City at the 5th & K Streets location of Busboys and Poets on July 23 and 24. Renowned poet Anne Waldman accompanied by a quartet of musicians led by DC-based Matthew Hemerlein, will perform. The series will conclude with a free concert by musician Kyp Malone on Saturday night.

Anne Waldman Performs Howl
July 23, 8:00 and 10:00 PM | July 24, 8:00 PM
Celebrating the National Gallery of Art's Beat Memories exhibition, renowned poet Anne Waldman, friend of Allen Ginsberg, presents three performances of his legendary poem Howl. Inspired by the spontaneous nature of the Beats, Matthew Hemerlein leads a string quartet in a musical improvisation to accompany the poem. The quartet is comprised of Matthew Hemerlein, violin; Matvei Sigalov, violin; Janel Leppin, cello; and Karin Kilper, viola.

Waldman will also perform her original poems each night and will be preceded by local poets Chris August, Kenneth Carroll, and Venus Thrash.

Kyp Malone FREE Patio Performance
July 24, 10:00 PM
Kyp Malone, of TV on the Radio, closes "Howl" in the City performing on the K Street patio. Matthew Hemerlein will open with a solo set.

"I saw Allen Ginsburg give a reading and perform some songs in April of 1994 at some lecture hall on the CMU campus in Pittsburgh. I was 21 and about to move to San Francisco. I was a little confused how this little old effeminate man managed to bring so many people together to hear him sing of sodomy and whatnot. I was fairly enamoured. In my memory it was also the same day that Kurt Cobain was announced dead by his own hand but I could be mixing things up, I was late blooming and much was happening. A couple of years back in the little town where my kid lives, on the Delaware, the two of us out for coffee and juice, we came across an anthology of American poetry from which she requested I read her something. I found Howl and started in almost immediately translating/editing for my 7-year-old audience, who somewhere along the line picked up on my hesitation and asked if i I was changing the words, which I embarrassedly admitted. She wouldn't have my clean version, told me I couldn't censor poetry. So I read. His life and his work are truly inspirational. I'm honored to have been asked to perform and hope to do his spirit justice." - Kyp Malone

"Howl" in the City is sponsored by Busboys and Poets and Split This Rock and made possible in part by grants from the Alice Shaver Foundation and Poets & Writers, Inc. Cosponsored by The Passenger.

For information on the exhibition "Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg" at the National Gallery of Art go to: http://www.nga.gov/ginsberg




Busboys and Poets
1025 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States



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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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