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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

More on the Amazingly Good and Effervescently Free Musico-Literary Extravaganza Featuring Miranda July Tomorrow Night at Neumo’s

posted by on May 16 at 13:58 PM


Your questions answered:

It’s free?

Really? Wow.
Makes you feel a little effervescent, doesn’t it?

Well, but am I going to be able to get in?
Yup. There’s that whole upstairs area. And, unlike at past Stranger musico-literary events, there won’t be a bunch of chairs taking up space.

Who else is on the bill? What’s going to happen?
Isn’t that always the question? As for the bill, the people on it are Sarah Rudinoff, a performer and musician who won a Stranger Genius Award for theater in ‘05 and who (in excellent news) has been writing songs, and is going perform one of them for the first time ever, along with two other songs-written-by-others, one of which is a Jeff Buckley cover (funny, there was one of those at the Zadie Smith musico-literary extravaganza at Neumo’s also in ‘05 [good year!]); Joshua Roman, the 23-year-old principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, who’s accompanying Rudinoff and is disarmingly nice; Becky Stark, the singer from Lavender Diamond, whose gorgeous first album Imagine Our Love just came out; “Awesome,” the official band of Stranger musico-literary extravaganzas, who were commissioned to write a bunch of original songs (they are wonderful) based on July’s book; and the famous athlete Miranda July. The music sets are all extra short. Then July will go on and read and then get interviewed about her hockey career.

And then what?
A dance party. DJ Fucking in the Streets and DJ Sam Rousso Sound System presiding, with a little more pop thrown in than usual.

Are there any other awesome individuals—like any other Stranger Genius Award-winners—associated with this?
We’re working on it. We’re going to try to project some new stop-motion footage by Web Crowell, who won the Stranger Genius Award for film in ‘04. Parasols are involved.

Wow, that’s a lot of stuff.
We don’t use the word “extravaganza” lightly.

How do you make all this free? Are you laundering money?
Yes. Well, no. We’re laundering books, sort of. The books The Stranger gets sent every day from publishers. We only have room to write about a fraction of them in The Stranger. Most book reviewers hoard the reviewer’s copies they get and sell them to used bookstores—and keep the money. We sell them off and put that money back into the literary community in a new way.

Can I go if I’m under 21?
Sadly, no. But you can watch it all later. We’re taping it and we’ll put it on our website.

When does it start?
Doors are at 7.

Where’s Neumo’s again?
Corner of Pike and 10th on Capitol Hill.

There’s an article about Becky Stark in the new Seattle Weekly, but they don’t mention this event at all, not even in their readings calendar, and this is the only Seattle reading July is giving. Are they just ignoring the event because it’s being put on by The Stranger?
No one knows.

Can I buy a copy of the book at Neumo’s?
Yep. Elliott Bay Book Company, our bookstore sponsor, is going to be there.

I have a question I want you to ask Miranda. Will you ask it?
Sure, or you can ask it during the audience Q&A. If it’s something you can only ask in the cozy bliss of Slog-commenter anonymity, go ahead and put it in the comments and we’ll see what we can do.

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Is she doing another movie?

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 16, 2007 2:04 PM

Dang, I wish I could go to this. I really must plan my events more carefully . . .

Posted by Levislade | May 16, 2007 2:07 PM

I hope you're joking about the book laundering.

Posted by josh | May 16, 2007 2:18 PM



Posted by Mr. Poe | May 16, 2007 2:20 PM

Ask her if I can have a milkshake with that salad.

Posted by Still funny | May 16, 2007 2:32 PM

Will she be designing the credits for Passions?

Posted by brandon | May 16, 2007 3:04 PM

Unrelated note: there's some HTML in this entry that's messed up and it's completely screwed up the layout on my RSS feed. The rather unhelpful error message would not specify where the error was, but ye tech folk may want to take a look at the HTML.

Posted by Gomez | May 16, 2007 3:10 PM

Cool, but you know how things get caught up and you get caught up in them and you're 2 hours late...btw how was Neumos last night? you know how things get caught up and you get... yo Sam "c'n'cake" Prekop! i'm sorry for dancing like an wildidiot when WFXIV opened for your former band Shrimpboat. I was already coming down with a wicked hangover from drinking St Ides and plum brandy all afternoon. Don't even remember our set. Hmmm, ask her about filming the fish on car highway scene.

Posted by Garrett | May 16, 2007 3:25 PM

Oh, I see it. Look at the link for 'the bill'.

Posted by Gomez | May 16, 2007 3:27 PM

Do you guys ever mention Seattle Weekly events in your paper? Of course not. Do you ever mention Seattle Weekly sponsored events in your calendar? Of course not. Do you treat all of the other papers in town like shit? Always.

So are you really surprised that your little event didn't get mentioned elsewhere? A little diplomacy might help.

Don't worry, it's free, and you've been promoting it relentlessly. I'm sure a couple of people will show up. Hell, I'd go if there were free drinks.

Posted by Grandpa Munster | May 16, 2007 3:39 PM

Thanks, G. I'm fixing it.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | May 16, 2007 3:44 PM

my #6 comment-
Ask Becky Stark instead. I fell in love with her after reading a couple of her answers in the Seattle Weekly interview. Actually I might head down early to see if she's hanging outside the club.

Posted by brandon | May 16, 2007 3:49 PM

if their online version reflects the print edition, it seems that the Weekly features the Miranda July event in "the wire" [sw]

Posted by josh | May 16, 2007 4:05 PM

that becky stark interview you mentioned is also online. here it is -->

Posted by oh, in case you're still blocked from their website ... | May 16, 2007 4:18 PM

@13-- it's not in the print edition and that page you link to has it on the wrong day. It is on Thurs not Fri.

Posted by weakly | May 16, 2007 4:27 PM

You're right josh. Check it out, Mr. Frizzelle, they actually mentioned your event. No, they didn't mention your paper, don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Posted by Grandpa Munster | May 16, 2007 4:29 PM

Miranda July blurbed Tao Lin's new book.

Interview July about Tao Lin. (Tao as in cow, with a t)

Here is my own blurb:

"Eeeee Eee Eeee is about hamsters, moose, dolphins, Elijah Wood, Sean Penn and Salman Rushdie. Andrew is a Domino's pizza delivery driver instructed to deliver pizzas to a coworker's house without raping his coworker. As he drives her to the house, Andrew thinks about his ex-girlfirend Sara while hallucinating about bears, dolphins, hamsters, moose and aliens, while having constant thoughts about going on an out-of-control killing rampage. Stylistically, Lin is very professional. His themes are very professional, and he is frequently hilarious. "Do it," says the bear."

Posted by Billy | May 16, 2007 4:41 PM

Do it.

Posted by Billy | May 16, 2007 4:44 PM

Is Evan of "Awesome" still single? I'd kiss him twice.

Posted by Jan | May 16, 2007 5:09 PM

Is Evan of "Awesome" still single? I'd kiss him twice.

Posted by Jan | May 16, 2007 5:09 PM

Is Evan of "Awesome" still single? I'd kiss him twice.

Posted by Jan | May 16, 2007 5:09 PM

Miranda July looks like Martian Face Jenny! Swoon.

Posted by Russ Columbo | May 16, 2007 5:11 PM

Could you please ask Miranda what the point of the auction at the PEN festival in New York was? I was puzzled.

Posted by A | May 16, 2007 5:45 PM

For the record, I can't speak for "most book reviewers," nor can you, but I know the Everett Herald has a once yearly in-house book sale with the proceeds going to a selected charity. When I was a book reviewer at another paper I did the same - books, and CDs, went up for sale at Christmas with the proceeds going to Relay for Life. Maybe you should try it.

Posted by MD | May 17, 2007 10:41 AM

no one knows who this person is. please explain.

Posted by brad | May 17, 2007 2:14 PM

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