Saturday, March 21, 2009

Blam! Recap; Videos Update; New Events!

PAPP would like to give thanks to everyone for coming out to Moonstone last night for the Blam! event. The featured performers were wonderful, and the energy of the open mic was both eclectic and wonderful.

Due to some sluggish uploading, tedium, et cetera, it will be a bit before all the recordings of Friday's great Blam! event are posted here. Check our Youtube page periodically as this is a slow but sure process. Also, all the events are currently being recorded with a Canon Powershot A720, which is a digital camera with recording capabilities. This is not ideal! If anyone has access to video recorder technology and wants to volunteer to record events, please contact PAPP via this blog or send an email here.

As a final, very important note, make sure you keep the following upcoming events in mind, as they are happening over the next couple weeks!

On Tuesday, March 24, Adam "Naked" Meora of PAPP will be reading with Elliott Levin at Moonstone down at 13th and Chestnut. The event starts at 7:00pm. For more information, visit Moonstone's event page here.

On Saturday, March 28, PAPP verse extraordinaire Debra Morkun will be hosting an avant garde reading over at the University City Arts League. Here are the details:

Poet: Patrick Lucy
Poetess: Ish Klein
Band: Hezekiah Jones
Poet: Carlos Soto Román
University City Arts League 4226 Spruce St 7pm
$7 adults /$5 with college id /Donation High School
contact Adam "Naked Meora" for details...267 312

A graduate of Wake Forest University, Patrick Lucy resides in Fishtown (Philadelphia) where he splits his time between the equally daunting tasks of running a business and writing a decent poem. Patrick is a founding member of the New Philadelphia Poets and has read recently at Robins, Brickbat, Wooden Shoe and Germ books. His work has appeared in The Corduroy Mtn and can be found on

Ish Klein is a self-taught film and puppet maker who also writes poetry. She is an alumna of Columbia University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop for Poetry. Most recently her poetry has been published in Canary, The Hat and Spork magazines.

Hezekiah Jones is a collection of Philadelphia-area artists orbiting around the songwriting talents of one Raphael Cutrufello. They have released one full-length album, Hezekiah Says You’re A-Ok, and an EP, Come to Our Pool Party, both on Yer Bird Records. Also a split 7 inch, The Asheville Squints, released on Quite Scientific.

Carlos Soto Román was born in Valparaíso, Chile, in 1977. He participated in Mauricio Redoles workshop during 1995. He has published the poem books "La Marcha de los Quiltros" (Mongrel's march) in 1999 and "Haiku Minero" (Miner haiku) in 2007. Both issued by "La Calazaba del Diablo" Independent Editions. His works has been collected in "Bar" Anthology (Casa de Barro Editions, 2006) and in "Pozo" (Pit) (Lanzallamas Editions, 2007). In 2004 he achieved the Creation Fellowship of the Book & Reading Council of the Chilean Government.

And on Tuesday, April 2, the Blend performance series at Blue Banana (2nd and South) will continue with a great evening of open mic, and two great features--read below for more information.

Blend @ Blue Bananas Café

Trapeta B. Mason and Monnette Suddler (A new series featuring poetry, spoken word, and music 1st Thursdays of every month)

April 2nd, 2009

7:30 – 9:30 PM

Blue Bananas Café is located next to the Laff House, 223 South Street, Philadelphia PA. Their website features their tasty menu as well as directions to the restaurant:


$5 for entry

TRAPETA B. MAYSON is a poet, social worker, and workshop leader living in Germantown. Trapeta works extensively with youth locally and nationally conducting poetry and creative writing workshops. She has also worked with the Art Sanctuary and Painted Bride for a number of years. Trapeta has received numerous literary and publication honors including a Pew Fellowship, a Leeway Transformation Award, and a PA Council on the Arts fellowship.

MONNETTE SUDLER, a dynamite guitarist, writer, composer, and arranger, has played with many all-time jazz greats, such as Hugh Masekela, Philly Joe Jones, Grover Washington, Jr., Byard Lancaster, Sounds of Liberation and Kenny Baron, as well as hot new artists like bassist Gerald Veasely. Europe, Japan, South Africa, Jamaica and the United States have welcomed jazz guitarist Monnette Sudler with her original music and unique arrangements. Ms. Sudler has her degree from Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music. Her background covers composition, music therapy and performance. Monnette Sudler conducts guitar workshops, private instruction, workshops on creative development and composition. More information can be found at

* To sign up for the open mic, or if you have any questions please email

* Blue Bananas Café can validate parking at Abbott Square Parking Lot, 3rd & South. ($4.00 to park all night!)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Check Out the Upcoming Artists

Here are two video clips of artists performing at the BLAM! event this Friday, March 20th. Videos from this Friday's event will be posted in the future.

Jesse Schurr of the Jesse Schurr Band:

Alabaster McDougle:

Monday, March 16, 2009

This Friday: BLAM! Event

Head over to the Moonstone Literary Salon (formerly Robin's Books) this Friday, March 20th, for a wonderful variety show. BLAM!, hosted by the Poetic Arts Performance Project's Adam "Naked" Meora and Greg Bem, will feature song, poetry, storytelling, and a few special surprises.

Headlining the event is the Mighty Flipside Esq., MC/DJ/Comedian/Beat-Boxer of Philly's Electric City hip hop collective. Check out their site and listen to some of their tracks here.

BLAM! will also be featuring the following talented acts: Jesse Schurr of the Jesse Schurr Band (singer/songwriter); Alabaster McDougle (poetic artist); Jane Cassady (poetic artist); Isa Walker (pianist); and Dan McGlaughlin (monologist).

The evening will also feature an open mic, so bring your strings, bring your verse, or just bring yourself. We encourage all forms of expression. This is going to be a great night of art, entertainment, and fun.