Thursday, February 11, 2010

For my Local Friends

Please come and enjoy a performance featuring Eric and Friends in the

Alte Rocker's Annual Purim Performance!

Don't miss out on our latest hits, including

***Geese on the Ark***

***(Senator is a) Centerfold***

***My Bubbe, She Sent Me a Sweater***

Saturday, February 27, 2010

It's the "Oy Vey Cafe"

7:30 Alte Rockers and JRC Purimshpielers Concert,

including abbreviated English Megillah reading

(Come at 6:30 if you want to hear di gantze megillah reading)

JRC, 303 Dodge, Evanston, IL

(just north of Howard, east of McCormick)

Parking available west (across Dodge) in the Levy Center parking lot

No Hot Tix...just be there!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

FW: [Say Something Wonderful: 676] If you're in the neighborhood

I love watching ideas I’ve gathered for my NEH poetry seminar take new forms as they spread around the country.  Here’s the blurb I just received for a workshop (for parents and teachers) to be led by a 2009 Say Something Wonderful alum.   The phrase “Poetry as a Second Language” came to me from the poet Charles Bernstein; Poetry Out Loud is the program from the Poetry Foundation; the writing prompts here came from this particular teacher, and the phrase “near-infinite particularities” comes (directly or in paraphrase, I’m not sure) from Baron Wormser and David Cappella’s A Surge of Language, which I’ve used as a textbook in the seminar for several years.  Fun to see them mixed and matched this way!


Poetry as Second Language (PSL):

Immersion in the Language of Poetry

We will look at 4 ways we can immerse kids in the language of poetry:  the first way is through Poetry Out Loud--we will see performances by 8th and 9th graders (one 8th grader will also perform a slam to differentiate it from POL and rap); the second way is through hearing, daily, the teacher read a poem and having the students copy down another poem dictated to them (there will be a handout of short poems available); the third way is through writing poems (a quick look at examples of 2-word, circle, and change poems (and see how the "form" of the poems applies to short poems by Pound, Kooser, and Kenyon); and the fourth way is through close reading (we will talk together about our reading of Blake's "The Tyger" and Oppen's "Psalm" and see, perhaps, the near-infinite particularities potential in a poem).