The Sepoy Rebellion schedules readings year-round at a variety of venues around Staten Island and the New York City area; also, collectively and individually, we participate in various events we don't organize ourselves, both on- and off-Island. Below you'll find a calendar of upcoming Sepoy Rebellion events and other related happenings, with the dates, times, addresses and contact info for the venues. Plus a list of selected past performances.
The Sepoy Rebellion Calendar 2006-07
December 2006-January 2007: Taking its cue from local celebrity weathermammal Staten Island Chuck (click here for Chuck's Wikipedia entry), TSR will hunker down for the deep NYC winter. While keeping warm, we will continue rooting through the group's A-V archive to review the tapes of past performances. Excerpts from some of these already appear at this site, and one or more CD/DVD publications may result. Details will forthcome.
Saturday, November 11, 2006, 8:00-10:00 p.m.: The reconfigured TSR founding members Wil Wynn, Marguerite Maria Rivas, and Allan Douglass Coleman will present a fall program titled ELEVENeleven. Wiht musical accompaniment by (we hope) Doug Principato of Earth People. At the Every Thing Goes Book Café (208 Bay Street near Victory Blvd.).
Coming up in 2006: Sepoy performances at The Cup and the Garden Variety Poetry Series. Details will get posted here.
If you'd like to get on our e-mail list for advance notice of upcoming Sepoy Rebellion events, just send us your e-mail address and/or your phone number. We won't abuse these, but we'll keep you informed.
We're always in search of new venues -- our motto is, "We'll rebel anyplace"; so, if you own or operate or know of a user-friendly space that might suit what we do, by all means let us know.
The Sepoy Rebellion: Notable Past Performances
Sunday, October 8, 2006, 5:30-6 p.m.: Helping the Every Thing Goes Book Café to celebrate its first birthday, TSR rocked the house (it's a small house) with a half-hour guest set to say thanks bigtime to Katy and Steve ETG, who have created the best poetry-performance venue on Staten Island.
Saturday, July 8, 2006, 8-10 p.m.: TSR guest-edited a poetry/art 'zine titled Avec, based on the Assembling model pioneered by Richard Kostelanetz and others. The issue made its appearance that night, and such contributors as Amy Greenfield, Richard Kostelanetz, Mary Ann Lynch, and Patricia Murphy, along with TSR members Allan Douglass Coleman, J. J. Hayes, and Marguerite Maria Rivas, perform the included works and other pieces. At the Every Thing Goes Book Café.
April 1, 2006, 2:00-4:30 p.m.: TSR members participated individually and collectively in the April Fool's Day session of Day de Dada. Host venue for this event: NYC Arts Cypher (12 Broad St., Stapleton, Staten Island).
December 10, 2005: TSR teamed up with the musical duo Allergic To B's (Gary and Joan Moore) for an evening titled "Laughter, Hope & A Sock in the Eye" (with a nod to Dorothy Parker). Gary and Joan are former unindicted co-conspirators of TSR's in Staten Island TRASH, an earlier coalition of performing eccentrics, so this constituted a holiday-season reunion of sorts. At the Every Thing Goes Book Café.
November 12, 2005: TSR appeared at the Second Annual Staten Island Freedom & Peace Festival in Stapleton's historic Tappen Park. (Sponsored by a coalition of local activist groups. Find out more about them at www.siaction.org.) Shortly thereafter that day, TSR did a half-hour set at the delightful new Every Thing Goes Book Café to help celebrate their Grand Opening. (208 Bay Street near Victory Blvd.)
September 21, 2005: TSR appeared at the Vlepo Gallery in St. George, Staten Island, presenting a program titled "Profit & Loss." New works by each of TSR's four members received premieres during this event, including "Lunar Eclipse Variations," a piece for four voices by Allan Douglass Coleman dedicated to experimental pianists Joseph Kubera and Sarah Cahill.
June 16, 2005: By special invitation, TSR performed the "Ulysses in Nighttown" section of James Joyce's Ulysses, in a much longer reading of selections from this novel staged by Staten Island OutLOUD as part of the international celebration of Bloomsday. At The Muddy Cup, Stapleton, Staten Island.
August 21, 2004: The entire Sepoy Rebellion and most of Elektromotif joined forces to encourage the local population to register to vote, and to put some strong anti-Bush energy into the North Shore air at the Staten Island Freedom & Peace Festival in Stapleton's historic Tappen Park. Sponsored by a coalition of local activist groups. Find out more about them at www.siaction.org.
February 7, 2002: "Torch Songs and Bad-ass Poems," a pre-Valentine's Day celebration at the Muddy Cup Coffee House, 388 Van Duzer St., Staten Island, NY.
November 23, 2001: at the College of Staten Island's CSI Center Lecture Hall. "'From mourning into morning': Poems of Loss and Celebration," part of "Straight from the Arts," a marathon series of Thanksgiving-weekend events by the Staten Island arts community to benefit the Staten Island families touched by the events of September 11. Every participating artist, performer, stagehand, usher, box office representative, and venue donated their time, services, space and equipment so that 100% of all ticket revenue went to the Staten Island September 11 Fund, Inc. (Tickets were priced at $10.)
For this occasion, The Sepoy Rebellion prepared a two-part program. The presentation combined works by the collective's members with relevant passages from the works of other poets, past and present -- evidence of the social relevance and often prophetic power of poetry as a manifestation of the human spirit. We were joined by The Grand Pepper of Reality (a/k/a Doug Principato) and Ed Jackson, who provided us with some inimitable musical accompaniment.
October 19, 2001: "Poetry in a War Zone," a response to the events of September 11, 2001, at the Muddy Cup Coffee House, 388 Van Duzer St., Staten Island, NY.
October 21, 2000: Catherine St. Gallery, 492 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY.
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