A WINNER EVERY TIME
And now, as people often witter, for something completely different. Well, sort of. Get your educated selves down to Chapter Arts Centre's Y Llofft space next Monday (27 April) for talk of fighting, but with a gentleman twist...
Eugene S Robinson is probably best known as the lead singer of San Francisco heavy blues-rock noisemakers Oxbow - you know the dude, the one often semi-naked, jostling in his jocks as if wrestling some kind of mythical snake. Well forget all that, because on this tour he presents his critically-acclaimed book Fight: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Ass–Kicking But Were Afraid You’d Get Your Ass Kicked For Asking. A spoken word performance with Eugene talking freely about the world of fight culture, expect a no-holds-barred chat with one of combat's most eloquent analysts. Don't just believe us; take it from somebody who knows a little more about this literature lark:
"Sort of a unified theory of unarmed combat, Fight pulls off the nifty trick of being thorough to the point of compendiousness while maintaining a core of bristling idiosyncrasy. Robinson is Bouncer Lit’s Norman Mailer. And occasionally in the time–warped, Finnegan’s Wake seconds before someone chokes him out, its James Joyce." James Parker, The Phoenix.
Plenty of examples of ESR's writing this way, please.
DC Gates delves into the world of solo spoken wordage in support. What will the Gindrinker frontman do? It's going to be a surprise to us, a surprise to you. Hear his words of wisdom, albeit put to Gindrinker's distinctive music, right here.
It all starts at Chapter from 8pm (Y Llofft is up a little staircase at the front right of the Arts Centre and you pretty much have to walk across the stage from the entrance so please arrive on time to avoid possible physical challenges from Mr Robinson). Tickets are £5, on sale now from this unwieldy URL. The capacity for this show is tiny (40-50 people) so advance tickets are definitely advised...
The necessary footnote: Y Llofft is a temporary performance space being used throughout the redevelopment of Chapter's facilities. Unfortunately, it is not accessible to wheelchair users and access is via a steep external staircase. Please call the Chapter box office on 029 2030 4400 for further details.