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The BPRS @ The Dang Crib, THIS Saturday, August 12th!

We’re doing the thing all the cool kids do: playing a house party in Bushwick! We kick off the night at 8 pm followed by some killer local rock bands including our faves, OxenFree. BYOB. See you there – if you’re cool enough! ūüėČ

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The BPRS @ Leftfield, Sat, Oct 22, 10 pm!

The Brooklyn Players Reading Society plays our first show in over a year at¬†Leftfield NYC (downstairs) on Saturday, October 22nd at 10 pm. Bands all night long, featuring The Random Hubiak at 7, Murder Ballads & Ghost Stories w/ Sarah Murdoch at 8, The Violet Hours at 9, rock-n-roll poetry with¬†The Brooklyn Players Reading Society (that’s us!!) at 10, and Amy Bleu at 11. $10 cover, tix at door. 21+. More details and RSVP¬†on our Facebook Event Page.

Leftfield NYC is located at 87 Ludlow Street – map here. Also, check out this dancing monkey.

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Pictures from Mother Tongue with Jade Sanchez-Ventura, Caedra Scott-Flaherty and The Brooklyn Players Reading Society @ Sidewalk Cafe

We had such an amazing night at Sidewalk Cafe¬†last Tuesday!¬†Huge thanks to my amazing, talented mama writer friends, memoirist and¬†Mutha Magazine columnist¬†Jade Sanchez-Ventura¬†and fiction author¬†Caedra Scott-Flaherty, to my husband,¬†David Stanley Fine-Firesheets,¬†for bringing his beautiful¬†energy to¬†The Brooklyn Players Reading Society, to the babies for being so good and cute, to Sidewalk¬†for having us, and to all of YOU for supporting us. We’re turning this into a regular reading/music series at Sidewalk featuring parents who are still committed to their art despite the little monsters sleeping under their beds, so stay tuned for future updates.

P.S. Domenica Ruta very sadly had to cancel due to a sick baby but will be appearing at a future event.

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TONIGHT! Mother Tongue: Words w/The Brooklyn Players Reading Society, Domenica Ruta & More @ Sidewalk Cafe, Tuesday, March 29th!

Please join us tonight, Tuesday, March 29th, from 6:30-8 pm at Sidewalk Cafe for Mother Tongue, a night of words across genres and topics delivered by new mamas who are still committed to their art despite the little monsters sleeping under their beds.

mothertongueThe evening features memoirist Domenica Ruta (author of NY Times best-seller With or Without You), memoirist and Mutha columnist Jade Sanchez-Ventura, fiction author Caedra Scott-Flaherty, and percussive poetry by The Brooklyn Players Reading Society (with yours truly on vox and hot new papa David Fine-Firesheets on bongos).

Readings from 6:30-8 pm, live bands to follow. No cover, donations appreciated. Please RSVP at our Facebook Event Page. Sidewalk is located on Ave A at the corner of 6th St (map here).

Hope to see you there!

P.S. For those of you on the fence, Lew will be there. You know you wanna squeeze his little Buddha belly.

The Brooklyn Players Reading Society Updates and Live Pics

IMG_4767Big news on the musical front: The Brooklyn Players Reading Society has become a duo! It seemed like everyone in the band was experiencing some major life changes all at the same time, so Dave and I decided to take a step back and revisit our initial intentions. Why did we write these songs in the first place? What was our original concept? Why are we currently playing these songs? What do we actually want to be doing with our music?

Through stepping back like this, Dave and I¬†remembered¬†that BPRS was founded on the idea of saying something, of using words in various forms to get a message out. We wanted to set these words to music, to use sounds, rhythms, and melodies to highlight our¬†message and stories. While developing our songs with a full band was an amazing and important experience, we realized that our original idea got a bit lost along the way. Rewriting our songs so that they work as a duo and also reflect our mission has taken time, but we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the process and feel like we’ve finally gotten to the heart of our music.

Meanwhile, the little guy inside has been growing rapidly, wiggling around and kicking up a storm during practice (dancing along?). I’m curious to play the songs for him once he’s out to see if he recognizes them. He’s certainly heard them enough at this point! But obviously, his arrival means Dave and I will be taking a break from regular practice and gigging while we sort out life with a baby. So, we decided to take full advantage of the time we have now and made our debut as a duo last Sunday, March 22nd at The Sidewalk Cafe, an NYC staple that has supported poetry and spoken word artists for decades now. I was quite nervous beforehand – singing AND playing keys is very different than just singing! But we had a blast and overall felt very good about sharing our musical vision with our friends and new fans. Hope you enjoy the pics, and huge thanks to everyone who came out. If you missed us, don’t worry – we’ve also been busy working on some demo recordings with plans to release them this summer. Stay tuned!

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Photos from RnR VII: A Tribute to the Everyday Things

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Check out¬†Readin’ N Rhythm’s blog¬†for pictures from our¬†recent event at Union Hall, A Tribute to the Everyday Things. Apparently I make some goofy facial expressions when I perform (this pic being a prime example). Meanwhile, Tom Kennedy looks regal, Igor Lumpert looks passionate, and SweetPro looks like they’re having a funky blast. At the very least, I had a blast. Can’t for the next show, coming this fall¬†– stay tuned!

RnR VII: A Tribute to the Everyday Things feat. Thomas E. Kennedy, Sunday, May 18th @ Union Hall

5-18-14 posterDave and my concert series, Readin’ N Rhythm,¬†is extremely excited to return to¬†Union Hall¬†on Sunday, May 18th¬†for¬†A Tribute to the Everyday Things,¬†a matinee show from 3-6 pm¬†featuring award-winning writer¬†Thomas Kennedy¬†(Kerrigan in Copenhagen, In The Company of Angels), an incredibly smart, talented, and funny author gifted with an enchanting, musical reading style. He‚Äôll be performing a track from his recent album,¬†An Introduction, featuring dynamic interpretations¬†of Danish writer¬†Dan Turell‚Äôs¬†poems set to music, along with some original poetry and fiction. Copies of his CD will be available for purchase.

The amazing tenor saxophonist Igor Lumpert will also be performing with his band, America I Really Like Your Shoes. One of our favorite New York groups, jazz fusion greats¬†Sweetpro, will close out the afternoon. ¬†For a taste of their style, check out an episode of Louis CK’s TV show Louie – that’s right, they’re his band. RnR house band¬†The Brooklyn Players Reading Society¬†will¬†kick things off with a short set at 3 pm. $5 cover. Get your tickets in advance by clicking here.

Union Hall is located at 702 Union Street near the corner of 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Click here for a map and directions. See you there!

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