Ghosts & Projectors. a poetry speakeasy.
Friday, April 13th
7 – 10 PM
at The Cabin
Tickets are $3 for Cabin members, $5 for the general public
Tokens for private performances, poetry on demand, and tarot readings are and additional $5 each or 3 for $12 and will be available at the door.
This event benefits The Cabin’s Ghosts & Projectors reading series.
Have you ever found yourself more focused on a poet’s socks than their words at a poetry reading? Yet when a friend or lover has read you a poem (and meant it), you have experienced that poems can actually be magical (when they’re not being presented as though you’re going to be quizzed on the content).
If you’ve ever thought “this reading would have been so much better if the poet cared about what I wanted to hear,” then the Poetry Speakeasy is the event for you.
You don’t need a password to get in, though we’ll gladly take one if you’ve got it. You *do* need a love of literary arts, enough daring to enjoy a one-on-one performance with an eccentric, costumed character (past performers have included a mad scientist, a cowgirl, and an operatic bluebird, just to name a few), and a sense of adventure. Oh, all right, we’ll let you bring a friend in with you if you really want.
In addition to our private poetry readings, you can enjoy tarot card readings, poetry on demand, music by J. R. Rivero Kinsey and Ashley Rose, and much, much more!
This event is happening in partnership with Boise State University, Big Tree Arts, Death Rattle Writers Festival, Storyfort, Lost Grove Brewing, and the Boise Co-op!
Let our fabulous poets and storytellers from across the Treasure Valley dazzle you with live performances held in creative atmospheric spaces staged throughout The Cabin.
Light refreshments will be available. Beer and wine will be available for a donation. The event is recommended for audiences age 21 and up.
What’s a poetry speakeasy?
The Ghosts & Projectors poetry speakeasy is our big celebration of Boise poetry. Inspired by the Poetry Brothel, it features one-on-one poetry experiences with eccentric, costumed poets/characters who want to make poetry intimate and fun again.
If intimacy with strange poets isn’t your thing, we also offer tarot card readings, poetry on demand from local poets, music, food, drink, and other things that make us happy to have the best literary community in the United States.
So what should I expect when I arrive, then?
You’ll check in at the Cabin lobby upon your arrival. At check-in, you’ll have the opportunity to buy tokens to exchange for readings and on-demand poems.
To schedule your private performance, visit the Private Performance station. Choose the poetry experience that excites you most, then exchange a token for a scheduled time slot. We recommend returning to the waiting area a couple minutes before your scheduled performance time.
At your schedule performance time, one of our assistants will guide you to the appropriate room. Then you’ll sit back, interact, and experience five minutes of poems or stories selected just for you!
While you’re waiting for your performance, you can also exchange tokens for a tarot card reading or poetry on demand — we’ll have poets writing on typewriters and stationary eager to create unique poems based on a theme or topic of your choosing that you get to bring home! You can also enjoy live music, a glass of beer and wine, light refreshments, and perhaps a popup game or two.
Why the Poetry Speakeasy?
“In a political culture of managed spectacles and passive spectators, poetry appears as a rift, a peculiar lapse, in the prevailing mode. The reading of a poem, a poetry reading, is not a spectacle, nor can it be passively received. It’s an exchange of electrical currents through language…” –Adrienne Rich
No matter your political proclivities, it’s likely that you agree that it’s getting harder and hard to escape the constant bombardment of news and information. It’s possible that we’re in deep danger of muting the “electrical currents” of language. We don’t want this, so this is one of our attempts to shake words free and help them mean again.
Are all the performers poets?
No. We welcome all manner of poets, storytellers, and literary artists.