Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Narrow places

You took the turn, pretending certainty, and when asphalt turned to cobblestone and the street curved upward through a stairstepped neighborhood, you looked at your wife with your Isn't This An Adventure face, and her smile was overbright. The houses were tall and narrow, walls of shifting color, and tiny European cars parked on both sides of the road now. You're creeping forward, just half-revolutions of the wheels until you stop. No way to pass without scraping cars on both sides, and a men in heavy mustaches gather, arms crossed over paunches, watching, you can't back up, not with that steep curve and it's a miracle you got this far, you feel the chill of sweat under the arms of your shirt and you want to start swearing, fuckstick assfiddle needledick, but your wife puts a hand on your arm and you try to take in a breath.

Let Portuguese Artists Colony guide you home Sunday, July 22nd. Featuring guest readers:

Craig Clevenger was born in Dallas, Texas. He is the author two novels, The Contortionist’s Handbook and Dermaphoria. He currently lives in San Francisco and is at work on his third novel.

Lauren Eggert-Crowe has written for Salon, The Rumpus and L.A. Review of Books. She is the author of two forthcoming poetry chapbooks: The Exhibit and In The Songbird Laboratory. She's also the managing editor of Ask A Socialist. (If you'd like to ask a socialist out, follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurEggertCrowe.)

The ever enchanting Ethel Rohan, victorious in May's live writing contest, returns with her finished piece!

Sweet live tunes from musical guest Jascha Hoffman.

Live writing:
Vote on a prompt as you enter the show, and four writers will write on the winning topic while you watch them sweat, swear, and get inspired. Each writer will read what he/she wrote, and you get to vote on which piece you'd like to see developed into a finished story/poem/rant to be read at the next PAC performance. It's a thrill - place your bets now!

Claire Hennessy
Marianne Lonsdale
Jeremy Ravdin  
Trent Tano 

Sunday, July 22
Hotel Rex
562 Sutter Street
In the Salon, just behind the Library Bar
San Francisco
Show at 5:00 pm    

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Portuguese Artists Colony is taking a stroll.

It all begins Sunday, July 8, 5:00 pm at Stories, with the maiden appearance of PAC Los Angeles' Roar Shack.
Featuring Chiwan Choi, Jillian Lauren, Shilpa Agarwal, Live Writing with J Ryan Stradal and Ameni Rozsa, and music by Scott Shriner.

On Monday, July 9, we're wandering across the ocean to host the participant open mic as part of Dzanc Books/CNC DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. This is our second year as part of DISQUIET, and we're mighty pleased to return. Live Writing in a 150-year old literary club. What could be sweeter? GrĂ©mio LiterĂ¡rio, at 6:00 pm.

We're back to our original home in San Francisco on Sunday, July 22, with a wonderful lineup:
Craig Clevenger
and Lauren Eggert-Crowe
Musical guest: Jascha Hoffman
Live writing winner: Ethel Rohan 
Live writers: Claire Hennessy, Marianne Lonsdale, Jeremy Ravdin, Trent Tano   
Sunday,  July 22
Hotel Rex
562 Sutter Street
In the Salon, just behind the Library Bar
San Francisco
Show at 5:00 pm  
Sliding scale $5-10