Kingston’s Beverly Lounge is throwing wide its doors (metaphorically speaking, if it’s a wintry day) from 2 to 8 p.m. on New Year’s Day for a spoken-word/performance extravaganza that organizer Bruce Weber is calling Brain Storms. A poet who recently relocated to Saugerties, Weber produced similar events in Manhattan annually from 1995 to 2019.
The six-hour event will feature more than 100 performers – poets, writers and musicians – drawn from the Hudson Valley region. Among those scheduled are Michael Bisio, Michael Brownstein, Andy Clausen, Janet Hamill, Mikhail Horowitz, Lissa Kiernan, Phillip Levine, Gilles Malkine, Gus Mancini, Paul McMahon, Linda Montano, Bertha Rogers, George Quasha, Darcy Smith and Victoria Sullivan. The event will also include an open mic, offering everyone the opportunity to perform for three minutes.
Admission to Brain Storms is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food or drink for Food Not Bombs and books for the Woodbourne Correctional Facility. The Beverly Lounge is located at 224 Foxhall Avenue in Kingston. To learn more about the event, visit https://brainstorms2020.wordpress.com.