Hot Tickets for February 2011

Slam Poetry & Storytelling

Spoken Word – February 3 & 4

Ever wonder what goes on at that little bar beneath the overpass near the Railway Museum on Water Street West? Yes, they have darts. But slam poetry? Here in town? Who knew!

Brendan McLeod is coming all the way from Vancouver for an evening of slam and storytelling with local poet Monica Squires. He’s got a bundle of distinctions under his belt, including winner of both Canadian (2004) and World (2005) slam poetry competitions and the 2006 winner of the International 3-Day Novel Competition. He’s been described as “a high energy storyteller equally at home with social and political commentary, family histrionics, surreal love poems, obscure adventure stories, and powerful personal stories.” He’ll be presenting a prepared full length work at the Station Lounge located at 7 Hutchings Street on Thursday February 3rd and Friday February 4th at 7pm. Bryhanna Greenough
 

Designer Drugs

Music – February 4

New York City electronic duo Designer Drugs’ brand of infectious, crunchy beats has been prescribed for over 50 killer remixes of such artists as Mariah Carey, Little Boots, Annie, and The Veronicas. Since Michael Vincent Patrick and Theodore Paul Nelson formed the group in 2007 they’ve become a fixture on the international DJ circuit and they’re bringing the good times to St. John’s. The group’s performance precedes the release of their debut LP Hardcore/Softcore, slated for a February 22 release. Designer Drugs perform at Evolve Nightclub and tickets are available at the door. Nathan Downey
 

Queer Bash/White Party

Music – February 18

Fans of queer nightlife bummed by the Zone’s December 31 closure won’t have to wait until a new bar opens to fill the void. The Queer Bash 2011 White Party, taking place at the Majestic Theater, will feature DJs spinning electro, house, and top 40 tracks, plenty of dark corners, sexy white-clad go-go dancers, and prizes from Phoenix Tattoos. Though at this point it’s still a one-off, event organizer Jonny Joseph Reardon hopes to make Queer Bash a monthly occurrence, complete with big-name DJs. Having hosted similar events in Edmonton, Reardon says one of the goals of the White Party is to attract a more diverse crowd than just the club-going set while maintaining an upbeat party atmosphere. Queer Bash 2011 White Party goes down February 18 at the Majestic Theater, featuring DJs Logan Hudak (Halifax), Joseph X (St. John’s) and Klassy Dirt (St. John’s). Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. Nathan Downey
 

Oil and Water

Theatre – February 9-20

On February 18, 1942, the USS Truxtun, a naval destroyer ran aground off the tiny Burin outport of St. Lawrence. In spite of local efforts to save them, over 100 sailors drowned in the wreckage. One of the survivors was Lanier Phillips, who was the first African-American many in St. Lawrence had ever seen. The story of the locals scrubbing Phillips, thinking his dark coloration was oil from the Truxtun, has grown since then into a Newfoundland legend. Governor General Award-winning playwright Robert Chafe presents this fascinating story in a new play featuring an a capella score drawing from both African-American gospel and Newfoundland folk traditions. Oil And Water is directed by Jillian Keiley and produced by Artistic Fraud. It’s being staged at the LSPU Hall and tickets range from $7 to $28. Nathan Downey