Mixer Reading and Music Series
Wednesday, February 16 , 7:00 p.m., FREE
with readings by Jami Attenberg, Deenah Vollmer,
Kyle Thomas Smith, Rohin Guha, and musical guest TBA
with your hosts, Melissa Febos and Rebecca Keith
152 Ludlow St., bet. Stanton and Rivington
F, V to 2nd Ave., F, J, M to Delancey/Essex
Jami Attenberg is the author of Instant Love, The Kept Man, and The Melting Season, which came out in paperback in January. She has contributed to a number of anthologies and publications, including The New York Times, Salon, Print and more. Visit her online at whatever-whenever.net.
Deenah Vollmer is working on a non-fiction book about Los Angeles told through the perspective of a celebrity dog sitter. She contributes to "The New Yorker," as well as reviews and essays to "The Rumpus," "The Faster Times," and other outlets.
Kyle Thomas Smith is the author of the novel 85A (Bascom Hill, 2010). He is a regular arts-and-culture contributor to WhiteHot, Edge, and The Brooklyn Rail. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner Julius and his esteemed felines Marquez and Giuseppe.
ROHIN GUHA has had conversations with rock’n’roll queens, pop stars, painters, actors, and a maenad. Relief Work (Birds of Lace, December 2010) is his first collection of short stories. He is also hard at work on his first novel. He tends to laugh a little too loudly.
Mixer celebrated its three-year anniversary in March, 2010. This monthly reading and music series, featuring established and emerging writers and bands, is held at Cakeshop on the Lower East Side, on the third(ish) Wednesday of every month. Co-founded and curated by Melissa Febos and Rebecca Keith, Mixer is a frequent New York magazine critic’s pic, and has been recommended by Maud Newton, The New York Times, Galleycat, and the L Magazine, among others.
Past and future readers include: Mary Jo Bang, Paul Muldoon, Jonathan Lethem, Mark Doty, Jennifer Egan, Joshua Ferris, Nick Flynn, Eileen Myles, Chuck Klosterman, Matthea Harvey, Dan Chaon, Paul Lisicky, Joshua Henkin, Irini Spanidou, Rachel Sherman, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Vijay Seshadri, Keith Gessen, John Burnham Schwartz, Susan Wheeler, Catherine Barnett, Mark Bibbins, Martha Collins, Jeff McDaniel, Cathy Park Hong, Amanda Stern, Aaron Fagan, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Ross Gay, Amy Holman, Nathaniel Rich, Cate Marvin, Pat Rosal, Courtney Queeney, Nelly Reifler, Craig Teicher, Meehan Crist, Ali Liebegott, Deb Olin Unferth, Arthur Bradford, Sloane Crosley, Sean Wilsey, Joan Silber, David Hollander, Joel Brouwer, Elizabeth Haukaas, Robert Lopez, Jonathan Dixon, Maggie Estep, Martha Collins, Michael Dahlie, Katie Peterson, Victoria Redel, Allison Amend, Nathaniel Bellows, Janice Erlbaum, Rob Sheffield, Leni Zumas, Matthew Zapruder, Bret Anthony Johnston, Tracy K. Smith, Nicholas Dawidoff, Fiona Maazel, Hannah Tinti, Pamela Ryder, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Matthue Roth, Cintra Wilson, Sara Marcus, and David Goodwillie.
Musicians include: Joan as Policewoman, The Chapin Sisters, Amie Amis, Elizabeth Harper & the Matinee, Chris Moore, Lariats, Cat Martino, Schwervon!, Rebecca Pronsky, Five Point Perspective, Disbelief St., Young Lions, Bjorn Quenemoen, and Spectacular Bird.
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What they say about Mixer:
Elena Schilder at Flavorpill says:
"Hosted by Sarah Lawrence MFAs Rebecca Keith and Melissa Febos, music venue/record store/bakery Cake Shop's monthly reading series provides a quick pace — each edition features a little poetry, a little fiction, and a rock band or two — and a highly watchable crowd."
The L Magazine's Edith Zimmerman says:
"May 7, 2008: This month's MIXER reading series, combining good music and good literature, isn't messing around--they've got a Pulitzer winner, a MacArthur winner, a mostly unknown poet, and a band with that Pulitzer winner on guitar and percussion. Nice work, MIXER."
Jason Boog at Galleycat says:
"An enthusiastic crowd of poetry fans packed the Cake Shop bar last night, bringing back a bit of Lower East Side's bohemian spirit that the recently departed stock market boom had almost smothered--the basement poets versus the encroaching condominiums, if you will."
Megan Gilbert at Zoom-in Online says:
"I love it when I unexpectedly hear an amazing band I've never hear before. Last night, I attended the well-attended second installation of Mixer, a new monthly reading series, at Cakeshop on the Lower East Side...After four readers, including the lively David Hollander and the writer of perfect poetry, Vijay Seshadri, The Chapin Sisters, all the way from Los Angeles, took the stage. And rocked it, old tyme style."
“Williamsburg is Dead” says:
“Tomorrow I will be checking out the Mixer at Cakeshop, a reading/music series that I have attended many times and have always thoroughly enjoyed."
Williamsburg is Dead also says Mixer is "like the coolest reading in the universe."
Writer Courtney Eldridge blogs:
"Mixer is a monthly series that showcases some of the best writers and musicians out there, whether famous or not (yet). In addition to their consistently great lineups, Mixer draws consistently great crowds. I mean, that there’s a crowd to speak of is worth seeing to believe, but that people actually pay attention and give back to the readers, well, it warms the heart. If not, buy yourself a couple drinks at the bar, and it’ll be fine."
"Melissa Febos' and Rebecca Keith's reading series Mixer has been, in my opinion, for the past two years since is birth, the standard-bearer for NYC readings. My own various Punk/Folk/Electroclash Rock Fiction(s) can still only dream of achieving the top-drawer talent and consistent quality these girls have for their series. (Plus, after I got drunk and dropped my wallet on the floor of the Cake Shop after attending one night, afraid all was lost, Melissa found it, walked her big old dog over to my apartment and returned it to me personally. That's service, folks). This Wednesday's installment is set to be particularly delicious..."