This fall is shaping up to be pretty busy in terms of lectures and performances. I know most of you out there aren’t in North Dakota (because most people aren’t), but here’s the list so far in case you’re in the area. I’ll be doing literature, theatre, and music at these places and times:
- Sept. 13th 11am University of Mary, Bismarck. Panel presentation on Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. This is a UMary convocation, a three-person panel discussing various aspects of the campus read. I’ll be talking about the book as a mystery novel and doing a brief Sherlock Holmes intro.
- Sept. 15th 12pm Custer Park, Bismarck. Performance with Ian on drums and our new friend Aaron on saxophone. We’ll be playing under the name Blind Mice, as part of the fall Downtown Art in Motion program.
- Oct. 26th 7pm Spirit Room, Fargo. The Thirsty Dead! Lecture on vampires in popular culture in the 19th and 20th centuries.
- Oct. 27th 6:30? Bismarck Public Library. Spooky reading and singing as part of the library’s kids’ Halloween program. I’m working on Richard Thompson’s “Sam Jones,” and looking for scary stories that won’t traumatize youngsters. I think Carmilla is out.
- Oct. 28th 2pm Garrison Theater, Garrison, ND. The Life and Literature of Charles Dickens. Lecture on Dickens for the Garrison Arts Council. I’ll come up with a better title before I send them the promotional material.
- Nov. 29th 11am Heskett Hall, University of Mary, Bismarck. In Darkest London. Lecture on London in 19th century Gothic literature as part of the university’s Faculty Excellence Series.
- Dec. 16th 2pm Bismarck Public Library. A Christmas Carol. A full-length Victorian style reading of Dickens’ story. I’m really excited about this one. A benefit for the children’s collection at the library.
That’s it for this semester, as far as I know. There may be some more Blind Mice gigs, depending on schedules and what-not. In the winter/spring, Blind Mice will be playing at the February Downtown Art in Motion at Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck, and I’ll be doing a lecture on Victorian London at Black Hills State University in South Dakota. I’ll also be directing The Importance of Being Earnest at UMary. I’ll give more dates and details for those and other things later this fall.
We’re sticking around Bismarck for Thanksgiving, so come on up. Seriously. We can’t wait to see you.