Going out about town? For your consideration:

Feel like getting out and doing something instead of watching Law and Order or following Lance Armstrong's Twitter?

Wednesday March 11th:

National Book Critics Circle Reading 2009
6 PM
Tishman Auditorium, The New School
66 West 12th St (Between 5th and 6th Aves)
The Circle presents awards for the year’s finest books.

Thursday March 12th:

New York State of Mind: An Evening of NYC Fiction and Poetry
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St (between Bleecker and W 4th Sts)
Tickets: $12 (includes one drink)

Norman Beim, Perry Brass, Robert W. Cabell and others will be on hand to discuss literature and the future of publishing.

(seems like this could be interesting but get grim...personal aside: condolences to my Godsister on her lay-off)
Also on Thursday:
@ the 92 street Y (Lex and 92nd)
Rae Armantrout and Cole Swensen
Tickets are $10 if you're 35 and under...
Fetching description: http://www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?productid=T-TP5MS19
(what could go wrong here....really...?)
This sounds frighteningly interesting:

Friday March 13th:

Poetry Brothel

Madame X
94 W Houston St (between La Guardia Pl and Thompson St)
Tickets: $15

“Whores” turns phrases instead of tricks at this fun poetry reading. “Johns” are encouraged to enter booths, where they are read to by poets such as Jennifer Michael Hecht, Jean Hartig, Matthew Yeager and others.

(I might need someone to accompany me...an escort if you will)

Here's a jumpstart on a Hunter Event to keep in mind:

Kent Haruf — Wednesday March 25, 2009
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Faculty Dining Room, 8th Fl., West Building, Hunter College
(you can hear an interview with him at that link)

Hunter College Readings are definitely the way to go. Don't be lazy!
Seeing Paul Muldoon the other week was a real pleasure. His poetry is absolutely enthralling and he is incredibly charming. By the end of the reading I had filled a page or two with notes and hand sprawls of word association.
Interestingly and amusingly enough, the Q&A was a complete bust. Who the hell gave the rambling dude the microphone when there were only three questions to be asked? It made me feel a kinship when Muldoon didn't completely embarrass the guy (the real question was NEVER established) and said that he writes when he should be doing other things. Unquestionably this man is swamped with work (all related to writing (?) ....being the New Yorker Poetry Editor and the like) and was being modest. He also said that writing one poem a month is a great average. I felt like he was giving the room a bit of a pep talk. He really impressed the hell out of me, but I was prepared to be blown down the chute after a glimpse of the "all knowing" wikipedia page that presented when queried.
Another great thing about Hunter readings...free fruit and soda. Awesome. (and free...of course!)

A personal aside: I can't stop reading Lance Armstrong's Twitter. What is this guys problem? He tweets like a madman. Why do I have a twitter? Do you? John Cleese is on twitter. Did you know that? The Mask is on. Somebody stop me. Currently reading (after I get the willpower to deny Jim Carey facetime) James Baldwin's Another Country (can't figure out how to underline for the book title). Anyone reading some mind twisting books? This spring forward stuff has made me a night monster.