Past Roadshows

Perpetual Motion Roadshow #41

...Mar. 16-22nd the Roadshow features...

percussive rock guitarist
from Milwaukee!

the spirit of poetry
from Toronto!

neoclassical futuristic poet
from Vancouver!

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Vancouver: Fri. March 16, 7 pm. Spartacus Books (319 W. Hastings, upstairs) w/ rac(cordi)onteur Rowan Lipkovits!
Portland: Sun. March 18, 7 pm. Chance of Rain Caf (1522 SE 32nd Ave) w/ Bad Poetry by Michael Rockstar!
Ashland: Mon. March 19, 7 pm. The Beanery (1602 Ashland Street) w/ the Cinnamon Urns!
San Francisco: Wed. March 21, 7:30 pm. Modern Times (888 Valencia St) w/blue-collar academic Patrick Duggan!
San Jose: Thurs. March 22, 8 pm. Anno Domini (366 South First St) w/ Ben Henderson!

All shows are pay-what-you-can.

JoAnn Riedls deep, aggressive vocals and percussive, dirty, rock-guitar style hail from Milwaukee. "Her ability to switch from acoustic to electric in an intimate solo setting, along with her raucous, almost punk, approach, has set her apart from her peers with reckless abandon," according to Brian Barney and David Luhrssen of the Milwaukee WI Shepherd Express. Playing live since 1998, Riedl has performed solo, with the backing bands Kicked Out Scout, the Relief, and is a front woman for the Barrettes. She is working on her third full-length album. JoAnn has performed in Canada, Ireland and throughout the US.

Norman Cristofoli is a poet and spoken-word performer and publisher of the Labour of Love literary magazine. He is also the co-founder of the Coffeehouse website for independent artists. However, if all the world is a stage, then he prefers to stay in the tattered old balcony seats, hiding in the shadows, away from the spotlight. He believes that too much emphasis is placed upon the artist, whereas the only thing that truly matters is the art itself. Bios should be buried with the artist... let the art live on.

Peter Haskell was born in 1962 A.D., on the same day that one of the original "Jetsons" episodes was first broadcast. He has lived in Vancouver all his life except from 1978 to 1980, when he lived in Ottawa. His cartoons were published in a free Ottawa publication with a circulation of 5,000, from June 1979 to June 1981. In November 2005, he was on the ballot for Mayor of Vancouver. He campaigned to receive zero votes but sold anti-homelessness pre-bonds for $5 so the homeless could receive a free bus pass.

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admin – Fri, 2007 – 02 – 16 13:27

Perpetual Motion Roadshow #40

...Jan. 13-18th the Roadshow features...

seductive mesmerizer
from New York City!

ethereal-floaty-pop singer
from San Jose!

subgenius street performer
from Little Rock!

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Vancouver: Sat. Jan. 13, 7pm. Spartacus Books (319 W. Hastings, upstairs) w/ cookie cannibal poet Shannon Maguire and puppeteer of the absurd J-Ray!
Portland: Sun. Jan. 14, 7pm. Chance of Rain Caf (1522 SE 32nd Ave)
Ashland: Mon. Jan. 15, 7pm. The Beanery (1602 Ashland Street)
Berkeley: Tues. Jan. 16, 7pm. The Long Haul (3124 Shattuck Ave)
San Francisco: Wed. Jan. 17, 7:30pm. Modern Times (888 Valencia Street) w/ nerdcore poet Stephen Michael Meads!
San Jose: Thurs. Jan. 18, 8pm. Anno Domini (366 South First Street)

All shows are pay-what-you-can.

Jane Ormerod was born on the south coast of England, crossed the Atlantic in 2004 and now lives in New York City. Originally a painter, she switched to writing as a result of a bet. Her work tends to be found in publications with grubby, rock 'n' roll titles, e.g. Dirt, Arsenic Lobster, Failbetter, Stained Sheets, Word Riot and Unpleasant Event Schedule. A recent performance review in Art Comments described her as "descriptive yet judicious and yet seductive". That's a lot of yets.

Lisa Dewey, San Francisco Bay Area artist and owner of indie label Kitchen Whore Records, began playing shows in 1990 and has since released four albums, two EPs and a book. Her latest record, Busk (Bella Union/Kitchen Whore), was released in the spring of 2004. As with the previous release, Weather Changer Girl, this record contains the work and assistance of the legendary Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins). Together, Lisa and Simon have produced another masterpiece of female vocals over beautiful guitar melodies. Its dreamy, multilayered, atmospheric, gorgeous pop with favorable comparisons to the Cocteau Twins and Everything But The Girl.

Janor Hypercleats was born in New Orleans in 1959. In 1980, he became nationally known as a performer when he headlined the first Subgenius Convention in Dallas. He was one of the authors of The Book of the Subgenius, published in 1983 by McGraw-Hill. Throughout the '80s and '90s, he performed around the country with the Church of the Subgenius. He was the co-author of four Subgenius Books published by Simon and Schuster in the '80s and '90s. In 1998, he left the Church of the Subgenius and became a street performer under the name Mr. T.V.

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admin – Thu, 2006 – 12 – 07 19:22

...Perpetual Motion Roadshow #39...

...Dec. 9-16 the Roadshow features...

irreverent guitarist
from Minnesota!

unicorn pop poet
from Ashland!

the common man's poet
from Portland!

Click the cities below for handbills!

Vancouver: Sat. Dec. 9, 7 pm. Spartacus Books (319 W. Hastings, upstairs)
Portland: Mon. Dec. 11, 7 pm. Chance of Rain Caf (1522 SE 32nd Ave)
Ashland: Wed. Dec. 13, 6:30 pm. The Beanery (1602 Ashland Street)
San Jose: Thurs. Dec. 14, 8 pm. Gallery Anno Domini (366 South First Street)
San Francisco: Fri. Dec. 15, 7:30 pm. Modern Times (888 Valencia Street)
Berkeley: Sat. Dec. 16, 7 pm. The Long Haul (3124 Shattuck Ave)

All shows are pay-what-you-can.

Ocho has been performing original songs for almost ten years. His songs reflect a mind that's upbeat, thoughtful, irreverent, frustrated, and inspired. They give the listener something to laugh at, like the futility of survival in the modern world, and the lack of answers to important life questions: "What's our ultimate purpose?" and "How can I make money without really DOING anything?" At 16, he unwittingly started a punk-rock scene in a rural South Dakota town that still thrives. He recently received his Master's degree in counseling psychology. His latest CD, "GoriillaBuddha," explores the stupidity and healing power of that science.

Mike Young is a major proponent of remote-controlled grace. He co-edits NO Journal (, a free literary and political print magazine distributed all over and online. Plus he publishes stuff: poetry and fiction, in lovely indie magazines like Pindeldyboz, Opium Magazine, elimae, Juked, Wordriot and 3AM Magazine. Somehow, despite the smog and android droppings that dominate modern air, he has also managed to develop a singing voice. It is independent from his body. It pays scant rent. Check out his blog Dragonfly on a Dog Chain at

T-Poe is a native of Portland, Oregon. He is a Combat Veteran of the Vietnam War, which has influenced his poetry greatly. Although he has no formal writing education, he has written extensively about the war as well as the wonders of nature and the condition of this animal "man" as he have experienced them. He knows only that which he has seen and felt, and hope you may, through his words, experience thoughts and emotions foreign and fascinating, if not familiar and comforting.

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admin – Tue, 2006 – 11 – 07 11:42
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