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SMOKE RINGS BOOK LAUNCH reading & concert

Lady Stardust, 25 Avenue A, second floor, New York, NY

"Poetry for the after-hours, later than the night..."

Join us for the book launch/concert of writer and musician John Pietaro's new poetry chapbook, "SMOKE RINGS". Performers include

-Ras Moshe's Music Now! (Ras-tenor saxophone, Anders Nilsson-guitar, Larry Roland-bass)

-Rock poet Puma Perl

-Rose Tang Ensemble (Rose Tang-spoken word, others TBA)

-Dave Ross (guitar) & Shlomit Oren (dance/movement)

-Flames of Discontent (John Pietaro-spoken word/voice/guitar, Laurie Towers-bass, guest Charles Waters-clarinet)

-Rick Eckerle's ArchAngels


Lady Stardust is one of the hippest East Village spaces to come along in years. Just upstairs from the celebrated 2A Bar, Lady Stardust carries the heritage of downtown within a 1940s-50s decor. Come for the poetry, the music, the drinks or just the community.


With "Smoke Rings", John Pietaro, a writer whose work is impassioned with the literature of rebellion, the heritage of noir and the urbanity downtown, presents his debut chapbook. This set has been described as a terse, dark and sometimes satirical homage to New York at night. Dismissing the elitist venues and developers which have ghettoized artists over generations, "Smoke Rings" encompasses the edge of the tapestry, the free jazz, punk culture, modernist verse, bold performance and radical politics that cast the vision. Plainly put, here's a collection of works from just beneath the underground.


New Masses Media



DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL @ 17 Frost, 17 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY



Saturday October 5, 2019, 7-11pm 17 Frost Theatre & Gallery 17 Frost Street, Brooklyn NY 11211 Admission: $20 donation The Dissident Arts Festival, founded 2006, is the annual gathering of revolutionary creativity, showcasing fearless jazz, poetry, song, new music and performance art “from beneath the underground”. This year’s Festival is dedicated to women’s rights; all proceeds will benefit the Dwelling Place NYC, a transitional residence in midtown Manhattan for homeless women.

Avant Jazz Griots THE BEYOND GROUP Cheryl Pyle-C flute, alto flute, poetry; Michael Eaton-soprano saxophone; Larry Roland-bass, poetry, spoken word; Francois Grillot-bass; Reggie Sylvester-drums

Post-Punk Protest Duo FLAMES OF DISCONTENT John Pietaro-poetry, spoken word, vocals, electric guitar; Laurie Towers-lead electric bass, backing vocals

Topical Singer/Songwriter/Activist JUDY GORMAN vocals, guitar

“UpSurge!” Performance Poet ZIGI LOWENBERG poetry, spoken word; Russell Dale-guitar

Rock n Roll Poet PUMA PERL & FRIENDS Puma Perl-poetry, spoken word; Walter Steding-violin; Joff Wilson-electric guitar; Joe Sztabnik-electric bass; John Pietaro-drums

“Where’s the Outrage?” Pianist-Composer /Activist TRUDY SILVER piano

Poet/Activist/Tiananmen Square survivor ROSE TANG poetry, spoken word, electric guitar; Ayum Ishito-tenor saxophone; Wenting Wu-drums

And guest speaker SISTER JOANN SAMBS, the Dwelling Place NYC

-Produced and hosted by John Pietaro/New Masses Media (646) 599-0060-

-DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL HISTORY: Since its inception in 2006, the Dissident Arts Festival has been a powerful vehicle to bridge daring arts to progressive activism, serving as a benefit portal for human rights organizations.

Originally based in the Hudson Valley city of Beacon NY and moving to New York City in 2010, the Festival’s performers and speakers over the years included folk legend Pete Seeger, actor/raconteur Malachy McCourt, late great trumpet player Roy Campbell, filmmaker Kevin Keating, spoken word artists Steve Dalachinsky and the late Louis Reyes Rivera, political satirist/activist Randy Credico , the late reeds player/composer Will Connell, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, hip hop ensemble ReadNex Poetry Squad, labor leader Henry Foner, punk-folk artist Lach and many more. Films screened included ‘Giuliani Time’, ‘Cultures of Resistance’, ‘Salt of the Earth’, ‘Battleship Potemkin’ and ‘Metropolis’. Other special features were tributes to Paul Robeson, Bertolt Brecht, Woody Guthrie, and Phil Ochs. The Dissident Arts Festival has also offered a voice to progressive political candidates, the Occupy movement and radical labor organizations.

The Festival has gained media attention over the course of its history including TimeOut NY, the Indypendent, the NYC Jazz Record, the Villager, Downtown Express, Peoples World, Chronogram and noted jazz journalist Howard Mandel, among others. Over the years the Dissident Arts Festival has been endorsed by the Rosenberg Fund for Children, the Len Ragozin Foundation, the National Writers Union, AFM Local 802's Justice for Jazz Artists campaign, Occupy Musicians, the Howland Cultural Center and DooBeeDooBeeDoo music blog.




The Inspired Word: Flames of Discontent

Parkside Lounge, 317 E. Houston St, New York, NY

Flames of Discontent hits the stage at the Parkside Lounge in the East Village as part of the Inspired Word series