Monday, January 31, 2011

Chin Music poetry returns February 10 at 7 pm.

Chin Music
The Poetry Reading Series at Pacific Standard Bar
Featuring Polina Barskova, Ilya Kaminsky, and Boris Dralyuk

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Please join us for a special Chin Music Tolstoy Centennial celebration featuring bilingual readings of poetry and a staged reading in Russian from Tolstoy’s How Much Land Does A Man Need, the inaugural title from Calypso Editions. Featuring Polina Barskova, Ilya Kaminsky, and Boris Dralyuk. Series curated by Bryan Patrick Miller. Special thanks to Melville House.

Calypso Editions is a an artist-run, cooperative press dedicated to publishing quality literary books of poetry and fiction with a global perspective. Our only criteria is excellence.


Polina Barskova, born in 1976, is widely regarded as the most important Russian poet of her generation. Her first book of poems was published when she was still a teenager. After receiving a degree in Russian Literature and Classics from St. Petersburg University, she came to the US where she earned a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from UC Berkeley. Author of seven books of poetry, The Zoo in Winter: Selected Poems is her first collection in English. Barskova teaches at Hampshire College.

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union, in 1977, and arrived in the United States in 1993 when his family was granted asylum by the American government. Ilya is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), which won the Whiting Writer's Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and was named Best Poetry Book of the Year 2004 by ForeWord Magazine. In 2009, poems from his new manuscript, Deaf Republic, were awarded Poetry's Levinson Prize. Harper Collins published his anthology of 20th century poetry in translation, Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, in 2010. Kaminsky is the Director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute and lives in San Diego, California, with his beautiful wife, Katie Farris.

Boris Dralyuk is completing his PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures at UCLA. His poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of literary and academic journals, including Poetry International, Zeek, Slavic and East European Journal, and Russian History. He and David Stromberg have recently translated and edited Polina Barskova’s The Zoo in Winter: Selected Poems (Melville House, 2011).

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Story Collider February 16 at 8 pm.

We’re lovable, and we’re terrifying. We’re funny, and we’re sad. We’re science, and we’re art. We’re *head explode*.

Join The Story Collider for six stories of Cognitive Dissonance, February 16th, 8pm at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn.

Stories by:

Tricia Rose Burt, writer, performer, and visual artist
David Carmel, cognitive neuroscientist
Catie Lazarus, writer
Margot Leitman, comedian and writer
Dave Ritz, actor and storyteller
Adam Wade, storyteller, writer, and humanitarian

The Story Collider brings together copy editors, researchers, programmers, and other disreputable types to tell us personal stories about the times when, for good or ill, science happened.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Speakeasy-E Night Update.

We're still planning on rolling with our old-school West Coast rap and Speakeasy beers, specials, and giveaways on Wednesday the 26th starting at 7 or so. One change: the Don had to be replaced by the Double Daddy double IPA in what's really just a swap of one hard-to-find big IPA for another. Everything else remains the same; we hope to see you here on Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Standard Issues storytelling January 25 at 8 pm.

And we're back and we're bringin' the heat! Like Starsky and Hutch flying the Hindenberg into the Sun! We are going to bring you stories of various kinds of hotness, so come on down and pretend January is July for a few hours with some of New York's best storytellers.

This month's lineup:

Daisy "The Human Flamethrower" Rosario
Miguel "Life's A Beach" De Leon
Jenna "Vietnamese Monk" Brister
Nisse "Hot Lips" Greenberg
Cyndi "Towering Inferno" Freeman

With your host Brad "Gas Fire" Lawrence

And you! Put your name in the hat to be our mystery guest!

Free Admission!

Monday, January 17, 2011

The way it will work on Sunday.

For those of you interested, we'll be showing the Jets-Steelers game (6:30 Sunday) in its entirety on our front screen. Quiz will start around 8:30 this week (later than usual) so people can get the most game-viewing time possible. During the quiz, teams should gravitate towards the back screen, where we'll be showing the questions, but you will hear the audio for the quiz wherever you sit. Hopefully, Jets/Steelers fans and quiz people can co-habitate. Tell all your friends that we do have quiz, and you can play it from wherever in our bar, but there will be one screen and several screaming people, probably, dedicated to the football game.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Speakeasy-E Night with Rare Beers, Specials, Giveaways, and Old-School Rap!

As West Coasters and beer lovers, we are obsessed with Speakeasy, a great brewery from San Francisco whose beers you may well have sampled in your time here. We decided it was long overdue for us to have a Speakeasy event, and what better way to do it than by hosting a "Speakeasy-E" night featuring 90s West Coast rap and several rare and interesting Speakeasy beers on tap?

To wit: on Wednesday, January 26, starting at 7 pm, the folks from Speakeasy will be here with lots of old-school hip hop to play, as well as merchandise to give away. For our part, we'll do some nice specials on the five Speakeasy beers we'll feature. Speaking of that, here is the tentative lineup:

--Payback Porter, an American porter with dark imported malts balanced by American hops.
--White Lighting, an American wheat beer.
--The Don, a super-rare 10% ABV West Coast triple IPA. Enough said.
--Tallulah Blonde, a hard-to-find Belgian-ish session ale.
--Big Daddy, a hoppy West Coast IPA, and in cask form to boot for this event.

We hope for your sake that you're all here for this. We know Eric Wright would be.

Monday, January 3, 2011

$15 Sierra Nevada pitchers during playoff games!

To celebrate the NFL playoffs, we'll be offering pitchers of Sierra Nevada Celebration for $15 (a $5 savings over the usual $20 cost for four pints) while the games are going on. Just tell the bartender you'd like the playoff special. And yes, we'll be showing each and every playoff game here on our two big projection screens. Hope to see you here!