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REMINDER: musical books with Tom DiNardo and Bob Cafaro WEDNESDAY!!

Join us at the P&P WEDNESDAY at 8 p.m. for a night of new musical books from longtime Daily News arts writer Tom DiNardo and Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Bob Cafaro. The authors will have books for sale and will autograph them as well.

DiNardo’s books both cover the thriving performing scene in Philadelphia.

“Listening To Musicians—40 Years of the Philadelphia Orchestra” features interviews with music directors Muti, Sawallisch, Eschenbach, Dutoit and, now, Nezet-Seguin. Included are insights from many of the guest conductors, soloists and composers and, most importantly, the Orchestra’s musicians on what it’s like to play at this exalted level, with a running commentary on the slow evolution of the Kimmel Center.

“Performers Tell Their Stories: 40 Years Inside the Arts” covers everything else: interviews with jazz and classical performers, opera singers like Luciano Pavarotti and Renee Fleming, conductors, ballet dancers and artists like Andrea Bocelli and Lang Lang. There are also sections on producing an opera and the creation of film music. The framework of this book is the colorful milieu of the newspaper business and its idiosyncratic characters, told from a perennial freelancer’s point of view.

Cafaro, meanwhile, will discuss his remarkable personal journey in his book “When The Music Stopped: My Battle and Victory against MS.” Bob was diagnosed with incurable multiple sclerosis, decided he simply wasn’t going to accept it, and cured himself through exercise, diet and life style changes. It’s an amazing story (covered already by Channel 10), and Bob is still playing at a high level, completely cured. His tips about health and how he did it are valuable even for all of us without such a dire need to change our way of living.

REMINDER: wine tasting, “Wine and Climate Change” set for THURSDAY

There are still some spots available for the next wine tasting with P&P President Brad Wilson Thursday 7:30 p.m. for the next in the series of wine tasting when the topic will be “Wine and Climate Change.”

We’ll sample four wines that could well be affected — for better or worse — by climate change. It will feature a mix of wines from areas around the globe where the climate shift will challenge winemakers’ skills and experience and may even make them switch grapes and methods.

Don’t miss out — sign up at the bar or call the club, 215-731-9909, today!

Cost is $30 and includes appetizers.

REMINDER: Democratic Attorney General candidate Josh Shapiro OtR Wednesday!!

Just a reminder that Democratic Attorney General candidate  Josh Shapiro will appear for an Off the Record session WEDNESDAY at 8 p.m. at the P&P.

Shapiro, a former state representative who currently serves as the chairman of the Montgomery County Commissioners, is running against Republican John Rafferty, who is scheduled to be OtR at the P&P Oct. 12.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the kitchen will be open so come early and grab a good seat for dinner and the program.

Katie McGinty OtR CANCELED for Wednesday

Unfortunately Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty has had to cancel her appearance at the Pen & Pencil Club Off the Record for Wed., Sept. 7.

We hope to reschedule, but the event is off for Wednesday.

REMINDER: Katie McGinty OtR Wednesday!!!

Just a reminder that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty will be Off the Record at the P&P Wednesday (Sept. 7).

McGinty, 53, served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Ed Rendell. She made an unsuccessful run for Governor in 2010 and served as Governor Tom Wolf’s Chief of Staff before defeating Joe Sestak and John Fetterman for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in May.

She is running for the seat currently held by Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at 8 p.m. This event is sure to draw a crowd, so arrive early, get a good seat and enjoy dinner at the Club.

REMINDER: best-selling author Larry Tye on RFK Tuesday!!


Best-selling author Larry Tye will appear at the Pen & Pencil Club Tuesday at 8 p.m. to promote his new book, “Robert Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.”

Tye is the author of a well-received biography of the great pitcher Satchel Paige:  Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend,

Tye has worked for the Boston Globe, Louisville Courier-Journal, Anniston (Ala.) Star, and has served as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

Tye will give a brief talk and answer questions. His book will be available and he will autograph copies.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Story Slam set for June 30

Join the fun as Painted Bride Quarterly hosts its monthly improv writing game, Slam, Bam, Thank you, Ma’am. June 3o at 7:30 p.m. at the Pen & Pencil Club.

We love hosting this because the audience does all the “work.”  Pick the prompts, use the prompts, than pick the winner—there’s swag to be had!

See you June 23 in the perfect setting for this frivolity, the P & P.

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Poetry night returns June 26 with three top poets, open mic

This month’s P&P poetry reading will take place on Sunday, June 26th from 8 p.m to 10 p,m. The featured readers include Peter Baroth, Aaren Yeats Perry, and R.G. Evans.

Afterwards, there will be an open mic hosted by Robert Zell.

Peter Baroth, writer, artist, and musician, is a graduate of Washington University and Temple Law School. His novel is Long Green (iUniverse) and his book of poetry, Lost Autographs (Moonstone Press). He has been published in Philadelphia Poets, Mad Poets Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Apiary, Legal Studies Forum, and elsewhere. He won the 2009 Amy Award, the 2016 Petracca Award, was a finalist for the Joie de Vivre book prize, has been nominated for Best of the Net, and is on Philadelphia Stories’ editorial board. He lives in Media with poet and professor Courtney Bambrick.

Aaren Perry is an invited speaker at schools, colleges and conferences. He is published in magazines and newspapers, and has appeared on NPR and regional TV broadcasts. Father, Capoeirista, Shambhala warrior — he speaks Spanish and holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and is the author of three collections — Poetry Across the CurriculumMercury Calling, and Open Fire (Whirldwind Press, 2004). He was called the best teacher of poetry the evaluator had ever seen by the PA Council on the Humanities and is the recipient of a PA State Arts Council Writing Fellowship. Aaren has traveled in numerous countries and performed his work with musicians, visual artists and dancers at venues from the Philadelphia Fringe and Kimmel Center and World Café to the Nuyorican.

R.G. Evans‘s books include Overtipping the Ferryman (Aldrich Press, 2013), The Noise of Wings (Red Dashboard Press, 2015) and The Holy Both (forthcoming from Main Street Rag Press).  His poems, nonfiction, and fiction have appeared, among other journals, in Rattle, Margie, Paterson Literary Review, Philadelphia Stories, and Weird Tales.  He was featured at the 2014 Dodge Poetry Festival and he teaches high school and college English and Creative Writing in southern New Jersey.

“Summer of the Vine” next wine tasting June 23!

Join Pen & Pencil Club President and wine enthusiast Brad Wilson for the next in the series of wine tastings Thursday, June 23, when the topic will be “Brad’s Summer of the Vine Picks”.

Wilson will present a quartet of wines that will be perfect for all kinds of summer activities – beach, grilling, outdoor parties, picnics, concerts and more.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. Call the club or sign up at the bar. Please note: the tastings have been selling out of late so early signups are advised.

Meet-and-mingle with City Council members and their staffs OtR June 22!

Following the success of last fall’s Pen & Pencil meet-and-greet party with new City Council members and their staffs, we invite all of City Council back for another off the record session with the city’s journalists.

It will be June 22 at 7 p.m. at the Club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and a diner menu will be available.

We will host the gathering a week after Council breaks for the summer and after the dust has settled on the city’s budget and a decision on the controversial soda tax.

This is a chance to mingle and get to know the members of our legislative body and their staffs in a chill environment.


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