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July 30, 2015

“New World” Roses for next wine tasting July 30!!!

Rose wines from the “New World” — the U.S., South America, South Africa — will be the subject of the next wine tasting with Pen and Pencil Club President Brad Wilson July 30 at 7:30 p.m.

We’ll explore the increasing quality and versatility of rose wines made within the European tradition — but outside Europe!

Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. Call the club or sign up at the bar.

Start: July 30, 2015
End: July 30, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102
Cost: $30

July 12, 2015

Poetry Night July 12 with three published poets and our Bob Zell hosting!

The next poetry reading at the Pen and Pencil Club will be taking place on Sunday July 12th, from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. Featured that night are: Therése Halscheid, Mike Cohen, and Charlie O’Hay.

Following their reading, an open mic will take place hosted by Robert Zell.

Below are the poets’ bios:

Therése Halscheid’s new book Frozen Latitudes (Press 53), won HM in the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry. Other collections include Uncommon Geography, Without Home, Powertalk, and a Greatest Hits chapbook award. Her poems and essays have appeared in many journals, among them The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Crab Orchard Review, Natural Bridge. By way of house-sitting, she has lived the life of an itinerant writer. Her travels have taken her from a swamp in the Florida Panhandle to the Arctic north of Alaska, where she lived with and taught an Eskimo Inupiaq tribe. See www.ThereseHalscheid.com.

Mike Cohen hosts Poetry Aloud and Alive at Philadelphia’s Big Blue Marble Book Store. His articles on sculpture appear in the Schuylkill Valley Journal in which he is a contributing editor. He also played Editor Whedon in a Laurel Hill Cemetery production of Spoon River Anthology for the Philly Fringe Festival.  Mike has memorized a good deal of his poetry in case a power failure during a reading leaves him in the dark. Mike’s wry writing has appeared in the Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and other journals. His poetic presentations feature humor and drama against a philosophical backdrop. Mike’s poetry can be found at http://mikecohensays.com/ and in his book BETWEEN THE I’S.

Charlie O’Hay’s work has appeared in over 125 literary publications including The New York Quarterly, Cortland Review, Gargoyle, RipRap, and Mudfish. In 1995, he received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship in poetry. His two collections of poems—“Far from Luck” (2011) and “Smoking in Elevators” (2014)—are available from Lucky Bat Books.

Start: July 12, 2015
End: July 12, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

June 24, 2015

ED RENDELL reading “Mean Tweets” at P&P June 24 — reserve your space NOW! Space very limited!!!

It’s a P&P Club Special Event!!!!

Philadelphia Mean Tweets featuring Meryl Levitz of VISIT PHILADELPHIA® and Ed Rendell — yes the Guv himself!!! —  as they read and respond to some testy tweets about our beloved city on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Space is EXTREMELY limited!!!

RSVP is mandatory: First come, first reserved!!!!

Contact: Cara Schneider by June 22, cara@visitphilly.com, (215) 599-0789.

Start: June 24, 2015
End: June 24, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

June 18, 2015

Rose wine for summer — next wine tasting June 18!

With summer finally here, it’s time to explore some rose wines for summer at the next wine tasting at the Pen and Pencil Club June 18 at 7:30 p.m.

We’ll explore four different roses, how they relate to food and summer fun, and the increasing interest in rose wine.

Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club.

 

Start: June 18, 2015
End: June 18, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102
Cost: $30

June 7, 2015

Poetry night June 7 with open mic to follow!

The next poetry reading at Pen and Pencil will take place Sunday, June 7th, from 8 to 10 p.m.

The featured poets include Warren Longmire, Elijah Pryor, and Brendan “Wildcard” Zaleski. Each of these individuals possess a highly-captivating delivery and stage presence that makes their messages really come to life. It will be a very lively and entertaining night at P & P.

After the featured readers are done, there will be an open-mic hosted by Bob Zell. Below are the bios of the respective poets.

Warren Longmire is a poet, teacher, expert level whistler, and part-time philosopher. He’s been published in Painted Bride Quarterly, Apiary Magazine, metropolarity, Eleven Eleven and in two chapbooks: Ripped Winters and Do.Until.True. He is currently resides in a nameless part of Philadephia across from a former Mausoleum with one roommate, one bluetooth karaoke machine and a pet python named Fugee.  You can find his writings, essays, videos and sounds at dountiltrue.tumblr.com and soundcloud.com/wclongmire.

Elijah Pryor is a poet native to Philadelphia. He performs locally at different open mic venues in the city and has a great appreciation for the arts scene in the city.

Brendan Wildcard Zaleski is a troubador born in the cave of Cyllene when lightning struck the mountainside, impregnating the nymph who dwelt within. Raised in secret, he survived by raiding cow farms in the area until he stole a steer belonging the sun god’s pastures. This angered the god who demanded a ransom, until he serenaded the deity with a song from a piecemeal guitar. Thus, in exchange for his freedom, he became a minstrel and envoy for the sun and now resides in the dream state between life and death ferrying the souls of the departed to their next life. He enjoys laughing with the homeless, metal music, Skyrim (a video game where he can live out his kleptomaniacal tendencies as a master thief), and lying in performance bios.

Start: June 7, 2015
End: June 7, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

May 27, 2015

P&P Group Photo May 27 – all welcome! Please come and get shot!

We want to remember how wonderful and varied our membership is at the Pen & Pencil Club. That’s why we’re organizing a ‘Class Photo,’ May 27 in which we’ll rally as many of you members as we can to take a big group photo. We’ll be aiming to do this both outside and inside.

Come at 7p to grab a drink and we’ll begin assembling a little before 7:30p to make sure we get a great photo by 8pm.

Photos will be taken by longtime member (and former Daily Newser) Jim MacMillan. All active members are welcome. We’ll use this photo to remember for years. Come and be part of history!

You can RSVP on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/events/1448701032094113/ or just come by with your membership card on hand!
Start: May 27, 2015
End: May 27, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

May 20, 2015

The 2015 primary election: there’s a got be a morning after. Off-the-Record Election review May 20!

The crazy, back-and-forth Pennsylvania primary election finally comes May 19.

The very next day, the Pen and Pencil Club will host a off-the-record review of the primary, hosted by ace political reporters Chris Brennan of the Inquirer and Dave Davies of WHYY,  at 7:30 p.m. with a guest lineup we are still firming up but will be tasty.

As will be our chef’s menu, so come early, enjoy a meal and get a good seat for some insider political talk and analysis!

Start: May 20, 2015
End: May 20, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

May 17, 2015

Poetry Night May 17 features launch party for Whirlwind Magazine

The Pen and Pencil Club is proud to announce our next poetry reading May 17, hosted by club Poet Laureate Bob Zell.

Whirlwind Magazine (www.whirlwindmagazine.org) welcomes you to join us for our fourth issue launch party on Sunday, May 17th at 8 p.m. and lasting until approximately 10 p.m.

This launch party will be co-sponsored by Larry Robin of Moonstone Arts Center, and hosted by Zell. The event is free and open to the public, although it is 21+ only. Copies of the magazine will be available for sale as well as books from the featured readers. An open mic will follow the reading.

Our Spring edition features works depicting war viewed through the eyes of veterans and civilians alike. Through this issue, we hope to fight for awareness and treatment of mental illness, especially for veterans, all the while striving for non-violence and mutual co-operation in order to solve humanity’s problems.

We have Vietnam veteran Preston Hood to thank for the inspiration of having this special issue of Whirlwind, and he will be the headline reader at this event. Other readers include veterans of Vietnam and Iraq who are featured in Whirlwind Issue #4.

 

 

Start: May 17, 2015
End: May 17, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102

May 14, 2015

“Washington State goes French” — next wine tasting May 14!

The French-influenced wines of Washington State will offer the subject for the next in the series of wine tastings conducted by P&P President Brad Wilson on Thursday, May 14th at 7:30 p.m.

We’ll be tasting four wines from the land of Grand Coulee, Mt. Rainier and Microsoft that show how important French-based style is to Washington wine. Washington State wines offer outstanding value and stress pure, fresh flavors.

Cost is $30 and includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club, 215-731-9909.

Start: May 14, 2015
End: May 14, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102
Cost: $30

May 13, 2015

Thom Nickels discusses his new book on Center City legends May 13 — come see if you make the list!!!

Philadelphia-based author/poet/journalist Thom Nickels will discuss his new book, Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia. May 13 at 8 p.m. at the Pen and Pencil Club.

Nickels is the author of 10 published books, including: The Cliffs of Aries (1988), Two Novellas: Walking Water & After All This (1989), The Boy on the Bicycle (1991-1994), Manayunk (1997), Gay and Lesbian Philadelphia (2000), Tropic of Libra (2002), Out in History and Philadelphia Architecture (2005), SPORE (2010).  A revised and updated edition of Two Novellas: Walking on Water & After All This was published by Starbooks Press in June 2013. His poetry has been featured in the annual Van Gogh’s Ear anthology published in Paris, France.

In 1990, he was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for his book, Two Novellas: Walking Water & After All This. He was awarded thePhiladelphia AIA Lewis Mumford Architecture Journalism Award in 2005 for his book Philadelphia Architecture and his weekly architectural column in Philadelphia Metro. He has written stories and columns for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News, City Paper, The Philadelphia Weekly, the Broad Street Review, The New Oxford Review, and Generocity.org.  His travel essays have appeared in Passport Magazine (New York) and elsewhere. His column, Different Strokes (in Philadelphia’s Welcomat) was one of the first out lgbt columns in the nation. He is currently the City Beat Editor at ICON Magazine, a contributing writer at Philadelphia’s Weekly Press, a weekly columnist for theSpirit Community Newspapers, the Religion Editor at the Lambda Book Report and a writer for The Huffington Post.

Why not find out if you make the cut as a Center City legend? Come early, get a good seat and grab dinner!

Start: May 13, 2015
End: May 13, 2015
Venue: Pen and Pencil Club
Phone: 2157319909
Address:
1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102