The rumors are true. After 16+ years, louderARTS is ending its run at Bar 13 with one last, amazing show!
Some thoughts from Rich, Guy, and Lynne:
Of course, I’m grateful for the place itself. I’ve come to know that corner of 13th and University quite well, right down to its parking patterns and the Metro North train schedule. But I am most grateful for the friends I’ve made there, who come in and out of focus sometimes, but who are always present in my heart. They pushed and pulled and made me into a better artist and citizen.
I really hope I get to see some of these characters tonight. I’m REALLY glad I get to see Patricia again. Come out and help me bid a fond farewell/hello to the Monday night series and celebrate all the goodness to come!
And so, tonight’s show—with Mahogany Browne and Patricia Smith in the spotlight, along with some very special guests—is not only the last show of 2014 for louderARTS at Bar 13, it’s the last hurrah of an amazing 16+ year run, and I’m glad I’ll be there to witness it, honor it, and help lay it to rest.
For me, above all else, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the woman who kept it running when everyone else moved on, including me.
After 16 amazing years I’ll be hosting my last show at Bar 13 tonight. I have no idea what shoes to wear. I have no idea how I will appropriately or sufficiently thank all of the loves of my life who have passed through those doors. I do have an amazing plan for what’s next for the louderARTS Project but I want to focus for now on the incredible ride I’ve had these last 700+ Mondays. I figured the best way to do it would be to make my last show as emotionally true and artistically satisfying as the first. So tonight we’ll present two incredible women whose commitment to craft, fellowship, and deep support of their fellow artists is unrivaled. Please come, sit next to me on the front couch, and soak up Mahogany L. Browne and Patricia Smith reading and in conversation at Bar 13 as they close out the year for the louderARTS Project.
After this the readings at Bar 13 go on Winter hiatus until early January and when they resume you’ll have a new fabulous host, the delightful and brilliant and truly sweet, Kait Burrier whom you get to meet tonight and who promises to bring you a very snazzy new series. Check this space, our social media sites and our website for updated info as we are really jazzed to be handing off the baton to a fresh new series and plan on supporting Kait and showing up in the open mic as often as we can.
With Mahogany Browne and Patricia Smith in the spotlight, tonight’s show was already going to be amazing, but taking the opportunity to thank the community that has supported louderARTS throughout our 16-year run will make it truly special.
We hope you can join us one last time.