‘Boogie Christ’ author to perform

Nov. 16, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

Joseph Arthur is a musician, songwriter and visual artist, perhaps best known for his albums (“Vacancy,” “Nuclear Daydream”). His latest album, due for Nov. 29 release, is “The Ballad of Boogie Christ Acts 1 and 2.” The phrase “Boogie Christ” comes from one of Arthur’s poems, “Threw the Keys on My Windshield and Cracked It,” from his new collection of poetry titled “I Miss the Zoo” (EM Press, $15, paperback).
Arthur is a talented word slinger, whose poetry has that sense of energy that comes from his ability to associate words in seemingly new ways. (You have to love a poet who writes, “Words are no good except in poetry / That’s why nobody likes poetry.”)
Arthur will be performing with Mike Mills from REM, with Bill Dobrow on drums, Dec. 10 at Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. For information and tickets, call 919-967-9053 or visit www.catscradle.com.

Here are some other coming events:
-- Hillsborough authors Lee Smith (“Guests on Earth”) and Jill McCorkle (“Life after Life”), and Nashville musicians Marshall Chapman and Matraca Berg will present “An Evening of Story and Song” at the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill on Dec. 6.
This concert will be a benefit for the Compass Center for Women and Families, an organization that helps to prevent and end domestic violence.
Advanced general tickets are $40, and VIP tickets, which include a pre-show wine and cheese reception with the artists and reserved front section seating, are $75. Tickets can be purchased online at www.compassctr.org, by calling Compass Center at 919-968-4610, or by mailing a check payable to Compass Center for Women and Families to P.O. Box 1057, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514. Please note “Dec. 6 tickets” in the memo line.

-- Durham author Deborah Watkins has published three children’s books for beginning readers, titled “Read? Yes, I Can!”  The stories can be used as supplemental reading material for tutors, educators, homeschoolers, and anyone working with beginning readers. The books are designed to help build a beginning reader’s self-esteem and self-confidence.
For information about these books, visit www.DeborahHWatkins.com.

-- Hillsborough poet and former Piedmont Laureate Zelda Lockhart converted her home   into a writing and publishing studio. Lockhart presents workshops with fellow writers geared toward young women. Genres include fiction, memoir, song writing, children’s literature, poetry and screenwriting.
LaVenson Press also publishes the writings of workshop participants in its literary magazine Firefly Ridge.
LaVenson Press will host a free afternoon event with local food, readings from Firefly Ridge contributors, music and art from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7.
For information, and a full listing of workshops and other public events,  visit www.LaVensonPressStudios.com.

Send notices about readings, releases and other events to cbellamy@heraldsun.com.