Saturday, June 25, 2016

National Beat Poetry Festival event...

Experience Creative Happiness on Sunday, 2 p.m. on July 17th when Cinematique presents a really cool National Beat Poetry Festival event. Watch the film The Source, documenting the rise of the Beat poets. Dress like a Beatnik and get a prize for the best costume. Join in the discussion after the film and read a Beat poem on the open mic.

The film features many of the most famous poets appearing as themselves as well as actors Johnny Depp, John Turturro, and Dennis Hopper who dramatize the work of Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. The plot “traces the Beats from Ginsberg and Kerouac’s meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and Burroughs in 1997. ... Their movement connects with bebop, John Cage’s music, abstract expressionism, and living theater. In recent interviews, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kesey, Ferlinghetti, Mailer, Jerry Garcia, Tom Hayden, Gary Snyder, Ed Sanders, and others measure the Beats’ meaning and impact.”

The National Beat Poetry Festival says it is
“dedicated to hosting, collaborating, and fostering joint partnerships for Beat themed poetry readings, workshops, plays, radio shows and much more.” “Don’t forget your goatee, shades, and beret,” says emcee and Volusia County Poet Laureate, Dr. David B. Axelrod.  “Can’t snap your fingers to applaud like a Beatnik? Bring a friend to snap for you—or a suitable clicker!” The event will crank up enough coolness for a the hottest Florida summer day.

The event cosponsored by the Creative Happiness Institute and is made possible in part by funding from the Cultural Council of Volusia County. Admission is $8 for the general public and $5 for members of Cinematique. The theatre is located at 141 South Beach Street in Daytona Beach. For more information, call the box office, 386-252-3118, or email Dr. Axelrod, axelrod@creativehappiness.org.

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