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Jan082011

Poe birthday celebrations 2011

Yes, you could celebrate Poe's birthday in the city where he really belongs, but if you are inclined to visit the other Poe cities, there are no end of great Poe events this month:

Baltimore

My good friend Grover Silcox (emcee of the first Great Poe Debate), will perform his show, Edgar Allan Poe and the Flip Side of Comedy on Sat-Sun, Jan 22-23.  Also, the Baltimore Men's Chorus will perform a Tribute to Vincent Price.  That's a great event.  I usually make it down to Baltimore for the birthday event, but it looks like I'm not going this year.  Bummed to miss Grover, as well as the Price tribute.  More info here.  If you go, tell that cranky Jeff Jerome that the Philly Poe Guy sent you.

Boston

If you are in Boston, you get to see the great Rob Velella play Poe and listen to Paul Lewis (the Boston rep in both Great Poe Debates):

The Boston College American Studies Program and the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc. present 

 A Celebration of the 202nd Birthday of Edgar Allan Poe Born in Boston on January 19, 1809

When: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 7p.m.
Where: Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Johnson Building, Boston Room (Boylston Street entrance) 
Stop saying "Nevermore," pack up your raven, and come along to this celebration of Edgar Allan Poe's 202nd birthday. The program will include BC Americanist Paul Lewis speaking on Poe's connections to Boston; Actor and Poe impersonator Rob Velella bringing the Master of Mystery back to the city of his birth; Dan Currie of the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston issuing a call to artists to submit designs for the creation of public art in E. A. Poe Square; and a rarely seen staging of mortal combat between the Poe and Incredible Hulk action figures (not for the faint of heart). Audience members are encouraged to come prepared to read a favorite short Poe passage and sing "Happy Birthday" to you-know-who! Some Poe-Boston t-shirts will be given away during the event.
 
And definitely check out the online version of the Poe in Boston exhibit from last year, The Raven in the Frog Pond.  It was a really beautiful exhibit and I'm so glad it's now online.
Richmond
At the Poe Museum in Richmond on Sat, Jan 15 there's a full slate of events for Poe's Birthday Bash to coincide with their new Poe Revealed exhibition:
10am – Museum opens
11am - Poeformance featuring Keith Kaufelt as Edgar Allan Poe
12:30pm – Pipsqueak Poe – the world’s smallest Poe played by Master Bennett Splittof (age 4)
1pm – Cynthia Cirile discusses her theories in conjunction with the opening of the “Poe Revealed” exhibit
2pm – “Edgar Allan Poe Comes Alive!” (Part 1) starring Scott Craig Jones
2:30pm – Birthday cake (and punch)
3pm – “Edgar Allan Poe Comes Alive!” (Part 2) starring Scott Craig Jones
4pm- 4:45pm – Performance by Flute and Classical Guitar duo in the Memorial Building
Online
And The Macabre Edgar Allan Poe on facebook is organizing a video of a Worldwide Reading of Cask of Amontillado.  More info here.
So get out and get your Poe on!  Celebrate Poe's 202nd birthday in 2011!

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Reader Comments (2)

Minor correction in regards to the fantastic Poe Birthday Celebration in Baltimore. The musical tribute by the Baltimore Men's Chorus is seperate from the Vincent Price Tribute.

It's nice to see other cities begin to celebrate Poe's birthday. Really, there's so much going on and I want to be in Philly, Boston and Richmond at the same time.
January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
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January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

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