Events for March 2015

Ongoing through March 24

Art in the Twain and Atrium Galleries – Bob Saueressig and Tanya Saueressig Nevin

Bob & Tanya: A Father and Daughter Collaboration
Bob Saueressig and Tanya Saueressig Nevin present this father/daughter joint exhibit, offering representations and interpretations of environments that their family has shared over the decades.


Saturday, March 7, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Special Author Event – Storytelling with Philip Gulley
A Place Called Hope
Philip Gulley, Quaker pastor, writer, progressive theologian, and humorist from central Indiana, has authored 18 books, including the acclaimed Harmony series of novels, chronicling life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana, and the best selling Porch Talk series of inspirational and humorous stories. A Place Called Hope is his most recent work of fiction. He and co-author James Mulholland describe their progressive worldview in their books, If Grace Is True and If God Is Love, followed by Gulley's books, If the Church Were Christianand The Evolution of Faith, which propose a fresh direction for Christianity. In addition to his appearance at Village Lights, Philip Gulley will bring the message from the pulpit at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 8th, at First Christian Church in Madison. The public is invited to attend.


Friday, March 13, 6:00 p.m. – Saturday, March 14, 6:00 p.m.
Rock ’n’ Read Around The Clock!
As part of the NEA's Read Across America campaign, Village Lights will host our annual 24-hour reading marathon and children’s book drive to promote literacy and benefit The Clearinghouse. The marathon will kick off with an aloud reading for kids of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, by Dr. Seuss. Rock ‘n’ Read has become a Madison favorite. So run, don’t walk, to Village Lights to sign up for one or more 30-minute intervals to sit in a rocking chair in our front window and silently read books, your own or borrowed from our shelves. We are collecting donations of gently read or new children's books, which will be distributed by The Clearinghouse to charities in the region. Bring them in and drop them in the basket on our front table beginning Monday, March 2nd. Those wishing to purchase their donations at Village Lights will receive a discount.


Friday, March 20, 6:00 – 9:00  p.m.
Freethinkers Book Club
Freethinkers from the region plan to discuss The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science, by Will Storr.


Saturday, March 21, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Live Music in the Twain Room – Tom Schneider
Cincinnati’s Tom Schneider presents his potpourri playlist of American Songbook standards, Broadway show tunes, bossa-nova/Latin, blues, and jazz on our Steinway grand.*

Tuesday, March 24, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Kids’ Madison Staycation Storytime

Kriss Luckett Ziesemerwill read to young book lovers from the opus of Dr. Seuss, who was born in the month of March. Selections will be tailored to the ages of the audience. Coffee and tea available for grown-ups.


Friday, March 27, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Fourth Friday Downtown)
Live Music – Yvonne Davis

Join us for some hot and lively jazz with Madison’s own Yvonne Davis on our Steinway grand. Requests encouraged! Yvonne appears as part of the Fourth Friday Downtown line-up of musicians.*


Friday, March 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Fourth Friday Downtown)
Art Opening Reception – John Huntoon
Hoosier photographic artist, John Huntoon, presents nature-oriented works in color and B&W, produced using a digital SLR in moments of “complete pause” in the out-of-doors. Exhibit will run through May 19th.

Saturday, March 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Live Music – John Sheckler

“Not your granny’s dulcimer.” Local folk musician John Sheckler plays original and traditional songs on a mountain lap dulcimer crafted with his own hands. Special sing-alongs for the kids.*


Friday, April 3 – Saturday, April 4
POETPALOOZA 2015: A Tri-State Poetry Summit

Village Lights will host POETPALOOZA 2015: A Tri-State Poetry Summit, Friday evening, April 3rd, through Saturday, April 4th, with hourly readings and signings by acclaimed poets from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, including published poets from Madison and Poets Laureate of Kentucky and Indiana. All are invited to participate in Friday’s 5pm Open Mic Kick-Off. A special feature of this year’s event will be two 9pm screenings of the award-winning independent film, Proud Citizen, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County. The screenings are free and open to the public.


Friday, April 3

5:00p         Open Mic Kick-Off

6:00p         Tom C. Hunley (KY)

6:30p         Barbara Sabol (OH)

7:00p         Biana Bargo (KY)

8:00p         Book Launch, Curtis Crisler (IN)

8:30p         Katerina Stoykova-Klemer (KY)

9:00p         Film Screening, “Proud Citizen”


Saturday, April 4

10:00a       Book Launch, Jill Kelly Koren (IN)

11:00a       Maureen Morehead, Kentucky Poet Laureate, 2011-2012

12:00p       Norbert Krapf, Indiana Poet Laureate, 2008-2010

1:00p         Tom C. Hunley (KY)

1:30p         Barbara Sabol (OH)

2:00p         Gerry Grubbs (OH)

3:00p         Nettie Farris (IN)

4:00p         Richard Taylor, Kentucky Poet Laureate, 1999-2001

5:00p         Frederick Smock (KY)

6:00p         Curtis Crisler (IN)

6:30p         Katerina Stoykova-Klemer (KY)

7:00p         Book Launch, Jack Ramey (IN)

8:00p         The Reservoir Dogwoods (IN)

                     (Jason Ammerman, Tony Brewer, Matthew D. Jackson, Joseph Kerschbaum)

9:00p         Film Screening, “Proud Citizen”


* All music routinely performed at Village Lights Bookstore is original, in the public domain, or licensed through the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Yvonne Davis appears during the Madison Main Street Program events under licenses held by the City of Madison with ASCAP, BMI, and SEASAC.


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