Events for April 2014

Ongoing through May 20

Art in the Twain and Atrium Galleries – Jane Andreasen

Sacra Systemata
As a part of the Village Lights Young Artist Series, Madison native and Earlham College graduate, Jane Andreasen, presents a series of works in mixed-media and pencil, utilizing anatomical illustration and iconographic imagery.

Saturday, April 5, 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. Sing-alongs for the kids.*


Friday, April 11, 5:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

POETPALOOZA 2014: A Tri-State Poetry Summit
Village Lights will host POETPALOOZA 2014: A Tri-State Poetry Summit, Friday evening, April 11th, through Saturday, April 12th, with hourly readings and signings by recognized poets from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, including Poets Laureate past and present of Kentucky and Indiana. The event will host the launch of the latest books by Ohio poet, Michael Henson, and Kentucky Poet Laureate emeritus, Richard Taylor. This year’s Featured Independent Publishers are Dos Madres Press of Ohio and Broadstone Books of Kentucky. There will be live music* with local folk groups, The Chestnuts and Greg Ziesemer & Kriss Luckett, and an exhibit of artworks by Richard Taylor. All are invited to participate in Saturday night’s closing event, an open mic Poetry Slam with judging by The Reservoir Dogwoods. Poetpalooza will be in a flow-through format held during regular business hours, so come for one, or come for all!




Friday, April 11

5:00p          Live music with The Chestnuts

6:00p          Vickie Cimprich (KY)

7:00p          Jonathan Greene (KY)

8:00p          Steven R. Cope (KY)

9:00p          Book launch, Richard Taylor, Kentucky Poet Laureate, 1999-2001

10:00p        Angela Elles, Jill Kelly Koren, Kay Stokes (IN)


Saturday, April 12

10:00a        Live music with Greg Ziesemer & Kriss Luckett

11:00a        Book launch, Michael Henson (OH)

12:00p        Robert Murphy (OH)

1:00p          Tyrone Williams (OH)

2:00p          Norman Finkelstein (OH)

3:00p          Bea Opengart (OH)

4:00p          Joe Heithaus (IN)

5:00p          Jack Ramey (IN)

6:00p          George Kalamaras, Indiana Poet Laureate, 2013-2015

7:00p          Ron Whitehead (KY)

8:00p          The Reservoir Dogwoods (IN)

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

9:00p          Open Mic Poetry Slam


Friday, April 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Freethinkers Book Club
Freethinkers from the region plan to discuss Jesus, Interrupted, by Bart D. Ehrman.

Friday, April 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
World Book Night Reception
We will honor six members of the extended Madison community who have volunteered to go out into our area on World Book Night, April 23rd, to give free brand-new books to new or light readers, especially in underserved places. At the reception, the “givers” will receive their boxes of books to distribute. Please join us in thanking them.


Saturday, April 19, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Live Music in the Twain Room – Tom Schneider
Cincinnati’s Tom Schneider returns with his mesmerizing mélange of American Songbook standards, Broadway show tunes, bossa-nova/Latin, blues, and jazz on our Steinway grand.*

Saturday, April 19, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Live Music in the Twain Room – Jimmy Storms
90-year-oldJimmy Storms, former member of the Red Skelton Orchestra and backup pianist for Pat Boone, Connie Francis, and Fred Astaire, plays a wide selection of old standards on the Steinway grand.*

Tuesday, April 22, 11:15 a.m. – 12:12 p.m.

Kids’ Storytime

Jill Kelly Koren reads to young book lovers. Selections are tailored to the ages of the audience. Requests taken! Coffee and tea available for grown-ups.


Friday, April 25 (Fourth Friday Art Jam), 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Village Lights Poetry Nights
Open sign-up; open mic. Everyone is invited to participate. Read your own work or that of a favorite poet. Readers are welcome to draw from our shelves. MC for Village Lights Poetry Nights is well-known Madison poet, Jill Kelly Koren. We are pleased to welcome special guest, poet Erin Keene, who teaches in the MFA program of National University and works as the arts and humanities reporter for 89.3 WFPL, Louisville’s NPR station, where she also produces the on-air fiction show Unbound and serves as theatre critic.


* 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 Fourth Friday Art Jams under licenses held by the City of Madison with ASCAP, BMI, and SEASAC.


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