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Greenwood Lit Crawl back for a third round

January 7th, 2013 by Doree

The third Greenwood Lit Crawl is set for Saturday, Jan. 26, and will hit Chocolati Cafe, Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe, Bherd Studios, and Naked City Brewery & Taphouse.

Besides writers and poets, organizers (calling themselves Five Alarms) have added music and film for a multimedia experience. The whole event is free; you just purchase your beverages and food.

Greenwood Lit Crawl III-flyer

It all starts at 5 p.m. at Chocolati Café, at 8319 Greenwood Ave. N., with performances by Aaron Kokorowski, Amy Billharz and Morris Stegosaurus from 5:20-6:10 p.m.

From 6:20-7:10 p.m., Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts Aaron Kemply, Arlene Kim and Theo Dzielak.

On your way to the next venue, check out an outdoor performance by Molly Mac from 7:20-7:30.

At Bherd Studios, 312 N. 85th St. Suite 101 (upstairs), hear Emily Wittenhagen, Queequeg, and Doug Nufer from 7:35-8:30 p.m.

Then from 8:40-9:30 it’s off to Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., for performances by Tessa Hulls, John Burgess, David Lasky, and Karen Finneyfrock.

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Couth Buzzard Book Espresso Buono Café celebrates its third anniversary

December 12th, 2012 by Doree

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., is celebrating its third anniversary all day on Saturday, Dec. 22, with music, stories, poetry, treats, a raffle, and free books for kids.

Raffle prizes include a KOBO e-reader, Couth Buzzard Gift Cards, and a photo session with professional photographer Holly Feral.

The celebration lasts from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Dozens of musicians donating talent to Couth Buzzard Appreciation Day on June 23

June 12th, 2012 by Doree

More than two dozen musicians and several poets are donating their time and talents to a “Couth Buzzard Appreciation Day” on June 23. The bookstore at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. has struggled with the difficult economy and the extensive road work on Greenwood Avenue and nearby North 85th Street, and co-owner Theo Dzielak just lost his teenage daughter to lymphoma.

In an open letter to friends of the bookstore, event organizer Stewart Hendrickson writes that Theo and co-owner Gerry Lovchik have “strived to place community over business profits.”

As a community we need to express our sympathy and our appreciation to Theo for all he has done to make the Couth a real community asset. I cannot think of another place that might take its place were the Couth not to survive.

The June 23 event begins with music in the bookstore’s alcove starting at 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Then, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., a benefit cabaret brings another set of well-known musicians. Everyone is encouraged to buy books and food and drink from Espresso Buono Café inside the bookstore.

Here’s the schedule for the daytime music:

  • 10:30 a.m.: Betty Hendrickson – hammered dulcimer
  • 10:50 a.m.: Jillian Graham – singer/songwriter
  • 11:10 a.m.: Ming Chen – Irish Session players
  • 11:30 a.m.: Rose Laughlin – Irish singer
  • 11:50 a.m.: Morgan & Graves – songs & fiddle tunes
  • 12:10 p.m.: Robert Vierschilling and students – classical guitar
  • 12:30 p.m.: Ginny Reilly – singer/songwriter
  • 12:50 p.m.: Molly Bauckham – harp
  • 1:10 p.m.: William Limbach – folk singer
  • 1:30 p.m.: Eric Apoe – singer/songwriter
  • 1:50 p.m.: Isla Ross – fiddle
  • 2:10 p.m.: Kenny Mandell – jazz trio
  • 2:30 p.m.: Mike Buchman – singer/songwriter
  • 2:50 p.m.: Janet Rayor – cabaret singer
  • 3:10 p.m.: Pandi – Gloria Darlings
  • 3:30 p.m.: Greg Spence-Wolf – singer/songwriter
  • 3:50 p.m.: Katy Keenan – folk singer
  • 4:10 p.m.: Nancy K. Dillon – singer/songwriter

And here’s the schedule for the cabaret, co-hosted by Gary Kanter and Jim Page, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

  • Bill Davie – singer/songwriter — 15 min
  • Kat Eggleston – singer/songwriter — 15 min
  • Amanda Laughtland – poet — 5 min
  • Linda Khandro – harp — 15 min
  • Peter Langston – 3-Play Ricochet band — 15 min
  • Michael Schein – poet — 5 min
  • Rebecca Cohen – singer/songwriter — 15 min
  • Larry Crist – poet — 5 min
  • Jim Page – singer/songwriter — 15 min

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Fat Tuesday music and dance at Couth Buzzard

February 21st, 2012 by Doree

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe is hosting a Fat Tuesday celebration tonight with Cajun music and dance from Sassafras. The party is from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Sassafras is Karen Kaser on fiddle, Isla Ross (vocal and fiddle), Melanie Shelton (‘Ti fer), and Catherine Alexander on guitar. (Check out a YouTube video of the group here.)

It’s free; food and drink available for purchase (beer from Fremont Brewing, homemade gumbo and cornbread).

Please let us know of any other Fat Tuesday celebrations in the neighborhood in comments below or email us.

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PhotogenX shares travel stories of hope and justice at Couth Buzzard tonight

June 23rd, 2011 by Doree

Eleven young female photographers calling themselves PhotogenX have backpacked through 36 countries, documenting their journeys through pictures and stories which have been compiled into a new book, “Act Here. Love Now.” PhotogenX will discuss their book at 7:30 p.m. today at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

The purpose of photogenX is to use cameras to expose & fight areas of injustice around the world. We have been backpacking through 36 countries around the world for the last year with the vision to change things for the better. As we traveled & documented the lives of those we met [through photos and stories] we were overwhelmed and disheartened at the need we saw along the way.

Yet from a photography school in a dusty South African township, to meeting trafficked women in brothels in Eastern Europe, to finding ourselves in the middle of the Kashmiri Indian conflict, we’ve had a year of adventure, laughter, heartache and Hope. We found that it was the small, simple gestures of Justice that started to change things around us. We believe that whether we are in our hometowns or across the continents, if we impact our neighborhoods, we will transform our cities. And if we transform our cities, we *will* change the world.

This book is a culmination of our stories, photos, and practical ways to impact your own community, city, and world. The message we’re sharing is that you don’t have to take an epic trip to make an epic difference in the life of one person.

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