Full Moon at Minglewood: poetry, art and music Friday

Friday, Oct. 10, Minglewood will host an evening of the arts in conjunction with the full moon slated for that evening. Highlights will include an open mic poetry/rant/story/comedy period, a musical performance by Mike Tyler unplugged, and an art opening featuring the works of Jesus Correa, Molly Fleming and Marieke McClendon, plus guest artists. It’s rare that so many genres and areas of art come together for one evening and are stressed so emphatically in Rockford. Visitors to Minglewood will be able to open their mouths and let fly whatever they’ve been wanting others to hear on stage, whether it be poetry or not, and will also be able to listen to others share brief stories, political rancor or comedic sketches. The store has a casual atmosphere, so unless it’s your turn on the mic, you would be advised to hold your peace and listen. Sign up for reading/reciting is at 7:30 p.m., with performance at 8 p.m. Tyler will play an unplugged acoustic set of originals interspersed with readings. I’ve only see Tyler perform once or twice, mostly singing Tom Waits covers. He gave one of the best tributes to the master of bitter drunken blues I have ever heard, which is no small praise. Works by Correa will include paint on doors, window frames and, of course, the orthodox canvases. He was one of last month’s TRRT Arts Patron of the Week for good reason as his pieces reflect a grimy, sultry side of creativity. McClendon’s works are typically acrylics on canvas, and are feminine without being girly. She takes up interesting, if somewhat random, subject matters and displays them in pale shades of pastels with a sort-of 1950s feel and sometimes bizarre undertones. Fleming is attempting to maintain the lunar theme of the event, but is most likely going to end up hanging old works that have been displayed elsewhere. She works with mostly acrylics, ink, canvases and Styrofoam. There will most likely be other guest artists involved. The evening begins at 7:30 and closes technically around midnight. Information: 961-1795.

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