John Cage can be fairly described as a jack-of-all-arts. A composer, performance artist, visual artist, writer, poet, mycologist--that's somebody who studies mushrooms at a super smart nerd level, and anyone who's experienced his abstract experimental music should not gasp with surprise at that fact--and an all-around lovable freaky dude. On September 5 of this year Mr. cage would have been the very venerable--some would say waaay too old--age of 100. Celebrations have been taking place 'round the world and Miltown is no exception.
Spearheaded by Thomas Gaudynski--himself a lovable freaky dude--and co-sponsored by Woodland Pattern Book Center and the Urban Ecology Center, the John Cage Centennial Literary Musicircus this Sunday will feature volunteer readers, um, reading various works penned by Cage that are sure to blow each and every mind in the general aural vicinity.
So what makes this event remarkable? Well, the readers will be scattered throughout Riverside Park, so in order for you to hear the profound, sometimes wacky words and line breaks crafted by Cage you'll have to move your booties instead of sitting like a lifeless lump on a giant 'shroom à la Alice In You Know Where. Ha! The tables do a turn, don't they? Indeed.
Just be clear, there will not be any music, though the name certainly might give you that impression. This is a literary event, but the "Musicircus" reference is to honor Cage's spark of genius when he had musical and other performers do their thing simultaneously while the event-goers traipsed around them. It's a happening, man.
The John Cage Centennial Literary Musicircus takes place Sunday, August 26, from 1-4PM in Riverside Park if the sun be a'shining or in the Urban Ecology Center if the rain be a'drizzling. If you'd like to volunteer to read, contact Thomas Gaudynski at tgaudynski at mindspring dot com.