Thursday, May 09, 2013

Noir at the Bar comes back home

Philco 90 cathedral-style radio, 1931
Noir at the Bar is a quintessential Philadelphia phenomenon: It started here before other people took it elsewhere and made it bigger and better. But, while Philadelphia is no likelier to resume its status as the U.S. capital any time soon than Philco is to start making radios again, Noir at the Bar is coming back home.

The date is Thursday, May 23, the time is 9 p.m., the bar is John & Peter's at 96 South Main St. in New Hope, PA, and the noir is courtesy of Wallace Stroby and Dennis Tafoya, plus a special guest or two. Sponsors are the good folks at the excellent Farley's Bookshop, purveyors of fine reading material at Noircon since 2010.

Noir at the Bar has become an international phenomenon since I started it in June 2008, first guest Philadelphia's own Duane Swierczynski. Los Angeles has a Noir at the Bar series. There's one in New York. Austin, Texas, has staged a Noir at the Bar. Declan Burke and John McFetridge came to Philadelphia for a special international Noir at the Bar, and I hosted an evening with Sean Chercover and Howard Shrier in Toronto a few years ago. But the kings of neo-Noir at the Bar are Jedidiah Ayres and Scott Phillips, whose St. Louis Noirs at the Bar have spawned not one, but two collections of short fiction.   Jed and Scott: Make it to New Hope, and I'll buy you a drink.

And the rest of you are invited, too. Long live the New Original Noir at the Bar!

© Peter Rozovsky 2013

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10 Comments:

Blogger jedidiah ayres said...

A warm F-Peter Rozovsky to you, sir

May 09, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

And a big F not just to you, but to all of you in St. Louis. A thousand thank yous!

May 09, 2013  
Blogger seana graham said...

You started a good thing, Peter!

May 09, 2013  
Blogger Eric Beetner said...

Excellent news! We all shamelessly steal your idea so it's nice to see it return home.

May 10, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Seana: I had a whole lot of smart and talented people kicking me in the keister to start it back up again.

May 10, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Many thanks, Eric. Did San Diego ever hold a Noir at the Bar? I know there was talk of it/

May 10, 2013  
Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

Awesome news! We really need a B'more Noir at the Bar!

May 10, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

If you start one, I'll show up, the Deity willing.

May 10, 2013  
Blogger Mario Acevedo said...

Denver has had two Noir@Bar. Next one is Dec 12, 2013, at the Irish Snug. Headliner is Peter Farris. And the Mile Hi City can kick all your asses!

November 22, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Ah, go get buried in an avalanche, ya mug. I hope Noir at the Bar kicks ass, just not mine.

November 22, 2013  

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