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(en) Canada, Montreal Eric Drooker -- New York graphic novelist/artist -- May 16-18

From lombrenoire <lombrenoire@dojo.tao.ca>
Date Thu, 1 May 2003 09:04:34 +0200 (CEST)


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Renowned New York graphic novelist/artist, Eric Drooker performs in
Montreal with local anarchist cabaret artist Norman Nawrocki, Arab hip-hop
crew Euphrates, and others to celebrate the 4TH ANNUAL MONTREAL ANARCHIST
BOOKFAIR
> "Drooker can draw like a demon." - THE VILLAGE VOICE
Award winning New York graphic novelist, Eric Drooker comes to Montreal
with his powerful slide and music performance "Art is a Weapon". Eric will
be performing at three shows, as well as tabling at the Montreal Bookfair:
---> Friday, May 16, 10pm
Le Centre Social, 1710 Beaudry (metro Beaudry), $5
with local author/musician Norman Nawrocki

The show will be preceded at 7pm by a panel, "Anarchists Against War",
with participants from France, USA and Quebec.


---> Saturday, May 17, 10am-6pm
Montreal's 4th Annual Anarchist Bookfair
2515, rue Delisle (metro Lionel-Groulx), FREE

Eric will be tabling at the bookfair, along with over 50 other booksellers
and political groups from all over North America, as well as the
Federation Anarchiste from France. Eric Drooker will be selling his recent
books "FLOOD! A Novel in Pictures" as well as "BLOOD SONG: A Silent
Ballad".


---> SUNDAY, May 18, 11am-6pm
"Demand the Impossible": A Day of Anarchist Workshops
1710, rue Beaudry (metro Beaudry), FREE

Eric will be again showing slides as part of a day of anarchist-themed
workshops, panels and presentations called "Demand the Impossible". There
will be 15 workshops in total, in French and English, on wide variety of
themes, including nationalism, political prisoners, social struggles,
heterosexism, transfolk, immigration, technology, communications, theatre,
art, radio, popular education, autogestion and more. Eric's slide
presentation is entitled, "Art and Politics Mix Beautifully".


---> SUNDAY, May 18, 8pm, $5
Wired on Words: With Eric Drooker, Euphrates, DJ Static and others
La Casa del Popolo,

Montreal-based Arab hip-hop crew Euphrates, DJ Static (Wefunk CKUT) and
other guests join Eric as part of Casa del Popolo's monthly Wired on
Words.


ABOUT ERIC DROOKER

Eric Drooker's paintings are seen on covers of The New Yorker, The
Progressive, The Village Voice and numerous other magazines, as well as in
the pages of The Nation and World War 3 Illustrated.

He is the author of the American Book Award-winning collection, Flood! A
Novel in Pictures; Illuminated Poems (with Allen Ginsberg); Street Posters
& Ballads; and Blood Song: A Silent Ballad. He gives slide lectures at
schools and cultural centers worldwide.

On May 16th & 18th, he will "project hundreds of his narrative images,
which combine the concrete reality of urban existence with visionary
flights of imagination," and accompany himself with spoken word and a
harmonica.

Allen Ginsberg says of Drooker's book, Flood! A Novel in Pictures: "Eric
Drooker's scratchboard graphics in the lineage of Frans Masereel, Rockwell
Kent and Lynd Ward, update their millenial Blakeian visions of Moloch to
our contemporary homeless streets, Lower East Side tenements, and parks
occupied by police." Drooker's work is praised by artists like Art
Spiegelman, creator of MAUS, Sue Coe, Lucy R. Lippard, and Joe Sacco, who
says Drooker's newest book, Blood Song, "is the work of an artist of the
first order at his maturity."

On May 16th, Montreal cabaret artist and author Norman Nawrocki, will read
excerpts from his newest book, "The Anarchist & The Devil Do Cabaret", and
accompany himself on his amplified, sampled violin. Nawrocki returns from
a cross-Canada tour to support the book. The Globe & Mail calls Nawrocki
"a born showman whose audiences never pass a dull evening." On May 18th,
Eric Drooker will be joined by local artists at Wired on Words, including
Arab hip-hop crew Euphrates, originally from Baghdad, as well as DJ Static
of Wefunk on CKUT (and the Montreal Bookfair Collective!).


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For more info about Eric Drooker: http://www.drooker.com
For more info about the Festival of Anarchy:
http://www.tao.ca/~lombrenoire

Contacts:
Norman Nawrocki: nawrocki@ca.inter.net or 514-844-6562 (interviews only)
Montreal Anarchist Bookfair: Jaggi (514-728-5650), Stefan (583-4890) or
Sandy (514-948-6789)






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