Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" Will Be Heard in D.C.

"Howl" in the City almost sold out!

By Wendy Rieger
|  Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010  |  Updated 4:44 PM EDT
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The Beat goes on. Poet  Anne Waldman is expected to pack them in Friday and Saturday for her performance of Allen Ginsberg's seminal masterpiece,  "Howl,"  at  Busyboys and Poets in Penn Quarter. The 8 p.m. Saturday show is already sold out.

This is a celebration of the National Gallery of Art exhibit "Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg" now on display. It features dozens of intimate  black and white photographs taken by Ginsberg of his posse of counter-culture poets and artists as they brought a new searing language of expression to post-war America.

"Howl" says it all. Waldman will give several performances this weekend at the Busboys and Poets at Fifth and K streets NW.    She'll also perform some of her own works. She will be accomanied by a quartet of musicians led by Matthew Hemerlein.     Musician Kyp Malone will be performing as well.

Local poets Chris August, Kenneth Carroll and Venus Thrash also will share the stage.

Get your tickets now, though, performances are selling out. Tickets are $10.

"Howl"  needs to be shouted from the rooftops not  meandered over by bored high school students bent over a desk and watching the clock.

You haven't heard "Howl"  until you've HEARD "Howl."

Listen. Up. 


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