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Seriously Entertaining, New York’s premier literary cabaret series showcasing writers and their passions, is an intellectual roller-coaster of a show. The Wall Street Journal calls it “Think-y entertainment for New York’s book-loving crowd,” The New York Times says it’s “a literary mixtape [with] perfect flow and variety,” and CBS Local News adds: “You have never seen a cabaret quite like this…. The lineup includes some of the most brilliant minds in the literary and artistic worlds.”
Seriously Entertaining packs a big punch, regularly hosting talent such as Eve Ensler, Margo Jefferson, John Guare, Jason Reynolds, PJ O'Rourke, Loudon Wainwright III, Steven Pinker, Kevin Young, and Damian Barr. The show asks each writer to riff on a given theme for ten minutes only. Whether the result leaves you howling with laughter or sorrow, it will be an evening you’re sure to remember.
Seriously Entertaining is the flagship show of House of SpeakEasy, a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to connecting writers and audiences in innovative and sustaining ways – in classrooms through our SpeakTogether writing workshops, in the community with our book truck, and at Joe’s Pub.
January 21: Feast Your Eyes
Rachel Feinstein, Sculptor
Ken Buhler, Painter
Mira Jacob, Memorist
Nancy Princenthal, Art Critic
Sculptor Rachel Feinstein investigates and challenges the concept of luxury as expressed in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, in the context of contemporary parallels. After being included in several group shows in New York throughout the nineties, her work was featured in the first iteration of MoMA PS1’s Greater New York in 2000. Her subsequent solo exhibitions include Tropical Rodeo, Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2006); The Snow Queen, Lever House, New York (2011); and Folly, a series of outdoor sculptures installed in Madison Square Park, New York, in 2014. In 2018, Gagosian Beverly Hills presented Secrets, an exhibition of large-scale sculptures inspired by the Victoria’s Secret “Angels” and majolica pedestals modeled after Rococo commedia dell’arte figurines. Launching the Artist in Residence project—a collaboration between Gucci and Chatsworth House—Feinstein’s work will be on view at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England, in June 2019. In November 2019, the Jewish Museum in New York presented Feinstein’s first retrospective exhibition.
Ken Buhler’s paintings, drawings, and prints blend abstraction and recognizable imagery—often drawn from botanical or decorative forms—to explore the "terra incognita" of the natural world. In recent years he has worked on print projects with Oehme Graphics of Steamboat Springs, Colorado and a collaboration with poet Cecily Parks at Jungle Press of Brooklyn. Buhler has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships from noted institutions including the MacDowell Colony Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Buhler is represented by Lesley Heller Gallery in NYC where he will have a solo show in 2021.
Mira Jacob is the author and illustrator of Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, and longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize. She currently teaches at The New School, and she is a founding faculty member of the MFA Program at Randolph College. She is the co-founder of Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn.
Nancy Princenthal is a Brooklyn-based writer whose book Unspeakable Acts: Women, Art, and Sexual Violence in the 1970s was named one of the best art books of the year by the New York Times, and one of the best of the decade by Art News. Her previous, Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art received the 2016 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography. A Contributing Editor (and former Senior Editor) of Art in America, she has also contributed to the New York Times and many other publications.
March 24: As Good As Gold
April 21: Do or Die
May 27: All in Due Time
$15 - $35
Doors at 6PM
Show at 7PM