Lowbrow Reader Variety Hour at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Illustration for Gilbert Rogin's Lowbrow Reader story by Doreen Kirchner

Fashion Projects contributor Jay Ruttenberg is organizing a launch event for the new issue of the Lowbrow Reader, his Manhattan-based comedy journal. The Lowbrow Reader is a small, lushly illustrated comedy magazine edited by Jay Ruttenberg. Its new issue, #7, includes work by Shelley Berman (Curb Your Enthusiasm), David Berman (Silver Jews; no relation) and Sam Henderson (Magic Whistle). Much of the issue is devoted to the novelist Gilbert Rogin, including an assessment of his work by Jay Jennings and the first piece of fiction by Rogin to be published since 1980. It is available online, and in smart stores everywhere.

The event will take place at the Housing Works Bookstore (126 Crosby Street in Soho) on Wednesday July 22nd from 7 to 9 and promises to be an exciting and diverse night. The show will feature short acoustic performances from three great musical acts: The Fiery Furnaces, Peter Stampfel and the Ether Frolic Mob, and Larkin Grimm. There will also be an incredibly funny comedian, John Mulaney, and a reading by Gilbert Rogin, a retired New Yorker writer whose work appears in the new Lowbrow Reader. There is a cover charge of $10 to $5 on a sliding scale, and all of the money raised will go to Housing Works—one of our favourite charities that did pioneering work on AIDS.

For more information on the bands and the event please visit the Housing Works event site.

Update! Below are some photos from the event:

The Fiery Furnace playing at Housing Works as part of the Lowbrow Reader Variety Show. Photo by Jesse Chan-Norris

Larkin Grimm playing at the Lowbrow Reader Variety Hour. Photo by Jesse Chan-Norris

Peter Stampfel and Ether Frolic Mob at Housing Works. Photo by Jesse Chan-Norris

Author Gilbert Rogin reading at Housing Works. Photo by Jesse Chan-Norris