March 14, 2002
and Read at Kendall Cafe
by Jim Sullivan
knew, really, if it would draw three people or it would be jammed,"
says Boston writer Dennis Lehane of the hybrid series of readings and
music he helped kick off last year at Cambridge's Kendall Cafe. Answer:
series, Earfull, was dreamed up by musician/writer Jen Trynin and Newtonville
Books owner Tim Huggins. It sold out last year, as did the opener for
this season on March 5. "We felt there were people who like to
listen to music and people who go to book readings," says Huggins,
"but there was no overlap. We thought if we created the right environment
. . ."On last week's bill: George Pelecanos (who read from "Hell
to Pay"); singer-guitarist Joe Pernice (of the Pernice Brothers
band); Lehane; and the Dropkick Murphys, the Celtic/punk band that's
sold out Avalon this weekend. The Murphys, a fave of Lehane's, charged
up an already sweaty evening. "You're not bad for a bunch of smaht
people," quipped Dropkick leader Ken Casey, following a rendition
of "The Wild Rover."
someone like me," says Pernice, who started out as a writer. "This
is the greatest kind of forum. You mix it all up and you can't get more
intimate." (Pernice's parents, Bob and Mary, rooting him on, Bob
buying Guinnesses for all in range.)
is saying books aren't just for the `bookstore' crowd," says Lehane,
who did a similar gig at London's rowdy Filthy McNasty's club. He says
the crowd hushed itself for the reading, then switched back to revelry.
Ditto at the Kendall.
read from "Missing Delores" (due out in a year), noting "it's
very quiet compared to my other books, but I picked the most violent
chapter I have." Lehane captivated the crowd, which included director
Tuesday: authors Elizabeth Graver and Peter Orner and musicians Kay
Hanley and Francine. Trynin, the series' MC and member of the band Loveless,
performs March 26, with Fountains of Wayne - "the first time I've
played my own stuff in three years."
getting in: Reserve a table by dining prior to the show. Otherwise it's
a crapshoot, though people do tend to come and go throughout the night.
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