In January a star-studded cast of NY rockers held a benefit concert at St. Ann’s Warehouse to raise funds for Tuli Kupferberg — LES poet & Fug, immortalized in Ginsberg’s Howl as the guy “who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge this actually happened and walked away unknown and forgotten into the ghostly daze of Chinatown.” (It was actually the Manhattan Bridge, and he ended up in the hospital, but why fact-check poetry?)
Tuli, at age 86, has over $3500/month uncovered medical bills. If the benefit slated for Bowery Poetry Club this Saturday features lower-key line-up, it’s also a little more affordable to ordinary folk ($10 min) and consists of the unsung backbone of LES poetry and arts scenes for the last forty years: Penny Arcade, Bob Holman, Clayton Patterson, Taylor Mead, David Amram, Peter Stampfel, John S. Hall and King Missile, Steven Taylor, Steven Ben Israel, Max Blagg and more. Thanks to organizer Carey Abrams (who, among other things, leads the Lower East Side History Project‘s walking tour on the Beats) for bringing the event to our attention.
Saturday, March 6, 8 pm. Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, btwn Houston and Bleecker).