Monday! March 12th! Dirty Gerund Welcomes Double Barrel Poetic Musical Guests CLARA ENGEL & VALERIE KUEHNE on tour! PLUS! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS “Teitel’s First Defense Times Two!”

Today, Local T&G News Man & Columnist Victor Infante referenced a great article in today’s UK Guardian concerning the categorization of women in rock n’ roll. “When it comes to rock, women are a gender, not a genre.” – Lamenting, that far too often, he scans the club listings in this town, and does not see nearly enough female artists. On behalf  of this Monday’s Dirty Gerund, I’d like to say…. we got this! We may jumble our regular line-up to do it, but bam! done!

POETRY / MUSICAL GUESTS – Both fierce and delicate, Montreal Artist CLARA ENGEL’s music is reminiscent of an era in history when theatre, art, and music were an integral part of a bigger and more vital whole, an era that the 21st century is craving more than ever. Poet Janaka Stucky describes Engel’s work as “timeless songs that sound at home in the ribcage of rock n roll’s skeleton.” The underground, multi-faceted Canadian artist has independently released seven albums, and collaborated with musicians from the UK, Germany, Brazil, and the USA. In the words of Jeremy Reed, Britain’s most dynamic, adventurous, and controversial poet: “Clara Engel’s voice comes to me from that deepest of all places, imaginative space, from which she visually retrieves an inner landscape converted by breath into the rock equivalent of poetry. Rarely has a voice sounded so authoritative, so unapologetic in its disclosures, so sure of its direction in going home into song. I’d say ‘Madagascar’ beats them all, and it’s only a beginning at harnessing poetic inspiration to the resonating dynamic of voice and the lyrical ache of a great individual singer.” Check out and get mesmerized at

Her tour mate VALERIE KUEHNE has rocked our stage before! She has been described as an “electrically charged virtuoso of all purpose cello.” Her work shatters genre and expectations, fusing together experimental, classical, heavy metal, stand-up comedy, poetry, punk rock, and folk idioms. She augments her performances with work as an impresario, organizing the Brooklyn based experimental cabaret The Super Coda, which seeks to promote artists working in uncategorizable genres, and educate audiences through establishing visceral and theatrical performance contexts. She regularly contributes writing to The Deli magazine and is a published poet. Check out her work at:

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH – “TEITEL vs MAHON vs. McDONOUGH! Wait whu?” Ya, that’s right. For those of you who didn’t tune in last time. Challengers DR. JEN MAHON & COREY McDONOUGH ended their preliminary match with a tie. Disillusioned in our trust of math, NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS and I couldn’t think up a way to break the tie. (This happens to lots of guys right? No? Oh…” Well what we did think, was it’d be wacky to invite both competitors, (who both did an incredible job in “Battle Red Plastic Cup“) to take on newly crowned champion Manchester Poet SAM TEITEL. It’s his first title defense, so we thought a curve ball might be in order! Same rules apply, there’ll just be an extra poet involved! Chairman YOSH SHARTIN‘s got your secret ingredient. 3 random judges will have your scores! We’ll either have a new champ or a happy return champ, either way, Sam likes the Clash! So do we!

Musical Director Greg McKillop‘s band SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD have a HUGE Palladium Gig This Saturday! Check out the info HERE! Contact Art Director Aaron White if you’d enjoy doing visual arts on a Monday! Contact Emilee Morreale if you’d like to be immortalized in song by bringing snack time! Damian McEvoy promises to bring the Heartache in his “Damian’s 90’s Song of the Week” segment! DG Duct Tape welcomed Paulie into the bass slappin mix last week! He did a fine job indeed! Might we find another special guest this week in our Spinal Tap-esque search for America’s Next Great Rhythm Section? YOSH & CHICKEN say “its still hockey season damnit, shut your baseball yaps!” NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS misses you EXTRA HARD after chest thumping to WWE superstars last Monday! And I’m done.

Not yet.

We’ll leave you with some music from one of our features! Get excited!

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