McSweeney’s Presents: A Book Release Party for T Cooper’s “Real Man Adventures,” McSweeney’s Presents: A Book Release Party for T Cooper’s “Real Man Adventures,”

with Hem, Wingdale Community Singers, Geo Wyeth & Dynasty Handbag

Sun December 2nd, 2012


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Minimum Age: All Ages

Doors Open: 7:30PM

Show Time: 8:00PM

Event Ticket: $12

Day of Show: $15

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McSweeney’s Presents: A Book Release Party for T Cooper’s “Real Man Adventures,”

A party and concert in celebration of the release of T. Cooper’s Real Man Adventures.


Hem write carefully crafted, dream-like songs that are almost impossible to place exactly where they’ve come from or even in what era they might have been recorded. You can hear a subtle country twang, the storytelling simplicity of great folk music, and a touch of Tin Pan Alley sophistication. They at times recall the emotionally stirring sweep of movie music from an age when the best pictures were shot in Cinemascope and orchestras crowded onto sound stages to perform the scores. These tunes are so immediately involving, sometimes so soothingly familiar, that you’ll insist you know them – and love them – already. Hem exists very much in the here and now, but always manages to evoke the timeless.

The ten-year old quartet — vocalist Sally Ellyson, pianist Dan Messé, guitarists Gary Maurer and Steve Curtis — hails from Brooklyn, New York. However, they conjure up such vivid, often pastoral settings and restless, lonesome characters in their songs, you may suspect that they long ago discovered some fantastic, secret portal in an old borough building that instantly transports them from their urban environs to a wide open prairie far, far away. Although Messé, Maurer and Curtis individually and jointly contribute material to Hem’s repertoire, their vision is remarkably unified. As Ellyson, who channels all their imagery, explains, “Each song is its own world. They really show an amazing ability, that I don’t think everyone has, to create a world in song after song that you can become so connected to, that brings you such deep feelings — pain, joy, sorrow.” Hem will be releasing their 6th studio album, Departure and Farewell, in early 2013. Their most recent album is Funnel Cloud.

Wingdale Community Singers

The Wingdale Community Singers released their first eponymously title album in 2005. It was followed by SPIRIT DUPLICATOR in 2010. These are both available on iTunes and at They recently completed their third album, NIGHT, SLEEP, DEATH, which is forthcoming from Blue Chopsticks recordings.

Geo Wyeth

Geo Wyeth is a musician and performer, he just released his first full length studio recording called ALIEN TAPES, out now on bandcamp and being sold in vinyl form at Jasmine’s House of Scents, his neighborhood beauty supply store in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. He has recently performed his work at: PS1 MoMA, Marianne Bosky Gallery, Joe’s Pub, and La MaMa ETC, and has an upcoming residency in the Manhattan Inn, a music venue in Brooklyn. He is half black and half woman.

Dynasty Handbag

Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor who lives and works in New York. Her work as her alter ego Dynasty Handbag has been seen at international dives both great and small. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years” and “crackpot genius” by the Village Voice. She has received awards from Dance Theater Workshop (2008), Franklin Furnace (2008), Mondo Cane! (2010), and Kindle Project (2011, 2012). She is an adjunct professor of Performance and Theater studies at TISCH NYU. She is currently an associate performer with the Wooster Group.

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