Resistance Mic! Midterms Edition

Resistance Mic! is a series of intimate, curated evenings where a diverse collective of artists will take the stage to perform truth to power in these troubled times. This all-new midterm edition of Resistance Mic! picks up where the elections leave off, adding the human and moral dimensions to the political calculus.  Hear powerful voices, sample some Resistance cocktails, and prepare for an evening of insight, fun, and the power of word and music. Artists include Jennifer JeanRegie Gibson, Tim McCarthy, Sarah Sweeney, plus the amazing talents of writers in the newly published Pangyrus Resistance Issue, including:  Sonya Larson, Fred Marchant, Grace Taulsan and more. Music by Atlas Soul.

Tyrant, Show Thy Face – A Benefit for Actor’s Shakespeare Project

How does a truly disastrous leader – a sociopath, a demagogue, a tyrant – come to power?
How, and why, does a tyrant hold on to power? And what goes on in the hidden recesses of the tyrant’s soul?

For help in understanding our most urgent contemporary dilemmas, William Shakespeare has no peer.
In the new book Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, Pulitzer-prize winning author and Shakespeare Scholar STEPHEN GREENBLATT examines the themes of power and tyranny in some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays — from the dominating figures of Richard III, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Coriolanus to the subtle tyranny found in Measure for Measure and The Winter’s Tale.

WGBH’s Executive Arts Editor & Host of Open Studio JARED BOWEN will join Greenblatt on stage for a conversation about the relevance of these themes in today’s world.

ASP Resident Acting Company members and ASP Youth will collaborate with Greenblatt to illuminate Shakespeare’s tyrants, from the fierce to the funny, with excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays and devised interactive performance pieces.



Workshop, Open Mic and Reception with CARMEN BARDEGUEZ-BROWN

Acclaimed poet CARMEN BARDEGUEZ-BROWN will host the poetry workshop “Poetry like bread is for everyone/ La Poesia como el pan es para todos” followed by an open mic, performance and reception.

Schedule of events:

5:30-7 p.m. Workshop

7 p.m. Break, Snacks, open mic signup

7:15-8 p.m. Open Mic

8-8:30 p.m. Performance

8:30-9 p.m. Reception


Carmen Bardeguez-Brown work was showcased in the documentary: Latino Poets in the United States. She has been invited to read at The Nuyorican Poets Café, The Fez, Mad Alex Foundation, Smoke, The Soho Arts Festival, Long wood Gallery, The Kitchen, La Casa Azul, New Years Alternative Poetry Marathon at Dixon Place, The Boricua College Poetry Series, Caribbean Theater, Word Festival 2013 and many other venues in the tri-state area. Some of her work has been performed by Felipe Luciano’s Poets’s Choir and Butch Morris Conduction series #27 performed at The Whitney Museum. Her work has been published in Tribes, Long Shot, Fuse, School Voices, Anthology: Aloud Voices from the Nuyorican, ¡Manteca!: An Anthology of AfroLatin@ Poets and Pha’titude. She has two poetry books: Straight from the Drums: Al Ritmo del Tamborcould be and Dreaming Rhythms Despertando Silenciospublished by Miguel Estepario. Her third book of poetry: Meditation on Love, Dance and Loss will be published late this year. She is one of 50 Puerto Ricans showcased in the exhibition Homenaje created and curated by Ricardo Muniz that is currently housed at the Centro for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.

This event is sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) in collaboration with the Provostial Fund for Arts and Humanities, Observatorio Cervantes, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration and Rights; and the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature.

Author/environmentalist BILL McKIBBEN at Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated author and environmentalist BILL McKIBBEN—founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement—for a discussion of his debut novel, Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance. This event is co-sponsored by 350 Mass.

Tickets: $5 for only entrance into the event itself; $23.75 for the book & entrance into the event. Tickets are to be purchased online. Doors close at 5:30PM.


In Radio Free Vermont, BILL McKIBBEN entertains and expands upon an idea that’s become more popular than ever—seceding from the United States. Along with Vern and Perry, McKIBBEN imagines an eccentric group of activists who carry out their own version of guerilla warfare, which includes dismissing local middle school children early in honor of ‘Ethan Allen Day’ and hijacking a Coors Light truck and replacing the stock with local brew. Witty, biting, and terrifyingly timely, Radio Free Vermont is BILL McKIBBEN’s fictional response to the burgeoning resistance movement.

Mad Men-creator MATTHEW WEINER in conversation with BRET ANTHONY JOHNSTON

Harvard Book Store welcomes Emmy Award–winning writer, director, and producer MATTHEW WEINER for a discussion of his debut novel, Heather, the Totality. He will be joined in conversation by Bret Anthony Johnston, author of the bestselling novel Remember Me Like This.


About Heather, the Totality:
A collision course between a privileged family and a dangerous young man, Heather, The Totality is a chilling debut novel by the creator of Mad Men, MATTHEW WEINER.

Tickets: $26.25 for the book & entrance into the event. Tickets are to be purchased online. Doors close at 5:30PM.

ALEC BALDWIN and KURT ANDERSEN at Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning actor, producer, and comedian ALEC BALDWIN and bestselling author and Studio 360 host KURT ANDERSEN for a signing of their co-authored book, You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody).

Please Note:
-This is a book signing event only. See the event’s signing guidelines below.
-We are not taking requests or pre-orders for signed books for this event.

Tickets and Book Pickup
-Tickets are required to join the signing line. Each ticket admits one (1) and includes one (1) copy of You Can’t Spell America Without Me.
-Tickets go on sale September 22nd at 9am in the store and at Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.
-Books will be signed in-person only, one book per ticket holder. Additional copies of You Can’t Spell America Without Me will be available for purchase at Harvard Book Store, but the signing is limited to one book per person.
-Those purchasing tickets online can pick up their book at the bookstore the evening of the signing, but not before. Those purchasing tickets in the store can pick up their books starting on publication date (November 7th).

-The signing will begin at 5:00pm on Monday, November 13th, at Harvard Book Store.
-Doors will open to the signing line shortly before 5. Until then the line will form outside the store, down Plympton Street (towards Mount Auburn Street).
-E-ticket and will-call ticket holders will receive their books when checking in on the evening of the event.

Signing Line Guidelines
-This book signing is limited to copies of You Can’t Spell America Without Me—no memorabilia.
-The authors will be signing one book per attendee.
-Due to limited time, no personalizations or photography.


An Evening with Cherry Bombe

Harvard Book Store welcomes KERRY DIAMOND, co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe, for a moderated panel discussion with TRACY CHANG, JOANNE CHANG, JENNIFER BROUTIN FARAH, and ASHLEY STANLEY. The evening will include refreshments and a book signing of the debut cookbook Cherry Bombe.

Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook is the first-ever cookbook from the team behind the hit indie magazine about women and food, and the Radio Cherry Bombe podcast. Inside are 100+ recipes from some of the most interesting chefs, bakers, food stylists, pastry chefs, and creatives on the food scene today.

Tickets: $5 for only entrance into the event itself; $34.75 for the book & entrance into the event. Tickets are to be purchased online. Doors close at 6:30PM.


WALTER ISAACSON on Leonardo da Vinci

Was Leonardo da Vinci history’s most creative genius? Was he also a Florentine spy in foreign courts?  Find out when Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated writer and journalist WALTER ISAACSON—author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin—for a discussion of his latest biography: Leonardo da Vinci.

This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

Tickets: $5 for only entrance into the event itself; $34.75 for the book & entrance into the event. Please purchase your tickets online.