The Wooden Mallet and the Toodle-oo: Last (ever) EoE

2006-02-06 14.05.08It is coming to pass, another historic and largely underground grassrootz venue in Albuquerque brings a good run of efforts to completion and hands the space back to the stuff of legend. Mitch Rayes has deemed it time to say “Toodle-oo” to the Projects—and yes, “toodle-oo” is his word and his spelling. In June, he’ll be moving into quieter abode, hopefully finding a way to dedicate more of his time to his own writing.

SO at 7:00PM  on Monday May 27th at 3614 High Street NE (east of edith, just north of candelaria, through the open garage doors), we will celebrate the  final East of Edith reading at the Projects. This one will be a special celebration party to thank mitch, as well as all our readers and features and hosts and collaborators. It’ll be a potluck, so we will  eat and talk and share poems and generally enjoy one last good gig at the space. If you can bring a little something eat and a bit of extra to share, that’s great. While we eat, TEO 315  will perform (that’s Mark Weaver on tuba, Mike Balistreri on bass, Matt Norman keys, Shawn Woodyard, sax, and Al Faaet drums). Projections by basement films will be happening during the music. Then for the next segment, we’ll do a one-poem-each open mic, cap that with a huge raucous thank you to mitch, and then close with a bit more music…

Mitch’s own legacy in the ABQ arts community is huge. His work goes way back, including efforts in the early nineties with an organization called Flaming Tongues. He produced four extremely successful Albuquerque Poetry Festivals  with Juliet Torrez and others, and for years published a monthly newsletter of lit events called the Tongue. He also coordinated one series called Noche de Artistas and also another run of tremendous events/opportunities at Back Door Music. He’s been the often invisible support behind countless other successful projects from NaDa and the OddFest, to readings that simply needed the support of a sound system, and he has also composed music and he has produced cds for an impressive number of poets, and done sound work also for theater and live events. Lots of music, lots of poetry, lots and lots of important work. You can see a bit more on his website

For over two years, he rented the Projects and made it into part home, part workshop for construction, part theater-of-his-unique-creation.  And for the first time, he opened his own doors as a venue host. People had the chance to try all kinds of stuff at the Projects and it supported everything from jazz to hiphop, burlesque, a wedding or two, and poetry, lots of poetry. Right from outset, Local Poets Guild utilized the Projects to run a weekly open mic and featured series, East of Edith. Approximately 1/3 of the events Local Poets Guild hosted happened in the warehouse, from the monday reading to special events with music and film to some of our panel discussions and poetics talks.

LPG will  continues in ever-shape-shifting form (more on that later), but this Monday is when we get to say goodbye and thank you to the Projects… One last roll of the fuzzy dice and a huge hoorah for a beautiful open mic series that’s seen some great voices, tremendous literature, visible growth, and strong community…

As Mitch says, “On more than a hundred nights, I opened the doors, and every time, words and music filled the place to spilling over.  Thanks to all of you who made this happen.  We’ll gather downstream at the next pool.”DSCF0098 (1)



AGAIN: come catch music and poetry and film for our last East of Edith and the Project’s farewell. Bring poem to share and/or food if you like. All is good.

7 PM MONDAY night May 27th, 2013

at 3614 High Street NE

(east of edith, just north of candelaria, thru garage doors)