Of Bears, aliens, Yankees and traditions

Seanchai Library

It’s time to highlight another week of storytelling in Voice by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s home at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, November 19th, 18:00: A Little bit of Pooh Bear 

Caledonia Skytower presents selections of stories by A.A. Milne about everybody’s Bear of Very Little Brain in a Magicland Storytime presentation.

Monday, November 20th 19:00: The Alien Dark

Gyro Muggins reads Diana G. Gallagher’s one science-fiction novel.

Out of the darkness of interstellar space…

The ahsin bey, a race of catlike beings determined to expand their territory, launch six vessels into deep space to search for an uninhabited world suitable for colonization.

Tahl d’jehn commands the Dan tahlni on a decades long mission to explore the Chai-te system. Studies show that Chai-te’s planets are rich in the resource the ahsin bey need, but will their signal reach their home world in time to launch the colony ship. And what is Tahl to make of the startling discovery of a dead civilization on Chai-te Three?

Tuesday, November 21st, 19:00: Hold for Crap!

Crap Mariner presents originals stories for your listening pleasure. 

Wednesday, November 22nd, 19:00: A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court

Bookended by the story of a tourist in England encountering a stranger who tells him part of his story, then gives him a manuscript that tells the rest of his strange tale, Mark Twain’s 1889 novel relates how a Yankee engineer from Connecticut is transported back to the 6th century court of King Arthur. There, he uses his knowledge of engineering and munitions to present himself as a “magician” – earning Merlin’s ire in the process – and becoming Arthur’s trusted “prime minister”.

Mixing humour, the legend of King Arthur and a touch of a Batman and Robin style relationship between Hank, the Yankee, and Clarence, his protégé, Twain weaves a tale of his own around love, the Arthurian legend and Romano-British history (who actually built the early roads of Britain?). But can Hank, ultimately, save Arthur from his fate?

Join Caledonia Skytower as she presents selections from this tale. Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

Thursday, November 23rd, 10:00: Alice’s Restaurant Massacree

A Seanchai Library Thanksgiving tradition with Shandon Loring.

via Wikipedia

You can get anything that you want
At Alice’s restaurant.
You can get anything that you want
At Alice’s restaurant.
Walk right in, it’s around the back,
Just a half-a-mile from the railroad tracks
And you can get anything that you want
At Alice’s restaurant

As Thanksgiving arrives in the United States, Shandon Loring presents singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie’s famous 1967 musical monologue, Alice’s Restaurant Massacree (also popularly known as Alice’s Restaurant, and the inspiration of the 1969 Arthur Penn film of that name, starring Guthrie himself).

Aside from the opening and closing chorus, the song is delivered as the spoken word accompanied by a ragtime guitar. The story is based on a true incident in Guthrie’s life when, in 1965, he (then 18) and a friend were arrested for illegally dumping garbage from Alice’s restaurant after discovering that the town dump was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

What follows is a complicated, ironic and amusing story told in a deadpan, satirical tone, which encompasses fines, blind judges, guide dogs, 27 8×10 copiously annotated glossy photos related to the littering, frustrated police officers, the Vietnam War draft and, ultimately, the inexplicable ways in which bureaucracy moves to foil itself, just when you’ve given up hope of foiling it yourself.

Also presented in Kitely (hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Seanchai/108/609/1528).

Saturday, November 25th: The Dickens Project

Now in its fifth year, Seanchai Library presents The Dickens Project for Christmas 2017.

Celebrating the work of one of the masters of 19th Century literature, whose humanistic voice continues to be a relevant one in our everyday culture.

Featuring a period setting, performance art, music and – of course – readings from A Christmas Carol, Dicken’s seminal tale for the time of year – and for all of us.

I’ll have a tour of the setting and a preview of the programme later this week – so stay tuned!


Please check with the Seanchai Library’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

The featured charity for August and September is Little Kids Rock, transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in schools.

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