March 18, 2015
David Ossman, renowned poet, performer, and founding member of the legendary comedy group, The Firesign Theater will be hosting a once-a-month, Friday evening, cabaret-style entertainment at Ott & Murphy Wine Tasting Room on First Street in Langley.
The initial show in this series is March 20, with two shows at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Entitled “HARE-RAISING! A Celebration of the Rabbits of Langley,” the program will include piano by Robert Marsanyi, performances by Beverly Graham, Max Cole Takanikos and David Ossman and readings from Potter, Milne, Carroll, and other delightful hop-ins from warrens near and far.
“We hope to set a new standard for intimate, engaging entertainment, which is at the heart of all good cabaret; whether in Paris, France or Langley, cabaret is a shared magical moment among friends and wayfarers. We look forward to welcoming guests from afar or old friends down the street to join us in an evening of musical and literary amusements,” Ossman said.
The schedule for April, May and June include a “Cabaret Erotique” on April 17, celebrating poetry month with readings from e.e. cummings, Erica Jong, Andre Breton, Mina Loy and others with words to fire-up emotion, with Siri Bardarson on sensuous cello. On Friday, May 1, “Greenwich Village, 1961” will be a day-long celebration of Bob Dylan’s birthday month with a recreation of a vintage Greenwich Village club, replete with folk singers, beat poets, authentic imposters and true hipsters. Costumes are encouraged. Finally, “Stories from the Otherworld” on Friday, June 26 will celebrate summer with Celtic song, dance and stories to delight an audience of all ages.
While best known for his comedy writing, Grammy-nominated recordings and performances with the legendary comedy group, The Firesign Theater, David Ossman is a published poet, with a new book soon to be released with NeoPoiesis Press, and a collage artist with the Rob Schouten Gallery in Greenbank. He is currently seen on Whidbey TV as the co-host of “The Cook and the Comic” with Gordon Stewart and as the host for the local community events spotlight, “Life’s Better Here.”
All shows at Ott & Murphy require reservations, which can be made by phoning 360-221-7131.