Chan Poling, formerly with the band The Suburbs and now 1/3 of the groundbreaking jazz trio The New Standards, talks about his new musical called Venus, a Jekyll and Hyde story with several twists, which is premiering May 7th at the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis. More information is available at www.venusmusical.com:http://www.venusmusical.com.
In the second half of the show, Steve McEllistrem talks with Patrick Somerville about his debut novel The Cradle, a quest story that reveals unexpected connections between strangers. Patrick Somerville was recently chosen as the recipient of the 2009 21st Century Award by the Chicago Public Library.
Tonight the Echo Chamber presented the annual Word Beat I Powa dub poetry, beat poetry, and spoken word special. Of course, it was dub poetry that set the foundation, but we had many other rhymesayers — from Jamaican DJs, to beat poets, and hip hop artists.