Thursday, May 20, 2010

Peace Show 2010: An Evening of Poetry and Stories with Phil Metres and Robin Pease-Kerr

In the last few years, I've been participating in and enjoying the fruits of a rather unique and festive gathering called The Peace Show on Labor Day downtown at the Free Stamp (Willard Park). The Peace Show has been a Cleveland event since 2002, and began as a response to the Air Show, which is pretty awe-inspiring but also uncritically celebrates militarism.

The idea of the Peace Show was to move beyond the negativism of protest (however necessary) to a "pro-attestation" (Allen Ginsberg's coinage)--i.e., it is a celebration, a festival of what we believe--that there are ways to make peace, to make justice, and to create a better world without war. It is truly an event for the whole family, with lots of kid-centered activities (face-painting, paper crane making, etc.), local food booths, homemade lemonade, tables of information and stuff from local progressive groups, a main stage of musicians and speakers.

This evening on Saturday, May 22nd is a little warm-up, a chance to hear some stories and poems and gnosh a little, to get jazzed up about one of the really cool progressive events that happens because of the work of a small group of dedicated peacemakers. Come on in. If you have a poem or words to share, please bring it along. In making your voice heard, you may help this event reach a wider audience!

Support the Cleveland Peace Show - May 22 Fundraiser
Phil Metres and Robin Pease-Kerr - poetry, stories and discussion

Join Phil Metres and Robin Pease-Kerr for an evening of poetry, stories and discussion Saturday, May 22nd at 7:30 pm.

This Cleveland Peace Show Fundraiser will be held at John Carroll University, in University Heights, Meeting Room A in Rodman Hall. Free Will Donations.

For more information, call 216/932-8546 216/932-8546 . Email: Visit:

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