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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Holly Miranda at Happy Ending Music & Reading Series

Holly Miranda performed at the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series at Joe's Pub last night with authors Joshua Ferris, Ron Carlson and Padgett Powell. She opened with the beautiful and haunting tune "Joints," off her upcoming album entitled The Magician's Private Library (Out Feb 23rd on XL) and played one other tune. Her voice is absolutely breathtaking. The writers then came up to read their stories and each had to do something they haven't done before. Joshua Ferris brought up his high school photo in which he had a mullet and a paisley shirt buttoned all the way up. The senior portrait graces the wall at his parents' house and haunts his dreams. Ron Carlson gave a rough draft of an unpublished story to an audience member to read. The hilarious Padgett Powell cut some locks of hair with some scissors then read from his hilarious novel The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?. Holly came back on stage and did two more songs then also had to do something she had never done before. She was required to perform a cover song and get the audience to sing along. She taught the crowd the chorus then started her amazing cover of Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor." She was brought up for an encore and did a short piano piece to finish the evening.

Joshua Ferris reading

Ron Carlson reading

Padgett Powell trimming his hair!