Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Gnu's Room Events

 Here's what's happening at the Gnu's Room this week.  If you aren't familiar with it, the Gnu's Room is a great little local bookstore for used and rare books.  Their books aren't cheap, but the community activities they provide are.  It's located on Gay Street next to Amsterdam Cafe. 

Tuesday, April 13th, 2:00 p.m. - The Write Time

Writers at any level of expertise are invited to meet each week at the
Gnu's Room for an hour of inspiration, sharing and information. The
meetings are facilitated by Helen Silverstein, editor of The Southern
Women's Review. Each week you are encouraged to bring copies of work
you wish to share and have edited. Those in the group who have the
time may volunteer to critique/edit. Please limit the work you bring
to between 10 and 20 pages, since this is a weekly group. During at
least every other group meeting, there will be a brief presentation on
different writing techniques. If you would like to participate, but
the meeting time is not convenient, or if you have any questions about
the meetings, please email Helen at

Tuesday, April 13th, 7:00 p.m. - Live Music with Marc Douglas Berardo

Marc Douglas Berardo, from Westerly, Rhode Island. is a different kind
of singer/songwriter. In what amounts to song-length works of fiction,
Berardo's sharply drawn portraits cast a net on unusual and
interesting characters and places. With a painter's eye for detail,
and music firmly rooted in the great American sound, Berardo sings
about circus retirees, expatriates in Florida rum bars, union iron
workers, old poets, aimless New York City debutantes, near death car
crashes, hard-nosed fishermen and of course, the changes that
experience brings to everyone. He does this simply and well with what
Rambles Cultural Magazine calls: "careful images and great tunes."

Berardo has been compared to a soft-toned Don Henley, or a James
Taylor with a literary side. He performs in coffeehouses, house
concerts, restaurants and bars throughout the country and will be
fresh from an appearance at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, GA when he
brings his unique sound to the Gnu's Room. There will be a suggested
donation of $5.00 for the performance and Berardo will have cds
available for purchase. Sample his music at www.marcdouglas.com

Wednesday, April 14th, 5:30 p.m. - Coffee Cupping

Join Sarah Barnett, proprietor of Mama Mocha's Coffee Roastery at the
Gnu's Room, for a professional coffee cupping. Barnett will be
offering a cupping (tasting) every Wednesday. Space is limited and is
on a first come, first served basis.  Experience coffee from three
different regions and learn the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle,
differences in beans from various countries. If you participate in a
cupping, you may purchase the featured beans at a 25% discount on the
day of the cupping.

Friday, April 16th, 7:00 p.m. - Film Screening

The Gnu's Room will host local filmmaker Alessio Summerfield for the
screening of his first short film, "Chernobyl."  The short was filmed
entirely in Auburn with local talent and runs approximately 38
minutes. Summerfield will be present for a brief Q&A after the

Saturday, April 17th - 280 Boogie

The Gnu's Room and Mama Mocha's Coffee Roastery, along with some of
the other Shops @ Southside are manning booths this year at the Boogie.
If you are planning on attending, please stop by and say hello!

Coming soon:
April 21st - Singer/Songwriter Competition
April 22nd - Science Cafe Auburn
April 23rd - Book Discussion of Toni Morrison's "Beloved"
April 23rd - Live Music by "Uncle Roy"
April 24th - Book Signing/Fund raiser with Karen Spears Zacharias
May 1st - Shops @ Southside Art & Wine Festival

The Gnu's Room Bookstore & Coffee House
414 S Gay St
Auburn, AL 36830

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