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the muse's readings & events

Throughout the year (and usually timed with the completion of our workshop and studio sessions), we hold public readings, open houses, special performances, and special events in the Norfolk, Virginia (VA) area.

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January Reading Series

Please support our restaurant hosts and have dinner and drinks at the reading. Make a reservation—it guarantees you a space. As these are special events, please be aware that most everyone is arriving and ordering at the same time—patience is a virtue.

Come and support the readers from our Fall 2013 Creative Writing classes, including readings of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Feel free to let us know you're coming on Facebook.


Thurssday, May 8
7 p.m.

La Bella in Ghent
738 W. 22nd St., Suite 7, Norfolk, 622-6172

Readers: Barbara Carlson, Cindy Carlson, Kathryn Copeland, Juana Cruz, Shannon Curtin, Kim Simon Fink, Gay Goldsmith, Jason Huff, Catherine Kotrba, Amber Kur, Una MacGillivray, Elaine Panneton, Shannah Plutchak, & Patrice Taylor

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Thursday, May 15
7 p.m.

La Bella in Ghent
738 W. 22nd St., Suite 7, Norfolk, 622-6172

Readers: Brian Barnett, Laura Cascada, Tammie Elliott, Hunter Gentry, Gretchen Gillen, Matt Hutchinson, Gail Kent, Sarah McCall, Kindra McDonald, Delona Southerland, Rick Voight, Charles Wilson, & Jon Zuck

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Thursday, May 22
7 p.m.

La Bella in Ghent
738 W. 22nd St., Suite 7, Norfolk, 622-6172

Readers: Sheri Beyrau, Donna Briggs, Leona K. Defreitas, Alicia Dekker, Emily DeLoach, Colette Grail, Lisa Heins, Greg Lee, Catherine Malley, Marc Pessar, Kathryn Puerini, Hollie Sessoms, Jane White, & Kiaorea Wright

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Muse Teen Reading

Saturday, May 17, 1 p.m.
Mary D. Pretlow Library

111 W. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk, 23503, 441-1750

Featuring writers and performers from the Muse's Teen Writers Workshops and Improv & Sketch Comedy Workshop for Teens

Readers: Sarah Berry, Ashanti Brown, Devon Donis, Jack DuBeau, Zachary Earnest, Wesley Harper, Evan Hartley, Rhiannon Harvey, Zoe Libby, Storm Owens, Ella Ross, Erin Schofer, Jon Phillip Schulze, Gracie White, & Mikayla Zopfi

Improvisers: Sarah Berry, Jack DuBeau, Zachary Earnest, Spencer Hall, Evan Hartley, Maggie Jackson, Madelene McFarlane, Taylor Overton, Storm Owens, Jordan Sanderlin, Tessa Solee, Hailey Urick, & Mikayla Zopfi

Free and Open to the Public!

Come support these talented teens!

1st Friday Writers' Coffee Break at Elliot's

Join us every 1st Friday of the month from 10:30 a.m.-Noon at Elliot's Fairgrounds Coffee Shop (806 Baldwin Ave. #2 (at Colley), Ghent, Norfolk) for an informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation and camaraderie over a (perhaps much needed) coffee break.

Come and join us!

The Muse Jam

6-11 p.m., the 2nd Friday of each month

At The Muse Writers Center (816-A Orapax St., Ghent, Norfolk, (Directions and maps). Hosted by Matt Hutchinson. Suggested donation: $2 (goes to our scholarship funds; donation not required to attend). Open to all.

Attention all writers & poets, musicians, singers, songwriters, comedians, and improvisers: Join us for an evening where everyone gets to express themselves. We'll alternate between individual-led and collaborative performance, practice at the microphone, and pure unplugged jams. Who's welcome? Anyone from beginners to professionals, whether you like to play an instrument or just listen, sing or be sung to, read your work or hear great stories, practice your standup or improv or laugh yourself silly. Feel free to bring songbooks, sheet music, instruments, and friends.

Writers' Happy Hour Every Wednesday

Every week, we'll be visiting a different bar in Norfolk's Ghent!
Join us every Wednesday from 5:15-7 p.m. at a different location in Norfolk's Ghent for an informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation, camaraderie, and drinks. Come and join us! Feel free to let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Calendar of Wednesday Writers' Happy Hours:

Wednesday, April 23: 80/20 Burger Bar (123 W. 21st St., Norfolk, 23517, 233-7900, where the old Boot used to be), $1 off all drinks for happy hour.

Wednesday, April 30: Luna Maya (2010 Colley Ave. and 21st St., Norfolk, 23517, 622-6986), $3 drafts till 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7: Tortilla West (508 Orapax St., West Ghent, Norfolk, 23507, 440-3777, a few blocks from The Muse), $1 off drinks, $3.50 well drinks.

Wednesday, May 14: Mermaid Winery (330 W. 22nd St., Suite 106, Norfolk, 23517, 233-4155, behind Sassi), $5 wine specials, house-made wines, and O'Connor beers.

Wednesday, May 21: Smartmouth Brewing Company (1309 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk, 23507, 624-3939, one block from The Muse), great beer specials.

Wednesday, May 28: 328 Tequila Lounge (328 W. 20th St., Norfolk, 23517, 314-1141, former site of Lola's), $6 margaritas, $4 drafts, $3 imports, $5 well drinks, 50% off signature cocktails.

Wednesday, June 4: The Green Onion (1603 Colley Ave., Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 963-1200), 1/2 price glasses of wine, 1/2 price Virginia beers, $2 off well drinks.

Wednesday, June 11: Cafe Stella (1907 Colonial Ave., Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 625-0461) $1 off wines by the glass and beer.

Wednesday, June 18: The Birch Bar (1231 West Olney Rd., West Ghent, Norfolk, 23507, 962-5400, a few blocks from The Muse), $5 beer specials.

Wednesday, June 25: O'Sullivan's Wharf (4300 Colley Ave., Norfolk, 23508, 961-0899), $1 off non-tequila well drinks, $1 off domestic bottles.

Wednesday, July 2: Tap House Grill (931 W 21st St., Norfolk, 23517, 627-9172) $1 off all drinks. Stay for the Open-Mic at 9 p.m. hosted by Tom Robotham.

Wednesday, July 9: Norfolk Chop House (2314 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, 23517, 627-1190), $3.50 well drinks, $1 off wines by the glass. Free valet parking.

Wednesday, July 16: Chow Restaurant & Bar (5103 Colley Ave, Norfolk, 23508, 321-2923); $1 off all drinks.

Wednesday, July 23: TBA

Wednesday, July 30: Luna Maya (2010 Colley Ave. and 21st St., Norfolk, 23517, 622-6986), $3 drafts till 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 6: Tripps Restaurant (101 S. Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach, 23462, 490-4517), $1.50 domestic bottles, $1 off well drinks, $2 domestic pints, $4 wine specials. Join us at our first Happy Hour in Virginia Beach!

Wednesday, August 13: MJs Tavern (4019 Granby St., Norfolk, 23504, 648-8942), $1 off all beer and liquor drinks, great wine specials. Stay for the Open-Mic at 9 p.m.

Wednesday, August 20: Tortilla West (508 Orapax St., West Ghent, Norfolk, 23507, 440-3777, a few blocks from The Muse), $1 off drinks, $3.50 well drinks.

Wednesday, August 27: Mermaid Winery (330 W. 22nd St., Suite 106, Norfolk, 23517, 233-4155, behind Sassi), $5 wine specials, house-made wines, and O'Connor beers.

Muse Standup Comedy Night

Tuesday, April 29, 9 p.m.
Seaboard Sports Grill

2401 Seaboard Rd, Virginia Beach, 23456, 427-0808

Featuring performers from the Muse's Standup Comedy 101 Class

Comics: Corey Brown, Michelle Evans, Nancy Giere, Justin Holden, Adam Schuman, & Scott Thomas

Free and Open to the Public!

Come for dinner, drinks, and laughter!

Muse Improv Comedy Nights

Friday, May 2, 8 p.m.
Friday, May 9, 8 p.m.
Friday, May 16, 8 p.m.

The Iguana
1083 W. 37th Street (at Hampton Blvd.), Norfolk, 533-5151

Featuring performers from the Muse's Improv Comedy 101, 202, 303, Studio (Scenework) Studio (New Forms), and Teen classes (taught by the founders of The Pushers)

Improvisers (Friday, May 2: Improv 101): Jenifer Byrd, Nicole Cope, Cara Cotter, Lucy Hall, Amy Hartley, Charles Hecht-Leavitt, Evan Lambert, Anne Linja, Anthony Nobles, Sam Ray III, Nicki Toy, & Stephanie Tucker

Improvisers (Friday, May 2: Improv Studio: New Forms): Dennis Andrews, Heather Conner, James Roach, April Threet, & Rick Wiegan

Improvisers (Friday, May 9: Teen Improv): Sarah Berry, Jack DuBeau, Zachary Earnest, Spencer Hall, Evan Hartley, Maggie Jackson, Madelene McFarlane, Taylor Overton, Storm Owens, Jordan Sanderlin, Tessa Solee, Hailey Urick, & Mikayla Zopfi

Improvisers (Friday, May 9: Improv 202): CJ Emanuel, John Gilbreath, Seth Littman, Gori Olufon, Kevin Smith, Luz Veverka, & Patrick Veverka

Improvisers (Friday, May 16, 8 p.m.: Improv 303): Vince Constantino, Jack DuBeau, Sandra Gamlin, Evan Hartley, Andrew Elijah Pabon, & Tessa Solee

Improvisers (Friday, May 16, 8 p.m.: Improv Studio: Scenework): Andrea Bourguignon, Lisa Bolen, Matt Cole, Debbie Eddings, Scott Fales, Brian Garraty, Julia Hislop, Matthew Hutchinson, Kerry Kruk, Linda Lang, Danielle Leibovici, Sam Leibovici, Andrew Richard, John Sharp, James H. Veverka, Mary Veverka, Rick Wiegan, & Karen "Key-Key" Yeates

Free and Open to the Public!
Come for dinner, drinks, and laughter!

Muse Teen Improv Afternoon

Saturday, May 3, 3 p.m.

Funny Bone
1217 Central Park Ave., Town Center, Virginia Beach, 23462, 213-5555

Featuring performers from the Muse's Teen Improv & Sketch Comedy class (taught by the founders of The Pushers)

Improvisers: Sarah Berry, Jack DuBeau, Zachary Earnest, Spencer Hall, Evan Hartley, Maggie Jackson, Madelene McFarlane, Taylor Overton, Storm Owens, Jordan Sanderlin, Tessa Solee, Hailey Urick, & Mikayla Zopfi

$10 cover; under 18 free
Come for fun and laughter!