Thursday’s Event Featured in Time Out New York
Thursday 10: Heretical Hanukkah party
When author George Dawes Green moved from St. Simons Island, Georgia, to New York City, his casual story parties moved with him. In 1997, he founded the Moth, a nonprofit organization that puts on a series of story slams, during which participants share bits and pieces of their lives in front of an audience. “Tell stories about your vulnerabilities, not about your greatest triumphs,” suggests Green. “People want to see your humanity.” After a few hours spent writing at Cafe Pedlar (17 Clinton St between E Houston and Stanton Sts, 212-253-2303), Green will head to a Heretical Hanukkah party (Gallery Bar, 120 Orchard St between Delancey and Rivington Sts, 212-529-2266; 7–9:30pm, free) thrown by the staff of Killing the Buddha (killingthebuddha.com), an online mag for people who are made anxious by churches, religious bookshops and typical expressions of spirituality. The night will feature readings by cofounder Peter Manseau and surprise guests. “A bunch of lousy Catholics and secular Jews are going to share some great stories, and try to drink enough to remember the prayers they should sing while lighting the menorah,” editor Nathan Schneider says, laughing. “They’re the kind of people you can drink Scotch with all night,” adds Green.
We promise we’re not really such boozers as ol’ Nathan lets on.