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Look how happy

Show #205 on April 28, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads Polly Rosenwaike’s perceptive and evocative book “Look How Happy I’m Making You.” Enter an intimate world of pregnancy, infertility, motherhood, daughterhood, loss, ambivalence, desire, and choice.

Polite satires

Show #204 on April 21, 2019…In which Mr. Bear performs two short, two-women plays by dramatist and poet Clifford Bax. Enjoy an evening at the theater featuring the lure of time travel and other eras, pseudonyms and pseudo-scandalous novels. Don’t forget to pour yourself a highball…or two!

Sharp eyes

Show #203 on April 14, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads work by essayist and naturalist John Burroughs. Watching birds, the poetry of seeing, the wit of a duck—these pieces will bring springtime to your ears.

Show #202 on April 7, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads the dark and magical work of Sutton Strother. Dead men, mermaids, time travel, the power of a name, the spaces carved by guns or love or loss — these stories shine light into the shadowy corners of our hearts.

Looking back

Show #201 on March 31, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads two stories by Willa Cather, "The Enchanted Bluff" and "A Wagner Matinee." Experience the magic of summer and innocence of youth, the power of music to wake long-buried dreams, and the bittersweet reality of life.

Nature party

Show #200 on March 24, 2019…In which Mr. Bear celebrates the 200th episode of the Violet Hour Saloon (and his own birthday) by reading some of Beatrix Potter's delightful tales. Come be enchanted by bunnies and ducks and squirrels and mice and spring and mischief and the magic of childhood. Children of all ages welcome. Imaginary tea and cake will be served.

A number of nothings

Show #199 on March 10, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads "Texts for Nothing" by Samuel Beckett. Come along for the ramble!

Tiny delights

Show #198 on March 3, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads the radiant work of Anita Goveas. Whether talking to bees or mapping stars or righting literary wrongs, these characters will touch your heart, leaving behind shiny shadows of hope.

Show #197 on February 24, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" and Amy Lowell's poem "Patterns." What and who keeps us trapped in body and mind?

A tender crookedness

Show #196 on February 17, 2019…In which Mr. Bear reads heart-piercing work by Melissa Ostrom. Complicated family dynamics revealed through an apple strudel recipe, a different kind of love letter, the busy quietness of winter and death, the many things a pond can hold, and the futility of signs — these stories illuminate the wilderness of the human heart.

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