Howl in the City


Editorial Review

Busboys and Poets and the poetry organization Split This Rock are hosting a special event, “Howl in the City,” to celebrate the photography exhibition “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Alan Ginsberg,” on view now through Sept. 16 at the National Gallery of Art. Celebrated poet Anne Waldman, a friend of Allen Ginsberg, presents two performances of his legendary poem “Howl” that evening, first at 8 p.m. and again at 10 p.m., with a third reading at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, all at Busboy’s Fifth & K St. location, 1025 Fifth St. NW, 202-789-2227. Inspired by the spontaneous nature of the Beats, Matthew Hemerlein will lead a string quartet in a musical improvisation to accompany the poem (the quartet is comprised of Matthew Hemerlein, violin; Matvei Sigalov, violin; Janel Leppin, cello; and Karin Kilper, viola). Waldman will also perform her original poems and will be preceded each evening by local poets Chris August, Kenneth Carroll, and Venus Thrash. Tickets may be purchased for $10 at Also, on Saturday, July 24, at 10 p.m., Kyp Malone, of TV on the Radio, closes “Howl in the City” with a performance on the store’s K Street patio. Matthew Hemerlein will open with a solo set. For complete details, visit; for information on the National Gallery exhibition, visit