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Sunday, October 9 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Litquake in the Bookstore: Smooth Toad Literary and Musical Revue

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Smooth Toad presents the dusty American folk ragas of surrealist/dada poet G. P. Skratz, romantic fiddler/bard Hal Hughes, and legendary theater artist Bob Ernst. FREE

The trio weaves an authentic collaboration that conjures original hymns wherein Captain Beefheart meets Lord Byron. Their words and tunes explode into a whole new art form--think nightingale on a branch overlooking the RNC. Each has published and performed poems, done theater, and played arcane American music. Together, they've been Smooth Toad for a good stretch.

Skratz taught at Naropa on Allen Ginsburg's invitation. Ernst was a founding member of the Blake Street Hawkeyes, a legendary East Bay theater troupe that included Whoopi Goldberg and John O'Keefe. Hughes has been with Subterranean Shakespeare, North Beach Beckett, and much more. 

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Bob Ernst

He is the founder of the legendary theatrical company, The Blake Street Hawkeyes (out of which emerged George Coates & Whoopi Goldberg, among others).  In 1987, he beat the Guinness World Record for solo theatrical performance in an over 24 hour-long tour-de-force:  the last half-hour was the most moving experience in theater I'll ever witness.  Recently, he replaced Nick Nolte in the world premiere run of Sam... Read More →
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Hal Hughes

Hal was a founding member of the Blue Dolphin, a collectively run venue for improvised music in San Francisco, and has worked in music, dance, and theater with Tumbleweed, Overtone Theater, Subterranean Shakespeare, and Nightletter Theater, which produced his play, “The Fisherman's Three Sons” at Intersection in 2002. He currently writes for, and is Senior Associate Editor of, California Coast & Ocean magazine, published... Read More →
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G. P. Skratz

Skratz is the author of Fun, recent poems (Philos Press, Lacey, WA), the prose-poem collection, The Gates of Disappearance(Konglomerati, Gulfport, FL), & ghost-writer of the 3 Stooges bio, Larry, The Stooge In The Middle (Last Gasp, San Francisco).  He taught poetry at Naropa Institute at the invitation of Allen Ginsberg; he's been video artist-in-residence at Toronto's A-Space & performance... Read More →



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