I am way behind on my posts. Case in point: last Wednesday night I attended A Cappella Books and the Chattahoochee Review’s Ballroom Bash (II) at the Highland Inn. The event was centered on the Karen Abbott book, Sin in the Second City. The book is about the sisters who ran a legendary brothel in Chicago in the early part of the last century.
The evening began with music by Bernadette Seacrest and Her Provocateurs. Seacrest belted out a set of torch songs and standards that went well with the pouring rain and the free beer. Ms. Seacrest was a striking presence. She looks like one of the Andrews Sisters in fishnets and a perfect period hairdo. The ink on both of her arms, shoulders, chest, and back was also impressive.
Afterwards, Ms. Seacrest graciously agreed to pose with the free beer crowd.
A handsome group enjoys high concept literary action
The second part of the evening was a performance by the
Black Sheep Big City Burlesque. It seems that there are currently more burlesque groups in Atlanta than there are bands. Is this true everywhere? It’s all the rage with the kids these days it would appear. The high point of the group was the second performerwho has this whole Jessica Rabbit thing going on.
Karen Abbott rounded out the evening with a brief talk about her first book, a short reading and some Q&A. The book sounds interesting, and my signed copy is now in the TBR stack.
Karen Abott signs books
All in all, it was a fairly mellow, but enjoyable, evening. The rain was still coming down in buckets as the event wrapped, so our group was forced to head to the cafe upstairs where our scintillating literary conversation continued over cocktails. Things weren’t looking good for making my 7:15 AM flight the next morning.Special thanks and photo credits to Nicole who fowarded her pictures from the evening. Thanks, Nic!