Friday, March 21st

We have worked ourselves into a fur ball of excitement over the Dada Poetry Salon at Cornelia Street Café, masterminded by Kathi Georges, who told us that “Dada originally came to life during WWI, and there was a big New York scene, especially literary, so we’re going to be bringing some people back to life.” These people apparently include “Arthur Cravan, a boxer and a poet,” she said. “He was French national boxing champion without ever throwing a punch. He would come out of the corner and talk people into giving up the fight.” (How very sensible!) “We’re also having Christ on a Crossword Puzzle, because it’s Good Friday,” Ms. Georges continued. “People there are gong to help him fill in the blanks.” She paused. “Do you want to talk to Christ? He’s right here.” We didn’t, but Ms. Georges handed him the phone. He said: “There are questions like, what did John the Baptist have to say to Jesus before every hand of poker? Ante, Christ!” Then he roared with laughter. And suddenly Ms. Georges was back, telling us more about boxer poet Arthur Cravan. “He came to New York during the first Armory show, and he was giving a lecture on Dada and he was two hours late,” she said. “He showed up and some people said he was drunk. He said he was here to talk about Dada, and then he just stopped talking and started taking off his clothes. Then he bowed and he left. Which reminds me. … People are encouraged to wear costumes!” Forget Dada, we want our Mama …

[Dada Poetry Salon, Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, 6 p.m., 212-731-0574]

Friday, March 21st