Monday, February 16, 2009

Hot-Blooded Karaoke at The Royale

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 2:53 PM

click to enlarge Jeff Hamilton, emcee and Wash U literature professor
  • Jeff Hamilton, emcee and Wash U literature professor
Tender was the night on Saturday, when patrons of The Royale were treated to a Valentine's Day tongue bath of love poetry karaoke as part of the Observable Readings series.

With the bartenders softly placing empties into the trashcan like eggs into a basket, emcee and Washington University literature professor Jeff Hamilton offered a contemplative reading of Foreigner's "Hot Blooded."

Two young ladies read aloud -- from cell phones -- their own compositions. One couple riled the crowd with some ribald love limmericks. And Dwight Bitikofer, publisher of the Webster-Kirkwood Times, gave a full-throated reading of excerpts from John Milton's "Il Penseroso."

But profundity hung thickest in the air toward the close of the evening, when a woman recited, with masterful restraint, the lyrics to Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff."

If you didn't get laid after love poetry karaoke, YOU dropped the ball.

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