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December 31 - December 31, 1969
Outdoor (321 Arsenal)
MCA Live at the Mansion: Earfull (8/4)

Writers Reading, and Songwriters Singing. Join us outside under the tent for an evening of stories, laughs, and great music.


Please Note: This event will take place on the grounds of the historic Commander's Mansion, also on the Arsenal on the Charles, and not at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. MCA will be under renovation for the summer!

This event will take place rain or shine.

For this event, you must purchase all seats at the selected table. Seating is available in groups of 2, 4, or 6.


Since the early 2000’s, Boston musician and author Jen Trynin, and bookstore connoisseur Tim Huggins, have been hosting the Earfull Series, bringing together the worlds of writers and musicians. They prove that: given the right environment, Book People will love the experience of live music, and Rock People will realize how cool it is to hear great authors reading their work aloud.

In addition to the Earfull hosts, this evening's performers include:

Rishi Reddi is the author of two books of fiction, Karma and Other Stories (2008 PEN New England / L.L. Winship prize for fiction), and Passage West (L.A. Times “Best California Book of 2020.”)

Rishi was born in Hyderabad, India, and lived in Great Britain and several regions of the United States before attending Swarthmore College and Northeastern University School of Law. She has worked as an environmental lawyer for state and federal government for more than twenty-five years and served on the boards of Grub Street, Boston’s creative writing center, and SAALT, a national nonpartisan organization that represents the South Asian-American community. She has also served as the Massachusetts legislative liaison for Amnesty International USA. Her essays and translations have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Asian American Literary Review, and Partisan Review, and she has received grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the U.S. Department of State, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She lives in Cambridge, MA. Website


Lily King is the award-winning author of five novels. Her most recent novel, Writers & Lovers, was published in 2020. Her 2014 novel Euphoria won the Kirkus Award, The New England Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. Euphoria was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review. It was included in TIME's Top 10 Fiction Books of 2014, as well as on Amazon, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, and Salon’s Best Books of 2014. Website


The Parkington Sisters hail from Wellfleet, Massachusetts, a town of crashing waves, gnarled pine trees, world famous oysters, and the only town clock in the world that still rings ship’s time. Like their hometown surroundings, the band boasts a collective magic — part chemistry, part alchemy, and entirely mysterious. Website


Tanya Donelly Over ten years and eight albums, the music of Tanya Donelly existed under several different guises. First there was the angular, tense art-rock of Boston, Massachusetts quartet Throwing Muses, who Tanya co-founded with her step-sister Kristin Hersh. She then temporarily moved on to play in Pixies bassist Kim Deal's other band The Breeders, before fronting her own outfit, Belly. For such a fecund project, Belly curiously lasted just two albums. Their 1993 debut Star was an audacious marriage of girl-group classicism, off-kilter guitar-pop, and folk-ballad purity. The album entered the UK chart at number two, and Belly concerts became sell-out events. Arriving two years later, King was a more commercial consolidation that Tanya admits was affected by "all the outside influences that come pouring in when you've had a successful record," and by in-fighting. Released in November 1996, Tanya's first solo release was the four-track Sliding And Diving EP. Ten months later came an album, Lovesongs for Underdogs, which was as melodic and moving as all her previous music, but also brimmed with a newfound diversity, confidence, and maturity. Four years later, Tanya returned with the Sleepwalk EP, her first record since becoming a mother in 1999. Two of its four songs – After Your Party and Days Of Grace - were co-written with her husband Dean, who also played on the record alongside David Narcizo, Rich Gilbert and Buffalo Tom frontman Bill Janovitz. The EP was followed in February 2002 by Beautysleep: an album of stillness, depth and melodic certainty. Recorded earlier in 2004 near her home in Cambridge, Whiskey Tango Ghosts found Tanya exploring new sounds, drawing on her love for Stephen Sondheim, and country music to celebrate the simplicity of song and voice. Citing Lucinda Williams, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris as an influence, along with alt-country stars such as Neko Case and Wilco, the musical arrangements were boldly stripped-down, with the emphasis on Tanya's warm, resonant voice. Minimalist and melodic, each song was partly autobiographical. From the solitary swing of Divine Sweet Divide to the mellow Hammond organ of The Center, via the percussive Story HighWhiskey Tango Ghosts was a sensual, hypnotic album and Tanya's most assured. Website

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