The following is a brief interview with LIT co-host Mensah Demary
RS: LIT is a monthly music & reading series at Over the Eight. Last month's inspiration was Drake. Which musician did you choose for the upcoming edition?
MD: My co-host, Alicia Kennedy, and I selected Rihanna for April’s LIT event. We went through some names, thought about different genres, and concluded that the opposite of Drake—who can be a little melancholy in his music—is the liveliness and carefree nature of Rihanna. Plus, we thought she was a good choice for the date of our event, which happens to be 420.
What have been some of the challenges and rewards in running an event that combines music and writing?
This is only our second event, and only three or four weeks between the two: in other words, we’re figuring this out as we go along. One challenge is simply coordinating with all the writers, making sure we have what we need before the event. The reward for the first show was getting to see so many awesome writers come together and read different work, in front of a packed house, and to see people hang out afterwards, enjoying good music and drinks. It became a party, which is what we want.
What drink would you recommend at Over the Eight?
Mitcher’s small batch bourbon, neat. One glass loosened me up and made me forget all about my stage fright.