Nights of Grief & Mystery

We have an idea where the monsters are. That’s where we’re headed.

Friends are forged on the dark road headed out of town, and so we head there again, sojourning across North America and the United Kingdom in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times.

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? We call them Nights of Grief & Mystery.

We know and you know that the “Feel Good Now No Matter How the World’s Doing” industry is in full swing, so anything that calls itself A Night of Grief & Mystery seems a tough sell there on the banal information-overload, post-modern killing ground, where depth and spirit and subtlety are usually substituted for ‘steady as she goes’. Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets – we wouldn’t claim that – but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are ceremonial, you could say. They are nights devoted to the ragged mysteries of being human, and so grief and endings of all kinds appear.

The band are, all of us, children of that ragged and sorrowing New World diaspora that Europeans began a few staggering centuries ago. Our UK Tour is something in the way of a subtle, minor keyed return to those shores. On 3 continents, people have put their evening and their hard-earned money down on the possibility that, for a few hours, it can all be otherwise, and that the willingness to congregate in sorrow-tinged mystery has magic in it, a conjuring, consequential magic that these times could use more of. With no idea of what to expect, they came.

The tour is served by the reckless labours of local friends and accomplices who fashion genuine gigs in their home towns from their dreams for a better day, their labours amounting to a love letter of their own that they are writing to their towns or cities, an act of citizenship of the most profound and responsible kind.

That dark road thing? That image is more than an image. That is what we do. That is our devotional act.

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About Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen is a Harvard Educated Theologian, Culture Activist, founder of The Orphan Wisdom School. He is the author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, the award-winning book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. He is the subject of a National Film Board of Canada documentary, Griefwalker. He brings teachings of the ramshackling kind, about honour and grace under pressure, about how we might learn our darkening times. His new book, Come of Age:  The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble, wonders about elderhood in an age of age-intolerance, and about the withering of the World Tree.

About Gregory Hoskins

Often described with epithets like “best kept secret”, “unsung”, and “an artist that has flown under the radar”, Gregory Hoskins’ career spans 11 recordings over 27 years and record deals on 3 continents. Hoskin’s lyrics and voice tend to break and bind at the same time, and his songs are steeped in the drama of living awake, with one foot in the sorrow of it all and the other in the beauty of it all. He does it over propulsive grooves, brooding electric guitar work and rich sonics. Material from his most recent release, Vain + Alone, is featured in the Nights of Grief and Mystery. Please visit Gregory Hoskins Music to listen.

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November 2018

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Turners Falls, MA

November 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Shea Theatre, 71 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376 United States
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$30

They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’ve become timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery, quixotic, with some swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there...that’s what’s…

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2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Ypsilanti, MI

November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood St.
Ypsilanti, MI United States
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They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’ve become timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery, quixotic, with some swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there...that’s what’s…

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2018 Nights of Grief and Mystery Tour: Minneapolis, MN

November 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Cedar, 416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN United States
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They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’ve become timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery, quixotic, with some swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there...that’s what’s…

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2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Ottawa, ON

November 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St
Ottawa, Ontario K1S3X3 Canada
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They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’ve become timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery, quixotic, with some swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there...that’s what’s…

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December 2018

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Toronto, ON (night 1 of 2)

December 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Factory Theater 125 Bathurst Street Toronto, Ontario M5V 2R2, 125 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2R2 Canada
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They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’ve become timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery, quixotic, with some swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there...that’s what’s…

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2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Toronto, ON (night 2 of 2)

December 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Factory Theater 125 Bathurst Street Toronto, Ontario M5V 2R2, 125 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2R2 Canada
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They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’ve become timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery, quixotic, with some swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there...that’s what’s…

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June 2019

2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Portsmouth, UK

June 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street
Portsmouth, PO1 3BS United Kingdom
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25.50£

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there:…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery: Brighton, UK

June 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Old Market, 11A Upper Market St.
Brighton, BN3 1AS United Kingdom
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£25.00

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there:…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Totnes, UK

June 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Civic Hall, High Street
Totnes,
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26.87£

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there:…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: London, UK 1st Night

June 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Study Society, Colet House, 151 Talgarth Road
London, W14 9DA United Kingdom
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26.87£

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there:…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: London, UK 2nd Night

June 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Courtyard Theatre, 40 Pitfield Street
London, England N1 9EU United Kingdom
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Link to purchase your ticket today  These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Edinburgh, UK

June 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Pl
Edinburgh, EH8 9AJ
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26.87£

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there:…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Bristol, UK

June 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Bristol, Great George St
Bristol, BS1 5RR United Kingdom
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26.87£

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there:…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Fishguard, UK

June 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Theatr Gwaun, West St
Fishguard, SA65 9AD United Kingdom
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£18.00

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there:…

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July 2019

2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Reykjavík

July 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Iðnó, Vonarstræti 3
Reykjavík, Iceland
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Kvöldstund full af dulúð og harmi Nights of Grief and Mystery með Stephen Jenkinson og Gregory Hoskins ásamt hljómsveit. Kvöldstund þar sem dulúð og harmur fá heiðurssæti. Kynngimagnaðar sögur ofnar saman við seiðmagnaða tónlist. Einstakt tækifæri á Íslandi. Stephen Jenkinson kemur með hljómsveit og segir okkur kynngimagnaðar sögur, Íslendingasögu sem er að gerast og um leið ósamþykkta sögu Norður-Ameríku. Hvað hefur komið fyrir okkur? Hvernig kom það til að við gleymdum hver nærir okkur og hver ábyrgð okkar er í…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Árneshreppur

July 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ferðafélag Íslands, Valgeirsstöðum, 524 Árneshreppur
Strandavegur 643, Iceland
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Kvöldstund full af dulúð og harmi Nights of Grief and Mystery með Stephen Jenkinson og Gregory Hoskins ásamt hljómsveit. Kvöldstund þar sem dulúð og harmur fá heiðurssæti. Kynngimagnaðar sögur ofnar saman við seiðmagnaða tónlist. Einstakt tækifæri á Íslandi. Stephen Jenkinson kemur með hljómsveit og segir okkur kynngimagnaðar sögur, Íslendingasögu sem er að gerast og um leið ósamþykkta sögu Norður-Ameríku. Hvað hefur komið fyrir okkur? Hvernig kom það til að við gleymdum hver nærir okkur og hver ábyrgð okkar er í…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Reykholt

July 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Félagsheimili Aratunga, 801 Selfoss
Reykholt, Bláskógabyggð Iceland
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Kvöldstund full af dulúð og harmi Nights of Grief and Mystery með Stephen Jenkinson og Gregory Hoskins ásamt hljómsveit. Kvöldstund þar sem dulúð og harmur fá heiðurssæti. Kynngimagnaðar sögur ofnar saman við seiðmagnaða tónlist. Einstakt tækifæri á Íslandi. Stephen Jenkinson kemur með hljómsveit og segir okkur kynngimagnaðar sögur, Íslendingasögu sem er að gerast og um leið ósamþykkta sögu Norður-Ameríku. Hvað hefur komið fyrir okkur? Hvernig kom það til að við gleymdum hver nærir okkur og hver ábyrgð okkar er í…

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September 2019

2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Kitchener, ON

September 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick Street
Kitchener, ON N2H 2L9 Canada
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Friends are forged on the dark road headed out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery.…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Kingston, ON

September 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Avenue
Kingston, ON K7M 8N6 Canada
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Friends are forged on the dark road headed out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery.…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Montréal, QC

September 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cabaret La Tulipe, 4530 Avenue Papineau
Montréal, QC H2H 1V3 Canada
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Friends are forged on the dark road heading out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery.…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Renfrew, ON

September 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The O’Brien Theatre, 334 Raglan Street South
Renfrew, ON K7V 1R5 Canada
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Friends are forged on the dark road headed out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery.…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: London, ON

September 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas St
London, ON N6A 6H9 Canada
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Friends are forged on the dark road headed out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery.…

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October 2019

2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Turners Falls, MA

October 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Shea Theatre Arts Center, 71 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376 United States
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Friends are forged on the dark road heading out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery.…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Portland, ME

October 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray Street
Portland, ME 04102 United States
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Friends are forged on the dark road heading out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery.…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Blue Hill, ME

October 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Emlen Hall, 17 Bay School Drive
Blue Hill, ME 04614 United States
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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Please consider attending the Portland Night of Grief & Mystery on Thursday, October 10. Click here for Portland tickets.   Friends are forged on the dark road heading out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: New York City, NY

October 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Theatre 80, 80 St Marks Place
New York City, NY 10003 United States
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Friends are forged on the dark road heading out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery.…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Pittsburgh, PA

October 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
This Is Red, 605 E 9th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15120 United States
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***This event is Handicap Accessible. ASL interpreting will be provided*** Friends are forged on the dark road heading out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Roanoke, VA

October 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5 Points Music Sanctuary, 1217 Maple Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24016 United States
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Friends are forged on the dark road heading out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery.…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Charlotte, NC

October 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
McGlohon Theater, 345 N College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 United States
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Friends are forged on the dark road heading out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery.…

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2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Franklin, TN

October 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mockingbird Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Building 6
Franklin, TN 37064 United States
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Friends are forged on the dark road heading out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery.…

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