Kurt Amacker discusses writing for comics and graphic novels and reads from the collected edition of his miniseries “Immortal: 60” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Amacker is a comic book writer and publisher. Born and raised in New Orleans, he moved periodically as a military brat, he said, and later as a United States Marine. He emerged from being a DJ in the French Quarter’s Goth scene with his first comic book in 2008, “Dead Souls.” He has continued writing comics since then and in 2011, he began co-producing the yearly Fangtasia Vampire Ball with Jyrki 69 of the Finnish “goth ’n’ rollers” group 69 Eyes. Their association led to a three-issue comic miniseries co-written by Amacker titled “Helsinki Vampires.”
In early 2013, Amacker began working on a graphic novel titled “The Curse of Venus Aversa.” By the end of 2013, Amacker had created his own publishing company, Dark Notes Press, to handle the project and others that would follow. He is working on his first novel, tentatively titled “Blood in the Streets.”
MEMORY LANE RETURNS: The three-piece combo Memory Lane with piano, clarinet and vocals performs a concert of music from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
CONCERT IN MEMORY OF HURRICANE KATRINA: Steinway artist Matt Lemmler and his New Orleans Jazz Revival Trio, with Lemmler on piano, Calvin Morin-Martin on bass and Dan Caro on drums, will perform classic tunes from New Orleans at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This concert is sponsored by the library, the Steinway Society of New Orleans and the Hall Piano Company.
PASSING ON PERSONAL ITEMS: What happens to your nontitled personal belongings when you die? Who decides who gets what? According to LSU AgCenter Agent Beth Gambel, planning for the transfer of personal belongings is important, even though it is a challenge for the owners of the items. If the owner does not create a plan of disbursement, family members and legal representatives may be left to make decisions about the items when a family member dies. The discussion will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. It is co-sponsored by the Jefferson Parish Office of Senior Services.
GET INVOLVED IN POETRY: The Greater New Orleans Poetry Society meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Old Metairie Branch Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie. The meeting consists of poetry readings and discussions.
WEST BANK SPELLING BEE WINNERS: The winners of the Adult Spelling Bee contest held at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library are Mary Craver, first place; John Lipani, a former two-time champion, second place; and Xander Waites, the winner of the contest at the East Bank Regional Library, third place. The contest was Aug. 5.
Each competition, designed to encourage good spelling and adult literacy, will be held again in July 2016.
All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, visit jplibrary.net or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.