Upon his 1980 death, novelist Henry Miller's (Tropic of Cancer) ashes were scattered in Big Sur, California. The following year, Miller's friend Emil White chose the mountain city, midway up the California coast, as the location for the Henry Miller Memorial Library, which continues to host writing workshops and performances by the likes of Patti Smith and Neil Young.
Miller lived in Big Sur from 1944 to 1962, but his turn-of-the-century childhood was spent in Williamsburg and Bushwick. In recognition of that fact, the Memorial Library has announced a weeklong Brooklyn residency starting May 12. By day, Miller's ephemera -- including manuscripts, watercolors, and correspondence -- will be on view at the City Reliquary on 370 Metropolitan Avenue. By night, there will be parties, performances and panels featuring such figures as Peter Stampel of the Holy Modal Rounders and Magnus Toren, the director of the Henry Miller Library. The Upright Citizen's Brigade will present an event called "Tropic of Laughter." The whole thing concludes with a pairing of minimalist composer Philip Glass and art-pop savant Van Dyke Parks at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 19. Tickets for that event cost $75 and go on sale tomorrow at noon at http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/.