Tuesday, June 4th 6:30pm 2019

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night

Our Bi-weekly All-Nerd Throwdown. Free.

Join us for The Spotty Dog Trivia Night. Since 2006, we’ve held this bi-weekly trivia event.

Teams of up to four people compete against each other over four rounds of 15 questions, a worksheet of (usually) 20 questions, and four bonus questions. The winning team gets their bar tab on the house. Anyone can play. See you there!MORE

Saturday, June 8th 7:00pm 2019


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

REBECCA GODFREY’s first novel, The Torn Skirt, was a national bestseller and finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Under The Bridge won the British Columbia Award for Canadian Nonfiction, and the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Crime Writing. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. She teaches writing at Columbia University, and lives with her family in upstate New York.

KELLY J. BEARD is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award for her memoir, An Imperfect Rapture. She has been a lawyer, an activist, a teacher, and a musician. Her essays and other work appear in Creative Nonfiction, Five Points, the Bacopa Literary Review, the Santa Ana River Review, and other literary journals.

LEE MATTHEW GOLDBERG is the author of the novels Slow Down, The Mentor, and The Desire Card. The second book in the Desire Card series, Prey No More, is forthcoming in 2019. His writing has also appeared in the anthology Dirty Boulevard, The Millions, Cagibi, the Montreal Review, the Adirondack Review, the New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. He lives in New York City.

LUCY IVES is the author of the novels Impossible Views of the World and LOUDERMILK. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Vogue, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. A graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she holds a PhD in comparative literature from NYU, and received a 2018 Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

Followed by a DJ set from a special guest DJ.MORE

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Past Events
Thursday, May 23rd 7:00pm 2019

Damian Barr + Tim Murphy

Reading from their work on a Thursday evening. Free.

Damian Barr
is the author of Maggie & Me, which the Sunday Times named Memoir of the Year. He is Literary Ambassador for the Savoy in London where he hosts his Literary Salon, which been going for ten years with hundreds of prominent guests including Bret Easton Ellis, John Waters, Colm Tóibín, Jojo Moyes, David Mitchell, and Mary Beard. The Salon has partnered with the BBC Short Story Prize and the Man Booker, Hay, and the Windham-Campbell Prizes. Barr is also Literary Editor of the Soho House group and appears regularly on BBC Radio 4. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was 2013’s Stonewall Writer of the Year. He lives in Brighton, England.

Tim Murphy
is the author of the novels “Correspondents” and “Christodora,” both published by Grove Atlantic. “Christodora” was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal. Under the name Timothy Murphy, he is also the author of the 1990s novels “Getting Off Clean” and “The Breeders Box.” He has been for nearly 20 years a journalist focusing mostly on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ issues, for publications including the New York Times, New York magazine, Out magazine, the Nation, POZ magazine, and for the magazines of the ACLU and Lambda Legal. He was a founding member of the NYC-based activist groups Gays Against Guns and Rise and Resist. He has taught journalism at City College of New York and currently teaches creative writing once weekly at Arts & Letters junior high school in Brooklyn, where he lives. A proud Boston-area native, he loves spending time in upstate New York/western Massachusetts as well as in Beirut, not far from the home of his maternal ancestors. He is at work on a new novel as well as some TV projects and, when not tethered to his laptop in his Brooklyn bedroom as he is right now, tries to see as much theater as one possibly can on a freelance writer’s salary.



Saturday, May 18th 7:00pm 2019

DJ Charles Washington

1 deejay. Three hours. Dance Music! Donations Accepted!

Spotty regular and friend Charles Washington is back with a mix of dance and hip hop grooves.MORE

Saturday, May 11th 7:00pm 2019


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

JO ANN BEARD is the author of In Zanesville, a novel, and The Boys of My Youth, an essay collection. She teaches nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

DONIKA KELLY is the author of Bestiary and the chapbook Aviarium. Donika is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and winner the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She is an Assistant Professor teaching creative writing at Baruch College.

T KIRA MADDEN is an APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician. She is the founding editor-in-chief of No Tokens, and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. Her debut memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is out now from Bloomsbury.

Followed by a DJ set from Melissa FebosMORE

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Sunday, April 28th 8:00pm 2019

matt (mv) valentine + sky furrows + bulle

Three bands, for starters. $7.

Matt (MV) Valentine’s music blends aspects of the cosmic, the ancient, and the prosaic to create a sonic homebrew of purely distilled rural psychedelia. Multilayered guitar textures and off-the-cuff lyrical profundity exist side by side in MV’s songs, they’ll get you one way or the other. He’s released many records as a member of renowned bands MV/EE and Tower Recordings, and has recently been playing and releasing material with Pat (PG Six) Gubler as Wet Tuna.


sky furrows
Fronted by poet Karen Schoemer, Albany’s Sky Furrows combine various influences ranging from krautrock, NZ bands like the Clean and the Verlaines, the Minutemen, and early Sonic Youth. Burnt Hills vets Phil Donnelly (drums), Eric Hardiman (bass), and Mike Griffin (guitar) provide stark and propulsive backdrops to Schoemer’s evocative poetry.

Bulle are a side project of Wednesday Knudsen and Clark Griffin from Pigeons and Weeping Bong Band. Past performances have featured synth, guitar, and saxophone, and they’ve often collaborated with other musicians in the live setting.MORE

Saturday, April 20th 8:00pm 2019


Local Crew, Taking Over. Donations Accepted!

Saturday, April 13th 7:00pm 2019


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

MARIANNE SHANEEN is a Lebanese/Mexican-American writer who’s been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and a NYSCA grant. Her work has appeared in Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail, Manchester University Press, Vanitas, and elsewhere. She’s currently finishing her first novel, Homing.

TESS BROWN-LAVOIE writes and farms in Providence, RI. She is author of Lite Year, winner of the Fence Modern Poets Series. Tess co-founded Sidewalk Ends Farm in 2011, and is President of the National Young Farmers Coalition.

PATRICK DONNELLY is the author of four books of poetry: Little-Known Operas, Jesus Said, Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin, and The Charge. He directs the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, now a center for poetry and the arts.

YZ CHIN is the author of Though I Get Home, premier winner of the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize. Her fiction and essays have appeared or will appear in Harvard Review, Electric Literature, and more.

Followed by a DJ set from Stephen BluhmMORE

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Friday, April 12th 8:00pm 2019

Johanna Warren

Returning for a Solo Show. $10.

Johanna Warren sometimes seems like a psychic medium moonlighting as a songwriter. The Portland native makes dreamy folk music that sparkles and sprawls with new age flourishes and crystal shop percussion, inspired by tarot cards, metaphysics, and the monastic teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Even beyond her recorded work, Warren comes off like a person radiating with cosmic wisdom to the point that it starts leaking outward, seemingly unprompted. In an interview at SXSW last year, she offered this advice: “If you just make yourself really bright and shiny, everything around you becomes a reflective surface that shines back at you.” (The question she’s responding to—“How’s your South By experience so far?”).

Gemini II is the second album Johanna Warren has composed about a relationship (with a Gemini), and it mirrors its predecessor. Both feature nine interlinked songs, with Warren playing a wide variety of instruments including guitar, flute, mellotron, and synths. While the concept views love through an astrological lens, her lyrics expose life’s crushing banality—the things that make us look to the stars for answers in the first place. In “Cause or Effect,” she sings to a protagonist left bored and self-conscious when everyone at the party steps out for a smoke. “You got nothing else to do/Your phone is broken,” she sings as a rush of harmony enters, as if to mock the weight of such unglamorous ennui.

While recording prolifically as a solo artist, Warren has also developed a career accompanying folks like Julie Byrne and Iron & Wine, acts who’ve gained notoriety for just how unaccompanied their music sounds. You get the sense that Warren’s become a sought-after collaborator not for her ability to blend into the background but for her knowledge of exactly how to complement a song while maintaining its sense of solitude, tapping into an inherent aura. This skill makes the relatively brief Gemini II feel dynamic and sweeping and its songs consistently surprising.

In the moody opener, “Hopelessness Has Done Nothing For Me,” Warren textures a date night pep talk with gothic cobwebs of piano and guitar. When the drums kick in, they conjure the rush of road-trip indie rock, a subtle gust of familiarity and momentum. More straightforward songs like the strum-along ballad “Boundaries” also move in strange ways. With a melody that finds the middle ground between Red House PaintersSongs for a Blue Guitar and Taylor Swift’s Speak Now, Warren breaks in and out of character, injecting its sense of calm with conversational asides. You are unlikely to hear a more beautiful song that also includes the phrase, “so fucking stoked.”

Both as a guitarist and a vocalist, Warren has a knack for complex, unwinding melodies. The subtle “Mine to Take,” with its weary double-tracked vocals, taps into the mystical Laurel Canyon sound of Judee Sill. British folk serves as an inspiration for the more ambitious compositions: the hypnotic “inreverse” and the closing “Was It Heaven.” Wise and stately, these songs provide the album’s major moments of resolution. “I hope you’ll fly again,” Warren sings in the closing lines of “Was It Heaven.” “With you, I was infinitely lost.” As the departing sentiment of her Gemini saga, it offers a sense of peace, but Warren knows most journeys don’t end so clean. We never stop searching for answers: It’s what keeps all our most trusted songwriters—and psychics—in business.

— Sam Sodomsky, PitchforkMORE

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Thursday, April 11th 5:00pm 2019

Bell's Brewery: Launch of "Official" IPA

With the frst Oberon tapping of the season. Free Tasting!

Join Bell’s Brewery at Spotty Dog on Thursday, April 11th from 5-8 for the launch of their new hazy IPA: Official along with the first Oberon of the season. Score some giveaways from the brewery and raise a glass to the arrival of Spring!

* Official *
Two of our favorite ingredients come together in the brewhouse; pungent American hops and delicious wheat malt. This Hazy IPA is double dry-hopped (a combination of Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo and El Dorado hops) resulting in complex peach, stone fruit and tropical notes with a dry finish and balanced bitterness. A refined beer for those who love hops and for those who prefer wheat beers. Go ahead and make it Official.MORE

Saturday, March 23rd 8:00pm 2019

Josh Rutner + Terence Murren + Otto Hauser

The jazz trio plays music from Sonny Rollins' “A Night at the Village Vanguard.” $7.

The trio of Josh Rutner (saxophone) Terence Murren (string bass) and Otto Hauser (drums) play music of Sonny Rollins’ 1957 Blue Note recording “A Night at the Village Vanguard,” a highly influential album that paved the way for piano-less, jazz groups and exploratory interpretations of the standards. These three fixtures on the Hudson Valley jazz scene have appeared together in different groups but make their debut in this lineup exploring this repertoire.


Saturday, March 16th 8:00pm 2019

Viking Moses

With Bill Lee nd Underground River. $12.

The Baltimore artist, supporting his upcoming album, Cruel Child, being released on Friday, April 5th on Epifo music.

With Bill Lee (Hudson, NY) and Underground River (Binghamton, NY) opening!

Nearly 13 years since his proper debut as Viking Moses, Baltimore musician Brendon Massei is slated to release his fifth album, Cruel Child. As one would expect from someone who is noted for having consistently toured since 1993, Cruel Child offers a dozen dusty and deep and wistful explorations of the soul, written in such a manner they could only have come from a master traveler of dark and imposing paths both literal and philosophical.

Yet in darkness, light; it would be wrong to fully assume that Cruel Child is an album that wallows in its misery. Yes, Massei sings with a deep and haunted voice reminiscent of Mark Lanegan, Will Oldham, and David Eugene Edwards, but like those masters, Massei is adept at hiding beautiful, tender, and positive messages that are shrouded in mystery and melancholy. The power of devotion to love can be found in the swampy gospel grunge of “Let The Trouble Pass,” the slow jam R&B rhythm of “Killing Kind” builds upon the tension of impatience, and the desolate power of bleak country emboldens the unfolding beauty of love in the one-two knockout album-closing punch of “A World So Full Of Love” and “Take Tender,” both of which are astonishingly beautiful love songs presented in a heartbreaking arrangement not seen since Townes Van Zandt.

Cruel Child is an album of dark sounds, to be sure; it is a beautiful darkness, though–one that should not be feared, but embraced. It is an album that unfolds itself slowly; its foreboding and lonely trails growing lighter on subsequent listens, revealing hidden beauty and truth with every visit.

-Joseph KyleMORE

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Friday, March 15th 7:00pm 2019

DJ Charles Washington

1 deejay. Three hours. Dance Music! Donations Accepted!

Spotty regular and friend Charles Washington brings us a mix of dance and hip hop grooves.MORE

Saturday, March 9th 7:00pm 2019


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

LUC SANTE’s books include Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and The Other Paris. He teaches at Bard.

VALERIE HSIUNG is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of three full-length poetry collections, including e f g. Poems can be found or are forthcoming in the Nation, the Believer, PEN Poetry Series, and others. Born and raised in Ohio by Chinese-Taiwanese immigrants, Hsiung is now based in New York.

JILLIAN MEDOFF is the acclaimed author of the novels This Could Hurt, I Couldn’t Love You More, Good Girls Gone Bad, and Hunger Point, which was made into an original cable movie. Along with writing novels, Jillian has a long career in management consulting.

Followed by a short DJ set.MORE

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Friday, March 8th 7:00pm 2019

Visionary Women

A Book Signing with Local Author Andrea Barnet Free.

**A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Columbia Land Conservancy**

: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World

by Andrea Barnet

Change is sometimes sparked by unexpected characters—outsiders whose clarity of vision and strength of purpose can catalyze a revolution. VISIONARY WOMEN: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World (Ecco; On-sale March 13, 2018) is the story of four renegades who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together these women—linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention—showed what one person speaking truth to power can do. Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat.
With a keen eye for detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman’s career and explores how the work of these visionaries collectively changed the course of history. While they came from different generations, Carson, Jacobs, Goodall and Waters found their voices in the early sixties. At a time of enormous societal upheaval, all four stood as bulwarks against 1950’s corporate culture and its war on nature. Consummate outsiders, they each prevailed against powerful and mostly male adversaries while also anticipating the disaffections of the emerging counterculture.
All told their efforts ignited a transformative progressive movement while offering people a new way to think about the world and a more positive way of living in it.

About the Author
Andrea Barnet is the author of All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930, which was a nonfiction finalist for the 2004 Lambda Literary awards. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review for twenty-five years, and her journalism has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, Elle and the Toronto Globe and Mail, among other publications. She splits her time between the Hudson Valley and New York City, where she lives with her husband, the painter Kit White. Visionary Women is a finalist for the 2019 PEN/ Bograd Weld award for biography.MORE

Friday, March 1st 7:30pm 2019

Wreckless Eric

Much loved and often underestimated. $10 suggested.

He won’t recreate 1978 for you, he’ll blow your mind instead.

Eric’s new album Transience is coming out in May

“…we all thought he’d just play a few songs from his new album, “amERICa”, a few classics from his Stiff Records years, and we’d go home after hearing “Whole Wide World”. But this was not a night of an old rocker going through the motions. It was an evening of pure rock and roll; an evening of performance art with a garage-rock flavor.It was a combination of Neil Young’s “Ragged Glory” era, Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”, Lou Reed’s “Metal Machine Music”, and any album in the Sonic Youth catalog. Songs began with layers and layers of different frequencies of noise and ended with these sounds blending into the next tune…”
–Scott Hudson, Argus Leader / Live Ledge


Wreckless Eric is Eric Goulden. He was given the name to hide behind. After a while he realized he was stuck with it. Onstage he hides behind nothing, he tells the truth with big open chords, lilting enchantment, squalls of feedback, dissonance, bizarre stories and backchat.

Eric began his recording life on Stiff Records in 1977 with his enduring hit Whole Wide World when he was little more than an ex-teenage art student. Eventually he sidestepped the mechanics of stardom to become Britain’s biggest underground household name, much loved and often underestimated.

He shuns the dictates of nostalgia and doesn’t do comebacks for the simple reason that he never went away. His 2015 album ‘amERICa’ reminded those who’ve kept the faith and new generations of fans what he’s all about.

“Many artists of Wreckless Eric’s era and tradition have imitators, but few of yesteryear’s outliers can catch up with their descendants, let alone best them. amERICa is that rare record.” –Pitchfork

Forty three years of touring and recording have left Eric in good shape.
He’s coming to town.MORE

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Saturday, February 9th 7:00pm 2019


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

JACLYN GILBERT received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and BA from Yale University. She is the recipient of a research fellowship from the New York Public Library, a contributor to the Bread Loaf and Tin House Writers’ Conference, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Late Air (Little A, Nov. 2018) is her first novel.

RICHARD KLIN is the author of the novel Petroleum Transfer Engineer, as well as two nonfiction books. His work—fiction and nonfiction—has been featured on Public Radio International’s Studio 360 and appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, the Atlantic, the Forward, Flyover Country Review, Adelaide, and others.

EMILY LIEBOWITZ is the author of the book National Park and the chapbook In Any Map. . Her writing has appeared in the Believer, Pen Poetry Series, jubilat, Lana Turner, and various other journals and magazines. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she co-edits LVNG magazine.

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Saturday, February 2nd 7:00pm 2019

4 Poets Reading from New Work

Drewes / Poppick / Chin-Tanner / Hewett. Hosted by Jasmine Dreame Wagner. Free.

Join us on Saturday, February 2nd at 7pm (free!), for four incredible poets reading new work: Steffi Drewes, Daniel Poppick, Wendy Chin-Tanner, and Kate Leah Hewett.

More information about the readers:

Steffi Drewes is author of the poetry collection Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow (Kelsey Street Press, 2016) and four chapbooks, most recently New Animal (Dancing Girl Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in various journals and event series, including the 2018 Way Bay Poetry Assembly and postcard project at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She is also the recipient of writing and art residencies at Vermont Studio Center, The Desert House in California, and the Wassaic Project in New York, where she debuted an original set of photo-based tarot cards and performed readings at the Wassaic Summer Exhibition: Vagabond Time Killers. Today she works as a freelance writer and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Daniel Poppick is the author of The Police (Omnidawn, 2017). His poetry appears in BOMB, the New Republic, Fence, Bennington Review, the PEN Poetry Series, and other journals. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Kenyon College, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Coe College, and the Parsons School of Design, and has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He currently lives in Brooklyn, where he coedits the Catenary Press with Rob Schlegel and Rawaan Alkhatib.

Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of the poetry collections “Turn” (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards, and “Anyone Will Tell You,” (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). She is a poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown, founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, and co-founder of A Wave Blue World, an independent publishing company for graphic novels. Some of her poems can be found at RHINO Poetry, Denver Quarterly, The Rumpus, Vinyl Poetry, The Collagist, North Dakota Quarterly, and The Mays Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge. A trained sociologist specializing in race, identity, discourse analysis, and cultural studies, Wendy was born and raised in NYC and educated at Cambridge University, UK. She is the mother of two daughters and the proud daughter of immigrants.

Kate Leah Hewett is a poet, writer and music promoter based in Hudson NY. She arrived in Hudson from the North of England, where she spent a number of years working with artists and musicians of many genres. Kate doesn’t believe in working in isolation, and feels that collaboration is key in producing work that resonates outside of her own brain. Her writing draws on her own queer experience and the vital influence that the wider queer and creative community has had on her life. Find her at @kateleahhewett on Instagram.MORE

Friday, February 1st 8:00pm 2019

Amy Rigby

A Literacy Benefit. Live at the Spotty. $7.

Amy Rigby’s first solo album in a dozen years, The Old Guys has received ecstatic reviews in the US and UK. NPR’s Fresh Air called it one of the top albums of 2018. The Old Guys measures the weight of heroes, home; family, friends and time. Philip Roth and Bob Dylan, CD/cassette players, touring, the wisdom of age and Walter White, groupies, Robert Altman, egg creams, fellow musicians and mentors are paid tribute. Twelve songs written unmistakably by Amy and recorded by Wreckless Eric in Catskill New York, The Old Guys is the sound of a good girl grown up, never giving up.

February 1, 2019, Amy will release a new single “The President Can’t Read” on Southern Domestic Recordings, available to stream or download.

“One of America’s greatest songwriters”
–Nashville Scene

“Her smart, thoughtful songwriting has been knocking the wind out of listeners since she first came on the scene as a solo artist with her 1996 debut Diary Of A Mod Housewife.”
–No Depression

“…one of the most inventive songwriters of her generation.”
–Jersey Beat

“Rigby’s old guys all benefit from the cult New Yorker’s pithy wisdom, acerbic pen and sterling American guitar classicism.”

Amy Rigby has made a life out of writing and singing about life. With bands Last Roundup and the Shams in eighties NYC East Village to her solo debut Diary Of A Mod Housewife out of nineties Williamsburg; through a songwriting career in 2000s Nashville and during the past decade with duo partner Wreckless Eric, she’s released records on visionary independent labels Rounder, Matador, Signature Sounds and reborn Stiff Records as well as her and Eric’s own Southern Domestic Recordings. Her songs have been covered by Laura Cantrell, Ronnie Spector and They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh.

For the last twenty-three years, Amy has toured the US, Canada, UK and Europe. She lives with Wreckless Eric in upstate New York. When she’s not writing and performing, she pours beer and sells books at The Spotty Dog bookstore in Hudson.MORE

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Saturday, January 26th 7:00pm 2019

The Writers Studio Reading Series

Featuring A.W. Barnes, reading from his just-published collection of essays. Free.

Featuring A.W. Barnes, reading from his just-published collection of linked essays, The Dark Eclipse: Reflections on Suicide and Absence.

“Barnes brilliantly understands the memoirist’s spiritual prerogative—we are able to bring the dead back to life in our prose. We can take the pictures off the wall and make them dance; we can take the facts of dry documents and make them into vivid stories. The Dark Eclipse is a beautiful example of this.”

–Susan CheeverMORE

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Saturday, January 12th 7:00pm 2019


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

Priscilla Becker
is the author of Internal West, which won The Paris Review Book Prize, and Stories that Listen. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, NYU University, and several others. Her most recently published poem, prism, appears in Oddball magazine.

Laura Sims
is the author of Looker, a debut novel. She has published four books of poetry, most recently Staying Alive, and is the editor of Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson. She lives outside of New York City with her family.

Dave King
is the author of the novel The Ha-Ha, winner of the 2006 Rome Prize for Literature. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Village Voice, Fence, Conjunctions, and others. His story, “The Stamp Collector,” is included in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018.

Followed by a DJ set from DJ Jake Perry.MORE

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Tuesday, January 1st 6:30pm 2019

No Trivia on Tuesday, Jan. 1st!

We will resume on Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30pm. See you there!

Happy Holidays!MORE

Tuesday, January 1st 5:00pm 2019

Spotty Holiday Hours!

Xmas Eve: 11-5ish, Xmas Day: CLOSED, NYE: 11-9ish, New Year's Day: 2-9ish