Friday, October 26th 8:00pm

Ross Goldstein

with Brian Dewan! $5

The last we heard from Ross Goldstein was his second solo album Inverted Jenny, a collection of blissful and exploratory orchestral pop that arrived in the late summer of 2017. Just a little over a year later Goldstein returns with The Eighth House, a complete shift of gears that finds him immersed in a cinematic dreamworld of instrumental sounds that still hold glimmers of the psychedelic spirit inherent to everything he touches.

The initial inspirations for the album began during sessions for Inverted Jenny, an album where Ross actually recorded and then removed vocals from many songs, opting for instrumentals that said more than lyrics could. Already leaning towards exploring deeper expression with instrumental compositions, he entered a phase of obsession with science fiction books and movies, as well as listening closer to soundtracks and incidental film music. Turning to an arsenal of classic Chamberlin and Mellotron sounds, he began composing the pieces that would become The Eighth House, fantastical and often slightly damaged scores to imagined scenes of both cosmic and Earthly.

While plenty of homage has been paid to the anxiety-heavy synthy soundtracks of 70’s b-movie horror flicks or the acid rock freak outs that soundtracked movies from the early days hippie subculture, The Eighth House goes in a very different direction. More than those popular entry points, the music here is subdued and slow-moving, curiously inspecting ideas as the album moves through various fantastical passages. Even when cartoonish sound effects meet with tense swells of strings or dramatic orchestral flourishes (early Chamberlin models recorded their sounds using players of the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, no less!), the result is never garish but always patient and communicative. Bells ring in the distance, memories and possibilities are implied but left open to interpretation and strange but friendly sounds linger for just a moment before melting into something else. The result is a muted and wintery paradise that envisions Smile-era Brian Wilson scoring the softer moments of a Jodorowsky film.

What’s most striking about The Eighth House is how much of Goldstein’s sonic personality comes through, even in music that’s in some ways striving to disappear into the background. Whether it’s lilting chamber pop, the screaming psychedelia of his band Fogwindow or in this case a slowly-unfolding narrative of celestial instrumentals, it’s all unmistakably Ross, reflecting an intrinsic kindness that’s always at odds with a restless searching. It’s definitely present on this album of drifting wordless compositions, as he offers us ripples of boundless imagination and just-out-of-reach impressions of other worlds.
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~releases October 26, 2018~

Brian Dewan is an artist who works in many media, including art, music, audio-visual performances, decorative painting, furniture design, poetry and musical instrument design. Dewan writes, narrates and illustrates I-CAN-SEE Filmstrips, and collaborates with his cousin Leon Dewan in the electronic music duo Dewanatron. He has produced four albums of songs and concertized extensively as a solo artist, as well as having performed in various collaborations and as a sideman. His musical releases include: Tells The Story, The Operating Theater, Words Of Wisdom, and Ringing At The Speed Of Prayer. Dewan lives in Catskill, New York.MORE

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Saturday, July 23rd 7:00pm

Author Event: Elisa Albert, Laurie Stone & Paul La Farge

Book Reading and Signing. Free!

Join us with these three talented and formidable authors as they read from their newest work.

ELISA ALBERT
is the author of the novels Human Blues (forthcoming in 2022), After Birth, The Book of Dahlia, and the short story collection How This Night is Different. Her fiction and essays have been published in Tin House, N+1, Bennington Review, The New York Times, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, Philip Roth Studies, Paris Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Longreads, The Cut, Time Magazine, Post Road, Gulf Coast, Commentary, Salon, Tablet, Washington Square, The Rumpus, The Believer and in many anthologies. She has taught creative writing at Bennington College, The College of Saint Rose, Texas State University, University of Maine, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. 

LAURIE STONE
is the author of six books including, most recently, Streaming Now: Postcards from the Thing that Is Happening (Dottir Press, 2022), as well as Everything is Personal, Notes on Now (Scuppernong Editions, 2020) and My Life as an Animal, Stories (Northwestern University Press/Triquarterly Press, 2016).  She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and two grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has published numerous stories in such publications as n + 1, Waxwing, Tin House, Evergreen Review, Electric Lit, Fence, Open City, Anderbo, The Collagist, Your impossible Voice, New Letters, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction.

PAUL LA FARGE
is the author of four novels: The Night Ocean, The Artist of the Missing, Haussmann, or the Distinction, and Luminous Airplanes; and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter. His stories and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Harper’s, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin. He teaches at Bennington College.MORE

Past Events
Tuesday, June 21st 6:00pm

Lil' Deb's Oasis Cookbook, "Please Wait to be Tasted" is in stock and available!

by (beloved former Spotty bar manager) Carla Kaya Perez-Gallardo and her partner Hannah Black. $35.00ea + tax

Get a copy of Please Wait to Be Tasted from Spotty Dog and then visit Lil’ Deb’s Oasis restaurant in Hudson, NY

About the Cookbook
Home cooks will love serving up bold-flavored tropical comfort food from Please Wait to Be Tasted, the first cookbook from Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, the James Beard Award-nominated hotspot in Hudson, New York. More than a recipe collection, it’s a big-hearted celebration of food, love, and community.

For flavor-craving, art-loving, community-celebrating home cooks, Please Wait to Be Tasted serves up tropical comfort recipes, alongside musings on wine, music, love, sex, friendship, and fashion. At Lil’ Deb’s Oasis in the Hudson Valley of New York, chefs Carla Kaya Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black, both art school graduates, have created a bright, welcoming, rainbow-colored, LGBTQ+ inclusive community, where guests are treated to “hot, sticky, juicy, moist fever dreams of flavor.”

Their recipes mesh respect for cultural traditions with a twist: Ceviche Mixto with Popcorn; Charred Octopus in the Ink of Its Cousin, Sweet Plantains with Green Cream, Abuela’s Flan, and more. With Please Wait to be Tasted (a phrase featured in the restaurant’s waiting area), you can bring these recipes home.

In addition to some seventy recipes, Please Wait to Be Tasted shares the knowledge and love that go into making memorable meals at Lil’ Deb’s Oasis: essays on the restaurant’s beginnings and the chefs’ navigation of the colonial histories entangled in their recipes’ origins; tips on techniques, tools, and pantry; and lessons on how to eat well together.MORE

Saturday, June 4th 7:00pm

Author reading and Conversation with Mark Rozzo and Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Free.

Join us for a reading, signing and moderated discussion with three phenomenal people!

MARK ROZZO
is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Esquire, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, the Oxford American, the Washington Post, and many others. He teaches nonfiction writing at Columbia University. Mark’s latest book, Everybody Thought We Were Crazy: Dennis Hopper, Brooke Hayward, and 1960s Los Angeles, takes readers inside this thrilling and heady time in Los Angeles.

MICHAEL LINDSAY HOGG’s
most recent project is, curiously, an old one. His 1970 Beatles’ documentary “Let It Be” contributed all the footage for Peter Jackson’s “Get Back,” which Peter describes as a “documentary about the making of a documentary.” In “Let It Be,” the Beatles asked Michael to film them as they wrote and rehearsed songs to see if they could perform for an audience again. When the project was stuck for an ending, Michael came up with the idea for the Concert on the Roof.

Michael’s career began at the age of sixteen, when he acted at the Stratford Connecticut Shakespeare Festival. He then attended Oxford University, leaving after a year to work with Orson Welles and act in the theatrical version of “Chimes At Midnight.”

Only a few years later, through a “combination of ambition, luck and guile,” he found himself, at the age of 24, directing “Ready Steady Go,” which has been called the “greatest live TV Rock and Roll show of all time.”

Then, because of the friendships he’d made, Michael started directing videos for the greatest rock bands of the twentieth century. He directed several for The Beatles, including “Rain” and “Hey Jude.” He then went on to direct “Let It Be,” due to be re-released later this year.

Michael spent fifteen years with the Rolling Stones, directing videos of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Waiting on a Friend,” as well as “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.” For the Who, Michael directed “Happy Jack” and “Join Together.”

Moving to TV drama, Michael received four BAFTA nominations. In 1981, he won as co-director of “Brideshead Revisited.”

In theatre, Michael received a Tony nomination for directing “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” “Agnes of God” ran for two years on Broadway. Then came Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking drama about AIDS, ‘The Normal Heart.” Michael directed the first production at Joe Papp’s Public Theatre in New York, after every other director had turned it down.

In 1991, Michael wrote and directed “The Object of Beauty” with John Malkovich and Andie MacDowell. Roger Ebert described the film as “cool and witty.”

Michael’s first memoir “Luck and Circumstance” was released in 2011. He is currently working on a second.

Michael has been painting for 25 years and has had shows of his work in Los Angeles, Austin, London and Paris.

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Friday, April 8th 7:00pm

Local Poet Rachel Mannheimer

Reading from her new book, Earth Room. Free.

Selected by Nobel Laureate Louise Glück as Winner of the inaugural Bergman Prize, Rachel Mannheimer’s debut, Earth Room (2022, Changes Press) is a dazzling book-length narrative poem that explores with tenderness how art and love intersect to make one’s life. Transporting the reader across decades and from the Moon to Mars by way of Alaska, Berlin, and the Hudson Valley, Earth Room considers a lineage of sculpture, performance, and land art—from Robert Smithson to Pina Bausch—with observations shaped by gender and environment, history and portents of apocalypse. With an urgent, direct, and unmistakably powerful voice, Mannheimer tests the line between nature and culture, ordinary life and performance.MORE

Friday, February 18th 6:00pm

Shannekia McIntosh and Aristilde Kirby

Book Reading and Signing Event. Free.

Join us on a Friday night for a memorable reading and signing with local authors.

To keep the authors, our staff, and you safe, COVID restrictions apply:
Seating is limited to 35 people. First come, first served.
Proof of vaccination & ID is requiredMasks required when not eating or drinking.

Shanekia McIntosh
is a poet and performer. Her interdisciplinary work, inspired by the black diaspora, aims to disrupt and confront historical colonial erasure. Her work has been featured in the New Museum, Second Ward Foundation, Charim Galerie, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, Hudson Hall, NY Live Arts, ICA at VCU, Basilica Hudson and more,with recent work being published in Chronogram, Apogee Journal and The TENTH Magazine. She will be reading from her new book, Spriral as Ritual (Topos Press 2021).

Aristilde Kirby
is a being constellation of given human category: a poet, artist, thinker & more born in the Bronx, NY. She has been featured in Artforum & as a part of Illiberal Arts, an exhibition & publication at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. She has published chapbooks with Belladonna, Black Warrior Review, & Best American Experimental Writing 2020. You can call her Aris, like Paris without the P. She will be reading from her new book, Daisy & Catherine (Auric Press, 2022).MORE