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, June 8th 7:00pm

Author Event: Rachel Jameson Webster, Daniel Brock Johnson and Mary Lou Buschi

Three readings, followed by a DJ set! Free.

Mary Lou Buschi (She/Her)
is the author of 3 chapbooks and 3 full length poetry collections. Her 3rd book, BLUE PHYSICS was just published in February 2024 (Lily Poetry Review books). PADDOCK, her second book also published by LPR is a feminist play in poems. Her poems have appeared in literary journals such as Ploughshares, Glacier, Willow Springs, On the Seawall, among many others. Mary Lou is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and holds an MS in Urban Education from Mercy University. Currently, she is a special education teacher working with students on the spectrum.

Rachel Jamison Webster
has her MFA from Warren Wilson. She a professor of creative writing at Northwestern University and the author of four books of poetry in addition to the nonfiction. Benjamin Banneker and Us, which was chosen as a Best Book of 2023 by The New Yorker. Publisher’s Weekly hailed the book as “a stunning meditation on race, identity, and achievement.” Rachel has taught at Northwestern for the last 17 years. She has also developed writing workshops through the National Urban League, Ancestral Medicine, Chicago Public Schools and Gallery 37, and has received a Hewlett Fellowship for her implementation of diversity education in creative writing curriculum. Rachel’s essays, poems, and stories have been published in outlets including Poetry, Tin House, and the Yale Review.

Daniel Brock Johnson
is the author of Shadow Act: an Elegy for Journalist James Foley, published by McSweeney’s. Previously, Johnson published How to Catch a Falling Knife with Alice James Books. In 2019, the City of Boston commissioned Johnson to draft lines of poetry for the twin memorials commemorating the Boston Marathon bombings. Johnson’s poetry has been featured in outlets such as National Public Radio, PBS NewsHour, The Washington Post, and in a variety of publications including Best American Poetry, Tin House, and I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio. Johnson has received awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Poetry Center of Chicago, Foreword Book Awards, and elsewhere. For nearly a decade, Johnson served as the founding executive director of 826 Boston. Currently, he works as the executive director of Mass Poetry. Learn more at www.danielbrockjohnson.com.MORE

Saturday, June 22nd 7:00pm

Hudson Pride Event: POEM PLAY: A monument to Lust, Loss & Love.

A 45-minute one-act play by Anderson Heinz. Free.

Please join us for a unique and unforgettable event after the Hudson Pride parade.
A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to Pride-friendly charitable causes.

Anderson John Heinz
is a playwright, screenwriter and poet. Anderson’s full length plays include BEFORE THE DEVIL MADE ME RUN, PAINTED BRICK, MY GUY IN THE SKY, RITA IN THAILAND and BABY ALLEN. This March, his play THE SUICIDES took home several top prizes at the 2024 Queens Short Play Festival. Anderson was a member of New York Stage and Film’s 2022-2023 Filmmakers’ Workshop, where he developed his television pilot SUBMERGED OBJECTS. He formerly served as Executive Assistant with Daryl Roth Productions and as Showrunners’ PA to Michelle and Robert King on their shows THE GOOD FIGHT and EVIL. Anderson was born in Mobile, Alabama and raised in Memphis, Tennnessee. He is the proud uncle of 15 nieces and nephews.

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Past Events
Friday, May 10th 8:00pm

Pop Tart

Dance Party with Pretty Woman and Rager. $8.

Pop Tart is a night of dancing, club music, pop remixes, cups overflowing, joy abound. 8pm – ?MORE

Monday, January 1st 8:00pm 2024

Holiday Hours!

Happy Holidays Everyone and Thank You!