Good music, good cause: Chatham’s own Queen of the Acoustic Blues is so busy playing her music all around the world that she rarely has the opportunity to play a hometown gig. Until tonight, that is, when Rory Block plays a very special benefit concert for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society at the Church of Saint James in Chatham at 7:30pm.
Block isn’t just a dog-lover. Oh no, she goes waaay beyond that, and that’s one reason why we love her. “OK, I’m actually a dog. If not technically, then indeed an honorary one,” she writes on her website. These days it’s almost impossible to distinguish me from my dogs as I am with them almost 24/7. They are my children, my best friends, and my constant companions. Each one has their own special song which I sing to them, custom crafted melodies celebrating the unique drama of the life of a dog.”
Of course, there are plenty of entertainment options around Nippertown on Saturday evening for your post-LarkFest merriment. But you won’t have to go far for some jolting roller derby action. At the corner of Lark and Washington Ave., the Washington Avenue Armory is hosting an intra-league bout between the Center Squares and the Lark Street Hipsters. The fun gets underway at 6pm with a rockin’ concert by Ten Year Vamp, followed by the first whistle of the bout at 7pm.
The Posie Kviat Gallery hosts the first Hudson solo exhibition by Brooklyn painter Annette Cords. The title of the show, “Cross-Coupling,” is inspired by a chemical term that refers to two different molecules reacting and combining into a new one. It also aptly describes Cords’ inventive approach to painting., which combines her interest in science and technology with a very individual method of paint fabrication and application.
“Cross-Coupling” opens on Saturday, September 19 with a reception with the artist from 6-8pm. Cords will also deliver an artist talk at the Hudson gallery from 5-8pm on Saturday, October 10. The exhibition will remain on view through Monday, November 30.
Yes, we thought it was a joke, too, when we first heard about it. But it’s not. Bob Dylan really is slated to release a Christmas album, “Christmas in the Heart,” on Tuesday, October 13. And, yes, we are counting down the days ’til we get to hear him croon “Little Drummer Boy.”
Happy birthday to P.F. Sloan, who turns 64 years old today. Of course, he’s best known as the songwriter of Barry McGuire’s 1965 No. 1 hit, “Eve of Destruction.” He also inspired the great songwriter Jimmy Webb to pay tribute to him with the song, “P.F. Sloan.” But Sloan also co-authored quite a raft of other fine pop nuggets, too, including “Where Were You When I Needed You” (the Grassroots), “You Baby” (the Turtles), “A Must to Avoid” (Herman’s Hermits) and the classic “Secret Agent Man” (Johnny Rivers).
Here’s Sloan’s own rendition of that uber-groovy spy saga:
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