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Odds and Ends @ the End of the Week

Friday, August 14th, 2009


I love this sculpture created from vinyl photograph records: “Soundwave” by Jean Shin (thanks, Matt Loiacono)

The North Adams Artists’ Co-Op Gallery announces a JURIED CALL for “Elements”

Fine and applied artists in all media are invited to submit work for consideration in “Elements”, a juried exhibition at the NAACO Gallery. Submitted works may be literal interpretations of the topic, such as a representation of one or more of the four natural elements, objects that are elements of a whole, or perhaps the periodic table of elements. Non-traditional interpretations of the subject, such as an exploration of what is truly “elemental” to your work are also encouraged. Submissions will be juried from actual work and are due no later than Monday, August 24th. Entries may be delivered and picked up during gallery hours Exhibition will run from August 26 through September 20, with the opening reception held Thursday, August 27, 2009 from 6-9 PM held concurrently with all other “DownStreet Art Thursday” programming. NAACO Member Artists are exempt from entry fees. All nonmembers are required to pay an entry fee of $15 for up to two entries for consideration by the jury, and which may not exceed 24″ in any direction. Entry forms are downloadable from For further information, email, or call during gallery hours Wednesday-Saturday, 11-6, Sunday 11-4, 413-664-4003.

Bob Irwin of My Fair Planet (photo by Tim Livingston)

Bob Irwin of My Fair Planet (photo by Tim Livingston)

Sundazed Music head honcho Bob Irwin is renowned for showcasing the music of others, but at 1pm on Saturday, his own band My Fair Planet performs at the Altamont Fair, which continues through Sunday.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center is asking area artists to show off their artistic skills beginning at 6pm on Saturday, August 15 as part of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s “An Evening with Degas” program. Participating artists who arrive with an easel and chair will receive free lawn admission to the Orchestra performance for themselves and a guest.

Artists wishing to participate in An Evening with Degas are asked to:

  • notify SPAC of their interest prior to the August 15 performance;
  • bring their own easel and chair;
  • set up on SPAC’s upper lawn at 6pm
  • continue painting or sketching until approximately 8pm

Those who wish to sign up for the event are asked to contact Veronica Mynders at SPAC at 518-584-9330×101 or

breakupYou can now check out the official video for “Relator,” the first single from Peter Yorn and Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming album Break Up, slated for release September 15, and it also includes a cover of Big Star’s “I Am The Cosmos.”

So did everyone else but us already know this? Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick is the son of Sun Ra Arkestra saxophonist Laurdine “Pat” Patrick.


BETTYE LaVETTE’s “Do Your Duty”

Monday, June 8th, 2009

bettyelavette(Sundazed, 2009): With the resurrection of sublime ’60s soul singer Bettye LaVette’s career in recent years (the stunning Joe Henry-produced 2005 comeback “I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise,” and the 2007 follow-up “The Scene of the Crime”), it was inevitable that some of the nearly forgotten recordings from earlier in her career would once again see the light of day.

Of course, it wasn’t a given that they would be so lovingly collected as they are on this compilation from the Coxsackie indie label Sundazed. There are 11 solid tunes here – including “Games People Play” and “Piece of My Heart” – that she recorded in 1969-1970.

They’re all top-shelf, collected here for the first time, as LaVette splits the difference between the smoulder of Dusty Springfield and the sass of Tina Turner. Hot stuff.

LaVette steps into the spotlight at Freihofer’s Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, June 28.

Bettye LaVette: Do Your Duty

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