Caffe Lena’s Update for the Week of November 9th
This Land Is Your Land!
What a week in America! Many of you went above and beyond during the election, serving as poll workers, texters, phone callers, yard signers. You’re an engaged group–we know from meeting you at shows. Thanks for all you’ve done during this campaign season, and for bringing your good energy to your community and country.
We have some great civic engagement on our stage this week. On Wednesday, Veteran’s Day, we will host an elaborately planned fundraiser for a local organization that cares for homeless and struggling veterans in our immediate area–and there are a shocking number of them. There will be music and stories for an hour and a half. Please tune in, learn about the lives of your neighbors, and support the event. On Thursday we have a Community Classroom. Our exciting panel features an author and two deeply engaged, practicing doctors discussing the idea of healthcare as a human right, a very timely topic this week.
And our musical offerings are top-flight! The ever-popular TEOA is back for their monthly residency. Three-time Grammy-winning folksinger Tom Chapin plays Saturday. And the wonderful guitarist and singer-songwriter Patty Larkin wraps up our week on Sunday with a celebration of her new album, which is unusual and beautiful and you can read about it below.
Stay safe and keep in touch,
Sarah Craig, Executive Director of Caffe Lena
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Monday, Nov 9 / 7 PM
Rick’s Picks Local Showcase:
JEFF BRISBIN Album Release
One of Saratoga’s busiest musicians has this week’s Rick’s Picks all to himself. He’s celebrating his new record, Blame It On Love. Jeff is famous for being able to cover pretty much any pop or rock song you can name from the last four decades, but tonight he’ll play original songs straight from his own heart and life experiences.
Tuesday / 8 PM
WEXT Radio show / 97.7 FM
“Live From Caffe Lena”
Bernice & Mariah Lewis Rebroadcast
This mother and daughter duo visited in August and blew us away with their potent, beautiful ballads. Bernice is a folk scene stalwart who has toured nationally and now teaches songwriting at Williams College. Darlingside studied with her. Mariah is an emerging songwriter with a gift for lyrics.
Wednesday, Nov 11 / 7 PM
Veterans Ball 2020 with the Veterans & Community Housing Coalition
Tune in for musical performances, conversations with vets, and a chance to lend your support to men and women who served our nation and now need our help.
Thursday, Nov 12 / 7 PM
Community Classroom: Universal Healthcare
Human Right or Commodity?
Sponsored by Hudson Headwaters Health Network
Our powerhouse panel features Dr. Daniel Lugassy, Board Member of Physicians For a National Health Plan and a veteran of the Covid frontlines as a NYC emergency physician; Rosemarie Day, author of Marching Toward Coverage: How Women Can Lead the Fight for Universal Healthcare; and Dr. Tucker Slingerland, CEO of Hudson Headwaters and a practicing family physician. This is a big week for healthcare in our country as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act. Please bring your questions and concerns to the chat room!
Friday, Nov 13 / 8 PM
This Philly-based trio has been playing monthly on our stage as they roll out new songs. A lot of our artists are good at connecting with the audience, but these guys have a knack for doing it right through the screen. It’s probably because they care deeply about people, and that shows in their beautifully-crafted, harmony-rich Americana.
Saturday, Nov 14 / 8 PM
His caring heart, rich voice, and fine technique on guitar, banjo and autoharp have won him fans around the world, three Grammy Awards, and a career that spans five decades. He has been streaming music for children from his home throughout the pandemic, but tonight we’ll take care of the tech while he weaves his musical magic on our stage.
Sunday, Nov 14 / 7 PM
Veteran singer-songwriter Patty Larkin mines the intersection of poetry and song with her innovative new release, Bird in a Cage. This album pairs poems from ten notable poets with her own melodies. She worked with the words of US Poet Laureates William Carlos Williams, Stanley Kunitz, Kay Ryan, Robert Pinsky and Billy Collins. These are poems made to be shared aloud, and Patty’s voice and guitar set them aglow.