archives 2012

Archived Events from 2012
January Jams
Open mic for all ages. You don’t have to be any good to play. You don’t have to play to come. It’s fun, it’s free, and sometimes really good. A great way to spend a cold winter Sunday.
Feb 14
Valentines Day! Poetry Open Mic- 360 Degrees of Love
Hosted by Martha Spear and Robert Segall

Sign up at the door to read your own or a favorite poet’s work on the broad theme of love.
Free admission. Refreshments served.

Mar 17

A special event on Saturday March 17 with screenings starting at Noon and thereafter on the hour, with the last showing at 4 PM. Each showing lasts about 35 minutes. Coffee and Guinness will be served throughout the day.
The ‘Leaving Dublin’ project is an inspired work-in-progress by photographer David Monahan in collaboration with Ian Monahan. Since early 2010 David has been capturing a moment just before Irelands young and talented become voluntary exiles, and set in Dublin at night they make for striking images.

Each background has a particular significance for the subject, and in David’s words “the idea is to make a heroic shot, to celebrate the person, to say they’re full of pride, full of dignity, they’re going out to do something, and they’re going to do it well.”

This project is an important recording of modern Irish history, and it’s a visually artistic masterpiece.

Mar 24
Cuddle Magic is a band


April 28
“Food Will Win The War”.
The Brooklyn-based band  – Suggested donation $10.

“NYC’s Food Will Win the War crafts tastefully layered alt folk with a chamber rock slant, combining multi-voice harmonies, instrumental embellishments on fiddle, accordion and glock, and sweetly harmonizing vocals. The music that veers from uplifting danceable odes to dreamy melodic and drifting soundscapes.” -Creative Loafing

Check out a video of the band at Santacon
“Closer to Water” on the new Upper Jay Art Center Channel

May 11
Play Reading- PROOF, by David Auburn
“Auburn has taken on some biggies here: what the link may be between genius and mental instability, why it is that lives get stuck, and how elusive the truth can be… Proof’s level of accomplishment and the realness of its characters show that Auburn has both depth and a voice.” The New Yorker

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, 2001.

May 31
Lower Lounge
Revolving Twilight, 2010
multiple-channel video installation with sound and objects

video loops of varying duration

Revolving Twilight is an immersive video/sound installation inspired in part by tales from nautical lore, notions of optical phenomena and illusion, light particles, ghost ships and the reveries of a drowning victim.

The piece investigates the sometimes ethereal interaction of light with physical matter or form that results in unearthly mirages, often referred to as fata morgana. Engaging minimal yet evocative images and sculptural elements and buoyed by a mesmeric sound score, Revolving Twilight is an open-ended hallucination without a beginning or an end, combining moments of exuberant chaos with serene beauty and rest.

Revolving Twilight, is an ongoing media work which has continued to evolve and change with every installation.

June 2
Possum Haw
is a dynamic, original, authentic bluegrass and folk quintet from Burlington, Vermont. Originally formed in 2004, the band has evolved to combine award-winning, evocative songwriting and singing with top-notch bluegrass instrumentation. On the stage, PossumHaw offers a genuine, energetic, and highly entertaining performance without gimmickry.
Upper Jay Art Center and the Recovery Lounge, presents, Live Music, Theater and Art, Upper Jay New York
June 9
Caitlin Scholl is a writer and artist
Join us for an evening of words, moving pictures, and music for a group performance of MAKEBELIEVE (a book by Caitlin Scholl), and other works. Caitlin will be joined by New York -based writers and performers Matt Wise, Jon Reiss, and Justin Allen.
Event is free and made possible from a grant by Poets & Writers,NY

Upper Jay Art Center and the Recovery Lounge, presents, Live Music, Theater and Art, Upper Jay New York.

June 13

To celebrate the summer production of The Birthday Party, by Harold Pinter, the Upper Jay Art Center is offering a seven week seminar on the writer led by the play’s director Scott Renderer. The class will meet on six consecutive Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 starting June 13th, and is invited to attend the final dress rehearsal for The Birthday Party on July 25th at 8:00pm.

Plays to be discussed:

June 13- The Room and The Dumb Waiter
June 20- The Birthday Party
June 27- The Caretaker
July 4- The Homecoming
July11- Old Times
July 18- No Man’s Land
July 25- Dress rehearsal of The Birthday Party

June 15
Upper Jay Art Center and the Recovery Lounge, presents, Live Music, Theater and Art, Upper Jay New YorkBig Slyde
acoustic groove, funk grass music.
Suggested donation, $10At first sight, Big Slyde’s instrumentation seems atypical. At first note, it becomes refreshingly familiar. Building on the foundation of guitar and cello, enhanced by the bouzouki, banjo, and dobro, the intensely original music of Big Slyde can carry you to strange and beautiful places.

Add a heaping cup of John Doan’s new-grass and jam-grass inspired banjo, dobro, and dojo to Mikey Portal’s Latin-influenced roots-rock guitar grooves, mix in a quarter cup of Christina Grant’s funky cello, frosten with the sweet rhythmic bouzouki and smokey vocals of Hannah Doan, and you have a delicious Big Slyde treat for the ears. Call it funk-grass, acoustic groove, old-time-new-grass, or just plain delicious — it is a treat so tasty that Big Slyde has built a solid fan base that regularly packs the house at a wide variety of venues.


During the cold Maine winter of 2009, jazz-infused harmonies met bluegrass roots in Jo’s small kitchen, and formalized two years later as a versatile, groove-driven, Americana duo. Jo rolls her classical cello background into funky bluegrass chops a-la Crooked Still and Ben Sollee, while Sorcha’s songwriting and banjo/guitar playing is steeped in jazz, folk and blues, with influences including Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt and Tom Waits. Together with spot-on vocal harmonies, their fierce independence is both grounding, spontaneous, and toe-tappingly catchy. Always chasing their next musical adventure, Sorcha and Jo are equally at home in clubs, coffeehouses, festivals, and house concerts. And, of course, in Jo’s kitchen.

July 14
featuring Janine Nichols, Brandon Ross, and Charlie Burnham.
July 26, 27, 28, 29
August 2, 3, 4, 5
Upper Jay Art Center and the Recovery Lounge, presents, Live Music, Theater and Art, Upper Jay New York Directed by Scott Renderer. Cast includes Robert Andrews, Brian LaVallee, Susan Doolittle, Scott Renderer, Terrance Young and Kate Donis.
August 17
Eli Yamin –  a Steinway artist, is an internationally acclaimed jazz and blues pianist, singer, composer and bandleader.   As a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State, Eli has performed with his quartet and his blues band in Mali, India, China, Brazil, Chile and the Balkans.   In the past year he has performed at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York City), Blues Alley, (Washington D.C.), Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (Moscow, Idaho), The Riley Center (Meridian, Mississippi) and the Cultural Arts Center (Podgorica, Montenegro).   He has appeared several times at the Obama White House.
August 25
Upper Jay Art Center Fundraiser
September 29
Jo & Sorcha
cello – banjo/guitar duo

Putnam Smith
Portland , Maine

November 10
Bob Meyer Trio – Virtuoso jazz drummer Bob Meyer brings his trio, The Bob Meyer Project featuring Steven Frieder on saxophones and Luke Franco on guitar,           to the Recovery Lounge on November 10 at 8:00pm. With over 35 years experience as a professional drummer and teacher Bob has played           and recorded with Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie, Loren Stillman, Paul McCanless, Gary Peacock, Peggy Stern, Diane Shurr, Jim Pepper, Mel Martin, Bert Wilson and many many other contemporary jazz greats.           Playing a mix of original compositions and jazz standards, the Bob Meyer Project is a must see for all jazz enthusiasts.
December 15,
Play Reading –  Other Desert Cities, by Jon Robin Baltz.
“High anxiety, or that virulent strain that erupts when grown children visit their parents, is what fuels this play.”  The cast includes Sam Fisk, Elizabeth Derr, Dorian Gossey, Tom Broderick, and Sandy Burke.  Question and answer to follow.  Admission is free.
December 28
$10 Donation
George Kilby Jr and the Road Dogs
Born and raised in Anniston Alabama, George’s earliest musical memory is listening to his uncle play Hank Williams songs. As a teenager, he immersed himself in the Southern Rock of the Allman Brothers and was deeply influenced by “outlaw” country music.  At Princeton University, he led “The George Dickel Band” to New York’s legendary Lonestar Café, where he shared the stage with Albert King, Etta James, and James Brown.    While touring in support of his first EP, he met  Pinetop Perkins and lived with his family in Chicago in 1985.  George tapped Pinetop, R&B legend Rosco Gordon, & New Orleans veteran Charles “Honeyboy” Otis to work with him on his first CD.  By a strange twist of fate, George landed a roadie gig with The Beach Boys and moved briefly to LA where the record was cut.






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