PAINTING TO SURVIVE EXHIBITION
OPENING DAY - SUNDAY MARCH 18, 2018
1: 45 Spaghetti Eastern Music is the solo project of NYC/Saugerties-based guitarist, keyboardist and singer Sal Cataldi. Cataldi fuses Eastern beat, blues, techno and funk-influenced guitar instrumentals with gentle acoustic vocal tunes and looping, straight out of the John Martyn/Nick Drake songbook. Time Out New York writes: “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern-influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere,” while The New York Times proclaims Cataldi has “a beat unmistakably his own.” Called “truly excellent” by The Village Voice, “a wide ride” by Radio Woodstock, “beautiful ad unique” by WFUV’s Mixed Bag “triumphantly funkified” by UPI and “wonderfully melodic and off-center” by WFMU’s Irene Trudel. His critically-acclaimed new album “Sketches of Spam” is available on iTunes, CD Baby and more. Www.reverbnation.com/spaghettieasternmusic
2:30 The Frank Museum Project Frank’s Museum, a stand out of the late 80s / early 90s downtown art and performance oriented music scene of the time, started with a name: no band, no songs, no gigs. Just the name. Frank’s Museum. “Musically it conjured up the concept of band as art project,” said Frank Ruscitti, who put the band together. “I had an idea what the sound would be, ‘the Museum.’ I wanted to gather some musicians and give them each a ‘wing’ so to speak, into what that sound would be.” A call was put out to musicians’ friends. A dozen or so showed up at that first rehearsal. “I remember someone saying, “it’s an orchestra!”, said Frank. “There I was going “No, no. It’s a museum!” For over ten years Frank’s Museum pressed, cajoled, and exhausted its audiences. RJ Smith wrote in the Village Voice, “I have seen Frank lead a conga line through a club and I am better because of it!” In the early days, the members were interchangeable, but the core was always the same: Frank Ruscitti, Rossi Bright, and Bop Monroe. The band solidified half-way through its existence, adding Malcolm Smart on bass, Sal Cataldi on guitars, and Doug Hitchcock and David Donen on drums, releasing a well-reviewed CD entitled “Make Coffee, Not War.” Harvey Pekar reviewed the album for an Austin Newspaper and gave it four stars. The band broke up but reformed ten years later as the Frank Museum Project, featuring Smart, Cataldi, Donen, aided by the keyboard talents of JR Rost, John Piccolo. The band plays a random gig every couple of years.
3:15 Malcolm SmartEducated in the English pop song tradition of Ray Davies, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Malcolm’s tunes are sometimes funny songs of lost love (never his fault, of course), sometimes angry political rants or perhaps an observation of the mundane through his blurry bifocals. https://www.facebook.com/malcolmsmart86
4:00 Philip F. Clark is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in English at City College, New York, where he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry in 2016. His debut poetry collection, ‘The Carnival of Affection, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2017. It won the Jerome Lowell Dejur Award for Poetry in 2016. His poems have been published in Assaracus Journal, The Good Men Project, Poetry in Performance, Atomic Theory Press, The HIV+ Here and Now Project, and most recently in the anthology, ‘Transition: Poems in the Aftermath,’ published by Indolent Books. His poetry reviews and interviews have been published in Lambda Literary, and The Conversant. His poetry blog is The Poet’s Grin, which can be seen at philipfclark.wordpress.com
4:30 Hilary Sideris is a Greek/Irish American poet. She has published four chapbooks and two full-length collections, Most Likely to Die (Poets Wear Prada 2014) and The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016). She lives in Brooklyn and works as a curriculum developer for The City University of New York’s CUNY Start program, an alternative to traditional remedial courses for underserved / underprepared students. She has B.A. in English literature from Indiana University and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
5:00 Anton Yakovlev latest poetry collection is Ordinary Impalers (Kelsay Books, 2017). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Amarillo Bay, Prelude, Measure, and elsewhere. The Last Poet of the Village, a book of translations of poetry by Sergei Esenin, is forthcoming from Sensitive Skin Books.
5:30 Don Yorty is a poet and garden activist who helped win the battle to establish community gardens in the East Village, NYC. His poetry collections include A Few Swimmers Appear and Poet Laundromat, and he has video-documented the work of hundreds of poets through his blog, donyorty.com. His work appears in Little Caesar, Out of This World, An Anthology of the Poetry of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, 1966-1991, (Crown), LiVE MAG!, Literati Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, and others. His novel, What Night Forgets, was published by Herodias Press. He lives in New York City.