disclaimer on the Linda’s Web site warns: “Please Note—Standing
Room Only.” And if the Hold Steady’s recent trips through
the area are any indication, even simply standing could
be tricky business Wednesday night. In preparation for this
notoriously sweaty show, the folks at the Linda are stripping
out the seats and readying the mops. Sounds like it’s gonna
be a dance-or-be-danced affair.
The notoriously hard-working band are still riding the thrill
of their 2008 release Stay Positive, but with a new
studio album, Heaven Is Whenever, on the horizon,
they’ll no doubt have plenty of new wordy, digressive anthems
in the quiver. Opening will be Baltimore guitar rockers
the Oranges Band.
The Hold Steady come to the Linda (339 Central Ave., Albany)
on Wednesday (April 7) at 8 PM. Tickets are $24. Call 465-5233
for more info.
Ryan Parr and Naomi Lewis
white blossoms peek through a blanket of desiccated oak
leaves; twisted, headless action-figure bodies are heaped
in a tangled mass, light gleaming on their jointed limbs;
meticulous patterns, perhaps botanical, perhaps animal,
loop across a white page in seemingly infinite shades of
first glance, painter and photographer Ryan Parr and printmaker
Naomi Lewis seem to share little commonality in their work.
But paired together, in the latest exhibition from the Saratoga
County Arts Council, the works share calm complexity. At
once playful and precise, the artists manipulate the viewers’
sense of scale and create a sense of simplicity through
intense examination of detail.
exhibition brings together two artists exploring the essential,”
the Arts Center Press reads, “within memory and the moment.”
Ryan Parr and Naomi Lewis opens at the SCAC Arts Center
Gallery (320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs) on Saturday (April
3) with a free public reception from 5 PM to 8 PM in conjunction
with First Saturday Arts Night. There will be an open gallery
discussion with the artists on April 22 at 7 PM. For more
info, call the Arts Center at 584-4132.