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From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Senchai And The Unity Squad At Fort Tilden Saturday Night
by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Senchai And The Unity Squad At Fort Tilden Saturday Night


“The Best Museum On Wheels,” at the RAA’s ArtSplash last Saturday night. Seated at the keyboard is John Cassady, son of Jack Kerouac’s famous cohort, Neal Cassady (AKA, Dean Moriarty) in “On The Road.”
“The Best Museum On Wheels,” at the RAA’s ArtSplash last Saturday night. Seated at the keyboard is John Cassady, son of Jack Kerouac’s famous cohort, Neal Cassady (AKA, Dean Moriarty) in “On The Road.” Seanchai and the Unity Squad appear Saturday, October 16 at 10 p.m. at the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden. They headline RAA’s Band Night, which begins at 7:30 p.m. All performances take place on the outdoor Moon Stage. If the weather is inclement, performances move indoors to sTudio 7 Gallery.

Band Night’s full schedule also includes spectacular entertainment from singer/songwriter John Mullen, Guy Nevirs and his band Squid and the return of Aesha’s “Hip Pop.” Check RAA’s ad this week for the times these acts will be performing. This evening of music is being sponsored by the Brooklyn Brewery.

Seanchai and the Unity Squad is a popular and unique Celtic-influenced hip-hop band. The band’s driving force is Brooklyn-born Chris Byrne, formerly of Black 47 and a former New York City police officer. Their songs combine hip-hop, reggae, rock, New York rap and Celtic traditions. Billing themselves as “rebel hip-hop,” their lyrics are uncompromising in their social and political commentary. But their music can be both dynamic and tender, digging deeply into one’s emotional and rhythmic core. Log onto www.seanch ai.com for more information about this group.

Lest we forget, RAA presents Band Night as part of its month-long multi-media arts extravaganza, ARTSPLASH 2004, which runs through November 7 in sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 Galleries and surrounding facilities. Also in sTudio 7 is the provocative exhibition FRAME: Art in the Period between the Second and Third World Wars. Admission to the exhibitions is free. Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. Log onto www.rockawayar tistsalliance.org for more information and directions. ARTSPLASH and FRAME are presented in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area.

Rockaway Artists Alliance members wear many hats. Renee Lee Rosenberg, known for her fine sculptural jewelry is also a skilled speaker and career counselor. When she’s not making jewelry or helping clients to hone resumes and interviewing skills she’s presenting at career conferences. This October she will be traveling to Pennsylvania and California to speak on topics ranging from humor and stress reduction to retirement and transition. Closer to home, Renee gave a spirited and fun-filled presentation to the monthly auxiliary luncheon meeting at Peninsular Hospital Center. Her topic was Lighten up With Laughter. After the talk some attendees could be seen laughing as they floated out of the building.

Reminder: October 22 is the deadline for submission to “Gifted 2004,” RAA’s member holiday exhibition. If you have not received a prospectus and entry form, log onto www.rockawayartistsalliance.org for downloadable versions of each.

RAA thanks all those who entertained last Saturday for QMA Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl’s welcoming party. We also thank Mr. Finkelpearl for his presence and his sense of humor.

The evening included a presentation by The Beat Museum on Wheels, traveling extension of The Beat Museum in Monterey, California. The museum’s mission is to educate and facilitate study of The Beat Generation and its influence on the American Culture. The format presented at the outdoor theater combined a unique style of historical and scholarly material and an added bonus of information was led by John Cassady, Neal Cassady’s son. John shared his personal stories growing up around the influential writers of the Beat Generation. The music, imagery and stories conveyed in the program celebrated life in the spirit of the Beats: - “Know your Truth. Speak your Truth. Live your Truth.”

Queens Council on the Arts is presenting “abc: artbuildscommunity series 2004-2005.” The next three workshops deal with marketing and are being given at the Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Boulevard. Each is on a Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. November 9 is “E-mail Marketing”; November 16 is “Portfolios and Press Kits”; November 23 is “Press Relations.”

Log onto www.queenscoun cilarts.org for full information about registration and the complete series.

Medium Rayah update:

The Madam continues to attempt to e-mail me. However, the computer from which she is transmitting appears to have an alien being in it – a virus that is interfering with what seem to be desperate warnings about alienation. The only thing I can make out clearly is a website address: captainvideo.orb.

Stay tuned.

Until next week, “Beam me up, Scottie.”

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