2006-10-13 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockabilly At RAA And Friday The Thirteenth Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein Arts @ RoCA, Fort Tilden: ARTSPLASH

Rockabilly At RAA And Friday The Thirteenth
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Commentary by
Susan Hartenstein
Arts @ RoCA, Fort Tilden:
ARTSPLASH

"The Lustre Kings" will be performing on October 20 at Fort Tilden."The Lustre Kings" will be performing on October 20 at Fort Tilden. final weekend: RAA's month-long arts festival featuring visual, performing and spoken word artists. On view through October 15 at the Rockaway Center for the Arts. Admission to the exhibition and special events is free. Gallery hours: Saturdays: 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information: 718 474-0861; rockart116@aol.com, www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

RAA's Adult-Seniors Painting Class every Thursday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the sTudio 6 gallery in Fort Tilden for hands-on painting classes. Taught by accomplished painter, muralist and RAA President Geoff Rawling, this class is open to students at all levels. Lessons include techniques for mixing colors, creating still-lifes, landscapes, portraits, abstracts, and more. All supplies and materials are included. Cost is $10 per senior and $15 per adult.

Live model drawing workshop returns: If you are interested in participating it is important you contact the RAA office. Dates in October to be announced.

Times: 7 p.m. -10 p.m.

Will run for a total of 8 sessions. No experience necessary.

Bring your own drawing materials.

Sessions will include short and long poses.

Final session will be one pose all evening.

Cost: Register for all 8 sessions, $80. Single session, $15.

Location: sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden.

Pre-registration deadline: Tuesday, October 3.

Workshop run by RAA members Elizabeth Green & Kenneth Hutley.

Star rockabilly band, The Lustre Kings: October 20 at 8 p.m. in sTudio 6. A $10 donation will be appreciated. The magazine, The Beat, raved that the band's frontman Mark Gamsjager, "remembers when "rock 'n' roll" actually used to signify something,"..."and his band sounds like it just left Sun Studios `yesterday."

The Lustre Kings have performed around the country in venues that include Manhattan's Rodeo Bar and Seattle's Tractor Tavern. It has been written, "Gamsjager draws from a deeper well than most roots rock acts, giving his music a breadth and depth, in addition to keeping the dance floor filled. Creative Loafing said "The Lustre Kings have a sound so powerful it leaves listeners hungry for more."

Thank you to RAA board member and Metropolitan Museum of Art docent Joseph Rothenberg for his highly informative and entertaining slide lecture about John Singleton Copley Rock at the last RAA general meeting. If you missed it, Rothenberg will present the slide lecture at Rock Hall Museum Hall in Lawrence, New York on Sunday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m.

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum of Art has (...rampaging white rabbit...) selected seven (...monstrous Mad Hatter...) abstract artists (...Queen of Hearts and her poison darts...) (...through a looking-glass darkly for volunteers...) of renown (...Malice in Underland).

Oooooohhhh, my devoted readers. There is something I am forced to confess to you at this time, lest you think me mad and deranged (though, well I may be). Of late - actually since I got DSL service from the gentle folk at Verizon - I have been ...oh dare I say it?...channeling. Yes. You see, in the midst of my everyday existence I have been having what one can only refer to as semi-trances. No, not like that imposter; that queen of bogus spiritualism, Patricia Arquette. No. Mine are real. Honest. I mean, I'll be sitting at my trusty PC when all of a sudden, someone else's visions enter my brilliant yet fevered brain. Without my being able to stop it, these thoughts run down my arms, through my fingers, onto the keyboard, finding their way into the text of my column. Who could the transmitter of these broad, yet intermittent, channel bits be? I suspect none other than my altered ego; my soul mate; the true Queen of the Spirit World, Medium Rayah. Unbeknownst to the general public, the Madam has been on an indefinite leave of absinth from her crystal orbs for reasons of physical exhaustion and mental strain. She hasn't even been in contact with me. At a sanitori...uh, uh, spa high in the Himalayas, she has been recuperating and rejuvenating. However, each year at this time, like clockwork, she receives ominous vibrations from the tiny Fort of Tilden. Could she be receiving yet another signal from a horrid harbinger of hellacious happenings at tilted Tilden? Will the evenings from October 28 to October 31, 5 -8 p.m. again be a time of terrified tingles at sTudio 7 in the Land of RAA? And will our stellar, self-sacrificing soothsayer be able to send her warnings through this humble servant and journalist, despite my clogged sinuses? Stay tuned to this channel.

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