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Skidmore Jazz Ensembles @ Caffe Lena Tonight!

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
Mmmmmm jazz.

Mmmmmm jazz.

Tonight at 7pm Skidmore Small Jazz Ensembles will be playing at Caffe Lena. The legendary music house writes:

Enjoy an evening of diverse jazz styles and inspiring talent as the jazz music students of Skidmore College take the stage with their guitars, brass, reeds, keyboards, drums and vocals. They never fail to put on truly engaging show of jazz standards and contemporary compositions. This is a great one to bring your aspiring young music student to!

Tickets are either free or five dollars at the door, it’s not entirely clear.

What better way to cap off your weekend than with some sweet, sweet jazz?

Skidmore Jazz @ Caffe Lena Tonight!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Mmmmmm jazz.

Mmmmmm jazz.

Are you free around 7 tonight?  Tryna support your fellow students?  Do you have $5 to spare?  Come down to the historic Caffe Lena to get a taste of Skidmore’s student jazz community and support your peers making art.

Saratoga’s Caffè Lena Featured In New York Times

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Saratoga Springs’ own Caffè Lena is getting a lot of a buzz lately due to a recently released ethnographic book entitled “Caffè Lena: Inside America’s Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse,” written by Jocelyn Arem ’04. The book tracks the folk legacy of Caffè Lena through oral histories, photos, and a CD box set audio archive, featuring the likes of Don McLean, Arlo Guthrie, and Bob Dylan strumming at Lena’s humble open mics when nobody knew their names.

Yesterday the New York Times published a piece promoting Arem’s book and celebrating the history of Caffè Lena, claiming it “Folk Music Heaven.” They went on to say of the multi facets of the book, “together they make a case for the club as a landmark outpost of folk music in America, and for [Lena] Spencer as a sharp-eyed and nurturing force for the music.”

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Skidmore Unofficial’s Official Venue Rundown

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

So you’ve finally made it to college, Class of 2036. Congratulations! Music is a HUGE part of college, right? I mean your parents met at a Grateful Dead show during their freshman year at NYU and they’re the happiest couple you know, right? Skidmore and Saratoga Springs each offer plenty of great opportunities to catch some amazing (and some terrible) music. So which will it be, young Jedi? Check out Skidmore Unofficial’s Official Venue Rundown of the best and worst places to hear music.

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Lecture on History of Caffè Lena

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Folk musician and noted T&L hater/asshole Don McLean performs at Caffè Lena

On Wednesday, Skidmore grad and founder of the Caffè Lena History Project, Jocelyn Arem, will speak about her role in preserving the legacy of “America’s oldest continually running folk music coffeehouse.”*

In 2003, with the help of Skidmore’s President’s Discretionary Grant, Arem set out to compile the first oral history of Caffè Lena. The CLHP developed this research into exhibits celebrating the 45th and 50th anniversaries of the venue in 2005 and 2010.

Since then, the project has received funding from Skidmore College, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, the New York Humanities Council, the Library of Congress Parsons Fund, the Puffin Foundation, the Sparkplug Foundation, and the Society for American Music.

*Seems debatable.
Wednesday October 10, 5:15pm @ Davis

Dizzy Peoples Improv Cage Match

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

You guys look like you could use a few good laughs. They say laughter is the best medicine and with the current state of things I could probably swallow an entire pharmacy of laughter. Lucky for us, Dizzy Peoples is hosting an Improv Comedy Cage Match at Caffe Lena this Wednesday, April 27th at 7pm.

I’m not exactly sure how an Improv Comedy Cage Match works but I assume members of Dizzy Peoples, The Ad-Libs, The Sketchies, Skidomedy and other, as-of-yet comedically irrelevant peoples will be smashing chairs over each others’ heads and wearing body paint.

Skidmore Student VIP price is 2 bucks but I can guarantee you’ll see an aggressive, sternum-crushing side of Max Resnick you’ve never seen before.