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Rafael Alvarez, Staff Writer on The Wire, Is Speaking at Northshire Bookstore

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

This is his book.

Rafael Alvarez is an author with several published books ranging from a collection or articles from his work with the Baltimore Sun to fictional short stories. He’s been a part of the gripping, Baltimore-based HBO show The Wire as a Staff Writer. Alvarez is a man of Baltimore and much of his work reflects his love, as well as criticism, for the city.

For those who have watched The Wire, you’ve seen Baltimore’s, and ultimately America’s, underbelly: the day to day homicide rate steadily climbing, the rampant drug trade flourishing on the corners, and the wretched poverty levels. But the inner city is more complicated than that, more intricate, and David Simon (writer/producer of The Wire) as well as Rafael Alvarez have worked to uncover those complexities, to show the world that the people who roam these seemingly godforsaken streets have more similarities to you and I than we would care to think. These people have stories and those stories are worth hearing.

Alvarez will be at Northshire Bookstore tonight at 6pm reading out of his newest collection of short stories, Tales From The Holy Land. As the publisher’s description goes, “The stories take place along the narrow streets and alleys of Alvarez’s heartbreaking hometown, charting secret histories of the last 100 years through the difficult and hopeful lives of tugboat men, junk collectors, beautiful women, short order cooks and an artist who captures it all in house paint on the sides of abandoned buildings.”

Rafael Alvarez, Northshire Bookstore on Broadway, 6pm 

Ensemble ACJW Returns to Skidmore for Spring Residency

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014


Ensemble ACJW, a part of The Academy — a program involving Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, returns to Skidmore for a musical and cultural residency. Most music students recognize the young and talented performers as those random people who come to music theory class and sit in with the orchestra once a semester. But recently the ACJW collective has begun to spread from Zankel into the community.

The fellows will be playing, lecturing, and interacting throughout Saratoga Springs and the Skidmore campus over the next few days (check out the calendar of public events below). My personal favorite? The open poetry reading at Northshire Bookstore Thursday at 7:00 PM. It’s not very often you can pull an Amiri Baraka (RIP) and have your work read with professional accompaniment. So English majors, I highly recommend you put down the Chaucer for a second and stop by.

The whole residency concludes with Carnegie Hall Premieres: A Concert by Ensemble ACJW in Zankel Friday night. ACJW never leaves home without a composer and a piece to premiere for us Skid kids, so schedule date night around this. You won’t want to miss it. Besides being some of the most exciting and entertaining musicians in New York right now (that’s right – not just classical musicians, ALL musicians; come at me bloggosphere), they’re wonderful people and enthusiastic performers.

Here’s there full public schedule:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 6:00pm- FLASH MOB! @ D-Hall (that’s when I’ll be eating dinner. I love eating while people make fools of themselves)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 12:15pm – Library Informance @ Scribner Library (holy fuck who names these things) 5:00pm- Student Composition Readings @ Helen Filene Ladd Hall (go student composers go!) 7:00-9:00pm- Poetry Slam @ Northshire Bookstore

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 1:00pm Ensemble ACJW Open Dress Rehearsal @ Ladd Hall (aural pregame of the concert) 7:00pm- Pre-Concert Talk @ Ladd Hall (oh is Gordon speaking??) 8:00pm- Carnegie Hall Premieres: A Concert by Ensemble ACJW (date night!!)

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