TSL Parking Lot Live: Emily Ritz Friday, August 21, 8 p.m.


TSL opens up its spacious, 20,000-square-foot parking lot for a safe and socially distanced food, music, and film series. Featuring our brand-new outdoor stage and movie screen.

MASKS REQUIRED! Capacity limited to fifty seats per evening. Ticket of $10 includes a chair and social distancing space. Advanced ticket sales encouraged. Schedule and safety guidelines subject to change.

Friday, August 21 AND Saturday, August 22 (rain date: Sunday, 7/23):

Two nights of performances! Doors at 7:30 p.m. for food and beverages (details TBA). Performance begins at 8:00pm. Reading by poet Shanekia McIntosh (Friday) / musical performance by Rebecca Borrer (Saturday) followed by Emily Ritz.

EMILY RITZ: Musician and multidisciplinary visual artist, Emily Ritz lives a life immersed in creativity. Emily makes tender, exploratory work which draws as much on the harmonious swells and hollows of the natural world, as on personal experience and internal work around self-acceptance and self-love.

A touring musician for over a decade, Emily began her musical career in California, forming bands Yesway and Honeycomb. After moving back home to upstate NY, Emily self released her first solo record Pattern Recess in 2018. Pattern Recess is guided by Ritz’s strong, soulful voice and experimental sensibility. While classic elements of jazz and R&B can be heard, Ritz’s sound is enticingly off-kilter due to her subtly unusual melodic choices and inventive use of electronic manipulation. She uses her voice to weave complex harmonies and avant-garde patterns while delivering poignant and romantic lyrics. Confident and idiosyncratic, Ritz calls forth other bold female artists such as Jenny Hval, Amy Winehouse, Circuit Des Yeux, Solange, and early Grimes.

SHANEKIA MCINTOSH is a writer, poet and performer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Raised as a first-generation American, in a predominately Caribbean neighborhood, by Jamaican- immigrants. Her work is inspired by the double consciousness of her cultural heritage and the black diaspora; it aims to disrupt and confront the historical colonial erasure of black/poc narratives, the contemporary byproducts of that erasure and it’s continued practice today. Using the thematic palette of generational trauma, dislocation and migration, climate change, afro-futurism, empathetic political actions and accessibility the work aims to cultivate a community space to engage contemporary narratives and perspectives to upend the learned complacency of these practices.

McIntosh has read and shown her work at The New Museum, Second Ward Foundation, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, Hudson Hall, NY Live Arts, September Gallery and more, with recent work being published in Chronogram, Apogee Journal and The TENTH Magazine. She is the co-founder of Free Range, a black performance series with artist Tschabalala Self and DJ Michael Mosby. Previously, McIntosh co-curated TRIPTYCH, the Sunday daytime programming for Basilica Soundscape Music and Arts Festival in Hudson,NY with poet Joey de Jesus. McIntosh is the Youth Service & Programs Assistant for the Hudson Area Library in Hudson, NY.


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