Saturday, November 6, 7pm

Old buddy Dallas has a new kids' book out. Another old buddy Claire Crespo will be serving her famous baked goods.
Thursday, October 28, 7pm

A-Ron will be reading from his autobiography, My Life In T-Shirts. Weirdo Dave will conduct a slideshow. Who knows what else!
Saturday, October 23, 7 - 10pm

Family Backroom Gallery Presents:

This Natural World
New artwork by Cali Thornhill-Dewitt

October 23 - November 13
Opening Party:
Saturday, October 23, 7 - 10pm

Music by Secret Circuit

This Natural World is about the world one truly occupies, nurturing the everyday, and recognizing what joys and greatness can be reaped. Cali says: “Looking at the same thing everyday, the same things over and over again, they can look different each time. This is a show about how one perceives their surroundings, about loving where you live."

Cali obsessively collects photos of mildewed mattresses, traffic cones, and abandoned shopping carts like they’re exotic flora and fauna. His collages depict stunning alien landscapes, images taken from nature, cut up and skewed: the familiar becomes foreign, offering something new.

“This Natural World looks at our landscapes and our nature. Forgotten shopping carts and trash is as much a part of our environment as palm trees and the pacific,” Cali says. “This is a love letter to home, to making your own reality.”
Thursday, November 4, 7pm

Michael Schmelling's 'Atlanta'

Book Launch/Artist Presentation: Thursday, November 4, 7pm

Between 2007 and 2009, Michael Schmelling gained unprecedented access to the underground hip-hop scenes (Gucci Mane, Shawty Lo, The-Dream) bubbling beneath Atlanta's surface, and the lives of the young musicians and fans at its core. In a stunning series of black and white photos, Schmelling captures the heretofore-undocumented teen party scene - alcohol-free parties catering to the underage crowd, typically thrown by promoters in skating rinks and parks after dark.

"There were a thousand YouTube videos of kids dancing in their living rooms, beats and songs were being made on PCs and uploaded to SoundClick or SpitYoGame. Something new was happening. And something new kept happening."

Sanneh puts things into historical perspective, describing how Atlanta replaced New York City as the hip-hop capital "by default - the place where you could hear the next hit first, the place where kids and grown folks alike still seemed excited about hip-hop, the place where you could get the best mixtapes" and taking readers inside its many subgenres."

Schmelling will conduct an artist slide show and discussion, and present a short video.

Michael Schmelling's last book, The Plan (J&L Books) documented hoarders' apartments around New York. The Week of No Computer was published by TV Books and Schmelling's work is featured on

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