[At the Landing at Industry City] SPARK

The Bell House & Union Hall present:

[At the Landing at Industry City] SPARK

Chris Mills, Giulia Rozzi, Sue Smith, Brandon Scott Wolf, Carolyn Castiglia, Marcia Belsky, Shannon Manning, plus more super surprise guests, The Landing at Industry City

Thu · January 14, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$8 Advance / $10 Day of Show

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Arrive early for best seats.

SPARK
SPARK
SPARK IS an evening of music & comedy & seriousness launched by Shannon Manning in which she invites a few people she loves to perform and they each invite and introduce someone else they love. Special and wonderful and sometimes surprise guests to be announced. Or not announced, thus keeping it a surprise.

Past performers: Mike Daisey, Peter Aguero, Adam Wade, Fred Thomas, Hamish Kilgour (the Clean), Jamie Kilstein, Carolyn Castiglia, Chris Mills, Adam Newman, Josh Sharp, Matt Dennie, Louie Pearlman, Meg Griffiths Anderson, Tom Purcell (Colbert), Reni Lane, Vinny DePonto, Myka Fox, Alex Nahas, Jeremy Ladd, Nate Heller, Kelly Irene Corson, Griffin Newman, Max Rosenthal, Cara Reedy, SOAP, Brad Aldous, TJ Mannix, Matt Dennie.
Chris Mills
Chris Mills
[Mills'] hidden elegance lies in the twist of lovesick metaphor, the wistful chord, the revisionist take on the slamming door. – NME

It’s been 17 years since Chris Mills released his first EP, “Chris Mills Plays And Sings.” That record’s plainspoken title laid out the disarmingly simple tone for his career; the development of his craft since then has resulted in sharper songwriting, more musical ornamentation, and tours with the likes of Andrew Bird and Califone. Now, with ALEXANDRIA, Mills has increased his band’s numbers (bass player Ryan Hembrey, pianist Christer Knutsen, and drummer Konrad Meissener) and geographic scope—the Brooklyn-based troubadour’s sixth studio album was largely conceived in Scandinavia, and recorded at Chicago’s Wall To Wall Studios. (Grammy-winning engineer Ryan Freeland mixed the album.) At once intensely personal and incredibly ambitious, ALEXANDRIA is a leap forward for Mills, yet it retains the wit and keen eye for human behavior that have defined his records up to this point.

The seeds for this record, Mills’s first since 2008′s LIVING IN THE AFTERMATH, were sown by his own maturing. “There was a lot of personal upheaval and renewal going on throughout the entire writing process,” Mills recalls. “I got married; I went through some rough times and pulled myself out of them. I began to refocus on how I thought about music and art, and playing and recording. This album looks backwards and forwards at the same time.”

As such, the characters populating Mills’s have weathered life’s storms, but are by no means swept away by their tumult; instead, they look for salvation in the world around them. The loneliness precisely described on “The Sweet Hereafter” is tempered by the knowledge that there’s “magic in the mountains,” while “Castaways”—a sea shanty turned rave-up—looks for redemption in the water.

“I spent a lot of time in Scandanavia when I was writing the songs and when Christer, Ryan and I were working on the demos, and I definitely feel like that informed some of the tracks. I feel like there’s a bit of desolation in a lot of the lyrics, and a sort of ‘no man’s land’ vibe, which reflects where we were at times in the Norwegian countryside. There’s a stillness at night when you get into the mountains over there, or above the Arctic Circle, and a little loneliness that I think crept into some of the songs.”

ALEXANDRIA’s opening track “Wild Places” opens with Mills singing, simply, “I have wandered in the wild places/ and I’ve brought a message back for you”; that sentiment sets the tone for this expansive, exploratory album, which is full of heartfelt words set to indelible melodies.
Giulia Rozzi
Giulia Rozzi
Giulia Rozzi is a comedian, writer and actress that's been seen on Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central, The Jim Gaffigan Show, TruTV, Lifetime and Vh1. She's a MothGrand Champion, a TEDx speaker, and the co-host/creator of Stripped Stories. Check out her web series Seeing Other People and her podcast Hopefully We Don't Break Up. More at giuliarozzi.com

Photo: Francine Daveta
Sue Smith
Sue Smith
SUE SMITH has appeared on Best Week Ever and I Love the 2000s. She's one of the 10 Funniest Women in NYC, according to Time Out New York. She has performed and studied at the UCB Theatre since 2007. She's the host of Tits & Giggles, the podcast for women in comedy. She teaches at New York Film Academy. Her writing has appeared in xoJane, Brokelyn, VICE and other places that aren't as hipstery. She loves snacks.
Brandon Scott Wolf
Brandon Scott Wolf
Brandon Scott Wolf is a Brooklyn-based comedian, the founder of DateBrandonScottWolf.com, and a contributing writer for "Saturday Night Live" Weekend Update, Funny or Die, and CollegeHumor among other outlets.

In 2011 he was named the funniest college student in the nation by RooftopComedy and TBS after winning the National College Comedy Competition while attending Penn State University and in 2014 he was the New York City Regional Winner of Funny or Die's Road 2 Oddball Competition.

His performance credits include "Lopez Tonight," CollegeHumor Live, Carolines on Broadway, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and a variety of festivals including Just For Laughs (Chicago), the Finger Lakes Comedy Festival, and the Del Close Marathon.
Carolyn Castiglia
Carolyn Castiglia
Carolyn Castiglia is a stand-up comedian known for her hilarious riffing and crowd work, wild storytelling and her incredible ability to freestyle rap. Carolyn has appeared on VH1, MTV2, Comedy Central, NBC, We TV, Food Network, Lifetime, fyi and more. For two years, she was featured nightly as NickMom's “Ultimate Sports Mom,” and she is a frequent guest commentator on HLN.
Marcia Belsky
Marcia Belsky
Marcia Belsky is a New York City based stand-up comedian, musician and writer. In 2014, she was a semifinalist in the NBC StandUp For Diversity competition, and her web series Couch House was an official selection in the 2015 New York Television Festival. Currently, she performs stand up regularly around the New York area and has contributed to the popular satirical website Reductress. She is the lead singer of the "radical" feminist band Free the Mind and her project The Headless Women of Hollywood has been featured on Funny or Die, USA Today, Buzzfeed, Guys We F***cked, AV Club, E!News and more.
Shannon Manning
Shannon Manning
Shannon Manning is a writer and producer, and creator of Spark and Beauty Love Truth (improv inspired by guest musician) which has run for over a decade at UCB, PIT, Magnet, Barrow Street Theater, Standard Toykraft, and Union Hall with stellar musical guests. Shannon learned improv from the legendary comedy inspiration Del Close and loves to talk about it.
The Landing at Industry City
The Landing at Industry City
The Bell House and Union Hall family is running the food and bar at the tenant lounge called the Landing at Industry City.

For the summer, we are outdoors in the courtyard!

Come early to eat and drink!

Address: 220 36th St #2-A. Located by Sunset Park, Brooklyn. 36th St stop D/N/R.

Enter through the courtyard at 2nd Avenue between 36th and 37th street where there is also a parking lot. For GPSing 638 2nd Avenue works best.

Venue Information:
The Landing @ Industry City
220 36th St #2-A
Brooklyn, NY, 11232
http://industrycity.com/