If you’re looking for a unique and entertaining experience reminiscent of a cozy, hometown gathering, head to Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts for its monthly Friday night Reading Series.
This time around the center presents the music and fiction of Dylan Hicks. The reading is Friday, July 13, 7:30 p.m., at the center. Free. Refreshments will be served.
“It’s going to be a cool night,” said Lia Rivamonte, BLCA’s executive director.
The readings are hosted by Matt Rasmussen, a 2012 McKnight Artist Fellow, who has received a number of awards for his poetry.
Hicks is a songwriter, musician and writer. Coffee House Press released his first novel “Boarded Windows” in May 2012 along with a companion album, “Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Greene.”
The book is a coming of age novel narrated by a man recalling an unexpected visit he received in the early ‘90s from his shadowy father figure.
For his Banfill appearance, Hicks will read from his novel.
Hicks, who says he is oftentimes compared with singers Randy Newman and Paul Westerberg, will also sing (and play keyboard) some of his selections from the companion album. He also will perform other original music.
“It will be kind of a minor concert,” Hicks said.
Hicks’ writing has appeared in the Village Voice, New York Times, Star Tribune, City Pages and Rain Taxi. He has also released three other albums under his name.
“I feel good about the book coming out,” Hicks said. “It’s unusual to have a book come out with music.”
Banfill-Locke Center for the arts is a nonprofit community art center located at the juncture of Rice Creek and the Mississippi River in Manomin County Park. The center has served the community with accessible arts and programming. Among its offerings are gallery exhibits, classes and workshops, festivals, gift shop, literary readings and artist residencies since 1979.
For more information on Hicks, visit www.dylanhicks.com.
BLCA hosts a monthly reading series the second Friday of every month.
The art center is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley. For more information, visit www.banfill-locke.org or call 763-574-1850.
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