Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders

Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders

Charles Bock, Tracy Bonham, Juliana Hatfield, Dave Hill, Daniel Mendelsohn, Stephin Merritt, Suzzy Roche

Wednesday, October 11

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$50.00 - $100.00

This event is 21 and over

VIP floor seating - $100

All other sections - $75

General Admission no guaranteed seating - $50 

 

 

Please call the box office for reservation. 

 

Sections: 

Green - Banex/Grey - Alley/Purple - Floor/Blue - Mid Level/Red - Upper Level

Wesley Stace
Wesley Stace
Author/musician Wesley Stace aka John Wesley Harding has curated an all-star lineup of his Cabinet of Wonders variety show – featuring musicians Juliana Hatfield, Tracy Bonham, and Suzzy Roche; novelist Charles Bock; author Daniel Mendelsohn; and comedian Dave Hill – in a program to benefit Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon.

Since its inception in 2009, Cabinet of Wonders has established itself in New York and on tour in the USA and Europe as an exciting stage for both prominent and emerging voices in music, literature, and comedy.

Stace originally conceived Cabinet of Wonders as a way to bring together his creative friends; he handpicks the performers and facilitates unusual onstage collaborations for each show, managing to weave the diverse lineup into an unforgettable night. An acclaimed artist in his own right, Stace has released 16 albums under the name John Wesley Harding, one under his birth name, and published four novels.
Charles Bock
Charles Bock
Charles Bock is the author of the novels Alice & Oliver and Beautiful Children, which was a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book, and which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Slate, as well as in numerous anthologies. He has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Yaddo, UCross, and the Vermont Studio Center. Charles is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He lives with his wife, Leslie Jamison, and his daughter in New York City.
Tracy Bonham
Tracy Bonham
Tracy Bonham’s major label debut, The Burdens of Being Upright (Island), achieved gold record status in
1996, spawning the number one hit single “Mother Mother” for four weeks on alternative radio. This lead to a
pair of GrammyTM nominations, and an MTV Video Award nomination.

Bonham was the featured vocalist / violinist on Blue Man Group’s The Complex Tour (2003 -2005) and How To
Be A Megastar 2.0 (2006). Tracy has made multiple television appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay
Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Late Show with Craig Furgussen. Tracy’s vocals and violin are
featured on artist’s albums such as Latin Playboys “Dose”, Wayfaring Strangers’ “Wayfaring Stranger” & “This
Train”, Ron Sexmith’s “Whereabouts”, Aerosmith’s “Honkin On Bobo”, and Mark Oliver Everett’s (The Eels)
“Levity”.

Tracy is currently recording her sixth album, Modern Burdens, partnering up with Pledge Music to reimagine
her debut with other strong female artists.
Juliana Hatfield
Juliana Hatfield
Juliana Hatfield is a singer, songwriter and guitar player. She began her music career in the late 1980s in
Boston with the Blake Babies. Since then she has released approximately fifteen solo albums and been
involved with numerous other groups including the Lemonheads,Some Girls (with Freda Love Smith) and
MInor Alps (withMatthew Caws from Nada Surf). Her latest project is a collaboration with Paul Westerberg
called the I Don’t Cares. Their debut album,Wild Stab, came out in early 2016. Hatfield’s new album,Pussycat,
will be released on April 28, 2017.
Dave Hill
Dave Hill
Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, musician, actor, radio host, and man-about-town originally from
Cleveland, Ohio but now living in New York City in a totally sweet apartment with a party deck and everything.
Hot chicks come over to hang out and eat cheese plates and stuff with him all the time and it’s awesome.
Anyway, on the show business front, Dave has appeared on Comedy Central’s @midnight and Inside Amy
Schumer programs, TBS' Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and and TruTV's Comedy Knockout among others.
He is a frequent on-air host for HBO and Cinemax and has been on channels like MTV, VH1, BBC-America,
and the Sundance Channel a whole bunch too. Dave also starred in his own television program The King of
Miami on the Mojo Network, which was cancelled even though Dave really liked it. The show also aired in the
United Kingdom on Sky TV’s Film24 Channel. And you can still watch The King of Miami on Hulu too, which
Dave is super pumped about. Oh, and Dave was a correspondent on Hoppus on Music starring Blink 182’s
Mark Hoppus on the Fuse channel, which ruled. Dave has been on other shows and in obscure movies too but
let’s keep moving for now.
Dave performs live comedy over the world and has appeared at such festivals as the Melbourne International
Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in
Aspen, Sasquatch Festival, Bumbershoot, Bonnaroo, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, the Crap
Comedy Festival in Oslo, Outside Lands in San Francisco, and then some other ones too. He has also
performed comedy at Sing Sing Correctional Facility twice and even ripped some guitar solos inside a Mexican
prison once. In 2007, Variety magazine named Dave one of their “10 Comedians to Watch,” something he still
won’t shut up about.
Dave hosts his own radio show The Goddamn Dave Hill Show on WFMU in Jersey City, New Jersey every
Monday night from 9pm to midnight and is also a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life. He
has also appeared on podcasts like WTF with Marc Maron, The Adam Carolla Show, The Nerdist, and then
roughly 78 other ones besides those.

Dave is the author of two books, Tasteful Nudes (St. Martins Press, 2012) andDave Hill Doesn’t Live Here
Anymore (Blue Rider Press 2016). He has also written for the New York Times, GQ, Salon, The Paris Review,
McSweeney’s,New York Observer, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, VICE, Guitar World, and a bunch of other
places too. Comedy legend Dick Cavett called Dave “a major figure among American comic writers, past and
present,” which is pretty much the coolest thing that has ever happened as far as Dave is concerned.
Dave is also a musician who currently sings and plays guitar in the power pop band Valley Lodge, whose song
“Go” is the theme song to HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He was also a member of Cleveland
rock bands Sons of Elvis and Cobra Verde as well as Diamondsnake, a heavy metal band with Moby.
Additionally, Dave has played guitar for Walter Schreifels and muscle metal band Thor and bass for Lucy
Wainwright Roche and former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley. He also contributed musical scores to films
such as Dirty Deeds, Shoot First and Pray You Live, and then some other ones besides those two.
Dave has made out with a lot of chicks, is sweet at guitar, and smells really great. You can ask anyone.
Daniel Mendelsohn
Daniel Mendelsohn
Daniel Mendelsohn, the author of the international bestseller "The Lost" and a prolific essayist, translator
and award-winning critic, was born in New York in 1960 and grew up in Old Bethpage, on Long Island. He was
educated at the University of Virginia, where he received a B. A. in Classics in 1982, and at Princeton, which
he attended as a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, and where he received his Ph.D. in Classics in 1994.
He began publishing reviews and essays on literary and cultural topics in 1991, and since then his work has
appeared in many national publications; he now writers frequently for The New Yorker and The New York
Review of Books, which has been his home publication since 2000.
"The Lost," published by HarperCollins in 2006, won the National Books Critics Circle Award and the National
Jewish Book Award in the United States and the Prix Médicis in France, among many other prizes, and has
been published in over fifteen languages. His other books include a memoir, "The Elusive Embrace," a New

York Times Notable Book of 1999 and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; a collection of his critical
essays, "How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken", named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of
2008, and an acclaimed two-volume translation of the complete works of Cavafy, a Publishers Weekly Best
Book of 2009.
In May 2012, the single-volume paperback edition of Daniel Mendelsohn's acclaimed Cavafy translations will
be published by Alfred A. Knopf. In August 2012, his second collection of essays and reviews, "Waiting For the
Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture," will be published by New York Review Books.
His other honors include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and awards for both his literary and theater
criticism, was named by The Economist in 2008 as one of the best critics writing in the English language. Since
2006 he has held the Charles Ranlett Flint Chair in Humanties at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.
He lives in New York City.
Stephin Merritt
Stephin Merritt
Best known as the mastermind behind the Magnetic Fields, singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt has juggled
multiple projects throughout his career, releasing a string of acclaimed albums with the Magnetic Fields while
also working as a solo artist, a magazine journalist, and a member of several different bands. Raised by his
countercultural mother, he spent much of his youth moving from house to house throughout the Northeast. It
was during that time that Merritt became enamored with Top 40 pop, specifically ABBA. His interest in music
began to take on a physical form at the age of 14, when he made his first recordings with a cheap synthesizer
and an old four-track recorder. That sound -- a blend of electronics and lo-fi pop -- still captivated the artist in
later years, prompting him to form the Magnetic Fields in 1989. Based in Boston, the group initially resembled
a solo project more than an actual band, with Merritt playing all the instruments himself. Claudia Gonson,
who'd played with Merritt during the pair's high-school days, eventually signed on as drummer and manager,
and the band's membership swelled during the 1990s. The Magnetic Fields released numerous records during
that decade and earned the most acclaim with 1999's 69 Love Songs, an epic three-disc set that catapulted
Merritt out of the underground and into the upper crust of indie pop.

Meanwhile, he released material with other groups like the 6ths, the Future Bible Heroes, and the Gothic
Archies, almost all of which featured Merritt as the prime (if not only) member. Putting his talent as a wordsmith
to another use, he also served as a copyeditor at Spin and wrote reviews for Time Out magazine in New York.
Music proved to be Merritt's bread and butter, though, and he provided the soundtrack to the James Bolton film
Eban & Charley in 2002, followed by his first proper solo release, which was titled Two Chinese Operas and
issued under his own name in 2005. Showtunes followed in 2006, featuring selected compositions written for
Chen Shi-Zheng's Orphan of Zhao (2003), Peach Blossom Fan (2004), and My Life as a Fairy Tale (2005).
The Magnetic Fields continued releasing new music, too, having left the band's previous label, Merge Records,
to sign with Nonesuch during the early 21st century. Not altogether willing to part with the band, Merge
reached into its own archives for Obscurities, a 2011 compilation that included rarities and unreleased tracks
from the band's early days
Suzzy Roche
Suzzy Roche
After a lifetime of performing and recording, these days Suzzy enjoys singing on the road with her
daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche (lucywainwrightroche.com) Lucy & Suzzy recorded their first CD Fairytale
and Myth which won the popular vote for best singer/songwriter album of the year for the Independent Music
Awards 2014. Suzzy and Lucy have just released their second recording Mud & Apples in 2016. Both
recordings are available on this website as well as itunes.
Suzzy is also currently performing with The Wooster Group (thewoostergroup.org) in: Early Shaker Spirituals ~
a record album interpretation ~ Cry Trojans! ~ based on Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, and The Room
by Harold Pinter.
Suzzy is a founding member of the singing group The Roches
She has written two books; a novel Wayward Saints, and a children's bookWant To Be in a Band?
In addition to recording numerous albums with The Roches, Suzzy has recorded two solo albums, and an
unusual collection of musical prayers,Zero Church (with Maggie Roche), which was developed at the Institute
on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University
Suzzy has taught performance at NYU graduate and undergraduate schools and at Princeton University in the
Atelier Program
Venue Information:
Club Helsinki
405 Columbia St
Hudson, NY, 12534
https://helsinkihudson.com/