Weekend in the Catskills – 8/19/2016

This weekend:

  • Chamber music with Adam Tendler, Emmanuel Feldman, and Aurea Ensemble at Maverick Concert Hall;
  • As You Like It and Macbeth at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival;
  • Robert Hite: A Distant Embrace at Wired Gallery;
  • And Writers Exposed with Writers in the Mountains at the Erpf Center.

Learn more at Upstater.com.

Writers Exposed at The Erpf Center

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is hosting its annual summer reading event called “Writers Exposed!” Sunday, August 21 at 4 pm at The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (The Erpf Center), located at 43355 State Route 28, Arkville, New York, 12406.

This casual but convivial gathering creates a forum and sets a stage for WIM students and instructors to share with each other, other members of the WIM community, and any and all interested writers, readers, listeners, and literary enthusiasts in the neighborhood what they have written, are writing, and have been thinking about in the past year. Be prepared to experience stories and poems about things like the exhilaration of returned affection; the heart-wrenching pathos of ordinary life; and triumph over emotional fears. See and hear writers lay bare their innermost thoughts, indulge fantasies, and lash out at a world gone haywire.

Scheduled readers include poets Anique Taylor, Sharon Israel and Sharon Ruetenik, writers Geoff Rogers, Ev Ellsworth and Bonnie Lykes, and journalist Lillian Browne.

An open mic for the fearless and/or the fun-loving will follow the scheduled readings.

The day will include drinks, light refreshments, and live music. WIM board member Carrie Bradley Neves, writer, editor, and songwriter, will perform some of her original songs. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

The Catskill Center has been promoting the Catskill Mountain Region through regional advocacy, environmental education, arts and culture programming, invasive species management, and land protection for over 45 years. The Center stimulates, conducts, and supports integrated actions to protect vital ecosystems and unique landscapes, to enhance economic opportunities for all the region’s residents, to preserve cultural and historic assets and to further a regional vision and spirit. For more information about the Catskill Center visit www.catskillcenter.org.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide to the general public a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing. For more information, visit writersinthemountains.org.

Weekend in the Catskills – 8/12/2016

This weekend:

  • The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center;
  • Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is hosting a Woodstock Anniversary Brunch, marking the festival’s 47th anniversary;
  • Thomas Cole National Historic Site is hosting Open House: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole featuring the works of multi-media artist Jason Middlebrooks;
  • And, photographer Helane Levine-Keating is showing Liminal Spaces at Longyear Gallery in Margaretville.

Learn more at Upstater.com.

The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice Celebrates Its Seventh Season

© Simona David
At the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice in 2015 when the festival celebrated American music. © Simona David
This year the Festival of the Voice will celebrate Shakespeare and all things British. © Simona David
This year the Festival of the Voice will celebrate Shakespeare and all things British. © Simona David

Weekend in the Catskills – 8/5/2016

This weekend:

  • The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice celebrates its seventh season;
  • Fisher Center at Bard College presents “The Symphonic and The Operatic” featuring works by Italian composers Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Martucci;
  • And Arts Society of Kingston presents “Landscape Still Lives” art show by Richard Kirk Mills.

Learn more at Upstater.com.

Featured Destination: Franklin Stage Company

Scene from We 3, a fresh interpretation of Chekhov's Three Sisters. Contributed photo.
Scene from We 3, a fresh interpretation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Contributed photo.

Founded in 1996, Franklin Stage Company (FSC) celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer. FSC produces both classic and contemporary plays, and prides itself in having a free admission policy. Over the years, it has produced plays by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Molière, Henrik Ibsen, Eugène Ionesco, and many others. Located at Chapel Hall, a landmark building erected in 1855 in the Greek Revival style, the company is an iconic cultural institution in the region.

I interviewed Carmela Marner, the executive and artistic director of Franklin Stage Company, and talked about theater as an artistic form, its origin and history, as well as the beginnings and evolution of Franklin Stage Company. A graduate of Brown University, Marner is an accomplished stage and screen actress (she appeared in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut). She is also a stage director. Carmela teaches in the Theater Department at SUNY Oneonta.

Performances this summer include We 3, a reinterpretation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, and Shakespeare’s King Lear, among others.

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For more information, visit

http://www.franklinstagecompany.org

© 2016 Simona David

 

Weekend in the Catskills – 7/29/2016

This weekend:

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs at Fisher Center in Annandale-on-Hudson;
  • The AMR (Andes-Margaretville-Roxbury) Open Studios Tour celebrates its fifth anniversary;
  • And the Poetry Barn in West Hurley is offering a bookbinding workshop for beginners.

Learn more at Upstater.com.