Tag: National Museum of Dance

Weekend in the Catskills – 2/26/2016

This weekend:

  • Howard Greenberg at the Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz;
  • Afternoon of a Faun, a documentary about New York City Ballet dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq, at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs;
  • And, ceramics workshops at the Hudson Valley Pottery School and Studio in Rhinebeck.

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Weekend in the Catskills – 8/07/2015

This weekend in the Catskills:

  • Audubon and Friends Too art show at Catskill Art Society;
  • Tango Gala at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs;
  • Miro String Quartet at Maverick Concert Hall;
  • And, the August Art Festival begins in Rosendale.

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Weekend in the Catskills – 4/17/2015

Music, books, theater – this weekend is filled with choices for art enthusiasts in the Catskills.

(c) Simona David
(c) Simona David

Bearsville Theater

Bearsville Theater in Woodstock is hosting a concert this Saturday, April 18 at 9 p.m. featuring singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, a concert sponsored by Radio Woodstock. From the Bearsville Theater: “Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known halls. In performances devoid of outward drama that nevertheless convey deep emotion, Vega sings in a distinctive, clear vibrato-less voice that has been described as “a cool, dry sandpaper- brushed near-whisper” and as “plaintive but disarmingly powerful.”  For more information about this concert, visit http://www.bearsvilletheater.com/events-calendar/suzanne-vega.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting a piano recital this Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. featuring Mayumi Tsuchida, a virtuoso pianist born in Japan, and currently residing in the Hudson Valley. From the Byrdcliffe Guild: Tsuchida “began playing piano at the age of 3, gave her first solo concert when she was 7, and has been on an upward trajectory ever since. Her performances have taken her to Asia, South America, and Europe as both a soloist and a chamber musician. Tsuchida made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008, playing with the Luna Trio on the popular PBS television show From the Top, which showcases America’s most talented young musicians. She has participated in master classes and worked with world-class pianists Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, Peter Serkin, and Andre Watts.” The concert will take place the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts on Tinker Street. Compositions by Bach, Haydn, Debussy, Bartok and Schumann will be performed.For more information, visit  http://www.woodstockguild.org/mayumi.html.

Hudson Valley History Reading Festival

This Saturday April 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the FDR Presidential Library will host the third annual Hudson Valley History Reading Festival. The festival this year features four authors who wrote about the Hudson Valley history: Harvey Flad, Cynthia Owen Philip, Ann DuBois, and Anthony Musso. Ann DuBois, who last weekend participated in the Writers in the Mountains’ second annual Catskills Book Festival, will read from her book The Big Apples of New York: The Story of How New York State Became the Big Apple. For more information, visit http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/publicprograms/calendar.html.

Capital Repertory Theater

Capital Repertory Theater in Albany is hosting a preview of Hamlet this Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m., a production directed by Kevin McGuire. Written in the early 1600s, this Shakespearean masterpiece deals with themes typical of the Renaissance: the scope of human understanding, the beauty of the world, as well as mystery and uncertainty. The play opening night is Tuesday, April 21. In theREP Café there will be an art exhibit featuring paintings by artist Meredith Rosier. Rosier studied at Yale University School of Art, and received numerous awards and recognitions. For more information about this production and art exhibit, visit http://capitalrep.org/theatre/2014-2015/hamlet.

National Museum of Dance

National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs is hosting a book launch this Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. Crafterina, a children’s book by author Vanessa Saldago, is the story of a young dancer who uses her crafting skills to create a world of ballet outside of dance class. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.dancemuseum.org/events/. For more information about Crafterina, visit http://www.crafterina.com/.

Have a fabulous weekend in the Catskills!

 

Weekend in the Catskills – 3/20/15

Fabulous weekend coming up in the Catskills and surrounding area: the Woodstock Writers Festival is celebrating its sixth anniversary, Corning Glass Museum is opening a new wing, the National Museum of Dance is hosting an evening of tango demonstrations, the Arts Upstairs gallery is having an art opening reception, and Spillian is hosting a radio panel. Plenty to choose from!

Woodstock Writers Festival

The Woodstock Writers Festival kicks off tonight, March 19, with a traditional Story Slam event. Tomorrow several concurrent workshops will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: fiction, memoir, social media, and publishing are among offerings this year. Also Friday at 6 p.m. there will be a cocktail party at Commune Saloon in Bearsville, followed at 8 p.m. by a conversation with Chris Stein and Will Hermes. Saturday is the panels’ day: spirituality, publishing, journalism and fiction are scheduled throughout the day at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts on Tinker Street. A cocktail party begins at 6 p.m. at Joshua Café, followed at 8 p.m. by an exchange between Joe Donahue from WAMC and novelist Abigail Thomas, an event held at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts. Sunday morning there will be a literary breakfast at Joshua Café with guest speaker James Howard Kunstler from NPR. The festival will conclude Sunday afternoon with two panels: one on biography, and the other one on memoir. Memoir A Go-Go panel will be moderated by author Martha Frankel, the executive director of the festival. For more information, visit http://www.woodstockwriters.com/.

Corning Museum of Glass

Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, Steuben County, is inaugurating a new wing this weekend – a 100,000 square foot Contemporary Art + Design space designed by architect Thomas Phifer. The New York Times wrote about it here. The new wing, which includes a large contemporary glass art gallery, and a renovated historic glass factory ventilator building, will open to the public this Friday, March 20 at 9 a.m. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Also, hot glass demonstrations will be offered throughout the weekend. For more information, visit http://www.cmog.org/event/grand-opening-weekend-events.

National Museum of Dance

National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs is hosting 125 Years of Tango – A Walk through the History of the Dance, this Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. The evening will feature music, dance, and demonstrations. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, visit http://www.dancemuseum.org/.

Arts Upstairs

Arts Upstairs gallery in Phoenicia, Ulster County is hosting an opening reception this Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m. featuring a group show titled Spring on My Mind, and also a solo exhibit featuring artist Astrid Nordness. Nordness paints and works in clay. She incorporates various elements of nature in her work, and uses a wide color palette. For more information, visit http://www.artsupstairs.com/.

Spillian

Spillian mansion in Fleischmanns, Ulster County is hosting Stealing All Transmissions, an event co-produced in partnership with WIOX Radio Station in Roxbury, Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m. The event includes a book launch – Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of the Clash by Randal Doane, Assistant Dean of Studies at Oberlin College; Doane will be delivering the keynote address. Also, a radio panel will tackle the role of radio in the digital age. Panelists include Meg Griffin from SiriusXM, Ida Hakkila from WDST Woodstock, Sonny Rock from WRIP Windham, Jezz Harkin from WIOX, and Brian Sickora, CEO of WSKG Media, among others. Joe Piasek, executive producer at WIOX, will be moderating. For more information, visit http://wioxradio.org/.

Have a fabulous weekend!

 

“Art in the Catskills” Is Four Month Old

Art in the CatskillsArt in the Catskills, published earlier this year, is an inventory of cultural assets in the Catskills, and it essentially serves as a travel guide for art and history lovers.

I wrote this book, because this is the kind of book I wish I was handed when I moved to the Catskills ten years ago. And, although some of the cultural projects that I discuss in this book were developed later – like for instance The Woodstock Writers Festival, which launched in 2010, and The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, which also launched in 2010, most are well-established, well-known historical landmarks. For instance, Thomas Cole’s Old Studio at Cedar Grove Mansion in Catskill was built in 1839; the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild was founded in 1902; the Maverick Concert Hall, the oldest chamber music hall in the country still in existence, opened in 1916; the Woodstock Playhouse opened in 1938; all these are national artistic and cultural landmarks.

People are used to come to the Catskills for its tremendous outdoor recreational opportunities, but what I’m saying with this book is that the Catskills is also an amazing cultural destination – look for instance at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown – the festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year (it opened in 1975). Or Bard Music Festival, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. And, right here close to us, there is Belleayre Music Festival that brought Ray Charles and Wynton Marsalis to the Catskills.

And there is art in all forms and styles. Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown displays works by famed landscape painters like Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand. The Emporium in High Falls houses documents about Cubist painter Marc Chagall, who lived in New York City in the 1940s, and maintained a studio in High Falls – Chagall painted in the Catskills from 1946 to 1948. So, there is a lot of art in the Catskills.

I knew quite a bit about the Catskills prior to writing this book, but during the research phase, I learned many new things:

  • The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, founded in 1986 by Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and his wife Marylou, is the only dance museum in the country, and one of the very few in the world. Its collections are extensive;
  • Thomas Cole’s New Studio, which was built in 1846, and was demolished in the 1970s, is currently being re-built based on the original design model.

There is a lot going on in the Catskills, and I talk about all these in my book. A second edition is coming out early next year.

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Looking forward to talking more about Art in the Catskills!

© 2014 Simona David

Weekend in the Catskills – 11/7/14

This weekend in the Catskills: a panel on self-publishing, filmmaking workshops, painting classes, theater and puppet shows – difficult to choose where to be, and what to do!

To Be (Self-Published) or Not to Be (Self-Published): Panel Discussion

Woodstock PanelFrom Violet Snow, author and journalist: It’s a tough decision for a writer. Do you bang your head against the wall of trying to get an agent and a traditional publisher? Do you self-publish, take 100 percent responsibility for editing and promotion, and risk falling into the void? Panelists will discuss the advantages and pitfalls of pursuing the various routes to publication and what to consider when making the big decision. This event is NOT a how-to-self-publish workshop but a sharing of experience about avenues to publication.”

The panel discussion, featuring editor Robert Wyatt, author Laurie Boris, thriller writer Jenny Milchman, and myself is organized by the Glaring Omissions Writers Group and the Golden Notebook Bookstore, and will be hosted by the Christian Science Church located at 85 Tinker Street in Woodstock. The event will take place this Sunday, November 9 at 4 pm. Everyone is welcomed.

Catskill Mountains Film Festival – Workshops  

Catskill Mountains Film Festival presents six filmmaking workshops this Saturday, November 8 at SUNY Delhi. The workshops, held some in the morning, and others in the afternoon, include: “Camera and Lighting for the Emerging Filmmaker” with Alan McPheely, “Make Your Own Indie Feature” with J. Christian Ingvordsen and Matthew Howe, “The Director’s Job” with Dorothy Lyman, “Screenwriting Basics” with Laura Kelber, “Mixing Sound for Movies” with Paul Geluso, and “Iphoneography” with David Kenny. Workshop leaders are all experienced, accomplished filmmakers. For more information, visit http://www.catskillmountainsfilmfestival.org/.

Shandaken Theatrical Society – Satire

Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS) presents The Lady in Question” by Charles Busch this Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm. From STS: “A free wheeling satire of patriotic 1940’s thrillers such as “Notorious” and “Escape”, “The Lady in Question” tells the suspenseful tale of Gertrude Garnet, the most glamorous concert pianist on the international stage.” More information at http://www.stsplayhouse.com/plays.html.

Woodstock School of Art – Painting

Woodstock School of Art presents “Color and Energy” workshop with Karen O’Neil this Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. From the class description: “Working from landscape or still life, students are encouraged to work with larger brushes and to simplify form. Focus is on the study of atmospheric effects of light on color.” More information at http://woodstockschoolofart.org/oneil_color_and_energy_workshop_november_2014.html

Also, the school will host an opening reception featuring new works by its students this Saturday, November 8 at 3 pm. For more information about the Woodstock School of Art, visit http://woodstockschoolofart.org/.

The National Museum of Dance – Puppet Show

The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga presents a puppet show this Sunday, November 9 at 11 am. The Puppet People will perform “The Wizard of Oz,” and a puppet making workshop will be offered at the end of the show. For more information, visit http://www.dancemuseum.org/events/.

 

Weekend in the Catskills – 9/5/14

Hobart Book Village of the Catskills
Hobart Book Village of the Catskills. (c) Simona David

Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers

Initiated in 2013, Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers celebrates its second edition this weekend, September 5 – 7. Twenty-three renowned writers, poets and educators will be leading workshops and giving readings: Mary Johnson, Tayari Jones, Esther Cohen, Marianela Medrano, Sophronia Scott, Breena Clarke, Mermer Blakeslee, Bertha Rogers, Lynn Domina, Kat Rosenfield, Stephanie Nikolopoulos, and others. I will be teaching a Self-Publishing workshop, Friday, September 5 from 3 to 5 pm. For more information, visit http://www.hobartbookvillage.com

Woodstock Artists Association & Museum

Founded in 1919, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum supports and showcases the works of local artists. The museum is open year round with permanent and temporary exhibitions in all media. This Saturday, September 6 artists are invited to submit works for a new show called “In the Realm of the Senses,” juried by Judy Sigunick, a ceramicist and printmaker. For information about submission guidelines go to http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Intake-for-New-Shows-This-Tuesday-September-2.html?soid=1101793785598&aid=LBZnlzhWeKM.

For more information about Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, visit http://www.woodstockart.org/.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Founded in 1961, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) hosts world-class performances every year throughout the summer. This weekend, SPAC will host its 14th annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival, featuring more than 250 fine wine and food exhibitors. An auto field set nearby will have on display collectible Porsche, Jaguar, and Shelby Cobras. For more information about the festival, go to http://saratogawineandfood.com/.

The National Museum of Dance

Still in Saratoga, the National Museum of Dance is having an open house this Sunday, September 7, from 12 noon to 5 pm. Founded in 1986, the museum hosts an array of photographs, videos, costumes, artifacts and documents that illustrate all forms of dance throughout history. Since 1992 the museum has had its own school of dance, whose studios will be open this weekend. The museum, founded by Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and his wife Marylou, is housed in the historic Washington Bathhouse, built in 1918 in the Arts and Crafts architectural style. For more information, visit http://www.dancemuseum.org.

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College

The Fisher Center at Bard College presents outstanding theatrical and classical music performances, and brings leading artists to the Hudson Valley area spring, summer, and fall. The Center also has a residency program called Live Arts Bard (LAB) for performing arts professionals to test ideas, and develop new projects. To view the fall program go to http://fishercenter.bard.edu/fallevents/.

Have an artful Catskills weekend!