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August 2, 2013

Area Arts News

The Daily Star

---- — Exhibits to open today at CANO

The Community Arts Network of Oneonta will feature three exhibits by local artists Simone Mantellassi, Doug Jamieson and Walter Gurbo with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Wilber Mansion Galleries at 11 Ford Ave. in Oneonta. The show will run through Aug. 27.

Gallery hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. For more information, call 432-2070 or visit

Singer to perform album tonight

Last year’s “Travelers and Thieves” was the triumphant result of Cobleskill-based singer-songwriter Chris Scharling’s attempt at the RPM Challenge: create an album of original music in one month’s time. He’ll be playing the album in its entirety, with his band, at the Kaaterskill House in Stamford at 7 p.m. today.

In 2009, his song “Fuzzy Dice & Neon Headlights” was featured in the video game Guitar Hero.

While attending the State University College at  Oneonta for Music Industry, Scharling began writing songs and sharing them with classmates and faculty.

Scharling will be performing the album with his band in its entirety with Albany singer-songwriter Matt Durfee.

Youths to perform Shakespeare

“Love’s Labors Lost,” a fully staged Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops performance, will take place today and Saturday at the West Kortright Centre.

Each evening will begin with an indoor performance of the Introduction to Acting’s theater piece, “Peter Pan.” At 6:45 p.m. there will be an picnic, wherehot dogs and veggie burgers will be provided.

The featured production, directed by Olivia Briggs, with original music by John DeNicola & Patti Maloney, will begin at 8 p.m.  The actors are coming from the Shakespeare acting workshop, taught by Briggs; the set, sound and lighting from the Technical Theater Workshop, taught by Bob Briggs; and the costumes 

from the Costume Design Workshop, taught by Melissa Moss. Attendees should bring their own lawn seating. Rain date for both nights is Sunday

Tickets are $11, or $6 for those younger than 19.

West Kortright Centre is at 49 West Kortright Church Road in East Meredith.

Galleries to host joint exhibit

From 3 to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Bright Hill Literary Center’s Word & Image Gallery will open “All the Good Dogs: An Exhibit by Bertha Rogers & Friends” and from 5 to 7 p.m. that same day, The Treadwell Museum of Fine Art will open “Some Bad Cats: An Exhibit by Joseph Kurhajec & Friends.” 

The two exhibits are a result of a collaboration between Kurhajec and Rogers (both of whom grew up in the Midwest) and invited artist friends, among them Doug Jamieson, Christine Alexander, Simone Mantellassi, Joan Dworkin, Jim Chatelain, Edmund Rinnooy Kan, Marie Cummings and others. The Treadwell Museum evening will include an open jam session.

The exhibits, which are free and open to the public, will remain at the galleries through Aug. 25. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and weekends by appointment. Bright Hill Literary Center is at 94 Church St. in Treadwell, one block north of Barlow’s General Store on county Route 14. The Treadwell Museum of Fine Art is at 54 Main St. in Treadwell. For more information, call 829-5055 or 607-829-5812 or

Summer Jam set for Saturday

The 2nd Annual Summer Jam in Norwich’s East Side Park will kick off at noon Saturday. 

Attendees are invited to bring their chairs and blankets to take in the free all-day event. 

Returning to headline after last year’s show is Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. Also appear will be the Chris Jacobs Band, Flow Tribe, Conehead Buddha and Waydown Wailers.

East Park Place will operate a large beer and beverage garden with an excellent vantage point for the stage, and the Elks Club across the street will have a pig roast fundraiser. Attendees may also bring a cooler with food and beverages, but alcohol is not allowed in the park. 

The music kicks will continue until 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit 

“Too Many Frogs’ at Open Eye

There will be two performances of Sandra Fenichel Asher’s comedy play, “Too Many Frogs,” based on her award-winning book. Performances of the story about Rabbit and Froggie  will take place on stage at The Open Eye Theater at 960 Main St. in Margaretville at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and younger accompanied by an adult may attend for free.

Under the direction of Lynda Sharpe, Rabbit is performed by Elizabeth Kemble and Froggie by Eva DiDia. Goldilocks, The Shoemaker and Duckling are performed by Amy Taylor. Puppeteers are Katie Nichols, Jovan Rodriguez-DiDia, Noah Sanford, Eli Taylor, and Lillian Taylor, all students in The Open Eye’s Summer Youth Theater Workshop taught by Carol Jones. 

Following each performance there will be a reception, and an opportunity to meet the cast, the director, the Youth Theater Workshop teacher, and the playwright.

The Inn Between Steak and Seafood Restaurant will host brunch for those who wish to have a “Dinner & Theater” production. Dinner & Theater patrons receive premium seating at the theater. For more information, and to make reservations for the show or for Dinner & Theater,  call The Open Eye at 845-586-1660, or e-mail 

Tickets to “Too Many Frogs” are $5. 

Sweet Adelines to perform Sunday

The City of the Hills Sweet Adelines will perform for the concert series sponsored by The Jefferson Historical Society at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Maple Museum at 221 Creamery St. in Jefferson. The chorus, directed by Flora Beth Cunningham, will present a variety of songs a cappella in four-part harmony, barbershop style. The program will include three quartets whose members are also in the chorus.

Closing party set for Monday

A closing party for the show Chromatones/Collage as Painting: New of New Works on Paper by Amy Cannon will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Art Garage at 689 beaver meadow Road. There is no admission charge.

During the exhibition period Wednesdays have featured a weekly open house to meet the artist and, for those who are interested, explore Surrealism-related readings and writers.

The Art Garage is a private alternative space on Beaver Meadow Road less than a mile outside Cooperstown, that periodically curates exhibitions to share with the public. Past projects include “From India and Nepal to the Taj Garage” and “Lavern Kelley: The Art of Logging.”  For more information,  email or 547-5327.

Jazz to be heard at library

The Sidney Memorial Public Library will host a musical performance by the Marcel Smith Jazz Trio at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Percussionist Marcel Smith will be joined by Chris Bakriges on the piano and Rich Mollin on the bass.

Smith is a seasoned musician who has been performing since 1974. He attended the Navy School of Music and served four years as a Navy bandsman before beginning his career as a jazz musician. Over the years he has had the opportunity to play with many well-known jazz musicians.

The public is welcome to the free concert in the Smart Community Room.

Concerts to be at Farmers’ Museum

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, under the artistic direction of flutist Linda Chesis, celebrates its 15th anniversary season this summer with concerts by leading classical artists. Three Festival concerts will be held on Wednesday evenings in August in the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown

Vienna is the focus of two concerts on Wednesday with the Amphion String Quartet, flutist Linda Chesis and clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, and on Aug. 14 with the Walden Chamber Players. 

The festival finale on Aug. 21 is a return performance of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. This 15-member strong ensemble, composed of members of major orchestras, string quartets and Grammy-award winners, will perform Mozart, Ravel, a 2013 commission by David Ludwig and more.

The concerts at The Farmers’ Museum begin at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets are now available online,, and by phone through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006. Tickets also will be sold at the door, as available. Tickets are $25 for adults; $15 for students 6-18. 


Galumpha performance set at EOH

The Earlville Opera House will present Galumpha at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. Combining acrobatics, visual effects, physical comedy and choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment, presenters said in a media release.

Galumpha is a a mix of art and entertainment, offering world-class, and award-winning choreography. 

Admission is $10 and $8 for EOH members and students are discounted to $5. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. The art galleries, Artisan’s Gift Shop f and the EOH Arts Café are open during the performances. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call (315) 691-3550 or visit The Opera House is at 18 E. Main St. in Earlville.


Keyboardists to  be featured

Keyboard wizardry is in the spotlight when the Belleayre Music Festival will present the Bill Charlap Trio on Friday, Aug. 9, and Kenny Barron’s 70th Birthday Celebration with his Platinum Quintet on Saturday, Aug. 10.

The final two shows of this season’s Catskill Mountain Jazz Series will showcase the talents of two of jazz’s pre-eminent piano masters.

Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand.

Since 1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington.

Barron will mark his 70th birthday with accompaniment by a “who’s who” of the some of the most accomplished players on today’s jazz scene, including Miles Okazaki, Marcus Strickland, Lee Pearson and Linda Oh.

In 2005, Barron was inducted into the American Jazz Hall of Fame and won a MAC Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a six-time recipient of Best Pianist by the Jazz Journalists’ Association and was a finalist in the 2001 Jazz Par International Jazz Award.

Tickets for the Belleayre Jazz Club show are $26 for general admission. Tickets for Kenny Barron’s Platinum Quintet range from $26 to $66.


Artimus Pyle to headline benefit

Artimus Pyle Band will headline “Rock in the Park 2013” to benefit Chenango County Toys For Tots on Saturday, Aug. 10,  at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge.

Pyle is 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, and one of the last surviving members of Ronnie Van Zant’s Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pyle joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1974, and is one of the only members to have survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed three of the original band members, including Ronnie Van Zant. The Artimus Pyle Band is described as a tribute to early Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ronnie Van Zant. 

Also performing for the second year in a row will be local band Woodshed Prophets. New to the line-up this year is another local band, Tumbleweed Highway.

Tickets are being sold in advance at Snips & Snails Children’s Consignment on Main Street in Bainbridge. They can also be purchased online at

Organizers are adding more activities this year, including various crafters and vendors. The will also be a Chinese and silent auction.

For more information, visit, or call Jason Hall at 972-6526.


Park to turn into performance venue

More than 20 dancers, choreographers, performers and musicians will transform the beautiful creek side Ballantine Park on Lower Main Street in Andes, into landscapes of movement and sound on Andes Community Day from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 10 in honor of the park itself, the community of Andes and the population of artists of Upstate New York.

Conceived and curated by David Capps of Andes, Pooh Kaye of South Worcester and Gloria McLean of Andes, the event will mobilize a wide variety of movement and sound artists in a “choreographed” sequence of locations moving through the striking variety of environments of the park. The audience will follow the performances, strolling with the event starting at the open, airy north end and ending at the more peaceful, intimate south end. Designed to last one hour, the event will include physical theater, contact improvisation, choreographed dances, and a large dose of spontaneous problem solving by renowned professional artists who have come together in celebration of performance-making inspired by the treasured outdoor site.

Variety show set for Aug. 10

“Chester Arthur and Friends,” a local, presidential-themed variety show, will be staged on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Fly Creek Historical Society. This ensemble show is full of live music, odd skits, historical oratory, dance, abstract performance art and puppetry. The 44 presidents will be roasted, celebrated, lampooned and venerated. The show is fit for all ages, but politically thin-skinned folks and wee children. The show will starts at 7 p.m., and runs about 90 minutes. 

Tickets will be available at the door for a $5 suggested donation. Light refreshments will be provided by the Fly Creek Area Historical Society after the show. The Society is at 210 Cemetery Road in Fly Creek.


Jazz vocalist to perform at Otesaga

Jazz vocalist Hilary Kole will return to the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown.

Performing with Kole will be John Hart on guitar, Adam Birnbaum on piano, Paul Gill on bass, and Aaron Kimmel on drums. Flutist Linda Chesis will join the band to perform “Sentimentale” from Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio.

Kole began her professional career at the Rainbow Room as the youngest singer ever to grace that stage. 

Concert tickets are available online at, by phone through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006, or at the door, as available. Tickets are $25 for adults, or $15 for students ages 6 to 18. The Otesaga is at 60 Lake St. 


Local artists to have open studios

Five West Winfield area artists, including two painters, two potters and a sculptress whose life-size work has graced the Glimmerglass Festival’s front lawn in Cooperstown, invite the public to tour their private work spaces from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11.

The 2013 Artist Studio Tour, sponsored by the nonprofit Upper Unadilla Valley Association, will give visitors an opportunity to talk with the artists and view their work. Some artists also will demonstrate their techniques and sell their artwork.

Admission is $5 per person, with children younger than 12 admitted free. The cost includes entry to all five locations. Tickets are in the form of informational booklets, with maps and GPS addresses included. These may be purchased in advance from Davis Hardware on South Street in West Winfield.

On the day of the tour, the ticket-booklets will be available only at studio tour location 6949 County Highway 18 in Unadilla Forks. Tour sites will be marked with roadside “Tour Today” signs.

The following artists will be featured:

Sculptress Beth Schoonmaker, 377 South Road, West Winfield.

Painters Patty Purcell and Martha Murphy, 6949 County Highway 18, Unadilla Forks.   

Potter Jim Burke, 937 Millers Mills Road, West Winfield.   

Potter Kylie Spooner, 5954 Coounty Highway 18, Edmeston.   

For more information, call Larraine McNulty, Upper Unadilla Valley Association president, at (315) 855-4368.

This event is free, but donations to the Maple Museum restoration fund will be welcomed.

Auditions set for ‘Our Town’

The Out of the Woodwork Players will have auditions for “Our Town” at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, and Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Bainbridge Town Hall Theatre. 

Scheduled to begin OWP’s 25th anniversary performance season, the play will be presented Oct. 18, 19 and 20 in the theater at 15 N. Main St.

Centering on the life stories of the Gibbs family, including Dr. and Mrs. with children George and Rebecca, and editor Webb’s family which includes parents, daughter Emily and son, Wally, the play stresses the importance of treasuring life’s experiences.

Some roles may be filled with an actor for the younger version and another for that character when grown. Cameo and crowd scene roles for performers of varying ages are available. The role of Mrs. Soames and the narrator have been cast.

For more information, or to schedule a different audition date, contact production director Trish Guokas at 693-1041 or email