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August 16, 2013

Area Arts News

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---- — ‘Poets Against Fracking’ event planned

The Bright Hill Literary Center will host the Band of Bards’ “Poets Against Fracking” event at 7 p.m. today. The program will include an open mic as well as featured readers. 

Featured poets will be Roger Hecht of Oneonta and Ithaca, Mario Moroni of Binghamton, Bertha Rogers of Delhi and Emily Vogel and Joe Weil of Binghamton. Hecht is an assistant professor of English at the State University College at Oneonta, where he will be leading a new graduate program in “Literature and the Environment.”

Bright Hill is at 94 Church St. in Treadwell. The event is free and open to the public; a suggested donation of $5 per person will go toward regional anti-fracking organizations. For more information about Bright Hill, call 829-5055 or email

‘Rhythms of Asia’ to be presented

Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association will present “Rhythms of Asia,” directed by Jessica Gould, at 7 p.m. today at Depot Lane Theater and Saturday at the Schoharie Free Library.

Admission is $5 per person or $15 per family. Admission proceeds on Saturday will benefit Schoharie Recovery. All other proceeds and donations to benefit the free Summer Youth Cultural & Performing Arts Program at Depot Lane Theater.

The Summer Youth Program at Depot Lane is sponsored by Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association and made possible, in part, with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by Greene County Council on the Arts.

Historical groupto have art show

The Roseboom Historical Association will hold an art show today through Sunday. The show will be at the RHA building on state Route 165 in Roseboom.

There will be an opening reception Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Hours on Saturday and Sunday will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call Mary Lou Ganio at 242-1369.

String quartet to play at library

The Upper Catskill String Quartet will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Schoharie Free Library. The quartet, which was formed in 2001, will present a program of American popular music from Scott Joplin through the late 20th century. 

Members of the quartet include violinists Natalya Milman and Beth Brandel, violist John DeValve and cellist Robert Gosselink. Admission is by donation. Proceeds will benefit the Schoharie Free Library’s Programming Fund.

The Schoharie Free Library is at 103 Knower Ave, Schoharie. For more information, call (518) 295-7127.

Seating is limited; those who attend may bring lawn chairs or blankets. 

Reading of Williams’ play set for Saturday

A reading of Tennessee Williams’ “The Two-Character Play” will be given at Skene Memorial Library at 1017 Main St. in Fleischmanns at 4 p.m. Saturday.

In this funny, startling and autobiographical fantasy, which Williams called his “…most beautiful play since Streetcar,” a brother and sister find themselves the only two remaining players left in a touring road show. Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association are Richard Genaro and Mindy Pfeffer. Carol Fox Prescott directs.

Admission is free, and the play is appropriate for adults. For more information, email or call (845) 254-4581. 

Ben Vereen to be featured at Belleayre

Song-and-dance legend Ben Vereen will bring his show, “Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen,” to the Belleayre Music Festival stage at 8 p.m. Saturday.

A renonwed actor, singer and dancer, Vereen’s performance combines a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and a very special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.

After formally studying his craft and earning steady work on Broadway, Vereen earned critical recognition for hisperformance as Judas Iscariot in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The following year, he was cast as the leading player in “Pippin,” for which he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. In 1975, he starred with Barbra Streisand in “Funny Lady.”

He was introduced to a more mainstream audience with his portrayal of Chicken George in the TV miniseries “Roots,” receiving an Emmy nomination.

Tickets for the Ben Vereen show range from $26 to $66.

Pianist to perform at luncheon

The Belvedere Cabaret at 41 Genesee St. in Greene will present an “Elegant Piano Luncheon,” featuring jazz pianist JoAnn Bertone Chmielowski, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

A soloist, as well as an accompanist, Chmielowski’s professional experience included more than 12 years as jazz pianist for internationally renowned musician Al Gallodoro as well as having roots in piano rock, folk rock, reggae, international music and blues. She is part of the contemporary duo Party of Two and singer/songwriter group Polish Moses, as well as being manager and publicist for both groups. 

Tickets are $30, which includes a luncheon. Call 656-5858 or 221-2460 for menu details and reservations.

Auditions set for Oxford play

The Oxford Civic Theatre will hold auditions at Oxford Academy High School for the musical-comedy Western melodrama, “Shakespeare Comes to Calamity Creek,” written by Tim Kelly, with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur. Auditions will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 25. It will be directed by Lauralyn Moore.

According to a media release, there are parts available for about 30 people older than 13, including seven male characters, 17 female characters as well as extras. Those who audition are asked to prepare a song. Volunteers are also being sought for stage crew. Each person will have about 5 minutes to audition.  

For information, call Diane Thorne at 843-6445 or email .

Bands to play at Smithy Concert Series

The next performance in the Smithy Concert Series will be Bourbon & Branch and The Mountebank Bros. from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. 

Bourbon & Branch blends rock, blues, country, and folk seamlessly, crossing generations of music history. The Mountebank Bros. bring flavors of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, folk and rock.

The concert will be at the Smithy Center for the Arts at 55 Pioneer St. in Cooeprstown. For more information, call 547-8671.


Opera musicians to perform

The annual Florence High Memorial Chamber Music Concert will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday at the Pierstown Grange Hall, featuring musicians from the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. This community event is open to all at no charge. 

Glimmerglass Festival violinist Ubaldo Valli has arranged the program, including works by Stravinsky, Mozart, Bridge, Hidas and Mignone. The Grange is at 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Road in Cooperstown, off county Route 28 (Pierstown Road). For more information, call 264-3069 or 547-1347.

Middleburgh duo to play at library

This month’s Middleburgh library concert will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday and will feature Magpie. Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, who make up the duo, are now residents of Middleburgh and are celebrating 40 years of making music together. 

Leonino and Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio, in 1973. Leonino plays harmonica, mandolin, fretted dulcimer and rhythm guitar. Artzner is guitarist .

Magpie plays traditional, classic country, swing, and blues of the 1920s and ‘30s, and contemporary songs written by themselves and others.

In 2000, Magpie collaborated with scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and created a “museum musical,” the first of its kind, using a museum display as the set for the show. The show, “Tales of the Blue Crab,” premiered at Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre. 

Fetish Lane concert to aid Inn

There will be a benefit concert from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday for the ongoing restoration of The Major’s Inn in Gilbertsville. Fetish Lane, a well-known local bluegrass band, will perform. There is no charge, but a free-will offering will be taken, with the money going toward the work being done on the lower level of the inn.  

The public is invited to come early, bring a picnic lunch, a blanket and chairs, and relax on the spacious side lawn of the Inn. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the ballroom. Refreshments will be available.

The Inn is on state Route 51 in the village. For more information, call 783-2780 or 783-2967.


‘Shakespeare’ play to be reprised

“The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare Abridged” will return the Cooperstown Theatre Festival at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23 and 24, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 

Smithy Center for the Arts’ Glimmer Globe Theatre Company will present the reprise. Though originally this weekend was scheduled to feature “Flowers for Algernon,” it was replaced due to casting difficulties. 

Those who had purchased a ticket package and would like a refund may contact the SCA at or 547-8671.

The Cooperstown Theatre Festival is at 7163 State Highway 80 north of Cooperstown in the town of Springfield.

The play is directed by Danielle Newell, performed by Steve Dillon, Mike Henrici and Jake Wansor, and stage managed by Daniel Rositano, assisted by Cassie Howe.

Open mic set for Aug. 29

The Open Mic in the Yurt at Blue Deer Center will be on Aug. 29 this month and will continue on the fourth Thursday of each month. The open mic will take place from 7  to 9 p.m. at the center at 1155 County Route 6 in Margaretville. For more information, call (845) 586-3225.

Tom Chapin concert to benefit SALT

Tom Chapin will perform a benefit concert for Schoharie Area Long Term at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Presbyterian Church on Main St. in Schoharie.

Tickets will be $15 for adults and $5 for children.

Tickets may be purchased on line at