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Arts and Entertainment

August 16, 2013

Area Arts News


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.

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