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June 6, 2014

Area Arts News

The Daily Star

---- — Homer exhibit to open today

On Friday, the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown will present “Winslow Homer: The Nature and Rhythm of Life,” from the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie.

It will feature more than 23 original works including oil paintings and watercolors collected by Bartlett Arkell, the founder and first president of the Beech-Nut Packing Company. This marks the first time the Homer paintings will be displayed as a complete collection. The exhibition contains two works now in other collections, including a painting owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The exhibition will be on view at the Fenimore Art Museum through Aug. 24.

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Magic featured at Autumn

Local magician Brian Foley, “The Amazing Great,” will perform a magic show at 9:45 p.m. Saturday at the Autumn Cafe, on Main Street in Oneonta.

Foley will entertain with parlor magic on stage and close-up illusions with cards, coins and borrowed objects at the tables.

The show features feats of memory, mental calculations with huge numbers, and tricks with old socks.

After many years in semi-retirement, “The Amazing Great” is bringing his form of magic back to New York.

Before that, Foley did magic for corporations, hotels and heads-of-state in Europe for 18 years, after originally going to Germany as part of the student exchange program of the State University College at Oneonta.

The show is suited for ages 14 and up. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Autumn Cafe at 432-6845. 

Art sales to benefit nonprofits

Oneonta artist Maryann Stow will sell a selection of original art at half-price with 25 percent of that benefiting St James’ food bank in Oneonta or Plan International, an organization promoting child rights to end child poverty. Purchasers have their choice and will make out two checks, one for the art and one to their donation choice.  The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Tax Professionals Lobby at 5375 State Highway 7 in Oneonta.

Roundhouse Rockers to perform

The Roundhouse Rockers, a classic rock band from Oneonta, will perform Saturday at The Butternutt Valley Golf and Recreation club. The show will start at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover charge.  Butternut Valley Golf and Recreation Club is at 435 Elliott Road in New Berlin. For more information, call 965-7772.


Big Takeover to be at Black Oak

The Big Takeover, NeeNee Rushie on lead vocals, Rob Kissner on bass, Chas Montrose on saxophone, Andrew Vogt on trombone, and Hector Becerra on drums, will play at the Black Oak Tavern at 9 p.m. Saturday to support its latest album, “Children of the Rhythm.”

The Black Oak Tavern  is at 14 Water St.


The Parlor Catsto play on train

The Parlor Cats will be the featured performer at The Cooperstown Blues Express on Saturday. Passengers will board at 6:30 p.m. at the Milford train depot with the three-hour train ride taking off at 7 p.m. The Parlor Cats is a Chicago blues party band from Binghamton.

The ride will be along Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad with the featured band on an outdoor car. It will return to Milford around 10 p.m. Tickets are $18 per person. A full cash bar will be available. The trip is open to those 21 and older with valid identification.

The ride will be along Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad with the featured band on an outdoor car. It will return to Milford around 10 p.m. Tickets are $18 per person. A full cash bar will be available. The trip is open to those 21 and older with valid identification.

Rusted Root to play at Oneonta Theatre 

Rusted Root is back on the road and at 9 p.m. June 27, it will headline at the Oneonta Theatre. 

In honor of its 25th anniversary, Rusted Root has started an Indie-A-Gogo campaign to raise money to record its eighth studio album.

The Oneonta Theatre is at 47 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. For more information, call 643-4022. 

Winter focus of CGP exhibit

The Cooperstown Graduate Program is presenting an exhibition, “All Cooped Up: Winter in Central New York” in the lobby of the program building at 5838 State Route 80 in Cooperstown. The show features work by second-year students Samantha Clink, Patrick Dickerson, Meghan Evans, Lindsey Marolt, Jillian Reese and Caitlin Wolf.

Attendees will be able experience winter past to present with historic photographs and objects from the New York State Historical Association collections, along with some favorite memorabilia donated by local friends and neighbors. The exhibition connects these stories to the larger trend of climate change, where rising average temperatures make more unpredictable weather and melt the ice on Otsego Lake.

For more information, Patrick Dickerson at (443) 686-0060 or 


Middleburgh library to host performance

Josh White Jr., a folk/blues, pop, jazz, vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, actor, adult and children’s concert performer and recording artist, teacher and social activist, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the Middleburgh library.

White became a “hit” overnight at the age of 4 by performing with his father Josh White at New York’s Café Society night club, America’s first integrated nightclub. For the next five years he performed with his father from New York to Boston to Philadelphia. In 1949, White landed his first role on Broadway, playing his father’s son in “How Long Til Summer?” with Dorothy Gish and Don Hanmer. While continuing a solo acting career, he went on to perform and record with his father for the next 17 years on radio, television, Broadway, concert halls and nightclubs around the world.

He attended New York’s Professional Children’s School, along with Elliott Gould, Sandra Dee, Brandan de Wilde, Leslie Uggams, Christopher Walken and Marvin Hamlisch, who co-wrote White’s first solo recording for Decca in 1956, “See Saw.”

White will appear at the Clearwater Hudson River Revival Festival that weekend. 


Fundraiser for EOH, NAHOF planned

Hugh C. Humphreys will present “The Music Room,” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, at the Earlville Opera House. Humphreys wrote the play about a decade ago in response to a request from a group in Utica for him to write a play for a celebration at SUNY IT. According to a media release. The author wraps his love of opera and his penchant for humor around the story of a rather ill-mannered boy who, during the depression, is sent to live with his aunt in Utica. There he becomes acquainted with two young ladies who aspire to be opera singers. Humphreys, himself, plays the boy who narrates the funny one act play. The two women will be portrayed by vocalists Jenni Larchar and Meena Nair Conant. The play is directed by April (Shannon) Sweeney, Associate Professor of English in the University Theater at Colgate University. The evening promises to bring new fans to this talented local author through this enjoyable and amusing production.

The second portion of the evening,which  Humphreys calls “The Other Stories,” will include music, drama and poetry, by local performers, including the Max Alden Smith, mayor of Oneida.

Humphreys has dedicated this production as a fundraiser for the Earlville Opera House and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum. Tickets are $15 and $13 for Earlville Opera House and National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum members and students are discounted to $10. The Earlville Opera House is 18 E. Main St. in Earlville. For more information and tickets, call (315) 691-3550 and



Blues Association sets summer events

The Chenango Blues Association has put together a new version of its popular Summer Jam concerts, sponsored by Preferred Mutual to take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, in Norwich’s East Side Park.

It’s a free concert featuring three bands.

The concert will be co-headlined by two nationally touring bands: Mingo Fishtrap and Cabinet, and opened by local favorites, String of Pearls, featuring Eric Porter, Jimmy Kolet, Ed Michaels and Pearl. 

Other summer events include the NBT Bank Free Thursdays begin July 10, and a second Summer Jam show on July 26. The 22nd Chenango Blues Festival is set for Aug. 15 and 16 at the Chenango County Fairgrounds.  Information on all the Chenango Blues Association’s summer events can be found at


Gospel singer joins HOF show

Four-time Grammy-Award winner and four-time Dove Award winner Yolanda Adams has joined the All-Star lineup of musical performers who will appear at the concert celebrating the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s 75th Anniversary on Aug. 2 in Cooperstown.

Adams will perform three songs at the 75th Anniversary Concert event and will be joined by a lineup that includes The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Paul Simon, Juan Luis Guerra and Bernie Williams, as well as special appearances by Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Juan Marichal, Phil Niekro, Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield.

Produced by LGH19 Productions, musicians, baseball stars and celebrities from film and television will all come together for the 75th Anniversary Concert event among the cornfields and rolling hills of pastoral Cooperstown, the symbolic home of baseball.

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