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May 17, 2013

Area Arts News

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---- — ‘Steel Magnolias’ to be performed

The Theater Project of Schoharie County will present “Steel Magnolias” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Golding Middle School in Cobleskill. 

Director is Josh Shaut, assistant director is Jason Pratt, and producer is Lisa Ovitt. The cast includes Libby Hammercker as Clairee, Katie Horn as Truvy, Susan Peter as M’Lynn, Kim Ross as Shelby, Cherie Stevens as Oiser and Bobbi Chase Wilding as Annelle.

For more information, contact Ovitt at or (518) 795-0984. Tickets are $8 or $6 for seniors and students. Tickets can be bought at the door or at Race Printers.


Open mic set at Word & Image Gallery

Word Thursdays will host an open mic at 7 p.m. Friday. Annie Sauter, an Oneonta poet, will emcee.

Poets, singers, musicians, and performance artists are invited to share their work in the Word & Image Gallery at Bright Hill Literary Center at 94 Church St. in Treadwell. The gallery is now showing “Nature’s Intaglios” by Gerald Scheck through May 24. There is a $3 admission charge to those older than 18. Refreshments will be served.

The next featured reading will be Thursday.

For more information, call 829-5055 or email BHLC at


Concert, exhibit set in Bainbridge

Tony Holt & the Wildwood Valley Boys will be on Stage at the Bainbridge Town Hall Theatre from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Originally formed in 1992 as The Wildwood Valley Boys, (named after the Holt family farm in Milan, Ind.) the original members of the band decided to follow separate paths and in 2006, the only original Wildwood Valley Boy, Tony Holt, decided to rename the group Tony Holt and The Wildwood Valley Boys. Current members include Andy Disney, Jeremy Blankenship, Aubrey Holt, Tom Patrick and Tony Holt.

In connection with the concert, The Jericho Arts Council Inc. will feature the works of Christopher Lloyd Wright at the Town Hall Gallery.

Wright is from Sidney and was raised in and around the Afton area. Known as C. L. Wright, he studied Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute in Utica and Brooklyn for fine jewelry, sculpture and anatomy drawing from 2001 to 2003. Leaving Pratt before graduating, taking what he learned from the anatomy classes, he started teaching himself how to paint portraits in oils.

The is the gallery’s final event of the spring season, it will resume  in September. The gallery is open from 7 to 10 p.m. Exhibits in the gallery are free to the public.


Catskill Chamber singers to perform

Oneonta’s Catskill Chamber Singers will present their spring concert “Summer Is A-Coming In: Songs of the Season” twice in the area. On Saturday, the concert will be performed at 4 p.m. the First Presbyterian Church at 296 Main St. in Oneonta, and on Sunday, it will be performed at 6 p.m. the Walton Theater at 31 Gardiner Place, as the season’s final Coffeehouse at the Theatre event.

There is no charge for the concerts, but free-will donations will be accepted.

Some of the pieces to be offered are early madrigals including Thomas Morley’s “Springtime Mantleth Every Bough” and “On a Fair Morning,” William Byrd’s “Non Nobis Domine,” and Palestrina’s “Domine Fili Unigenite.” There will be a contemporary gospel piece, “Joy in the Morning,” and a choral arrangement of “Ashokan Farewell,” as well as songs in the doo-wop and folk genres.

The Catskill Chamber Singers, based in Oneonta, is an a cappella mixed chorus of 12 members from Oneonta and nearby communities, affiliated with the Catskill Choral Society. They are self-directed, and perform several concerts a year, singing music from the 14th century to the present, from classical to modern, from serious and sacred to the popular and fun. For more information, call Emily Kirsch at 433-0999 or visit


Julliard artists to perform

Friends of Music will continues its 2013 season with a performance by artists from the Julliard School. 

The performance will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cyr Center in Stamford. it will be the second concert of our 27th season, featuring two graduates and a current  student of classical music from the Juilliard School in New York City.

Pefrorming will be Zara Lawler on flute, Remy Yulzari on double bass and Luke Fleming on viola, in a concert curated by Yulzari. 

Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the concert. Parking is available at the Cyr Center, which is also handicapped-accessible. Suggested donation is $12 per person, and $6 for seniors and students. There is no charge for those younger than 13.  Visit for a complete listing of concerts planned for this season. 


Smithy to hold auditions for shows

Smithy Center for the Arts’ Glimmer Globe Theatre will have auditions for two of the summer season’s main stage productions, “The Heidi Chronicles” and “Flowers for Algernon,” will be held Tuesday through Thursday. There is no need to prepare anything in advance; audition sides will be provided. 

Auditions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Smithy Center for the Arts, at 55 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown and Wednesday at Townsquare Media at 34 Chestnut St.

“The Heidi Chronicles,” directed by Rebecca Burk-Sciallo, will be performed at 8 p.m. July 19 and 20, and 3 p.m. July 21. “Flowers for Algernon,” directed by Michael Henrici, will be performed at 8 p.m. Aug. 23 and 24, and 3 p.m. Aug. 25.

Call (631) 219-7197 or email for more information.


Blue Deer Center plans events

Blue Deer Center in Margaretville will host two events later this month.

An open mic night  will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

This will be the first of a series monthly open mic nights to be held at the center every fourth Thursday of each month. Attendees are welcome to song and play, read poetry, show a bit of acting or anything creative. Blue Deer Center is at 1155 County Route 6.

The 10th annual Fireball will be from 1 to 10 p.m. May 25.

It will feature musical guests Blue Paradox and Pulse Field w/ Steve Gorn. A potluck dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m.  An art auction and raffle will also be offered. 

Admission is free but donations accepted. To register and enter your pot luck item  or for more information, visit

Open Eye to host ‘Irving Berlin’s America’

The opening performance of the world premiere production of Chip Deffaa’s “Irving Berlin’s America” will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Open Eye Theater at 960 Main St. in Margaretville. “Irving Berlin’s America” is a musical play featuring more than 25 songs by Berlin, and a few favorites by his friend George M. Cohan. An actor portraying the playwright will be present at the opening and there will be a reception and conversation with him and the cast following the performance.

Starring in “Irving Berlin’s America” are Bill Tari as Irving Berlin, and Cedric Taylor as Jack, a youthful “fan” who visits Berlin in his New York City apartment when Berlin is 101 years old. By that time, Berlin, who had immigrated to America from Russia when he was 6 years old, worked his way out of the poverty of the Lower East Side and become the most popular American songwriter of the 20th century, was a nearly total recluse. The old man and the youngster reminisce about high points and low points of Berlin’s life, sing his songs, dance to them and more. The production is staged by Open Eye producing artistic director Amie Brockway.

Music director and accompanist is Kent Brown. Patricia Dell is choreographer. Nat Thomas has designed the set and Erwin Karl is lighting designer.

Performances are 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays  and 3 p.m. Sundays through June 2. Reservations are recommended. Call (845) 586-1660 for reservations. for more information, call, email, or visit Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors;  or $10 for age 25 and younger.


RAG seeks buskers for festival

The Roxbury Arts Group is looking for performers for Busk & Bard: Roxbury’s Street Performer Festival in downtown Roxbury on Aug. 31.

Street performance, or busking, is a practice of performing in public places for gratuities. Last year, this Labor Day weekend event attracted more 2,500 visitors to downtown Roxbury, organizers said in a media release, and this year event organizers aim to double that number. 

Preparations for Busk & Bard 2013 are underway, and the Roxbury Arts Group is looking for performers. Acts can include acrobatics, animal tricks, balloon twisting, card tricks, caricatures, clowning, comedy, contortions, escapology, dance, singing, flea circus, juggling, magic, mime, living statue, musical performance, puppeteering, snake charming, storytelling or reciting poetry or prose, street art such as sketching and painting and street theater.

Those interested in performing are asked to visit to download a 2013 Busk & Bard Performer Application. Applications will be accepted through May 31, and performers will be notified of selections by July 1. For more information, contact Maggie Cullen, program director at the Roxbury Arts Group, at or 326-7908.


Concert to benefit Toys for Tots

Rock in the Park 2013 — A Benefit for Chenango County Toys for Tots will be held Aug. 10 at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge.

The headliner for this year’s concert will be 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, and one of the last surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Artimus Pyle.

Artimus 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 Zandt. The Artimus Pyle Band is described as a tribute to early Lynyrd Skynyrd and Van Zandt. 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

For more information on the event, ticket sales, vendor and sponsorship opportunities,e visit the event’s Facebook page at, or call Jason Hall at 972-6526.


Shenandoah to perform at museum

Joanne Shenandoah, called “the most critically acclaimed Native American singer of her time” by The Associated Press, will performs at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

A Grammy award winner, Shenandoah has won more than 40 music awards, including 13 Native American music awards. Shenandoah sings in her native Iroquois tongue. Her daughter Leah and sister Diane will perform with her in Cooperstown.

The concert will be held in the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers’ Museum. Tickets are $20 each and available at the Fenimore Art Museum shop, The Farmers’ Museum store, and online at

The concert is held in partnership with the Iroquois Indian Museum during the Iroquois Cultural Festival held at the Fenimore Art Museum. The Iroquois Cultural Festival is held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 to 26, at the Fenimore Art Museum. Festival and concert admission are purchased separately. For more information, visit