Comedy to be featured in Andes
The Andes Hotel will host a comedy night at 7 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature Wild Bill, Randi Lupo and Joanne Genelle for a $10 cover charge.
Dinner and a tavern menu will be served, and reservations are suggested.
Andes Hotel is at 110 Main St. in Andes. For more information, call (845) 676-3980 or visit www.andeshotel.com.
Little People’s Theater to return
On Sunday, the Little People’s Theater will return to Cooperstown for a performance of “The Big Bad Musical” written by Alec Strum, music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur.
The production will take place at 2 p.m at St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 31 Elm St. in Cooperstown. The admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
The performance is being presented by Friends of Music and Art).
“The Big Bad Musical” is a courtroom drama, with the jury as the audience, who mustt decide the outcome of the biggest trial ever in the fairytale world.
Linda Hulley, the long-time executive director and former resident of Cooperstown, is the founder of The Little People’s Theater and the director of “The Big Bad Musical.”
The touring cast includes 17 young actors from Huntington with ages ranging from 10 to 17 years old.
The Little People’s Theater Inc. was born in the year 1972 in Richfield Springs to include children in theatrical productions. The theater group then moved in 1975 to Cooperstown where it became a nonprofit organization in 1978.
LPT had its home in Cooperstown until the summer of 2002. The theater group had become inactive for a number of years until Hulley changed the county of incorporation from Otsego to Suffolk in the fall of 2002.
Duo to perform at library Monday
A series of entertainment events at the Middleburgh Library will continue with Tim Grimm and Ben Bedford at 6 p.m. Monday.
Grimm has toured and recorded with his friend, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, appeared with Harrison Ford in the film “Clear and Present Danger,” and has shared the stage with writer and poet Wendell Berry. His recording “The Back Fields” was named Best Americana Album in the 2006 Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Los Angeles. He was named 2000’s “Best Discovery in Roots/Americana Music” by The Chicago Sun-Times, and “2004 Male Artist of The Year” by the Freeform American Roots DJs. Each of his past five recordings have reached the top of the Folk or American-roots charts.
In 2007, Grimm put together a concept CD with several of the Midwest’s finest songwriters. The recording, “Wilderness Plots,” was drawn from the short stories of noted author Scott Russell Sanders and explored the settling of the American Wilderness in the Ohio River Valley Region between The Revolutionary War and The Civil War. Two PBS programs have explored “Wilderness Plots” — the first, a documentary on the story and song, and the second a full Wilderness Plots- In Concert (2012). Produced by WTIU in Bloomington, Ind., both productions were nominated for Emmy Awards.
Bedford has three albums to his credit, and his songs tackle scenarios including homelessness, the plight of a Confederate soldier’s wife during the American Civil War, the aerial triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the life of Jack London, the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, John the Baptist, the poet Vachel Lindsay and even the 1973 standoff between members of The American Indian Movement and federal agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
‘Ultimate Idol’ winner to be featured
The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Scott Rabeler, will present a winter pops concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in First United Methodist Church in Oneonta.
Kimberly Collison, winner of Oneonta’s 2013 “Ultimate Idol” competition, will be the featured vocal soloist.
Collison, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and vocal music teacher at Delaware Academy Central School in Delhi, will sing three jazz vocals, “Orange Colored Sky,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” and the theme song from the latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall.” A subset jazz band consisting of the Ensemble’s sax, trumpet, trombone, string bass and percussion sections will accompany her.
The full Ensemble will present a spoof on classical music, “‘P.D.Q. Bach’s’ Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion” along with medleys of George Gershwin and Andrew Lloyd Webber tunes; selections from two Broadway hits, “Chicago” and “Wicked”; sound track highlights from “Avatar”; and Leroy Anderson’s playful arrangement of “76 Trombones.”
The concert is free and open to the public, with donations accepted. For more information, call 432-7085 to visit www.catskillwinds.com.