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September 21, 2012

Arts Briefs

The Daily Star

---- — Smithy to host photos, play

Smithy Center for the Arts will present an Open Eye Theater Production of “Walking Toward America” by Sandra Fenichel at 8 p.m. Saturday at 55 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown. The play, starring Patti Van Tassel, focuses on the story young Ilga Vise and her family as they fled their homeland of Latvia during World War II.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $12 for children under 12 years old.

The Smithy also will host an exhibit of photographs by Cooperstown’s Lake & Valley Garden Club. During the summer, members submitted their photos in a variety of categories judged by a panel of community members. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and immediately before “Walking Toward America.”

For more details, go to or call 547-8671.  

Orpheus seeks actors for ‘Sound of Music’

Orpheus Theatre will hold auditions for its Dec. 8 and 9 production of “The Sound of Music” at 2 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Parish Center on Walnut Street in Oneonta.

The musical, by Rodgers and Hammerstein, is about aspiring nun Maria Rainer who leaves the convent to take care of the Von Trapp children in Austria on the eve of World War II. Sounds include classics “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” “Do-Re-Mi” and the title song. 

All roles are available, and no preparation is necessary to audition. For more information, call 432-9392 or visit

Cabaret to present magic and Party of Two

Belvedere Cabaret, at 41 Genesee St. in Greene, will host a night of music and magic starting at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The afternoon show will include Brian Foley, known as The Amazing Great. Foley has performed magic on four continents in a variety of venues, as well as throughout the Southern Tier and Leatherstocking regions. His style, according to a media release, is up-close magic with the audience.

Also performing Sunday will be Party of Two, pianist JoAnn Chmielowski and vocalist DJ Potter. The duo will perform songs that cross genres, generations and borders, including rock, jazz, Broadway, Latin, folk, opera and international contemporary.

 Admission is $25, which includes the performances, dessert and beverage. For more details, call 656-9177 or email

Folk pair to play in Oxford

Folk singer-songwriter duo Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at 6 On The Square, at 6 LaFayette Park in downtown Oxford.

Earle began playing rhythm guitar on an arena stage in 1990 in Sydney, Australia, in her brother’s band, Steve Earle & The Dukes. She returned to Nashville to start her solo career as a country folksinger-songwriter.

Stuart started playing guitar in his dad’s band at 15. He’s played on stage with acts such as Freddy Fender and The Dukes.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information, call 843-6876 or go to