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August 23, 2013

Area Arts News

The Daily Star

---- — Comedy set at Belleayre Festival

Two great nights of comedy will take center stage when the Belleayre Music Festival presents with Comedy in the Catskills II with newcomer Harrison Greenbaum tonight and veteran Rita Rudner on Saturday.

Rudner began her career as a dancer, but rose to prominence a standup comic and got her first TV exposure on “Rodney Dangerfield Hosts the 9th Annual Young Comedians Special” on HBO. Her big break came on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1988.

By 1989, she had landed her first solo gig on HBO with “One Night Stand: Rita Rudner.” Two others, “Born to Be Mild” and “Rita Rudner: Married Without Children” followed. She has also appeared in numerous TV shows and specials including her latest Showtime special “Rita Rudner and 3 Potential Ex-Husbands.”

Greenbaum performed at the inaugural Comedy in the Catskills. Harrison performs in more than 600 shows a year. One of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch,” Harrison has received many awards and honors, including the Andy Kaufman Award for creativity and originality in comedy, the Shorty Award in collaboration with Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival for “Best Emerging Comic” and the Magners Comic Stand-Off.

Both shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for the Greenbaum show in Belleayre’s Comedy Club are $26 for general admission. The Rudner performance will be held on the main stage with tickets ranging from $46 to $66. There are no lawn seats available for this show. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster. For more information, call (800) 942-6904, ext. 1344, visit:

The festival season will conclude Aug. 31 with  The Music of Pink Floyd.

Photographers’ work to be shown

The Jill Kraft Gallery will be hosting the work of local photographer Alfredia “Freeda” Mealing today through Sept. 24.

An opening reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Artists’ Palette in downtown Norwich. The show is open to the public and will feature a variety of art, refreshments and live music by local singer/songwriter Mike Davis.

In addition to the opening at The Artists’ Palette, a block away at Made In Chenango from 5 to 7 p.m, photographer Kathy Coates will feature her work. Local coffee maker FoJo Beans will also be served to showgoers.

The exhibits are part of the Norwich’s Fourth Friday, when more than a dozen storefronts that take part in an art walk. The art walk starts as early as 4 p.m and a detailed list of participating artists and merchants is available at The Artists’ Palette.

For more information, call Kraft at 244-1445.

Genesis album to be performed

On Saturday, the Justice League will perform the 1977 live Genesis album “Seconds Out” at the Oneonta Theatre. The Justice League is led by Darcy Gibson. Door will open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets will costs $10.

SALT to host free concert Saturday

In recognition of all that has been accomplished by the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Irene, Schoharie Area Long Term will present a free concert

performance by Bethany & Rufus at 1 p.m. Saturday,  followed by a Celebration of Schoharie Recovery Inc.’s Accomplishments at 2 p.m.

Local artisans, producers and food vendors will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All activities will take place at the DAR Lawn at 268 Main St. in Schoharie. 

Bethany & Rufus — Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia — are a cello and voice duo that slide between groove, world, blues, and traditional folk music.

Yarrow is daughter of folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. Cappadocia is renowned for his cross cultural collaborations, including West African, Haitian Voudou and Arabic music.

For more information, call the SALT Office at (518) 702-5017, visit or email

Sculpture, pottery to be on display

A show of sculpture and pottery by this summer’s artists at the Elizabeth Nields Clay Workshop will take place from 4 to 6 p.m Sunday. A potluck dinner will follow.

In case of torrential rains there will also be a rain date show on Monday. The workshop is at 429 Chicken Farm Road in Otego. For more information, call 783-2476, or visit www.Elizabeth

Smithy Concert Series to end

The Erin Harkes Band will perform in the finale of the 2013 Smithy Concert Series from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Smithy Center for the Arts at 55 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown.

For more information, email or call 547-8671.

Johnny Cash tribute performance set

The Lake House will bring back the “Ghost of Johnny Cash,” with a performance of Terry Lee Goffee from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Lake House is one mile south of U.S. Route 20 on Lake Street in Richfield Springs. Call (315) 858-2058 for ticket information.

Concert series to end Tuesday

The Cooperstown Lakefront Concert Series will conclude its ninth season on Tuesday in Lakefront Park.   

The Donny Brooks will perform at 7 p.m. Based in Cooperstown, the group plays a mix of traditional and modern Celtic music, with an emphasis on high energy, Celtic rock. Combining traditional Irish instrumentation and folk tunes with punk rock influences, the band is made up of Jacob Miller on recorder and vocals, Spencer Vann on bass, vocals and mandolin, Joey Katz on guitar, vocals and mandolin, and Adam Coe on drums and bass.

Participants should bring a lawn chair or blanket to the free concert.

For more information, contact Rich McCaffery at or 547-5256 or Teri Barown, village of Cooperstown clerk at 547-2411 or visit

Open mic set for Thursday

The Open Mic in the Yurt at Blue Deer Center will be on Thursday this month and will continue on the fourth Thursday of each month. The open mic will take place from 7  to 9 p.m. at the center at 1155 County Route 6 in Margaretville. For more information, call (845) 586-3225.