"The Cherry Orchard," a play by Anton Chekhov in the English version by Tom Stoppard, will be performed in the Hamblin Theater of the Fine Arts Building on the SUNY Oneonta campus.

Stagings are at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, as well as at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Set in 19th century Russia at a cherry orchard, landowner Luibov returns to her home after five years of neglect.

Tickets are free with a student I.D. or $5 for the general public. For more info, call 436-3100 or go to http://tickets.oneonta.edu.

Sha Sha Higby to present shows

Performance artist Sha Sha Higby will present two shows and a workshop this weekend.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, as well as a workshop titled "Slipper Theater" from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. that Saturday.

Higby's performances are "moving poems" through which nearly invisible political/ecological comments are revealed, a media release said.

The workshop will provide insight into the performer's creative and sculptural techniques. She will discuss her formulations for costumes, masks and choreography. The class is $8 and is limited to 25 participants.

For more details on the show, call 638-9461 or email kreisherk@hartwick.edu. For info on the class, call 431-4227.

SUNY Oneonta to host play reading

SUNY Oneonta's Identity Play Reading Series will feature a staged reading of "The Middle of Yesterday" at 5 p.m. Monday, in Lecture Hall 5 of the Instructional Resource Center on campus.

Written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Ken Jones, "The Middle of Yesterday" examines the challenges of living with Alzheimer's and the ghosts of persistent memory.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will feature a cast of SUNY Oneonta faculty and students. The performance will be followed by a brief discussion.

For more details, call 436-3125 or email Andrew.Kahl@oneonta.edu.

Exhibit to open at Main View Gallery

Main View Gallery & Studio's spring exhibit, "Viewpoints," will open with a free, public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today at 73 Main St. in Oneonta.

"Viewpoints" will be a small-group show featuring the works of artists who -- when given the challenge of "What do you want to make?" -- responded with their own unique series.

Featured artist Monica Maraglio will show her series, "Monica's Mary," an exploration of the Virgin Mary in a number of classic poses and settings.

The show runs through May 18. For more details, call 432-1890.

Artists to give gallery talks

As part of the "Women in Art: Three Voices" exhibit in the Foreman Gallery at Hartwick College, the trio featured in the show will give gallery talks at the college.

Painter Joyce Weinstein will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, while sculptor Jen Pepper and drawer Lori Esposito will discuss their work starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 16. The exhibit runs through March 16.

For more details, call 431-4828.

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