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Reality Check
January 17-April 5
A national juried exhibition that features 19 artists from throughout the United States whose work focuses on mastery of illusion. The subject matter of these 30 paintings and photographs touches on everything from the mundane to the extraordinary.

Alice Valenti: Branches
January 10-April 5
Winner of last year’s Winter Air exhibit, Valenti is a Baltimore Maryland based artist and educator. Branches is comprised of a series of small landscapes in graphite, ink, gouache, colored pencil and charcoal. The works are representational in nature, yet function as visual mementoes that incorporate elements of documentation, memory and imagination within their creation.

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Pendragon Theatre is looking for submissions for its annual Young Playwrights’ Festival

YoungPlaywrightsFestivalPendragon Theatre is looking for submissions for its annual Young Playwrights’ Festival, which will take place at the theatre on April 11.

Calling all 7th grade, 8th grade and high school aged playwrights! Young playwrights across the Adirondack Park are being asked to submit original one-act plays and musicals to be adjudicated by the Pendragon team for a chance to be presented on a professional stage. The winning playwrights will work with a creative team composed of a director, dramaturg, designers, and actors to develop and stage the script. Students should expect a vibrant discussion of the work, a full rehearsal with the artistic team, and opportunities to re-write their plays. The Festival culminates in a full performance of the winning plays and a script-in-hand public reading of the runners-up. Pendragon artists will work with interested students and/or classes to present playwriting workshops. In order to be eligible, plays must be between 10 and 30 pages long, and can be on the subject of your choosing! Co-writing with other students is allowed. There are no fees to submit, and up to three plays per playwright/playwriting team may be submitted. Pendragon will contact Festival Competition winners in early March.

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Met Live Brings Magical Production of ‘Les Contes d’Hoffman’ to Screen on Jan. 31

Les Contes d'HoffmannPOTSDAM, NY (readMedia) – The Met: Live in HD will bring a kaleidoscopic production of Jacques Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffman” to movie screens on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the title role of the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer in Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece. Hibla Gerzmava, Erin Morley and Christine Rice sing the three heroines — who are each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains.

The Huffington Post raved that the production was a “fabulously staged” marvel, with its “sterling cast” of up-and-coming singers.

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The Knights with Béla Fleck to Bring Bold, Innovative Performance to CPS on Feb. 3

Bela_FleckPOTSDAM, NY (readMedia) – Community Performance Series will continue its 25th anniversary season welcoming The Knights with Béla Fleck to the stage at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. Featuring the world’s most famous banjoist and a unique orchestral collective, the performance will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

“This will be Béla Fleck’s third performance with CPS. His previous performances have featured his bluegrass/fusion work with the Flecktones, while this opportunity will give the audience a chance to appreciate the genre-defying nature of his work, as he partners with The Knights, to perform a mix of standard classical pieces and new classical works,” said CPS Executive Director Amy Flack. “The Knights are taking the classical world by storm with their young and vibrant approach to chamber music. We couldn’t be more pleased to be presenting this collaborative concert, which truly celebrates the innovation of brilliant musicians.”

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9th Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon

ChiliBowlOld Forge – The 9th Annual Chili Bowl Luncheon will be taking place on Saturday, February 21 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at View in Old Forge.  Homemade meat & vegetarian chili, stews and soups prepared by local restaurants, will be served in handmade bowls from the Pottery Workshop at View.

Many of the generous local potters who have been hard at work making the bowls for this event will also be displaying their works in the Regional Ceramics Exhibition that will be on display from February 12 until March 12.

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Local Theater Couple Brings “Love Letters” to Life at The Strand Center for the Arts

LoveLettersPLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Strand Center for the Arts announces the production of A.R. Gurney’s critically acclaimed play “Love Letters” to be performed on Valentine’s Day February 14, 2015 at the historic Strand Theatre.  The play features performers from the Adirondack Regional Theatre Company.

A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” is a disarmingly funny and unforgettably emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love.  Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years.  When they were both seven years old, Andrew wrote his first letter to Melissa to tell her she looked like a lost princess. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats.  But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away?

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