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New TAUNY Exhibit “Personal Collection Series: Fiddles from Rick Streeter of The Adirondack Playboys Band”

Photo of Rick Streeter – Jason Hunter/TAUNY Archives. TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, presents its next Personal Collection Series exhibit, “Fiddles from Rick Streeter of The Adirondack Playboys Band,” which opens on August 26, 2017. This special display will feature fiddles from the collection of Rick Streeter, the fiddler in The Adirondack Playboys Band, one of TAUNY’s 2016 North Country Heritage Award recipients. The exhibit will be on view at The TAUNY Center through October 7, 2017. The Adirondack Playboys (also known as the Streeter Family Band) are a multi-generational square dance band based around Lewis County,...

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“Meet Me at the Library Gazebo at 5” Live Music with Dan Vellone

You are invited to enjoy live music in the Old Forge Library Gazebo, 220 Crosby Blvd., from 5-6:15 p.m. on Friday August 25th. Stop by before heading out for dinner at your favorite local restaurant! Local musician Dan Vellone will entertain you with a mix of Americana and Old Time String Music Please bring a blanket or folding chair. In the event of inclement weather, the venue will be moved inside. The music series is sponsored in part by NYSCA: the presenting program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS...

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LPCA Presents Legendary Sketch Comedy Group The Second City’s The Cure for the Common Comedy

Photo submitted – Chicago’s renowned comedy group, The Second City Lake Placid, NY: The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is pleased to welcome back Chicago’s renowned comedy group, The Second City. The troupe returns with their latest hysterical tour, The Cure for the Common Comedy, on Friday, August 25 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518.523.2512 or online at www.lakeplacidarts.org. Are you sick and tired of jokes that make you feel sick and tired? Don’t let it all get you...

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Community Performance Series Season Kicks Off Sept. 16 with Traditional Irish Music of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Photo submitted – Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill will kick off the 2017-18 CPS Guest Artist Series with traditional Irish music, on Saturday, Sept. 16. POTSDAM, NY – Community Performance Series will present its 28th season filled with renowned musicians and delightful family theatre in 2017-18. This year, traditional Irish, jazz, vocal and classical music will fill the performance halls at SUNY Potsdam. The 2017-18 CPS Guest Artist Series will kick off with a performance by the 34th annual McElheran Visiting Artist, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at The Crane School of...

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TAUNY Folk Instrument Documentation Day at the Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Farm, Croghan, NY

TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) invites members of the community to attend the next folk instrument documentation event on Wednesday, August 23rd from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Farm in Croghan, NY. This event will focus on the making and keeping of folk instruments (such as fiddles, guitars, and other instruments that are part of regional, community, or family musical traditions). This documentation day is one in a series of programs that are a part of TAUNY’s next research project and exhibit, “Instrumental Stories: North Country Folk Instrument Making and Collecting.” The Mennonite Heritage Farm is located at 8778 Erie Canal Road, Croghan, NY. Whether or not they play music themselves, many North Country residents connect to musical traditions through instruments. Over the coming months, in preparation for a spring 2018 exhibit, TAUNY is documenting makers, keepers, and collectors of folk instruments and the stories that go with those instruments, their creation, and their use. For this project, instrument-makers might include anyone from a professional luthier who supplies a whole community to someone who just wanted to try making an instrument and improvised one from materials on hand. Instruments people keep might be an uncle’s guitar, a piano their grandmother played for kitchen dances, or a classical instrument that was used to play in a folk tradition. The project also seeks to...

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Arts Center’s [email protected] winds up with Crowfeather, Adirondack Gypsies

Photo submitted – Crowfeather BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, NY: The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts winds up its [email protected] summer series with the rock and alternative band Crowfeather from the Tri-Lakes area on August 22 and the Adirondack Gypsies with a program based on the Gillette murder case on August 29. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for Arts Center members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for children 12 and under and are available at the door or online at adirondackarts.org. The Arts Center is located at 3446 State Route 28, Blue Mountain...

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Celebrate the Solar Eclipse at The Wild Center

Tupper Lake, NY – Come join The Wild Center as we celebrate the partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. As the moon passes between the earth and the sun, its shadow will darken the sky, plunging large swathes of the United States into sudden twilight, but this alignment is far from supernatural. Naturalists will be on hand to help answer your questions about all things solar. Enjoy special programs to learn about the eclipse, and even get a chance to observe this celestial tango firsthand! The eclipse will happen between 1:18pm and 3:53pm with the maximum coverage of...

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Love Never Dies Comes to Broadway Utica

Stanley Theatre – September 22nd, 23rd & 24th Casting has been announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, the spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, for the premiere Broadway Utica engagement in Utica, New York. Direct from the highly successful production of Love Never Dies in Hamburg, Germany, Gardar Thor Cortes will portray the man behind the mask, ‘The Phantom,’ with Meghan Picerno as ‘Christine Daaé,’ Karen Mason as ‘Madame Giry,’ Sean Thompson as ‘Raoul,’ Mary Michael Patterson as ‘Meg Giry,’ and Casey Lyons and Jake Heston Miller sharing the role of ‘Gustave.’ The trio of Phantom’s henchmen include Katrina Kemp as ‘Fleck,’ Richard Koons as ‘Squelch,’ Stephen Petrovich as ‘Gangle,’ Gardar Thor Cortes is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production. The ensemble includes Chelsey Arce, Erin Chupinsky, Diana DiMarzio, Tyler Donahue, Yesy Garcia, Alyssa Giannetti, Michael Gillis, Tamar Greene, Natalia Lepore Hagan, Lauren Lukacek, Alyssa McAnany, Rachel Anne Moore, Bronson Norris Murphy, Dave Schoonover, Adam Soniak, Kelly Swint, Lucas John Thompson, Correy West, Arthur Wise and Borris York. Love Never Dies is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Audiences will seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score. Don’t miss this magnificent continuation...

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Arts Center’s Saturday Series continues with pianist Richard Dowling

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, NY: The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts continues its Saturday Series with pianist Richard Dowling and his program “Great Scott!,” the music of Scott Joplin, on August 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Center. Tickets for this concert are $15 for Arts Center members, $20 for non-members, and $8 for children 12 and under and are available online at adirondackarts.org. Hailed by the New York Times as an “especially impressive fine pianist,” Richard Dowling appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime festivals, and as a guest soloist...

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LiFT Celebrates Their 5th Season of Summer Shakespeare

Little Falls, NY – Little Falls may be the home of LiFT Theater, but it certainly isn’t their only performance location. This self-described “fully mobile, grassroots theater troupe” is currently underway with their 5th season of bringing Summer Shakespeare to the Mohawk Valley with live performances of ‘The Tempest.’ With 4 performances under their belt, folks will have 2 more chances to enjoy the show this season. LiFT’s Summer Shakespeare program was born, of course, in Little Falls as part of the 2013 Canal Celebration. Director of LiFT, Matt Powers, approached Juli Webster who coordinates Chicks Along the Canal event which takes place during Canal Celebration. “Juli was excited to help us find a way to become a part of the festivities and bring something different to our community,” explains Powers. “Our group planned 3 shows and expected to have small audiences consisting of our friends and families. We were elated when we attracted audiences of 100 for each performance of ‘As You Like It’!” LiFT continued the following year with 3 performances of “Twelfth Night” then branching out to include a performance at Caroga Lake in 2015, and adding Utica Zoo and Herkimer Elks to their roster last year. The group held open auditions in April and have been rehearsing the production since May.  On August 5, they debuted their adapted version of this tragicomedy at 120 London...

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