Arts Roundup Highlights Shakespeare in Ithaca and Broadway Touring Shows

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Chris Kocher, Entertainment Editor for the Gannett Central NY newspapers, joins Crystal Sarakas to highlight some of the arts events coming up this weekend, including Shakespeare’s Henry V at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Binghamton. On Friday, the swedish folk music group ODE will perform at the Cyber Cafe West in Binghamton. Check out one of their songs below!  

 

Poets and Artists Collaborate in Lyric Visions II

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Tish Pearlman, former Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, talks with Crystal Sarakas about the upcoming Lyric Visions II exhibit and poetry reading. Pearlman selected 16 poets to submit their work; then artists selected a poem and created a piece of art inspired by that poem. On Sunday, February 14, several of the poets whose work has been turned into visual art, will read and talk about the creative process. The poetry reading and dialogue takes place at 2 p.m. at the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca.  

Photo credit: “Seeking Peace” by Patty Porter; State of the Art Gallery

 

 

Abbie Gardner heads out on a solo journey

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With the recently announced hiatus of the Americana group Red Molly, Abbie Gardner is heading out for a solo tour. She’ll perform for the first time at 6 on the Square in Oxford, NY, Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. She’ll be playing songs from her most recent CD, “Hope,” as well as new tunes she’s written since. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQS3cTm-E-8

Revealed: WPA Murals on display at the Johnson Museum

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In 1935, the Federal Art Project was established. It was part of President Roosevelt’s Work Progress Administration, and employed thousands of artists over the next decade to create art for public spaces in federal buildings. Four murals – by Ilya Bolotowsky, Albert Swinden, Joseph Rugolo, and Dane Chanase – were commissioned for the Hospital of Chronic Diseases on Welfare Island (later named Goldwater Memorial Hospital, Roosevelt Island). Goldwater Hospital was set to be demolished, to make way for a new building. But first, three of the murals were removed.

Singer-songwriter Devinne Meyers talks about her music and the local music scene

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Devinne Meyers got her start on YouTube, where she posts videos that embrace a DIY approach while showcasing her incredible voice and talent. Her first album, Unrefined, was recorded in her apartment closet. She’s working on a new solo album, and working on an album with her band, East Coast Bigfoot. Devinne will be performing on Friday, January 8 at 9 p.m. at the Cyber Cafe West in Binghamton. You can also check out Devinne’s music online.

Explore the weird west with Silver on the Road

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When Isobel turns sixteen years of age, she must choose what she’s going to do with her life. For her, that choice is to become the Devil’s own hand. Gabriel is just passing through Flood, but chooses to become Isobel’s mentor on her first journey on the road. Together, they toss a coin into the crossroads and set out to discover that the powers that are gathering are not just a threat to a green rider and her teacher, but to the entire territory the Devil rules. Laura Anne Gilman talks with Crystal Sarakas about Silver on the Road, her latest novel.

Local Small Press To Publish Two New Anthologies

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The local small press, Zombies Need Brains, was founded by author Joshua Palmatier. The small press is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund its next two anthologies. In this interview, Palmatier talks about the work behind running a successful campaign, and why he’s dedicated to offering unknown authors a chance to submit their work to the anthology. http://wskg.org/audio/PALMATIERFINAL.mp3

Chenango River Theatre presents "The Velocity of Autumn"

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Actor Suzan Perry talks about her role in the comedy The Velocity of Autumn which opens this season of the Chenango River Theatre. It’s a two-person play about a son who arrives to take his elderly mother to a retirement home and finds her, not only resistant to the idea, but surrounded by Molotov cocktails, ready to blow up both of them and the house. The Velocity of Autumn runs through June 14th at the Chenango River Theatre, Greene, NY.