BETHEL, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will host two free, interactive performances that pay tribute to different cultures and performing arts. These family-friendly performances will educate the audience, incorporating the legacy and future of Arabic and African drum music. Kofi and Sankofa African Drum and Dance Ensemble will perform on Sunday, April 10, followed by internationally acclaimed Arab musician Simon Shaheen on Saturday, May 7. Both performances are at 2 p.m. in the Event Gallery. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Laugh Tour will return to the Nutshell on Saturday, April 9, with Dan Naturman and Rich Kiamco. A cash bar will open at 7 p.m., and the show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/164725 or call the ticket hotline at 800/838-3006.
HAWLEY, PA — William Samford, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Hawley, is currently working with local musicians on a service to be held at 10 a.m. on April 10, the sermon/musical, “Who I Was Born to Be.” The musical depicts the life of Jesus. Many of the arrangements have been written by local musicians. All are welcome to attend this special service, and are invited to stay for coffee and fellowship, and to meet and greet the musicians.
LIBERTY, NY — The Catskill Artists Gallery (CAG) will hold a spring members exhibition and sale starting with an artists’ reception on Saturday, April 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. It will feature new work by members Robert Friedman, Cate Gundlah, Kathy Jeffers, Buff McAllister and Hank Schneider.
During the opening, guests will be able to sample the CAG’s famous goodies, along with wine, soda and other refreshments. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery focus on nudes and figures, like this painting by Al Rosser, in its April show titled ”La Bella Figura,” a collaborative effort of its co-op artist membership. It will open on April 7, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. Read more
REGION — Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower, a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, that generates all of its own energy with renewable sources, captures and treats all of its water. Imagine a city block sharing resources from building to building, growing food and functioning without a dependency on fossil fuel-based transportation. Imagine true sustainability in our homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically benign. Read more
“It’s back… dunt, dunt dah,” my daughter Lily announces as I slowly make my way with the cane. Yes, it’s back, this old, heavy, wooden cane, a hand-me-down from my cousin Elizabeth to my mother and now to me. Misplacing it, hunting for it, the familiar clatter of dropping it, are now, strangely, mine. Read more
The plant depicted here belongs along the banks of the Delaware River, and in fact, has already emerged and fallen under the scrutiny of my camera lens last week. The other items appearing at top, left, do not, and appeared just upriver from this skunk cabbage.
The river’s borders can seem especially dreary at this time of year, as flooding and receding waters deposit all manner of trash on its banks. Although it might appear that very little is going on along those edges, the deep maroon and chartreuse clusters of skunk cabbage tell a different story. Read more
When the earthquake struck Japan, people in Tokyo were trapped because public transportation was disrupted. On the third day after the quake, people were taking the last remaining food from stores. After four days, severe shortages of food and water spread across the country. Then the nuclear reactor exploded. Read more
Writing last month’s column, I wasn’t sure what I found more disturbing—that hydrofracking giant Halliburton expected us to believe their new fracking system “made up of ingredients sourced entirely from the food industry” was safe, or that the food on supermarket shelves contained additives that could fracture shale. Read more
You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief when, in November, 2010, hydro-fracking Halliburton announced the creation of “CleanStim™ Formulation, a fracture fluid system comprised of materials sourced entirely from the food industry,” calling it “an exciting new innovation in the field.” The announcement came, no doubt, as comforting news to millions of people who rely on the purity of the Upper Delaware River drinking water, and to millions whose water is drawn from the aquifer that mingles underground with the Marcellus Shale. Read more
ROSCOE, NY — Roscoe UpstArts will present “The River and Roads Show,” starting with an opening reception on Saturday, April 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1968 Old Route 17. The Rockland-Roscoe Fire District has donated the exhibition space, a temporarily empty automobile showroom. The eclectic group show features local and New York City-based artists inspired by rivers and all they evoke. Read more
GLEN SPEY, NY — A new documentary by filmmaker David Morris will be screened at Mountain View Manor Resort in Glen Spey on Saturday, April 2. “Frack!” tells the story of the unconventional gas-drilling (“fracking”) frenzy sweeping the Marcellus Shale region including the Catskills and Upper Delaware River watershed, threatening pristine areas that provide drinking water for over 15 million people. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Historical Society will offer a vintage fashion show and tea on the main floor of the Columns Museum on April 3 at 3:30 p.m. The tea will be a “Farmer’s Tea,” consisting of Cornish pasties, sweets and tea. The fashion show will include clothing from the Victorian era up to the ‘60s. The models will be locals. There will be live music and door prizes. Tickets cost $25 and include the show and tea. All donations are tax deductable. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — A reading of Caryl Churchill’s play “Top Girls” will take place on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. at Krause Recital Hall in the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The reading, directed by Penelope Morgan-Lohr, will benefit Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Arts Alive drive. The suggested donation is $15. Read more
HASBROUCK, NY — The Concerned Citizens of Hasbrouck, in cooperation with Big Sky Productions, will present “Shorts and Sweets for April Fools”—an afternoon of short stories with homemade desserts—on Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m.
Selections will be read by Big Sky’s artistic director Carol Montana, and will include stories by Robert Fulghum, Neil Gaiman and Thomas Meehan. Read more
WURTSBORO, NY — There will be an artists’ reception for “Passion and Art,” an exhibit of the works of Jan Sawka, on Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Red Eft Gallery, 159 Sullivan Street. The show will be on view until May 7. The exhibit will feature a lecture on Sawka on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at Utopia Direction at 7 West Street in Warwick, following which there will be champagne reception at the Red Eft. Read more