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October 30, 2014
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It’s about time—it’s about space


One of many fascinating pieces of musical trivia shared from the podium was that famed composer David Rose (“The Stripper”) was not only fired from working on the sci-fi classic “Forbidden Planet,” but also that the film score itself was denied consideration for Academy Award nomination based on it’s bold use of experimental techniques and therefore deemed “not real music.”

The recordings’ cover art is the real star of this exhibit, which features 117 space-themed albums, released between the 1940s and 1969, appropriately dubbed “the dawn of the space age.” Most of the artwork is uncredited, having been created by in-house artists under contract to the various labels that were popular at the time. While some are considered camp or cheesy, the range is extraordinary and encompasses a wide array of themes. “Spaced Out!” is on view to the public through June 26, and features a rare unexplored glimpse into pop culture. I’m compelled to declare that this museum rocks.
On the other side of the county, I popped into the Old Stone House (oldstonehouse.catskill-life.com) in Hasbrouck, NY for “A Performance of Shorts and Sweets” produced by Big Sky Productions, a Grahamsville-based community theatre company that produces a mixture of straight plays, murder mystery dinner theatre and staged readings at venues in and around Sullivan County, NY.

The afternoon featured Carol Montana, who read and performed a variety of short stories, jokes and an amusing pastiche of pieces with which I was, for the most part, unfamiliar. The work to which I had been exposed to prior to the reading was given a new slant with Montana’s clever rendition, and the audience was alternately amused, touched and tickled by the her fresh interpretations.

Sprinkled with some “adult” material, Montana’s repertoire is vast and (IMHO) she would make an excellent choice for toastmaster/host of any event looking for a great opening act. The Old Stone House is expanding its series of events, and although a bit off the beaten track, is certainly worth a visit. For more information, call 845/436-7720 o. Yet another Catskill destination that deserves our attention.