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Along came a spider

“Eco-system” painter Ken Cro-Ken “sets a painting in motion” as the Weekend of Chamber Music musicians look on.
TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

July 24, 2013

I’m one of those guys who makes lists. Even with a calendar on my computer, a day runner, and a “Carnet De Journaliste” (reporter’s notebook—no clue why it’s in French on the cover), my house is littered with scraps of paper. Being an arachnophobe (fear of spiders), I try to keep the paper down to a minimum (where the creepy-crawlies tend to lurk), instead using Post-its® stuck to the mirror (one place I am guaranteed to look). With all that, one would think I’d know where I’m going, but there are always twists, turns and unexpected road blocks along the way.

On Wednesday last, I took my seat in Forestburgh ( and had the time of my life, laughing my way through both acts of “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” My “carnet” was overflowing with notes; therefore I have devoted an entire online column to just that, and you’ll have to visit and check out our extensive arts and leisure section to read all about it. Suffice it to say that I highly recommend seeing the show. I do have a charming (I mean frightening) story about a spider in a theatre that occurred long ago and far away, but I’m saving that for my memoir, so you’ll have to wait for that one.

On Thursday, I stuck a post-it to my forehead and managed to get to Victoria Lesser’s place ( for a musical interlude ( with Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) trio Andrew Waggoner, (violin) Matt Sullivan, (oboe/English horn) Caroline Stinson (cello) plus “visual artist” Ken Cro-Ken. Self-described “ecosystem painter,” Cro-Ken “sets a painting in motion to recreate the push-pull forces that shape all things,” and he did just that, accompanied by the trio’s evening of “Transprovisations.” The place was packed, the audience wildly enthusiastic, and what may have escaped me apparently enthralled others, so I’ll keep my humble opinion to myself. The WCM series presents events through the end of the month, and their schedule provides a wide variety, so I would suggest checking them out at one of several cool venues near you.