Many many years ago I did a segment for WAMC public radio about what was coming up that week. It was called Culturally Speaking and after 5 + years it became a monthly column in ART TIMES. Now it will be one of the topics of this blog What’sUp
The Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation is celebrating Isadora Duncan’s 139th Birthday with a program Everything Greek! We are on our way! on May 13-14. Salon Performance is at 141 West 26th Street #3 , NYC www.isadoraduncan.org
Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) was an American pioneer of dance and is an important figure in both the arts and history. Known as the “Mother of Modern Dance,” Isadora Duncan was a self-styled revolutionary whose influence spread from America to Europe and Russia, creating a sensation everywhere she performed.
Her style of dancing deliberately avoided the rigidity of ballet and she championed the notion of free-spiritedness coupled with the high ideals of ancient Greece: beauty, philosophy, and humanity. She brought into being a totally new way to dance. The Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation was founded by third generation Duncan dancer, Lori Belilove. It is their mission to preserve, present, and protect the legacy of Isadora Duncan. It is through the dancers in her school and performing companies throughout the world that Duncan’s art continues as a classic contribution to the world of dance — reaching far beyond her own lifetime — affecting the very core of today’s concept of dance.
The Center for Performing Arts, Route 308 Rhinebeck has been an important venue for community theater. The inaugural show, Gypsy, was a Rhinebeck Theater Society (RTS) production which opened in July 1998. Today adults and children of all ages can enjoy performances, workshops and special events. I have been to numerous productions at The Center, all well done and enjoyable. On May 13 through June 5 Rock of Ages, the Tony-nominated Broadway musical phenomenon that takes you back to the Sunset Strip during the Reagan Era! On May 27, Spencer Lynds hosts The CENTER’s very first night of stand-up comedy. May 29 Celebration of the Golden Age of Broadway with Michael Berkeley & Friends. Visit http://centerforperformingarts.org/ for additional schedule.
There are 3 exhibits opening at Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main Street Cooperstown, NY with opening receptions this Friday, May 13th 5-7pm. I’ve been to the Art Association, it is an excellent venue and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly.
ESSENTIAL ART: The 24th Annual Regional Juried Art Show Juried by Sandra Z. & Val De Visser will run from May 13 — June 4, 2016; “White” Photography by Kevin Q. Gray May 13 — June 4, 2016;
The Cooperstown Central School Art Exhibit May 13 – June 1, 2016. For more information and to download The National Juried Show visit online www.cooperstownart.com
Bill Stutler & Bob Funking present HAPPY DAYS at Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, New York Thru July 17. Dinner at 6pm; Performance at 8pm. I’ve seen numerous performances here and they are exceptional. Not a bad seat in the house and you’ll find professional theater and a good dinner at a reasonable price as well as specialty shows RONAN TYNAN May 17; THE SIXTIES SHOW May 23; BRAVO AMICI May 24; BALLROOM EXTRAVAGANZA June 7. For more of their fabulous programming: http://www.broadwaytheatre.com
Yonkers Arts Weekend, is a free arts festival taking place on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 in Yonkers, NY. Yonkers Arts Weekend showcases a broad range of mediums including painters, photographers, sculptors, and designers. On Sunday there will be a Fashion Show. As part of this year’s Yonkers Arts Weekend, the City will feature live mural paintings, interactive art events for the public, street performers and pop-up galleries. Art venues will be along the downtown waterfront and Van der Donck Park, as well as at Untermyer Gardens, YoHo Artist Studios (an event I’ve been to and found excellent. There are many artists all in one complex and they have built an important supportive community. http://www.yohoartists.org) and the Hudson River Museum. Free performances, workshops, and other activities for children, teens, and adults will run continuously throughout the weekend. For more information: www.yonkersartsweekend.com,
On May 14 from 4-8pm there is an Art Walk in Huntington, NY. Participating venues are: Heckscher Museum of Art – 2 Prime Ave – heckscher.org; Huntington Art Council – 213 Main St – huntingtonarts.org; Huntington Historical Society – 228 Main St – huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org; b.j. spoke gallery – 299 Main St – bjspokegallery.org; Huntington Art Center – 11 Wall St – www.huntingtonartcenter.com; fotofoto gallery- 14 West Carver St – fotofotogallery.org; and Chelsea Studio and Gallery – 8 West Carver St – chelseastudioandgallery.com. For more information and to download a map of the walk go to www.facebook.com/events/1646961652218693/ or www.huntingtonartcenter.com/artwalk.html