Adirondack A&E e-News # 202

LoKo Festival 2023

High school students (grades 9-12) are invited to submit a virtual audition for the inaugural High School Theatre Showcase presented by SLC Arts and the SUNY Potsdam LoKo Arts Festival!

Accepted students will have the opportunity to work with SUNY Potsdam faculty and students from both the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Crane School of Music to develop their performance through a masterclass on campus before a final showcase in the Black Box theatre!

Virtual auditions must be submitted by April 9th at 11:59 pm through a Google Form application HERE.

Students must be able to travel to the SUNY Potsdam campus for a masterclass on Sunday, April 30th and the final showcase performance on Sunday, May 7th.
Acting auditions should include cuts of two contrasting monologues, and musical theatre auditions should include cuts of two contrasting songs. Each video should not exceed 10 minutes. If selected, the student will workshop and perform one of the two pieces as selected by the audition panel.

Cultivation and Cooking — At-home Oyster Mushrooms

Wednesday, March 22, 7 pm, FREE, via Zoom

Explore the health benefits of mushrooms and how to grow, harvest, and prepare oyster mushrooms with guest speaker John Michelotti.

Learn more and register HERE.

WANTED! Grant Applications from Arts Groups, Teaching Artists & Arts Creators

Grant applications are being sought for the 2023 Statewide Community Regrants (SCR) Program from arts organizations, other nonprofits, municipalities, tribal organizations, artist collectives, individual artists requesting support for the creation of new work, and teaching artists interested in presenting projects in schools, after school or at community-based learning centers such as public libraries.

As the SCR site for the Adirondack (ADK) Quad-County region of Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) is pleased to receive proposals for grant awards of up to $5,000 in two categories—Community Arts and Arts Education—and for arts-creation commissions of $2,500 in the revived category of Individual Artist grants, which have not been offered in the region in approximately a decade.

The application deadline for all three categories is Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Prospective applicants are required to read the SCR guidelines, which can be downloaded from the ALCA HERE.

Applicants who did not apply for either a 2021 Decentralization (DEC) grant or 2022 SCR funding should then email grant coordinator Fred Balzac at to schedule an individual consultation by phone or attendance at a grant-application seminar or to learn more about any aspect of the SCR Program. More info is also available in the grants section HERE.

“That Persistent Memory,” watercolor painting by Valerie Patterson

Twenty-fifth annual juried show at Adirondack Artists Guild

The Adirondack Artists Guild will present its twenty-fifth annual juried art show from March 24 through April 19.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 24 from 5-7 pm, with awards announced at 6 pm. Cash prizes will be given for first, second and third place, donated by the Artists Guild, Guide Boat Realty, and Gear-to-Go Tandems. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the fine art on display and to talk with the artists.

During the course of the show, visitors will be able to vote for the People’s Choice award, given by a friend of the arts, and presented after the exhibit closes.

69 works were accepted out of 179 pieces submitted. Many local artists will be represented, as well as several from a slight distance.

This year’s juror was Valerie Patterson, a watercolor artist who until her recent return to her home town, Ogdensburg, was a member of the Artists Guild.

Visit HERE to learn more about the Adirondack Artists Guild and this show.

Adirondack Artists Guild, 52 Main St, Saranac Lake

Howl Story Slam: Plattsburgh

Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Peabody’s Pub, 7 Clinton St., Plattsburgh

The Howl Story Slam is a live storytelling competition. Anyone can sign up to tell a story the night of the event. Winners will be invited to compete in the “Grand Slam” to happen at the end of 2023 at SLU. The rules: true stories, no notes, under 5 minutes Theme: SCHOOL DAYS No tickets needed.

The Howl Story Slam team is a partnership between Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio, two organizations that believe in the power of stories.

Admission is a suggested $10 donation at the door. Your donation supports Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio, two nonprofit organizations who believe in the power of storytelling.

More info HERE.

The Foreign Landers at UJAC

Friday, March 17, 8 pm

“I see the shining stars. I wonder if you see them too wherever you are.” ~ from “Foreign Lander”

This line of the traditional song from which The Foreign Landers take their name captures something of what makes this Transatlantic folk duo’s story so compelling. Mandolinist David Benedict grew up in South Carolina while Tabitha Agnew Benedict started playing 5-string banjo at a young age in her homeland of Northern Ireland. They spent their early years playing the same music, gazing at the same stars, yet still so far away from each other. But today Tabitha and David are carving their own path in the acoustic music world together, drawing on their unique international heritage to create something new. With the 2022 release of their album Travelers Rest, they share their own story in a way that is beautifully honest and moving. Although it is their story, listeners will find much that resonates within themselves—fears in the face of uncertainties and change, a commitment to cling to hope, and a longing for home/a familiar place to rest—all presented in a unique musical experience that sparks curiosity and joy, and showcases a love that unites across borders.

$15 Suggested Donation (available online and at the door). If you prefer to RSVP via email, please email

Upper Jay Art Center, 12198 9N (North), Upper Jay, NY 12987

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