Adirondack A&E e-News # 381




Hill and Hollow Presents

The Coastal Suite, Alan Blackman Jazz

Sunday, May 19, 3 pm

Poetry in slow motion, words translated into sound…” —All About Jazz.com
An absolutely gorgeous album, which communicates its waterside vision with stunning resonance.”—Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm.com
There is something here, a beauty, that is captivating.” —renowned jazz artist Joe Locke.

“The Coastal Suite” stands as a significant achievement in the notable career of jazz composer-pianist Alan Blackman. His evocative concept piece explores a 24-hour tidal cycle from pre-dawn through the night at a remote ocean beach. The highly programmatic work conjures the sound-universe of the seashore, as the musicians create nautical sounds through extended techniques, expanding the vocabulary of their instruments’ sonic capabilities.

Watch brief video HERE.

Get tickets HERE and also at the Strand Theater box office. Further info: 518-293-7613; ambrown.hillholl@gmail.com or HERE.

Performed with projected images of gorgeous abstract seascape paintings by the renowned Shetland Islands artist Ruth Brownlee, with equal parts written and improvised, Blackman’s long-form suite features 17 continuous numbers. In their improvisations the musicians constantly react and respond to the changing images, as the paintings inspire them to sonically reproduce the environment that the projected images evoke. Augmenting Blackman’s regular trio of bassist Max Murray and drummer Frank Russo are Canadian saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk and Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Boccato.

Strand Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St, Plattsburgh


Kids’ Hand Sewing

Wednesdays, May 15, 2024 – Jun 12, 2024, 3:30 – 5 pm (Total of 5 sessions).

This class will teach participants the basics of hand sewing as they create their very own stuffed animal.

From pattern cutting to straight stitch, making your own stuffed animals is within everyone’s reach! The pride young sewists have when they say ‘I made it!’ really brings these animals to life while creating a skill base that will last them the rest of their lives. We have many colors of felt, fleece and cotton to choose from so that each child’s creation is truly one of a kind!

Children ages 5 and 6 are required to be accompanied by an adult helper. The one on one assistance helps them with their sewing and focus as well as giving them a knowledgeable support person when they sew at home.

Sign up for this class HERE.

Learn more about additional classes of all kinds for all ages HERE.

ADK ArtRise, 62 Main Street, Saranac Lake


Almost, Maine

Saturday, May 11, 7 – 9 pm
Sunday, May 12, 2 – 4 pm

Black Bear Players at View present their first production: Almost, Maine by John Cariani.

THE STORY: Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

Get tickets HERE.

View Arts Center, 3273 NY-28, Old Forge


ACW celebrates the biggest Poem Village ever with a free public reading!

Tuesday, May 14, 7 pm

Join us for a special reading of Jane Boxall’s new collection of experimental haiku, followed by an open mic reading of poems featured in Poem Village 2024. If you’re a poet who contributed to Poem Village 2024, you’re invited and encouraged to get on the mic and share your work aloud!

Jane Boxall is an adventurous percussionist and writer, working internationally across diverse genres. Her writing has been published recently by Gutter, Last Stanza, Channel, Dream Pop Press, Hungry Hill Writing, Poems Please Me, and Ó Bhéal, and less-recently in Just Seventeen magazine. Jane has been shortlisted for the 2018 Keats-Shelley Prize in poetry, the Ouse Washes Poetry Competition, and the Erbacce Prize.

Learn more and register HERE.

Adirondack Center for Writing,15 Broadway, Saranac Lake


In the Adirondack Library Series

Aviation in the Adirondacks

by Aurora Pfaff

Monday, May 13, 2024, 7 – 8 pm, free, virtual.

Through a range of historic images and postcards, Aurora Pfaff tells the story of pilots who linked communities by air, transported goods and people, and the small towns and airfields that they called home. From the novelty of planes landing on skis and daredevil flying circuses to forest fire patrols, exploration of the vast backcountry, and toy deliveries by Santa, airplanes have opened the Adirondack wilderness and made remote communities more easily accessible for tourists and adventurers. Yet this golden age for aviation would not last, for as car travel became easier and more affordable in the mid- to late-20th century, air travel in the Adirondacks would fade in importance and necessity.

Register HERE.


With Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger

How to Win Contests & Influence Producers

Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 8 pm. Via Zoom. Free.

Wondering what it takes to win a contest, get past a coverage reader, or get that first screenplay sale? In this seminar with WGA Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger, you’ll learn what contest readers, coverage readers and producers are looking for in a script by a new writer, and simple tricks that distinguish your script from the competition and help you advance in contests and your career.

Register HERE.


Comedy Night with Bob Marley

Friday, May 10, 2024, 7:30 pm

Bob loves being a comedian. He’s wicked good at it! He lives in Maine which is the best state in the world maybe even the universe. He’s featured regularly on Sirius XM radio and he even won their Superbowl of Comedy! He has put out over 20 comedy CDs and DVDs! He was inducted into The Guinness Book of World’s Records for “the longest stand-up comedy show by an individual” at 40 hrs of straight stand-up!

He’s been on over 100 tv shows including Leno, Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, and Comedy Central to name just a few. He co-starred in “Boondock Saints” I and II “All Saints Day” playing Detective Greenly. He has toured the U.S., Europe, Canada, Kuwait, and Iraq. That’s about it!

Get tickets HERE.

Strand Center for the Arts (Theatre), 25 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh


Caroga Arts Collective Awarded $850,000 by The NYS Council on The Arts

Will Support the Myhill Campus In Caroga Lake

Caroga Arts Collective announced today a grant award totaling $850,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the construction of a year-round artists’ lodge at Myhill as part of the Sherman’s Legacy Campaign.

This grant is part of a capital project funding announcement by NYSCA, which totals over $32 million to 102 capital projects across New York State.

“We are incredibly grateful to the New York State Council on the Arts for their support of constructing a year round multi-use lodge at Myhill as part of our Sherman’s Legacy Campaign,” said Kyle Barrett Price, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of the Caroga Arts Collective. “This grant will help us create the supporting infrastructure for year round engagement and programs in Caroga Lake and surrounding regions thus helping further our mission of reimagining the Adirondack experience through the power of the arts.”

The Sherman’s Legacy Campaign will help Caroga Arts revitalize Sherman’s Park and the Myhill Campus into an Adirondack vacation destination where music, arts, community, and culture flourish. Constructing an artists’ residential lodge is part of the project’s first phase, which also includes the creation of a state-of-the-art amphitheater at Sherman’s Park. The lodge at Myhill will provide needed accommodations, rehearsal/performance spaces, administrative workspace, teaching spaces for Caroga Arts’ education programs and more.

Learn more about the Sherman’s Legacy Campaign HERE.

Myhill Lodge Performance Hall Rendering

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