Adirondack A&E e-News # 389

Depot Theatre awarded more than $40,000 in grant support

The Depot Theatre in Westport, New York, has been recently awarded grants for technology improvements and expanded education programs.

Technology Improvements: The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded the Depot Theatre a $25,000 capital projects grant for a new scenic projection system.

Scenic projection design technology is becoming more prevalent on Broadway, on the road, and in regional theaters nationwide. In short: it allows the ability to project images on the stage, and to present changing scenery and truly mixed media productions combining live performances with filmed sequences. The system will largely eliminate the time and costs associated with building entirely physical sets while transforming the stage in more creative and exciting ways.

Expanded Education Programs: The Charles R. Wood Foundation has awarded the Depot $15,000, and the Essex County Arts Council has awarded $750 in support of the Depot’s expanded Academy outreach and education program.

The Depot Theatre Academy has implemented expanded programming in 2024, beginning with the addition of an opportunity for experienced student artists ages 13 and older enrolled in school, inclusive of home school and college. The program features the same process that professional artists experience on the main stage, with competitive auditions and demanding rehearsals.

Read more HERE.

ACW’s 2024 Kickass Writers Festival set for June 7-8

The Adirondack Center for Writing is set to host the 2024 Kickass Writers Festival, June 7-8 in Saranac Lake.

The Kickass Writers Festival, held biennially, features writers, poets, comedians and other creatives from across the country. The festival is a celebration of how writing and storytelling—in all of their forms—are essential to art, entertainment and social change and includes readings, workshops, publishing programs, special performances, a book fair, a stand-up show and more.

See the full schedule of activities HERE.

Editor’s Note: Watch for announcements of individual events during the 2024 Kickass Writers Festival in Adirondack A&E.

An Afternoon with Nell Irvin Painter

Sunday, June 2, 2024, 2 – 4 pm

Princeton University Emeritus Professor Nell Irvin Painter, is a bestselling and award-winning historian, critic, artist, and author of pioneering books including The History of White People; Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol; and Old in Art School. At this event, she will be discussing her newest book, I Just Keep Talking: A Life in Essays, a retrospective assemblage of essays and artwork covering half a century’s worth of powerful personal narratives, unflinching criticism, and critical scholarship interrogating racism, whiteness, and the ever-shifting American political landscape.

Reception and book-signing follow the presentation.
Books will be available for purchase from Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid.

More info HERE.

Whallonsburg Grange, 1610 NYS Route 22, Whallonsburg

Andrew Woodruff and Ithaca College Friends

Saturday, June 1, 2024, 7pm

Andrew Woodruff and Ithaca College Friends will present a recital consisting of solo piano and a collaborative repertoire.

Free admission.

Saranac United Methodist Church, 8 UMC Road, Saranac

Piano by Nature Presents

Sherlock Jr.

Thursday, May 30, 7 pm at the -7PM

Buster Keaton stars as a movie projectionist who dreams himself into the film he’s showing in one of the funniest, most imaginative, and surreal comedies of the silent era.

Buster Keaton’s sublime comedy about reality and illusion, in which projectionist Buster literally dreams himself into the detective movie he’s screening is considered one of his finest works. Buster stars as a movie projectionist/janitor who dreams of being a detective, and impressing the girl he loves. When Buster dreams himself into the film he’s showing, he is propelled into a visual wonderland where real life and fantasy come crashing together.

This film will be accompanied by Ben Model on the grand piano.

Ben Model is one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, performing on both piano and theatre organ. Over the past 40+ years, he has created and performed thousands of live scores for silent films at universities, museums, and historic theaters, and is one of the few exponents of this craft who is working at it full-time.

More info HERE.

Willsboro Central School Auditorium, 29 School Ln, Willsboro


Outsider: Stories of Growing Up Black in the Adirondacks

by Alice Paden Green

Monday, June 3, 7 – 8 pm. Via Zoom.

Outsider: Stories of Growing Up Black in the Adirondacks details Alice Paden Green’s experiences as her family grappled with poverty, race and acceptance in the mid-20th century. This memoir, prompted by a recent gathering of Blacks and whites in the Adirondacks for a discussion on race relations, explores perceptions of Black families in the ’50s and ’60s and whether Blacks are still viewed as outsiders or welcomed with open arms in this four-season, recreational playground dominated by white residents.

This book adds to the narrative on whether more work should be done to diversify the Adirondack region.

Additional info and register HERE.

From Dust: Visions of Humanity

Friday, May 31 thru Saturday, July 6
Opening reception Friday, May 31, 5 – 7 pm

Downtown Artist Cellar proudly presents From Dust: Visions of Humanity, a captivating exhibit where the human form comes alive through the delicate strokes of dry mediums. This exhibition offers a profound exploration of humanity, featuring a diverse array of artworks that vividly express the emotions, narratives, and expressive qualities of the human figure.

The exhibit showcases the extraordinary talents of artists Giuseppe Di Leo, Georgeanne Gaffney, Catherine LaPointe Vollmer, Diane Leifheit, Liza Paige, and Corey Pitkin. Each artist brings a unique perspective and mastery of dry mediums, creating pieces that resonate with viewers on an emotional and intellectual level.

More info HERE.

Downtown Artists Cellar, 410 East Main Street, Malone

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