Take a walk through history at Oak Hill Cemetery, hear some live contemporary classical music and see a murder mystery, a comedy, or a one-act play and hear how NYS is teaming up with the Sun to lower your electric bill. Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it.
by Arthur H. Gunther III
It may sound obvious, but each person’s creative process is suited to that individual’s sensibilities. There’s no right way to create. Personally, when I write a column, I may have an idea on the spot, or it may gestate in my brain for ages, but I always try not to think out the piece until the moment when I put pen to paper–or fingers to keyboard. Otherwise, the creative moment will have been lost.
Now that springtime weather has arrived, it’s time to get out & about! Celebrate nature with an Earth Day celebration, a paper shredding event, or the Keep Rockland Beautiful campaign. Or enjoy lots of live music, a Game of Thrones party and an artisanal market. Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it.
by Susan Hellauer
Nyack, April 21 — I’ve always liked the way Maria Luisa Whittingham, owner of Nyack’s Maria Luisa clothing boutique asks her customers, “Do you need a bag today?” How often do you really need a plastic bag? You’ll find yourself thinking harder about the question if you stop by Blue Rock School at 7p tonight to catch filmmaker Suzan Beraza’s award-winning 2010 documentary “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?”
Listen to this: Earth Day weekend includes a RCJBS peformance by Jazz legend Alan Broadbent, a Carnegie Room concert by the Rockland Camerata and Eric Whitacre’s Water Music at GraceMusic. You can also hear Mozart’s The Magic Flute at Nyack College and Nyack HS students perform at a Friday night coffee house. Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it.
Come hear the Rockland Camerata, an ensemble of approximately 40 voices, perform the music of Brahms and other composers under the direction of Music Director and Conductor, Matthew Rupcich, this Sunday at 2p in the Carnegie-Farian Room of the Nyack Library.
by John Patrick Schutz
This House Matters, a documentary by Director Tina Traster, made its debut to a room of enthusiastic history buffs at Nyack Library this past Friday. The film is important for preservationists everywhere, but especially in Rockland. (Full disclosure, as village historian I do appear in the film both in interviews and in some candid discussions.) It features Nyack’s own John Green House and it highlights Rockland County historic structures recently lost to the wrecking ball, others in peril of destruction, and those fortunate enough – like the Green House – to have found a respite from oblivion.
Nyack celebrates the arrival of spring with SpringFest, the first street fair of 2016, with music, artisans and circus performers. The Jewish Film Festival presents Belle & Sebastian and Morgenthau. Don’t miss local music by River Skye Band and an Overtures Gala featuring Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it.
What kind of fool would miss the fun this weekend? Nyack Art Collective’s First Friday event celebrates Ecology with art & music. Garner Arts Center screens The Metropolis Organism and the Jewish Film Festival continues with East Jerusalem West Jerusalem. Union Arts Center comes alive with music during Soundbath and a concert featuring Martha Mooke on electro-violin. And don’t miss a throwback Hip-Hop Party to benefit Nyack’s Skateboard Scholarship Program.
by Dan Cohen
Brian Collins is what you’d call the real deal. He plays country music, and he’s from the country. He’d prefer you called it “Southern music,” and you guessed it, he’s from the south — or the South. A little town in Georgia. He moved to Nashville and lived in a trailer for several years (a “five-wheel,” he called it) before hitting it medium and hitting the road with his band. He’s just come from three weeks in Florida — he played Philly last night, New Jersey tonight — and will be in Nyack tomorrow, on his way up to Boston, then Maine, then Connecticut before opening for the Zac Brown Band at the Southern Ground Music and Food Fest in Charleston, South Carolina April 14 and 15. You get the picture. No moss grows here. “We play one night for 50 people and the next night for 10,000” Collins told me during a phone interview on Monday. “Sometimes a drummer’ll fly in, if it’s a big gig, sometimes there’s a friend who knows our songs. We’ve got a lot of friends.”