Spring is a good season to let the good times roll. There are Easter Egg Rolls in Piermont, Pearl River and Pomona and great music, new theatre, art openings and a film festival in and near Nyack. Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it.
By Steven P. Marsh
Ron Wasserman fell in love with the seductive syncopations and improvisations of jazz as a young musician, but the relationship faded and he abandoned tiny, smoky jazz clubs in favor of the New York State Theater in 1988, when he landed a permanent job playing double bass in the New York City Ballet Orchestra.
Nearly three decades later, sparks are flying again between the 54-year-old musician and his youthful obsession: He started a 17-piece big band, the New York Jazzharmonic, last year, and is presenting its next concert, featuring famed violinist Lara St. John and tango artist J.P. Jofre, this Sunday at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia in Manhattan.
Your pot o’ gold awaits in Rockland! On Friday, local rock favorite, Boxing the Needle, performs at Olive’s while the Nyack Village Theatre hosts an evening of Irish Readings and Interpretations. On Saturday, get active with River Rowing’s fundraiser for the Nyack Center or Rockland Farm Alliance’s Open House. There’s art to be seen at the Expression of Women Rising at Volition Gallery and music to be heard at a concert featuring folk-favorite Caroline Doctorow and Jamie Block. On Sunday, get in the spirit of the holiday at Pearl River’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it, brought to you by The Arts Council of Rockland and the Union Arts Center.
by Steven P. Marsh
Caroline Doctorow considers herself a classic folksinger.
Jamie Block is a product of the Anti-folk revolution.
You might not think they’d have a lot in common. Block is a gentleman farmer of a singer-songwriter, performing and recording when he has time, and at his own pace; Doctorow is a steady producer who seems to be on “perma-tour,” as Block calls it. Block is a financial adviser by day; Doctorow learned of how to command a room armed with an acoustic guitar from Joan Baez (Baez was an early inspiration; her father, the late novelist E.L. Doctorow, edited the singer’s autobiography “Daybreak”). But these two artists manage to walk their separate paths without losing sight of each other. Wondering how? Check them out in a rare Rockland County concert appearance at Sparkill’s Union Arts Center on Saturday, March 19.
This weekend, there’s no business like show business! Elmwood Playhouse stages A Time To Kill, Antrim Playhouse puts on The Man Who Came To Dinner and Nyack High School presents Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. On the big screen, JCC Rockland hosts the Reel Abilities Film Festival while Nyack Village Theatre shows State of Grace. To recognize Nyack’s brightest, the Nyack Center throws a Women of Vision and Leadership Brunch. Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it, brought to you by The Arts Council of Rockland and the Union Arts Center.
By Rebecca Watkins
In Kali Sutra Poems, local author, A. Anupama carries us into a sensual world that alternates between translations of ancient Indian texts, lush landscapes, and the stark reality of the choices women make in their lives. The beauty of bodies intertwining and the glimpses of colorful flora and fauna lull the reader deeper into these pages, only to invite Kali, the Hindu goddess who destroys and empowers, a moment later. Within these poems, a narrative emerges of a woman’s journey through love, loss, and motherhood. At times the emotions are understated and at times startling, leaving us in the end feeling that we don’t quite know what happened to us, but we want to enter Anupama’s world of jasmine, curry, loneliness, and lust once again.
by Jennifer Mancuso
Sara Bennett’s “Life after Life in Prison,” a photography exhibit that chronicles the respective experiences of four women reentering society after being released early from life sentences in New York State’s Maximum Security Prison for Women, is coming to the Nyack Center this Sunday (March 6, 2-4pm). The exhibit will be free, and Bennett and the four subjects will be in attendance, there to lead a very important community discussion about justice, the prison system, and the process of reentering society.
It’s the First Friday of March and there’s a whirlwind of art, music and activities coming to Nyack. The Nyack Art Collective hosts a group show titled Dance with live music from DJ MrLeeJay. The Carnegie Concert Series presents Stories from Ancient and Recent Ireland while the Rockland Symphony Orchestra showcases an 18 member brass choir. Get outside and take the Penguin Plunge to benefit local kids with serious illnesses. Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it, brought to you by The Arts Council of Rockland and the Union Arts Center.
by Jeremy Fuscaldo
Nyack resident Dennis O’Neil knows Batman in a way that most comic book fans don’t. He also knows Wonder Woman, Spider Man and Daredevil…and can talk about how a knowledge of mime and medieval painting is necessary to create epic comics. O’Neil, who has worked at Marvel and DC comics for decades, will receive the Garner Art Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award at a special presentation on Sat March 5.
by Steven P. Marsh
Jennifer O’Connor, the singer-songwriter and proprietor of The Kiam Records Shop in Nyack, New York, has a spectacular new album, Surface Noise, coming out next Friday, March 4. That’s the same day she makes her debut at the Tarrytown Music Hall; she’ll be entering the home stretch of her tour with bad-ass indie singer-songwriter Neko Case.