The Arts 03.28.19


PINOCCHIO – Opera Saratoga’s 40-minute opera for children of all ages and their families. Based on the children’s literary classic by Carlo Colludi.  Saturday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m., at Schenectady Civic Players, 12 S. Church St., Schenectady. No advance reservations.

Pay what you will.


The Beatles Are Coming! The Beatles Are Coming!

Well, almost The Beatles that is. The incomparable “Hey Jude Beatles Experience Tribute Band” will be performing, for one night only, at the Averill Park High School Auditorium, on April 13th. This fantastic live concert group, Hey Jude, is the headliner of this major fundraiser to support the FIGHT AGAINST DRUG ADDICTION and the OPIOD EPIDEMIC in our community. The Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake & The Nopiates Committee are proudly co-hosting this evening of musical entertainment that includes a musical prelude by members of the Averill Park H.S. Music Program.

The curtain goes up at 6:30 on April 13th in the Averill Park HS Auditorium. Circle the date, get your tickets and plan to join the hundreds of others for this special, not to be missed, concert experience. TICKETS AT ONLY $15 PER PERSON ARE NOW AVAILABLE.

For tickets and more information, contact either Stuart Nippes or 518.858.6534 or Tim Murdick

On line sales are now available at and at numerous local businesses or from a Sand Lake Kiwanis member.


Work by Fine Arts Students Showcased in Two, Year-end Exhibits at HVCC

Hudson Valley Community College’s Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media announces two, year-end student exhibitions – the Annual Juried Fine Arts Student Exhibition and the Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting Exhibition – which will be on view in the college’s Teaching Gallery from April 5 through April 13.

An opening reception and awards ceremony will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5 in the Teaching Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Administration Building on the Troy campus. In addition to department awards, four juried awards underwritten by Arlene’s Artist Materials in Albany will be announced. The reception and exhibitions are open to the public, free of charge. Gallery hours are 10-4 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 1-7 Wednesday; noon-4 Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.

The juried exhibition includes works by students pursuing an Associate in Science degree in Fine Arts, who submit work from the current and past two semesters. Guest juror is Scott Foster, associate professor of Studio Art and chairman of the Creative Arts Department at Siena College. A painter and draughtsman, Foster has exhibited nationally and created commissioned works for the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish of Schenectady, the Musicians of Ma’alwyck, and the Terra Nova Church of Troy, among others.

Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting is two semesters of guided study for students who have completed foundation art courses and wish to pursue their own body of work. Jennie Buckley, Katriona Howell, Derek Limani, Andrea Lowry, Mikayla M., John McCabe, Hannah Meacham, @_collin_moore, Renee M Piazza, Jan Samuel Redman, Makayla Sink-Fagan and Hannah Marie Tremblay are featured in the exhibit, titled “Within a Saturated Environment.”


Rensselaer City School Drama Club’s production “The Addams Family”

Rensselaer City School Drama Club’s production of “The Addams Family” will feature 4 shows this year:

Thursday, April 4, 7PM;

Friday, April 5, 7PM;

Saturday, April 6, 7PM;

Sunday, April 7, 2PM.

All performances will be at the Rensselaer City School Auditorium.

Ticket prices are $10. It is a family friendly show!

Tickets can be purchased at the door or call:

518-465-7509 ext. 3130.


Cast Announced for Performance of Menopause The Musical®

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – GFour Productions, winner of 44 Tony Awards and 54 Drama Desk Awards, proudly brings the international hit show Menopause The Musical® to the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls, N.Y., for five performances beginning Wednesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 27, 2019. Tickets are on sale now and available at the Wood Theater Box Office, online at, or by calling (518) 480-4878. Greater discounts for groups of 10+ available by calling (518) 480-4878.
Performance Schedule:

Wednesday, April 24 – 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 25 – 7 p.m.

Friday, April 26 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 27 – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Menopause The Musical® is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” Now celebrating 17 years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical® has evolved as a “grassroots” movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead.

The cast for the Glens Falls performance includes Megan Cavanagh of “A League of Their Own” fame (Earth Mother), 13-year cast member Teri Adams (Iowa Housewife/ Dance Captain), Kathy St. George (Soap Star), and Linda Boston (Professional Woman).

For more information, visit



Cohoes Music Hall Calendar of Events

March 21-31: Urinetown: The Musical

April 05: Rodney Crowell w/s/g Joe Robinson

April 19: Ryan Montbleau w/s/g Empire of Light

Cohoes Music Hall, 58 Remsen Street, Cohoes NY 12047

Visit for more info and new events.



Mark your calendars!  Vanguard Designer Showhouse Is Back!

This fundraiser to benefit the Albany Symphony Orchestra will be open from April 30, 2019-May 19, 2019.  The house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 6030 Nott Road off Route 155 in Guilderland.  It has been home to the Nott and Veeder families and has hosted many historic figures. Local designers will decorate each of the rooms with period motifs.  Pricing: $18.00 per person/$16.00 with coupon/$14.00 if part of a group of six or more.  For group reservations, call Diane at 518-371-0535.  For further information, go to


Senior Paint and Punch Event March 29th

Join us at East Greenbush Town Hall on Fri., March 29th, 2-4 pm, for our Spring Paint and Punch event featuring artist Noreen Powell.

Enjoy some cookies and punch as Noreen instructs on a Spring Tree Painting on Canvas. Space is limited and Pre-Registration is required.  The cost to participate is $10 per person.  Please call 518-477-4194 to register.


Free Concert Featuring Claudia Gibson, Singer/Songwriter, at HVCC

Claudia Gibson, an award-winning singer/songwriter from Texas, will present a free concert on Thursday, March 28th, at Hudson Valley Community College. The concert will run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on the Troy campus and is open to the public.

Through myriad jobs and life roles, Gibson wrote songs. Even while raising three children, she never stopped writing, playing guitar and singing her songs, and recently resumed pursuing a music career in a serious way. Her first all-original music album, “Step By Step,” made the 2017 Roots Music Report’s Top Americana Country Album Chart and garnered significant air time on independent radio in the U.S. and Europe. “Dreamers,” a song produced by Gordy Quist, won first place in the 2018 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, held in July in Okemah, OK. Gibson also appeared at the famed Dripping Springs (Texas) Songwriters’ Festival in October 2018. Visit to hear Gibson’s award-winning music.

No tickets or reservations are needed to attend this free event. The full, spring 2019 Cultural Events Calendar is available at Please call 518-629-8071 or email for more information.



Jazzage is coming to Sand Lake Center for the Arts on April 6

Carol Daggs

Do you like Jazz?  Want to find out more about Jazz? Join us for Jazzage!

Jazzage: the artful application of musical Jazz sounds to the auditory apparatus and soul via vocal and instrumental flow!

You’re invited to share in an April 6th Jazz Appreciation Month program. In addition to tastefully arranged standards, Jazzage welcomes you to sing along on some hip, groovy originals. Also celebrating performing artist Carol Daggs for her 10th anniversary as guest artist in residence with Fundacion Valparaiso (June 2009), some residency related items will be on view and available to purchase.

So, please join us on Saturday, April 6th, at 8pm for an evening of musical entertainment and enlightenment about Jazz, that is sure to leave you feeling mellow!

Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 under the age of 18. For prepaid reservations, go to or call 518-674-2007.  The center is handicapped accessible with plenty of free parking.


Adirondack Fiddlers

New style and Old Tyme Fiddling, Adirondack Fiddlers,

Sunday, April 14th, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

American Legion Hall, Clancy St., Schuylerville, NY.

All fiddlers and musicians young and old and Public welcome.

Round and square dancing. Food Available.

For more information, call (518) 274-6817.


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