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Arts and Entertainment for this Month
Nyack’s African American Entrepreneurs: 1800-Present
Curated by the wondrous Nyack Sketch Log artist and author Bill Batson, the opening reception for the Historical Society of the Nyack’s Spring exhibit will be held March 8, from 1 to 4 pm. The exhibit continues on display every Saturday through May.
Starting with Cynthia Hesdra and continuing through black business owners of today, the exhibit will recognize the achievements of African American businessmen and women who were able to develop commercial enterprises here in Nyack, despite the legacy of racial discrimination.
The exhibit will be held in the Historical Society museum, located in the lower level of the Depew House, 50 Piermont Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960. The Depew House sits just east of the Nyack library parking lot (Hudson Avenue) and across the street from Nyack’s Memorial Park.
Piermont Civic Association Wine Tasting
The Piermont Civic Association’s Wine Tasting with appetizers and silent auction will be held Sun, March 9, from 2 to 5pm at the newly-renovated Cornetta’s, at 641 Piermont Avenue, Piermont NY. Tickets are $30pp in advance or $35 at the door. Mail checks to:
PCA Box 454, Piermont, NY 10968
For more info, call 845.359.5754 or e-mail email@example.com
GraceMusic Presents “Dona Nobis Pacem”
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, Grace Choir and Orchestra perform Duruflé’s beautiful and moving Requiem plus other choral and literary works to show the many faces of war.
March 16, at 4pm. Admission: General $20; Seniors $15; Students $5
GraceMusic at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 First Ave, Nyack, NY. Call 845.358.1297 or visit www.gracemusic.info
The Purpose Project Sun, March 16, at 7pm at Elmwood Playhouse, 10 Park Street, Nyack. Tickets: $30.
In this one-woman theater piece, Elizabeth van Meter copes with a life-altering tragedy when she comes upon a photograph of Thao, a Vietnamese woman born with life-threatening birth defects. Info: 855.278.7762 or
Sat, March 22, 7:30 to 11:30pm. Casino Night is in March this year: so you come play black jack with chips and we play roulette with the weather! For more info, visit www.inspirenyack.org or write Inspire Nyack, PO Box 686 Nyack, NY 10960
Inspire Nyack is a community-based, non-profit organization whose goal is to help develop, implement and maintain educational excellence in the Nyack Public School system. Inspire Nyack strives to support creative learning opportunities for all the students and faculty in the Nyack schools through innovative educational programs.
See Maple Sugaring Demo
The Pocono Environmental Education Center hosts its annual Sugar Shack Scramble Sat, Mar 8, from 9am to 12:30pm. The cost is $10 per person. See the maple sap as it boils down to syrup and enjoy hot cocoa and pancakes with fresh maple syrup. Info:
570.828.2319 or visit www.peec.org
SAVE THE DATE 2014 House Tour
The Historical Society of the Nyacks present a its 6th Biennial House Tour, titled Houses with a Secret on May 3 from10am to 4pm.
Visit ten locations in all three Nyacks—Nyack, Upper Nyack and South Nyack. The architecture ranges from a very early cottage built in 1832, to a grand neoclassical mansion designed by one of America’s most prominent architects. While the tour booklet will describe the architecture and history of the buildings, you need to go on the tour to discover the secrets. We look forward to seeing you on May 3rd.
Community Flower Show
The Garden Club of Nyack’s 21st Annual flower show takes place Sat, March 29 from 1 to 4pm at Upper Nyack Elementary School, 336 North Broadway, Upper Nyack. Bring entries to the school on Fri, March 28 from 7:30 to 8:30pm or Sat, March 29 from 8 to 9:30pm.
Award Categories include:
• People’s Choice: voted on by the attendees. • Best in Show: best design or plant entry.
Awards ceremony will be held at 3:45 pm.
There will be creative flower displays, children’s activities, special exhibits, a watercolor raffle, and plants for sale. Info: visit www.thenyackgardenclub.wordpress.com or call 845.270.7207.
Artist Of the Month
March Artist of the Month is Santos Irwin, photographer. Santos Irwin is a long-time resident of Nyack and a recent graduate of The School Of Visual Arts in NYC.
The exhibit runs throughout March with an artist’s reception Sun, Mar 23, from 2 to 5pm. Gallery hours: Tues thru Sat,10am to 5:30pm at The Corner Frame Shop, 40 South Franklin St., Nyack. Info: visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845.727.1240.
Nyack College School of Music
• J.S. Bach Birthday Bash Thurs, March 20 at 11am. Admission is free. CDs will be available for purchase.
Nyack College School of Music will celebrate Bach’s 329th birthday with performances of music by J.S. Bach, and his sons W.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, and grandson Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach. Performers include Dr. Marie Herseth Kenote (flute), Dr. Tammy Lum (piano), and Nyack College music students. 1 South Boulevard Nyack. Info: 845.675.4686.
• Sounds of Praise Concert
Sunday, March 9 at 8pm
Dr. Glenn Koponen & Ms. Jennifer Scott, Directors Nyack College’s Handbell Choir, Mixed Choral Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble perform music ranging from classical to contemporary. Free admission. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the cost of the tour.
• Truth & I in Concert
Friday, March 14 at 8pm
Nyack College alumni, Alethea and Jordan Wilhelm, are the singer/songwriter duo, Truth & I. Free admission.
At Edward Hopper House
82 North Broadway, Nyack, NY. Gallery hours: Thurs-Sun, 12 to 5pm. Info 845.358.0774 or visit www.edwardhopperhouse.org Adm: members free; $2 students; $4 seniors; $6 adults.
• EDWARD HOPPER CARICATURES
Thru April 13.
• ROCKLAND PAINTERS & PAINTINGS
Thru April 13.
• BILL BATSON: HOPPER COUNTRY
Thru April 13.
• FIRST FRIDAY IN NYACK
March 7, 7pm: Film Screening: Edward Hopper and the Blank Canvas by Jean-Pierre Devillers. A documentary about Edward Hopper made in conjunction with the Edward Hopper exhibition in Madrid and Paris in 2012.
Artist Members of the Month in the Gift Shop Opening receptions every First Friday, 5 to 8pm; in March: Maxine Nodel.
At Piermont Library
• In the Gallery
Photographs from the new book Piermont created by resident and award-winning artist and photographer, Betsy Franco Feeney, will be on exhibit during the month of March. There will be a reception and book/talk signing at the library on March 23, from 2 to 4pm. The book is a visual tribute to her hometown, with photos taken over the past 9 years accompanied by a brief history of the village. Says Ms. Feeney,
I am so happy to share my photos with others who love Piermont as much as I do.
• First Friday Film Series
On Friday, March 7, at 7:30 pm, First Friday Film Series presents Wagner’s Jews (2012), with special appearance by filmmaker Hilan Warshaw. This film is a highly acclaimed documentary about the notoriously anti-Semitic German composer, Richard Wagner. Strangely, many of Wagner’s closest associates were young Jewish musicians who were personally devoted to him and provided crucial help to his work and career. Who were they? What brought them to Wagner and what brought him to them?
Nyack Art Collective
Join us from 5 to 8pm in downtown Nyack on Fri. March 7 to shop, stroll and support our art and business communities.
Downtown Nyack will again be host to an art festival with shops and businesses uniting with local artists for an evening of art openings, music, poetry and some special surprise happenings. Friends of Mayor Jen White must visit Village Hall. This event, and every First Friday, is presented by the Nyack Art Collective (NAC), a member owned and managed non-profit organization. Info: 845.358.3476.
Art Students League Vitlacil
• OPEN STUDIOS
Sat, Mar 22 from 2 to 4pm. Meet local artists in residence from around the world and enjoy wine, cheese and art.
• BILL BEHNKEN: CHAIROSCURO
Bill Behnken’s aquatints on view from
March 8 to May 3.
• Encaustic Printmaking
Sat & Sun, March 15 &16, 10am to 4:30pm
Drawing with pigmented wax, prints are pulled directly from a heated plate—no printing press is required. Fee: $330, inc. materials. To register, call 212.247.4510.
• Sculpture: STEEL Repoussé
With sculptor James Garvey. Saturdays 10am to 1pm; monthly $137.
Carnegie Room Jazz Concerts
• Fri, Mar 7 at 7:30pm. Rockland County Jazz and Blues Society presents Peter Furlan and the Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Duane Eubanks in Nyack Library’s oak paneled Carnegie-Farian Room for a Swing into Spring fundraiser. Tickets at www.rcjbs.org or in person at the Nyack Library Circulation Desk. Nyack Library, 59 S.Broadway, Nyack, NY. Tickets: $25-15.
• Fri, Mar 28 at 7:30pm. Rockland County Jazz and Blues Society presents An Evening of New Orleans and Dixieland in Nyack Library’s oak paneled Carnegie-Farian Room, Featuring Tom Artin, Warren Vache, Mark Lopeman, Conal Fowkes, Frank Tate, and Kevin Dorn. New Orleans comes to Nyack. Tickets at www.rcjbs.org or in person at the Nyack Library Circulation Desk . Nyack Library, 59 S.Broadway, Nyack, NY. Tickets:$25-15.
Rivertown Film Society
$11 gen’l adm; $9 students seniors & gen’l members; $8 student & senior members. Purchase tickets at the door, in advance from 800.838.3006 or online at www.rivertownfilm.org
• FULLY AWAKE: BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE
8pm Wed, March 12 at Nyack Center
Mass Media: A Cultural History, a wide-ranging SUNY Purchase at Rockland class taught by Richard Connolly, comes to Rivertown Film.
North Carolina’s Black Mountain College was home to Franz Kline, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Merce Cunningham, Alfred Kazin, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rausch-enberg, and Paul Goodman, to name a few. With board members such as William Carlos Williams and Albert Einstein, it shaped post-war culture and an educational philosophy that included the idea that a large public university such as SUNY might collaborate with a small, local, cultural organization such as Rivertown Film. Connolly provides a window into American culture—with a local twist.
• IN A WORLD
8pm Wed, March 26 at Nyack Center
A late bloomer who comes of age, Carol, a 30-ish sometime voice-over artist, lives in the shadow of her father, a star in the voice-over firmament. Carol’s efforts to penetrate the boys’ club insularity of this Hollywood subset profession are thwarted. A jam-packed farce of romantic confusion and profession striving, depicted with affection and insight.