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Arts and Entertainment for this Month
Rockland Center for the Arts
(RoCA) 27 S Greenbush Road, West Nyack, NY. 845.358.0877 on the web at www.rocklandartcenter.org
• FALL SEASON BEGINS WITH 3 NEW SHOWS
RoCA kicks off the fall season with an opening reception of three contemporary art exhibitions on Sunday, Sept 7 from 2 to 5pm. Please join us for our Faculty Exhibition & Open House & Pottery Sale. Meet the faculty, tour our studios, view the exhibitions, purchase beautiful ceramics and see demonstrations by our talented instructors. Also on view, Diane Rosen: The Figure and Casting a New Life: William Rauschenberg will be featured in Gallery ONE and TWO. Diane Rosen is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, and is known for sensitive portraits as well as powerful dynamic figure compositions. Mr. Rauschenberg‘s Sand Casts are simple, but elegant, plaster castings of everyday objects. This process has enabled him to return to making art after sustaining a traumatic brain injury. Exhibitions will be on view through September 28.
• Get creative at Rockland Center for the Arts!
Children and adults can take classes including ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpture and creative writing. New courses include Minecraft, Children’s Book Illustration, Sculpture Workshop, Portfolio Development, Moving Towards Abstraction, Claymation and much more! Fall term starts Sept 8. Info or to register for a class/workshop call 845.358.0877 or visit website www.rocklandartcenter.org
“A Nyack Toolbox—Things Our Ancestors Used”
Opening September 13, The Historical Society of the Nyacks will present this exhibit of antique tools used in Nyack and elsewhere by relatives of current Nyackers. This display illustrates the frequently beautiful utilitarian designs of bygone gadgets. This exhibit honors the implements of long ago from a variety of occupations —shoemakers’ awls, a pharmacist’s mortar & pestle, farmers’ scythes,a physician’s stethoscope and more.
At the Historical Society of the Nyacks, 50 Piermont Avenue, Nyack, NY. in the DePew House, directly behind the Nyack Library parking lot and across the street from Memorial Park. Entrance is below the front porch facing the Hudson River. For more information and to become a member, please visit www.nyackhistory.org.
“A Nyack Toolbox—Things Our Ancestors Used” will be on display from Sept 13 thru November. It is open to the public every Saturday from 1 to 4pm.
Friends Of the Nyacks Walking Tours, Autumn, 2014
www.friendsofthenyacks.org $5 fee per person for tour
• Edward Hopper’s Nyack—see Nyack through his eyes. Hopper said that “in every artist’s development the gem of the later work is always found in the earlier. What he once was, he always is.”
Sunday, Sept. 14; walkers meet 2pm at Hopper House Art Center, 82 N. Broadway, Nyack.
• Nyack, The “Gem of the Hudson.” Learn the fascinating history of downtown buildings that were present at the turn of the 20th century, when Nyack was the center of life and culture in Rockland County.
Walkers meet at the foot of Main Street, at 2pm at the Hudson River, Sunday, Sept 28.
• Next month: Tour Oak Hill Cemetery. Walk this beautiful, serene cemetery and celebrate the lives of the permanent residents of the Nyacks who made their mark on the national, state and local stage.
Walkers meet at the Oak Hill entrance gate on 9W (across from Nyack Hospital) at 2pm Sun, Oct. 19.
These guided tours are by Friends of the Nyacks. There is a $5 fee per walker.
Nyack College School of Music
45 S Boulevard, Nyack, NY www.nyack.edu/musicconcerts
Opening Gala Concert
Nyack College School of Music presents a variety program of classical solo, chamber music and jazz selections, showcasing their music faculty. Directed by Dr. Tammy Lum. Pardington Hall. Free Admission
Wed, Sept 24 at 8pm.
At Hopper House
82 N Broadway, Nyack; 845.358.0774
• Second Annual Hopper Hootenanny
A fundraiser featuring the Old No. 7 Band with refreshments, a bourbon bar (with additional donation), a silent auction, and more. Tickets $40 per person, payable by credit card through our website, or by check
Sunday, September 14 from 5 to 7:30pm.
• Small Matters of Great Importance: ‘En Route’ Juror: Kenise Barnes, Director, Kenise Barnes Fine Art.
Hopper House celebrates the new bridge being built across Edward Hopper’s beloved Hudson River and recognizes Hopper’s frequent use of travel themes in his paintings.
October 25 thru January 4, 2015
Reception: Saturday, Oct 25 from 2 to 4pm.
• Continuing Exhibitions
Joanne Howard: “Dream House”
thru Oct 19; Reception: Friday, Sept 5, from 6 to 8 pm.
Viviane Silvera: “On My Way”
thru Nov 2; Reception: Friday, Sept 5 from 6 to 8pm.
“Edward Hopper in Nyack: Memorabilia and Early Work” Early drawings and paintings, created while Hopper lived in the Nyack home; memorabilia, including model boats made by Hopper, paint boxes, and an easel, presented on an ongoing basis.
• Sculpture in the Garden
Mark Attebery “Twist and Shout”
thru Sept 30.
• Heather Douglas: Sept Artist Member of the Month.
• Grace Mitchell: Oct Artist Member of the Month
At Nyack Library
59 S Boulevard, Nyack; www.nyacklibrary.org 845.358.3370
• Banned Books Art Exhibit
As part of First Friday in Nyack, The Nyack Library will host an Opening Reception for a Banned Books Art Exhibit featuring the works of the Nyack Art Collective.
September 5, from 5 to 8pm in The Community Meeting Room. Free admission.
• Celebrating Banned Books Week
Book Discussion: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Join Adult Reference Librarian Rosemary Farrell for discussion of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” an American classic that has been challenged numerous times throughout the years.
September 18 at 7pm in The Community Meeting Room. Free admission.
• PSAT Prep Team with Trevor Hochman
PSAT preparation class—learn with proven methods. Staff only registration 845.358.3370 ext 236.
September 15, 22, 29 & October 6 at 6:30pm.
• Carnegie Concert Jazz Series
sponsored by The Rockland County Jazz & Blues Society, in partnership with The Nyack Library.
Friday September 12 at 7:30pm: “Steel House”—a world class band doing originals featuring major jazz artists: Edward Simon, piano, Scott Colley, bass, and Brian Blade, drums. Performing in the beautiful, acoustically ideal Carnegie-Farian Room, Nyack Library. Tickets $25-$15 available at: www.rcjbs.org
• Friday October 10, 7:30pm with alto saxophonist, the legendary innovator, Lee Konitz with his quartet featuring Cameron Brown, bass, George Schuller, drums.
• Friday November 14, 7:30 pm with blues guitarist,
vocalist Sa Ron Crenshaw and his quartet. Returning in response to popular demand. Let the good times roll when this band gets going!
At Piermont Library
25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont; www.piermontlibrary.org 845.359.4595
• GALLERY SHOW IN SEPTEMBER
Annie Hickman: Woodland Wall Hangings and Hurricane Sandy Diary Collection—two series of work by local artist, Annie Hickman; in celebrating the natural beauty of Piermont, Annie created wall sculptures using elements of fabric and basketry. On a separate wall she will display drawings with watercolor that she made at the time of Hurricane Sandy.
Artist’s Reception: Sunday, Sept 21 from 2 to 4pm.
• BOOK TALK
Jeanine Cummins, bestselling local author, will present a book talk on her novel, “The Crooked Branch”, at Piermont Library on Sunday, Sept 14 at 1pm. This event is free and open to all.
At Palisades Library
19 Closter Rd, Palisades. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 845.359.0136
• DIABETES AND PRE-DIABETES
Talk by Denise Roma, registered dietitian and certified diabetes education. What are the risk factors and what you can do to prevent pre-diabetes from becoming Type 2 diabetes. Please register at 845.359.0136 or www.palisadeslibrary.org. September 8 at 2pm.
• WHAT COUNTS IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS?
Keith Berman, Certified Educational Planner will discuss finding the right college, how colleges admit students, what students have done in the past to get accepted and how to get the most out of college—plus tips for staying calm throughout the entire process. Please register at 845.359.0136 or www.palisadeslibrary.org
At New City Library
220 N Main St, New City; 845.364.4997 newcitylibrary.org/
• EUREKA! THE INVENTION SHOW
The Industrial Revolution and Mechanical Era: interactive demo and exhibit of antiques and inventions.
Tuesday Sept 16 at 7pm; free.
• THE BASICS: ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
Debra Kagan-Birkeland of the Alzheimer’s Assoc, on how the disease is detected, risk factors and treatment.
Tuesday Sept 30 at 7pm.
• SPORTS NIGHT
Marc Ernay of 1010 WINS discusses his career as radio sports anchor.
Wednesday Sept 17 at 7pm.
• CONFESSIONS OF AN URBAN ARCHEOLOGIST
Greg Van Antwerp shares his 35-year passion of digging for historical treasures at estate, garage and tag sales and says what you should look for.
Saturday Sept 13 at 2pm.
• HERB GARDENING
Master gardener Jan Krasilovsky of Rockland’s Cornell Cooperative Extension shares fun facts and practical aspects of herb gardens.
Wednesday Sept 10 at 2pm.
Art In the Park
Artists are invited to a one-day community art event in Flywheel Park, Piermont, to show and sell their work, create new works and conduct workshops for all ages. Registration in encouraged and is free. Sunday Sept 21 from 1 to 6pm.
Art Students League
241 Kings Highway, Orangeburg NY. Info: 845.359.1263
• WORKSHOP: Plein Air Painting with Dean Hartung
This workshop is for painters to explore depicting sparkling water, rolling hills and cliffs, seeing and organizing nature with a natural light composition. Info:
For info: 212.247.4510. Fee: $300
Saturday & Sunday, Sept 20 & 21,10am to 4:30pm.
• WORKSHOP: Abstracting the Clothed Figure in the Landscape with Frank O’Cain
We will use imagination and some courage. We will discuss the process of abstracting to make reality more personal to the painter. Demonstrations provided, any media welcome. Register: 212.247.4510. For info: 845.359.1263. Fee: $320 Saturday & Sunday Sept 13 & 14, 10am to 4:30pm.
Rivertown Film Society
For film info call 845.353.2568 or visit website at
Fri, Sept 5 at 8:30pm. FREE FREE FREE
in the Municipal Parking Lot, downtown Nyack
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
As part of the Nyack Art Collective’s monthly “First Friday” in September, Rivertown Film and the Village of Nyack will convert the Artopee Way Municipal Parking lot into a FREE drive-in theater, to present the beloved “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” Viewers can sit in their cars and tune into a simultaneous podcast of the film on their radios or bring lawn chairs and picnics and sit under the stars. AND, if you work up a sweet tooth during the film, members of the Suburbia Roller Derby team will skate delectables, provided by local vendors, right to your seat.
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Wed, Sept 10 at 8pm at Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack NY. Price of Admission $11/$9/$8
Directed by Chiemi Karasawa, with Elaine Stritch, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin; USA, 2013, 81 min, documentary, unrated.
Discussion afterwards with SUNY Media Arts professor Richard Connolly, a longtime friend of Elaine Stritch.
A portrait of the artist near the end (but still fierce), this documentary about the indominitable performer invites us to reflect on the question: “Who am I without an audience, offstage?” A study of a consummate entertainer in her twilight years, about to leave New York City, her home for many years (she also resided in Nyack throughout the 1980s), all too aware that her life is winding down.
“This is a must-see for anyone who loves theater, acting and especially individuals like Elaine Stritch, unafraid to bare their souls.” —Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times.
Wed, Sept 17 at 8pm at Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack NY. Price of Admission $11/$9/$8
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski with Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska; Poland, 2013, 80 min, in Polish with English Subtitles; rated PG.
Shortly before taking her vows, an orphaned novitiate in 1950s Poland, meets an aunt she didn’t know existed. Wanda’s entrance into Ida’s circumscribed life brings shocking news that changes everything, and this revelation begets a journey—both literal and figurative. Poland’s history during World War II, with its abundant horrors, figures prominently in both women’s lives. The film presents an implicit argument between faith and materialism, one that’s revealed with wit, conviction and generosity of spirit.
Critics’ Pick! “One of the finest European films in recent memory.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times.