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Arts and Entertainment for this Month
Winter Art Classes at RoCA
27 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack; info call 845.358.0877 or visit www.rocklandartcenter.org
Get creative this Winter at Rockland Center for the Arts. New classes include Releasing the Artist Within, Seductive Surfaces & Tantalizing Techniques Workshop, Poetry Workshop: Wandering the World’s Traditions, Classical Drawing and Oil Painting, Handbuilding and Sculpture, Life Drawing: Open Sessions and many more.
Winter Term starts Monday, January 13. For info or to register for a class and/or workshop, call (845) 358-0877 or visit our website at www.rocklandartcenter.org
GraceMusic’s 44th Messiah Sing
GraceMusic’s 44th annual Messiah Sing will take place at 4pm, Sun, Dec 8 at Grace Church, 130 First Avenue, Nyack. This Rockland holiday tradition, conducted by Brandon Beachamp, features professional soloists who perform the gorgeous arias of Handel’s masterpiece and a picture-pretty church filled with happy amateurs singing the magnificent choruses including the stirring Hallelujah, to be conducted by the winner of the live auction bidding process at our Cabaret in October. Admission is $10; children free; a limited number of scores are available for borrowing; bring your own if you can.
Morning Music Holiday Concert
On December 3 at 10:30am the Morning Music Club Chorus, under director Melissa Manning, will perform a Holiday Concert at Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church on Sickletown Rd, Pearl River NY. Guest Artists include Ansil Babran, guitar and Heather Hamon, piano; a festive reception follows. Admission is free, donations are gratefully accepted at the door. Info: visit wwwmorningmusicofrockland.org or call 845.735.5556.
Free First Friday Film
7:30pm Fri, Dec 6 at Piermont Library, 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont, free showing of “Brazil” (1985). Part social commentary, part outrageous fantasy, Terry Gilliam’s black comedy set in a dyspeptic, Orwellian future is ambitious, visually astounding and pure genius. Maybe best movie of the decade. Info: www.piermontlibrary.org or 845.359.4595.
Nyack Art Collective
Dec 6, from 5 to 8pm: Art openings, poetry, family friendly concert at 6:30. “Winterfest w/Sukey Molloy & Friends” at the Nyack Center. More info about free Nyack Art Collective events: 845.358.3476 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Craft Bazaar in Palisades
Sun, Dec 8 from 10am until 4pm —just in time for last minute shopping, the bazaar specializes in crafts by women of the Hudson Valley. Pottery, jewelry, alpaca items, children’s wear, knit wear, and much more. Balthazar Bakery items available. Palisades Community Center, 675 Oak Tree Rd, Palisades NY. Info: visit www.palisadescc.org
Concert by Rockland Camerata
At 4pm Sat Dec 7, the Rockland Camerata, under the direction of Matthew Rupcich, presents its gala 35th Anniversary Concert, performing music by Vaughan Williams, Monteverdi, Bruckner, Finzi and Bach, and featuring the Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saëns, with chorus, soloists and instrumentalists.
The concert will be a musical retrospective of concerts from the past 35 years of performances. At Clarkstown Reformed Church, 107 Strawtown Road, West Nyack. A reception will follow. Tickets are $20, $15 seniors and $10 students. For info call 845.365.0224.
Rockland County Choral Society
Michèle Sorel, of Nyack,will perform excerpts from Handel’s Messiah with the Rockland County Choral Society on Sat, Dec 14, at 3pm. Also performing will be the Handbell Choir of Pearl River United Methodist Church, led by Pamela Gunning.
At Living Christ Church, 151 S. Broadway, S. Nyack. Tickets $20 general, $15 students and senior adults. Info or to reserve, call 845.418.6225 or email@example.com
Tappan Zee Thrift Shop for gifts
A great place to find unique gifts for the holidays. Items range from the valuable-vintage through inexpensive-useful—clothing, footwear, books, toys, jewelry, all kinds of household goods and more. We share profits with eleven worthy organizations: Association for Visually Impaired, Hi-Tor Animal Care Center, Tappan Historical Society, and many churches and libraries. Hours: Tues, Th, Fri and Sat from 10am to 4pm. Wed 1-4pm. We’re at 454 Piermont Avenue, Piermont, NY. Closed Thanksgiving. Info: 845.359.5987.
Come join the only line dance event group in Rockland.
• Classes for beginners: Tues from 7 to 9pm at Clarkstown Reformed Church, 107 Strawtown Rd, West Nyack. $5 pp admission.
• Thurs from 7 to 10:30pm: Knight Line Dance at Clarkstown Reformed Church, 107 Strawtown Rd West Nyack. $10 pp admission. Info: www.knightslinedancing.com
Show & Sale at Piermont Library
December brings the return of our annual Gift of Art Show and Sale. This year’s theme is “A Postcard from Piermont”. Gala Open House reception on Sunday, December 8, from 2 to 4pm. Info: 845.359.4595.
At New City Library
220 N. Main St, New City. 845-634-4997; www.newcitylibrary.org
• All Seasons Chamber Players
Sun Dec 1 at 2pm: the ensemble performs music from the baroque to contemporary periods in mixed ensembles using flute, violin, cello, harpsichord and piano.
• The Christmas Carol Trio
Sat, Dec 7 at 2pm: an enchanting program of 17th and 18th century carols from England, Ireland, France, Germany and the American Colonies (sung in English, French and German), with narratives explaining the origins of the holiday’s traditions and décor. The troupe appears as an acoustic trio featuring vocals, guitar and mandolin.
At Nyack College Music School
• CarolS & Candlelight
65th Annual holiday favorite; Nyack College Handbell Choir, Women’s Chorale & Brass Ensemble perform seasonal music ranging from classical to contemporary, from carols to spirituals, and carols from England, France, Austria, and the United States. The program concludes with a deeply moving candlelight ceremony. Free admission. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the cost of the tour. Pardington Hall,
Sun, Dec 8 at 8pm.
• Winter Concert: The Wind Ensemble, comprised of students, faculty, & community musicians perform works for concert band, with selections by the Nyack Handbell Choir. Free Admission. Pardington Hall, Mon, Dec 9 at 8pm.
• Lessons and Carols: Nyack College Chorale performs a program of traditional lessons and carols. The concert shares the story of the birth of Christ through scripture readings, songs by the chorale, organ, harp, carol singing, and a special guest performance by Prof. Shelley Jameson. Free admission A free-will offering will be taken to benefit 2015
Scandinavia tour. Pardington Hall, Tues, Dec 10 at 8pm.
Rockland Jazz & Blues Society
The Rockland County Jazz & Blues Society, in partnership with The Nyack Library, announces the Carnegie Concert Jazz Series Friday, December 6, 7:30 pm with: Don Friedman, solo piano, an all-time great master of modern jazz piano in a rare solo performance performing originals and standards. Considered a “musician’s musician,” Don will be playing in the oak paneled, acoustically ideal Carnegie-Farian Room, Nyack Library, 59 S, Broadway, Nyack, NY. Prices $25-$15. Available at: www.rcjbs.org
Art Students League at Vytlacil *
41 Kings Highway, BOX 357, Sparkill NY 845 359 1263
• Catherine Redmond: Painting on Paper & Canvas
Opening Reception Sat, Dec 14, 2 to 5pm. Exhibition on view from Dec 14 thru Feb 16 at the Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery. Gallery hours Wed–Sat 10–4 and Sun: 10–2.
• OPEN STUDIOS, Sat, Dec 21, 2-4pm. Come and meet artists from around the world; enjoy wine, cheese and good conversation about art at Vyt’s free Open Studios. Enjoy the exhibition in our gallery and even find a last-minute extra special gift for the Holidays.
• Forging & Metal Fabrication Workshop, Forging & Metal Fabricating class with sculptor James Garvey. Every Sat morning (10am to 1pm), work with fire, anvil and steel to learn how to forge metal. Monthly fee: $137.
(* pronounced VIT-la-sill)
Events at Rockland Historical
20 Zukor Rd, New City, NY.
Info: (845) 634-9629
• 38th ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXHIBITION.
Showcasing The Society’s permanent collection for a show entitled “Simple Gifts,” Ned Kelly and his team will decorate the historic Jacob Blauvelt House for the holidays. Visit Saturdays & Sundays,12–4 pm, and by appt. weekdays Dec 14 to January 12. Admission $7 adult (non-members) and $3 for seniors, children (age 3-12) and HSRC members. Children under 3 admitted free.
• Saint Nicholas Day (photo at right)
Sat & Sun, Dec 7 and 8 at 10:30 am, 12pm; 1:30 pm, and 3pm daily. Admission: $5 per person. (Includes admission to “Simple Gifts” Exhibition.) Space is limited; prepaid reservations required. Info: visit www.RocklandHistory.org
• Candlelight Tours of the Jacob Blauvelt House Sundays: Dec 15, 22, 29, and Jan 5 and 12 at 5 & 6:30pm each evening. Admission: $10 for adults (non-members); $8 for seniors and HSRC members; and $5 for children. (Includes admission to “Simple Gifts” Exhibition.) Space is limited; prepaid reservations are required. Info: visit www.RocklandHistory.org or call 845.634.9629.
• ANNUAL RAFFLE
Five lovely items will be offered as prizes, with a total retail value of more than $1,500. Raffle tickets available during the exhibits.
• MUSEUM HOURS—open Wed thru Fri, 10am to 5pm, Sat & Sun noon to 4pm during events. Info: visit our website at www.RocklandHistory.org
Concert at Piermont Reformed
Piermont Reformed Church, 361 Ferdon Ave, Piermont, will host a Holiday Concert at 4pm, Sun, Dec 15. The program will include music in a variety of styles from performers Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step, cellist Erika Boras Tesi, singer-songwriter Marc Farre, flutist Jacquelyn Drechsler, and John Whoever & Who Are They. Refreshments will be served following. Suggested donation: $20 ($15 seniors, $10 kids 12 and under). Info: 845.359.4637.
At Hopper House
82 North Broadway, Nyack.
• “Tony Oursler hopped (popped),” This renowned multi-media artist’s video installation inspired by the work of Edward Hopper. On view thru Jan 5.
•“At Home With Ed and Jo,” Sixteen caricature drawings by Edward Hopper, revealing the artist’s wry sense of humor. In the main gallery at Hopper House Art Center thru Apr 6.
Gallery hours Thurs thru Sun, 12 to 5 or by appt. Admission: free for members and children under 16; $2 students; $4 seniors; $6 adults. Info: visit www.edwardhopperhouse.org or call 845.358.0774.
Concerts at First Reformed, Nyack
18 South Broadway, Nyack, (corner af Burd Street)
Info: call 845.358.5518 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org
December 2013 Events
• BRASS ENSEMBLE WORSHIP SERVICE— Sun, Dec 8 at 10:30am; Coffee Hour to follow. We usher in the Advent/ Christmas season by filling the sanctuary with the glorious sounds of the brass ensemble. Jim Rensink coordinates the beautiful musical setting for this invigorating worship service.
• CHRISTMAS PAGEANT—Sun, Dec 15 at 5pm; Coffee Hour to follow. We celebrate the 89th year of this family tradition. Join as we relive the wonderful Christmas story with out children and teens.
• CANDLELIGHT SERVICE—Tues, Dec 24 at 7pm; Coffee Hour to follow. This moving Christmas Eve service recalls the birth of Christ, the light of the world. Join us for an evening of beauty and awe.
Artist of the Month
Artist of the Month at The Corner Frame Shop is Bill Batson, whose “Nyack Sketch Log” is a local favorite. He originated the “Flash Sketch Mob,” encouraging artists and non-artists to draw personal views of our favorite village.
“Gray Area,” an exhibition of works in gray-scale pastel will be on view during December at the Corner Frame Shop. Hours are Tues through Sat, 10am to 5pm. An artists reception will be held Dec 8, from 2 to 5pm. His work can also be seen at www.billbatsonarts.com. The Corner Frame Shop has sponsored Batson’s ‘Nyack Sketch Log’ for over two years.
The Corner Frame Shop is at 40 South Franklin Street, Nyack. Info: call 845.727.1240.
Carnegie Concert Series
In Nyack Library’s historic Carnegie-Farian Room at 59 S. Broadway at 7:30 pm. Free Concert Pass for 2 available at Nyack Library circulation desk with valid Nyack Library ID card. Nyack Library card-holders are eligible for Member discount rate. Tickets available at circulation desk or online at nyacklibrary.org/carnegieconcerts
In advance: $20 Adult, $18 Senior & Student, $15 Member
At the door: $25 Adult, $22 Senior & Student, $18 Member
• Sing We Enchanted
Fri, Dec 13—Get into the holiday spirit with the exquisite sound of Westchester’s finest Renaissance á cappella ensemble.
• Chopin by Candlelight
Sat, Dec 14—Pianist Oxana Mikhailoff, winner of the 1st International Rachmaninoff Piano Competition, performs the intimate, Romantic music of Frederic Chopin, including nocturnes, ballades, the popular fantasie-impromptu, and more.
Historical Society of the Nyacks
The Historical Society of the Nyacks Museum, 50 Piermont
Avenue, Nyack. Info: 845.418.4430 or www.nyackhistory.org
• Great Grandma’s Kitchen: Household Implements from Long Ago
Saturdays from 1 to 4pm; opening day Dec 7; show continues thru Feb 22. Free and open to the public
Of particular interest in the holiday season, when our homes are filled with the delicious aromas of savory and baked goodies, this exhibit showcases charming kitchen implements from long ago.
Music & Readings in a Holiday Spirit
Nyack Center presents its annual holiday festival and community gathering on Sun, Dec 8, at 7pm. Co-hosted by Kevin Pariseau & Elliott Forrest, the evening features scores of our talented neighbors. Tickets: Adults $20, Children $7 available at Nyack Center, Depew at South Broadway. Nyack. Info: (845) 358-2600
Rivertown Film Society
• MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
8pm, Wed, Dec 4 at Nyack Center Broadway at Depew
Directed by Joss Whedon, with Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion (2012) USA 109 minutes, rated PG-13
Shot in black and white and set in modern-day Southern California, the plot of this screwball comedy is propelled by a blithe spirit at once romantic and cynical. Its sly, robust eroticism abounds in earthy wordplay and modern-day cool.
Tickets for this event: $11 gen’l adm; $9 students seniors & gen’l members; $8 student & senior members unless otherwise noted. Purchase tickets at door, in advance from 800.838.3006 or online at www.rivertownfilm.org Info: 845.353.2568
• AN EVENING WITH DAVID SHIRE
7:30pm, Wed, Dec 18 at Nyack Center Broadway at Depew
An evening with Academy Award and two-time Grammy winning composer David Shire, featuring clips from his films, discussion of his work and a performance on piano. Shire has scored more than 100 theatrical and TV films including “The Conversation”, “Saturday Night Fever”, and “All the President’s Men;” on Broadway, he collaborated on scores for “Big” and “Baby,” among others. His songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Johnny Mathis and Robert Goulet. A Q&A will follow, moderated by musician/composer Marc Farre. Complimentary desserts and wine will be served. Tickets $25pp, Film Society Members free while tickets last. Visit rivertownfilm.org for info.
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