Wallkill River School, Soon’s Orchards unveil mural

Nancy Reed Jones, an artist member of the Wallkill River School, has created a 24-foot mural for Soons Orchards in New Hampton. The mural was unveiled recently at Soon’s.

It’s part of a project to develop a Farm/Art Trail in Orange County, in which open-to-the-public farms are showcased by Orange County Tourism, and then are paired with artists who are inspired by them.

A grand opening of the Farm/Art Trail is scheduled for September 2014; until then, the 20 artists painting for 20 farms will be working and exhibiting. You can see Reed Jones’ effort now (in full, that is) at Soon’s.

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Comedy series planned for Middletown Paramount

A press conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to announce a series of comedy shows at the Paramount Theater in Middletown.

The series begins Oct. 26 with Larry Miller, a well-regarded character actor who made his mark as a shady doorman on “Seinfeld.” It will continue through May, when the annual Hoboken International Film Festival comes back to the Paramount, May 30-June 5.

The chairman of the festival – and now chairman of the Paramount – Kenneth Del Vecchio, will be shooting a film in Orange County starting in January. That film, “Rock Story,” will serve as the HIFF’s opening-night film. Del Vecchio also will be running a contest, in which budding comedians will compete to open one of the comedy shows and have a speaking role in the movie “Rock Story.”

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From Stage to Screen hosting fall Munchkin Theatre classes

From Stage to Screen is hosting Munchkin Theatre classes starting Oct. 12.

In the classes, students will create a story and characters, and then act out the story. They’ll also be invited to From Stage to Screen’s Young Company production of “101 Dalmatians, Kids,” scheduled for January 2014.

The classes will take place at From Stage to Screen’s theater at 79 Vineyard Ave., Highland, and are $100 plus a $10 registration fee. They’ll run 9-10 a.m. or noon-1 p.m. Saturdays from Oct. 12-Dec. 21.

For info, call 476-2455.

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Ric Orlando’s eggplant balls are a competition finalist

Good news for a local restaurateur:

Steve Barnes of the Albany Times-Union reports in his Table Hopping blog that Ric Orlando – he of New World Home Cooking at 1411 Route 212, Saugerties (he also owns New World Bistro Bar in Albany) – is a finalist in US Foods’ Next Top Product competition for his Eggplant Balls.

The balls, according to Barnes, are a vegetarian adaptation of traditional Neapolitan Balls.

I haven’t had the Eggplant Balls, but I (and many, many, many more) can vouch for Orlando’s Blackened String Beans.

Barnes writes that Orlando will compete in the finals in November in Las Vegas, where the winner will receive $5,000 cash, and $15,000 to go toward kitchen equipment, from US Foods.

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Actors needed for ‘Bobby & Jean of Newburgh’

The Newburgh Actors Studio is seeking three actors for its November performance of “Bobby & Jean of Newburgh.”

Roles sought are: Young boy (age 12-13); Mother; Father.

Interested? Call 541-1065.

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Bronze sculpture master class available at SUNY Orange

With school back in session, it’s time to remember that it’s never too late to learn some new things. So if you’ve ever been interested in bronze sculpting, head to SUNY Orange for a master class.

Sculptor Roger Martin of Albemarle, N.C., will show the process of sculpting through casting and patina from noon-2 p.m. Thursday at Orange Hall Gallery on the campus of SUNY Orange, Grandview and Wawayanda avenues, Middletown. One of Martin’s finished sculptures is on display at Orange Hall Gallery, part of the exhibit “On & Off the Wall – Sculpture: Art in 3 Dimensions.”

For information about the master class and sculpture exhibit, visit sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs. And to look at some of Martin’s sculptures, visit his website.

 

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Larry Campbell honored by Americana Music Association

Larry Campbell was named Instrumentalist of the Year by the Americana Music Association at its annual Honors & Awards event.

The Woodstock resident, who for years was Levon Helm’s sideman and is now a major cog with the Dirt Farmer Band, was presented the award by Jerry Douglas.

Campbell was also part of the house band at the awards event, performing with Don Was, Marco Giovino, John Deaderick, Jim Hoke and the McCrary Sisters.

“Austin City Limits” will broadcast an edited special of the awards Nov. 23.

Our Ulster Magazine profiled Campbell in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue.

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Auditions for puppeteers in Newburgh, NYC

Puppet production company Up in Arms is seeking a few good puppeteers.

Auditions will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Theatre at West Shore Station, 27 S. Water St., Newburgh, and then 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Chelsea Studios, 151 W. 26th St., Suite 601, New York City.

What are auditions for? They’re to be part of Up in Arms’ talent pool of puppet performers in advance of a Theatreworks USA tour of “Helping Drew,” an anti-bullying puppet musical.

Here are the vitals, via Up in Arms:

Puppeteer that must stand 5’11 – 6 feet tall, use of platform shoes welcomed. All shows are performed behind 6-foot stage. Height not required for audition. Ideal candidate must be experienced in mouth/rod puppets, lip sync and movement. Performers should prepare a 2-3 minute pre-recorded, lip-synced song. Bring your own puppet or one will be provided. Bring your own music on mp3 player/iPod or CD. Speakers/player will be provided. Puppeteers must be able to help set up/break-down shows (20 lbs. max) and perform 30 minute show with Q&A, generally under 3 hour commitment per show. Flexible availability, early morning start times for elementary school shows so, must be available during school hours. Talent living outside of NYC should have reliable transportation and a clean driver’s license. Up in Arms offers paid rehearsals, travel and per-booking fee.

To schedule an audition, email a headshot and resume to info@upinarms.biz. Subject line “Audition: your name.”

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TMI Project trying to take a show on the road

The TMI Project is trying to take its show – “What to Expect When You’re NOT Expecting; True Stories of Slips, Surprises and Happy Accidents” – on the road. And like many non-profit organizations trying to raise money for an effort, it’s taken to the streets … of the internet.

TMI has launched an Indiegogo effort for the show, which was created to “raise awareness among those who have no idea what’s at stake in the constant fight for reproductive rights; and to raise money for Planned Parenthood,” according to the Project’s co-founders Sari Botton and Eva Tenuto.

The group’s goal is $100,000. Check out the site here for more information.

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A quick primer for your Woodstock Film Festival ticket purchasing adventure

As you may or may not know, tickets are now on sale for the Woodstock Film Festival. Get your tickets here.

And there is where you’ll find the handy dandy schedule, with times and locations for screenings and panels, concerts and parties. It’s comforting to see that page, as the festival has basically used that schedule for the last 5-6 years, at least (to my knowledge).

Tuesday is the launch party for the festival, held at Libation NYC. We’ll be there. After that we’ll run down what to see, who to meet and what looks awesome. Til then, go by instinct: the Sonny Rollins doc should be awesome … always look for the gritty urban movies (they’re chosen well at Woodstock) … and animation is a huge strength. See the animated shorts. That’s a must.

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