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Uncommon Ground: Bluegrass

September 27, 2014 - 8:00pm
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The hot alternative bluegrass group Uncommon Ground will appear at Unison Arts Center on Saturday, September 27th at 8pm.

Uncommon Ground is on a mission to combine the technical expertise of classically trained musicians with the soul of bluegrass. The band members are Mike Kobetitsch and Wayne Furage, two long-time veterans of the bluegrass scene; Rachel Handman on fiddle, Phil Helm on bass and Craig Bitterman on a variety of percussion instruments. 

This collection of five remarkably talented musicians brings together the unlikely and uncommon combination of precise, classically trained violin and bass lines with the fluidity and soul of bluegrass-influenced vocals, mandolin, guitar and percussion to drive a band whose fresh, distinctive sound is enrapturing audiences wherever they perform.

Tickets are $21 in advance ($18 for Unison members) and $26 at the door ($22 for members). Students are half price with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased online at unisonarts.org or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.

845-255-1559

Acting/Scene Study workshop with Christine Crawfis

September 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

Christine Crawfis will offer an 8-week adult Acting/Scene Study workshop beginning Wednesday, September 24th from 7-9pm at Unison Arts Center.

Intended as a practice performance course for adult actors, this workshop will explore the craft of acting in a conservatory approach that involves exercises, scene work and theatre games designed to develop performance skills and technique. Students will explore scenes from both contemporary and classic plays. There will be a presentation of scenes on the final day of class.

Christine Crawfis has taught acting and directing for more than 30 years and is the Managing Director of Mohonk Mountain Stage Company and Executive Director of Unison Arts Center.

The workshop will run through November 12th.  The price for the 8-week series is $100 for Unison members and $150 for non-members. Llimited enrollment. Register online at unisonarts.org or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.

845-255-1559

Family Fun at Unison: Animal Experiences with Michelle Costa

September 27, 2014 - 2:00pm

Animals take center stage at Unison Arts Center when wildlife expert Michelle Costa appears on Saturday, September 27th at 2pm with her assortment of wildlife rescues, including a chinchilla, a tortoise, a hedgehog, a fox . . . and maybe even a kinkajou. This educational and entertaining event is perfect for the whole family.

Michelle Costa is a licensed veterinary technician who has over 15 years of experience in the field. She is a wildlife rehabilitator and an exotics animal handler/exhibitor. She has many domestic and exotic animals of her own and could not imagine doing anything else with her life.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $8 for Unison members and $5 for children under 12.  Door prices are $14, $10 for members and $7 for children under 12.

Tickets can be purchased online at unisonarts.org or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.

845-255-1559

Flash flood watch for eastern Catskills

Above: A post from the Albany office of the National Weather Service's Facebook page today. 

Parts of the Catskills could get "torrential" rainfall of as much to 1 to 2 inches per hour tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

The eastern Catskills -- Ulster, Schoharie and Greene counties -- are under a flash flood watch issued by the NWS's Albany office. The rains are expected to begin close to midnight tonight, Tuesday, August 12. The flood watch expires at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13.   Read more

The Catskills are hot (again)

The cover of August's Hudson Valley Magazine.

Brace yourselves: The Catskills are having their biggest moment since the height of the Borscht Belt resorts in the '50s.

Hudson Valley Magazine has dedicated its entire August issue to the region, declaring that "The Catskills Are Back," and featuring the pool at Phoenicia's The Graham & Co. hotel on its cover.  

[T]he big story of the day is that the Catskills have seemingly overnight transformed from a sleepy, somewhat rundown region to a hip ’n happening hangout for all types of urban culture vultures and — dare we say it — hipsters.

What is this we hear? It seems that every season, at least one new boutique hotel throws open its doors — and more and more city folk flee upstate to the forest. Cultural offerings abound, gastropubs serve up farm-to-table fare, you can even stay in a luxury yurt. Yes, glamping has come to the Catskills.  Read more

Sunday Salon: Performance painter Nancy Ostrovsky with musician Ras Moshe

September 14, 2014 - 2:00pm
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Nancy Ostrovsky, considered one of the pioneers of "Performance Painting" will appear at Unison Arts Center on Sunday, September 14th at 2pm for a conversation/demonstration/impromptu art session. Saxophonist Ras Moshe, founder of the Music Now jazz series at The Brecht Forum, will join her.

Nancy Ostrovsky's performance painting has earned her a dedicated following. She has forged her own path in art without worrying about who's hot and who's not in the greater art world.  Instead, she has spent her life processing her experiences and absorbing influences and putting it all back into her paintings, which have only grown more expressive and wise over the course of the past three decades.  Most impressive is her development as a performer, which has taken as much strength and control behind the scenes as she embodies on stage.  She has become a first rate performer, conscious of how she works the stage and uses the space on the backdrop to capture the audience's attention.  Read more

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Barbershop & Beyond

September 13, 2014 - 8:00pm
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On Saturday, September 13th at 8pm join the Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Barbershop Chorus and some up-and-coming young vocalists from New Paltz for an evening of "Barbershop & Beyond" at Unison Arts Center.

In Act one, audiences will be enterained by the Newyorkers Barbershop Chorus, a men's a cappella group which sings in the uniquely American Barbershop style of close four-part harmony.  The chorus is part of the Poughkeepsie NY Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society which was chartered in 1961.  It was started by a group of seven men who were enthusiastic about bringing quartet and musical excitement--barbershop harmony style--to the Mid-Hudson valley.

In Act two, some rising star vocalists from in and around New Paltz, including Jenny Rich, will appear in their Unison debut.

Tickets are $21 in advance ($18 for Unison members) and $26 at the door ($22 for members). Students are half price with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased online at unisonarts.org or by calling 845-255-1559.

845-255-1559

Tango meets Swing with dancer Nina Jirka & the Bernstein Bard Quartet

September 6, 2014 - 7:30pm

Tango meets Swing at Unison Arts Center on Saturday, September 6th at 7:30. The amazing Nina Jirka will lead a short demonstration & dance lesson, followed by tango and swing dancing, with musical accompaniment by the Bernstein Bard Quartet.

Nina Jirka danced with the Moscow Festival Ballet, Perm Opera, Kremlin Ballet and Stars of Boishoi.  In 2006 she and Ellen Crystal founded Tango New Paltz. In addition to teaching a tango lesson, Nina will also talk about the history of the dance.

The Bernstein Bard Quartet is Steve Bernstein on mandolin, Mark Bernstein on guitar, Robert Bard on upright bass and Brian Melick on percussion. They are longtime friends of Unison. The quartet has incorporated tango and swing into their repertoire, creating a compelling dance set that ensures both sets of dancers feel welcome, no matter what their background.

Tickets are $20 in advance ($15 for Unison members) and $25 at the door ($20 for members). Students are half price with a valid ID.

Come to dance, come to listen, come to have fun!

Purchase tickets online at unisonarts.org or by calling 845-255-1559.  Read more

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2nd Annual Founders' Event with special guest Christine Lavin

September 20, 2014 - 7:00pm
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On Saturday, September 20th, Unison Arts Center will celebrate 38 years of creating memories with a special performance by folksinger, comedienne and long-time friend of Unison, Christine Lavin.

This special fundraising evening will begin at 7pm, with a reception featuring light refreshments and tastings, courtesy of Unison's Board of Directors and at 8pm, Christine Lavin will take to the stage.

Christine Lavin received the 2012 NYC Nighlife Award given annually to the best concert and cabaret performers.  She is also the recipient of five ASCAP composer awards and the Backstage Bistro Award for Best NYC Singer/Songwriter Of the Year.

Tickets to the event are $40 in advance ($40 for Unison members) and $55 at the door ($50 for members).  Tickets can be purchased online at unisonarts.org or by calling 845-255-1559.  Sponsorship opportunities are available, as well as ads in a special tribute journal. For more information, contact Christine@unisonarts.org.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.

845-255-1559

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