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Belleayre Resort will fail unless scaled back, Catskill Heritage Alliance claims

Above: A rendering of the planned hotel and lodge buildings at Highmount -- part of the proposed Belleayre Resort project -- from a supplemental draft environmental impact statement released in April 2014 by the DEC.

The Catskill Heritage Alliance, a local environmental group that has long been critical of the proposed Belleayre Resort project in Highmount, has released a study that claims the resort will fail unless scaled back.

The study, commissioned by Washington, D.C.-based firm Public and Environmental Finance Associates, takes aim at another study commissioned last year from national hotel consultants HVS by resort developer Crossroads Ventures. In documents prepared in 2013 for the state's ongoing review of the project, Crossroads relied on the HVS study to make a case for the resort's financial viability and economic benefits to the region.   Read more

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TMI Project: Voices in Action plays Rosendale

Above: TMI Project stage manager Erica Pivko, left, talks with founder Julie Novak. Photo courtesey of the TMI Project. 

"I had constructed these pants when I was in one of my nuthouses," Joanee Tarshis says in a video produced by the TMI Project. "I had been refusing to make a wallet in occupational therapy. Only crazy people make wallets."

Stories like this, from mental health patients, at-risk teens, and domestic violence survivors, are the heart of "Voices in Action," a monologue show produced by the TMI Project that comes to the Rosendale Theatre on Tuesday, July 29.  Read more

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Transition Catskills proposes 'Catskills dollars,' tool libraries, and farmers' markets

Above: A design for a local Catskills currency created by members of Transition Catskills.

About two dozen people attended the first public forum of Transition Catskills, a group dedicated to making the Catskills more economically resilient, on Wednesday night at the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville.

“This was our first effort to organize a conversation,” said Jeff Tomasi, a former partner at Goldman Sachs who helped found the group.

There will be another film screening and public forum for the Transition Catskills movement on Saturday, July 26, at 4 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury.

Tomasi, who owns a second home in the Delaware County town of Middletown, also lives in London, where he first got word of Transition, an initiative that began in England around 2006 and addressed issues of oil dependence and economic instability.

“I’m not a leader, I’m a facilitator,” Tomasi told the group. “I’m not here to tell people how to live. Just here to start the dialogue.”  Read more

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Argentinian vernacular Mass by Ariel Ramirez, Misa Criolla

Again, a tradition is to have a choral work to close the Festival and this year it is an Argentinian vernacular Mass by Ariel Ramirez, Misa Criolla. Conductor Jorge Parodi, himself Argentinean, will conduct the musicians of Opera Hispanica, with indigenous instruments in this gem of a musical Mass setting. The sections are based on musical styles of South America, and sing to the heart. To bring the musical circle back to Spain, soprano Camille Zamora, will offer Spanish Zarzuelas - think music hall music from Spain, but operatic.

Rossini's Barber of Seville - Saturday, August 2

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The Saturday night of the Festival has always given to a popular Opera, and this year of Spanish theme it is of course an (Italian) Spanish gift, Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Our Barber’s Figaro, meteoric American baritone Lucas Meachem is gloriously comedic and Mezzo-Soprano Maria Todaro is the charming young miss with a core of bright steel (Todaro is also the Executive Director of the Festival). The Opera is semi-staged with full orchestra conducted by David Wroe. Opera in the open air in the mountains with wine, music and charm - what better way is there to spend a Saturday evening?

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The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice celebrates Spain

Above: The tent housing the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice mainstage goes up in Phoenicia's Parish Field. Photo via the festival's Facebook page.

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Above: Camille Zamora performs zarzuela. 

Each year, Phoenicia’s International Festival of the Voice kicks off with something akin to a barn raising. Volunteers unload a massive 5,000-square-foot stage with large white tents flanking from its roost in a local barn and put it together in Parish Park in the tiny hamlet of Phoenicia in Ulster County. 

The tent is already up and ready for this year's festival, which kicks off next Wednesday, July 30, with a theme of “Celebrating Spain.” The five days of vocal events and lectures spread across eight local venues offer a wealth of flamenco and salsa-inspired numbers along with gospel, Jewish liturgical music, shape note singing, and the centerpiece performance of "The Barber of Seville."   Read more

August 2, 2014: Workshop of Clarimonde

Above: Composer Frederic Chaslin and librettist P.H Fisher.

August 2, 2014: On Site Opera and The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice announce a workshop of Clarimonde, a new opera from composer Frédéric Chaslin and librettist P.H. Fisher. Chaslin himself will conduct and OSO Artistic Director Eric Einhorn will direct a cast featuring Alyson Cambridge, Dominic Armstrong, Clayton Mathews and Louis Otey.   Read more


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