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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

Manhunt on for suspect who robbed Kingston bank this morning

Above: A photo of the suspect in today's robbery of a Kingston bank, issued by the Kingston Police Department.

The Rondout Savings Bank on Schwenk Drive in Kingston was robbed this morning, and the suspect who fled from the scene along an old railroad bed is still at large, according to a press release from the Kingston Police Department. There were no injuries.

Around 11 a.m on Friday, July 25, a black man wearing a white button-down chirt, a black baseball cap, glasses, and a piece of cloth covering his face entered the bank and demanded cash from the tellers, according to the press release. The suspect then fled on foot along an old railroad bed that runs between a riverbank and Dutch Village Apartments. 

The Kingston Police Department has released a photo of the suspect, above, and is also searching for a possible witness to the robbery. Details are available on the Department's Facebook page

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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.

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Catskills region

Above: A photo of the radar tracking the storm over Central and Western New York. Photo courtesy of the US National Weather Service Binghamton.

National Weather Service forecasters have issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Catskills and central New York, including Schoharie, Ulster, Delaware, Sullivan and Greene counties, lasting until 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

The following was posted on the US National Weather Service at Binghamton Facebook page at 2:30 p.m.:

Storms are starting to fire up in central NY. There is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch South and East of Rome, NY to Towanda, PA until 10 PM tonight. We are keeping a close eye on these storms. Be safe and remember, "When thunder roars, go indoors!"

Live radar tracking the storm's progress can be found here.

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


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