Broadway on a budget may seem like an oxymoron, but with a little research, a little luck, and some careful planning, the best of the Great White Way is within your reach this month. Two substantial discounts are currently available for the budget-conscious theatre lover.
Standing room only took on a new meaning Saturday afternoon when over 200 people crammed themselves into Rhinebeck’s Oblong Books to hear Annie Liebovitz read from her latest book Pilgrimages.
To qualify as a superstar today you must have been photographed by Annie Liebovitz. Born in 1949 in Connecticut, she began taking pictures on a trip to Japan with her mother after her sophomore year in college. In the early 70’s Jann Wenner named her Rolling Stone’s chief photographer. In 1975 she was the official photographer for the Rolling Stones world tour, an experience she described as harrowing yet amazing.”
Like Rumpelstiltskin, who famously wove straw into gold, well-known Millerton artist Henry Klimowicz has an alchemical talent. For his new show at the Tremaine Gallery of The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, the artist has taken sheets of discarded corrugated cardboard and transformed them into shapes and objects that glow with an organic new life.
Suspended from the gallery’s coffered ceiling, Sticks, one of two site-specific sculptures created for this exhibit, at first glance resembles a romantic, mysteriously misplaced dwelling or a bamboo forest.
The Millbrook Free Library and Millbrook Arts Group will present three classical music concerts and gallery talks on the second Saturdays in January, February and March. The first concert on Saturday, the Arabesque Trio, with Barbara Rizek on flute, Chris Eberle on bassoon and classical guitarist Gregory Dinger. The Off the Wall Gallery will be exhibit the art of Miani Carnevale who creates multi–layered works upon plaster surfaces using oil, acrylic, crayon, pastel, chalk, pencil and found materials such as weathered paper and rusted metal.
The uninhabited but far from lifeless continent of Antarctica is brought to life in a remarkable collection of photographs by Dan Mead and his wife Sally Eagle on view in the Flagler Chapel at the Millbrook School beginning January 6. Another show of the couple’s photographs focused on Namibia, Bhutan, and Africa runs simultaneously in the math and science building.
Mead and Eagle’s images of the natural world regularly tour colleges and high schools throughout the Northeast and England. Their previous exhibition at Millbrook – a collection of images entitled “Earth Designs” - was the wildly successful inaugural show in the Math and Science gallery.
Two Men Talking is the title of a theatrical production that started at the Barrow Street Theater in Greenwich Village and will migrate Friday to Hotchkiss for a one time performance starting at 7 p.m. The two men are Paul Browde and Murray Nossel who improvise their way through an evening of drama, mirth, humility and story telling that has brought them fame and a following.
Browde and Nossel knew each other as schoolboys in apartheid-era South Africa. They met by chance decades later in New York where they developed Two Men Talking, weaving their life stories, involving AIDS, being Jewish in South Africa, and a long friendship into theater.
Working out of a barn just north of Millerton, Henry Klimowitz has laid claim to an everyday material – corrugated cardboard – and made it his own. He creates texture, shape and design. He has created store windows on Park Avenue, installations at the Wassaic Project and starting today, January 4, his work will be on display at the Tremaine Gallery at Hotchkiss.
In the words of the Tremain’s art director, Sarah Lock, Klimowitz’s work “speaks volumes about the passage of time and how it is spent. To contemplate his work is to contemplate the value of patience and the beauty of methodical precision.”
The spare yet colorful work of Paris-based Jean-Luc Moulène opened last Saturday at Dia-Beacon. It is the first time Moulene’s works have been shown in North America. It is also the first time Dia gave a show of this size to an artist who has not been part of the Dia tradition.
The exhibition is in keeping with Dia’s policy of giving artists the opportunity to discover something in their work that they hadn’t seen before. The exhibition, entitled Opus + One, a collaboration between Dia curator Yasmil Raymond and Moulène, is comprised of objects and photographic images.
I wouldn’t say Border collies are the smartest dogs because that would send Labrador, poodle and owners of about a dozen other breeds into a fit. I’ll just say they’re smart.
My family has been tended to by a Border Collie for the last ten years. Bandit has served as an alarm clock for my children – after morning coffee in bed Karen or I would order, “Go see Skyler,” sending him to Skyler’s room, or, “Go See Lila,” prompting him into Lila’s. I couldn’t think of a better way to start a day.
Around the middle of Bandit’s first year he began the practice of circling our two retired horses, occasionally swooping in for a mouthful of horse tail. It seemed like a silly and dangerous thing to do, but we were unable to cure him of it. One Friday morning Atchafalaya, a generally staid draught horse, kicked him in the chest hard enough to make us think he would never run right again. By Sunday night it was like he’d never been kicked – except that both horses got more room and more respect.
There are art books, architectural books and garden books. Seldom will you see all three subjects treated within the pages of a single book, but this is what you get with a copy of Tom Armstrong’s posthumously published testament to his collection, house and garden on Fisher’s Island.
First a note about the man who created the collection to fit into a house that he designed for a site that he had known since he and his wife, Bunty, started going there in 1973. Tom was one of those people who was as well known in the garden world as he was in the art world, and he moved between these worlds with the ease of a professional, which, of course, he was.