Thursday October 4, 2012

Troy, N.Y./Oct. 5-6

EMPAC hosts Nora Chipaumire’s ‘Miriam’ dance-theater work

Troy, N.Y. -- The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host a production of "Miriam," a dance-theater performance by renowned choreographer and dancer Nora Chipaumire, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, at 8 p.m., in the center’s Studio 1-Goodman space.

In addition to maintaining an extensive performance tour schedule, Chipaumire has been an adjunct faculty member at Bennington College and other universities and colleges.

With "Miriam," Chipaumire creates her first character driven work. According to supplied material, it is "a deeply personal dance-theater performance that looks closely at the tensions women face between public expectations and private desires; between selflessness and ambition; and between the perfection and sacrifice of the feminine ideal."

She is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe’s School of Law, she also holds an MA in dance and MFA in choreography and performance from Mills College in California. She is also a two-time New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") awardee.

EMPAC is located at 110 8th St. Tickets are $18. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue. For information and tickets call 518-276-3921 or visit empac.rpi.edu

Granville, N.Y./Oct. 5

Slate Valley Museum hosts ‘Slate Abstracts’

GRANVILLE, N. Y. -- The Slate Valley Museum, as part of its First Friday Artist series, will host a new exhibit of works by Pennsylvanian photographer Alyssha Eve Csük, with an artist’s reception on Friday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. The works are part of Csük’s "Slate Abstracts 2009-2012."

During this past summer, Csük visited quarries throughout the Slate Valley quarries of New York and Vermont. "I am an artist, fascinated by places that embody bygone industry," Csük said in supplied material. "Places that are suspended in time -- a suspension that disorients, that accentuates the visual."

In 2011, Csük and her abstract photography received national recognition in American Photo magazine, Steel Life and a full page photo essay in Sunday New York Times, "Seeing Beauty in the Rust Belt," along with being featured in a short television story by Voice of America.

For information call 518-642-1417 or visit slatevalleymuseum.org

Putney/Oct. 6

Medieval Faire, family fun planned at Putney

PUTNEY -- The Grammar School campus in Putney will once again transform into a medieval village as it hosts the 24th Annual Medieval Faire -- a free, fall, family-friendly event -- on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to the Medieval Faire is free for adults and children; all-day or individual game and ride passes are available with proceeds benefiting the student scholarship fund. Founded in 1960, The Grammar School is an independent preschool through eighth grade school.

The Grammar School is located at 69 Hickory Ridge Road South in Putney (Take I91 to Exit 4, Route 5N, left on Westminster Road, left on Hickory Ridge South.) For information call 802-387-5364 or visit thegrammarschool.org

Marlboro/Oct. 7

Bach, fall colors in Marlboro at Moyse concert

MARLBORO - With Marlboro College hosting, the Blanche Moyse Chorale, under the direction of Mary Westbrook-Geha, will once again perform a concert of J. S. Bach’s choral works in memory of its founder, Blanche Moyse, on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m.

This 2nd Annual Blanche Moyse Memorial Concert will include performances of Cantata No. 8, Cantata No. 140, and the Magnificat. The Chorale will be complemented by a vocal quartet and orchestra, both composed almost entirely of veterans of the former New England Bach Festival. Soloists include mezzo-soprano Mary Westbrook-Geha, tenor Stephen Paul Spears, and soprano Hyunah Yu.

The concert will be preceded by a lecture on Cantata No. 140 at 1:30 p.m., in Ragle Hall at Marlboro College’s Serkin Center for the Arts. The lecture is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Chorale will repeat this program in New York City on Friday, Oct. 12, at St. Joseph’s Church.

The concert will be held at Marlboro College’s Persons Auditorium. Tickets are $20 general, or $40 for pre-ordered preferred seating, and may be obtained from the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4253, online at bmcvt.org, or general seating will be available at the door.

NEYT presents Romeo and Juliet

Brattleboro -- New England Youth Theatre presents Shakespeare’s most enduring love tragedy, Romeo & Juliet, directed by Peter Gould, October 12-21.

This production will be faithful to the text, as the actors and audience grapple with issues that still tear at our hearts: youthful love and passion, communication between teens and parents, violence, revenge, and suicide; and how suddenly - brutally - fate can barge in and ruin all our best-laid plans. "Romeo & Juliet" performs October 12-21 - at 7pm on Fridays & Saturdays, and 2pm Saturdays & Sundays.

Tickets for these performances are $9 for students, $11 for seniors, and $13 for adults. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.neyt.org or at the NEYT Box Office in person, or by phone (802)246-6398, from 12-5pm on Wednesdays. The show plays at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Brattleboro.