SEE MY NEW WORK Playwright David Black will host a
staged reading of his new play An Impossible Life
(based on his autobiographical novel about growing up in Western
Massachusetts) this Saturday (Dec. 1) at 7:30 PM at Shakespeare
& Company in Lenox, Mass. The performance is a benefit
for Shakespeare & Company’s “internationally known Education
and Training Programs,” a worthy endeavor we heartily endorse.
Also, actor Peter Riegert, who has delivered terrific
performances in movies and on TV from Local Hero to
The Sopranos (and many in between) will take part.
Tickets are $30-$75, and can be purchased at shakespeare.org
or by calling (413) 637-1199 ext. 117.
AND THE SPIRIT Artist Aurora, whose works can be experienced
at the exhibit Sacred Geometry and the Latticework of the
Universal Mind, currently on view at the Varga Gallery
(130 Tinker St., Woodstock), will speak this Saturday (Dec.
1) from 5 to 7 PM, at the gallery, about her work. The folks
at the gallery advise thus: “Those interested in the potentials
of the human mind, tessellations, string theory, the science
of color, the meaning of rainbows, multi-dimensional physics
and meta-physics are invited to attend.” If this means you,
call (845) 679-4005 for details.
THIS SUPPOSED TO BE ON TV? I grew up watching the WPIX-TV
Yule Log at my grandmother’s house every Christmas.
She lived in a town that had cable; my family did not. That
stirring Christmas music and TV fireplace are a cherished
childhood memory. So imagine my surprise to find that people
actually burn real Yule logs. On Dec. 9, beginning at 1 PM,
the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center (475
Dyken Pond Road, Cropseyville) will hold their search for
the hidden Yule log. When it’s found, there will be an outdoor
campfire. For more details about the Yule Log Event,
DEADLINE TIME Here’s the deal: “Looking to expand your visibility
and focus more on expanding the business side of your art
practice? Interested in getting to know the arts communities
throughout New York State?” The New York Foundation for
the Arts has a program for you. MARK: The Business
of Art is a six-month series of workshops in New York
City, beginning in January 2008, that is designed to help
visual artists in New York accomplish both of the aforementioned
goals. The deadline to apply for the program is Dec. 1 (Saturday)
at 5 PM; the cost is $150. For more info, call Carolyn
Abrams at the Arts Center of the Capital Region
(265 River St., Troy) at 273-0552 ext. 229.