Energy, sensuality and spectacle: Riverdance rivets

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

Riverdance, the riveting celebration of Irish music and dance that tapped its way onto the world stage 16 years ago, stopped last night at The Forum in Binghamton in the midst of its farewell tour. A second performance is tonight (Wednesday, March 31). Read the rest of this entry »

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Poetry, photos become street art at Cooperative Gallery 213

What meaning does a photo convey? Often the viewer has one idea and the photographer has a different idea. The Photo-Poetry Workshop has explored the artistic meaning of photography through the lens of poetry, a critical form called ekphrasis (a classical Greek practice of illuminating one art form through another). Read the rest of this entry »

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Were you out-and-about in the arts?

Were the arts part of your weekend (or, for the matter, the whole past week)? Please tell us what you enjoyed (or didn’t).

Carolyn Gilligan presents “Visions” at Cooperative Gallery 213

“Visions,” Carolyn Gilligan’s upcoming exhibit of her fine watercolor work, will feature meaningful moments in her life. According to the artist, some of these moments include magical time with her grandson, sunset on a farm, seasons on her lake, views in the north of England, ocean waves and moments that come from within as water-filled color flows, mixes and inspires abstract patterns.Her exhibit will run from April 2 to May 1 at Cooperative Gallery 213, located on Artist’s Row at 213 State St., Binghamton. A First Friday Art Walk reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday (April 2). A closing reception with artist’s talk will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 1. To preview some of Gilligan’s work, visit www.carolyngilligan.com. For more details about the exhibit and gallery, visit www.cooperativegallery.com.

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Towering pianist rips up the keyboard with Philharmonic

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

Jon Nakamatsu may be of small stature, but the concert pianist is a towering talent!
He wowed the nearly full-house crowd at the Anderson Center Saturday night with his performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3″in D minor” with the Binghamton Philharmonic. Read the rest of this entry »

Did you enjoy the arts this week?

Were you out and about in the arts this past week? Did you enjoy a concert, play, reading, gallery show, etc.? What did you like best? (And, if it wasn’t so enjoyable, would you tell us why?) Please join in the conversation.

Teamwork key to Gorgeous Washington success

Sometimes, even the folks who specialize in communication need to hear about the importance of communicating.

Communication and collaboration among members have been key to the success of the Gorgeous Washington Street Association, GWSA Chairman Rob Wandell said Tuesday (March 16) at the monthly meeting of the Communications Association of the Southern Tier, an organization of photographers, writers, marketing and public relations professionals, graphic designers and others in the communications field. Read the rest of this entry »

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All-female “Henry V” updates classic, provokes debate

Reviewed by Kellie Powell

The Binghamton University Theatre Department recently presented an all-female version of Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” directed by visiting assistant professor Michael F. Toomey. Countless directors have attempted to “shake up Shakespeare” by changing time periods and locations, using color-blind casting and experimenting with gender roles, usually with mixed results — and this production is no exception. “Henry V,” which is probably most famous for King Henry’s “band of brothers” speech, is a fairly macho play. To their credit, rather than impersonating men, members of BU’s all-female cast played characters — kings, soldiers, drunks and thieves — who happened to be men. In doing so, they were able to portray both the vulnerability that modern men are rarely allowed to display publicly and the bloodthirsty ambition that even modern women are discouraged from expressing. Read the rest of this entry »
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TCO trainees show off vocal and acting skills

Reviewed by Tony Villecco

Giacomo Puccini’s one-act comedy, “Gianni Schicchi’ was presented March 12-14 as a showcase for Tri-Cities Opera’s singers in training, and almost all of the young performers delivered a lively and fully committed reading of the score in a fully staged, English-language production at the TCO Opera Center, 315 Clinton St., Binghamton. The intimate nature of the performance was enhanced by the cabaret-style seating and the use of entrances throughout the auditorium (and through the audience). Read the rest of this entry »

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Were you art-full this past week?

Did you watch a play, catch a concert, hear a reading, tour a gallery this past week? Please share with us what you liked (or disliked). Offer your recommendations, and start a conversation about the arts in Greater Binghamton.

Art was out there; were you?

It’s been another art-filled weekend. Please share with us what you saw or heard. Tell us what you liked (or didn’t). If you did the First Friday circuit but don’t know exactly what to say about visual art, then you might get some tips from last month’s post by artist and gallery owner Orazio Salati entitled “You, too, can be an art critic.”

‘Mark Twain’ appearance encourages reading

Reviewed by David L. Schriber

Friday, Feb. 26, at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City, entertainer Kurt H. Sutton portrayed Samuel L. Clemens in the family parlor, sharing the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain. Audience members at the Goodwill Theatre received free copies of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, courtesy of “The Big Read” program, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. Read the rest of this entry »

Snow, schmoe; the shows DID go on!

Sure there were a few cancellations or postponements, but the lively arts remained lively this past week, despite the storm. I caught a knockout performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Union-Endicott High School. Kudos to directors Jim Gleason, Joe Brainard and Chris Weber; to their production staff and to the very talented student cast. Do those kids (and all the kids in the audience) realize how lucky they are, in the age of synthesizers and recorded soundtracks, to hear a Broadway musical with a full orchestra?!?

How about you? Did you see “Joseph,” “Evita,” “The Wizard of Oz” or any other high school show this past weekend? Did you attend a concert or a reading or visit a gallery? Please join in the conversation.

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