2002-09-28 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

The parking lot at the Post Theatre at Ft. Tilden this past Saturday night was completely filled with theater goers to attend the next to final performance of RockAway Café. In fact, Tom Connors had a difficult time finding a space for his car.. Once he did, we joined the merry audience at the foot stomping, swinging Rock and Roll Revue. As usual, this Rockaway Theater Group surprised me no end. John Gilleece founder and President of the Rockaway Theatre, directed the show and, as usual, was a vibrant member of the cast. John Heffernan, Kevin, Norris Thomas, Henry Lagos, Les Kraft, Sal Trento, the male lead singers, were superb as well as the female lead singers, Nancy Kelly Sturgis and her renditions of "Soldier Boy" and "Chapel of Love," by Janet Brady and Juliette Pannone. The talent is outstanding. And, once again they put on an terrific entertaining show. The Band: Sara Maniscaico on the keyboards; Karl Knoop, Lead and Rhythm Guitars; Les Kraft, Rhythm Guitar and Kazoo; Chris Tropea, Bass Guitar; Saxaphone, Joe Mancino and on the drums, Robert Cedarstrom, all did a great job and sustained the musical moment throughout the program. Loved the male harmonizers and just about everything and everyone in the revue. Wish I could identify all

More performances coming up, especially one for Halloween. In the meantime, vocal classes will be given on Monday; Dance lessons on Tuesday, acting on Wednesday and tap classes on Thursday. Be sure and check the times with the Rockaway Theatre Co. You should not miss a show. Where can you go for $12 for adults and $7 for seniors and children on a weekend and see a live theater performance? Ann Heslin was in the audience applauding her niece, Laura Cryan, a singer in the cast.

John Carey and his wife, Virginia, who is recovering nicely, were among the group of Rockawayites at Kennedys last week. John, now retired, was the owner of several Brooklyn Pubs for many years. His son, now following in his father's footsteps, is a bar owner himself in Brooklyn.

The seventh annual Harvest in the Square on behalf of the members of the Board of the 14 St. Union Square Development Corportion took place at Union Square, NYC this past week and was packed with people on a beautiful pre full moon evening. Chefs from more than forty five of the neighborhood's top restaurants were on hand to offer best samplings of their favorite recipes. The finest wines, including champagne were also offered to accompany the samplings. Chef Joel Oberlander from The Coffee Shop presented Lamb Osso Bucco & wild mushrooms Risotto with herbed goat cheese; Strip House Chef Rene Langer and CEO Chef Davis Walzog starred with his NY strip steak and sweet corn mashed potatoes and roasted carrot salsa; Tan Da Chef Stanley Wong ,served lacquered duck hand roll with shredded cucumber & scallions; Chef Peter Kaya of Angelo & Maxie's Filet Mignon with sauteed onions was pleasantly pallet pleasing,Chicama's chefs, Maximo Tejado and CEO Chef Douglas Rodriguez's special was Bay Scallop Ceviche with coconut gele'and The City Bakery's pastry Chef, Maury Rubin's pear sandwich with peanut-beer ice cream was quite the hit. One dish was tastier than the other. It was a feast of flavors tantalizing the tongue. You had to be there.....Next year see for yourself........Maybe Rockaway could do something like this to raise funds for the community? It is a thought.

The Moving Image by Bill Viola is presently on exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum. "Going Forth by Day" came directly from the Berlin Museum in Germany, sponsored by the Deutsche Bank, where they set the attendance record of over 60,000 viewers. It takes two and a half hours to appreciate the work that invites contemplation. It is a walk-in movie. You see images from different places at the same time. Some comment it lacks soul and feeling, but you be the judge of that. This exhibit opened Sept. 21 and will be at the Guggeheim Museum until Jan. 12.

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