2004-10-01 / Columnists

Rockaway Artists Alliance

by Susan Hartenstein


Live Performances, The Beat Museum And Bands — Three Weekends At RoCA

Mariana Bekerman Dance Company will perform Sunday, October 3 at reception for ARTSPLASH and FRAME.  See RAA ad for full performance schedule. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Berman.
Mariana Bekerman Dance Company will perform Sunday, October 3 at reception for ARTSPLASH and FRAME.  See RAA ad for full performance schedule. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Berman. Sunday, October 3 at 1 p.m. the free live entertainment begins at the RAA’s outdoor Moon Stage in Fort Tilden. (All events will be moved indoors to sTudio 7 if weather is inclement.) Sunday’s wine and cheese reception for ARTSPLASH 2004 and FRAME, the two exhibitions you have been reading about in this column, boasts a full eclectic schedule of performing artists. The evenings of Saturday, October 9 and Saturday, October 16 the entertainment continues as part of the ARTSPLASH multimedia festival. Acts appearing in the festival include the PS/MS Dance Troupe, musicians John Mullen and Guy Nevers, the Mariana Bekerman Dance Company, The Beat Museum on Wheels, Seanchai and the Unity Squad plus a cocktail party welcoming Queens Museum of Art Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl to Rockaway. Check RAA’s ad in this week’s newspaper for the times of performances on October 3 and 9.

This Sunday’s reception begins with The PS/MS 43 Dance Troupe performing Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” This dance troupe is a returning favorite to ARTSPLASH. The day continues with “Velvet Rose” is an acappella trio consisting of Apryl Green, Joanne Marnick and Melissa Biffer. The dynamic Mariana Bekerman Dance Company performs for a fourth year in a row at ARTSPLASH. They present “Shameless,” a dance theater comprised of 13 short works, each piece sharing one commonality – no shame in their intensity and willingness to work with childlike qualities of purity and play. Check out this troupe at www.mbdancecompany.com. Aesha creates her own genre as she performs “Hip Pop.” More about her can be found at www.aeshawaks.com. Indaculture is a local, young “roots, rock, reggae band” featuring recent competition-winner Danny Mulvanerty. T-7 is RAA’s “house band” and will appear with special guests Tim Kearney and Guy Nevers. Stand back when this group gets going – they always bring down the house with great music, great musicianship and great fun. In short – it’s got a terrific beat and we can dance to it. Scattered through the afternoon are spoken word presentations by poet/artist Dan Guarino (who is also one of the artists participating in FRAME) and “outsider” poet/artist Thomas Rich.

Saturday, October 9 begins at 7 p.m. with a “Welcome to Rockaway” cocktail party for Tom Finkelpearl. The entertainment for the evening includes “Monkey Dish,” a band featuring Dan Marston, playing acoustic musical renderings, the Bayou Blues Band from Yonkers, Aesha’s “Hip Pop” and spoken word by Sandra Overstreet. A special feature of the evening will be a 2-hour program by The Beat Museum on Wheels. The Beat Museum is located in Monterey, California. This shop/ museum presents the literature, art, trinkets and artifacts of the Beat Generation, whose writers included Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. The Beat Museum on Wheels travels by bus to various venues around the country with a mobile replica of the museum and offers the music, imagery, writings and stories of the group. John Allen Cassady, son of Neal Cassady who was a movement hero written about by Keouac in “On the Road,” adds his perspective.

The intention of both the main museum and the traveling one is to educate and facilitate study of this legendary, pioneering group and its influence on the American Culture. But the stories of these people are told, warts and all, to give a complete honest picture. Visit the Beat Museum on the Web at www.kerouac.com.

Seanchai and the Unity Squad play on the night of Saturday, October 16. This extraordinary band makes its third straight appearance at ARTSPLASH. John Mullen and Guy Nevers and Aesha share the bill.

More about this amazing night in next week’s column.

Come to enjoy the entertainment, come to see the art. sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 Galleries will be open Saturdays 12-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. through November 7, and during performances.

“ARTSPLASH 2004: A Multimedia Arts Event” and “FRAME: Art in the Period between the 2nd and 3rd World Wars.”

CU@RoCA.

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