From The Artists Studio
A Mixable Feast, Geoff Rawling’s solo exhibition featuring A Month of Sundays of delicious events, is in its final weekend at RoCA’s sTudio 7 Gallery in Fort Tilden. Admission is free. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-5 p.m.; Sundays 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, May 29 at sTudio 7 Gallery: Guess What’s Coming for Dinner? –
A mysterious Grand Finalé, a feast for all senses. Visuals, victuals, vintage wines, tunes and dance.
* 3 p.m: The Mariana Bekerman Dance Company
* 4 p.m.: Juggler Tim Malloy
* 4:30 p.m.: The Gnomen
Figure Drawing Workshop will not be held Friday, May 27. It will resume Friday, June 3. Weekly sessions are from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Fort Tilden, sTudio 7. Work from a live model. $10 model fee. No pre-registration required.
Upcoming – American Women : A Portrait Series by Constance Del Vecchio Maltese. June 4 – June 26. sTudio 6 Gallery. Opening reception June 5, 1-3 p.m.
Rhythm and blues, rock and roll, gospel, jazz and classic pop all come to the Post Theater on Saturday, June 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the “star-studded” concert, Seaside Songfest. The groups Seaside Interprise and Traditionally Yours, composed of singers from The Drifters, The Coasters, The Revlons and The Flamingos, will perform approximately 30 “oldies but goodies” from the 50’s through the 90’s. Rockaway Artists Alliance Board Member James McKay performs with two groups. McKay was a member of The Flamingos. They and The Coasters are inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Seaside Interprise will be accompanied by its band, C ommon Ground. Traditionally Yours will perform acappella. This show is a joint benefit of the Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) and The Rockaway Theatre Company (RTC). All proceeds go to support the two organizations. There will be a refreshment counter in the lobby. Call the RTC hotline to reserve tickets for a donation of $15: 718 850-2450. Tickets will also be available at the box office, which opens one hour before performance. Be there early to guarantee getting a ticket. Seaside Songfest is presented in partnership with The National Park Service/ Gateway National Recreation Area.
Traditionally Yours was the winner of the 2003 McDonald’s Gospel Fest held at the Nassau Coliseum. Among the other entertainers on the bill were Cissy Houston and Helen Baylor. On the program June 5, Traditionally Yours will perform their winning gospel song. Other classics will include The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Magic Moment, There Goes My Baby, and additional hits by Frankie Lyman, Otis Redding, The Drifters, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips and more.
Seaside Interprise was formed in Rockaway in 1989. All of its members lived on the peninsula at the time, though there have been a few changes in the group since then. The youngest member is 55 years old. James McKay is one of the originals. He has been singing for 51 years. A former New York City art teacher, James has been a mentor to many students.
According to McKay, Traditionally Yours was riding the subway a few years ago when they met Andrew Rolo, the owner of the distribution company Subway Records. He was so impressed by them, he videotaped a show they did at Penn Station. Now, Traditionally Yours ’ and Seaside Interprise ’s CD’s are on sale through Subway. The company website is: www.subway rec ords.com. Both groups record for Tycam Records.
The final two performances of the Rockaway Theatre Company’s USO-style show, Salute to New York, are Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. Director John Gileece has put together a revue of songs, dances and skits honoring our city. RAA’s own lovely and versatile Geoff Rawling (Nathan Detroit) and Janet Brady (songs and dances) are in the cast. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, FREE to vets and members of the Armed Forces. Call the RTC hotline for tickets.
Queens Council on the Arts presents Panel Forum for Visual Artists: Success Strategies for Open Studios on Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Women Studio Center, 21-25 44th Avenue, Long Island City. Panelists will discuss how to present yourself and your artwork effectively to curators, buyers, critics, etc…at an open studio; how to mobilize as groups, individuals, or as a neighborhood in planning collaborative open studios; and how to manage marketing and P.R. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended. Call Andreia Davies (718) 647-3377 ext. 17 or e-mail: ada firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit quee nscouncilarts.org for more information.
Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. Use it as a time to reflect and remember.