2007-07-20 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Art Doesn't Take A Vacation
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

"Traditionally Yours" performing at last week's Summer Moons "Traditionally Yours" performing at last week's Summer Moons Just as your garden is blooming in summer, so are the arts in Rockaway. So, take some free time you and your family may now be enjoying by exploring and reacquainting yourselves with the artists and performers of our own hometown.

But First An Important Reminder: Artsplash Submission DeadlineLINE: JULY 25. RAA's annual juried multimedia cultural event is a major showcase for a full spectrum of visual, literary and performing artists. Deadline for receipt of entries: July 25, 2007. Exhibition dates: September 8-October 7, 2007. Opening reception: September 16, 2007. For information, full prospectus and downloadable entry form visit: www.rockaway artistsalliance. org or call RAA: 718-474-0861.

And now, for something (Almost) Completely Different: The Summer Moons Free Concert/Entertainmernt Series: July 26: The Zeps - performing in 4 rap groups: Point Dot Period, The Freak Show, New York Rhyme Exchange and Sickmania; plus live rock bands: Indaculture, Push for Coin and Smite. August 2: Charlie B. presents NYC Arts Cypher featuring Aquavibe and special guests.

NYC Arts Cypher is a non-conventional, community-oriented, community based multi-disciplinary arts organization. You may visit their website, which is under construction (you may be able to hear the jackhammers), at: nycartscypher.com You can visit Aquavibe at: www.my space.com/aquavibe or at: aquavibe. com. August 9: Cool Hand Lou and The Downtown Daddy-O's (more about them next week). August 16: Squid (see below for more about this great band). August 23 & 30: TBA. Thanks to Seaside, Traditionally Yours and On Common Ground for a great concert on July 12.

Friday Nigfht Drawing Sessions: YYY Art Studio is opening its doors for Friday Night Drawing Sessions. When: every Friday night from 8-11 p.m. Artists who enjoy drawing, sketching, painting, etc. are welcome. Admission: $15.

Bring your drawing pad and sharp pencils. For reservation please call: (cell) 201-323-6571. Where: 241 Beach 116 Street, 2nd floor/Rockaway Park, directly across from the Beach 116 train station.

Squid News: July 28: The full band plays at The Bayhouse, 500 Bayside Avenue, Breezy Point. Phone: 718-318- 9660. Squid plays acoustic blues, jazz, roots and rock; guitars, dobro, keys, bass, clarinet, mandolin; from duos to quintets. Check them out at: www. myspace.com/squidworksmusic.

Rockaway Theatre Company: "South Pacific" remaining performances at Fort Tilden's Post Theater: July 20, 21 at 8 p.m. For tickets: 718-850-2450. Coming soon: "Steel Magnolias," directed by Peggy Page and Michael Wotypka, who last year directed the highly successful "The Women."

"Steel Magnolias" presents the stories and friendships of six Louisiana women who meet weekly at Truvy's Beauty Shop. The play is funny and poignant. It touches common chords in all of us.

Dates: August 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8 p.m.; August 12 at 2 p.m. For tickets: 718 850-2450.

Cu@RoCA.

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