2007-07-27 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Twist Mix Spins into Fort Tilden
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Commentary by SusanHartenstein

RAA Contact Info: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: rock art116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

The Arts @ Fort Tilden: Saturday, July 28: "Twist Mix" featuring VJ/DJ Chumley Twist. The "infamous" DJ from Manhattan is putting on a video/ dance mix interspersed with live music. Time: 8 p.m. until late. Location: sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA, Fort Tilden. Free admission.

The Summer Moons Free Concert/ Entertainment Series: 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, at: nyc artscypher.com. You can visit Aquavibe at: www.myspace. com/aquavibe or at: aquavibe.com. August 9: Cool Hand Lou and The Downtown Daddy-O's. The group plays the blues as they were meant to be played. The blues is a legendary, truly American form of music, sculpted and flavored deep in the hearts and souls of this country. The band's roots are firmly in the masters of old. Cool Hand Lou is a disciple of the great six-string electric blues guitarist Willie McCrae. While true to its origins, the band plays music in a way that appeals to all ages, eras and tastes. It brings a classic form to contemporary audiences. Cool Hand Lou grew up in Far Rockaway and the band makes it its business to play extensively on this peninsula. You may visit: coolhandlou.com. Next week, more interesting info about this band. August 16: Squid. Reminder: July 28: Squid plays at The Bayhouse, 500 Bayside Avenue, Breezy Point. Phone: 718-318-9660.

Rockaway Theatre Company: Upcoming: "Steel Magnolias." Dates: August 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8 p.m.; August 12 at 2 p.m. For tickets: 718-850-2450.

As in life, in "Steel Magnolias" humor and tragedy can come in the same moment. The setting of this play, that was a hit both on stage and as a film, is Truvy's Beauty Salon in a small town in northwest Louisiana. The six characters the audience comes to know, love and respect are strong, intelligent, witty women who deal with life in their own unique ways. And the actresses who play them are strong, intelligent, witty, talented women who reveal, through the words of playwright Robert Harling, the truths in all our lives. The RTC production is co-directed by the successful team of Peggy Page and Michael Wotypka. Page says of "Steel Magnolias" that it is "a charming and engaging piece, which draws on the underlying strength and love of the unique female relationship."

Congratulations to John Gilleece and the cast, crew and production company for the sold-out run of "South Pacific."

RAA member Jeff Berman is making some news of his own. InkPress Paper company is going to use his new mixed media and pastel work in their new campaign geared to fine art retail stores around the United States. The Ajkun International Ballet Troupe, which performs all over the world, will be using his images of their performances at Symphony Space Theater, Hostos College and New York City Center. Berman will also be exhibiting new work based on their performances. The artist wants it known that he is heading a committee with the Audubon Artists, based at the Salmagundi Art Club, to see the feasibility of having a separate category at their 2008 grand exhibition and contest - mixed media. He is compiling a report for the December meeting and would like input to see if there is interest in new work using various mixed media artwork,

including new combinations. He can be reached at: coneyislandbabe@msn.com. Berman states, "Since this is a prestigious exhibit we are trying to get the best artists doing new mixed media work to take part in this juried annual event. I would like to hear from those artists who would like to take part or have a voice in this matter."

Busy Berman is the Director of Photography for the International Dance Festival. He will be documenting a new dance musical there called "The Great White Way," and will be using some of these images for his pastel artwork. In addition, he will be doing work for the posters and websites of many other groups to be performing. The events are being held at the Dicapo Theater on 76 Street and Lexington Ave.

I wonder what he does in his spare time?


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