2007-08-17 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Adult Art Classes; Still Time to Catch the Moon
by Susan Hartenstein Rockaway Artists Alliance

"Last week's performance - Cool Hand Lou And the Downtown Daddy-O's" "Last week's performance - Cool Hand Lou And the Downtown Daddy-O's" RAA Contact Info: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718- 474-4373; e-mail: rock art116@aol.com; website: www.rockaw ayartistsalliance.org.

The Summer Moons Free Concert/ Entertainment Series: Start time: 7 p.m. Location: RAA's outdoor Moon Stage at RoCA, Fort Tilden. If rain - indoors in sTudio 7 Gallery. August 23: Matty Lyons and Friends; Gutenflower; John Henry Sheridan; Rat Trap Bumpkin. August 30: The incredible TK Kearney, acoustic guitarist and guitar maker, and Guests.

Here is the word on two of the bands playing on August 23: Matty Lyons and Friends - the latest configuration of the band features many familiar faces from the Montgomery Burns Band as well as some new friends helping out on Matty's newest tunes. Songs switch from all-out rock, alternative country, to what has been called inspired improvisational jamming. The Friends: Pat Morgan - bass/vocals, Jim Cronin - drums, Evan Gold - guitars/vocals, Vic LaMura - mandolin, Jay Comer - keyboards, and Matty Lyons - guitars/ vocals. You can listen to some songs at www.myspace.com/mattylyons1.

Gutenflower was formed in Brooklyn in 2005. The band states that it combines memorable pop hooks, the furious energy of rock 'n roll and the reckless abandon of punk rock. They cultivated a following in what they say is the old-fashioned way; by performing anywhere: house parties, block parties, pubs, and the best clubs in NYC and Brooklyn. The band consists of Michael Giugliano -drums, John Rafferty - vocals/guitars, Eric Stolze - vocals/guitars, and Tommy Casatelli - bass. They can be contacted by visiting www.my space.com/gutenflower.

Come join us for RAA's Annual Picnic in conjunction with our August 23 Moonstage Event. Bring family and friends.

To keep it as simple as possible, your contribution of a dish and 'BYOB' would be greatly appreciated. We are looking forward to good company, good music, and good food as we wind down our summer events.

Adult Art Classes: Ellen Hoyt will be giving watercolor classes Friday, September 21 and Friday, September 28, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Hoyt to reserve a spot and for details. You may call up to the Friday morning of the day/days that you would like to take her class: 718-338-7281.

Geoff Rawling continues to teach an adult painting class on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA, Fort Tilden. The class is open to all levels of proficiency. There is a $10 fee, which includes all materials. Contact RAA for any further details. See above for contact information.

Camp kidsmART closed its eighth season with a night to remember on Wednesday, August 15 on the Moon Stage and in the sTudio 6 and 7 galleries in Fort Tilden and featured the visual artwork and performances of the 180 campers who attended camp kidsmART this summer. As of this writing, the event has not yet taken place. But you will read more about it in next week's column. Stay tuned.

Rockaway Theatre Company: "Steel Magnolias" opened last weekend to audience raves. After two successful, tuneful musicals this season, "Magnolias" is a change of pace. But audiences didn't skip a beat in their praise of this current RTC production. A serious/ comic play by Robert Harling, "Steel Magnolias" is about the things that make us laugh and touch us deeply. It is about courage, profound friendship, the laughter we share and the very human idiosyncrasies of those whom we love the most. It is an ode to life! Perhaps my favorite line of the play is from Shelby, the young woman who is willing to risk everything in order to have what she wants most - to give life. She tells her mother, "I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special." Catch the Moon

Directors Peggy Page and Michael Wotypka have created a warm, supportive atmosphere for their actors and crew and have skillfully brought out the humor and truths of the script. As M'Lynn, Susan Corning brings great strength and subtlety to her role. Courtney Calciano shines as the sweet yet determined, courageous Shelby. Tristan Kerry O'Connor commands the stage with homey wisdom and wit as Truvy, the owner of the beauty salon where the play is set. Lori Ann Santopetro is grand as Clairee, the grande dame of Chinquapin, Louisiana. She is funny, flamboyant and tender. As Annelle, Faye Peithman beautifully reveals the blossoming of her character from shy young girl to self-confident young woman. Eileen Farrell is the perfect balance of irascibility and lovability as the town curmudgeon, Ouiser. Susan Hartenstein (where have I heard that name before?) shares the role of Ouiser with Farrell. It is a role I will treasure, always.

Please come see what the buzz is about. Remaining performance dates: August 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8 p.m. For tickets: 718-850-2450. Location: The Post Theater, Fort Tilden.

CU@RoCA.

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