2007-11-02 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Three Shows A-Calling: Two Debuts And A Final Retro Weekend
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

"Yasha, Pick up at Waldbaum's." The drivers, their passengers, the ins and outs of car service are explored and experienced as we travel the roads of Rockaway. Come along for the ride at the test screening of Robert Sarnoff's latest film, "Dispatch", Saturday November      3 at 3 p.m. at sTudio 6. These are the last two days of the RetroSpective. On Thursday, November 8 at 8 p.m., there will be another test screening in sTudio 7. Bring this article for admission to the movie and art exhibit. "Yasha, Pick up at Waldbaum's." The drivers, their passengers, the ins and outs of car service are explored and experienced as we travel the roads of Rockaway. Come along for the ride at the test screening of Robert Sarnoff's latest film, "Dispatch", Saturday November 3 at 3 p.m. at sTudio 6. These are the last two days of the RetroSpective. On Thursday, November 8 at 8 p.m., there will be another test screening in sTudio 7. Bring this article for admission to the movie and art exhibit.
RAA CONTACT INFO:
Phone: 718-474-0861;
Fax: 718-474-4373;
e-mail: rockart116@aol.com;
website:
www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Next RAAGeneral Meeting: Monday, November 12: Nominations for Board Members.

Free, every Thursday at 7 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA, a featured musical group performs and an open mic welcomes musical groups and individuals. Call RAA to sign up to perform.

Free, every Friday night on the sTudio 7 stage, the improv group "No Shame Theater" performs and invites other "improvisateurs" (no experience necessary) from the audience to join in the fun and nonsense.

"Yasha, Pick up at Waldbaum's." The drivers, their passengers, the ins and outs of car service are explored and experienced as we travel the roads of Rockaway.

Come along for the ride at the test screening of Robert Sarnoff's latest film, "Dispatch," Saturday November 3 at 3 p.m. at sTudio 6

These are the last two days of the Sarnoff RetroSpective.

On Thursday, November 8 at 8 p.m., there will be another test screening in sTudio 7.

Bring this column for admission to the movie and art exhibit.

A Q & A will follow the screenings. Your input will influence the final editing of the film.

Sarnoff's third film about Rockaway explores the character and idiosyncrasies of an aspect of life essential to this unique community.

You are sure to see people you know in it.

Next RAA exhibition: "Gifted 2007," RAA's annual group holiday member show.

Location: sTudio 6 at RoCA, Fort Tilden.

Dates: November 18-December 16, 2007.

Opening reception: Sunday, November 18, 1-3 p.m.

CALL TO ARTISTS FOR FIRST THREE RAA SHOWS IN 2008 (Entry forms and full prospectuses available on our website, or call RAA):

"Get Out of Town": An exhibition about travel, all mediums, any destination besides Rockaway.

Entry deadline: December 12, 2007 "Structure": An exhibition about architecture, buildings, bridges and anything man-made.

Entry deadline: February 7, 2008 "Of Women": An exhibition of women artists, who have previously exhibited in RAA shows.

Entry deadline: March 26, 2008.

The Rockaway Theatre Company (RTC) production of "Inspecting Carol," a fast-paced, hilarious onstage/ offstage comedy by Daniel Sullivan, opens Friday, November 2 at 8 p.m. at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden. Performances continue Nov. 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 @ 8 p.m.; 4, 11 @ 2 p.m.

Tickets: 718-850-2450. "Carol" features some of the finest actors in a company that is growing in stature and quality with each production. It sees the re-teaming of directors Peggy Page and Michael Wotypka, whose list of successes with RTC includes this season's highly acclaimed "Steel Magnolias."

"Inspecting Carol" is a farce about a hopelessly, haplessly inept stage company's presentation of "A Christmas Carol," the inspector from the National Endowment for the Arts whose evaluation will determine their financial fate, and the clever, unrelentingly comic consequences that follow. Wotypka explains why it is so exciting to be doing "Inspecting Carol."

"It is a new work for us. That is, though a couple of RTC members saw a production in New Jersey, there is no famous stage production or movie that has been made of it. It is nice for Peggy and me to direct a play without being 'haunted by the ghost of productions past.'" He continues, with a smile and a glint in his eye, that "Carol" is "a love note to community theater.

Every company that does it has to bring its own history to it. [Working on it] conjures up memories of past productions and performers."

With homage to two other wonderful comedies, Wotypka beams, "It is a cross between ("Waiting for Guffman' and 'Noises Off.") The absolutely marvelous cast includes some happy surprises you won't want to miss.

CU@RoCA. FORT TILDEN HIGHLIGHTS:

"ROBERT SARNOFF RETROSPECTIVE" Exhibition on view through November 4 in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA. Nov. 3: 3 p.m., Test Screening: "Dispatch", rough cut of latest Robert Sarnoff movie. 12-4 p.m. Signing of U.S. Postal Service Rockaway cachet matted print, "Ye Olde Jetty". Signing of Sarnoff's books "Cartoons, Comics, Ideas & Techniques" and "Papier Maché" Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.: Test Screening: "Dispatch". Free admission to gallery and all events. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

(FREE) THURSDAY OPEN MIC MUSIC NIGHTS: see column. (FREE) FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV: see column.

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