2008-08-22 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Macbeth Reincarnate
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Coming soon to RAA: the return of Dzieci-Makbet. Employing haunting folk songs and chants from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, Theatre Group Dzieci re-explores the classic Shakespeare tale of Macbeth. First seen in July on the RAA sTudio 7 stage, the production will be back in September, in response to rave reviews. Watch this column for more details.

Indaculture, a top Rockaway band, and RAA were honored with the award for Best Musical Float of the 2008 Coney Island Mermaid Parade. RAA president, Geoff Rawling, will present the statuette, a beautiful large gold mermaid, to Indaculture at 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 23 onstage at Connolly's Bar. The band is performing there that night. Connolly's is located on 95 Street on the beach block. Special thanks go to Bryan's Auto for providing the float.

A book signing takes place on Monday, August 25, 6-8 p.m., in front of On the Rocks at 450 Beach 129 Street for the entertaining new illustrated children's book, "What's Our Names?" written by Les Kraft and illustrated by Jim Cantirino. Kraft, an educator for more than four decades, and Cantirino, a talented artist, have longtime connections to the Rockaway Theatre Company and the Rockaway Artists Alliance. There will also be prizes, candy and other giveaways. After the event, Sammy's Variety Store on Beach 129 Street will be the exclusive local vendor of "What's Our Names?" which is also available online at: www.amazon. com. The book and CD are intended to be used by parents for fun reading and listening with their children of kindergarten and first grade level, and by teachers as interactive, motivational tools to help educate their students in areas of curriculum that include math and literacy, in Read-a-Loud and Shared Reading programs and in music programs. The ultimate goal, Kraft says, is to teach the children at an early age about kindness and brotherhood, and to give them a sense of selfesteem. Anyone bringing an ad for this book appearing in The Wave in the two weeks previous to the signing will be given a complimentary CD of the lively song on which the book is based. Read all about this fun volume in the July 25 issue of "From the Artist's Studio."

Students of Geoff's painting class, which is held every Tuesday and Thursday. Students of Geoff's painting class, which is held every Tuesday and Thursday. Authors and RAA members Dan and Liz Guarino, who have co-written Images of America: Broad Channel, will present another book signing, slide show and discussion at the next RAA general meeting on September 8.

The meeting takes place at 7:30 p.m. in studio 7 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden. Members and non-members are welcome. The authors promise to bring along books for sale … and pens for signing.

As reviewed in this column a few weeks ago, Images of America: Broad Channel, published by Arcadia Publishing, is a well-researched compilation of more than 200 vintage photographs from the history of the island community, accompanied by thorough and informative text written by the Guarinos.

The result is a fascinating book about a little known corner of New York City that will be enjoyed by both local residents and those interested in learning about our city. The book will be available at Waldenbooks, Borders, and Barnes and Noble. It is also available online through www.Target.com, www. amazon.com and www. barnesandnoble. com. Members of the Broad Channel Historical Society will be selling it, as will Wharton's Pharmacy on Cross Bay Boulevard and 9th Road, and The Gift Is Love at 223 Beach 116 Street.

Accomplished artist and RAA member Yuri Yurov offers YYY Décor Fine Art Services, which specializes in large format digital printing of any mediums, as well as many other services that include digital fine art capture, photography, framing and restoration at reasonable cost. Check out the website at: www.yyydecor.com.

Dr. Sidney Ross, father of longtime RAA member Ed Ross, died last week. Ross asked to pay his respects to his father in this column. He describes his dad as a "soldier/doctor." Serving as a medic during World War II, he had been one of the last surviving members of the D-Day Normandy invasion force. He was a member of the Jewish War Veterans and was largely responsible for the establishment of a chapel at West Point commemorating the Jewish soldiers who have died in service of their country.

A podiatrist, Dr. Ross was a respected member of the Rockaway medical community. He dearly loved Rockaway and enjoyed walking its beaches, Fort Tilden, and other areas of natural beauty. Our condolences to all whose lives he touched.

RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718- 474-0861; Fax: 718 474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www. rockawayartistsalliance.org

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