Arts digest

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:50

    Winery’s tribute to Neil Young will benefit fight against lung cancer Highland Mills — The Palaia Vineyard on Route 32 in Highland Mills will host its fourth annual Neil Young Tribute Festival to support the fight against lung cancer Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24. Bands will play Neil Young tunes from 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. All admission proceeds will benefit“Uniting Against Lung Cancer.” “Joan’s Legacy,” the founding partner organization of Uniting Against Lung Cancer, was created in honor of Joan Scarangello McNeive, a journalist, lifelong New Yorker, and Yankees fan who died in 2001 of lung cancer. To learn more about McNeive, her legacy, and the foundation she inspired, visit: Winery owner and event producer Jan Palaggi said organizers chose Neil Young’s music because “we just like Neil Young - he has survived every new phase of rock and roll since he started playing in the 60’s, and he’s still writing songs and producing albums.” Tickets are $10 for adults, children, and seniors, and are available for pre-purchase in person at the winery or at the door on the day of the show. Note: Reservations will not be taken by phone. Vendors of all kinds will be there on grounds, and food will be available by Little Italy Deli of Monroe. Bring a chair or blanket - no coolers or outside beverages or food allowed. Because this event will be outside under the tent, all ages are welcome. 'Multi-lingual Day’ at Monroe Free Library to feature Eric Carle’s book MONROE — The Friends of the Monroe Free Library will host its second annual “Multi-Lingual Day” Saturday, July 23, at 11:30 a.m. The event will feature the reading of Eric Carle’s book, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do You See?” in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Polish. Reading in English will be Andrea Pfleger; Maria Delgado will read in Spanish; Sophie Aubry-Shea will read in French; Carmela Fritz will read in Italian; Kajetan Leitner will read in German; and Magda Yastion will read in Polish. The event is open to adults and children of all ages who are interested in hearing Carle’s text presented in a multi-lingual format. A vocabulary list of words in six languages will also be distributed. Light refreshments and giveaways will be offered, while supplies last. The Book Garden, the gently-read book shop operated by the Friends of the Monroe Free Library, will be open during that time as well. To learn more, call 783-4411. 'Chrissie O’Dell & One Hot Mess’ plays this Saturday evening Warwick - The high energy blue band, “Chrissie O’Dell & One Hot Mess,” will be in performance Saturday, July 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Applewood Winery on Four Corners Road in Warwick. Admission to summer concert series is $10 per person which includes a free wine-tasting. Events are held rain or shine. Concerts are held on the lawn and lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. In the event of rain concerts are held in the Apple Barn. The winery’s cafe features a light menu. There is a strict no cooler policy and no outside alcohol permitted. Tickets are available at or by calling 845-988-9292 'An American Salute’ concert set for Saturday; it’s free and now indoors Newburgh — The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra will present its free “Summer Pops At Downing — An American Salute,” on Saturday, July 23, at 4 p.m. indoors in the Kaplan Recreation Center at Mount Saint Mary College. The concert was originally scheduled outdoors at Downing Park, but it has been relocated indoors because of the predicted heat wave this weekend. Conducting is Rick Regan, the orchestra’s principal trombonist, who teaches brass and percussion and conducts the Monroe-Woodbury High School’s Wind Ensemble. The event includes participation from “Mini Maestros,” children in the audience who are invited to take a turn at conducting the orchestra in the Washington Post March following a brief lesson. Also participating is soprano Jody Weatherstone, a frequent guest soloist with the Classic Choral Society. She is the soprano soloist at St. Mary’s church in Tuxedo Park and maintains a private voice studio in Warwick. Weatherstone is currently collaborating with jazz pianist and composer Richard Kimball on a program of works by Barber, Bernstein, and Kimball to be performed in October at the Lycian Theatre in Sugar Loaf. Additionally, bass-baritone Erich Tusch will also appear. Tusch has performed with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra as “the bass soloist 9” and at the 2010 Summer Pops concert. Most recently, he appeared as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah at West Point. He is also director of music for St. Patrick’s Church in Highland Mills, where he conducts the adult and youth choirs and its youth orchestra. Guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Call 913-7157 or go visit for more information. This Sunday, Rotary hosts 'Taste of Monroe-Woodbury’ Monroe - The Monroe-Woodbury Rotary will host the first annual “Taste of Monroe-Woodbury” on Sunday, July 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Museum Village. The program allows guests to sample from a variety of restaurants in the area at the same time the Rotary raises funds for scholarships and community service programs. Tickets are $20 in advance at $25 on the day of the event. For tickets, contact Rotary President Gail Dejmal at 781-3563. Among the establishments that already have signed up are: Smokey D’s, Taste of India, V&J Italian Deli, Black Forest Mill, Maria’s Breakfast and Lunch, Crossroads Cafe, UNOs Chicago Grill, Little Italy, La Vera Cucina, Star Wines, Jay’s Deli, Big Mike’s, Rambler’s Rest, Mansion Ridge, Captain’s Table, ShopRite and Dunkin’ Donuts. The event is sponsored by Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc. Pacem in Terris hosts chamber series this Sunday evening Warwick — The chamber music concert series at Pacem in Terris continues on Sunday, July 24, at 5 p.m., with Ensemble ACJW, featuring Owen Dalby, violin, Meena Bhasin, viola, Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello and James Austin Smith, oboe. The program will open with the “String Trio in B-flat major, D 471,” by Franz Schubert, followed by two pieces by Benjamin Britten: selections from “Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49,” and “Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op. 2.” The concert will continue with “Sonata for Violin and Cello” by Maurice Ravel, and will conclude with “Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F Major, K 370,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Pacem in Terris is located at 96 Covered Bridge Road in Warwick. No reservations possible. Tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. rain or shine. Suggested donation, $10. Trip to Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park planned for July 28 MONROE — The Monroe-based Ancient Order of Hibernians Division I and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 5 are planning a trip to the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City in New York on Thursday, July 28. In order to make the trip, 55 people are needed so a bus can be chartered. The trip will also include a stop at O’Haras in the city featuring an open bar and light fare from 3 to 5 p.m. The Junior LAOH will also be making a donation to the memorial. Cost is $50 per adult and $25 per child ,which includes food and transportation. To learn more, call 978-8483. First-ever Mid Summer Salsa Festival set for July 29-31 NYACK — The first Mid Summer Salsa Festival will be held at the Best Western on Hudson in Nyack in Rockland County from July 29 to 31. The festival’s goal is to celebrate Latin music, dance and culture. Featured artists will be the former Tito Puente All Stars - The Mambo Legends, along with other Latin music artists. There will also be participation from international dance instructors, music workshops, a documentary film on Latin music history, special guests, art exhibitors, crafts and foods. Master of ceremonies is J.I. Starr, For more than 28 years, The West Gate Lounge has offered Latin music performances and performances by local artists started by the legendary Latin Music artist Tito Puente. Every Saturday night, it offers Latin dance lessons, followed by a full Latin orchestra and DJ entertainment. To learn more, call 358-8100 or visit: 'Ramayana Dance Drama’ performance is July 30 MONROE — The East-West School of Dance will present its “Ramayana Dance Drama,”directed and choreographed by Pandit S.N. Charka, on Saturday, July 30 at 8:30 p.m. at Ananda Ashram on Sapphire Road in Monroe. The dance is a presentation of the great epic Ramayana, a story that depicts the eternal battle between good and evil. The scenes of ancient India feature both western and eastern performers as well as trained Kathak dancers from the school. This summer’s production will be the 30th anniversary celebration of this event and will be held at the outdoor amphitheater, weather permitting. Attendees should bring sweaters, shawls or jackets suitable for evening temperatures. Donations are $15/$12 for children and adults. To learn more, call 782-5575 or 783-7514. Free jazz and swing concert scheduled in Tuxedo on July 30 Tuxedo — The Tuxedo Performing Arts Group will present a free community concert and picnic, featuring Reflections Jazz and Swing Orchestra, on Saturday, July 30, at 5 p.m. at Powerhouse Park (behind the commuter lot). This event is sponsored by the performing arts group, through the generosity of its sponsors, as part of its program of four concerts a year in varying styles and differing venues within the community. Reflections is a traditional big band (17 pieces and vocalist) that plays a wide variety of popular music, including hits of the 30s and 40s right up to compositions by contemporary composers. Rain date is Sunday, July 31, same time and place.