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Brilliant Traces, by Cindy Lou Johnson is a roller-coaster of a play about feelings of isolation and people's need to be understood. Both comic and anguished, Brilliant Traces is set in a recluse's cabin in an Alaskan blizzard where a runaway bride seeks shelter.

Performing Arts of Woodstock is opening a production of the play at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center this week.

The production is directed by Sande Shurin and stars Maria Elena Maurin as Rosannah. They join us along with President of Performing Arts of Woodstock, Adele Calcavecchio.

Small Town Talk
Small Town Talk

In a WAMC listening area defined by several vibrant arts scenes, perhaps none carries as much cachet as Woodstock, NY — so much so that its highlights have attained shorthand around here: Levon’s barn, Big Pink, Dylan’s motorcycle accident, three days of peace and love.

  18-year-old Diggy Lessard is a senior at Woodstock Day School and he had created just about the coolest senior project we’ve ever heard of: Modern Vaudeville will tell the story of James Hurst’s "The Scarlet Ibis" through music, dance, and comedy in a one-night only variety show at BSP Lounge in Kingston, New York on May 22nd.

The event will benefit Woodstock Day School’s music programs and Diggy joins us now along with his father, Stefan Lessard – who happens to be the bassist for the Dave Matthews Band.

Wavy Gravy Turning 80

May 13, 2016
Wavy Gravy is turning 80. He grew up in the Capital Region.
Wavy Gravy

This Sunday is a landmark birthday for Hugh Romney. Who? You might know him better as Wavy Gravy, the hippie era MC who founded the Hog Farm, Camp Winnirainbow and has been a constant on the jam scene since its earliest days. Now, Wavy Gravy is turning 80. As we discovered in a 2011 Roundtable interview, Wavy Gravy has warm memories of his childhood in East Greenbush.

  James Conrad from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America by Douglas Brinkley
Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table—An American Story by Ellen Wayland-Smith
What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas
Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien
Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

This year marks the 7th year of the Woodstock Writers Festival where they will once again bring readers outstanding panels, speakers, fabulous parties, workshops, and lots of great literary talk.

The festival, held April 7 to 10, will also feature the usual story slam, intensive writing workshops, memoir and other panels, plus keynote speaker Nancy Jo Sales, who writes about the experience of teenage girls in the Internet age; Barney Hoskyns with his tell-all of Woodstock in the 1960s; activist Gail Straub moderating a discussion on spirituality and creativity. The festival will also include an addiction panel for the first time, offering inspiration from writers who have experience with the difficult path from addiction to recovery.

We get a festival preview with Martha Frankel and Kitty Sheehan.

  The Golden Notebook Bookstore and author Robert Burke Warren will be celebrating the publication of his debut novel, Perfectly Broken.

The Perfectly Broken Book Party with Music will take place at the Kleinert/James Arts Center in Woodstock on Saturday where Robert will read, play songs featured in the story, hold a Q & A, and sign books.

The novel tells the story of Grant Kelly. His rock star days may be behind him, but as a stay-at-home dad his life is getting more interesting by the day. It's the beginning of the post 9/11 era, and he and his wife and four-year-old son have traded a New York City apartment for a Catskills farmhouse, where ghosts from the past, worries for the future, and temptations in the present converge to bring about drastic changes in their marriage, their friendships, and their family.

  Tomorrow night at 7 p.m. USA Today bestselling author Alison Gaylin will be at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts for a reading from her new novel, What Remains of Me, a novel of psychological suspense, set in the glamorous, wealthy world of Hollywood a darkly imaginative and atmospheric tale of revenge and betrayal, presumed guilt and innocence lost, dirty secrets and family ties reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman, Gillian Flynn, and Harlan Coben.

The event is presented by The Golden Notebook and New York Times bestselling author Abigail Thomas will interview Gaylin and discuss What Remains of Me.

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One of the organizers of the original 1969 Woodstock music festival says talks are underway to stage a 50th anniversary concert. Michael Lang tells the Poughkeepsie Journal (pojonews.co/1T9aUPV) that discussions have started with potential partners and the idea of staging anniversary concerts at different locations in 2019 is being explored. The original Woodstock was held August 15-18, 1969, in Bethel in Sullivan County. Lang was the promoter of the seminal '60s event that drew 400,000 rock music fans to Max Yasgur's farm.

Listener Essay - Classical Music Is Playing

Nov 10, 2015

  Jan Allen Pfeifer lives and writes in Woodstock, New York. She is a native of Louisville KY.

Classical Music is Playing

Classical music is playing in the bedroom where my father is dying. I sit alone, next to him. In this liminal space, the music is a soothing companion for both of us. It knows its way.

As I listen, I am transported back to grade school and field trips to Louisville Gardens for orchestra concerts. An amazing feat, moving hundreds of school children downtown like a conveyer belt from all parts of the city, the only common denominator being our grade and the yellow school buses that brought us. Each bus arrives and empties their charges onto Walnut Street in clockwork fashion. Our own trip is short, the hard green vinyl seats still cold against our dangling bare legs. Some of the girls hold hands, the warm considerations of best friends.

  James Conrad from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
The Catskills: Its History and How it Changed America by Stephen Silverman and Raphael Silver
Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Myttting
Growing Tomorrow: Behind the Scenes with 18 Extraordinary Sustainable Farmers Who Are Changing the Way We Eat by Forrest Pritchard (event November 1st, 2pm and 6pm)
Compost City by Rebecca Louis (event November 1st 2 pm and 6pm)
The Cocktail Party: Eat, Drink, Play, Recover by Mary Giuliani (event October 30th at 6 pm)
The Other Paris by Luc Sante (event November 21st at 4 pm)
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
M Train by Patti Smith

  Celebrating 15-years of innovative filmmakers & filmmaking, the Woodstock Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of nearly 150 films, panels, and events, screening Wednesday, September 30th through Sunday, October 4th, in Woodstock NY, and neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Kingston and Rosendale.

The festival which is featuring 17 world premieres, 5 North American Premieres, 4 US Premieres, 33 East Coast Premieres and 26 New York Premieres. Here are just a few of the headliners: Mary Stuart Masterson, Rose McGowan, Griffin Dunne and Stewart Copeland – just to name a few.

WFF's Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein joins us for a preview.

The Bearsville Theater has teamed up with New York City-based concert promoter The Bowery Presents to bring an eclectic mix of music to the Hudson Valley year-round. This exclusive collaboration aims to shine a brighter spotlight on the Bearsville Theater, which is part of the Woodstock Commune, a reboot of the Bearsville complex that includes the theater, Bear Café, and Commune Saloon. WAMC's Allison Dunne spoke with the Woodstock Commune's partner/operator Nicolas Geeraerts and The Bowery Presents' talent buyer Sebastian Freed about the new venture.

  Martha Frankel is the executive director of the Woodstock Writers Festival, and host of the weekly show, Woodstock Writers Radio, on Radio Woodstock 100.1.

For over thirty years, Kristin Garnier has been writing and performing her stories and songs live on stages, public radio stations, and in the echoing hallways of the Parisian Metro.

Together, Martha and Kristin present StorySlams and this Saturday they’re staging one of their events at The Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock, NY. The StorySlam will feature 9 storytellers in competition, speaking on the theme “I Believe in the Power Of…” – there will be music and merriment.

Martha Frankel and Kristin Garnier join us.

We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we'll be talking about the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York, the role it played in the arts and crafts movement in upstate New York, and plans to develop an app for visitors and history enthusiasts around the site.

We're joined by Thomas A. Guiler is a PhD Candidate in American History in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Thomas is also the curator and project manager for UpstateHistorical which uses smart phone and GPS technology to provide walking tours and public history infrastructure to key locales across Upstate New York with audio, visual, and textual accompaniment.

The project is made possible in part through a grant from The New York Council for the Humanities.

  The Woodstock Writers Festival is a collection of writers and their readers who meet for the weekend in Woodstock, NY from March 19th - 22nd.

It is the 6th annual event and there are plenty of events and panels. There will be panels on fiction, biography, journalism and a look at the writing of memoir. Among the writers who will be on hand are Abigail Thomas, Jane Smiley, Tom Folsom, Stephen Dobyns, Ann Hood, Gail Godwin and James Howard Kunstler.

To tell us more we welcome Festival Organizer Martha Frankel and festival headliner Abigail Thomas.

  Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
On Immunity by Eula Biss
Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine by Paul Offit
After Birth by Elisa Albert
West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan
How We Got to Now - Six Innovations That Made The Modern World by Steven Johnson
Unrequited by Lisa Phillips
The Reluctant Psychic by Suzan Saxman

Next weekend, the 6th annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase returns to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, New York.

  

  Celebrating 15-years of innovative filmmakers & filmmaking, the Woodstock Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of nearly 150 films, panels, and events, screening Wednesday October 15th through Sunday October 19th, in Woodstock NY, and neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Kingston and Rosendale.

 

   The Woodstock Comedy Festival is a festival with a mission: Comedy for a Cause. Each year their net profits will be donated to theirr charity partners Polaris Project and Family of Woodstock for the battle against human trafficking and domestic violence.

Their second-annual festival is a three-day event Sept. 19-21 and will feature stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, improv to panels, films and more.

Colin Quinn will headline this year’s festival – performing at The Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock, NY on Saturday, September 20th.

  The Jack DeJohnette Trio will be bringing their creative spirits and incredible sounds to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY on Saturday, August 16 after completing a month-long tour throughout Europe and the U.S.!

In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre.

  Maverick Concerts is celebrating its 99th summer of Music in the Woods!

This season will celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, the last Romantic, with an exploration of his chamber music and of the rich trove of Central European music at the dawn of the 20th century. They will also renew their commitment to American music with new and recent repertoire, from the cutting-edge work of young composers to America’s master of the string quartet, Elliott Carter.

Alexander Platt, Music Director of Maverick, joins us to tell us more.

    

  The Woodstock Writers Festival is a collection of writers and their readers who meet for the weekend in Woodstock, NY from April 3-6th. It is the 4th annual event and there are plenty of events and panels. There will be panels on fiction, biography, journalism and a look at the writing of memoir.

Among the writers who will be on hand are Steven Tobolowsky, Jennifer Clement, Domenica Ruta, MK Asante, J. Michael Lennon and Henry Bushkin. To tell us more we welcome Festival Organizer Martha Frankel and festival headliners Abigail Thomas, Kitty Sheehan and James Howard Kunstler.

    

  The Paul Green Rock Academy is a performance based, interactive music school, built on a method honed over the past 17 years. They believe that the best way to teach most anything, and especially music, is with a hands on approach. Their entire school is dedicated to getting kids playing music in an as authentic way as possible.

Paul Green, founder of The School of Rock, opened The Paul Green Rock Academy in Woodstock, NY about a year ago. On April 8th and 9th the Paul Green Rock Academy will perform at The Bearsville Theatre with special guest, Jon Anderson – playing the music of Yes.

    

  Performing Arts of Woodstock is a not-for-profit year-round local theater organization presenting new and established plays since 1964. Celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, PAW is the oldest, continuously running theater organization in the history of Woodstock!

Their production of Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten runs through this weekend.

We are joined now by Nicola Sheara, the director of A Moon for the Misbegotten, and Kimberly Kay, who play Josie Hogan in the show.

    Maverick Concerts, America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival and winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, thrives on the love of great music and the spirit of its unique site in the unspoiled woods. The rustic 1916 concert hall is ideally suited to chamber music and the intimacy of live performance.

This is Maverick’s 98th Season and they are focusing on the great 20th century British Composer, Benjamin Britten, who spent the summer of 1939 in Woodstock.

Maverick Concerts Music Director, Alexander Platt, and Publicity Director, Mary Fairchild join us to tell us more.

    Woodstock Shakespeare Festival’s 18th summer season opens July 12th with The Winter’s Tale, one of the bard’s most fascinating late works.

Bird-On-A-Cliff Theatre Company performs The Winter’s Tale outdoors on an Elizabethan stage in Woodstock every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from July 12 through August 4.

David Aston-Reese is Co-Founder/Artistic Director of the company and stars in this production. Veteran actor and director Nicola Sheara directs.

    This summer, The Paul Green Rock Academy proudly presents their first season of summer workshops.

In addition to their legendary year-round program these summer camps for children ages 5-18 are an incredible opportunity for experienced music students and beginners alike. Their camps offer specialized opportunities and incorporate writing, performance and production.

This summer they're offering Rock Strings with Tracy Bonham, Making a Rock Album with Marco Benevento, Analog Recording with Aaron Freeman, Percussion camp with Jason Bowman, and Songwriting with Gail Ann Dorsey.

Musician Richie Havens died at 72 on Monday. The soft-spoken singer and guitarist stayed on the road for 45 years until ill health finally forced him to give up touring in 2012.

    The Woodstock Writers Festival is a collection of writers and their readers who meet for the weekend in Woodstock, NY from April 18-21.

It is the 4th annual event and there are plenty of events and panels. There will be panels on spirituality, comedy writing, Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll and discussions on poetry, the short story, and a look at the writing of memoir.

Among the writers who will be on hand are Cheryl Strayed, Lydia Davis, Philippe Petit, James Lasdun, Abigail Thomas, Ann Hood, Christa Parravani and many more.

To tell us more we welcome Festival Organizer Martha Frankel and festival headliner, Philippe Petit, whose new book is Why Knot?: How to Tie More Than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots!

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