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patience-brewster-skaneateles-pomodoroFriday, May 1, 2009 Pomodoro to host Patience Brewster and her new line of ornaments at a Wine & Cheese reception 6:30 – 8:30 pm  at 61 E. Genesee St. For more info. Call Karen at 685-8658

I was born in 1952. I grew up with one brother and four sisters in Plymouth, Massachusetts where most of my large extended family still lives. My pals were the horses, dogs, cats, chickens, pigs and cows that populated the fields surrounding us. My inspiration still comes from them as well as the turtles, bullfrogs, fish and dragonflies on Forge’s Pond. In those days we shared Plymouth beach with fewer inhabitants; mostly seagulls, terns and a small herd of swollen overturned fishing boats ripe with starfish, barnacles and tiny crabs.

My name is real. It once belonged to the daughter of Elder William Brewster, the spiritual leader of the Mayflower and my eleventh great-grandfather. As children we were humbled by the story of outcast pilgrims making a treacherous journey toward freedom worthy of sacrifice, landing on an icy Plymouth beach in stark December, with no shelter, no provisions, nor promises to greet them. My family is descended from Love Brewster.

My first real job was as a guide in the Harlow House in Plymouth. Dressed as a pilgrim, I showed tourists how to take a handful of wool or flax clean it, spin it and weave it into cloth.

As far back as I can remember, I drew pictures. When my sister Marlee went to Rhode Island School of Design, I thought it was amazing that there were colleges just for art. I later attended Philadelphia College of Art. I had two exceptional teachers there, Doris Staffel and Lilly Yeh whose words I still hear today.

My degree in printmaking and bookmaking qualified me for immediate employment as a cook, a teddy bear salesperson, and a barmaid. Next I ran an antique store and gallery. All the while I was a closet painter, heaping up a towering portfolio.

In 1977 I married Holland Chauncey Gregg and, a year later, he was the one who convinced me to come out of the woods and take some of that portfolio to New York City.

Knees knocking, I met with rejection and delight. Random House and T.Y. Crowell both asked me to write a picture book. I did just that. My first story was so bad that it went to live in a drawer for ten years (when I finally edited it down to “Rabbit Inn”).

Fortunately, in the meantime, T.Y. Crowell gave me my first book called “Dame Wiggins of Lee and her Seven Wonderful Cats” to illustrate.

Clarion published my second book, which I wrote, called “Ellsworth and the Cats from Mars.”

My children, Holland and Marietta, were born in 1979 and 1981 and became my constant companions and artistic assistants.

 

Posted: Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 @ 4:46 pm by Curt
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Cairo Nights! featuring Diana Tarkhan and Ibrahim Turmen May 23, 2009 8-10pm Center for the Arts, Homer, NY $10 Adults, $5 with student ID, 15 and younger no charge

An opulent evening of inspired dance featuring Diana Tarkhan;The Bombshell of Cairo; on her US tour and famed master percussionist Ibrahim Turmen.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Diana, Ibrahim, and others in a riveting show demonstrating the many moods of this beautiful art form.

Diana Tarkhan is a world renowned dancer whose work has been featured on stages in the Middle East, Europe, the U.S. and Latin America. She began her dancing career almost 20 years ago in Paris performing in many famous nightclubs and glamorous parties.  Later she became the premier bellydancer in Alexandria, Egypt, where she performed with her orchestra for many years.  Currently Diana resides in Cairo training dancers from around the world.

Ibrahim ‘The Sultan’ Turmen is a master percussionist & a popular recording artist from ‘The Sultans’ Mid-Eastern band.

Come and join us!

For more information, visit www.hiptwist.org or call Donia at (607) 745-1529.

Posted: Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 @ 6:40 pm by Curt
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Julia Nunes plays Auburn, NY and the Finger Lakes

Julia Nunes plays Auburn, NY and the Finger LakesMay 16th 2009  JULIA NUNES at 7:30pm

She’s a YouTube phenomenon. She’s a ukulele-wielding smartass and an incredible talent. She’s Julia Nunes – and she just woke up. Fairport native Nunes has been working her 19-year-old butt off lately. She just got back from a handful of dates opening for piano popster Ben Folds, she’s in the middle of recording her second album, getting flooded with fan mail, dealing with more than 1 million YouTube hits, and being hounded for autographs. Actress Molly Ringwald just sang her praises in a morning-show interview earlier this week.
Nunes is a serious musician with bright blue eyes, bright blonde hair, and a perpetual smirk. She has a knack for turning a phrase into something much more than your standard girl-with-a-guitar lament. Plus she’s got a big, beautiful voice – and a little ukulele. Nunes first made the scene four years ago in the informal singer-songwriter collective that came to be known as Chicks With Picks; five young women who rose above the coffeehouse caterwaul cliché to offer some refreshing, lyrically insightful, and compelling music.
Nunes’ migration to the ukulele separated her from the pack even more. Nunes was already creating a buzz with YouTube videos of her own songs played on guitar, complete with harmonies and clever, though perhaps a little rudimentary, video editing. Once the ukulele entered the equation, people really started to take notice – including the folks at Bushman, a company that manufactures ukuleles in Nashville, Indiana. The Bushman bigwigs urged Nunes to enter the company’s World Ukulele Video Contest. The prize: a new Bushman ukulele. After Nunes’ win in December 2007 the buzz went from bumblebee to chainsaw. Ben Folds was one of those people watching. The college-friendly alt-pop star dug her cover of his tune “Gone,” and offered her the opening slot on some of his tour dates this past spring. At present, Nunes has more than 27,000 subscribers to her YouTube account, which currently hosts 43 videos. Her most recent video, “Balloons,” received more than 600,000 hits in the first four days it was posted.

CHECK HER OUT AT: http://www.junumusic.com  www.myspace.com/jaaaaaaa   http://www.youtube.com/user/jaaaaaaa

AUBURN PUBLIC THEATER
108 Genesee at Exchange Street
(315)253-6669

Convenient parking next door in the City Parking Garage
To rent Auburn Public Theater for your creative, social or corporate event, please contact Janie MicGlire at janie@auburnpublictheater.com
FOR TICKETS AND UPCOMING EVENT DETAILS, VISIT www.auburnpublictheater.com

Posted: Saturday, April 18th, 2009 @ 9:52 am by Curt
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A Concert with SNATAM KAUR May 12th  2009  A Concert with SNATAM KAUR 7:30pm 

Snatam Kaur has been singing and playing music all of her 28 years. As a young girl in California, she learned to sing with her mother in the Sikh musical style. As she has grown, her musical scope has expanded, and she now includes many traditions and many instruments in her exploration of sound. Snatam Kaur Khalsa is an emerging and celebrated spiritual music ambassador. 

Snatam, a Sanskrit word, meaning universal, nucleus, and friend to all; Kaur, a Punjabi word and a faith-mandated surname for all Sikh women, means a princess and lioness; and Khalsa, a Sikh term that defines the Order of the Pure;  Snatam truly embodies a rare composite of those qualities through her devotional music and her radiant persona. Her music is another bridge between the traditions and cultures of East and West.  Snatam Kaur brilliantly interfaces Gurbani Kirtan, the Sikh style of religious music, the western classical, and popular styles in her music and concerts. 

Snatam is popularizing her own unique style, rhythms, musical arrangements, and is introducing the Sikh sacred music to global audiences.  Her music transcends traditional musical familiarities and frontiers, reaches deep into our soul where Gurmukhi, the language of Sikh scriptures, offers no formidable threshold that our spirit cannot cross or joyfully embrace. Snatam Kaur is many attributes in one.  She is an accomplished music soloist, songstress and poet; Kundalini Yoga master, spiritual healer; teacher, and cultural commentator. 

Her music seamlessly combines many musical, cultural, and spiritual textures: of a Sikh Ragi (a musician well versed in Indian musical patterns known as Ragas); sacred Sanskrit, Buddhist, American Indian chants; Celtic song and music tradition, use of western orchestra, folk genre, cathedral choir, and many other musical influences.
AUBURN PUBLIC THEATER
108 Genesee at Exchange Street
(315)253-6669

Convenient parking next door in the City Parking Garage
To rent Auburn Public Theater for your creative, social or corporate event, please contact Janie MicGlire at janie@auburnpublictheater.com
FOR TICKETS AND UPCOMING EVENT DETAILS, VISIT www.auburnpublictheater.com

Posted: Saturday, April 18th, 2009 @ 9:44 am by Curt
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Auburn Stand-up Comedian PAUL MECURIOFOR TICKETS AND UPCOMING EVENT DETAILS, VISIT www.auburnpublictheater.com

AUBURN PUBLIC THEATER
108 Genesee at Exchange Street
(315)253-6669

Convenient parking next door in the City Parking Garage
To rent Auburn Public Theater for your creative, social or corporate event, please contact Janie MicGlire at janie@auburnpublictheater.com
 
 
AUBURN PUBLIC THEATER MAIN STAGE

May 9th 2009  Stand-up Comedian PAUL MECURIO 7:30pm & 9:30pm

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Paul Mecurio graduated with high honors from Georgetown Law School and began his career on Wall Street as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at the law firm of Willkie, Farr and Gallagher and later as an investment banker at CS First Boston. All the while, Paul was honing a secret, second career writing and performing comedy in New York City. After several years on Wall Street, Paul moved center stage, leaving Wall Street and starting his career as a stand-up comedian.

In 1996, Paul was invited to be on the original writing and performing team for a new Comedy Central show called “The Daily Show.” In 2001, as a writer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Paul won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Writing In A Variety, Music or Comedy Program. For his work on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2000,” Paul was honored with a Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting (think The Pulitzer Prize for Broadcasting). In 2002, Paul received his second Emmy nomination for his work on “The Daily Show.” Paul has also been featured as a field correspondent on “The Daily Show” and in “The Daily Show” segment, “Second Opinion,” in which he skewered the medical profession playing an HMO representative with a less than sympathetic mindset. Paul recently shot the television pilot “Sports Central,” in which he starred, co-created and executive produced. Using a news format, “Sports Central” is a funny, smart look at the controversial off-the-field issues and player behavior plaguing sports. A national headliner in clubs and theaters across North America and in Europe, Paul has performed at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and has made numerous TV appearances including “Comedy Central Presents,” “The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” “Late Night w/Conan O’Brien,” Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,” Comedy Central’s “Dr. Katz”, NBC’s “Late Friday,” and numerous appearances on VH1′s popular clip shows.

Paul has been a guest on Fox News Channel and makes regular appearances on CNN, CNNfn and MSNBC as a political satirist. On May 21, 2004, Paul premiered his own “Comedy Central Presents” half-hour special. Paul was featured as a political satirist in the 2004 Presidential Election coverage by The Daily News, CNN, MSNBC, CNNfn, and ESPN2.Paul was seen in a guest-starring role opposite John Cleese in the ABC sitcom “Wednesday at 9:30″ and shot, “The Joke Show,” a television pilot set in New York City for famed producer/directors Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana. He can also be seen in the upcoming film drama, “High Art, Low Life,” written and directed by Peter Nourjian and recently shot the lead role in the independent film “Faux Pix.”Paul has written, produced and directed five short films, the latest of which, “Gloves,” an off-center dark comedy has been screened at several prestigious film festivals including “The US Comedy Arts Festival” in Aspen, “The Toronto Film Festival,” “The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival” and “The San Sebastian Film Festival” in Spain. Paul also worked on the film “American Buffalo,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz based on the award winning David Mamet play of the same name.

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Posted: Saturday, April 18th, 2009 @ 9:37 am by Curt
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