Full Event Archive

Art Show at THE RECOVERY LOUNGE - New work by Zachary Clemans

Come see the artist's take on the Adirondack Landscape. Please bring a mask to wear and be prepared to follow the organization's COVID safety guidelines.

Charlie Millard Band

Saturday, April 25th - Suggested $15 - 8pm Charlie Millard started playing piano at 11, performing at churches, restaurants, farmers’ markets and weddings at 13, writing songs with his dad at 14 and tackling his first studio album not long after that.

Theatre Residency

Theatre Residency: March 3-10; Clowning/ Buffon workshop on March 6th; Performance on March 9th

The January Jams

Donations appreciated



For the few who are not familiar with this event, The January Jams are a community based open mic for all musical levels and ages. Kids are encouraged to play and sing and each participant can expect to hold the stage for ten minutes or so- 2 or 3 tunes. There is a sign in sheet for all who want to perform. One can expect large volumes of people and plenty of warmth. This year, each Sunday audiences will be treated to a musical Host who will assist in the management of the stage. Hope to see you there!

Casey's Winter Film Series - 2019

January 2019 Film Series - Gulistan: Land of Roses January 2nd; 3 Sisters of Yunnan Jan. 9th; The Prison in Twelve Landscapes Jan 16th; Final Straw Jan 23rd; Human Flow Jan 30th;

Lula Wiles in Concert

Suggested Donation- $15





Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk ballad canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today. Drawing from the deep wells of traditional old-time and bluegrass, classic country, and contemporary indie-folk-rock, Lula Wiles melds diverse influences to create a harmony-driven sound all their own. The three band members deftly swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with Ellie Buckland (vocals/acoustic guitar/fiddle), Isa Burke (vocals/acoustic and electric guitars/fiddle), and Mali Obomsawin (vocals/acoustic guitar/bass) each contributing singularly expressive vocals, instrumental lines, and songwriting. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited and emotionally resonant live show, anchored by their powerful three-part harmonies. Currently based in Boston, Lula Wiles released their debut album in May 2016 and have since recorded their sophomore album.



Sound Bath Healing with Andrea Lisette Villiere

Cost- $40 Reservations required. Call 518-946-6074 or visit soundhealingadirondacks.com

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Andrea Lisette Villiere
is a Certified Sound Healing Practitioner!

She received her training at the Sage Academy of Sound Energy with Philippe and Lea Garnier, Diane Mandle, Tito La Rosa, Gong Master Don Conreaux and the BioSonic Academy of Music and Sound Healing, with Dr. John Beaulieu, ND, PhD. She has also studied with Master Sound Healer and Visionary, Jay Schwed, receiving her certification as a Sonic Healing Alchemist Practitioner.​


What is sound healing?
​Sound healing is one of the oldest and most natural forms of healing known to man. It uses the power of sound to restore one’s mind, body and spirit back to a state of balance. The harmonic vibrations from the instruments have a deep penetrating effect on the receiver, promoting healing and well-being. The sound waves from the instruments entrain the brain to move into the deeper Alpha, Theta and Delta brain wave frequencies, inducing a deep meditative and peaceful state. As human beings, we are comprised mainly of liquid, these vibrations deeply penetrate our bodies, moving through our tissues and organs. The sound resonates directly into our cellular memory releasing blockages and creating a profound sense of peace and relaxation. This is not just an auditory experience—it’s like receiving a full body sound massage!
​Most people fall into a state of deep relaxation, It’s a pathway to meditation, without knowing how to meditate.
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Peter Biedermann- guitar virtuoso

Suggested donation-$15
Peter Biedermann is a solo instrumental finger style guitarist based in Green Valley, AZ that has been performing for over 40 years and will be appearing for the first time in the Recovery Lounge.



PB began focusing on his own original compositions starting around 1984 as a leader and collaborator in the bands PING, White Light, Serious Fun and Amalgamation. Solo concerts commenced full time in 2000 with the simultaneous discovery of intimate performance spaces such as house concerts, art galleries, libraries etc.



He will be performing two sets of his original music on various acoustic and electric guitars in a variety of alternate tunings. Real time improvised electronic looping and soundscapes will compliment the musical environment.


Pamelia Stickney & The Transcendental Dissonance Quartet- Original Score for the animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Suggested donation- $15 Children welcome and free









Pamelia Stickney The Transcendental Dissonance Quartet will present an original score for Lotte Reiniger’s animated film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed".

Pamelia Stickney; theremin, Sarah Bernstein, violin; Stuart Popejoy, piano/keys; Danny Tunick, vibes/marimbas;

Pamelia Stickney (formerly known as Pamelia Kurstin) is an American theremin player. She has performed and recorded with many artists including David Byrne, Yoko Ono, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Seb Rochford, Otto Lechner and Simone Dinnerstein, and was instrumental to the final design of Robert Moog's Etherwave Pro Theremin, for which she was the primary test musician.[citation needed Kurstin has made various film, television and radio appearances, most notably on Saturday Night Live[citation needed and in the 2004 documentary Moog[1]

Stickney has also presented talks at events such as TED[2] Her background as a jazz musician on the upright bass has led to develop a "walking bass" theremin technique. She was based in New York until 2005; she now lives in Vienna, Austria.

Gallery Exhibition- Photographer Nikos Sola

Please join us in our new gallery on the 3rd floor of the Upper Jay Art Center for a viewing of the powerfully beautiful collection of photographs by Nikos Sola who will be on hand to share his work while living and working in Palestine.



This is for and about the beautiful, kind, endearing, fun, strong, caring, soulful, warm, and enduring people of Palestine.

News, image, and misconception are at the heart of this work, which looks to explore a marginalized people. A people who cherish family, love, religion, work, and the myriad of other things that constitute a life. What does news, even the most objective news, do to our perception of what it covers? It must, inevitably and fundamentally, alter how we perceive the subject therein. Labels, names, and other categorical conventions do this as well. When we are directed to watch or read, that presentation or stage plays a substantial role in how we come to understand, perceive, and ultimately feel about a subject..











Kimberly Akimbo- A Play by David Lindsay-Abaire

Tickets- $20. Pay at the door. For reservations call 518-946-6074.

Set in suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is a funny and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, and most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

"A zany, disturbing, and strangely affecting comedy. It's a bit of youthful happiness unlike any other." -Associated Press

Cast- Peg Wilson, Martin Deslauriers, Summer Dorr, Casey Galligan, and Peter Craig

Design and Direction- Scott Renderer

Kimberly Akimbo- A Play by David Lindsay-Abaire

Tickets- $20. Pay at the door. For reservations call 518-946-6074.

Set in suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is a funny and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, and most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

"A zany, disturbing, and strangely affecting comedy. It's a bit of youthful happiness unlike any other." -Associated Press

Cast- Peg Wilson, Martin Deslauriers, Summer Dorr, Casey Galligan, and Peter Craig

Design and Direction- Scott Renderer

IMAGINARY JAMS 2018

Admission by donation



Due to popular demand, Jim Bernard and Scott Renderer have created Imaginary Jams 2018. Some of you have seen the original iJams from last year, either at the Recovery Lounge in June or at a house showing. iJams is a video, an imagined version of the January Jams (the open mic at the Recovery Lounge on Sundays in January) where Scott, as the emcee, introduces famous performers, some of whom he knows better than others. iJams is heavily oriented towards 60’s and 70’s music that appeals to baby boomers, but there is some other stuff too. And some video magic.



iJams 2018 will have its world premiere Thursday June 21 at the Recovery Lounge at 7:30 PM.

Play Reading-Dear Elizabeth (A play in letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and back again) by Sarah Ruhl

Donations accepted



Between 1947 and 1977, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged more than four hundred letters. Describing the writing of their poems, their travel and illnesses, the pyrotechnics of their romantic relationships, and the profound affection they held for each other, these missives are the most intimate record available of both poets, and one of the greatest correspondences in American literature.

The playwright Sarah Ruhl fell in love with these letters and set herself an unusual challenge: to turn this thirty-year exchange into a stage play, and to bring to life the friendship of two writers who were rarely even in the same country. As innovative as it is moving, Dear Elizabeth gives voice to a conversation that lived mostly in writing, illuminating some of the finest poems of the twentieth century and the minds that produced them.



Cast- Dorian Gossy and Howard Runyon

SLOW SLAM POETS! Poetry Jam!

Donations appreciated.

The Recovery Lounge is excited to announce the impressive line-up of talented performers eager to travel from NYC to share their word energy with the North Country community.

Slow Slam- a unique style sprung from the NYC slam poetry scene but crafted through literary cognition makes the Slow Slam Poets some of the most exciting and unique voices in the NYC poetry scene.

Open mic for local writers will happen at the end.

Shane O’Hanlon is a humanitarian aid worker on staff with Doctors Without Borders while also a fellow at NYU Wagner School of Public Service. His poems have been published by Great Weather for Media, The Poet in New York, 4 Arts Block, Blue Minaret, and the Peace Corps Voices from the Field Anthology. His travel and work within disaster contexts informs his writing-- the U.S. is included in that category.

Craig Kite is a poet from New York City and CEO of Mad Gleam Press LLC and Mad Gleam Indie Books & Records Shop. He is currently grand slam champion of Staten Island and is on the advanced slam team competing at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago in 2018. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Great Weather For MEDIA in 2016, his poems can be read in various publications based in New York and Paris.

Sophie Malleret writer/performer originally from Paris read her poetry at Howl Festival, Bowery Poetry, Nuyorican Café, Amherst Library, Reuben Foundation and in Europe—last year in Paris,Marseille, at Poetry Festivals in Prague, Brussels & Rotterdam. She is currently developing her bilingual French/English poems. Her poems have been published in Vlak, Maintenent, and the forthcoming Great Weather for MEDIA Anthology. She is also involved in film/theatre.

Rachael Richman makes theater and poems and songs. She is excited to visit Upper Jay, and grateful for the opportunity.

Sergio G. Satelite: Born in Santo Domingo, Sergio Satélite moved to NYC in his mid-teens to become a Calvinist preacher, an undocumented mime, a factory worker, a Spanish interpreter and a student of analytic philosophy. For Sergio, each poem is a kind of slow, heavily salted exorcism, or something like a spiritual push-up.

Sergio has been featured at La Casita (Lincoln Center Out of Doors), GAMBA Forest, Arlo Hotel, Local Knowledge Reading Series, Breadcrumbs and Great Weather for Media. Some of his work is forthcoming in Great Weather For Media, LiVE MAG!, Local Knowledge and BreadcrumbsMag.

Michelle Whittaker's poems have been published in the New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Narrative, and other publications. She was awarded a Cave Canem Poetry Fellowship, Pushcart Special Mention and recently a 2017 New York State Foundation of Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Her collection, , was recently released by great weather for Media.

Anton Yakovlev's latest poetry collection is Ordinary Impalers (Kelsay Books, 2017). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Amarillo Bay, Prelude, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and elsewhere. The Last Poet of the Village, a book of translations of poetry by Sergei Esenin, is forthcoming from Sensitive Skin Books. He is the current Education Director at Bowery Poetry Club and a co-host of the Carmine Street Metrics reading series in Manhattan. He has also written and directed several short films, including 12 Scenes From a Relationship, in which he had a cameo as Antichrist Porphyro, Archbishop of the Second Satanic Church of Baltimore.





Bella's Bartok- dance party

Suggested donation- $15

Back by popular Demand!

To understand Bella’s Bartok, imagine what you would get if Salvador Dali and Toulouse Lautrec were fronting the Moulin Rouge's house band, and you have the exuberant spectacle that is Bella's Bartok. Described as "about as much fun as you can have with your pants on" (Dan Wolovick, Two Way Monologues), this 6-piece powerhouse melds Bohemian Klezmer Punk with pop sensibilities into an eminently danceable party. The diversity of musicians that make up Bella's Bartok, combined with their boundless energy on stage, has been known to break a dancefloor, or two (or three, but who's counting?). Their sound moves way beyond labels, pushing the envelope towards the darker side of Eastern European music, referencing vaudeville and 20th century eclecticism.
The Bella's Bartok line-up includes: Asher Putnam (Vocals, Bass, all-around entertainer), Dan Niederhauser (Guitar and Vocals), Amory Drennan (Trombone/Banjo and Vocals), Crisco (Drums/Percussion and Trumpet), Gershon Rosen (Trumpet), and Alex Kogut (Accordion, Keyboard).





Fat Tuesday Dance Party

7:30pm till late

Admission by donation.



Come celebrate Mardi Gras with host Ole' Sam who will be spinning vinyl 45's from his vast collection of vintage records. The Ausable Brewing Company will also be in the Lounge offering affordable cups of their delicious selection of specially crafted brews.

Play Reading- The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, by Paul Zindel



James Coleman directs this 1971 classic.

Free Admission

Cast- Lia Loomis, Linnae D'Auria, Sophe Locke, Avry LaVallee, Rozamond Lincoln- Day
This play deals with a widow & her 2 daughters, one of whom finds fulfillment in a science project. Beatrice was a mother ... and the embittered ringmaster of the circus Hunsdorfer featuring three generations of crazy ladies living under the sloppiest big top on earth. Nanny was no problem. She sat and stared and stayed silent as a venerable vegetable should. Ruth was half-mad and easily bought with an occasional cigarette. But how in the world would Beatrice control Tillie--keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds


Play Reading- Below The Belt, by Richard Dresser

Back by popular demand, the original Recovery Lounge cast of this absurd comedy will revisit the roles that had us all in stitches.

Free Admission
BELOW THE BELT
Three American men work as Checkers for a mysterious multi-national company in a distant land. Merkin is the power-obsessed boss, Hanrahan the tortured middle manager and Dobbitt, the disturbingly eager newcomer. Away from their families and isolated from the other workers on the industrial compound, they are completely dependent on each other. However, their need to compete is as strong as their need to connect, and they guard their territory with baroque, subterranean strategies. The play is about loneliness and the deep existential pettiness of men attempting to work together.



Cast- Brad Hurlbert as Dobbit, Terry Young as Hanrahan, and Bob Andrews as Merkin.



Directed by Scott Renderer

Bellas Bartok

2018-03-24

Suggested donation- $15










All little children grow up, one day --- all except the bedazzled and glittered boys of Bella’s Bartok. Inspired by elements of Vaudeville, centuries of street performance, and an unyielding drive to promote camaraderie, Northampton, MA-based Bella’s Bartok delivers a passionate kaleidescope of sound. The songs are born of Americana and folk music of their immigrant grandparents, blended with the joy of a particular brand of pop sensibility. Their performances are at once a primal stand against oppression and a declaration of joy in the face of adversity. From quiet reflections on loss, to the howl of justice in four-part harmony, Bella’s Bartok sonically and lyrically delivers a sweaty, soulful dance-party that is sure to leave the audience happily breathless.







Winter Shorts

2018-02-28

Tickets $15 Reservations recommended- 946-6074

Following on the heels of last winter's comedy Ripcord, we have assembled a group of entertaining short plays performed by an ensemble of many familiar faces along with some new one's.

Plays-

Controlling Interest by Wayne S. Rawley

Tirade by Mary Louise Wilson

Deer Play(A Radio Play) by Mary Louise Wilson

Excerpt from John by Annie Baker

Struggle Session by Ethan Coen

Post Its (Notes on a Marriage) by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman

Director- Scott Renderer

Cast- Elizabeth Derr, Sandy Burke, Jim Bernard, Martin Deslauriers, Terry Young, Autumn Renderer, Emily Eisman, Susy Doolittle, Annie Scavo, Rob Farkas, Roger Mitchell, Christian Brammer, Scott Renderer, and Peter Landau.

Casey"s Winter Film Picks

2018-01-24

Admission by donation


I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO written by James Baldwin, directed by Raoul Peck.

Courtesy of John Brown Lives!

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.



The January Jams

2018-01-14

Free Admission- donations appreciated

sign in starting at 2pm. Last act around 6pm.

This popular open mic event is back! All are welcome to sing, dance, tell jokes, or even hula hoop with fire. Sign up with Scott at the door and settle in for an afternoon of entertainment. Performers can expect to perform two or three songs depending on the turn out. A great way to spend a cold Sunday afternoon.

Made possible with a grant from The Kevin Broderick Fund

Dance Party with DJ David Sommerstein

2017-11-18

7:30pm start. Admission by donation at door NPR radio host David Sommerstein will provide dance music from around the globe.

The Beat Authority with David Sommerstein is a Friday show (Friday at 3:06 pm to be exact.) It's a kick into the weekend, a bounce for your afternoon, a swing for your end-of-the-week step. A fresh, eclectic choice of dance music from all over the world. You may hear cumbia or bluegrass or afrobeat or jazz, but it'll keep your head a-noddin' and your spirits up. Join in the groove and enjoy.

Host David Sommerstein says:

Ever since I got a Fisher Price record player for Chanukkah when I was four, I've been a musical sponge. My favorite stuff is music that ventures across genres, and music that makes you dance.

Globalization has been a mixed bag, but it's sure invigorated the world of music. Salsa from Israel, flamenco from east L.A., Algerian rai from Paris, hip-hop from Senegal, reggae from Morocco–artists are borrowing at will, threading the sounds they hear on TV and radio into their own traditions.



The Pillowman- a play by Martin McDonagh

2017-11-04










Tickets-$20 at the door

Reservations- call 518-946-6074

The Tony Award winning Broadway hit, The Pillowman, is set in an unknown totalitarian state where Katurian – a butcher by day, a writer of haunting fairy tales by night – faces two interrogators from the local government. As Katurian soon learns, his stories, in which characters meet grisly and macabre fates, have inspired a string of copycat crimes. As the interrogators resort to increasingly absurd and hilariously unconventional methods to crack the case, Katurian’s stories come to life, blurring the line between fact and fiction, truth and storytelling. In The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh celebrates with dark humor the spellbinding power of narrative, while exploring the dark corners of the human imagination and the delicate balance between the freedoms of the individual and the security of the state.

“The season’s most exciting and original new play.”- NY TIMES

Martin McDonagh is often compared to celebrated playwrights like John Millington Synge and David Mamet. McDonagh is famous for writing dark comedies with the background setting of Ireland, where he spent most of his summer breaks. His stories are notorious for using intense symbolism and twisted climaxes. McDonagh was born and brought up in London, England, by his construction worker father and housekeeper mother. He has a younger brother who is a known screenwriter, John McDonagh. He left school when he was 16 to pursue his love for writing by watching movies and reading books. After a decade of doing so, in 1994, he wrote his first 7 plays of which many were eventually staged in London, like: ‘The Cripple of Irishmaan’, ‘The Lieutenant of Irishmore’ ,‘The Pillowman’, ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, etc. For many of these plays he has been accorded with prestigious awards and nominations like Tony Award, the Laurence Olivier Award, etc. He is not only a playwright of excellent creative power but also a well established screenplay writer and director of movies like: ‘Six Shooters’, ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Seven Psychopaths’. He is known in the world of theater as the one who gave a new genre to the theater – the ‘in your face’ theater, for his plays and scripts are often strongly witted and harshly realistic

Directed and designed by Scott Renderer

Cast- Roger Mitchell, Brian LaVallee, Brad Hurlburt, Thomas Broderick, Sylvia Tardif, Lucas Tardif

with animation by Ben Stechschulte

WARNING- this play contains violence and profanity


















The Pillowman- a play by Martin McDonagh

2017-10-29










Tickets-$20 at the door

Reservations- call 518-946-6074

The Tony Award winning Broadway hit, The Pillowman, is set in an unknown totalitarian state where Katurian – a butcher by day, a writer of haunting fairy tales by night – faces two interrogators from the local government. As Katurian soon learns, his stories, in which characters meet grisly and macabre fates, have inspired a string of copycat crimes. As the interrogators resort to increasingly absurd and hilariously unconventional methods to crack the case, Katurian’s stories come to life, blurring the line between fact and fiction, truth and storytelling. In The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh celebrates with dark humor the spellbinding power of narrative, while exploring the dark corners of the human imagination and the delicate balance between the freedoms of the individual and the security of the state.

“The season’s most exciting and original new play.”- NY TIMES

Martin McDonagh is often compared to celebrated playwrights like John Millington Synge and David Mamet. McDonagh is famous for writing dark comedies with the background setting of Ireland, where he spent most of his summer breaks. His stories are notorious for using intense symbolism and twisted climaxes. McDonagh was born and brought up in London, England, by his construction worker father and housekeeper mother. He has a younger brother who is a known screenwriter, John McDonagh. He left school when he was 16 to pursue his love for writing by watching movies and reading books. After a decade of doing so, in 1994, he wrote his first 7 plays of which many were eventually staged in London, like: ‘The Cripple of Irishmaan’, ‘The Lieutenant of Irishmore’ ,‘The Pillowman’, ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, etc. For many of these plays he has been accorded with prestigious awards and nominations like Tony Award, the Laurence Olivier Award, etc. He is not only a playwright of excellent creative power but also a well established screenplay writer and director of movies like: ‘Six Shooters’, ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Seven Psychopaths’. He is known in the world of theater as the one who gave a new genre to the theater – the ‘in your face’ theater, for his plays and scripts are often strongly witted and harshly realistic

Directed and designed by Scott Renderer

Cast- Roger Mitchell, Brian LaVallee, Brad Hurlburt, Thomas Broderick, Sylvia Tardif, Lucas Tardif

with animation by Ben Stechschulte

WARNING- this play contains violence and profanity


















The Pillowman- a play by Martin McDonagh

2017-10-26










Tickets-$20 at the door

Reservations- call 518-946-6074

The Tony Award winning Broadway hit, The Pillowman, is set in an unknown totalitarian state where Katurian – a butcher by day, a writer of haunting fairy tales by night – faces two interrogators from the local government. As Katurian soon learns, his stories, in which characters meet grisly and macabre fates, have inspired a string of copycat crimes. As the interrogators resort to increasingly absurd and hilariously unconventional methods to crack the case, Katurian’s stories come to life, blurring the line between fact and fiction, truth and storytelling. In The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh celebrates with dark humor the spellbinding power of narrative, while exploring the dark corners of the human imagination and the delicate balance between the freedoms of the individual and the security of the state.

“The season’s most exciting and original new play.”- NY TIMES

Martin McDonagh is often compared to celebrated playwrights like John Millington Synge and David Mamet. McDonagh is famous for writing dark comedies with the background setting of Ireland, where he spent most of his summer breaks. His stories are notorious for using intense symbolism and twisted climaxes. McDonagh was born and brought up in London, England, by his construction worker father and housekeeper mother. He has a younger brother who is a known screenwriter, John McDonagh. He left school when he was 16 to pursue his love for writing by watching movies and reading books. After a decade of doing so, in 1994, he wrote his first 7 plays of which many were eventually staged in London, like: ‘The Cripple of Irishmaan’, ‘The Lieutenant of Irishmore’ ,‘The Pillowman’, ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, etc. For many of these plays he has been accorded with prestigious awards and nominations like Tony Award, the Laurence Olivier Award, etc. He is not only a playwright of excellent creative power but also a well established screenplay writer and director of movies like: ‘Six Shooters’, ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Seven Psychopaths’. He is known in the world of theater as the one who gave a new genre to the theater – the ‘in your face’ theater, for his plays and scripts are often strongly witted and harshly realistic

Directed and designed by Scott Renderer

Cast- Roger Mitchell, Brian LaVallee, Brad Hurlburt, Thomas Broderick, Sylvia Tardif, Lucas Tardif

with animation by Ben Stechschulte

WARNING- this play contains violence and profanity


















The Press Gang

2017-09-01

Suggested donation- $15



BOLD NEW SOUND has emerged in New England’s traditional music scene: The Press Gang fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian “Junior” Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson, flute-player and vocalist Hanz Araki, and guitarist Owen Marshall into a high-octane musical partnership. The quartet blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with their curiosity and aptitude for other styles. The joy that these musicians pour into playing music together is unmistakable and infectious. The result is a unique sound; at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent.

“An Irish music phenomenon in America”

— Irish Music Magazine

“One of those rare bands that are ingenious, driving, thoughtful and yet have great respect for the tradition.”

— John Doyle

“Not unlike new-grass pioneer Nickel Creek’s self-titled debut in that it takes refuge in a tradition, but uses that context to shine.”

— The Portland Press Herald

ABOUT THE BAND

“Outstanding musical expertise, blending of contrasting influences, and finely-balanced, integrated style…pure exhilaration for the ears.”



Christian “Junior” Stevens has become an influential member of the Irish Traditional Music community in America; particularly in New England where his proficiency at such a young age on both concertina and accordion was nothing short of phenomenal. Gracing stages across the country with some of the most talented artists in the world, he is an in-demand performer and teacher with an intensely dedicated following.

Alden Robinson learned the fiddle as a child in coastal Maine, and furthered his education in traditional music at University College, Co. Cork in Ireland. He quickly became recognizable as a new voice in Irish-American fiddle music and became a staple of the traditional music scene in New England. Alden continues to travel throughout the U.S. and Ireland to expand his already impressive repertoire; much to the delight of audiences and students of the craft from coast to coast.

Multi-instrumentalist Owen Marshall is one of the most highly sought-after accompanist in the United States. With his unique sense of harmony and rhythm, he has traveled and performed all over the world with many of the top acts in traditional music. A demanding schedule doesn’t interfere with his pursuit of new and innovative sounds as a bedrock accompanist with a style that never grows stale.

Once called “a quintessential world-music musician,” award-winning singer and flute player Hanz Araki has been a prominent figure in the Irish music community in North America and beyond for more than 2 decades. In that time he has released 11 albums, played countless festival stages, toured nationally and internationally, and collaborated with a number of well respected musicians within and outside of the Celtic music genre.

Becoming Dr. Ruth, a play by Mark St. Germain

2017-07-30

Tickets - $18

Reservations: 518 837-7186

Starring visiting guest artist Anne O'Sullivan.

Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from a career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with the humor, honesty, and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became "Dr. Ruth", America's most famous sex therapist.

Becoming Dr. Ruth- a play by Mark St. Germain- BENEFIT

2017-07-28

Dinner and Drinks- 6:30pm

Reservations: 518 837-7186

Performance- 8:00pm

Dessert and consultations with Dr. Ruth after the show



Tickets- $60

Proceeds to benefit The Upper Jay Art Center





Starring visiting guest artist Anne O'Sullivan.

Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from a career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with the humor, honesty, and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became "Dr. Ruth", America's most famous sex therapist.

Becoming Dr. Ruth, a play by Mark St. Germain

2017-07-25

Tickets - $18

Reservations: 518 837-7186

Starring visiting guest artist Anne O'Sullivan.

Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from a career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with the humor, honesty, and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became "Dr. Ruth", America's most famous sex therapist.

Sabouyouma - Afro Funk

2017-06-24

Suggested donation- $15

Sabouyouma is a Burlington based Afro- Funk band led by Guinean born Balafonist, Ousmane Camara.

Ousmane is a 6th generation Griot: Historically, in West Africa, Griots passed messages from the king throughout the kingdom before pen and paper. Griots continue to play an important role in Africa today as poets, musicians, singers, and historians, preserving their ancient traditions through song. At the age of seven, Ousmane left his family's home to go live with his teacher, Djeli Sana Camara. He would study and play balafon with his teacher for the next fifteen years. Ousmane continued to play throughout Guinea and traveled through nine other African countries.

The Howl Story SLAM

2017-05-04

The Recovery Lounge welcomes back The Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio

Imagine yourself with a beverage of choice sitting around a campfire or on a neighbor’s porch sharing a funny or poignant story with friends. That’s what The Howl is all about — intimate story sharing. Come to tell a story, or just enjoy the show! The Howl StorySLAM is an open microphone storytelling competition open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme, “The First Time I Ever…”

No notes, true stories, told under five minutes. Free and open to all, donations to the Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio partnership are always welcome!

Hiroya Tsukamoto

2017-03-18

Suggested donation- $15
Hiroya Tsukamoto guitarist - composer





photo by Gary Alter




"...chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended!" -Jazz Review.com
"Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey" -Boston Herald
GRAPHY
Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after.
In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston "INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)" which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy nominee Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records ("The Other Side of the World", "Confluencia" and "Where the River Shines"). Hiroya released two solo albums ("Heartland" and "Places") from Japanese record label 333 discs.
Hiroya has been leading concerts internationally as a leader including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City and Japanese National Television. He performs more than one hundred shows a year across the US and internationally.















Ripcord- A play by David Lindsay-Abaire

2017-02-25

Performances- February 22, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30pm. Special Sunday Matinee, Feb. 26 at 2:30pm. Admission- pay what you can.



A sunny room on an upper floor is the prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby, played by Susy Doolittle, is forced to share quarters with the new arrival Marilyn, played by Joy McCabe, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.

"David Lindsay-Abaire's tastily sweet-and-sour RIPCORD is great fun!...Solidly crafted, the play is larded with moments of surprise, both wacky and more substantial. When the play gets serious, it's genuinely moving. Beyond the high jinks, RIPCORD offers a compelling look at the pleasure of a challenge, and the challenge of finding pleasure."

-Time Out(New York)

Cast- Susy Doolittle, Joy McCabe, Dylan Duffy, Emily Eisman, Tim Sorrell, Scott Renderer

Director- Scott Renderer

THE PLAYWRIGHT

David Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, and librettist. His most recent play Good People premiered on Broadway, and was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, The Horton Foote Prize, The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and two Tony nominations. TCG named Mr. Lindsay-Abaire as the most produced playwright in America for the 2012-13 season, and Good People as the most produced play. His previous play, Rabbit Hole, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. He also wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical, which was nominated for eight Tonys, four Oliviers, a Grammy, and earned Mr. Lindsay-Abaire the Ed Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theatre lyricist. Mr. Lindsay-Abaire's other plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, Mr. Lindsay-Abaire's screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman -- Oscar Nomination), Dreamworks' Rise of the Guardians, and MGM's upcoming reboot, among others.

Ripcord- A play by David Lindsay-Abaire

2017-02-22

Performances- February 22, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30pm. Special Sunday Matinee, Feb. 26 at 2:30pm. Admission- pay what you can.



A sunny room on an upper floor is the prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby, played by Susy Doolittle, is forced to share quarters with the new arrival Marilyn, played by Joy McCabe, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.

"David Lindsay-Abaire's tastily sweet-and-sour RIPCORD is great fun!...Solidly crafted, the play is larded with moments of surprise, both wacky and more substantial. When the play gets serious, it's genuinely moving. Beyond the high jinks, RIPCORD offers a compelling look at the pleasure of a challenge, and the challenge of finding pleasure."

-Time Out(New York)

Cast- Susy Doolittle, Joy McCabe, Dylan Duffy, Emily Eisman, Tim Sorrell, Scott Renderer

Director- Scott Renderer

THE PLAYWRIGHT

David Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, and librettist. His most recent play Good People premiered on Broadway, and was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, The Horton Foote Prize, The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and two Tony nominations. TCG named Mr. Lindsay-Abaire as the most produced playwright in America for the 2012-13 season, and Good People as the most produced play. His previous play, Rabbit Hole, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. He also wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical, which was nominated for eight Tonys, four Oliviers, a Grammy, and earned Mr. Lindsay-Abaire the Ed Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theatre lyricist. Mr. Lindsay-Abaire's other plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, Mr. Lindsay-Abaire's screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman -- Oscar Nomination), Dreamworks' Rise of the Guardians, and MGM's upcoming reboot, among others.

Wednesday Night Film- Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers & Spend it All by Les Blank

2017-01-11

Casey Galligan's film choices of the week. Free Admission

Les Blank (1935-2013) was an internationally renowned, independent filmmaker, whose poetic work offers intimate, idiosyncratic glimpses into the lives, culture, and music of the passionate people at the periphery of American society. His film topics have included Cajun, Mexican, Polish, Hawaiian, and Serbian-American music and food traditions, Afro-Cuban drummers, Texas blues men, Appalachian fiddlers, “flower children”, gap-toothed women, and the garlic plant.

Possum Haw

2016-12-09

Friday, December 9- 8:00pm Tickets $15



















A special combination: the drive of bluegrass and the original lyricism of folk, delivered by one of the finest female vocalists in the region. Vocalist Colby Crehan brings this sound to audiences with the Vermont band PossumHaw. Formed in 2004 by husband-wife team Ryan (banjo player) and Colby Crehan and lead guitarist Charley Eiseman, the group has evolved into a well-oiled machine with stunning vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic instrumentation. Mandolinist Stephen Waud joined the group in 2009 and bassist Mitch Barron in 2013.

Jazz and blues influences weave through a repertoire of original music fueled by Crehan's skilled songwriting. Crehan’s song “Road to Mora” was named Vermont Song of the Year, and Crehan named Vermont Vocalist of the Year (Tammie Awards, Times-Argus).

In addition to finely-crafted music provided by the entire band, front man Ryan Crehan makes audiences feel right at home with wonderful stage presence and wry humor. PossumHaw is what the Northeast folk and bluegrass music scene is all about—excellent original acoustic live music delivered with skill, sincerity, and personality.



The band is:

Colby Crehan: lead vocals, guitar, piano
Stephen Waud: mandolin, vocals
Ryan Crehan: banjo, vocals, harmonica
Charley Eiseman: lead guitar, vocals
Mitch Barron: upright bass, vocals

PossumHaw has produced four full-length albums: Waiting and Watching (2014), Fortune’s Name (2010), Madtom (2007) and Split-rail (2005). The band has appeared at Caffe Lena, the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, First Night Burlington, Higher Ground, the Long Trail Festival, and at venues throughout the Northeast.

Here’s what critics are saying about PossumHaw:

On the new album, Waiting and Watching:
-Addison County Independent
"The best female vocalist in country music this state has produced in many years" -Rutland Herald/Barre-Montpelier Times Argus
"Crehan has penned a few instant classics -Robert Resnik, Seven Days
"Easygoing beauty" -Burlington Free Press





Adrian Legg

2016-11-04

Friday, November 4 8:oopm Suggested donation- $15

The Recovery Lounge is pleased to present virtuoso guitar legend Adrian Legg for a return visit.

Throughout his career, he has earned the highest praise from the media. "Legg is, above all, a guitarist of great power, invention and versatility,” observes the St. Petersburg Times. “Through fast-fingered picking, spontaneously layering parts and occasional ringing harmonics, he sounds like an orchestra.” Guitar Player heralds how he “combines a sublime melodic sense with a mighty right-hand groove, creating pretty music with rhythmically aggressive undercurrents,” while Acoustic Guitar notes that “the guitar is the most versatile instrument in the world, and nobody demonstrates this better than Adrian Legg.” But the Atlanta Journal-Constitution likely summed up his impact on listeners best when it exclaimed, "Mr. Legg's compositions, with their narrative melodies and nakedly emotive tones, offer an antidote to the guitar-hero syndrome.”

For Legg, the fulcrum and essence of his creativity is in live performance. “Playing live is the whole point,” he stresses. “Everyone makes a journey, an effort; we all come together — me, the audience, the people who run the venue — to share this wonderful, universal, human emotional interaction. This is where music lives.

Many thanks to our media sponsor North Country Public Radio for helping us spread the word about this special event.



Circle Mirror Transformation, a play by Annie Baker

2016-10-29

October 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 at 8:00pm. Tickets $18

"Annie Baker's play is an absolute feast. The kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word. The play traces the lives of a handful of small-town Vermont residents who gather each week for an acting class taught at the local community center. By the play's end we seem to see to the very bottom of these souls, and feel how the artificial intimacy of the acting class has shaped their lives in substantial ways." - The New York Times

Directed by James Coleman

Cast- Maeve Brammer, Casey Galligan, Theresa Cheetham-Palen, Brian DeGroat, and Brian LaVallee

Poetry Workshop with Roger Mitchell

2016-10-25

The workshop is 8 weeks, every Tuesday at 7:00pm starting September 20 at the Recovery Lounge. Fee- $250

Circle Mirror Transformation, a play by Annie Baker

2016-10-21

October 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 at 8:00pm. Tickets $18

"Annie Baker's play is an absolute feast. The kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word. The play traces the lives of a handful of small-town Vermont residents who gather each week for an acting class taught at the local community center. By the play's end we seem to see to the very bottom of these souls, and feel how the artificial intimacy of the acting class has shaped their lives in substantial ways." - The New York Times

Directed by James Coleman

Cast- Maeve Brammer, Casey Galligan, Theresa Cheetham-Palen, Brian DeGroat, and Brian LaVallee

Walter Salas-Humara

2016-10-14

October 14, 8:00pm Tickets-$10

Walter Salas-Humara

2016 has brought the release of 2 new albums. Work: Part One, an acoustic rendering of Walter's best songs written in the 80s, is the first in a series of acoustic albums defining Walter as a singer/songwriter. It is produced by guitarist extraordinaire Richard Brotherton and includes familiar Silos Mary Rowell on violin and Amy Allison on supporting voice. Explodes and Disappears is an album of new songs, the follow up to Curve and Shake. Walter sings witty songs about modern life, rocks a sweet Spanish melody on guitar, swings a sexy jazz number, and then reaches deep for a soulful expression of values in a troubled world. He tops it all with a funky number chronicling 3 American misfits searching for peace of mind and headed for disaster on the shores of Mexico -- all skillfully blended into a seamless flow.

Walter Salas-Humara has shared the stage with the following greats: Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Matthew Sweet, American Music Club, Chris Whitley, Hootie and The Blowfish, Violent Femmes, The Jayhawks, Yo La Tengo, Certain General, The Reivers, The True Believers, The Wild Seeds, Victoria Williams, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Mark Ribot, Ryan Adams, Jon Dee Graham, Alejandro Escovedo, Let's Active, Young Fresh Fellows, Miracle Legion, Living Color, Souled American, The Minus 5, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Jon Langford, The Waco Brothers, Chuck Prophet, Jerry Joseph, Caitlin Cary, Anders Parker, Tom Freund, Centro-Matic, Spottiswoode and his Enemies, Lynyrd Skynyrd, …to name a few.

HAMLET by William Shakespeare

2016-10-01

The Adirondack Shakespeare Company returns to the Recovery Lounge with one of the greatest plays ever written.

Saturday October 1 starting at 7:00pm.

Tickets- $15 for adults $12 for seniors & students Under 12 free
Our Mission
Adirondack Shakespeare Company is dedicated to producing world-class quality theatre that is unburdened by spectacle and technology, but rather focuses on what matters most: the play.
A Brief History

ADK Shakes was born on a hillside in the Brandywine River Valley of Delaware on a beautiful spring day in May 2008. We performed there with an intrepid company of 11 actors one of Shakespeare’s most obscure early plays, Henry VI Part 1. From that day, co-founders Patrick Siler and Tara Bradway have worked to grow the Shakespeare IN THE RAW project into a flourishing not-for-profit, professional theatre company serving the Adirondack Region of upstate New York and beyond.

Danny Schmidt

2016-08-20

Saturday, August 20- 8:00pm Suggested donation- $15



Named to the Chicago Tribune's 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has amassed a cult following for his stunningly poetic, poignant imagery. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter, Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him as: "Perhaps the best new songwriter we've heard in the last 15 years."
Performing solo almost exclusively, armed with just his voice, his acoustic guitar, and his acute commentary, Schmidt's an authentic timeless troubadour, one man sharing his truth in the form of songs, unadorned and intimate. The understated effect can be startlingly powerful. As songwriter Jeffrey Foucault put it: "Everything about the man is gentle, except for his capacity for insight, which is crushing."







Graham Hawthorne & The High Standards Orchestra

2016-07-30

Saturday, July 30- 8:00pm $15 donation at door





THE HSO

came together almost by accident…

In 2009, Graham Hawthorne, (Drums, Leader, Arranger), finished a year long world tour with Art-pop legend David Byrne. Finding himself home and without any immediate musical projects, he decided to put together a small Big-Band just for fun. His roots were in Big Band and Jazz, and in the early days of his career he had worked with Jazz legends such as Ira Sullivan, Jon Hendricks, Randy Brecker, Hubert Laws. But that was long ago, and his career took a different path as he became one of the most in demand musicians in New York with credits as diverse as Paul Simon, Beyonce, Harry Belafonte, Suzanne Vega.

It had long been his feeling that much of modern Jazz music had lost touch with the real essence of early Jazz, which was above all POPULAR MUSIC – Entertainment; music for feeling good, dancing, toe-tapping, singing along and romancing.

So, he called up a bunch of like-minded friends and The HSO was born.

They began by playing concerts once every few weeks in Hawthorne’s Harlem NYC Townhouse - dancing, partying and booze in a NYC apartment. The attendance quickly grew to more than 100 people, with just as many turned away. That may not sound like a lot but with a 13 piece band in a 700 square foot furnished apartment - you can imagine the heat that was generated!
Because you had to be on the exclusive mailing list to get an invite to the show, people around NYC (including the New York Times) began to refer to it as The Harlem Speakeasy Orchestra, or HSO. A few years later that gave way to The High Standards Orchestra, keeping the HSO acronym.

After a few years of growing attention for the band, Hawthorne realized that it had become more than a fun side project, and two significant changes were made. The first was to find bigger venues in which to play. The second was to update the repertoire to include ALL eras of American popular song, and to treat the material in fresh and often surprising ways - without losing the fun vibe of the band and the shows.

In 2015, The HSO began to do some shows in New Orleans. Finding it a welcoming place for their music, they now appear every Saturday at the renowned Carousel Bar, and once a month at the local's favorite music bar Chickie Wah Wah’s.
They also continue to play at least twice a month in NYC.

Stay tuned for announcements about shows around the country!



Graham Hawthorne is one of the most highly regarded Drummer/Percussionists in New York City. As a top call studio musician, he has played on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and jingles. discography
He has also toured and appeared live and on TV with a long list of major artists, and a great many lesser known but equally talented artists. live+tv

Known for his a funky/soulful groove, fantastic sounds, outstanding creativity, and open/communicative approach, his work is superlative whatever the musical situation.

In 2001 he took over the drum chair with Paul Simon from drumming legend Steve Gadd, performing on the Grammy awards, David Letterman, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a 50 city U.S. tour which culminated in a sold out show at Los Angeles’ Greek theater with Paul McCartney. simon
From late 2003 until the present he has been the drummer of choice for visionary musician/artist David Byrne. byrne

Graham has traveled extensively to other continents to study and research music, mastering many world rhythms and styles. This has led to working with acclaimed world music and crossover artists. world

In the jazz world, Graham has toured or recorded with a number of celebrated artists and musicians. jazz

More than just a great drummer, he is also acclaimed for his work as a visionary leader, producer and as an excellent clinician and teacher.

Graham released his first solo CD, MBALAFUNK, in 2002 – it is a combination of all of his musical influences, underpinned by Senegalese Rhythm and Drumming. Ahead of it’s time, it’s seamless integration of elements is unrivaled in the short history of world-pop music.

Body Awareness- a play by Annie Baker

2016-07-15

Performances July 7,8,9,10,14,15,16,17 at 8:00pm.

Sexuality's endless capacity to make us miserable is the keynote of Annie Baker's gentle satire, which takes just four actors and 90 minutes to spin an astonishingly complex web of emotions and ideas...Body Awareness is a smart, modest work about ordinary, flawed people, grasping for connection, but none of it feels small, thanks to Baker's sharp ear for the deeply painful—and funny—longings squirming under her characters' dialogue. What a beautiful start to a young playwright's theatrical body of work." - Time Out New York

Time Out New York wrote in 2008 that Baker "creates normal individuals coping with everyday issues in their small-town lives," and that her play Body Awareness "marks the arrival of a new playwright who would seem to fit the quirky bill, but aims for sincerity instead. Even though there's goofiness aplenty in her work, [she] sticks to straightforward narrative and simple dialogue. The writing isn't superficially clever, it's smart."[28] The New Yorker said Baker "wants life onstage to be so vivid, natural, and emotionally precise that it bleeds into the audience’s visceral experience of time and space. Drawing on the immediacy of overheard conversation, she has pioneered a style of theatre made to seem as untheatrical as possible, while using the tools of the stage to focus audience attention...."[1] The website The Daily Beast found that, "Baker’s skill is to make us work hard as an audience to make our own sense of her play[s] — the best, most enriching way to view any theatrical performance. Baker’s works are not for those who want easy, A-leads-to-B plots, and spoon-fed meanings... Baker, as all great playwrights do, is holding a mirror up to us all."



Tickets $18 Reservations recommended. Call 946-8315

Cast- Martha Swan, Lia Loomis, Dennis Goodnough, Terry Young

Directed by Scott Renderer

Body Awareness- a play by Annie Baker

2016-07-09

Performances July 7,8,9,10,14,15,16,17 at 8:00pm.

Sexuality's endless capacity to make us miserable is the keynote of Annie Baker's gentle satire, which takes just four actors and 90 minutes to spin an astonishingly complex web of emotions and ideas...Body Awareness is a smart, modest work about ordinary, flawed people, grasping for connection, but none of it feels small, thanks to Baker's sharp ear for the deeply painful—and funny—longings squirming under her characters' dialogue. What a beautiful start to a young playwright's theatrical body of work." - Time Out New York

Time Out New York wrote in 2008 that Baker "creates normal individuals coping with everyday issues in their small-town lives," and that her play Body Awareness "marks the arrival of a new playwright who would seem to fit the quirky bill, but aims for sincerity instead. Even though there's goofiness aplenty in her work, [she] sticks to straightforward narrative and simple dialogue. The writing isn't superficially clever, it's smart."[28] The New Yorker said Baker "wants life onstage to be so vivid, natural, and emotionally precise that it bleeds into the audience’s visceral experience of time and space. Drawing on the immediacy of overheard conversation, she has pioneered a style of theatre made to seem as untheatrical as possible, while using the tools of the stage to focus audience attention...."[1] The website The Daily Beast found that, "Baker’s skill is to make us work hard as an audience to make our own sense of her play[s] — the best, most enriching way to view any theatrical performance. Baker’s works are not for those who want easy, A-leads-to-B plots, and spoon-fed meanings... Baker, as all great playwrights do, is holding a mirror up to us all."



Tickets $18 Reservations recommended. Call 946-8315

Cast- Martha Swan, Lia Loomis, Dennis Goodnough, Terry Young

Directed by Scott Renderer

LOW LILY in concert- special Thursday night show

2016-06-23

Tickets $15 at the door

The string and vocal trio Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass, to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds. When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements you get music that is rooted yet contemporary.





Mariposa & The Saint- From Solitary Confinement, A Play Through Letters

2016-05-19

Thursday, May 19- 7:30pm. Admission- $10

Written by Sara(Maraposa) Fonseca & Julia Steele Allen

Directed by Noelle Ghoussani, and featuring Julia Steele Allen and Ray Huth

In 2012 Mariposa was sentenced to 15 months in solitary confinement. Through letters with longtime friend and collaborator Julia Steele Allen, Mariposa brings her experience to the stage in this nationally touring production.

Q & A to follow.



The Recovery Lounge, along with John Brown Lives, is proud to have the opportunity to bring this one night only experience to Upper Jay.

For more info visit www.juliasteeleallen.com

From The New Yorker, October 2015

On a recent Thursday evening, a small crowd gathered in a sweaty upstairs room in a Lutheran church in Bed Stuy for “Mariposa and the Saint,” a short play composed entirely from the text of letters written by a woman named Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca while she was serving a fifteen-month sentence in solitary confinement. The letters were written to an artist and activist named Julia Steele Allen, who also, by Fonseca’s request, plays Mariposa in the production. Mariposa is Fonseca’s nickname, because she has a butterfly tattoo, and it’s the name used through most of the play, which, following the Brooklyn performance, is now on a national tour.

The two women met in 2005—Fonseca was serving a twelve-year sentence, and Allen had been a prison-reform activist since the nineties. Her time spent volunteering with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners as a freshman at U.C. Santa Cruz led her to drop out of college and dedicate herself to activism full-time.
The writing of the play started out as a way to keep Fonseca’s mind occupied. The two women had kept up a correspondence for several years and, after being placed in solitary, Fonseca asked Allen to send her some kind of art—maybe poems or song lyrics—to distract her from the total absence of distraction that is the point of solitary. Allen suggested that they work on a project together and began sending writing prompts—What’s your first memory? How did you get your name? She compiled Fonseca’s responses into a script, which takes the form of a series of monologues, mostly starting like a letter: “Dear J.”

The process of the writing is folded into the action of the (almost) one-woman show. “I want you to know that this letter you just sent me really got my juices flowing,” Mariposa says. “I felt like we were in the same room bouncing ideas off each other! I like the thought of one actor ’cause it seems like people might be able to connect better, but, I was thinking, also? Maybe once in a while a person dressed as a C.O. could walk by. But they would have to have their face covered in a black hood or something, so you never saw the face. Just like a moving piece of scenery, a representation of this faceless machine.” And the guard is there, although with a white, featureless mask, with only his eyes peering through, always straight ahead. He doesn’t have any lines, but mostly sits in a chair on the side of the stage, so that you almost forget that he’s there until he walks across silently, in heavy boots. Or, sometimes, he stands by Mariposa’s cell (which is made of fabric blocks and starts out tiny and cramped, but expands and changes as she tells her story) and makes a loud thwacking sound by hitting the back of one hand against the other, then conducts a body search and passes a phantom meal into the cell. (The hand-slapping mimics a wordless code that guards use to communicate with inmates, hitting their sticks on the cell doors.) The interruptions go more or less unremarked on by Mariposa.

Mariposa says that she never really went to school, and taught herself to read while incarcerated, by memorizing long stretches of the dictionary. But Fonseca’s writing is raw and accessible, and she portrays herself killing time by trying to shout through the vents at other inmates, or singing and dancing, between stretches of her backstory, which is grindingly difficult and traumatic. Allen is tall and strapping, with blond hair that is shaved on the sides. She plays Mariposa with a chin-out defiance that can occasionally tip into being overly strident—a play about isolation might do well with more too-long pauses. But it is not really the writing, story, or performance that are primarily responsible for the play’s unusual frisson but rather the sense of impossible proximity to a real person in what is, for many, an unreal situation—that the play is not about being in solitary, but a dispatch from the lived experience of being there.

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Prison reform is currently in the eye of the general public perhaps more than it has ever been. Publicized cases such as that of Kalief Browder—a teen ager who committed suicide after being held at Ricker’s for three years without being convicted of a crime (approximately two years of that time was in solitary)—have led to demands for policy changes, while the show “Orange is the New Black” has brought the issue into popular culture. Earlier this year, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay, published “Guantánamo Diary,” a censored but nonetheless revealing account of his time there. “Mariposa and the Saint” exists in the same vein, except that her story, and her avenue for telling it, is not particularly high-profile or sexy, but represents a fairly average and widespread situation—an estimated eighty thousand prisoners are held in solitary in the U.S. at any given time, often for extended periods of time and for minor violations, at the discretion of the guards. (Allen calls solitary confinement a “gateway issue” for wider understanding of prison reform.)
The audience is told at the beginning of “Mariposa and the Saint” about the violation that landed Mariposa in the Solitary Housing Unit, or SHU (pronounced “shoe” as viewers of “Orange Is the New Black” will know): she was found in possession of tweezers, “a class-A weapon.” There’s a much longer wait to discover what crime sent her to prison in the first place. To get there, we go through her family, her childhood, her own children, her financial situation, her psychological deterioration after a long period in solitary—which leaves her shaky, confused, and desperate—and by the time we arrive at the crime, the idea of weighing the degree of her guilt and the concept of “deserving it” seem beside the point. The play presents solitary confinement as a particularly egregious failure on the part of the prison system to approach prisoners—not just the good and the innocent but also the guilty and the bad—as complete human beings, as though some transgressions can reduce people to symbols of guilt, to be punished. It throws the definition of “inhumane” into relief.

Toward the end of the play, just before Mariposa is scheduled to be released from solitary, she is sentenced to another year in the SHU, because of a complicated technicality arising from the constant shuffling around of inmates in California’s overcrowded prisons. This elicited an audible gasp from the audience, which I think had less to do with the particulars of Mariposa’s story as it did with the experience of having sat in contemplation of indefinite isolation.

Fonseca is still incarcerated, currently in a psych unit. (Psychological problems often crop up during, or are exacerbated by, long stints in solitary.) At the end of the show, audience members are offered pre-addressed postcards that they could use to write to her. It’s a bit of a shock to think that communicating with Fonseca could be as easy as that. It’s one thing to be reminded that people somewhere are suffering, but it can be hard to comprehend the fact that those people exist in the same dimension that we do, and might have something to do with us. There was a point early in the play when Mariposa sat on the edge of the stage and said, “A question I have for the normal. You said I could ask them anything, right? If you were suddenly ripped from your life, with no access to the world, nothing, no one to help you—what would you mourn? What would you ache for? You can answer.” Requests for audience participation usually elicit a charged silence, but this one seemed to bring extra static into the room because the actor onstage was an avatar for a live person who was really asking these questions in a small room, far away, and who was someone that you might actually talk to.



FILM: DOMICILE (Money For Artists Series)

DOMICILE - A short film with music by The Space We Make founding member Caitlin Scholl.

Willy Porter

The event streaming link can be found in the description by clicking on this event and scrolling down or on all UJAC social media platforms. Money to Artists "Live" concert series

The January Jams

Donations appreciated



For the few who are not familiar with this event, The January Jams are a community based open mic for all musical levels and ages. Kids are encouraged to play and sing and each participant can expect to hold the stage for ten minutes or so- 2 or 3 tunes. There is a sign in sheet for all who want to perform. One can expect large volumes of people and plenty of warmth. This year, each Sunday audiences will be treated to a musical Host who will assist in the management of the stage. Hope to see you there!

Mile Twelve- Bluegrass & more!

Suggested Donation- $15

Mile Twelve



It is a commitment to the music, above all else, that fuels Mile Twelve’s continued march forward. The band was formed by five young musicians in Boston in the winter of 2014, each one looking for a vehicle that would take them straight to the heart of American roots music. Mile Twelve took their name from the road marker at Boston’s southern border. They’ve now passed its twin on highways across the US, noting the ritual and the reminder of how far they’ve come each time. Their uncompromisingly authentic songwriting, crafted arrangements and gliding groove have thrilled audiences throughout the states as well as Canada, Ireland, The UK, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. In 2017 the International Bluegrass Music Association recognized them with The Momentum Award, which is given to young bands on the rise. Their debut full-length album Onwards, produced by Stephen Mougin, was met with critical acclaim and earned the band time at the top of the bluegrass charts as well as IBMA nominations for 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. Paul Schiminger, President of The IBMA says, “What I and so many others love about Mile Twelve is their musicianship, material, and energy. Their sound is fresh and innovative, yet rooted in a solid foundation of bluegrass. They move easily among traditional bluegrass classics, terrific original material, and interpretations of pop music classics, while knocking you over with their strong instrumentals and harmonies.” They’ll be heading into the studio at the end of 2018 to record their sophomore project with IBMA’s 2018 Sound Engineer of the Year Ben Surratt at the board and guitar virtuoso Bryan Sutton producing. Adam Kirr of Charm City Bluegrass calls them, "Progressive roots music at its absolute best. Expert musicianship, outstanding promoters and even better people.” Tim O’Brien calls them “a group to watch in the coming decade.”






Winter Shorts

Tickets $15 Reservations recommended- 946-6074

Following on the heels of last winter's comedy Ripcord, we have assembled a group of entertaining short plays performed by an ensemble of many familiar faces along with some new one's.

Plays-

Controlling Interest by Wayne S. Rawley

Tirade by Mary Louise Wilson

Deer Play(A Radio Play) by Mary Louise Wilson

Excerpt from John by Annie Baker

Struggle Session by Ethan Coen

Post Its (Notes on a Marriage) by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman

Director- Scott Renderer

Cast- Elizabeth Derr, Sandy Burke, Jim Bernard, Martin Deslauriers, Terry Young, Autumn Renderer, Emily Eisman, Susy Doolittle, Annie Scavo, Rob Farkas, Roger Mitchell, Christian Brammer, Scott Renderer, and Peter Landau.

Hiroya Tsukamoto

Suggested Donation- $15


Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after.
In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston "INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)" which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records ("The Other Side of the World", "Confluencia" and "Where the River Shines"). Hiroya released two solo albums ("Heartland" and "Places") from Japanese record label 333 discs.
Hiroya has been leading concerts internationally including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City with his group and Japanese National Television(NHK). Hiroya performed, recorded and shared stage with Esperanza Spalding, The Kennedys, Joe Jencks(Brother Sun), Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Brooks Williams and Jim Kweskin.

Caitlin Scholl- IN THE BEGINNING//ABYSS, Multimedia Literary Performance & Song Cycle

Admission by donation

Caitlin will reproduce her intimate Lower Lounge live music/video performance from last summer's The Space We Make event in the main space of The Recovery Lounge.



IN THE BEGINNING // ABYSS is a psychological state wherein artist Caitlin Scholl holds hands with Abyss Guy and takes a good hard look at where things started, how they went wrong, and what to do now. In effort to find the way back to an origin point, the game must ultimately end. Refresh the screen. Restart the movie from the beginning.



Caitlin Scholl is a writer and multidisciplinary artist, originally hailing from the Adirondacks and now living in Maine. She is the co-director of The Space We Make, a New York -based performance collective, and her third book, Utomia: The Legend Beyond, recently hit the shelves in October 2018. www.caitlinscholl.com / utomia.world

The Jellyman's Daughter

Suggested donation- $15
Scottish duo The Jellyman's Daughter lands squarely in the middle of a strange crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul. Mixing their unique vocal harmonies with wild and visceral cello, driving guitar and sweet mandolin, Emily and Graham write their songs together with a focus on doing something new.

After making each other’s acquaintance in Edinburgh in 2011, the pair soon found a love for playing music with each other, staying up into the wee hours making home recordings. The duo’s debut album, released in late 2014, established The Jellyman’s Daughter as something fresh and exciting. Reviewers unanimously remarked upon the originality in Emily and Graham’s songwriting and arrangements, while they enjoyed the sweet closeness of their vocal harmonies, as well as Graham’s unconventional cello playing. The Sunday Herald (Scotland) made it one of their Top Albums of The Year, noting that “Graham can make his instrument as percussive as a drum, as grounded as a bass or as sweet as a fiddle... when Kelly and Coe sing together, their harmonies squeeze the heart."

They started 2015 as they meant to go on, winning even more praise following bigger­-exposure live performances, including a nomination for Best Acoustic Act in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards, and spreading their wings much further afield, spending a month touring Germany, The Netherlands and Denmark. After a successful appearance at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City early in the year, Emily and Graham spent 2016 gigging extensively, including a tour of Canada in September, while they returned to Folk Alliance in February 2017 with an official showcase.

The Space We Make

Suggested donation- $20



In August 2018, The Space We Make, a performance collective run by Adirondack natives Simon Thomas-Train and Caitlin Scholl, is returning to the Upper Jay Art Center/Recovery Lounge to produce an exciting artistic residency and performance event for local audiences. From August 20 – 25, a group of 10 professional artists, ranging from dancers to musicians to media and visual artists, will converge upon Upper Jay where they will collaborate with each other and the unique environs to create an evening-length slate of experimental, immersive and innovative performance art to be shared with the community on Saturday, August 25.



This year’s event is tentatively titled The End of the World, and the loose lens artists will be working with to frame their work is “post-apocalyptic cabaret at the end of the world.” In a time where our political system has divided the populace, the polar ice caps continue to collapse into the ocean, and technology drives us towards a virtual reality, TSWM artists have been challenged to “sink into the desolate but also freeing reality of existing in a space that is already past the fall of everything.... where [we] as survivors, hanging in the corners of the last stop on the last train to no where, carve out stories in whatever moments still remain, gathering low-lit and gravelly wild, in a place where there are no laws because all laws have already been broken.” Coming at our own ideas, lives, self-talk, fury, challenges, defeats and victories through this “other” side of history feels like an important step in appreciating all that is still pure, beautiful, and sacred about the present ¾ including, and , the unique landscapes, natural and cultural, that still exist and thrive in the Adirondacks.







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Kimberly Akimbo- A Play by David Lindsay-Abaire

Tickets- $20. Pay at the door. For reservations call 518-946-6074.

Set in suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is a funny and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, and most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

"A zany, disturbing, and strangely affecting comedy. It's a bit of youthful happiness unlike any other." -Associated Press

Cast- Peg Wilson, Martin Deslauriers, Summer Dorr, Casey Galligan, and Peter Craig

Design and Direction- Scott Renderer

Kimberly Akimbo- A Play by David Lindsay-Abaire

Tickets- $20. Pay at the door. For reservations call 518-946-6074.

Set in suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is a funny and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, and most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

"A zany, disturbing, and strangely affecting comedy. It's a bit of youthful happiness unlike any other." -Associated Press

Cast- Peg Wilson, Martin Deslauriers, Summer Dorr, Casey Galligan, and Peter Craig

Design and Direction- Scott Renderer

Kimberly Akimbo- A Play by David Lindsay-Abaire

Tickets- $20. Pay at the door. For reservations call 518-946-6074.

Set in suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is a funny and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, and most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

"A zany, disturbing, and strangely affecting comedy. It's a bit of youthful happiness unlike any other." -Associated Press

Cast- Peg Wilson, Martin Deslauriers, Summer Dorr, Casey Galligan, and Peter Craig

Design and Direction- Scott Renderer

The Howl Story Slam

Suggested donation- $5

How does it work? Storytellers (you, your friends and anyone else with a story to tell) put their names in a hat. Names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage and tell us their best story in five minutes. We choose a few judges from the audience who score every story to select The Howl Story Slam winners of the night. The first place winner will get an automatic invitation to the Grand Slam at the end of the year.

What else? All stories have to be true and come from personal experience. No notes. Do you need to be a professional storyteller? Heck no! Just tell it from the heart!

Theme for stories this evening is "Leap of fatth/Going for it".





Billy Wylder

Suggested donation- $15

This show is presented in collaboration with Beehive Production's Ear-to-the-Ground mini-doc-style film series, featuring the creative community of independent roots music! These 10-15 minute pieces feature a combination of live music performance and interviews with both up-and-coming artists and established veterans as well as in-depth looks at some of the venues and festivals and creators that make up the vibrant fabric of this genre.

Billy Wylder

“A spiritual cousin to Paul Simon’s Graceland” –Seven Days

From the front-lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem to the dunes of the Sahel Desert all the way to Carnegie Hall, music has been the thread and source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway from Bombino/Hey Mama/Avi & Celia joined by an inspired cast of top-notch musicians who have performed in over twenty five countries. Over the last three years, Salloway has toured the globe, performing with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar virtuoso from Niger, Africa and is now bringing new and old songs to life with the Wylder family.

Billy Wylder, like their peers, the David Wax Museum and Rubblebucket, bring sounds from around the globe to meld with their American roots, taking the listener on a journey from bayou to borough, desert to dreamland. Wylder’s on a soul journey, singing songs with the people he meets, songs of love and adventure, filled by the color of his footsteps.













Play Reading- How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, by Sarah Ruhl

Donations appreciated

At a dinner party in New Jersey, two couples discuss polyamory as brought up by the introduction of a new temp, Pip, in Jane's office. When they invite Pip and her two partners to a New Years party, discussion turns to action and the exploration of the unexplored desire turns animalistic, and then Jane's daughter sees it all. How To Transcend A Happy Marriage blurs the lines of monogamy and asks how deeply friends, lovers, and strangers connect.

"This new play is a subversive enchantment. It is part absurd domestic serio-comedy, part erotic magic realism, unflinching about taboos and about questioning that, just maybe, monogamy isn't enough." Newsday

Director- Scott Renderer

Cast- Casey Galligan, Alex Eaton, Asa Thomas-Train, Mike Portal, Courtney Fairchild, Sarah Kingzack, Brianna Sanford, Steven Wyatt

Q & A to follow

Winter Shorts

Tickets $15 Reservations recommended- 946-6074

Following on the heels of last winter's comedy Ripcord, we have assembled a group of entertaining short plays performed by an ensemble of many familiar faces along with some new one's.

Plays-

Controlling Interest by Wayne S. Rawley

Tirade by Mary Louise Wilson

Deer Play(A Radio Play) by Mary Louise Wilson

Excerpt from John by Annie Baker

Struggle Session by Ethan Coen

Post Its (Notes on a Marriage) by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman

Director- Scott Renderer

Cast- Elizabeth Derr, Sandy Burke, Jim Bernard, Martin Deslauriers, Terry Young, Autumn Renderer, Emily Eisman, Susy Doolittle, Annie Scavo, Rob Farkas, Roger Mitchell, Christian Brammer, Scott Renderer, and Peter Landau.

Casey's Winter Film Series- Bonus Pick

Admission by donation

Human Flow- A Documentary Film by Ai WeiWei- 140 minutes



Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter, and justice. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century. Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

Bob Meyer Project- Jazz

Suggested Donation- $15

Master drummer Bob Meyer has a long and distinguished career playing and recording with the likes of Joe Lovano, John Scofield, and John Abercrombie, just to name a few. His most recent band with Luke Franco on saxophone and Steve Freider on electric guitar will bring their sophisticated free flowing, melody driven approach to jazz standards as well as original band compositions to the Lounge for a show that will surely please those who love to sit back and immerse themselves in the intricacies of jazz music.



Casey Galligan's Wednesday film pick of the week- School on the Move

Free Admission.
School on the Move (2008)
French film maker Michel DeBats follows anthropologist Alexandra Livrillier as she fights alongside the Evenk people of south-east Siberia to maintain their heritage. School on the Move travels with her to the taiga where this nomadic people live. Here she has helped set up a mobile school to give Evenk children the chance to receive a modern education without having to sacrifice their ancestral traditions. Lessons, for example, include learning to use a computer and lassoing and riding a reindeer. Instead of being sent away to a boarding school at age 6, young Evenk students can stay with their families, making it possible to conserve and even revive their language and culture.

Pete's Posse

2018-03-10





Suggested Donation- $15



Vermont’s own trad roots power trio, Pete’s Posse, is composed of acclaimed musician Pete Sutherland (fiddle, piano, banjo, melodica and vocals), his talented protégé Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, viola, mandolin, foot percussion and vocals) and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson (guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, foot percussion and vocals). Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding footwork with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jawharp and rocking keyboards adding their voices to the mix. Songs and tunes, old and new, lyrical and driving: that’s the multi-generational heart and mind of PETE’S POSSE, at work and at play.

Pete’s Posse is three generations of musicians who have come together to create their own electrifying sound they call “multi-generational roots music.” In 2013 Pete and Oliver, building on a long-time mentor/mentee partnership, asked Tristan to join them to play a contradance, and a match was struck! Gig by gig their chemistry grew, and the Posse quickly developed a reputation for being an innovative, driving, sought-after, can’t-keep-your-feet-still power trio.

Within a year of their first performance, their self-titled album was out, and days later they were off on a nine week, 48-gig, 11,000 mile U.S. tour. It was on this odyssey that they began to add more vocals to the mix in a major way, expanding not only the dance floor experience, but also their desire for concerts. Their second album, “Down to the Core” was released in July 2015, a pure distillation of their first national tour. With it they attracted the attention of festival promoters and concert series large and small, as well as finding themselves much in demand for contradance weekends in the Northeast and beyond.

The Posse continues to engage audience members of all ages with their distinct and expansive energies, and their intuitive feel for one another’s playing. Being a restlessly creative bunch of self-styled ‘rehearsal addicts’, there are always new songs, dance sets, and concert arrangement in the works! So if you’ve heard them at a house concert or danced with them until 1 AM at a festival, you know there’s always a new favorite to listen for. The steady flow of powerful uplifting energy across the age gap is the engine that drives Pete’s Posse, and it shows no sign of letting up!



Pete Sutherland
A warm voiced singer, songsmith and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, known equally for his potent originals and his intense recreations of age old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes, Pete Sutherland “covers the map” and shines with a “…pure spirit which infuses every bit of his music, and cannot fail to move all who hear him.” -American Festival of Fiddle Tunes. He has been on staff at dance and music camps coast to coast and is a widely known year-round teacher and performer at home. Sutherland is a veteran of many touring and recording groups including Metamora, Rhythm In Shoes, The Woodshed Allstars, Woods Tea Company, Ira Bernstein’s Ten Toe Percussion and is a founding member of the long running ‘contradance jamband’ The Clayfoot Strutters. He is also a producer with over 80 projects under his belt, and a prolific songwriter covered by the likes of Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Nightingale and Altan.


Tristan Henderson
Dynamic is certainly the word to use to describe Tristan! He played a variety of music genres before jumping into traditional music and is quickly becoming a sought after accompanist, session musician and performer in Vermont. His unique ability to play any instrument with strings (and a few without) was set into motion when he picked up the guitar at the age of ten. Tristan is an adventurous and powerful rhythm player who can also hold his own on melody, singing or picking, and he never ceases to inspire with his boundless energy and joyful performances. Be prepared for a sonic immersion, as within his musical flair there are subtle (and not so subtle) nods to rock, jazz, funk, country and more! He was a 2013 winner of the Young Tradition Vermont talent contest with bagpiper Hazen Metro and in addition to Pete’s Posse he can be found performing with Atlantic Crossing, Cape Breton duo ‘Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald’, and anywhere else his diverse bag of tricks is desired.


Oliver Scanlon
A soulful fiddler, mandolinist and spellbinding tunesmith, Oliver Scanlon began his journey of musical discovery with a stint in the Vermont Youth Orchestra, picking up the viola when he was nine. Shortly after he was introduced to his mentor Pete and the immense parallel universe of fiddle music! His keen interest in fiddling led him to seek out further learning and performing opportunities through Mark Sustic’s “Fiddleheads” program, and soon he began attending music camps where he studied various styles with Alan Jabbour, Kimberley Fraser, Andrea Beaton, Eric Favreau and other master fiddlers. In 2008, Oliver and few talented middle school friends formed a group, The Irregulars, a six piece outfit that has played scores of local dances and festivals, and took first prize in the 2011 Young Tradition Vermont talent contest! Then in 2013 he both co-founded the Posse and became the youngest member of Pete’s long running dance band The Clayfoot Strutters. He released his solo album “The Pond Jam” in 2014, which was both his senior project before graduating high school and a testament to his passion and artistry. Recognized not only for his classy and mesmirizing playing, but also for being a meticulous sound tech, Oliver stays quite busy when not on the road with the Posse!





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Casey's Winter Film Picks

2018-01-31

Admission by donation





Local film maker, Aaron Woolf's “DENIAL”. Woolf set out to tackle the complex issues of renewable energy and climate change by following the path of Vermont electric utility CEO David Hallquist, seen through the lens of his filmmaker son Derek Hallquist, to whom Dave has granted intimate access to the inner workings of the energy industry.

Woolf will be present to introduce the film



DENIAL
by Aaron Woolf.

Filmmaker will introduce the film himself.

The January Jams

2018-01-21

Open mic every Sunday- all welcome. Sign up at the door with Scott.

Casey's Winter Film Picks

2018-01-10

Admission by donation

EL SiSTEMA

by Paul Smaczny & Maria Stodtmeier.
Starting off the winter series with a real heart-warmer. Children from streets dominated by gun battles of gang warfare of Caracas, Venezuela's rough barrios are given access to a unique system of music education. Children of all socio-economic backgrounds are taught through the model of the symphony orchestra how to build a better society.

Singer/Songwriter Heather Maloney

2017-11-10

Suggested Donation- $15

HEATHER MALONEY IS A MASSACHUSETTS BASED SINGER-SONGWRITER AND WRITER-SONGSINGER.

HER LATEST RECORD MAKING ME BREAK WAS PRODUCED BY BILL REYNOLDS (BAND OF HORSES, AVETT BROTHERS, LISSIE) AND FEATURES AN ALL-STAR BACKING BAND INCLUDING MEMBERS OF BAND OF HORSES (BILL REYNOLDS, TYLER RAMSEY), THE WALLFLOWERS, MY MORNING JACKET, AND .

UPON THE RELEASE OF MAKING ME BREAK, MALONEY LANDED ON SPIN MAGAZINE’S “ARTIST TO WATCH”, WITH ENTHUSIASTIC REVIEWS FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST, CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND, AND NO DEPRESSION. THE LAST SONG ON THE RECORD, “NIGHTSTAND DRAWER”, BECAME MALONEY’S FIRST MAJOR TELEVISION SONG PLACEMENT ON THE CBS SERIES “ELEMENTARY”.



RAISED ON A RECORD PLAYER INSTEAD OF A TV, MALONEY DUG DEEP INTO PER PARENTS’ RECORD COLLECTIONS FOR ENTERTAINMENT, OBSESSING OVER THE BEATLES JONI MITCHELL, FLEETWOOD MAC, C.S.N.Y., BOB DYLAN, AND MORE. SO IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT THE FOLK, POP, AND ROCK GREATS OF THE 60’S AND 70’S FOUND THEIR WAY INTO HER OWN MUSIC. WITH THOSE INFLUENCES AS A FOUNDATION, AND A STRONG DOSE OF 90’S RADIO HITS (FROM WOMEN LIKE FIONA APPLE, ALANIS MORISETTE, BONNIE RAITT, SHERYL CROW, AND OF COURSE, MARIAH CAREY), MALONEY WAS FORMING HER SOUND LONG BEFORE SHE EVEN WROTE A SINGLE LYRIC.

The Pillowman- a play by Martin McDonagh

2017-11-03










Tickets-$20 at the door

Reservations- call 518-946-6074

The Tony Award winning Broadway hit, The Pillowman, is set in an unknown totalitarian state where Katurian – a butcher by day, a writer of haunting fairy tales by night – faces two interrogators from the local government. As Katurian soon learns, his stories, in which characters meet grisly and macabre fates, have inspired a string of copycat crimes. As the interrogators resort to increasingly absurd and hilariously unconventional methods to crack the case, Katurian’s stories come to life, blurring the line between fact and fiction, truth and storytelling. In The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh celebrates with dark humor the spellbinding power of narrative, while exploring the dark corners of the human imagination and the delicate balance between the freedoms of the individual and the security of the state.

“The season’s most exciting and original new play.”- NY TIMES

Martin McDonagh is often compared to celebrated playwrights like John Millington Synge and David Mamet. McDonagh is famous for writing dark comedies with the background setting of Ireland, where he spent most of his summer breaks. His stories are notorious for using intense symbolism and twisted climaxes. McDonagh was born and brought up in London, England, by his construction worker father and housekeeper mother. He has a younger brother who is a known screenwriter, John McDonagh. He left school when he was 16 to pursue his love for writing by watching movies and reading books. After a decade of doing so, in 1994, he wrote his first 7 plays of which many were eventually staged in London, like: ‘The Cripple of Irishmaan’, ‘The Lieutenant of Irishmore’ ,‘The Pillowman’, ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, etc. For many of these plays he has been accorded with prestigious awards and nominations like Tony Award, the Laurence Olivier Award, etc. He is not only a playwright of excellent creative power but also a well established screenplay writer and director of movies like: ‘Six Shooters’, ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Seven Psychopaths’. He is known in the world of theater as the one who gave a new genre to the theater – the ‘in your face’ theater, for his plays and scripts are often strongly witted and harshly realistic

Directed and designed by Scott Renderer

Cast- Roger Mitchell, Brian LaVallee, Brad Hurlburt, Thomas Broderick, Sylvia Tardif, Lucas Tardif

with animation by Ben Stechschulte

WARNING- this play contains violence and profanity


















The Pillowman- a play by Martin McDonagh

2017-10-28










Tickets-$20 at the door

Reservations- call 518-946-6074

The Tony Award winning Broadway hit, The Pillowman, is set in an unknown totalitarian state where Katurian – a butcher by day, a writer of haunting fairy tales by night – faces two interrogators from the local government. As Katurian soon learns, his stories, in which characters meet grisly and macabre fates, have inspired a string of copycat crimes. As the interrogators resort to increasingly absurd and hilariously unconventional methods to crack the case, Katurian’s stories come to life, blurring the line between fact and fiction, truth and storytelling. In The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh celebrates with dark humor the spellbinding power of narrative, while exploring the dark corners of the human imagination and the delicate balance between the freedoms of the individual and the security of the state.

“The season’s most exciting and original new play.”- NY TIMES

Martin McDonagh is often compared to celebrated playwrights like John Millington Synge and David Mamet. McDonagh is famous for writing dark comedies with the background setting of Ireland, where he spent most of his summer breaks. His stories are notorious for using intense symbolism and twisted climaxes. McDonagh was born and brought up in London, England, by his construction worker father and housekeeper mother. He has a younger brother who is a known screenwriter, John McDonagh. He left school when he was 16 to pursue his love for writing by watching movies and reading books. After a decade of doing so, in 1994, he wrote his first 7 plays of which many were eventually staged in London, like: ‘The Cripple of Irishmaan’, ‘The Lieutenant of Irishmore’ ,‘The Pillowman’, ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, etc. For many of these plays he has been accorded with prestigious awards and nominations like Tony Award, the Laurence Olivier Award, etc. He is not only a playwright of excellent creative power but also a well established screenplay writer and director of movies like: ‘Six Shooters’, ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Seven Psychopaths’. He is known in the world of theater as the one who gave a new genre to the theater – the ‘in your face’ theater, for his plays and scripts are often strongly witted and harshly realistic

Directed and designed by Scott Renderer

Cast- Roger Mitchell, Brian LaVallee, Brad Hurlburt, Thomas Broderick, Sylvia Tardif, Lucas Tardif

with animation by Ben Stechschulte

WARNING- this play contains violence and profanity


















Hamlet- Adirondack Shakespeare Company

2017-10-07



Adults $15 Seniors $12 Students $10 under 12 free
ADK Shakes was born on a hillside in the Brandywine River Valley of Delaware on a beautiful spring day in May 2008. We performed there with an intrepid company of 11 actors one of Shakespeare’s most obscure early plays, Henry VI Part 1. From that day, co-founders Patrick Siler and Tara Bradway have worked to grow the Shakespeare IN THE RAW project into a flourishing not-for-profit, professional theatre company serving the Adirondack Region of upstate New York and beyond.

Jiggawaltz & Roost

2017-08-25


suggested donation- $10



Providing the sonic lubrication to facilitate musical motion in an ocean of open ear-holes. Jiggawaltz is a six piece band hailing from Burlington, VT and upstate NY focused on performance, engaging their audience with tightly woven compositions and elegant sections of improvisation. Fusing together many influences including classic rock, funk, electronic dance music, Latin jazz, soul, disco, and metal to create a unique pallet of sounds sure to entertain audiences from all walks of life. With original songs that uniquely decorate time with melody and harmony and a large repertoire of covers, Jiggawaltz often blends songs together to create a rich collage of sound.



The band, Roost, will open the evening

Becoming Dr. Ruth, a play by Mark St. Germain

2017-07-30

Tickets - $18

Reservations: 518 837-7186

Starring visiting guest artist Anne O'Sullivan.

Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from a career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with the humor, honesty, and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became "Dr. Ruth", America's most famous sex therapist.

Becoming Dr. Ruth, a play by Mark St. Germain

2017-07-27

Tickets - $18

Reservations: 518 837-7186

Starring visiting guest artist Anne O'Sullivan.

Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from a career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with the humor, honesty, and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became "Dr. Ruth", America's most famous sex therapist.

Russ Bailey Trio- Blues & Boogie/ Theresa Hartford- opener

2017-07-15

Suggested donation- $15

Guitarist Russell Bailey's well earned reputation began with the hard edged electric blues band, The Bailey Brothers. Over the years, local audiences have followed his musical progression from blues rocker to finger picking folk singer playing a National Steel guitar, to exploratory jazz/blues improviser with the popular party band Crow Party. A couple years ago Russ formed the current trio with bassist Franz Pope and drummer Scott Renderer in pursuit of a pure and simple approach to the original sound and style of foot stompin' blues and boogie music in the days before rock and roll.



Opening the night with Theresa Hartford
Born in Portland, OR and grown in Cornish, ME Theresa Hartford’s musical style is as diverse as her background. Theresa’s powerful vocal ability ranges from a low sultry gravel, to a jazzy/rap, to the sweet and sentimental. Theresa’s soulful story-telling/song-writing has been largely influenced by her time spent as a wilderness instructor in the Adirondacks, and the people she has been fortunate enough to know in her community up north. Topics range from whimsical awkward crushes, to the woes of abuse, and refusal to settle for less than is deserved. You can check out Theresa’s music atTheresaHartford.Bandcamp.com

The Dust Bunnies- CD Release Party

2017-06-04

Come and celebrate the new music of the legendary folk trio, The Dust Bunnies, from Saranac Lake in a rare Sunday afternoon show.

Featuring- Shamim Allen on guitar/ vocals, Mary Lou Reid on guitar/flute, Elaine Dewar on violin/vocals.

Free admission.

After earning a Bachelor of Music in 1985 and a Master of Music in 1990, Elaine Dewer has enjoyed a career of professional playing and teaching. Symphonic engagements include the Orchestra of Northern New York, the Harrisburg Symphony and the Bronx Opera Orchestra. She has also performed with a variety of artists including Joni Mitchell, Johnny Mathis, Vic Damone, the Electric Light Orchestra, and Luciano Pavarotti.

Mary Lou Reid on the guitar and flute’s passion for music stems from the gatherings at her Italian grandparents’ home. Song was an integral part of the Sunday and holiday get-togethers. Her memories of guitars, mandolins and beautiful voices continued at her own home where she and her father, who taught her to play guitar, sang country and folk tunes around the kitchen table. She has now inherited these very instruments that were played all those Sundays ago, and treasures them dearly.

Shamin Allen, guitar player and native of Saranac Lake, has been playing throughout the Adirondacks for the past ten years. She performed with The Dust Bunnies, Community Celli, and is an original member of Innisheer. She enjoyed “many swingin’ years with Crackin’ Foxy” and was an occasional new grass gig fill-in with Big Slide.

The Howl Story Slam

2017-05-04

Presented by The Adirondack Center for Writing and NCPR- Free Admission

Imagine yourself with a beverage of choice sitting around a campfire or on a neighbor’s porch sharing a funny or poignant story with friends. That’s what The Howl is all about — intimate story sharing. Come to tell a story, or just enjoy the show! The Howl StorySLAM is an open microphone storytelling competition open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme, “The First Time I Ever…”

Play Reading- Four Places, by Joel Drake Johnson

2017-03-08

Free Admission

Directed by Scott Renderer

Cast- Sandy Burke, Leslie Dame, Ben Runyon, Peg Wilson

Wednesday night reading



Sketched together on a deceptively simple frame, this emotionally precise play uses its spare structure to devastating and darkly comic effect. A brother and sister have received word from their parents' caretaker that their elderly parents may be a danger to each other. The brother breaks his routine to join his sister and mother on their weekly lunch date in hopes that together he and his sister can get a clearer picture of the situation. As the mother confronts the indignities of age and the children stare down a mounting list of losses and disappointments, an image of the family emerges that is true to life. Johnson gives readers an unwavering exploration of the ways that the love and knowledge family members have of one another creates both hurt and comfort.

Ripcord- A play by David Lindsay-Abaire

2017-02-24

Performances- February 22, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30pm. Special Sunday Matinee, Feb. 26 at 2:30pm. Admission- pay what you can.



A sunny room on an upper floor is the prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby, played by Susy Doolittle, is forced to share quarters with the new arrival Marilyn, played by Joy McCabe, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.

"David Lindsay-Abaire's tastily sweet-and-sour RIPCORD is great fun!...Solidly crafted, the play is larded with moments of surprise, both wacky and more substantial. When the play gets serious, it's genuinely moving. Beyond the high jinks, RIPCORD offers a compelling look at the pleasure of a challenge, and the challenge of finding pleasure."

-Time Out(New York)

Cast- Susy Doolittle, Joy McCabe, Dylan Duffy, Emily Eisman, Tim Sorrell, Scott Renderer

Director- Scott Renderer

THE PLAYWRIGHT

David Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, and librettist. His most recent play Good People premiered on Broadway, and was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, The Horton Foote Prize, The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and two Tony nominations. TCG named Mr. Lindsay-Abaire as the most produced playwright in America for the 2012-13 season, and Good People as the most produced play. His previous play, Rabbit Hole, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. He also wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical, which was nominated for eight Tonys, four Oliviers, a Grammy, and earned Mr. Lindsay-Abaire the Ed Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theatre lyricist. Mr. Lindsay-Abaire's other plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, Mr. Lindsay-Abaire's screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman -- Oscar Nomination), Dreamworks' Rise of the Guardians, and MGM's upcoming reboot, among others.

Andy Milne & Dapp Theory

2017-02-11



Saturday, February 11th, 8:00pm - Tickets $15

Dapp Theory is a quintet that intersects the cross roads between lyrical jazz piano, funkified polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poeticism. Leader, pianist/composer Andy Milne has been a dynamic voice on the New York scene, leading diverse projects for more than 20 years. He formed the band in 1998 as a vehicle to “tell passionate stories, promote peace and inspire collective responsibility towards uplifting the human spiritual condition.” Dapp Theory seamlessly navigates the lines between jazz, heavy metal, hip-hop, Appalachian folk and classical music. They have built a loyal following, performing concerts, clubs and festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Argentina, including appearances at The Montreux Jazz Festival, The Vancouver Jazz Festival and The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. With Dapp Theory, Milne combines the talents of percussive poet John Moon, saxophonist Aaron Kruziki, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Kenny Grohowski, helping to re-draw and extend the boundaries of jazz.

Milne’s latest project The Seasons of Being, a 10-piece ensemble featuring Dapp Theory and five distinguished guest improvisers, premiered in 2015 at Millersville University and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Commissioned by Chamber Music America, the music explores the body, spirit and mind on music, channeling the diagnostic principles of homeopathic healing to captivate the emotional characterization of each improvising musician. The recording of this special project will be released on Sunnyside Records in 2017. It follows the dynamic 2014 release Forward in all Directions, produced by multi-Grammy winner Jimmy Haslip. Jazziz Magazine describes it as “an album that brims with both emphatic and implied elements. Forward, yes, but never simply forward in a neat, linear fashion.” The band’s discography also includes the 2008 release, Layers of Chance and the critically acclaimed 2003 Concord Records release, Y’all Just Don’t Know, which included an ambitious collaboration with folk-rock icon Bruce Cockburn.
Musician Bios


Pianist/keyboardist Andy Milne recorded and toured throughout the world with Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Alessi, Carlos Ward and Carla Cook, and has collaborated with a range of artists including Andrew Cyrille, Sekou Sundiata, Avery Brooks, Bruce Cockburn, Fred Hersch, Ben Monder, Dianne Reeves, Jen Shyu, Tyshawn Sorey and Jamie Baum. During the 1990s, Milne was at the center of the M-BASE Collective as a core member of saxophonist Steve Coleman’s bands, as well as performing with Cassandra Wilson and Greg Osby. Milne composed and produced the scores for seven documentary films by acclaimed director William Shatner and has released nine recordings as a leader or co-leader.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including the prestigious Civitella Fellowship. A fearless versatile explorer, Milne collaborates with dancers, visual artists, poets and musicians spanning jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music. In addition to his multiple projects, Milne is a sought after educator, balancing teaching positions at The New School, New York University, Columbia University and is the Assistant-Director at The School for Improvisational Music. Milne draws inspiration from politics, philosophy, homeopathy, comedy, and science fiction, with musical influences that bridge Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, Herbie Nichols, Bela Bartok, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder.

Multi-reedman Aaron Kruziki is an improvising chamber musician, crossing between the musical worlds of Olivier Messiaen and Ornette Coleman, equal parts written and improvised. Kruziki switches effortlessly between bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, clarinet, alto saxophone and duduk. Kruziki has been based in Astoria, NY since 2009 after receiving a master’s degree from New England Conservatory. He splits his time working for Steinway & Sons and leading the experimental electro-acoustic trio Self-Imposed Exile as well as the Bowie-inspired rock group Education Reform. Kruziki has toured throughout North Africa with violinist Armenuhi Kehkeyan, as well as throughout Europe and Brazil. He moves fluidly between woodwinds, keyboards and vocals, performing in genres ranging from avante-pop, rock Armenian Folk and jazz.

Vocalist/percussive poet/MC John Moon uses sound and visuals to change the way people interpret what they hear. Moon comes from the hip-hop tradition of emceeing, but is equally inspired by Amiri Baraka, Eric Dolphy, Jean Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dali and Ornette Coleman. He spits rhymes of collage; half painter, half poet. A graduate of DC’s Duke Ellington High School for the Arts, Moon has shared his experiments with sound in performance with the Free Style Union, Amphibians Collective and the Avant-God Vi_lence. He regards the “current state of despair in the world” as his ultimate inspiration for creating beauty in the world.

Chris Tordini is an in-demand bassist on New York’s jazz and experimental music scenes. He has toured and recorded with Dapp Theory for a decade, and has also played in bands led by renowned artists such as Greg Osby and Jeremy Pelt. Tordini plays often with drummer Ari Hoenig, Becca Stevens Band, and in projects led by Tyshawn Sorey and Michael Dessen. Since graduating from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Tordini has performed and recorded with prominent bandleaders such as Steve Lehman, Theo Bleckmann, Billy Hart, Okkyung Lee, Tigran Hamasyan, Erik Friedlander, Jo-Yu Chen, Mike Pinto, Logan Richardson, Andrew D'Angelo, Jim Black, Chris Speed, and John Hollenbeck.

Drummer Kenny Grohowski grew up in a musical household and has been performing professionally since the age of 14. Based in Brooklyn, he was raised in Miami and studied at the New World School of The Arts before transitioning to The New School For Jazz & Contemporary Music where he graduated with a BFA in Jazz Performance. His rich musical background is demonstrated through his growing list of collaborators, including John Zorn, Lonnie Plaxico, Rez Abbasi, Imperial Triumphant, Felix Pastorius, Secret Chiefs 3, John Medeski, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Jorge Sylvester, and many others, ranging from Metal to Classical, Jazz to Afro Caribbean, and beyond. He performed during the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards with the award-winning group RBD and currently tours and records with Shanir Blumenkranz ABRAXAS, featuring the music of John Zorn Grohowski is currently completing a solo CD, blending influences ranging from Weather Report, Allan Holdsworth, Meshuggah, Miles Davis, Gonzalo Rubalcaba NS Brand X.

Wednesday night film- AiWeiWei: Never Sorry by Alison Klayman

2017-01-04

Casey Galligan's film pick of the week- Free Admission

Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media.

This is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

Possum Haw

2016-12-09

Friday, Dec. 9 at 8:00pm Suggested donation- $15

A special combination: the drive of bluegrass and the original lyricism of folk, delivered by one of the finest female vocalists in the region. Vocalist Colby Crehan brings this sound to audiences with the Vermont band PossumHaw. Formed in 2004 by husband-wife team Ryan (banjo player) and Colby Crehan and lead guitarist Charley Eiseman, the group has evolved into a well-oiled machine with stunning vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic instrumentation. Mandolinist Stephen Waud joined the group in 2009 and bassist Mitch Barron in 2013.

Jazz and blues influences weave through a repertoire of original music fueled by Crehan's skilled songwriting. Crehan’s song “Road to Mora” was named Vermont Song of the Year, and Crehan named Vermont Vocalist of the Year (Tammie Awards, Times-Argus).

In addition to finely-crafted music provided by the entire band, front man Ryan Crehan makes audiences feel right at home with wonderful stage presence and wry humor. PossumHaw is what the Northeast folk and bluegrass music scene is all about—excellent original acoustic live music delivered with skill, sincerity, and personality.

Poetry Workshop with Roger Mitchell

2016-11-01

The workshop is 8 weeks, every Tuesday at 7:00pm starting September 20 at the Recovery Lounge. Fee- $250
Have you always wanted to write poetry? Have you been writing it for years and feel stuck? Are you like most writers looking for informed feedback? All skill levels welcome!
Sign up for UJAC’s 8-week poetry workshop this fall led by Roger Mitchell. We will meet once a week for two hours (7 - 9pm) beginning September 20 and ending November 8. Eachworkshop will make use of some combination of in-class writing exercises, reading selectedpoems by published poets, optional prompts for writing poems at home, plus discussions of work brought to the workshop. The object will be for everyone to awaken the dozing poet in your brain and bring yourself to a better and sharper place in your poetry writing skills.
Roger, as you might know, lives downstream in Jay. He has published eleven books of poetry, won numerous awards and fellowships, and taught poetry and poetry workshops to a great variety of people, including people in prison, in colleges, in graduate schools, in local community writing groups, for local arts agencies in Chicago, Oak Park, Colorado Springs, and just this past summer for an arts organization in Saskatchewan. He thinks that if you want to write poetry, you can. With effort, of course.

Circle Mirror Transformation, a play by Annie Baker

2016-10-28

October 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 at 8:00pm. Tickets $18

"Annie Baker's play is an absolute feast. The kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word. The play traces the lives of a handful of small-town Vermont residents who gather each week for an acting class taught at the local community center. By the play's end we seem to see to the very bottom of these souls, and feel how the artificial intimacy of the acting class has shaped their lives in substantial ways." - The New York Times

Directed by James Coleman

Cast- Maeve Brammer, Casey Galligan, Theresa Cheetham-Palen, Brian DeGroat, and Brian LaVallee

Circle Mirror Transformation, a play by Annie Baker

2016-10-23

October 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 at 8:00pm. Tickets $18

"Annie Baker's play is an absolute feast. The kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word. The play traces the lives of a handful of small-town Vermont residents who gather each week for an acting class taught at the local community center. By the play's end we seem to see to the very bottom of these souls, and feel how the artificial intimacy of the acting class has shaped their lives in substantial ways." - The New York Times

Directed by James Coleman

Cast- Maeve Brammer, Casey Galligan, Theresa Cheetham-Palen, Brian DeGroat, and Brian LaVallee

Circle Mirror Transformation, a play by Annie Baker

2016-10-20

October 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 at 8:00pm. Tickets $18

"Annie Baker's play is an absolute feast. The kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word. The play traces the lives of a handful of small-town Vermont residents who gather each week for an acting class taught at the local community center. By the play's end we seem to see to the very bottom of these souls, and feel how the artificial intimacy of the acting class has shaped their lives in substantial ways." - The New York Times

Directed by James Coleman

Cast- Maeve Brammer, Casey Galligan, Theresa Cheetham-Palen, Brian DeGroat, and Brian LaVallee

Poetry Workshop with Roger Mitchell

2016-10-11

The workshop is 8 weeks, every Tuesday at 7:00pm starting September 20 at the Recovery Lounge. Fee- $250

Poetry Workshop with Roger Mitchell

2016-09-27

The workshop is 8 weeks, every Tuesday at 7:00pm starting September 20 at the Recovery Lounge. Fee- $250

The Howl Story SLAM

2016-08-18

Thursday, August 18- 5-7pm. Free



The Howl Story SLAM is an open mic storytelling competition open to anyone who has a five minute story to share. Come tell a story or just come and listen!

Presented by the Recovery Lounge with The Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio.

Body Awareness- a play by Annie Baker

2016-07-17

Performances July 7,8,9,10,14,15,16,17 at 8:00pm.

Sexuality's endless capacity to make us miserable is the keynote of Annie Baker's gentle satire, which takes just four actors and 90 minutes to spin an astonishingly complex web of emotions and ideas...Body Awareness is a smart, modest work about ordinary, flawed people, grasping for connection, but none of it feels small, thanks to Baker's sharp ear for the deeply painful—and funny—longings squirming under her characters' dialogue. What a beautiful start to a young playwright's theatrical body of work." - Time Out New York

Time Out New York wrote in 2008 that Baker "creates normal individuals coping with everyday issues in their small-town lives," and that her play Body Awareness "marks the arrival of a new playwright who would seem to fit the quirky bill, but aims for sincerity instead. Even though there's goofiness aplenty in her work, [she] sticks to straightforward narrative and simple dialogue. The writing isn't superficially clever, it's smart."[28] The New Yorker said Baker "wants life onstage to be so vivid, natural, and emotionally precise that it bleeds into the audience’s visceral experience of time and space. Drawing on the immediacy of overheard conversation, she has pioneered a style of theatre made to seem as untheatrical as possible, while using the tools of the stage to focus audience attention...."[1] The website The Daily Beast found that, "Baker’s skill is to make us work hard as an audience to make our own sense of her play[s] — the best, most enriching way to view any theatrical performance. Baker’s works are not for those who want easy, A-leads-to-B plots, and spoon-fed meanings... Baker, as all great playwrights do, is holding a mirror up to us all."



Tickets $18 Reservations recommended. Call 946-8315

Cast- Martha Swan, Lia Loomis, Dennis Goodnough, Terry Young

Directed by Scott Renderer

Body Awareness- a play by Annie Baker

2016-07-14

Performances July 7,8,9,10,14,15,16,17 at 8:00pm.

Sexuality's endless capacity to make us miserable is the keynote of Annie Baker's gentle satire, which takes just four actors and 90 minutes to spin an astonishingly complex web of emotions and ideas...Body Awareness is a smart, modest work about ordinary, flawed people, grasping for connection, but none of it feels small, thanks to Baker's sharp ear for the deeply painful—and funny—longings squirming under her characters' dialogue. What a beautiful start to a young playwright's theatrical body of work." - Time Out New York

Time Out New York wrote in 2008 that Baker "creates normal individuals coping with everyday issues in their small-town lives," and that her play Body Awareness "marks the arrival of a new playwright who would seem to fit the quirky bill, but aims for sincerity instead. Even though there's goofiness aplenty in her work, [she] sticks to straightforward narrative and simple dialogue. The writing isn't superficially clever, it's smart."[28] The New Yorker said Baker "wants life onstage to be so vivid, natural, and emotionally precise that it bleeds into the audience’s visceral experience of time and space. Drawing on the immediacy of overheard conversation, she has pioneered a style of theatre made to seem as untheatrical as possible, while using the tools of the stage to focus audience attention...."[1] The website The Daily Beast found that, "Baker’s skill is to make us work hard as an audience to make our own sense of her play[s] — the best, most enriching way to view any theatrical performance. Baker’s works are not for those who want easy, A-leads-to-B plots, and spoon-fed meanings... Baker, as all great playwrights do, is holding a mirror up to us all."



Tickets $18 Reservations recommended. Call 946-8315

Cast- Martha Swan, Lia Loomis, Dennis Goodnough, Terry Young

Directed by Scott Renderer

Body Awareness- a play by Annie Baker

2016-07-08

Performances July 7,8,9,10,14,15,16,17 at 8:00pm.

Sexuality's endless capacity to make us miserable is the keynote of Annie Baker's gentle satire, which takes just four actors and 90 minutes to spin an astonishingly complex web of emotions and ideas...Body Awareness is a smart, modest work about ordinary, flawed people, grasping for connection, but none of it feels small, thanks to Baker's sharp ear for the deeply painful—and funny—longings squirming under her characters' dialogue. What a beautiful start to a young playwright's theatrical body of work." - Time Out New York

Time Out New York wrote in 2008 that Baker "creates normal individuals coping with everyday issues in their small-town lives," and that her play Body Awareness "marks the arrival of a new playwright who would seem to fit the quirky bill, but aims for sincerity instead. Even though there's goofiness aplenty in her work, [she] sticks to straightforward narrative and simple dialogue. The writing isn't superficially clever, it's smart."[28] The New Yorker said Baker "wants life onstage to be so vivid, natural, and emotionally precise that it bleeds into the audience’s visceral experience of time and space. Drawing on the immediacy of overheard conversation, she has pioneered a style of theatre made to seem as untheatrical as possible, while using the tools of the stage to focus audience attention...."[1] The website The Daily Beast found that, "Baker’s skill is to make us work hard as an audience to make our own sense of her play[s] — the best, most enriching way to view any theatrical performance. Baker’s works are not for those who want easy, A-leads-to-B plots, and spoon-fed meanings... Baker, as all great playwrights do, is holding a mirror up to us all."



Tickets $18 Reservations recommended. Call 946-8315

Cast- Martha Swan, Lia Loomis, Dennis Goodnough, Terry Young

Directed by Scott Renderer

Sorcha Cribben- Merrill & Painted Sol

2016-06-17

The Recovery Lounge along with Beehive Productions Presents - an evening of MUSIC & FILM:

Sorcha Cribben-Merrill with special guests Painted Sol
& 'Ear to the Ground' film screening

Friday, June 17 @ 8pm
At The Recovery Lounge, Upper Jay Art Center, Upper Jay, NY
$10 suggested donation
http://upperjayartcenter.org/

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BEEHIVE PRODUCTIONS' 'EAR TO THE GROUND' film series highlights today’s roots music culture and community. These featurettes are a mosaic of live performances and candid dialogue captured as we cross paths with creative artists and eclectic lovers of music everywhere.
http://www.beehivepro.com/

SORCHA CRIBBEN-MERRILL, of Portland, Maine, composes stirring folk-blues-soul music that she sings in a sultry, jazzy voice of unexpected power. From haunting ballads to funk grooves, her songs unveil “a suite of musical styles that shows a wide-ranging songwriting ability. . . witty verses with smart rhymes.”
- Portland Phoenix
www.sorchastudio.com

Saranac Lake, NY favorites PAINTED SOL play a unique blend of funky soul, slow blues and rock 'n' roll through original tunes and creatively arranged songs that inspire them.
Michael Portal - Guitar
Kyle T. Murray - Drums
Colin Dehond - Bass/Trombone
Hannah Doan - Vocals/Bass
Redia Spada - Vocals/Trumpet



Indie Folk/Rock duo DANNY and CAROLINE

2016-05-13

For this show they will be playing with a full band.

Tickets $10 at the door

Danny and Caroline's songs feature catchy melodies, and insightful lyrics infused with hints of jazz, bluegrass, folk, and soul. With Danny on Guitar and Caroline on keyboard they combine their two distinct voices in beautiful harmony, producing a sound is recognizable but at the same time refreshingly unique and diverse.

DEAD TO THE CORE

Featuring Jefferson Hamer, Ryan Fitzsimmons, and Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers with Wendy Ramsay. Suggested $15.

Tongue Honey

Brooklyn-based theatre company returns to the Recovery Lounge to devise and perform a night of variety acts based in alternative physical comedy. Live music, dance, and more! It's all about the Body.

The January Jams

Donations appreciated



For the few who are not familiar with this event, The January Jams are a community based open mic for all musical levels and ages. Kids are encouraged to play and sing and each participant can expect to hold the stage for ten minutes or so- 2 or 3 tunes. There is a sign in sheet for all who want to perform. One can expect large volumes of people and plenty of warmth. This year, each Sunday audiences will be treated to a musical Host who will assist in the management of the stage. Hope to see you there!

The January Jams

Donations appreciated



For the few who are not familiar with this event, The January Jams are a community based open mic for all musical levels and ages. Kids are encouraged to play and sing and each participant can expect to hold the stage for ten minutes or so- 2 or 3 tunes. There is a sign in sheet for all who want to perform. One can expect large volumes of people and plenty of warmth. This year, each Sunday audiences will be treated to a musical Host who will assist in the management of the stage. Hope to see you there!

Dance Party with DJ David Sommerstein

admission by donation

Come celebrate the holiday season with DJ David Sommerstein from NCPR's Friday afternoon show The Beat Authority. He will be playing dance music from all around the world. The Ausable Brewing Company will be there with a selection of craft beer along with Irma's delicious tamales.

Play Reading- The Children, by Lucy Kirkwood

donations accepted

Cast- Howard Runyon, Lia Loomis, Heather Clague

Directed by Scott Renderer

THE CHILDREN, by Lucy Kirkwood

Hazel and Robin, two retired nuclear scientists living in a coastal cottage in the wake of a disaster at a local power station, seek to preserve a semblance of normality. Even though electricity is rationed and a Geiger counter is on hand to check for signs of radiation, Robin now farms, the super-organised Hazel practices yoga and the pair keep in touch with their eldest daughter.

But when Rose, a fellow nuclear physicist whom they haven’t seen for 38 years, suddenly turns up, their precariously ordered existence is disrupted. Has Rose come to reignite her old affair with Robin or does she have some darker purpose? We are well into Kirkwood’s two-hour play before we have an answer.

"A far- reaching, unsettling play about legacy, survival, and responsibility... Deceptively lightly written and often tartly funny... Kirkwood tackles huge themes and poses tough, even shocking questions, but weaves them into a droll script that both chastises and sympathizes with her characters..." -Financial Times

"Grips compulsively... Genuinely disturbing... Leaves you an abundance of ideas on which to ruminate."

-The Guardian

Famous Letter Writer &The Mountain Carol- double bill

admission by donation



FAMOUS LETTER WRITER

"With Elvis Costello and Talking Heads in its densely nuanced lineage" (Brooklyn's Two Coats of Paint), Famous Letter Writer gets praise-hand-emojis for its "cultured brand of indie meta-pop.... a fusion of hyper-literate lyrics and gorgeously crafted arrangements" (Burlington's Seven Days
















Fresh off of making a record with NYC underground legend Keith Zarriello (The Shivers), the band has perfected a high energy live show--synth-driven, part spoken word, all CBGB spectacle--to capture the poetry of pop.

THE MOUNTAIN CAROL

Hailed as "one of the most unclassifiable and ingenious groups in the region" (Seven Days), The Mountain Carol is a trio that delivers atmospheric, jazzy electro-pop... Dave Brubeck meets the compositional ambition of Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys.





























































































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Poets Lisa Bellamy & Aimee Baker

Admission by donation



​Lisa Bellamy is a poet, prose writer and Writers Studio teacher. Her first full-length poetry collection, The Northway, was published in 2018 by Terrapin Books. She is author of the chapbook , which won The Aurorean 2011 chapbook contest. Her poems and prose have appeared in Triquarterly, The Sun, Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review, New Ohio Review, Hotel Amerika, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Chautauqua, The Southampton Review, Calyx, Cimarron Review, Fugue, Tiferet, PANK, Harpur Palate and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, among other publications. She has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, the Fugue Poetry Prize and honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She is a graduate of Princeton University. Lisa is currently working on a new collection and a children’s book. She grew up in Wisconsin and lives in Brooklyn and the Adirondacks. She is married to the photographer ​Peter Bellamy







Aimée Baker’s first collection of poetry, Doe, was selected by Allison Joseph as the 2016 Akron Prize winner at University of Akron Press and published in 2018. Her fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have appeared in journals such as The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, The Massachusetts Review, and Guernica. In 2014, she received the Zoland Poetry Fellowship and the Vermont Studio Center.



As a first generation college student, Aimée received her BA in Creative Writing and History from St. Lawrence University and her MFA from Arizona State University where she was Prose Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review. Currently, she is a lecturer for SUNY Plattsburgh’s Professional Writing Certificate Program and she also serves as fiction editor for Saranac Review.






















Summer Dance Celebration- Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra

Tickets- $20- pay at the door

6:30- Latin dance instruction
ALEX TORRES & HIS LATIN ORCHESTRA



Formed October 1980 in Amsterdam, NY, this 12 piece orchestra is led by the Bronx-born bassist Alex Torres. They have been presented by hundreds of festivals, performing arts centers and events annually to perform their original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz.

The Orchestra has been the recipient of numerous awards including the New England Cultural Arts Preservation Award, the New York State Music Achievement Award, the Schenectady League of Arts Award, The Governor´s Excellence in Arts Award, The NAACP Albany Chapter Award and 3 awards from NY Capital District Original Music Awards in 2016.

Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra have performed for President Bill and Hillary Clinton at the New York State Democratic Convention and also for New York Governor's George Pataki and Eliot Spitzer's Inauguration. They have shared the stage and billings with such major acts as Tito Puente, Tito Puente Jr., Eddie Palmieri, Andy Montañez, Los Hermanos Moreno, Arturo Sandoval, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Ray Barretto, Jane Burnette & The Spirits Of Havana, Larry Harlow, Jose Alberto "El Canario," Brenda K. Starr, Tito Nieves, Jerry Gónzalez & The Fort Apache Band, King Changó, Arrested Development, Branford Marsalis, The Count Basie and Woody Herman Orchestras.

The group is also registered with the Arts-In-Education Program of New York State. This program brings the orchestra into schools to showcase cultural diversity and explain the music, instruments and rhythms associated with their music.



Kimberly Akimbo- A Play by David Lindsay-Abaire

Tickets- $20. Pay at the door. For reservations call 518-946-6074.

Set in suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is a funny and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, and most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

"A zany, disturbing, and strangely affecting comedy. It's a bit of youthful happiness unlike any other." -Associated Press

Cast- Peg Wilson, Martin Deslauriers, Summer Dorr, Casey Galligan, and Peter Craig

Design and Direction- Scott Renderer

Kimberly Akimbo- A Play by David Lindsay-Abaire

Tickets- $20. Pay at the door. For reservations call 518-946-6074.

Set in suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is a funny and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, and most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

"A zany, disturbing, and strangely affecting comedy. It's a bit of youthful happiness unlike any other." -Associated Press

Cast- Peg Wilson, Martin Deslauriers, Summer Dorr, Casey Galligan, and Peter Craig

Design and Direction- Scott Renderer

Kimberly Akimbo- A Play by David Lindsay-Abaire

Tickets- $20. Pay at the door. For reservations call 518-946-6074.

Set in suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is a funny and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, and most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

"A zany, disturbing, and strangely affecting comedy. It's a bit of youthful happiness unlike any other." -Associated Press

Cast- Peg Wilson, Martin Deslauriers, Summer Dorr, Casey Galligan, and Peter Craig

Design and Direction- Scott Renderer

Radio Jarocho

Suggested donation- $15

This show is being presented in collaboration with Beehive Production's mini-doc-style film series, featuring the creative community of independent roots music! These 10-15 minute pieces feature a combination of live music performance and interviews with both up-and-coming artists and established veterans as well as in-depth looks at some of the venues and festivals and creators that make up the vibrant fabric of this genre.
About the band
Radio Jarocho plays son jarocho music fashioned after the towns, musicians, and swampy countryside that created it in Veracruz, Mexico. They also write their own songs inspired by this popular genre and tailor them with assorted influences, creating a contemporary repertoire that captures the spirit of the traditional style. The band championed son jarocho by performing over the past decade in dozens of concerts and fandangos in several cities, including New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Boston.



Ana Egge

suggested donation- $15

This show is a being presented in collaboration with Beehive Production's mini-doc-style film series, featuring the creative community of independent roots music! These 10-15 minute pieces feature a combination of live music performance and interviews with both up-and-coming artists and established veterans as well as in-depth looks at some of the venues and festivals and creators that make up the vibrant fabric of this genre.

Ana Egge




For the first time in a career with many highlights (including recordings with Steve Earle and Ron Sexsmith), Egge gave herself over to a co-writing/collaborative process, working with Danish indie band The Sentimentals to write and record the songs on “Say That Now” in Copenhagen. Egge’s signature blend of American prairie folk mixed with clarion-call country shines through. On “Promises to Break,” their combined voices rise in glorious church-steeple harmony. It’s a song Egge and Hansen wrote together that speaks to the universality of forbidden love: “On my shoulder’s my hometown I’m trying to escape / On my hand is the number for calling your name / It’s a matter of leaving before my lies come true / Before my hometown finds out about you.” Hansen’s subsequent song “He’s a Killer Now” is a heart-rending meditation on the kind of terrorism currently gripping Europe, looking at the tragic deaths in a 2015 Danish shooting from a mother’s perspective. “Away We Go Again” is Egge’s attempt to grapple with the shock of Michael Brown’s tragic death and the Ferguson protests. With good friends and loving family around them, Ana Egge & The Sentimentals found the space to create an album that looks both inward to the human journey and outward to the communities we build to survive this trip.





























































Mari Black- Champion Fiddler

suggested donation- $15




Photo By Jason Jong



Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. Equally at home in a wide variety of musical traditions, Mari is the 2015/2013 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, 2014 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion, 2014/2012 Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion, 2011 Canadian Novelty Fiddle Champion, 1st Prize Winner at the 2010 American Protégé International String Competition, and 2-time laureate at the American String Teachers’ Association Alternative Styles Awards. On stage, she creates shows that draw on elements from many different styles including jazz, tango, folk, Western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. Her performances take listeners on a musical journey exploring the diversity and celebrating commonalities in the dance-driven folk musics of the world.

Winter Shorts

Tickets $15 Reservations recommended- 946-6074

Following on the heels of last winter's comedy Ripcord, we have assembled a group of entertaining short plays performed by an ensemble of many familiar faces along with some new one's.

Plays-

Controlling Interest by Wayne S. Rawley

Tirade by Mary Louise Wilson

Deer Play(A Radio Play) by Mary Louise Wilson

Excerpt from John by Annie Baker

Struggle Session by Ethan Coen

Post Its (Notes on a Marriage) by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman

Director- Scott Renderer

Cast- Elizabeth Derr, Sandy Burke, Jim Bernard, Martin Deslauriers, Terry Young, Autumn Renderer, Emily Eisman, Susy Doolittle, Annie Scavo, Rob Farkas, Roger Mitchell, Christian Brammer, Scott Renderer, and Peter Landau.

Bella's Bartok- Dance Party

Admission- suggested donation- $15








To understand Bella’s Bartok, imagine what you would get if Salvador Dali and Toulouse Lautrec were fronting the Moulin Rouge's house band, and you have the exuberant spectacle that is Bella's Bartok. Described as "about as much fun as you can have with your pants on" (Dan Wolovick, Two Way Monologues), this 6-piece powerhouse melds Bohemian Klezmer Punk with pop sensibilities into an eminently danceable party. The diversity of musicians that make up Bella's Bartok, combined with their boundless energy on stage, has been known to break a dancefloor, or two (or three, but who's counting?). Their sound moves way beyond labels, pushing the envelope towards the darker side of Eastern European music, referencing vaudeville and 20th century eclecticism.

The Bella's Bartok line-up includes: Asher Putnam (Vocals and all-around entertainer), Chris "Fancy" Kerrigan (Guitar, Clarinet, Vocals and physicist!?!), Dan Niederhauser (Bass and Vocals), Saera Kochanski (accordion and mandolin) Amory Drennan (Trombone/Banjo and Vocals), Crisco (Drums/Percussion and Trumpet) and Gershon Rosen (trumpet). The band has shared the stage with musicians and acts such as Rubblebucket, Red Baraat, The Indigo Girls, Larry & His Flask, The Suitcase Junket, Parsonsfield, And the Kids, Kanye, Rough Francis, Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan, West End Blend, Adam Ezra Group, Meat Puppets, World Inferno/Friendship Society, Rupa & the April Fishes, Arc Iris, and many more.

With multiple awards under their belts, including The Valley Advocate's Best Band in the Valley 2014 and The Deli Magazine's Best of New England (twice!), this eclectic group of guys have carefully crafted a sound that is part strange and creepy, part pop gold. With an aura of theatricality, Bella's Bartok shows not only entertain, but they invite you to partake in the wild party they are having on stage, to involve yourself in the spectacle. Quite simply put- this is the band you should never miss, ever.









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Play Reading- Zoo Story & The Sandbox

Honoring the late great Edward Albee, James Coleman will direct these two one-acts from the 1950's that changed the face of American Theater.

Free Admission

Cast - Zoo Story- Howard Runyon, Dylan Duffy

The Sandbox- Lia Loomis, Susy Doolittle, Howard Runyon, Dylan Duffy

Back at it! Dance Party with David Sommerstein- The Beat Authority

2018-05-12

Suggested donation- $15

We're back at it!

The Beat Authority with David Sommerstein is a Friday show (Friday at 3:06 pm to be exact.) It's a kick into the weekend, a bounce for your afternoon, a swing for your end-of-the-week step. A fresh, eclectic choice of dance music from all over the world. You may hear cumbia or bluegrass or afrobeat or jazz, but it'll keep your head a-noddin' and your spirits up. Join in the groove and enjoy. And if you have suggestions, e-mail 'em in!

Host David Sommerstein says:

Ever since I got a Fisher Price record player for Chanukkah when I was four, I've been a musical sponge. My favorite stuff is music that ventures across genres, and music that makes you dance.

Globalization has been a mixed bag, but it's sure invigorated the world of music. Salsa from Israel, flamenco from east L.A., Algerian rai from Paris, hip-hop from Senegal, reggae from Morocco–artists are borrowing at will, threading the sounds they hear on TV and radio into their own traditions.

Winter Shorts

2018-03-01

Tickets $15 Reservations recommended- 946-6074

Following on the heels of last winter's comedy Ripcord, we have assembled a group of entertaining short plays performed by an ensemble of many familiar faces along with some new one's.

Plays-

Controlling Interest by Wayne S. Rawley

Tirade by Mary Louise Wilson

Deer Play(A Radio Play) by Mary Louise Wilson

Excerpt from John by Annie Baker

Struggle Session by Ethan Coen

Post Its (Notes on a Marriage) by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman

Director- Scott Renderer

Cast- Elizabeth Derr, Sandy Burke, Jim Bernard, Martin Deslauriers, Terry Young, Autumn Renderer, Emily Eisman, Susy Doolittle, Annie Scavo, Rob Farkas, Roger Mitchell, Christian Brammer, Scott Renderer, and Peter Landau.

The January Jams

2018-01-28

Open mic every Sunday- all welcome. Sign up at the door with Scott.

Casey's Winter Film Picks

2018-01-17

Admission by donation


DAWSON CITY:FROZEN TIME
by Bill Morrison.
Thanks to Eric Rucker for bringing the film to the North Country.

An incredible film of lost and found footage. Peak into the world of the Yukon Gold Rush, see film clips from the early 1900s, and question what it means to be American. Dawson City: Frozen Time pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints dating from the early 1900s. Discovered buried under a hockey rink in a former Klondike Gold Rush town, their story reveals the links between the movie business and Manifest Destiny in North America.

The January Jams

2018-01-07

Free Admission- donations appreciated

sign in starting at 2pm. Last act around 6pm.

This popular open mic event is back! All are welcome to sing, dance, tell jokes, or even hula hoop with fire. Sign up with Scott at the door and settle in for an afternoon of entertainment. Performers can expect to perform two or three songs depending on the turn out. A great way to spend a cold Sunday afternoon.

Made possible with a grant from The Kevin Broderick Fund

The Pillowman- a play by Martin McDonagh

2017-11-05










Tickets-$20 at the door

Reservations- call 518-946-6074

The Tony Award winning Broadway hit, The Pillowman, is set in an unknown totalitarian state where Katurian – a butcher by day, a writer of haunting fairy tales by night – faces two interrogators from the local government. As Katurian soon learns, his stories, in which characters meet grisly and macabre fates, have inspired a string of copycat crimes. As the interrogators resort to increasingly absurd and hilariously unconventional methods to crack the case, Katurian’s stories come to life, blurring the line between fact and fiction, truth and storytelling. In The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh celebrates with dark humor the spellbinding power of narrative, while exploring the dark corners of the human imagination and the delicate balance between the freedoms of the individual and the security of the state.

“The season’s most exciting and original new play.”- NY TIMES

Martin McDonagh is often compared to celebrated playwrights like John Millington Synge and David Mamet. McDonagh is famous for writing dark comedies with the background setting of Ireland, where he spent most of his summer breaks. His stories are notorious for using intense symbolism and twisted climaxes. McDonagh was born and brought up in London, England, by his construction worker father and housekeeper mother. He has a younger brother who is a known screenwriter, John McDonagh. He left school when he was 16 to pursue his love for writing by watching movies and reading books. After a decade of doing so, in 1994, he wrote his first 7 plays of which many were eventually staged in London, like: ‘The Cripple of Irishmaan’, ‘The Lieutenant of Irishmore’ ,‘The Pillowman’, ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, etc. For many of these plays he has been accorded with prestigious awards and nominations like Tony Award, the Laurence Olivier Award, etc. He is not only a playwright of excellent creative power but also a well established screenplay writer and director of movies like: ‘Six Shooters’, ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Seven Psychopaths’. He is known in the world of theater as the one who gave a new genre to the theater – the ‘in your face’ theater, for his plays and scripts are often strongly witted and harshly realistic

Directed and designed by Scott Renderer

Cast- Roger Mitchell, Brian LaVallee, Brad Hurlburt, Thomas Broderick, Sylvia Tardif, Lucas Tardif

with animation by Ben Stechschulte

WARNING- this play contains violence and profanity


















The Pillowman- a play by Martin McDonagh

2017-11-02










Tickets-$20 at the door

Reservations- call 518-946-6074

The Tony Award winning Broadway hit, The Pillowman, is set in an unknown totalitarian state where Katurian – a butcher by day, a writer of haunting fairy tales by night – faces two interrogators from the local government. As Katurian soon learns, his stories, in which characters meet grisly and macabre fates, have inspired a string of copycat crimes. As the interrogators resort to increasingly absurd and hilariously unconventional methods to crack the case, Katurian’s stories come to life, blurring the line between fact and fiction, truth and storytelling. In The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh celebrates with dark humor the spellbinding power of narrative, while exploring the dark corners of the human imagination and the delicate balance between the freedoms of the individual and the security of the state.

“The season’s most exciting and original new play.”- NY TIMES

Martin McDonagh is often compared to celebrated playwrights like John Millington Synge and David Mamet. McDonagh is famous for writing dark comedies with the background setting of Ireland, where he spent most of his summer breaks. His stories are notorious for using intense symbolism and twisted climaxes. McDonagh was born and brought up in London, England, by his construction worker father and housekeeper mother. He has a younger brother who is a known screenwriter, John McDonagh. He left school when he was 16 to pursue his love for writing by watching movies and reading books. After a decade of doing so, in 1994, he wrote his first 7 plays of which many were eventually staged in London, like: ‘The Cripple of Irishmaan’, ‘The Lieutenant of Irishmore’ ,‘The Pillowman’, ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, etc. For many of these plays he has been accorded with prestigious awards and nominations like Tony Award, the Laurence Olivier Award, etc. He is not only a playwright of excellent creative power but also a well established screenplay writer and director of movies like: ‘Six Shooters’, ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Seven Psychopaths’. He is known in the world of theater as the one who gave a new genre to the theater – the ‘in your face’ theater, for his plays and scripts are often strongly witted and harshly realistic

Directed and designed by Scott Renderer

Cast- Roger Mitchell, Brian LaVallee, Brad Hurlburt, Thomas Broderick, Sylvia Tardif, Lucas Tardif

with animation by Ben Stechschulte

WARNING- this play contains violence and profanity