Friday, April 18, 2014

Passions and Hope in Song

The Pocono Mountain Community Chorus of Churches presented their 35th Annual Holy Week Concert Series in three performances which were held at The Faith Lutheran Church in Blakeslee, PA on Sunday April 13th, The Tobyhanna United Methodist Church in Tobyhanna, PA on Tuesday April 15th, and The Reeders United Methodist Church in Reeders, PA on Wednesday April 16th. The choir consisted of members of churches established in the Monroe County, PA and surrounding areas (including New Jersey) varying from Roman Catholicism to Unitarian Universalist. Together, they joined to honor a week in which many of those practicing the Christian religion consider to be of paramount importance to their faith.

The Choir was led by Jack Hamblin who was accompanied by Gary Raish on Organ, Judy Munoz on Piano, and Bob Riday who performed on flute during the series’ prelude and the piece titled, “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.” Additional musicians performed during the selection titled, “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” with William Gross on Percussion and Joan Loveless on Finger Cymbals during Sunday’s concert while Emma Hendricks lent her talents to the instrument during the remaining performances. In addition to this, members of the Bass and Tenor section of the choir presented the song titled, “Ain’-A That Good News” in a joyous bravado style.

The musical qualities of the large choir made the entire series of concerts an enjoyable experience especially to those who embrace the Christian faith and find an inner peace when the melodies and lyrics shared by the wonderful blend of voices were delivered to them through their marvelous talents. The flow of musical selections encircled the hearts and souls of those who inhabited the sanctuaries they were sung bringing each listener enough of a sense of solace so the community of worshipers could free themselves from the bounds of their individual dreads and fully embrace the essential elements of a number of songs which encouraged a celebration of life. The passions and hopes presented throughout the performances elevated the community of believers who were touched by their song leaving them able to face their lives with new perspectives regardless of the freakish snow storms they may encounter throughout their days. You’ll find more photographs taken during the concert series as well as one of the rehearsal sessions in The Special Events 2014 Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151513384020421.546231.636000420&type=1.

To many who live in the United States and particularly those residing in the Northeast PA region of the country, the week corresponding with the Hebrew Holiday of Passover contains events in which an individual known as, “Joshua, son of Joseph” (aka Jesus The Messiah or Christ) partook of toward the end of his life in c. 33 C. E. (Common Era). These include holidays known as Palm Sunday in which he reportedly rode upon a donkey into the city of Jerusalem located in the Roman province of  Judea, Maundy Thursday in which he held his final meal celebrating the Passover holiday with his disciples, Good Friday upon which he was executed by crucifixion after being found guilty for sedition, and Easter Sunday in which some claim he was reanimated (resurrected) after his death and resumed his role as a leader to his disciples until his “ascension into the Heavens” echoing an act believed to had been performed by the Hebrew profit Elijah several centuries earlier.

The Pocono Mountain Community Chorus of Churches hold a series of concerts annually in commemoration of Holy week and the events which took place during it. Members of the community are invited to lend their voices and participate in their 36th annual concert series with rehearsals beginning early in 2015. Membership in the choir is free and open to all singers who enjoy sacred music associated with the Christian faith regardless of their level of musical experience. To learn more about this year’s series, how to participate in next year’s series, or The Pocono Mountain Community Chorus of Churches in general, please Contact its director, Jack Hamblin, at theauctioneer@jackhamblinauctions.com for more information.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Nice Day for an Open Mic

The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA held another installment of weekly Open Mic Nite Series on Sunday April 6th. The early evening sunlight streamed through the windows and glass door of the venue reflecting their beams upon the art work that remained hung upon the wall from the current exhibition which opened the previous night. Dave Pugh and co host Andrew Oldfield shared a precursory jam session with Dave on electric guitar and Daniel on drums. They were joined by Brad McCool on vocals although his microphone wasn’t turned on as yet. It was during these moments did those who ventured into the Living Room take their place in line awaiting the time when to sign their names so they could share their talents. It did and the list, in its usual fashion, filled up quickly.

Since the weather was sparkling nice, many sought to venture outdoors to explore the town and to soak up the rays of warm sunlight prior to the open mic sessions beginning. However, many found the lure of the atmospheric conditions too mesmerizing to keep track of time leading many to return to the venue quite some time after the performances began. Still, their arrival proved to be a welcomed sight for those who were performing and the melodies that greeted those who re entered the venue made their return a delightful one.

The evening began with some welcoming remarks shared by co host Jessie Roth (aka JR) who allowed a poem to be read by her heart. She then introduced the first performer whose name was on the sign in list which was Justin O’Neil Rosario who will be among those performing during the upcoming Open Mic All Stars Show scheduled to take place on Friday April 25th at The Living Room. His performance proved to be a lively beginning to the evening’s festivities as the power of his voice and guitar combined to energize the audience who flowed back into the space as well as those who were present when he began.

Co host AP (aka Andrew Paul) came to the stage when Justin had completed his set to introduce Brad McCool to the stage. Brad sang a song while listing to its music through his MP 3 Player’s Ear phones which encouraged everyone to listen more intently to the lyrics as the distraction of music was absent. Brad was followed by Dave Pugh on electric guitar and co host Andrew Oldfield on drums as they expanded the Jam session they shared earlier and enhanced it with a few songs that pleased to crowd. It was announced as the performance was coming to its conclusion that Dave will be the following week’s featured performer which inspired a great deal of anticipation among those who enjoy the Open Mics all the better when a musical guest is offered to entertain the gathering during the night.

As Dave and Andrew ended their set, Vinnie took the stage with his guitar. Vinnie had become a favorite among those who frequent the event but he had been absent for quite a number of months from it. His return was a welcomed one with several commenting on how his performance allowed them to realize how much they missed him. The power and emotion transmitted through his voice accentuated those very same essential elements of the songs he presented until they were more felt than heard.

After Vinnie concluded his set, Co host AP returned to the stage to perform as AP Box www.facebook.com/APbboxes4u and began utilizing a series of vocal effects to convey various concepts to the imagination of his listeners. It was during this time a challenge arose form the audience by a man named “David” who sought to outdo the audio extravaganzas of the event’s co host. A series of soundtracks coursed their way along the sound waves scurrying in and out the ears of those who were present. It was a heated competition but, in the end a vote was taken and the challenger had deservedly prevailed.

After the battle of the boxes were over, C-Rock 113 took the stage with his electric guitar and began sharing a number of songs with the audience. The power of his performance emancipated the room as its inhabitants found themselves freely flowing along with the ethereal chord changes and melodies that eluded from his instrument. It was towards the conclusion of his set that a reminder was shared that C-Rock 113 would be among those who were scheduled to perform during upcoming Open Mic All Stars Show on Friday April 25th.

C-Rock 113 was followed by Kes who had most recently performed during the previous evening’s artists’ reception held at The Living Room. His performance touched the smiles of his listeners as the songs he sang sparkled with meaningful contemplations and thoughtful entertainments. A break ensued after Kes’ performance which allowed many to chat about the experiences they had throughout the evening.

The conversations came to a close as co host Jessie Roth (aka JR) took to the stage to share some words written by Brad McCool. The beauty and thoughtfulness that shrouded them in her delivery of the work brought a new understanding and appreciation of their author. The reading reminded many that the imperfections embodied in our sometimes inadequate expressions of what we conceive as love fades away when we are touched by the radiance of pure and perfect light of love itself.

Jessie was followed to the stage by Max who shared several of his poems with one that particularly standing out which was an Acrostic Poem which is a poem whose first letters of its lines spell out words. One of the most noteworthy examples of this approach to poetic expression is the poem titled, “A Boat, Beneath a Sunny Sky” written by Lewis Carol which appears in the final chapter of “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.” The first letters of the words in each line spells out the name “Alice Pleasance Liddell” who is the Alice featured in the book as well as Mr. Carol’s previous work titled, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” In Max’s well composed piece, the words spelled out “Gamer Edge,” “The Living Room,” and “Ashley.”  Very cool.

Woodrow www.facebook.com/wearewoodrow, consisting of Theresa Ratliff on vocals and Brian Bramkamp on vocals and guitar, took the stage as Max completed his recitations. They rocked the house in their usual fashion as their songs mingled with memories from an echoed past while inspiring new ones to emerge from the experiences their performance created. They were followed by Sick Antelope Party www.facebook.com/sickantelopeparty who consisted of Amy Burawski, Vid Ryan, and Jesse Morales.

Together their performance artistry soulfully combined spoken word poetry and instrumental renderings in order to enhance the substantive nature of the conveyances the trio shared and whose esoteric utterances transcended the ordinary communicative abilities of those who fall short of the angels. None who heard the poets or the instrument’s voices were unmoved by the experience they created. In the wake of their time within our hearts, a reminder was shared that Sick Antelope Party would be part of the upcoming Open Mic All Stars Show on Friday April 25th.

Sick Antelope Party was followed by a theatrical production presented by Da Da Dum Theater titled, “Hammered Art” written by Paul Adam Smeltz (yeah, that’s me). It was performed by Amy Burawski of Sick Antelope Party and co host AP (aka Andrew Paul). The piece was about the proper use of a Hammer Four and receive a few chuckles. A Da Da Dum drum beat was played by co host Andrew Oldfield that signaled the end of the performance.

The evening came to a conclusion with a performance given by Wilbium who played a number of familiar dance tunes upon his computerized keyboard. One such song was titled, “Dancing with Myself” written by Billy Idol and Tony James in 1981. It first appeared on the Generation X’s final album titled, “Kiss Me Deadly” which was a punk band both Idol and James were members of. A toned down version was released later by Billy Idol later that year on an EP. Many found themselves moving along to the beat but it was Brad McCool who took it upon himself to follow the dictates of the song and the evening ended with the joy of watching him Dancing with Himself. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the Sunday April 6th Open Mic Nite Session in The Living Room 2014 Gallery Part 3 at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152343904050421.1073741890.636000420&type=1.

The next installment of the Living Room Open Mic Nite Series will take place on Sunday April 13th beginning at 7pm with sign ins beginning at 6:30pm. Special musical guest will be Electric Guitarist Dave Pugh. Musicians, poets, writers, and anyone who would like to share something with a receptive audience are welcomed to do so. An Open Mic All Star Show will take place at The Living Room on Friday April 25th beginning at 6pm. It will feature Theomar Chakey Francois (aka Sunny Shading) along with the musicians and performance artists mentioned earlier in this article. You can learn more about The Living Room Open Mic Nite Series and the All Star show by Exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom.

In addition to the Open Mic Nites presented at The Living Room, the venue also holds a Gallery which presents the work of visual artists from around the area. Their current exhibition features the work of Leonard Boone www.facebook.com/pages/Boones-ART-Boulevard/167124073498891, Ashley Fontones www.isashleyfontonesapotato.com, Eric Goins, and Ben Schwartz www.facebook.com/BenSchwartzArt. The following exhibit will be their a group show in May titled, “Art-ology.” Please contact the gallery’s Director and Curators, Keyaira and Drew Ozkenel, at 570-421-2808.

The Living Room is located on Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA next to The Sherman Theater who owns the building. The Living Room is a non-profit artspace and community hub featuring live music, performance, and other events in an intimate setting at affordable prices. Please Explore The Living Room Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Living-Room/123978921059378 for more information on The Living Room, all they have to offer, and how to be a part of it all.

The Living Room Showers Art in April

The Sherman Theater’s The Living Room Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA held an Artists’ Reception on Saturday April 5th for their April Exhibition featuring the work of Leonard Boone, Ashley Fontones, Eric Goins, and Ben Schwartz. Along with the incredible work ranging from photographs to color pencil drawings, the event presented the music of Kes Lyman and Olivia Zinn who enhanced the gathering through their individual performances. A “Perspective Objective!” Photo Contest, an opportunity to make a donation to their Community Tree with proceeds benefiting the gallery, and their ever popular Art Raffle were also featured attractions during the reception which was a very well attended event. A large assortment of a deli styled cuisine which thoroughly satisfied the gastronomic yearnings of those who attended the event was donated by The Shawnee General Store located in Shawnee on Delaware, PA.

The array of images and colors that greeted those who entered the gallery immediately touched upon the soul’s imagination as the highly defined images whose ever present realities were amplified by their depictions blended with those whose subtle softness spoke quietly to the dreams that are yet to be manifested. This blending was reflected in the conversations of those who attended the reception as a tapestry of calm excitement was weaved by the words and mannerisms sewn together with the thread of love. It was in this welcoming atmosphere did the evening’s co hosts and gallery curators, Keyaira Lynn Von Dred and Andrew Ozkenel, take the stage in order to greet those who have come to explore the evening, to share their appreciation to the artists whose work appeared upon the gallery’s walls, and to raise a glass to Shane Izykowski who was instrumental in bringing the gallery into existence and will be leaving the area in the coming months to pursue a passionately creative life in San Francisco, CA.

After these sentiments were expressed, the first of the musical performers was invited to share his talents upon the stage. Guitarist Kes Lyman has become a well known icon among those who have attended The Living Room’s Open Mic Nite events that are held every Sunday evening at the venue. He has recently appeared as a featured performer during a recent Open Mic All Star event. His performances never fails to bring a thoughtful smiles to the audience through some of the selections he presents while others inspires a great deal of demonstrated frivolity and foot stomping laughter. The sensations felt among those who attended the Artists’ Reception reflected those embraced by the denizens of the Open Mic events as each song moved among the gathering. This was made especially evident when a little boy came forth and captured the essence of Kes’ performance and the mood it created through his dancing abilities. You can learn more about Kes Lyman (commonly referred to as Kes) and his music by exploring his Website at www.freedom-for-kes.bandcamp.com.

The enjoyment of the performance given by Kes Lyman lingered among the gathering for some time after it had concluded. This encouraged a great deal of conversations and explorations of the art throughout the Living Room’s environs. A community tree was on display which invited attendees to purchase a leaf or create a critter to be hung upon it. A table was set and filled with recycled materials from which children regardless of their chronological age were entreated to bring their creativity to the fore and make something decorative and fun. The funds raised through this activity were used to benefit the gallery and to assure its continued existence.

It was while these explorations of the art and opportunities to participate in the adornment of the community tree were partaken of, did the next performer come to the stage. The very first notes Olivia Zinn strummed upon her guitar moved the gathering to a profound silence as they prepared for a power they sensed would be coming from this 11 year old songstress. This power touched them as a voice filled with an overwhelming clarity and insights into the deeper meaning of each song echoed throughout the room. Many who believe in such phenomena agreed that an old soul inhabited this young woman who knew of the effects a wily woman who can get a mad just because she can may have upon a fragile relationship and what it’s like to be a denizen in a house in New Orleans. You can learn more about Olivia Zinn and her music by exploring her Facebook at www.facebook.com/LivZinnMusic.

As Olivia Zinn concluded her performance, the evening’s co hosts and gallery curators Keyaira Lynn Von Dred and Andrew Ozkenel retook the stage to share their appreciation to the performers and announcements relating to the current and future exhibitions. These included the availability of tickets to be purchased for the upcoming Art Raffle of which pieces created by the featured artists could be won and the evening’s “Perspective Objective!” contest. The later invited those with cell phones that have photographic and internet abilities to capture images of occurrences taking place throughout the event and posting them on the wall of The Sherman Theater’s Living Room’s Facebook Page. Those who received the most “Likes” would be declared the winner of the competition and receive three prints created and signed by Shane Izykowski.

A great deal of excitement filled the air with the prospects of obtaining some outstanding art through these means coming to the forefront of the art lovers who populated the space. However, there was a certain amount to time to traverse before the contest and the raffle was to begin so many sought to explore more deeply while they waited. These excursions included peering into the depths of the works of the featured artists placed along the gallery’s walls whose properties instilled a great awe and fascination with the talents they possessed.

The vivid definition found in the photographic work of Eric Goins captivates the eye as the vibrancy of the images flirts with the visual senses as the viewer is enticed into the scene that is being depicted. A wide variety of subjects are explored in Mr. Goins’ ranging from cityscapes to natural settings all of which creates a connection between its essentials elements and the individual who is viewing the image. Eric Goins is a graduate of The New York Institute of Photography and currently serves as president of The Pocono Photo Club www.facebook.com/groups/177920465950.

Utilizing a variety of mediums but centering around that of watercolors to present the imaginative images embodied in each frame, Ben Schwartz’s work captures the spirit of all that is fanciful in the human genome. A number of the pieces he creates has an ethereal quality about them which invites the viewer to come closer to its other worldly essence in order to peer into the deeper void that inhabits their own secrets. The soft subtleties of the work allows those mirroring qualities within the individual viewer to reveal what is hidden within and therefore the clarity that often eludes one is touched by our peripheral awareness. You can learn more about Ben Schwartz and his work by exploring his Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/BenSchwartzArt.

The color pencil work of Leonard Boone proved to be quite enchanting as many of the images presented in the love inspired collection depicts familiar faces and forms especially those relating to the Star Trek franchise, the original Twilight Zone series, and other film and television personalities. A deep sense of nostalgia encompasses the viewer as memories of episodes and/or films featuring the person or persons depicted are brought to the fore. The detail of the work is impressive as the portraits seem to be peering into the soul of those who are viewing them while asking questions on how they look. You’ll be able to learn more about Leonard Boone and his work by exploring his Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/Boones-ART-Boulevard/167124073498891.

The subjects depicted in the illustrations created by Ashley Fontones becomes so alive that one could almost swear movement occurs upon the flat pieces of paper they inhabit within their framed surroundings. The fanciful imagination of the artist is reflected in each piece she creates by a delicacy that magnifies its beauty. The fanciful images range from hybrids of differing philosophical or religious concepts to those originating in a dream. Either way, the unique manifestation of the image emanates from the artist’s exquisite hand allows its form and substance to encircle the viewer of the work until he or she is cocooned in its nurturing surroundings. You can learn more about Ashley Fontones and her work by exploring her Facebook Page at www.isashleyfontonesapotato.com.

As contemplation upon the work permeated the gallery, the time to begin the Perspective Objective contest had arrived. A monitor was placed above the door within The Living Room upon which those who had photos to post on its Facebook Page and those who wished to cast their “Likes” viewed with anticipation. Some met with frustration as they had difficulty finding a signal with their particular mobile device. But, eventually all the images captured by a variety of perspectives and photographic approaches were posted and the process of tallying the number of “Likes” had begun and whose results would be announced after the evening’s raffle came to a completion.

It was at this point that the Raffle did begin and those who had purchased a ticket eyed their numbers with keen anticipation as they were being called out by Keyaira Lynn Von Dred. The fevered pitch that was built upon as the name of each number touched the air was pricked as the person holding the coveted ticket pierced the sound waves with their jubilant exclamations. It was when the final items were claimed and distributed to its new owner was the winner of the Perspective Objective contest announced. Leonard Boone (who was one of the featured artists) thus received the three prints created and signed by Shane Izykowski.

It was at this time did Keyaira Lynn Von Dred and Andrew Ozkenel share some final sentiments of appreciations and farewells while inviting those who were still present to come to the next Artists’ Reception in which the 2nd Anniversary of the Gallery will be celebrated. Farewells among the gathering began to be shared which were coupled with the anticipation of next month’s event dominating their pleasantries. You’ll be able to find more photograph taken during the April Artists’ Reception in The Living Room 2014 Gallery Part 2 at www.facebook.com/forwardian.dude/media_set?set=a.10152343900440421.636000420&type=3 and Part 3 at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152343904050421.1073741890.636000420&type=1.

The Sherman Theater’s Living Room Gallery February exhibition featuring the work of Leonard Boone, Ashley Fontones, Eric Goins, and Ben Schwartz will be on display at until April 30th. Their next exhibit which will be a group show celebrating the gallery’s 2nd Anniversary inviting local artists to utilize the theme of “ARTstrology” in any medium and/or style they wish to explore and present. The Artists’ Reception will be held on Saturday May 3rd beginning at 6pm featuring a fashion contest with a SPACE and SCI-FI theme and nude models to be painted like Aliens. The exhibition will continue to be on display until May 30th. Submissions of work will be accepted on Thursday May 1st from 6 until 9pm. Please contact the gallery’s Director and Curators, Keyaira Lynn Von Dred and Andrew Ozkenel, at 570-421-2808 for more information.

The Living Room is located on Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA next to The Sherman Theater who owns the building. The Art Gallery is curated by Keyaira Lynn Von Dred and Andrew Ozkenel. The Living Room is a non-profit artspace and community hub featuring live music, performance, and other events in an intimate setting at affordable prices. Please Explore The Living Room Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Living-Room/123978921059378 for more information on The Living Room, all they have to offer, and how to be a part of it all.

In addition to their exhibitions, The Living Room presents a weekly Open Mic Nite which occurs every Sunday Evening beginning at 7pm. Musicians, Poets, Writers, and anyone who would like to share their talents with an eagerly accepting audience are welcomed to participate. There is occasionally a featured band or performer scheduled that enhances the enjoyment of the event. You can learn more about The Living Room Open Mic Nite Series on it’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom?ref=ts&fref=ts.

The Feverish Effects of a SOHO Spring

One a day indicative of the exhibition’s title, The SOHO in the BURG in Stroudsburg, PA held an Artists’ Reception for their “Spring Fever” show on Saturday April 5th. The exhibit featured work created by a multitude of local artists and photographers with nearly 150 pieces lining the gallery’s walls. The array of colors gave the impression one was walking through a blossoming field with vividly imagined fragrances filling the senses with their delights which the large number of art lovers who entered the gallery were visibly enhanced by.

Yet, while there were a significant number of images reflecting the bright hues many associate with the hope and vibrancy of the Spring season, there were also a number of images depicting a darker mood that lent a striking contrast to the majority of the work. The inclusion of these pieces reminded those who ventured upon them that the seasons one encounter throughout life isn’t just metrological demarcations of warmth and chilliness but a significant cycle upon which all life evolves. And, all life, if it is to be of any meaning, has a certain balance containing elements of both the light and the darkness in which we encounter as we experience our lives on a day to day and/or moment to moment basis. Including these reminders allowed for a certain degree of reflection to take place among the attendees which enhanced the intellectual dimension of the exhibit to a level a lesser gallery would not venture to consider.

Along with the inspiring art The SOHO in the BURG is known for, the gallery is also famous for the culinary delights it presents during its Artists’ Receptions which are created by Chef G (aka Guarino Cortese). However, Chef G had another engagement that evening so his wife prepared a number of delightful snacks which satisfied the palate to great effect. You can learn more about Chef G and his catering services by contacting him at chefIIgo@yahoo.com.

The music for the evening was provided by a DJ known as D. J. Will Power. A variety of tunes were played throughout the event that created a series of moods ranging from those conducive to quiet conversations to those inducing librational dancing. In either case, the music enhanced the gathering as the plethora of sounds flowed through the gallery making it all the more enjoyable.

Although I did not stay for the entirety of the Artists’ Reception as there were other adventures to be had that evening, the time I did spend there more than indicate the remainder of the event would prove to be a stellar one as all previous receptions had been since the gallery opened its doors two years ago. It was a grand time and I hope there will be others reading this article who will share their experiences by adding a comment or two in association with their memories. You’ll find more photographs taken during the Saturday April 4th Artists’ Reception for The SOHO in the BURG Gallery’s Spring Fever exhibition in The Stroudsburg Art District 2014 Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152239353790421.1073741877.636000420&type=1.

The SOHO in the BURG Gallery is located on the corner of 6th and Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA which was the location of the J. J. Newberry’s store. The gallery opened its doors to the public in April of 2012 and is owned by Andrea Robbins Rimberg who has become well known for her exuberant energies and creativity as many of her pieces are on display in prestigious galleries throughout the United States. The “Spring Fever” exhibit will continue to be on display until the middle to the later part of May. The next exhibition titled, “Sailing into Summer” will be presented at the Gallery soon afterwards. You can learn more about The SOHO in the BURG Gallery, their future exhibits, and all the gallery has to offer the creative community by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/sohointheburg.

Getting Personal at SSG

The Sarah Street Bar and Grill (SSG) in Stroudsburg, PA held an Artist’s Reception Saturday April 5th for their photography exhibition titled, “Up-Close and Personal” featuring the work of Laurinda Faye Rubin in their gallery located in their upstairs dining room. The extraordinarily beautiful pieces presented in the show captured the essence of the natural world as embodied in its floral inhabitants in minute and exquisite detail. The photographic skills of Ms. Rubin allowed the viewer not only to explore the physical contours of each image in its fullness but led the individual to discover its very soul until the demarcations between the viewer and the subject dissolved allowing both of their natural qualities to merge into one entity.

This mergence continued throughout the quaint little gallery as the intimate gathering who filled the space became connected with the work, each other, and themselves through their conversations. Although many of the topics communicated expressed a great amount of deserving praise for Ms. Rubin and her creative accomplishments, a great deal of the chats were centered around the art of photography as the majority of those who attended the reception were exceptional photographers in their own right. Overhearing these sharings enabled one to expand their appreciation for not only the work exhibited in the venue but for the intricacies of the visual art form as well.

Ms. Rubin has been photographing since the 1970’s and continues to grow and learn different ways to appreciate the unique world of Macro Photography through workshops and other photographers along with the youth in her 4-H Photography Club. Her work has appeared in various issues of The Forwardian Arts Society’s online Literary and Arts Magazine titled, “Forwardian” www.theforwardianartssociety.com/Fowardian-Archive.html since it began publication in 2010 including being featured on the back cover of its 4th issue that was published on June 11th in 2012. www.theforwardianartssociety.com/Forwardian-4-Contents.html.

The Up-Close and Personal exhibition featuring the work of Laurinda Faye Rubin will be on display in the upstairs’ gallery of The Sarah Street Bar and Grill in Stroudsburg, PA until May 31st. The intricate photographic work is as beautiful as it is moving as it affords an opportunity to one to explore the richness of the natural world that includes oneself. You’ll find more photographs taken during The Up-Close and Personal Artist’s Reception in The Special Event 2014 Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152230295395421.1073741876.636000420&type=1.

The Sarah Street Bar and Grill is located on Quaker Alley in Stroudsburg, PA and is well known for their restaurant’s cuisine and the welcoming atmosphere of its bar. In addition to their food and beverages, The Sarah Street Bar and Grill presents live music Tuesdays through Sundays featuring a variety of performers. You can learn more about The Sarah Street Bar and Grill by exploring their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SarahStreetGrill?fref=ts.

Gothard at PoconoArts

The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center in Stroudsburg, PA held an Artist’s Reception on Friday April 4th for their exhibition in their ArtSpace Gallery featuring the works of Bill Gothard. The gallery filled to near capacity as friends, family, and art lovers who were fortunate enough to learn of the event moved from one painting to another to experience the beauty of the exhibit. The awe inspiring details encased in each piece liberated the imagination of the viewer as its descriptive qualities transcended the boundaries of the frame inviting those who wish to be part of the world it created to partake of its environs.

The living qualities of each piece beckoned the viewer to explore it deeply so it could relay its life story. Our eyes were able to hear the biographies of these denizens of the canvas through the language of color and composition that molded their existence. Their sharings touched us as one amazing tale followed another until their stories became part of our own. This aesthetic connection permeated the room as conversations were elevated by the revelations the images revealed through their stunning visual properties.

William “Bill” Gothard was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1932 and discovered art at a young age. His love for art and the images he could create on canvas inspired him to become an accomplished realist-expressionist who is best known for his portraits in which he captures the immediate feelings of his subjects. Mr. Gothard is the recipient of the Flushing High School’s Saint-Gaudens Medal for Fine Draftsmanship and earned a New York City School Art League Scholarship to The School for Art Studies. Mr. Gothard is a former director of MCS Gallery in Easton, PA and currently resides in Sciota, PA.

Mr. Gothard’s work at The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center in Stroudsburg, PA is truly an extraordinary display of beauty, detail, and the humanity that enables the individual viewer and the piece to share in the creative experience of living together. The exhibition will continue to be on display in the center’s Artspace Gallery until April 30th. It is sponsored by R. Ronald and Patricia Bitondo, Donald O. Bodden, Barbara and David DeAngelo, John Marchiando, Richard Saldamando, Mildred Sherman, Colin and Kathleen Snyder, and Ted and Ingrid Wetherbee. The Pocono Arts Council has expressed its appreciation to the artist, Rich Staneski, and Andy Worthington for their inspiration, encouragement, and endeavors in presenting the exhibit in its Artspace Gallery.

The next exhibits to be presented in the Center’s ArtSpace and Studio Galleries will be The Pocono Arts Council’s Member Exhibition that will begin on Saturday May 3rd with an Artists’ Reception scheduled for Saturday May 17th as part of the town’s Art on Main event. This exhibition will be on display until May 25th. You’ll find more photographs taken during the April 4th Artist’s Reception for the current exhibit in The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center 2014 Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152285998065421.1073741882.636000420&type=1.

In addition to the Bill Gothard exhibit being presented in The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center’s Artspace Gallery, their Studio Gallery offered a collection of Assemblages created by the late Morris Berman which were donated to PoconoArts by his daughter, Ilona Marmer. The work incorporates found objects to divulge the contradictions of modern life which depicts both the whimsical and poignant if it. The display of Mr. Berman’s work is an ongoing one and can be explored during the center’s business hours.

The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center is part of The PoconoArts Council which is an organization designed to build the communities in which it serves artistically and culturally by providing leadership, service, and education. It does so by offering avenues for artists to display their work through the center and other galleries, educational opportunities for those who would like to explore and/or enhance their creative natures, and encouragement to those who seek to express and/or support the arts. You’ll be able to learn more about The PoconoArts Council, The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center, and all they offer the creative community at www.facebook.com/poconoartscouncil.

Friday, April 04, 2014

The First Laughs of April

Kiss This Entertainment started the Month of April off with a laugh on Wednesday April 2nd as they presented another installment of their weekly Comedy and Improv Open Mic at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA. A welcoming assortment of snacks along with a friendly bar tender who has become a mainstay fixture of the event named, Mike, greeted those who came to the venue to either share their talents or to indulge in the entertaining endeavors of others. A modest number of people eventually filled the space with many greetings shared among new and well established friends alike until it was time for the festivities to begin.

The evening’s master of ceremonies, Don Harlem took the stage to welcome those who came out to the show. He then set the mood for the evening by humorously reflecting on the properties of certain diets, the feces they produce, and how women should come with “Carfax” like documentation. While the effects of these amusing observations still permeated throughout the gathering, Mr. Harlem introduced the first comic for the evening.

As Chas stood before the microphone, he remarked how his first sharing before the group several weeks ago was his desire to obtain a joint and how everyone thought he was joking. After this humorous revelation, he went onto exploring the nature of some medical conditions which led to a Hip Hop performance which enlivened the crowd. Chas was followed by a comedian named, “Bill” who, in spite of appearing too young to be associated with such statements, began sharing his observations on “what’s wrong with these kids today.” However, his observations on the younger generation evolved around how their choices in drugs have throughout the years reflected a dissatisfaction and disrespect for established narcotics like heroine and cocaine in favor of new fangled drugs like those derived from bath salts. This observation gave the generational lamentable cliché a nice twist to it making his routine all the more thoughtfully amusing.

Bill was followed to the stage by Mike the bartender who recited a poem that detailed various sexual approaches and the adventures related to them. The work inspired many to focus so intently upon its meaning in lieu of everything else. In fact, there was one point where a member of the audience dropped her drink to the floor and unconsciously picked up the fallen ice in order to devour it. This poetic interlude was followed by the appearance of Brad to the stage who shared a number of his adventures with the crowd as they listened with a sense of wonderment. Brad was followed by a comedian named Tracy who shared a series of humorous stories about becoming older, the art (and dangers) of shaving one’s head, some childhood memories, and how best to utilize a $3000.00 an hour prostitute.

Tracy was followed to the stage by Lakisha Williams who explored a number of topics with the audience including those relating to parenting.  She was followed on stage by a comedian named, “Joe” who spoke on the word “homophobia” and how it seemed to be overly used. He also shared his childhood adventures emanating from his discovery of masturbation and how a jar of Vapor rub played a disastrous part in his early experimentations. Joe was followed to the stage by guitarist Justin O’Neil Rosario who is well known among those who frequent the venue during it’s weekly Open Mic Nites on Sunday Evening. Justin will be a part of the Sunday evening’s Open Mic All Star Show which is scheduled for Friday April 25th. Although he experienced some difficulties during his set, Justin’s performance faithfully reflected the outstanding qualities many have come to enjoy during his earlier performances with the additional introductions he gave in this venue enhancing the substance of the compositions considerably.

As Justin completed his set, Mike the Bartender came back to the stage to share another poem with the gathering. The poem he presented this time around proved to be a serious piece relating to the abuse and neglect one can be damaged by during one’s childhood. During the course of the evening’s and previous Comedy and Improv Open Mic events, a number of comedians included stories of disciplining children in ways some would be considered abusive. While comedy can serve society by allowing the tragedy of often psychologically traumatic situations or occurrences to be recognized and addressed through its humorous insulative anecdotes, the poem reminded many there are some topics not to be made trite of or to be showcased as if they were preferred modes of behavior.

The evening ended as Don Harlem came to the stage one final time to thank the performers and all who came to experience them for making it a memorable night. It was at this point did many share their farewells with one another along with their eagerness to attend next week’s event. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the Wednesday April 2nd Kiss This Entertainment’s Comedy and Improv Open Mic in The Living Room 2014 Gallery Part 2 at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152275669355421.1073741879.636000420&type=1.

Kiss This Entertainment was founded by Barbara Ayala who serves as its CEO. Besides presenting a weekly Comedy and Improv Open Mic at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room Stroudsburg, PA, Kiss This Entertainment offers DJ’s, Parties, and Catering to enhance any occasion. Their next Comedy and Improv Open Mic is scheduled to take place on Wednesday April 9th beginning at 8pm. While the event focuses on comedic performances, poets, musicians, and other performing artists are welcomed to participate. Other events Kiss This Entertainment will present at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room include their Spring Fling Comedy Show on Saturday April 19th beginning at 9pm with doors opening at 8pm. It is hosted by Matt Richards and will feature comedians George Gallo, Terry McNeely, and Hugh Daniel Murray IV. Please Explore Kiss This Entertainment Facebook Page for more information on this event, future Comedy and Improv Open Mic Nites, and all they have to offer the community www.facebook.com/pages/Kiss-This-Entertainment/584901868260672.

Besides housing the Kiss This Entertainment’s weekly Comedy and Improv Open Mic event, The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA will present an exhibition featuring the work of Leonard Boone, Ashley Fontones, Eric Goins, and Ben Schwartz with an Artists’ Reception on Saturday April 5th beginning at 6pm. Music for the reception will be presented by Kes Lyman and Olivia Zinn along with a “Perspective Objective!” Photo Contest, an Art Raffle, and an opportunity to make a donation to their Community Tree with proceeds benefiting the gallery. The exhibition will continue to be on display until April 30th.  The Sherman Theater’s Living Room also holds a weekly Open Mic Nite Series www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom?ref=ts&fref=ts which occurs every Sunday Evening beginning at 7pm.

The Sherman Theater’s The Living Room is located on Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA. The venue is a non-profit artspace and community hub featuring live music, performance, and other events in an intimate setting at affordable prices. Please Explore The Living Room Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Living-Room/123978921059378 for more information on The Living Room, all they have to offer, and how to be a part of it all.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The OMN Before the Storm

As the threat of freezing rain permeated the thoughts of dread of winter’s return for those who live in the Northeast PA region, a modest number of souls braved the predicted climatic elements to partake of another installment of The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA weekly Open Mic Nite Series on Sunday March 30th. I arrived a bit later than usual and found the list only partially filled when I arrived just before the 7pm hour. This was an unusual sight as the document is often filled within seconds after the 6:30pm announcement is made. It was explained to me the evening is planned to be a shortened one due to the daunting meteorological reports and thus fewer performers were present to sign in.

It was only a few moments after learning this news did co host, Andrew Oldfield, take the stage to welcome those who were present. He then announced the time limits to the sets to be performed had increased from 10 minutes to 15 due to the number of sign ins and there will be a Living Room Open Mic All Star Show on scheduled for Friday April 25th featuring Justin O’Neil Rosario, Theomar Chakey Francois (aka Sunny Shading), David Pugh, C-Rock 113, and Sick Antelope Party www.facebook.com/sickantelopeparty. It was shortly after these announcements were made did the first performer for the evening take her place before the microphone.

Dee “Songbird” Allen has been a favorite among The Living Room gathering since began singing her first song so many months ago and her renditions of the several songs she sang began the night off with a beauty that encircled those who were fortunate enough to be immersed in her voice. She was joined by Tycho whose musical artistry upon the guitar enhanced the songs and together they enraptured a symphony of sing along songs the delighted the crowd. They were followed by electric guitarist David Pugh who is another favorite among those who frequent the venue and is scheduled to be part of the upcoming All Stars program. He performed a number of songs whose riffs penetrated the gathering with their resonance and whose lyrics dug into the very soul.

David was followed by Kes who is yet another favorite of the Living Room crowd and will be part of the upcoming All Stars program as a member of Sick Antelope Party. He will also be featured in the upcoming Artists’ Reception scheduled to take place at The Living Room on Saturday April 5th. The considerable musical skill of Kes proved to be very evident as he performed a number of songs that touched the heart of those who absorbed them into their essence.

Kes was followed by a guitarist known as Sirhan Sirhan which is the name of the person who assassinated Sen. Robert F. Kennedy on June 5th, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, CA shortly after it was announced he had won the California primary and would likely had been the Democratic Party’s nominee for The President of the United States’ position. With a guitar in hand, Sirhan Sirhan performed a number of songs with a voice that could not only convey the deeper meanings of the lyrics through his voice but felt from within as the emotion he extruded from his vocals embodied the soul with its substance.

Sirhan Sirhan was followed by C Rock 113 who will be among those performing the Living Room’s Open mic All Stars Show in April. With music playing upon the venue’s sound system to accompany him, C Rock 113 gave voice to concepts and perceptions that ranged from the deeper crevices of the eternal soul to the thoughts created by the frustration of our time and political leaders as echoed in the cry, “The revolution will not come in silence because the government is moving us to violence.” The powerful words brought to mind a quote by Fredrick Douglas who was a slave in the 1800s and became an African-American social reformer, orator, writer, and statesman after his escape from the southern plantation that bound him. He is known to have said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” C Rock 113 was followed to the mic by a poet named “Mary” who made her debut the previous week and whose returned presence brought a quiet song to the heart.

The evening came to a conclusion with a performance given by Wilbium. Donned in aviator’s head gear and accompanied by a computerized apparatus from which he abstracted a series of musical notes from, Wilbium moved the gathering through his adept instrumentalities and vocalizations that enhanced the psychotropic effects of the compositions he placed before the altars of the imagination. As the performance came to an end, the evening’s co host, Andrew Oldfield, took the stage to offer his final words of farewell to the gathering and wishing all safe journeys home. It was at this point did the company share its goodbyes with one another before heading out in the rain to leave the venue with thoughts of returning the following week to enjoy another installment of the series. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the Sunday March 30th Open Mic Nite Session in The Living Room 2014 Gallery Part 2 at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152275669355421.1073741879.636000420&type=1.

The next installment of the Living Room Open Mic Nite Series will take place on Sunday April 6th beginning at 7pm with sign ins beginning at 6:30pm. Musicians, poets, writers, and anyone who would like to share something with a receptive audience are welcomed to do so. You can learn more about The Living Room Open Mic Nite Series by Exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom.

In addition to the Open Mic Nites presented at The Living Room, the venue also holds a Gallery which presents the work of visual artists from around the area. Their next exhibition will feature the work of Leonard Boone, Ashley Fontones, Eric Goins, and Ben Schwartz with an Artists’ Reception scheduled for Saturday April 5th beginning at 6pm. Music for the reception will be presented by Kes Lyman and Olivia Zinn along with a “Perspective Objective!” Photo Contest, an Art Raffle, and an opportunity to make a donation to their Community Tree with proceed benefiting the gallery. The exhibition continues until April 30th. The following exhibit will be their a group show in May titled, “Art-ology.” Please contact the gallery’s Director and Curators, Keyaira and Drew Ozkenel, at 570-421-2808.

The Living Room is located on Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA next to The Sherman Theater who owns the building. The Living Room is a non-profit artspace and community hub featuring live music, performance, and other events in an intimate setting at affordable prices. Please Explore The Living Room Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Living-Room/123978921059378 for more information on The Living Room, all they have to offer, and how to be a part of it all.

Going Out With a Laugh

The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA hosted The Kiss This Entertainment’s presentation of “MArch Madness LOL” on Saturday March 29th as part of their Laughing Out Loud Series. In spite of the rainy conditions dominating the area, a multitude of people seeking some humor to lighten the darkness of the day filled the venue. The comedy that ensued upon the small stage that was provided for the comedians (which one referred to as half of a Ping Pong Table) gave the audience the desired illumination upon which the brilliant hues of insights and observations they encountered through the performances inspired them to bask in their radiant humor.

The evening began as the event’s host, Tyler Rothrock, took the stage. After welcoming those who came to the event, Mr. Rothrock set the mood for the evening through his hilarious tales of the collegiate experience and how what constitutes someone as being “Creepy” differs among the genders. During his routine, he noticed me taking pictures and writing notes in preparation for the article I’m writing now.

His ability to interact with the audience became evident as he utilized the situation to his comedic advantage asking me a series of questions which left me off balanced enough so the claim that I was on LSD which is a psychologically alternating substance commonly known as “Acid” could be easily made. I found the prospect to be an amusing correlation so I decided to play along with the concept and allowed all of my answers to the queries he posed throughout the remainder of the evening to reflect those given by someone who was “High.” This was fun.

As Mr. Rothrock finished his initial routine, he introduced Hassan Oliver to the crowd. The laughter inspired by this comedian swept through the room allowing everyone to bring their joyous vibratos together into one chorus that sang the songs of their soul’s mirth. As Mr. Oliver’s set concluded, A comedian known as “Ace Comedian” took the stage after Mr. Rothrock introduced him.

Ace led those who have or had children a part of their lives down a humorous road of reflection and recollection as he told tales relating to his parenting experiences. He also described a series of behavioral abnormalities he referred to as “Stupid Shit” which inspired roars of laughter as each behavior was recognized by the audience. Ace was followed by Angela Cobb after she was introduced by Mr. Rothrock. Her hilarious set dealt with height, beauty, and losing her virginity along during Hurricane Sandy with an admission she would not mind dating older guys as it’s a form of time traveling to her. Ms. Cobb was followed by an comedian known as “David Outlaw” after he was introduced by Mr. Rothrock.

David Outlaw began his routine by announcing it was to be a sort one as his girlfriend thought he was only going out to purchase something at the store. He then continued his time on stage sharing his observations on hygiene and masturbation. The audience laughed until their sides hurt until Outlaw left the stage so Mr. Rothrock step upon it in order to introduced the evening’s headliner.

From the first moments Kenney Woo stepped on the stage, a joy from within him could be felt throughout the crowd. Every punch line he delivered and every finale to an observation he shared was punctuated by an inclusive laugh that served to enhance the humor of his performance. The variety of topics explored by Mr. Woo ranged from bad breath and the effects it has on mascara to the use of Marijuana and the inhalation of the small derivative of rolled cannabisal essence known as “Roaches” done during the eager partaking of the herbal delight. Mr. Woo concluded his performance with a series of “Shout Outs’ in which he honored and recognized a number of people in his life who either inspired him or whose behavior became utilized to further his comic routine.

The evening came to an end as Tyler Rothrock stepped upon the stage one final time to share his appreciations to the comics who performed and to the audience who came to partake of the event. It was a great event filled with laughter and the sense of camaraderie the mood enhancing activity creates.  You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the Kiss This Entertainment’s MArch Madness LOL event in The Living Room 2014 Gallery Part 2 at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152275669355421.1073741879.636000420&type=1.

Kiss This Entertainment was founded by Barbara Ayala who serves as its CEO. The company offers DJ’s, Parties, and Catering to enhance any occasion. The next main event to be presented by Kiss This Entertainment at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA will be their Spring Fling Comedy Show scheduled to take place on Saturday April 19th beginning at 9pm with doors opening at 8pm. The event will feature comedians George Gallo, Terry McNeely, and Hugh Daniel Murry IV with Matt Richards serving as the evening’s host.

Besides presenting events like March Madness LOL and their upcoming Spring Fling Comedy Shows at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room, Kiss This Entertainment a weekly Comedy and Improv Open Mic every Wednesday evening at the venue. Their next Comedy and Improv Open Mic is scheduled to take place on Wednesday April 2nd beginning at 8pm. While the event focuses on comedic performances, poets, musicians, and other performing artists are welcomed to participate. Please Explore Kiss This Entertainment Facebook Page for more information on this event, future Comedy and Improv Open Mic Nites, and all they have to offer the community at www.facebook.com/pages/Kiss-This-Entertainment/584901868260672.

Besides housing the Kiss This Entertainment’s weekly Comedy and Improv Open Mic event, The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA will present an exhibition featuring the work of Leonard Boone, Ashley Fontones, Eric Goins, and Ben Schwartz with an Artists’ Reception on Saturday April 5th beginning at 6pm. Music for the reception will be presented by Kes Lyman and Olivia Zinn along with a “Perspective Objective!” Photo Contest, an Art Raffle, and an opportunity to make a donation to their Community Tree with proceeds benefiting the gallery. The exhibition will continue to be on display until April 30th.  The Sherman Theater’s Living Room also holds a weekly Open Mic Nite Series www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom?ref=ts&fref=ts which occurs every Sunday Evening beginning at 7pm.

The Sherman Theater’s The Living Room is located on Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA. The venue is a non-profit artspace and community hub featuring live music, performance, and other events in an intimate setting at affordable prices. Please Explore The Living Room Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Living-Room/123978921059378 for more information on The Living Room, all they have to offer, and how to be a part of it all.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Living the Laugh Fantastic

The chilled air of winter made its way back Stroudsburg, PA on Wednesday March 26th as the streets of the town filled with those seeking one form of entertainment or another. The Sherman Theater’s Living Room was hosting another installment of the weekly Kiss This Entertainment’s Comedy and Improv Open Mic so I walked through the streets of the town passing those waiting to enter the neighboring Sherman Theater for their concert and soon found myself entering The Living Room. I was greeted by Mike the bar tender and found a place to put my coat, hat, and camera case down before sitting upon the easy chair to await the arrival of the event’s denizens.

It was after their arrival were an assortments of snacks poured out into napkin lined baskets and as people began pouring in through the doors until the room filled to capacity. Conversations filled the air as stories were told in preparations for the evening’s festivities. It was during this time did one of the participates who was simply referred to as “C. W.” leave the venue and returned with a good portion of Chicken wings and rice to be shared among the company. This was a welcomed sight as his generosity was deeply appreciated by the gathering who eagerly supped upon the victuals. 

It was after a number of people filled their plates and took their seats was the identity of the master of ceremonies announced by Barbara Ayala who is the CEO of Kiss This Entertainment. Don Harlem took the stage to welcome those who came out to participate and to partake of the show. He then set the mood for the evening by sharing his humorous reflections of life along with immediate observations he made and continue to make regarding all he encountered while living life up to the present moment. It was after this introduction to the evening did a gentleman named, “Luther” come to the mic.

Luther spent his moments at the mic to introduce singer/songwriter Dee “Songbird” Allen to the gathering. Dee and her remarkable talents has been well known among those who frequent The Living Rooms weekly Open Mic events on Sunday evenings and know what a treat those who have never had the opportunity to hear her were about to experience. From the first chords she strummed from her guitar whose music were quickly touched by her delectable voice to the final lyrical sigh that completed her set, the audience found themselves captivated by her musicality.

Dee was followed by another frequent denizen of the Sunday Open Mic Nite events named, “Brad” who sang nearly a cappella as there were a musical accompaniment to his song but it could only be heard by him through his audio player. Brad was followed by Jeff Evans who shared his stories relating to the employment situation many in the audience could relate to as well as other observations involving the living of life. Jeff and the laughter he encountered through his tales were followed by Paul Adam Smeltz (yeah, that’s me) who shared his stories with the audience that were intended to be humorous. Some chuckles were heard.

After Paul (aka me in the third person) finished his set, Mike the bartender took the stage to share a poem detailing the act and reactions one may experience while delving into a portion of the female anatomy. He was followed by Lakisha Williams whose tales of unexpected sexual advances on the internet brought about a great deal of laughter from the crowd. She was followed by Chas whose simple tales of relationships were kept in a book he brought to the stage with him inspired a great deal of laughter from the gathering. Chas was followed to the stage by C. W.

With cigar and drink in hand, C. W. shared his observations of life. He also revealed how his providing the gathering with some chicken was related to the poem Mike had shared. He then took to crooning several members of the female audience bringing them to hysterics. As C. W. concluded his set, I had to leave the room in order to visit another smaller room. In other words, I had to pee. I only share this bit of information because C. W. was followed by a woman known as “Jax” whose routine was so short that I missed experiencing it. Bummer.

It was at this time a number of announcements were to be made which included one made by Jean who is associated with WUN (Wake Up Now) www.WakeUpNow.com which is a direct sales technology company. Jean spent his time on the mic inviting everyone who wishes to change their lives to partake of the opportunities the company holds. News about upcoming events and special fundraising activities were also shared with the gathering.

The evening ended with dance routine performed by Brad whose catlike grace thrilled those who envied his moves. The conclusion of his performance brought about cheers and laughter from the audience who began leaving the venue while eagerly awaiting the next installment of the event as they shared their good byes with one another. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the Wednesday March 26th Kiss This Entertainment’s Comedy and Improv Open Mic in The Living Room 2014 Gallery Part 2 at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152275669355421.1073741879.636000420&type=1.

Kiss This Entertainment was founded by Barbara Ayala who serves as its CEO. Besides presenting a weekly Comedy and Improv Open Mic at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room Stroudsburg, PA, Kiss This Entertainment offers DJ’s, Parties, and Catering to enhance any occasion. Their next Comedy and Improv Open Mic is scheduled to take place on Wednesday April 2nd beginning at 8pm. While the event focuses on comedic performances, poets, musicians, and other performing artists are welcomed to participate. Other events Kiss This Entertainment will present at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room include “MArch Madness LOL” on Saturday March 29th beginning at 8pm. It is hosted by Tyler Rothrock featuring comedians Angela Cobb, Arti Robb, and Kenny Woo. Please Explore Kiss This Entertainment Facebook Page for more information on this event, future Comedy and Improv Open Mic Nites, and all they have to offer the community at www.facebook.com/pages/Kiss-This-Entertainment/584901868260672.

Besides housing the Kiss This Entertainment’s weekly Comedy and Improv Open Mic event, The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA will present an exhibition featuring the work of Leonard Boone, Ashley Fontones, Eric Goins, and Ben Schwartz with an Artists’ Reception on Saturday April 5th beginning at 6pm. Music for the reception will be presented by Kes Lyman and Olivia Zinn along with a “Perspective Objective!” Photo Contest, an Art Raffle, and an opportunity to make a donation to their Community Tree with proceeds benefiting the gallery. The exhibition will continue to be on display until April 30th.  The Sherman Theater’s Living Room also holds a weekly Open Mic Nite Series www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom?ref=ts&fref=ts which occurs every Sunday Evening beginning at 7pm.

The Sherman Theater’s The Living Room is located on Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA. The venue is a non-profit artspace and community hub featuring live music, performance, and other events in an intimate setting at affordable prices. Please Explore The Living Room Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Living-Room/123978921059378 for more information on The Living Room, all they have to offer, and how to be a part of it all.

Artistic Explorations at ESU

The East Stroudsburg University of PA (ESU) Art Association held an Artists’ Reception on Wednesday March 26th for their Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition presented in the Madelon Powers Gallery which is located within the campus’ Fine and Performing Arts Building. Participation in the exhibit was open to students of all majors attending East Stroudsburg University which is designed to showcase and reward the creative character of the campus’ population. Rodney O’Dell Davis served as Juror for the exhibition.

As each academic year passes at the university, the exuberant creativity embodied in the youthful spirit eager to explore and transcend the boundaries of the artistic disciplines the individual student embraces comes to the fore as their endeavors are displayed during the school’s annual exhibit. The work presented at the Madelon Powers Gallery remains consistent with this youthful spirit as the exceptional work displayed upon its walls demonstrates a great deal of talent combined with a vibrancy of limitless imaginations and a willingness to conduct aesthetic experiments to discover what the medium chosen by the artist can convey through its properties. The Reception was a very well attended as family, friends, and art lovers filled the space to capacity in order to explore the exhibit’s offerings.

Although the entirety of the work presented in the exhibition proved to be of high quality, there were a number of artists who were recognized for their proficient skills as demonstrated in the piece they presented. Those who received Honorable Mentioned included Chelsea Oplinger for her work titled, “Keep Going,” Lindsay Godin for her work titled, “Immerson,” Chris Hingley for his work titled, “The Mind of Bruce Lee,” and Crystal Prince for her work titled, “Still Life.”  Paul Burke received the Third Place Award for his work titled, “Lackluster Still Life,” Erika Erdmann received the Second Place Award for her work titled, “My View,” and Christy Flynn received the First Place Award for her work which was untitled. The award given to the best piece presented in Three Dimensions was given to Christy Flynn for her work titled, “Metal Petals.” The majority of the awards included scholarships and cash presented to the recipients in order to facilitate their ability to further their education.

Along with the artistic endeavors presented in the juried exhibition, a section of the gallery was dedicated to the skills of those who participated in the Art Association’s recent Annual 12 Hour Comic-Thon which took place on Saturday March 7th. The workshop allowed those students who seek to either define or refine their skills as cartoonist to partake of an opportunity to create comic books and graphic novels reflecting the images and characters they meet in their adventurous thoughts during the marathon session. The workshop was led by Prof. David Mazure and the works the students produced proved to be interesting literary gifts from which many who attended the reception joyfully perused as they engaged in conversations the exhibit and the content of the books inspired.

In addition to the work being presented in the main gallery, an exhibit of plates were on display in the venue’s upstairs gallery reflecting upon the ESU Dinner Party held in March of 2010 which was inspired by Judy Chicago as it celebrated women in history. The ceramic workmanship of the plates went beyond the ordinary functionality or decorative qualities of the dinnerware to depict the elements embodied in the desires of women to gain an equality often denied them in a patriarchal culture. The work was very well done and served a thoughtful cuisine of historic ideas relevant in any age when women and their rights to equality needs to be addressed.

The excellence of the work displayed throughout the entire gallery is well worth making a trip up to The University’s Fine and Performing Arts Building to explore. Many of the pieces serve to delight the eye with its imaginative imagery while other offered insights expanding one’s perceptions of the ordinary occurrences one encounters daily. You’ll find more photographs taken during the ESU Artists’ Reception in The ESU 2014 Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152286011965421.1073741883.636000420&type=1.

The ESU Art Association is collegiate club designed to create an opportunity for students to explore the myriad aspects of the visual arts with their peers. As with all such clubs, this is sometimes done with great degree of diligence while other times the approach contains the appropriate amount of silliness found when friends get together. In either case, the ESU Art Association provides students with a love for the arts to share the heart of one another. Its president is Lindsay Godin, its Vice President is Aisha George, its Secretary is David Canady, and it’s Treasurer is Chris Hingley. Prof. David Mazure serves as their faculty advisor. You can learn more about the ESU Art Association from their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/groups/2208607072/?ref=ts&fref=ts.

The ESU Art Department and Art Association Student Juried Art Exhibit will continue to be on display at The Madelon Powers Gallery which is located in The Fine and Performing Arts Building on the ESU Campus until April 18th. The exhibit was sponsored by The Pocono Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen with support being received by Music in the Mountains, Siamsa Irish Pub, and The Sarah Street Grill. The final exhibition presented during the 2014 Spring Semester by The East Stroudsburg University of PA Art Department will be their Senior Seminar and Portfolio in Art Student Exhibition with an Artists’ Reception scheduled for Wednesday April 23rd beginning at 4pm. The exhibition will continue to be on display until May 6th. Please contact The East Stroudsburg University Art Department at Esuarts@esu.edu for more information.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Night of Open Collaborations

As a chilled breeze reminiscent of the wintry season came to visit the Northeast PA region on Sunday March 23rd, I entered The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA to partake of another installment of its weekly Open Mic Nite Series some time before the event was scheduled to begin. The volunteered staff had already made preparations for the evening’s festivities and I was fortunate enough to witness one of its frequent participants, Dave Pugh, on electric guitar and co host Andrew Oldfield on drums jamming up a storm. A little while later, Co host AP (aka Andrew Paul) shared the microphone with the illustrious Rachel Burke who sang a few tunes together just for fun.

The joyous frivolity of the scene greeted those who entered the venue to partake of it’s opportunities to share their talents. An opportunity to experience the love for the art of performing demonstrated by the co hosts and others through this pre-show excursion proved to be a heartening inspiration to many. The time for those wishing to participate in the evening’s event to affix their signatures to the sign in sheet began to make its approach and musicians and poets made themselves ready to do so.

After the sign in list quickly absorbed the names of those who wished to perform, the signatories began to practice their crafts alone or with friends while conversations filled with the excitement of what wonders were to come their way consumed the room. It was when the 7pm hour arrived did an exuberant co host, Andrew Oldfield, took to the drum set in order to wake up the gathering to a new adventure in song and poetry until a less excitable co host (AP) took the stage to share his welcoming remarks and to introduce the fist performer to bless the mic for the evening.

Robin Danien was new to the gathering and began the night with an expression of faith. The desire to become a sanctuary for a divine power translated it sentiment to the venue’s lexicon well as it prepared itself to partake and be an embodiment of the sacred gifts of artistic expression that would be abundant throughout the evening. She was followed by Brad McCool who was joined by AP and Dee “Songbird” Allen who sang the song titled, “Royals” originally written and sung by Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor (aka Lorde) and co written by Joel Little. The song was released on Ms. O’Connor’s 16th Birthday and can be found on her 2013 CD titled, “Pure Heroin.”. The performance of the song by the collaborative endeavor of the trio expanded the dimensions of the original version which greatly impressed those who have an affinity with the composition.

Brad and company was followed by Dave Pugh whose playful talents prior to the commencement of the open mic nite event evolved to its fullest potential as the familiar riffs moved to encircle the auric imagination of his listeners. Dave was followed by Tycho whose absence from the venue was felt by those who have come to love his musical stylings and his noteworthy generosity as he is known collaborate with many of the musicians present during his time on stage. The evening proved to be no exception as Tycho invited Dee “Songbird” Allen, AP, Melissa Johnson, and a person whose name I neglected to ask for to join him in a series of songs of which their unique talents combined to elevate their quintessential qualities to their highest levels and beyond.

Tycho and his friends were followed by AP, who took the mic as “AP Box.” www.facebook.com/APbboxes4u AP continued the spirit of collaborative endeavors by inviting frequent performers of the event, Mabus and Dee “Songbird” Allen, to the mic. Together they played with one hip hop phrasing after another inspiring a flood of mouthwatering dreams as the focus of one piece centered around pizza. AP was followed by the return of a poet known as “Kittie Meow” who had been absent from the mic for quite some time and whose initial utterances reminded those who have experienced her meaningful words why they miss her and her poetry so much. Her poetry (especially the one she wrote that evening while Tycho was performing) closed the spaces between our hearts and souls until their seamless dreams became the embodiment of our realities.

A break ensued after Kittie’s poetic awakenings and a great number of conversations rebounded off the walls of The Living Room. The performances resumed with the arrival of a duo known as Justin and Gabriel. While Justin made his musical debut the previous week, this was Gabriel’s first time before The Living Room’s microphone which she blessed with her uncannily beautiful voice which combined with Justin’s to create an aura around each lyric to divinely touched those who heard it. They were followed by the return of Melissa Johnson to the stage who furthered blessed the audience with her marvelous voice that has echoed upon every soul since the first time she brought forth its qualities during her first performance at the Open Mic Nite series. Her performance during this segment of the series penetrated the essence of the gathering forming a solidarity of spirits whose destined desire was to become one with each note she transformed through her voice. Later, she was joined by Dee “Songbird” Allen and together their voices brought an “Ah” sensation to the crowd.

Melissa and Dee were followed on stage by guitarist Kes Lyman whose familiar presence to the venue never fails to bring a smile to those who hear him. His performance was a consistency for those who have come to admire his outstanding talents and his renditions of songs established by other artists as well as the songs he had composed. He was followed by the poet known as “Max” whose recitations brought about a good deal of thought mingled with amusements to those who were fortunate enough to embrace his words. Max was followed by newcomers to the gathering named Denzel and Lola with Denzel sharing one hip hop phrasing sequence after another while Lola playfully struck one action pose after another. This couple brought one smile after another from the audience as many hoped they would return in the near future.

Denzel and Lola were followed by Sick Antelope Party www.facebook.com/sickantelopeparty who consists of Vid Ryan, Kes Lyman, and Amy Burawski whose transcendent talents combine to create a performance art group mixing the ingredients of music and the spoken word art form known as poetry into a conglomeration of conceptual imageries until their spatial realities gravitate toward the cohesive elements embodied in a dream. The trio instills a relaxed sigh in the hearts and minds of those who experience their mastery upon the temporal essence of the arts they employ in their performance. So much so, both the co hosts of the evening’s Open Mic Nite took some time before they could bring themselves to verbally respond to the moment that had taken them from one reality to the next.

When they were given the words to do so, the co-hosts shared their amazement of what they had experienced and announced the list of performances had come to its conclusion. However, there was time for those who had placed their name upon the waiting list to bring their talent to the night. A young woman who had come to the event often but had not placed her name upon the list until that night came forth. Her name was Mary and she read her exquisite poetry to the gathering from her electronic device. The words moved about the room as each poem’s countenance placed the essentials found in each phrase gently upon the heart.

It was with her final breath did the evening come to a close with a collection of farewells filling the room soon afterwards. The evening proved to be a great one filled with collaborative endeavors reflecting upon the love the denizens of The Living Room have for the art they share and for each other. All who moved beyond the venue’s doors into he chilled night air yearned for the week to pass so they may partake of the blessing they experienced that night once again. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the Sunday March 23rd Open Mic Nite Session in The Living Room 2014 Gallery Part 2 at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152275669355421.1073741879.636000420&type=1.

The next installment of the Living Room Open Mic Nite Series will take place on Sunday March 30th beginning at 7pm with sign ins beginning at 6:30pm. Musicians, poets, writers, and anyone who would like to share something with a receptive audience are welcomed to do so. You can learn more about The Living Room Open Mic Nite Series by Exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom.

In addition to the Open Mic Nites presented at The Living Room, the venue also holds a Gallery which presents the work of visual artists from around the area. Their current exhibit is titled, “Music and Album Art” which features the work of local artists will continue to be on display until March 26th. Their next exhibition will feature the work of Leonard Boone, Ashley Fontones, Eric Goins, and Ben Schwartz with an Artists’ Reception scheduled for Saturday April 5th beginning at 6pm. Music for the reception will be presented by Kes Lyman and Olivia Zinn along with a “Perspective Objective!” Photo Contest, an Art Raffle, and an opportunity to make a donation to their Community Tree with proceed benefiting the gallery. The exhibition continues until April 30th.  The following exhibit will be their next group show in May titled, “Art-ology.” Please contact the gallery’s Director and Curators, Keyaira and Drew Ozkenel, at 570-421-2808.

The Living Room is located on Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA next to The Sherman Theater who owns the building. The Living Room is a non-profit artspace and community hub featuring live music, performance, and other events in an intimate setting at affordable prices. Please Explore The Living Room Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Living-Room/123978921059378 for more information on The Living Room, all they have to offer, and how to be a part of it all.

The Definition of Nature

For ArtzSake hosted an Artist’s Reception on Saturday March 22nd at The Studio 8 Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA for their photography exhibit titled, “My Nature: A Photo Gallery” featuring the work of James M. Smith. The exhibit centers around images depicting landscapes and events occurring in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. There was another reception scheduled for Sunday March 23rd with an additional opportunity to partake of the work and meet the photographer planned for Saturday April 5th beginning at 6pm. The exhibit was originally set to open during the month of February but had to be postponed due to severe climatic conditions and family situations that required immediate attention. However, the beauty of the images presented throughout the studio proved to be well worth the wait.

When entering the gallery, one is immediately drawn to the high definition and depth of field found in the images Mr. Smith captures. The impressive body of work creates the impression one is not merely looking at a framed photograph in a gallery setting but through a window in which can be seen and almost heard the stories each image has to convey. However, the frames created by the photographer’s son, James Smith, not only complimented each piece but furthered enhanced the living quality of the work.

Although the attendance for the reception I was present for was a modest one, a great number of photographers were there inquiring in regards to how such images could be presented in the manner in which they were displayed. Anyone who has even the most peripheral love for the art of photography found their experience of the exhibit enhanced by this exchange of ideas from the technically aesthetic conversations the exhibit and it’s artist inspired. The gallery’s atmosphere encouraged such sharings through its relaxed and welcoming setting allowing many the opportunity to simply sit comfortably so they can chat about the work, how it was created, and anything else a congenial conversation may lead to.

A nice array of food and beverages was provided including a jar full of grapes pickled in moonshine. Partaking of the intoxicating fruit was quite an experience but I found myself declining the offer to consume a second one as my dancing atop of tables days are all but at an end. Still, I found the conversations I indulged in with my fellow attendees equally intoxicating as they provided a deeper understanding of the art of photography and the nature of art in general.

It was during my conversations with Mr. Smith and the gallery’s curator, Sara I. Smith-Katz, (who is also Mr. Smith’s sister) did I learned the photographer began his creative journey as a pen and ink artists. However, due to a series of injuries he sustained, he lost the dexterity that enabled him to create the fine detail he demonstrated in his work. This inability to pursue one’s love left Mr. Smith greatly saddened by his life condition until he was offered a camera. This simple and loving gesture opened a new vista for the artists which is amply evident in the work displayed throughout The Studio 8 Gallery. #In addition to the photographs presented in the “My Nature…” exhibit, Mr. Smith is available to photograph individuals of advanced years in a natural settings. You can learn more about James M. Smith, his work, and how to schedule a sitting by contacting him at jmsmith1@stny.rr.com or at 607-731-4488.

The work presented at The Studio 8 Gallery was simply incredible and this out of the way venue should be visited in order for the effects of the images to be truly appreciated. The For ArtzSake exhibition titled, “My Nature: A Photo Gallery” featuring the work of James M. Smith will be on display until April 30th with an additional reception scheduled for Saturday April 5th beginning at 6pm. Their next exhibit has yet to be announced. In the meantime, you’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the My Nature: A Photo Gallery Artist’s Reception in The Stroudsburg Art District 2014 Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152239353790421.1073741877.636000420&type=1.

Studio 8 is located at 8 North 6th St. (on the corner of 6th St. and Quaker Alley) in Stroudsburg, PA and is one of the galleries within the epicenter of an emerging Art District of the town. A variety of art related events and classes take place in the venue which are offered to the public. The space is shared by Gigi and Company Dance Studio www.facebook.com/pages/Gigi-Company-Dance-Studio/200927543295977 which is owned by Jeannine “Gigi” Quinones offering instructions in a variety forms of dance along with performances and For ArtzSake who represents artists of nationally and international renown. You can learn more about For ArtzSake, their upcoming exhibitions, and all they have to offer by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/For-ArtzSake/197412433691630.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Music at Number 84

In a Stroudsburg, PA apartment (numbered 84) inhabited by Rebekah La Loi and Bobby Propst along with their cat and dog, an evening of music and togetherness was shared on Tuesday March 18th. Musicians traveled from as far a distance as the state of California came to perform in this humble abode decorated by the love the couple has for art, music, and each other. The house concert was the second such event the couple has presented to the community and the welcoming atmosphere it instilled upon those who visited during its first foray into presenting concerts in their home encouraged more music lovers to attend. As a result, the home became filled with those who came to enjoy some outstanding music in a comfortable setting. None were disappointed.

Guests were invited to explore the artwork upon the walls or to sit and relax while listening to a record album containing the songs sung by Patsy Cline while they waited for the concert to begin. Conversations reflecting the soothing sights and sounds filled the rooms as a variety of topics were pleasantly explored among well established friends and new acquaintances alike. When the musicians completed their preparations and the order of performances were determined, Rebekah welcomed the gathering and introduced the evening’s first performer.

Keith “Kif” Haynes (aka The Business Fairy) of Blairstown, NJ has appeared in a number of venues throughout the Monroe County, PA area and it was with much delight for those who haven’t seen him performed for a while to have a long awaited opportunity to partake of his talents again. After placing himself on a stool and making a final preparatory stoke on his guitar, Keith began playing a number of songs that moved about the audience who were soon seen moving their heads along to the beat of the songs as they intently listened to the intricacies of the rapid fire concepts they conveyed. Smiles came to many as realizations were discovered with the majority of them coming from within. You can learn more about Keith “Kif” Haynes (aka The Business Fairy) by exploring his Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/thebusinessfairy.

After Keith completed his set, a break ensued upon which Rebekah moved around the room with a bowl in hand in order to collect financial donations designed to support the musicians who appeared that evening. The break concluded as Kyle Hall of Galesburg, IL and his guitar took his place along with his friends who consisted of Emily Madden of California on Tambourine, Samantha Smith of Oklahoma on xylophone, and Oscar Graefen of Illinois on keyboards. They (along with Kalie McGuire of Missouri who did not play a musical instrument but supported her friends’ endeavors) have traveled around the country with one another while visiting a number of venue unique to each location. It was while driving from one destination to another did the majority of the company decide to form a “band” in order to past them time in spite of everyone (except for Kyle) having very little experience in playing an instrument.

The introductions Kyle gave to each song provided a subtext which enabled each listener to explore the composition more deeply as knowing its aesthetic origins enhanced the understanding of the seemingly simplistic songs. The musical skill levels of the other musicians enhanced each song’s sense of accessibility to the listener allowing he/she to belong more completely to it and visa versa. After some time, Kyle gave a solo performance and the songs he shared in this manner furthered explored the depth of our complexities as revealed through the simple lyrics that moved into the soul like a poem composed by the heart. You can learn more about Kyle Hall and his music by exploring his Website at  www.kylehall.bandcamp.com.

Another break ensued after the performance of Kyle and his friends upon which food and more conversations were shared. It was after this respite did Jesse Morales of The Pocono Region of PA and his guitar take his place to perform. Jesse’s talents and his energetic delivery of his songs had gained quite a bit of renown in the local area with a substantial portion of his performances enjoyed during the Sunday evening’s weekly Open Mic Nites at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom. However, the atmosphere of the home allowed a much more relaxed performance to emerge as the time restraints necessary in an Open Mic environment were lifted. This gave each song familiar to those who frequent the Open Mic Nite events a more conversational quality to them and the subtexts that were revealed through their deliveries made one even more appreciative of his song writing abilities. You can learn more about Jesse Morales and his music by exploring his Website at www.jessemorales.bandcamp.com.

Another break ensued after Jesse concluded his set and it wasn’t long before  Tedd Hazard of Hazleton, PA and his guitar took their place to close out the evening with his performance. One became immediately struck by the power of his songs as their precise and sharpened lyrics sliced into the sub consciousness of those who were pierced by the meaning found in each utterance. This was evident as members of the audience’s heads were observed moving along to each rhythmic rapture in order to simulate the subtleties of the music so their essential elements could be absorbed into their life’s experiences. As the final note of Tedd’s performance rang out, the eyes of many expressed the thought of “What a way to end a show.” You can learn more about Tedd Hazard and his music by exploring his Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/teddhazardandthe40ozthieves.

Tedd Hazard’s performance was followed by the presence of Rebekah who shared her appreciation to the musicians and guests who made it a memorable night. Those who attended the gathering reciprocated her remarks as all agreed it was a great show and an even greater venue to hold it in. The next concert to be presented by Rebekah and Bobby will be at The Indulgent Apothecary in Stroudsburg PA featuring Ghost Mice, Condition Oakland, The Billy Mack Collector, and The Pennsylvania Sunland Singers and is scheduled to take place on Sunday April 6th at 9pm. More information about the event can be found on their Facebook Invitation Page at www.facebook.com/events/699198810126827/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1.

A series of farewells spread throughout the apartment as the company of friends created by the thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining experience of the evening made their way through the halls, down the stairs, and to the outside. Many left eager to return for the next concert in order to relive the hospitality of their hosts and the love for music they demonstrated through the evening’s event. I hope to see you there as well. In the meantime, You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the Tuesday March 18th house concert in The House Music 2014 Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152300688790421.1073741887.636000420&type=1.