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.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gold Rots and Brian at The OMN

During the early evening hours of Sunday March 16th, I entered The Sherman Theater’s Living Room to partake of another installment of its weekly Open Mic Nite Series. The co hosts for the evening were busily setting up the room to accommodate the many performers who would come to share their talents in the venue and I had the opportunity to meet with the special featured guest musicians who were to perform during the event. It was during my conversation with them did the 6:30pm hour arrive signifying the time has come for those who wished to participate to let their wishes be known by adding their name to the sign in list.

As it is customary in The Living Room during its Open Mic Nite event, the list was filled in a matter of minutes with noms and nom de plumes as the room became filled with excited conversations and the sounds of preparations being made which included the tuning of many musical instruments. The many who came to dwell in the night’s enchantments found their places among the available seats and upon the floor to await for the 7pm hour to arrive during which one of the Open Mic’s co-hosts, Jessie Roth (aka JR), took the stage to welcome the gathering and shared some poetry that amused while inspiring a degree of contemplation upon their deeper meanings. It was soon after this was the first performer upon the list was announced.

Dee “Songbird” Allen was the first to take the stage. An applause greeted her as she plugged in her guitar and sat upon a chair to prepare herself to sing her first song. The renditions of the pieces she shared were embraced by the many who have come to adore her voice and stylings over the months since they first began being touched by her performances. However, those who had come to the venue for the first time found themselves to be equally enamored by her songs and talent.

As Dee “Songbird” Allen concluded her set, one of the Open Mic’s co-hosts, Andrew Oldfield, took the stage in order to introduce his fellow co-host, AP (aka Andrew Paul), who took the mic as “AP Box” and proceeded to open his box of vocal manipulations which magically captivated the audience through their amusing and realistic sonic effects. AP was followed by electric guitarist David Pugh who has frequently performed during the event and whose musical ebbs and flows took the audience sailing upon the tides of the songs he played. He was followed by Kidd Marvel www.facebook.com/TheKiddsWorld whose gentle and thoughtful delivery of Hip Hop compositions flowed among the denizens of The Living Room and moved them like a wave traveling to reach the shoreline where they could find a place to subside. He was followed by the first of the special featured guest musicians who came to the stage to perform.

After some introductions and technical adjustments to the microphones were made, Kevin Boardman (aka Cold Rots) and his guitar took the stage along with Gabiella “Gabby” Le who joined him on Mandolin. Their performance heated the Living Room to volcanic proportions in a matter of seconds as the energy of the music and communicative effects of the lyrics devoured the venue. A joy was felt by each listener as they were happily engulfed by the essential qualities of each song which contained a certain depth that was much appreciated and brought a smile to many who embraced it. The duet concluded their set with a song by the punk rock band known as “Against Me!” titled, “Sink, Florida, Sink” which appears on their 2003 album titled, “Against Me! as the Eternal Cowboy” as a tribute to a friend who was a drummer for another band who passed away recently.

Kevin (aka Cold Rots) and Gabby traveled from the Boston, MA area to Stroudsburg, PA in order to perform at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room as part of a Mini Tour they are conducting along with Brian Dickens who would perform later. Although the two had played together for some time, this was the first time Kevin and Gabby performed on a tour circuit together. Cold Rots has recently released a CD titled, “So It Goes” which you can learn more about along with Cold Rots (aka Kevin Boardman) by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/kevinboardmanmusic.

The audience were asked to come closer to the stage as Kevin and Gabby made their exit so Brian Dickens could come before the microphone with his guitar in hand. Brian was the second of the special featured guest musicians to perform for the Open Mic Nite gathering who began by sharing some remarks expressing his appreciation for the opportunity to play in the venue. His voice surrounded the audience with its cadence allowing its subtle inflections to penetrate deeply into the thoughts of those who experienced its vibrational qualities. The lyrics of his songs brought to each listener a contemplative thought and a smile as the realizations they revealed through their stories proved to be insightful. Brian ended his set with his rendition of the song titled, “Believe” which was recorded by Cher and written by Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennen, Paul Barry, Steven Torch, Matthew Gray, and Timothy Powell. The album of the same name was released on in 1998.

Brian Dickens traveled from Boston, MA area to Stroudsburg, PA in order to perform at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room as part of his Rock N Roll Will Never Die Tour. He began his music career when he joined the choir of The United Parish Church of Winchendon, MA in 1995. He later won his High School’s Annual Battle Of The Bands competition and began performing at new church halls and art galleries so he could prove myself to my local artistic community. He continues to perform in a variety of venues with song dealing with the challenges of living in a small community and the effects money has on one’s life. You can learn more about Brian Dickens and his music by exploring his Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/briandickens978.

A break ensued after the performances given by Kevin (aka Cold Rots), Gabby, and Brian concluded. This gave many the opportunity to learn more about and from the musicians and to add their CDs and other merchandise to their collections. A great number of conversations filled the room until the Open Mic Nite’s co hosts, AP and Jessie Roth, appeared on the stage to share some announcements prior to the resumption of the evening’s festivities. These announcements included the venue’s offer of an opportunity for attendees to share in the duties of co hosting the series with a scavenger hunt being planned to determine who would be the person chosen. A promise of more details were given before it was announced who the next performer would be.

C-Rock took the stage and introduced himself as a shock rapper upon which he proceeded to share several concepts and points of view that may have shocked some but mostly provided thoughtful insights of many meaningful issues that need to be examined and addressed. C-Rock was followed by a Newcomer guitarist to Open Mic Nite named Justin Parks whose renditions of several songs transcended the beauty of depth of the original versions. Justin was followed by Wilbium whose synthesized instrumental moved through the psychedelic extremities of the mind like a cube of LSD but without much of the druggy aftereffect. Wilbium was followed by Vid Ryan of the newly formed “Sick Antelope Party” www.facebook.com/sickantelopeparty who shared a poem he wrote and spoken during a previous Open Mic Nite which allowed the audience to circle and absorb each nuanced concept he conveyed. But, what impressed the audience of the March 16th gathering was the fact that he had memorized the lengthy piece and continued to captivate the imagination of those who heard it.

Vid Ryan was followed by Woodrow www.facebook.com/wearewoodrow who has appeared several times during previous Open Mic Nites and will be the opening act for the Rick Springfield Concert scheduled to take place at The Sherman Theater located in Stroudsburg, PA on Friday March 28th. The duo consists of Theresa Ratliff on vocals and Brian Bramkamp on vocals and guitar and they performed a number of songs dating back to the 1980s in preparation for their March 28th performance. The songs included “King of Pain” which was written by Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (aka Sting) and appears on the 1983 album titled, “Synchronicity” performed by the group known as The Police. Their rendition added some dimension to the original work and allowed those who heard it to explore its deeper meanings.

Woodrow was followed by Bradley Mc Cool who shared a number of his thoughts which led many to contemplate them with wonderment. He was followed by a newcomer to the event named, “Rob” who performed a number of Hip Hop songs that proved to be very well presented and led those who listened to be drawn into the imagery his words created. He was followed by the Open Mic’s co-hosts, Andrew Oldfield, who took the stage to perform several eclectic guitar selections which closed out the program for another week.

Farewells were shared and hopes to partake of next week’s Open Mic Nite at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room were expressed. It was a great night filled with the music and poetry of the caliber consistent with the reputation the venue has deservingly gained. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the Sunday March 16th Open Mic Nite featuring Kevin Broadman, Gabriella Le, and Brian Dickens 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 23rd 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 exhibitions will be held in April featuring several artists whose names are yet to be announced which will be followed by their next group exhibition in May titled, “Art-ology.” Please contact the gallery’s curator, Shane Izykowski, at 570-856-1001 for more information.

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.

A House Full of Funn Folk

A DIY (Do It Yourself) Folk Show was presented on Friday March 14th in The Funn House which is the apartment of Eric Funn located in Stroudsburg, PA. The chairs, tables, art, and other household fixtures placed around the apartment gave the dwelling a relaxed countenance which allowed those who entered to place the cares and concerns accumulated by the days existence at its front door. There was a delay in regards to beginning the show due to transportation issues involving one of the performers but this pause provided an opportunity for those who arrived to absorb more thoroughly the welcoming atmosphere and partake of the delicious soup that was prepared for the gathering.

After some time had passed, the musicians arrived and the company of friends who came to partake of the evening’s show moved into the performance area. The large number of guests were greeted by a welcoming scene adorned with lights lining portions of the ceiling, an assortment of plants, and a blackboard filled with chalk drawn art which included some thoughtful words along with a depiction of a loving spirit in the guise of a woman whose presence severed to overlook and guide the musicians and poets as they abstracted their loving offerings to the gathering from their spirit. Many among the gathering were inspired to take up some of the pieces of chalk that was made available in order to add their creative talents to the backdrop as the musicians prepared their instruments, voices, and spirits for their performances.

As the final touches of the pieces that were drawn upon the blackboard were made and compliments upon the work was received, Eric and his guitar took the stage to welcomed those who arrived to the show. He was then joined by The Sunland Singers who consisted of Chris Cicala on guitar, Renee De Moonunit on drums, Katherine Freeman on ukulele, and Zeke Katz on a variety of instruments. Together they sang a number of simple yet well constructed songs each with its own set of intricacies that gave a delightful substance and dimensionality to them. This was further enhanced by the joyous application of layers of voices and the subtle instrumental variations that added to the melodic template of the compositions. The Sunland Singers ended their set with Eric’s signature song titled, “Oh Shit. I’m a Fuck Up” which transposed an apparently singular experience into one shared by the audience. You can learn more about The Sunland Singers and their songs by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/sunlandsingers.

A break ensued after the performance in which a great number of conversations filled the air. It was during this time did a member of the gathering known as “Ghyp: See” (pronounced gypsy) shared some spoken word poetry that captivated all who were present. It was soon after this poetic interlude did Poet/folk singer Greg McKillop take the stage with his guitar. Greg lives in Portland, ME and had traveled a great distance in order to appear at The Funn House. His arrival soon proved to be one worth waiting for as he powerfully performed one song from his outstanding repertoire after another mingling several of them with some vocalizations that created an orchestral effect while others created another language that spoke directly to the imagination of the listener without the mediary of words. In addition to his songs, Greg shared some of his poetry with the gathering which moved the soul of those who were touched by it to great effect. You can learn more about Greg McKillop and his songs by exploring his Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/GregoryMcKillop.

After Greg McKillop left the stage and some time expired to be filled with conversations about his performance, Cara Cara took the stage and sat upon the floors with her guitar to sing her beautifully crafted songs through her hauntingly mesmeric voice. The majority of her compositions were short in their duration with many ending abruptly allowing those who listened intently to each lyric spoken and felt to complete the songs as their continuing transcendence was sung to them by their soul. A spirit surrounded the audience as she shared her muse with them and a oneness occurred uncommon in many performance settings. You can learn more about Cara Cara and her music by exploring her Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/caracaramusic?sk=app_2405167945.

As Cara Cara rose after the completion of her set and those who were touched by the experience were afforded time to explore its intricacies with their conscious thoughts, it was time for the newly formed group known as “Sick Antelope Party” to prance upon the stage. The group consisted of Amy Burawski, Vid Ryan, and Kes Lyman who each has gained a great deal of renown individually during The Sherman Theater’s Living Room’s weekly Open Mic Nite Series and decided to combine their talents five days prior to the DIY Folk Show. Poetry, music, and art danced with one another as a series of performance art pieces were sewn together with a loving thread that gently stitched the fabric of the room’s population into one seamless garment that could be worn as a quilt, a sweater, or as woolen headwear with antlers upon it. You can learn more about Sick Antelope Party by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/sickantelopeparty.

As the Sick Antelope Party completed their performance, many sat back to partake of some very relaxed conversations that lasted into the wee hours of the morning. It was during this time those who shared their words not only relived their experiences during the show with one another but also partook of the gracious opportunity to learn more about and from those they shared the event with. There had been shows presented at The Funn House prior to this event and there are more yet are likely to come and those who found themselves relaying their farewells to their friends soon found themselves eagerly awaiting for news when another show was scheduled. You can find more photographs taken during the DIY Folk Show in the House Music 2014 at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152300688790421.1073741887.636000420&type=1.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Here Comes The Sun OMN Yeah

As the new sun from the semi annual Daylight Savings Time ritual shone brightly on an unseasonably warm winter’s day, I arrived at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA for their weekly Open Mic Nite Series on Sunday March 9th. Although the doors were open, the day’s diurnal temperatures bade me to linger outside a little longer than usual to enjoy the climatic conditions. Musician were playing music on the sidewalk while others were chatting away remarking how good it was to see one another without the aid of artificial light.

As the time of 6:30pm came nearer, I did eventually enter the building to find many of the denizens quickly preparing to either perform or partake of the performances that were to take place that evening. The designated time arrived and those carrying a song, a poem, or even a play in their heart lined up to place their name upon the sign in list to make their creative desires known to those who announced whose turn it was to bless the mic. A great deal of excitement ensued as the list filled to its capacity in a matter of minutes.

The evening’s festivities began as the 7pm hour arrived and the host for the event, Jessie Roth (aka JR), took the stage to welcome the many whose awesome presence reflected the magnificence the weekly event has become. She then started off the event with some poetry along with some words lamenting the lost of the hour’s sleep many were sorry to experience through its departure due to the Day Light Saving Time Ritual. Although I was very appreciative for the extra beams of light that bathed every step I took while exploring the pathways leading to homes outside of the house where I live, I kept my differing views to myself. It was soon after these welcoming words and poetry was the first performer upon the list was announced.

Kes took the stage with his guitar in hand and sat upon a chair to share his music with the gathering. His songs satisfied the audience’s anticipations regarding what another night at the venue would offer as they quickly were enlivened by his music. Kes has performed many times before and was one of the featured performers during an Open Mic All Star show at The Living Room. His familiar presence inspired many to sing along with him as he presented a number of original songs and cover tunes for them to enjoy. Kes was followed by a performance by The Da Da Dum Theatre.

The production of the week’s installment of The Da Da Dum Theatre featured Theresa Ratliff of Woodrow and C - Rock in a play titled, “Not A Good Morning” written by Paul Adam Smeltz (Yeah, That’s me). It was a comedy about a Cereal Killer and generated a few chuckles. The production was followed by a performance by electric guitarist David Pugh who has frequented the stage many time creating a mood with his instrument that flowed from the conscious to the mesmeric dimensions of the audiences’ mind. He was followed by the duo known as Woodrow.

Woodrow www.facebook.com/wearewoodrow will be the opening act for the Rick Springfield Concert scheduled to take place at The Sherman Theater located in Stroudsburg, PA on Friday March 28th and, like Kes, was one of the featured performers during an Open Mic All Star show at The Living Room. The duo consists of Theresa Ratliff on vocals and Brian Bramkamp on vocals and guitar. They performed a number of songs dating back to the 1980s in preparation for their March 28th performance which included The Men at Work’s song titled, “Down Under” from their 1981 “Business As Usual” Album and Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in The Dark” (sung by Brian) from his 1984 “Born in the U.S.A.” album. Their performance brought new life to the songs they sang inspiring many who lived during the times they first appeared on the radio to sing along to the lyrics they still remembered.

Woodrow was followed by Dee “Songbird” Allen who shared she was scouted by a record company during a recent Open Mic Nite performance to which the audience rendered their heartfelt hopes that a great number of wonderful musical opportunities will come her way as a result of the experience. She then continued her time before the mic by sitting down and taking her guitar in hand to perform a number of songs in a manner to give the hopes the audience had for her success in a recording career a definitive tangibility. She was followed by Theomar Chakey Francois who had returned to the venue after a considerable absence from it and whose songs brought a quite joy to those who were reacquainted to his talents.

Theomar was followed by Jesse Morales whose energetic approach to his music never fails to enliven those who hear him. This night was no exception as he began his set with a ukulele and later played a guitar to complete his performance. A break ensued after Jesse’s set in which the host, Jessie Roth (aka JR), announced the Open Mic Nite event was looking for people to help share the duties of co hosting the series and a scavenger hunt was being planned to determine who would be the person chosen. The promise of more details about the process was made as an air of excitement filled the room. It was also announced there was an call for an early Summer made which delighted the audience immensely. As the break concluded, the audience prepared themselves for more performances that were to come.

C - Rock and his electric guitar came upon the stage to bless the mic with some original songs he composed. Many spoke of relationships and life effecting experiences along with the high hopes they possessed. His words entreated the crowd to listen more intently as they symbiotically sensed an innate truth about themselves that would be revealed in the hearing leading to a greater understanding of all that had gone before them and what is yet to come. C - Rock was followed by a poet known as “Max” whose words spoke softly the language of the heart allowing it to hear its own murmuring whispers and translating its utterances so the ears of every listener could understand.

Max was followed by Dedzik www.facebook.com/TwinDevilDedzik whose hard core performance created a contrast to all that came before allowing the audience to explore the deeper and darker realms of their existence. The edge of his songs easily cut themselves through to the inner psyche of those whose droplets of blood shown like a beacon for the thoughts they wished to contain but yearned to set free among the denizens of the world. Dedzik was followed by Michael “Mabus” Bailey who was accompanied by Kid Marvel who, together, served a cuisine of Hip Hop that satisfied the palate of those who consumed every utterance as they bopped their heads and shaped their hands into the symbols of the streets while partaking of the flavor of every song. The two men are part of the Hip Hop Group known as Area 51 and were, like Kes and Woodrow, were featured among those who performed during an Open Mic All Star show at The Living Room.

Mabus and Kid Marvel were followed by guitarist Justin O’Neil Rosario whose powerfully delivered songs reached into the essence of hear listener to engrave the truth of each lyric into their eternal being. Justin was the final name upon the list of performers who were to appear upon The Living Room stage. However, there was time left for those who placed their names and hopes upon the waiting list and they were now able to share their talents with the gathering.

The first who took the mic at this time was Vid Ryan who shared a poem he read from his cell phone that moved the audience through it‘s use of language and imagry. He was followed by Mc Chicken Nugget (aka Amy Burawski) who has read her work many times before with a voice filled with a beauty that adorned the dreams it and her work inspired. She was followed by Bradley Mc Cool who shared a number of his thoughts on forgiveness and judgmental attitudes which led many to contemplate his thoughts with wonderment.

Bradley Mc Cool was followed by Melissa Johnson whose clarion voice had not been heard in The Living Room for quite some time due to a feeling of self consciousness she experienced during an earlier Open Mic Nite. However, with the aid of her friend Rachel Burke who sat on the floor by her side, her stunning voice broke through the barriers that held it tight and flowed through the room and the heart of all it touched. She sang a number of song preciously recorded by other artists but her rendition quickly led the mind to forgetfulness as their version was wiped away by the more precise and harmonically innate one Ms. Johnson transcribed.
There was a pause among those who listened to Ms. Johnson after she completed her set as it to allow its cadence to fully absorb into their being before coming back from the musical world she created for them. But, the applause eventually came and it was then time for C. O. G. to perform. A number of songs left his lips and guitar that spoke of life in the plain speaking words that could only be said in the genre known as folk music. Their truth rang true and simple and, as he has demonstrated so many times in the past, C. O. G. gave the perfect voice to the understanding he musically conveyed as his performance concluded those for the evening.

It was at this time those who shared the experience of another evening at The Living Room together relayed their goodbyes to one another. The air outside the venue maintained some of its warmth and several chose to walk while exploring the insights they gained during their experience that evening. Vernal promises were made to their friends and to themselves to return to the venue the following week to partake and/or participate in the event and to dwell once again in the camaraderie that is found there. And, many will keep that promise and be enriched by it. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the Sunday March 9th Open Mic Nite 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 16th beginning at 7pm with sign ins beginning at 6:30pm. Musicians, poets, writers, and anyone who would like to share something with an 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 exhibitions will be held in April featuring several artists whose names are yet to be announced followed by their next group exhibition in May titled, “Art-ology.” Please contact the gallery’s curator, Shane Izykowski, at 570-856-1001 for more information.

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.

An Artful Wandering in the Castle

As the unseasonable warmth of a Winter’s day began to cool during its twilight hours, The Castle Inn Gallery in Delaware Water Gap, PA held an Artists’ Reception on Saturday March 8th featuring the work of Marlana Holsten, James Chesnick, Tom Augusta, Shirley Epstein, Clavertis Miller, and Emilio Arostegui.  The variety of flavors found in the plentiful amount of food that welcomed the multitude of art lovers that filled the gallery and the castle halls was only surpassed by the astoundingly beautiful images and hues that fed the soul through the palate of the eyes. The gentle music that was played upon a sound system permeating the building guided each thought from one piece to another while the conversation that reflected the insights one would discover and rediscover during the event added a substance to the already meaningful chords of the instrumentals.

A soft mood flowed throughout the evening tempered by a soul touching reverence one experienced during the explorations of the work displayed. This was further enhanced by a reading by local author Robert M. McMahon who shared words from his book titled, “Wandering Thoughts” which is a compilation of his meditations, observations, and prayers. From the first utterances of words written in a language transcending the literary confinements of the physical world, a translucent journey to places where one could not normally see clearly was embarked upon. It was through the wandering eyes of each listener that the true destinations of their inspired travels could be glimpsed and found to be our own as each step of a common humanity dispelled the boundaries of illusions and brought us closer together.

Robert McMahon moved to the area in 1988 and presently lives in Mount Pocono, PA with his partner of over twenty-five years, Frank Fiore, who created the cover art for “Wandering Thoughts.” His frequent commutes to Manhattan, NY allows him to enjoy the energetic aspects of the city while the ability to retreat to the peaceful environment of the mountains moves him to reflect upon his thoughts and his daily experiences with a sense of peace, insight, faith, and tranquility. You can learn more about Robert McMahon and his book titled, “Wandering Thoughts” by exploring his Website at www.createspace.com/3678685.

The art upon the walls of The Castle Inn Gallery along with the words and food shared among its visitors during the reception created a welcoming environment which allowed each person to feel at home in the venue. The camaraderie experienced in the two hours that transpired during the event  will linger in the memories of those who ventured into the gallery for many eternal moments to come. Even though the auditory conversations and the insights one can derived from them are no longer corporally present in the gallery, the essence of the evening may still be discovered absorbed in the intricate layers of the images and still mingling within the soul of the work in which it dwells. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the reception in The Castle Inn 2014 Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152288752440421.1073741885.636000420&type=1.

The Castle Inn Gallery in Delaware Water Gap, PA is curated by Jose and Maggie Santamaria who seeks to showcase local artists in an intimate setting conducive to allowing individuals who visit the venue to explore the work in a relaxed manner. The current exhibition featuring the work of Marlana Holsten, James Chesnick, Tom Augusta, Shirley Epstein, Clavertis Miller, and Emilio Arostegui will be on display until April 30th. The artists featured in the gallery’s next exhibit is yet to be announced. Please Explore The Castle Inn Gallery Facebook Page for more information at www.facebook.com/pages/Castle-Inn-Gallery/159174520808670.

The Castle Inn Gallery is found within The Castle Inn located in Delaware Water Gap, PA. It was built in 1906 and was the last of the great hotels to be built in area. It housed an ice cream parlor, a mosaic floor, bowling alleys, a pool, and a billiard parlor. Performances were presented which included those given by Opera legend Enrico Caruso, Marching Band Leader John Phillip Sousa, and Big Band Leader Fred Waring along with the Pennsylvanians. This all came to an abrupt end when fire touched the Inn during the 1970s and it laid dormant until 2005 when it was purchased by Theresa Veltri and Frank Paccione who continues their endeavors to bring the Inn back as an asset to the community and all who visit it. You’ll be able to learn more about The Shoppes at The Castle Inn and all they have to offer by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/historiccastleinn?ref=ts&fref=ts.

Sharing the Faith with Brass

The East Stroudsburg, PA United Methodist Church (ESUMC) presented The Salvation Army’s PenDel Brass, Singers, and Tambrelists who performed a glorious musical program under the Musical Direction of Harold Burgmayer on Saturday March 8th as part of the performers’ 50th Anniversary Concert Series. The segment of the series performed at the church was titled, “We’ve Come This Far by Faith” which featured a number of compositions related to the Christian faith all of which were rendered flawlessly and rose the spirits of everyone who were fortunate enough to experience the sounds that echoed the joyful murmurs of the heart. The sanctuary was filled to capacity as each ear delighted in the music that filled them.

Unfortunately, I arrived late to the concert and did not experience the first moments of the program which included (according to the printed program) a pre concert performance given by the Youth Chorus and the welcoming remarks of Major Jim Fingrich of East Stroudsburg corps of The Salvation Army. However, as I walked into the church during a movement from the orchestra’s performance of a suite composed by Robert Redhead titled, “Shout Salvation,” the musical precision of the piece led me to my seat where I found myself comfortably surrounded by its melodies. The remainder of the program primarily consisted of the Pendel’s Brass Orchestra and the Pendel’s Singers taking turns as the concert’s focal points. The selections presented by Pendel’s Brass Orchestra and the Pendel’s Singers proved to be quite beautiful and touching which was further amplified by the soloists and musical pairings who were featured throughout the program.

The Pendel’s Timbrelists were presented during the concert and their presence created a stir as the beat of their tambourines mimicked that of the pulsating hearts of those who became absorbed by the music of a piece composed by Dean Jones titled, “El is El Senor (He is the Lord)” that accompanied their performance. The colorful ribbons upon their instruments created rainbows as they were sailed through the air by each musician as they allowed the echoing of their deftly delivered taps to realize their full acoustic effects.

A number of selections followed the performance of the Pendel’s Timbrelists until a Devotional along with words of appreciation was given Captain Mike Laro who, along with Debra Laro, served as The Salvation Army Divisional Youth Leaders. Some additional pieces followed his words which included a musical benediction that closed the program which inspired a standing ovation by the many who attended the concert as they were well satisfied by what they had experience. You’ll find more photographs taken during the March 8th Salvation Army’s PenDel We’ve Come This Far by Faith concert performed at The East Stroudsburg, PA United Methodist Church in The Special Events 2014 Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152230295395421.1073741876.636000420&type=1.

The Salvation Army PenDel Brass, Singers, and Timbrelists is part of the organization’s Music programs that serve the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware (PenDel) region of the United States. Lieutenant. Colonel Donald and Renee Lance serve as their Divisional Leaders. The next installment of the Salvation Army PenDel Brass 50th Anniversary Concert Series will be performed at the Salvation Army Philadelphia, PA Citadel Corps on Saturday March 29th. The program will be titled, “March On!” featuring a united regional music schools concert. You can learn more about The Salvation Army PenDel Brass, Singers, and Timbrelists, their music, and all they have to offer the community by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/PendelMusic.

The Salvation Army is a national religious organization promoting the percepts of the Christian faith especially in the tenants relating to the promise of a spiritual salvation to those who seek it. The Salvation Army began its ministry in the United States in October 1879 by Lieutenant Eliza Shirley. You can learn more about The East Stroudsburg, PA Chapter of The Salvation Army by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/East-Stroudsburg-Salvation-Army/238240569560704.

The East Stroudsburg, PA United Methodist Church (ESUMC) is a religious organization devoted to the Christian faith whose mission is “To Love Jesus Christ and to Share His Love.” They hold three services each Sunday which includes two traditional services and one that is contemporary in nature. Everyone is welcome to participate in their ministry events and worship services. You can learn more about The East Stroudsburg, PA United Methodist Church (ESUMC) by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/East-Stroudsburg-United-Methodist-Church/125512147493695.

A Passage of Time at The PCT

The Gallery at The Pocono Community Theater and Cultural Center in East Stroudsburg, PA held an Artist’s Reception on Saturday March 8th for their exhibition titled, “Yesterday and Today” featuring the work of Jim Smeltz throughout their entire gallery. This is seldom done as the gallery is usually split between two locations which are the center’s front gallery located in their lobby near their 1st screening room and the back gallery located along the wall leading to their 2nd and 3rd theaters. However, the plentiful work Mr. Smeltz has created during his many years of manifesting images and teaching others how to pursue their desire to place their imaginings on canvas has afforded the gallery an opportunity to allow its patrons to focus on a single vision thus creating a visual narrative throughout their aesthetic explorations.

As the exhibit’s title suggests, a variety of depictions of buildings found throughout the gallery allowed the viewer to take a nostalgic journey into yesterday while those of floral arrangements centered the viewer in the beauty of the here and now. However, the images of buildings of a bygone time could lead one to reflect upon what the structure and the area which it once occupied is like today while a grouping of flowers may bring back memories to when one met someone they were fond enough of to offer a bouquet. While exploring the work, we soon realize that the time presented in the paintings created by Mr. Smeltz is relied upon our perceptions and the gentleness of the exhibit allows us to take some time to soften our thoughts to absorb all the variations of what we perceive from the images we are touched by.

The reception was a well attended one as Mr. Smeltz has garnered a number of admirers throughout his years in the local art scene. Students who have become artists of some renown along with those who never fail to find something of themselves in his work came to the venue to partake of his visual talents. The work presented at The Gallery at The Pocono Community Theater and Cultural Center held no disappointments for those who attended the reception as it not only satisfied those who found a comfort in the images but also an opportunity to discover something new about themselves. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the reception in The Pocono Community Theater (PCT) 2014 Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152288720240421.1073741884.636000420&type=1.

The Gallery at The Pocono Community Theater and Cultural Center in East Stroudsburg, PA will continue to display their exhibition titled, “Yesterday and Today” featuring the work of Jim Smeltz until April 27th. Their next exhibition will feature the works of Chris Sparling which will be shown in their Front Gallery and Joni Benintende in their Hall gallery. An Artists’ Reception for the exhibit is tentatively scheduled for Saturday May 3rd beginning at 1pm and the exhibit will continue to be on display until June 29th.

In addition to hosting art exhibits, The Pocono Community Theater and Cultural Center presents a variety of films both popularly current as well revivals of those films released in the past. They also host special events such as their Book Club which explore novels that have been adapted to the screen and are currently being shown in the theater. Please Explore The Pocono Community Theater Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/PoconoCommunityTheater?ref=ts&fref=ts for more information.

Collegiate Talent Abound

The East Stroudsburg University (ESU) of PA Vocal Performing Arts Organization held their 1st Annual Spring Talent Show on Friday March 7th in the campus’ Fine and Performing Arts Center. The evening featured a number of students whose talents ranged from music to dance, from hip hop to baton twirling, and so forth. The event offered a wonderful opportunity to partake of the talent dwelling among the campus’ population made even more endearing as the love of each performer for his/her aspirations became inspirationally evident during their time upon the stage.

I arrived late to the event and missed the opening performance given by Victoria Oberdick and Mitch Mikuchonis who (according to the program) was scheduled to sing “Say Something” by A Great Big World, but I managed to enter the hall as David Yablonski performing a selection from the musical “Carousel” titled, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as accompanied by Chris Henry on piano. The piece was well received by the audience who appreciated the precision of his voice. He was followed by Becky Roeber and Eric Baum who sang the song titled, “Love is an Open Door” from “Frozen” whose musical interactions with one another brought a smile to many of the plentiful faces which were present during the event.

They were followed by Marcus Howard who performed the song titled, “Love’s Divine” written by Seal as accompanied by Chris Henry on piano. Mr. Howard’s interpretation of the piece brought out its intricate beauty. As Mr. Howard complete his performance, Becky Roeber returned to sing the song titled, “With You” from “Ghost the Musical” giving it a haunting quality. She was followed by Rashaad “Sugar Prince” Taylor who moved across the stage as he performed the Hip Hop composition written by B2K and P. Diddy titled, “Bump, Bump, Bump.” An intermission ensued after his performance in which those who participated in the show came upon the stage to sing the “Happy Birthday Song” to one of the Audience members.

As the intermission concluded, the band called, “The Northern Revival” consisting of Gage Hojnowski and Eric Kump on Guitars, Brandon Broschart on Bass Guitar, and Johnny Herb on Drums. Together, they performed the songs titled, “Green Onions” and “Phatophobia” which proved to be very entertaining to the audience. They were followed by Poet Mason Buskirk who recited his work titled, “Whispers” which had a quieting effect upon the gathering. Mason was followed by a band named, “Valentina” who consisted of Kelly Keegan and Shara Tallada on vocals along with two guitarist who were listed on the program but only one was seen on stage. Their names were Brian Roder and Kevin Juchno and it is unknown to me which of the men appeared. In any case, the group performed the songs titled, “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus and “We are Young” by the band Fun. The voices of the singers were as powerful as they were hypnotic as their rendition was complimented by the guitarist who played along with them.

Valentina’s set gave way to the presence of Alize Marrero who performed a dance routine to the song titled, “Single Ladies” sung by Beyonce. Her movements gave the song a degree of sensuality that delighted the members of the audience. Those who experienced the final steps of her performance barely caught their breathes as she walked off the stage as Melissa Valentovic entered with batons in hand which she began to twirl amazing those who viewed her with open mouths as her sense of precision astounded them. Her performance brought about the conclusion of the program as the member of the ESU Vocal Performing Arts Organization presented themselves on stage in order to share their appreciation to the talent and those who came to be entertained by them before bidding everyone a fare thee well. You’ll be able to see more photographs taken during The East Stroudsburg University of PA Vocal Performing Arts Organization held their 1st Annual Spring Talent Show in The ESU 2014 Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152286011965421.1073741883.636000420&type=1.

The show provided the many who attended the program an entertaining evening on campus with much of the talent proving to be very impressive. It would be interesting to see where the creative interests of many of these students will lead them as they continue and complete their educational years at the university. Time will tell of course and I’m one of many who viewed the performances who are eager to find out.

The Vocal Performing Arts Organization at East Stroudsburg University of PA is a student organization who wishes to increase awareness of vocal performing arts on campus as well as giving back to the community the gift of music. They offer a wide array of opportunities through their many programs including concert choirs, select ensembles, musical theater, individual student recitals, and more. You can learn more about The ESU Vocal Performing Arts Organization by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/pages/ESU-Vocal-Performing-Arts/103816162994926.

Awarding a Creative Journey

The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center in Stroudsburg, PA held an Artists’ Reception on Friday March 7th for their 21st Annual Juried Student Art Show in its main Artspace Gallery featuring the works of students who are enrolled in the school systems scattered around the Monroe County, PA area. These schools included The East Stroudsburg High School - South and North, The Pleasant Valley High School, The Pocono Mountain High School - East and West, and The Stroudsburg High School. The exhibition also included a space for Art Educators Nancy Bohm, Mark Ciocca, and Kris Miele-Beatty while the work of member artists of The Pocono Arts Council were presented in the center’s Studio Gallery and the Morris Berman Collection which was donated by his daughter, Ilona Marmer, was displayed in the center’s Hall Gallery.

One could not escape the captivating effects of the colors and imagery adorning the walls of the main gallery had on the imagination upon those entering the center. The youthful perceptions of the artists created a vibrancy in the work which proved to be infectious to those who peered into the frames encircling many of the pieces. The aesthetic excitement the exhibit inspired the heart of those who have seen a number of years to embark upon a race whose goal was to recapture the youth one remembered having. However, the qualities of the work also had it effects upon the artists’ contemporaries as they recognized their internal and external presence reflected in each piece allowing them a deeper understanding and camaraderie to be shared with each image they embraced.

As indicated earlier, the exhibition is a juried one with Professor Darlene Farris-LaBar of The East Stroudsburg University of PA Art Department, Dr. Yi-hui Huang of The East Stroudsburg University of PA Media Communication and Technology Department, and Suzanne Wefelman serving as jurors. The Award Sponsors were The Monroe County Bar Association, The Pocono Chapter, PA Guild of Craftsmen, and The Pocono Arts Council. A great deal of excitement engulfed the room as PoconoArts Coordinator, Laura Goss, took her place among the multitude of attendees to share her welcoming remarks along with news relating to the organization prior to presenting the winners with their gifts.

In the category featuring Two Dimensional work, the award for third place went to Justin Archbald, second place went to Narissa Hajratalli, first place went to Lisa Marie Asaro, and Allan Gonzales received Honorable Mentioned. In the category featuring Fine Crafts (Functional), the award for third place went to Chris Lee, second place went to Kira Flaherty, first place went to Melissa Tarhovicky, and Mary Cerbone received Honorable Mentioned. In the category featuring Third Dimension Works (Sculpture/Non-Functional), the award for third place went to Sofia Janak, second place went to Katie Corrao, first place went to Britany Corrao, and Agostina Gho received Honorable Mentioned. In the category featuring Photographic works, the award for third place went to Nicholas Cobb, second place went to Kira Warner, first place went to Carlee Haase, and Andrew Krug received Honorable Mentioned. The Best of Show Award was presented to Jordan Couttien for her work titled, “A Mother’s Touch.”

The Artists’ Reception for the Pocono Arts Council’s 21st Annual Juried Student Art Show at The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center in Stroudsburg, PA proved to be an exciting one filled with a great deal of wonderful art allowing one to glimpse into the future of artistic expression of which many of the students participating in the exhibit will play an intricate part in its manifestations. The conversations I shared with many of the artists revealed a depth and insight into the essentials of creativity which allowed my imagination to form a landscape which they will mold as their considerable talents will become refined and redefined as they continue their lifelong creative journeys. You’ll find more photographs taken during the Artists’ Reception in The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center 2014 Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152285998065421.1073741882.636000420&type=1.

The Pocono Arts Council’s 21st Annual Juried Student Art Show at The PoconoArts Community Cultural Center in Stroudsburg, PA will continue to be on display in its Artspace Gallery until March 26th. 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. The exhibition will continue to be on display until May 25th.

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, March 07, 2014

Laughter Among The Living

On a chilled wintry night made gloomier by the constant references to the climatic conditions of the area by a multitude of sources, a beacon of laughter shown throughout the town of Stroudsburg, PA as The Sherman Theater’s Living Room presented a Comedy and Improv Open Mic on Wednesday March 5th which allowed the thoughts of those who entered to be warmed by the humor and camaraderie they discovered there. The event was hosted by Kiss This Entertainment who offered an opportunity to everyone who walked through the door to share their humorous stories or perceptions on life along with any other talents they had with a receptive crowd. The event is relatively new to the area so the number of people present was a modest amount, but the laughter the evening inspired created a presence which transcended the group that was assembled.

The beginning of the event was delayed due to the late arrival of several comedians who were expected to perform. However, as soon as the evening’s host, Lakisha, took the stage and began to share her brand of humor, the first peals of laughter she extracted from the audience while exploring the qualities of Craig’s List and parts of the female anatomy proved to be a moment worth the wait. Lakisha’s routine was followed by her introduction of the first comedian to bless the mic with his perceptions and recollections named, “Dan” who traveled from Whitehall, PA to be a part of the festivities. His routine was well received by the audience who found his reflection very amusing.

Dan was followed upon the stage by Paul Adam Smeltz (yeah, that’s me) who, in spite of his jokes earning him and the title, “The Scourge of The Family Get Together,” decided to try out some of his jokes on the group. The gathering graciously laughed at his attempts to which he ended his routine and got off the mic while the getting was good. However, a skit Paul had written titled, “Not A Good Morning” was performed by Dan (who appeared earlier) and a member of the audience known as “Barbara 2.” It, too, was graciously received.

Paul (yeah, still me) was followed a comedian named, “Tracy” whose presence immediately brought about a great deal of laughter and touched upon a variety of topics ranging from child rearing to politics. As Tracy completed his set, a new comer to the gathering named, “Keino” took the stage to share his humor with the crowd. His collection of jokes were well received and proved to be an interesting contrast to the monologue approach the majority of the comedians utilized in their routines. Keino was followed by Mike who also served as the evening’s bar tender and served up a routine that further intoxicated the crowd with laughter.

Mike was followed by Jean who is associated with www.WakeUpNow.com which is a direct sales technology company. Jean spent his time on the mic sharing news of a Power of WUN (Wake Up Now) Business Conference that is scheduled to take place Saturday March 8th at The Lounge in Bartonsville, PA www.facebook.com/LoungeBartonsville?ref=br_tf beginning at 2pm. The evening’s host, Lakisha, took the stage to bid farewell to the audience as Jean left the stage until a young man named, “Casford” entered the building who seemed to be on his way to another a joining room. Lakisha entreated him to come upon the stage and share his words with the gathering which he relented to do so by answering questions posed to him by the audience.

As Casford left the stage, Keino returned to bless the mic and those who heard him with a song. It was after this musical interlude did Lakisha take the stage to conclude the program and share news of upcoming events presented by Kiss This Entertainment with the help of Barbara 2. Those who attended the event found it to be a good dose of fun and news that it is a weekly event gladdened the heart as many wished to come back to repeat the experience. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the 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 March 12th 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 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 is currently presenting an exhibition titled, “Music and Album Art” which will continue to be on display until March 26th. Their next exhibitions will be held in April featuring several artists whose names are yet to be announced followed by their next group exhibition in May titled, “Art-ology.” Other events at The Living Room will include MY SHOW Live featuring King Buffalo on Saturday March 8th, Lionize on Thursday March 13th, Voices That whisper on Saturday March 15th and their weekly Open Mic Nite Series www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom?ref=ts&fref=ts which occurs every Sunday Evening beginning at 7pm.

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.