Saturday, August 22, 2015
After being seated for a period of time, the large audience who were in attendance were treated to a short action film featuring Steve Cooney and Mr. Roccanova himself. It was a well made piece of cinema filmed at the Quality Inn in Stroudsburg, PA. The ending of the film served as a segue to the appearance of Mr. Roccanova who entered the theater while singing and greeting those who were present.
Much of the remainder of the show offered Mr. Roccanova's faithful interpretations of his extensive repertoire through a voice that gave new life and meaning to every lyric he uttered. His rapport with his crew which included Tristan and Taylor Flanagan, Chase Bartholomew, and Stuart Yaden provided the audience with an insight on the infrastructure of the show while their amusing banter brought a smile to many. Members of Mr. Roccanova's crew often joined him in a number of songs and short skits involving playful infighting throughout the evening. There were also moments the audience were enchanted by the appearance of Brigette Scott who shared a duet with Mr. Roccanova along with presenting a solo performance and one with the entire company to the delight of those who were fortunate enough to experience her marvelous voice.
In addition to the songs, there were many moments that helped to endear the concert to the everlasting memories of the audience. These included a conga line, a singing and a trivia contest with a glittered top hat as a prize, and candy. These extras made the show even more satisfying and delicious while making the evening a joyous experience for those who love music from the swing era as well as those who welcomed the genre into their lives thanks to Mr. Roccanova's endeavors. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the concert in The Swinging at The PCT Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154131187798761.1073741892.91146283760&type=3.
In addition to the concerts they offer the community, The Pocono Community Theater and Cultural Center in East Stroudsburg, PA holds exhibitions throughout the establishments featuring the works of local artists. The center also presents a variety of films both popularly current as well revivals of those films released in the past. In addition to this, they 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 or their Website at www.poconocommunitytheater.org for more information.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Although members of the same family, each artistic approach of its members could not be more distinctive from one another. Ms. Baragona's renderings captures the tranquility of a Summer's day through the soft effervescence found in her impressionistic watery hues. St. Clair Sullivan captures the essence of his subjects through the uncanny near photographic details deftly applied by his set of oil paints. The deceptively simple images of Tim Fite entreats the eye to explore each piece's singular lines until a deeper pattern emerges connecting them to our dreams.
Visiting the One Family - Three Visions exhibit at The Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery gives the initial impression that one is experiencing three separate exhibitions. Yet, as one takes a step back and allow its more subtle effects to permeate the mind, a unifying substance begins its journey toward being discovered. The sensation this process of discovery gives is an inaudible one and can only be referred to as “Family.” It is family in the deepest sense of the concept which goes far beyond the relationships we have with those we are related to.
This deeper sense of family inspired a great deal of conversation among the numerous art lovers who attended the reception. It was during these chats did the participants explore the commonality the exhibit produced in them while celebrating their own individual interpretations of the works. Many shared a desire to revisit the gallery in order to delve further into the work and it's many thoughtful and technical properties. I, personally, hope to do so as well and I recommend visiting the gallery before the exhibit ends. In the meantime, you'll find more photographs taken during the Artists' Reception in the It's a Family Dutot. It's a Family …. Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154128501653761.1073741890.91146283760&type=3.
Photography by Paparazzi Paul.
Although my late arrival to the venue denied me the opportunity to experience the wonders of the performances that appeared already, the Sunday August 9th installment of the Open Mic Nite weekly Series at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA eagerly shared its blessings with me. My entry into the room was met by a number of announcements being given by the evening's co host, Emillie Day, who (adorned in a one piece pair of pajamas which seemed to be the customary attire for the evening as it was worn by several of its attendees) then proceeded to introduce the next performer who was known by the name of Jacob.
Jacob's powerful voice added a texture to the joyful tunes he presented to an appreciative audience. He was joined on stage briefly by a friend named Garret who shared in the performance. It was as Jacob concluded his set did Emillie Day return to the stage with co-host Satilia Rose to introduce the featured performer for the evening. Tilly Tyler Hawkins traveled to the Living Room from the great state of Texas along with his guitar. Together they shared a number of songs whose powerfully conversational lyrics where allowed to trail off toward each composition's completion so it could fade away to create a future memory. Tilly Tyler Hawkins was briefly joined by another musician during his set whose name I neglected to receive. Still, their collaboration added a depth to the music and a more perceptional understanding of its meaning. You can learn more about Tilly Tyler Hawkins by exploring his Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/tillzilla?fref=ts.
A break ensued as Tilly Tyler Hawkins concluded his performance which enabled everyone to share their impressions of the entire evening. Their stories allowed me to live the moments that occurred before my arrival and I remain appreciative in their tellings. It was after the break did the next performer come to the stage. It was Garret who shared the stage with Jacob earlier that evening. This time, comedy came from his lips as the company was amused by the stories of his life in the Pizza Party. He was followed by Christina whose A Capella renderings of songs were filled with melodies that quieted the most turbulent of thoughts. She was followed by Kevin “Tails” Moucha who led the gathering in a sing along which not only inspired many voices to join in with the song but many dancing feet as well.
Kevin was followed by Comedian Russell Austin who elicited a great deal of laughter from the audience through the revelations of being old and vainy in Jim Thorpe, PA. Russell was followed by a new comer to the series by the name of Chris. He blessed the gathering with a voice that touched the heart with its beautifully piercing depths which was soulfully reflected in the thoughtful contemplation easily found in the countenance of all. It was after his performance did another break ensue in order for Wilbium to prepare for his well loved contribution to the evening as provided through the sounds emanating from his voice, guitar, and computerized apparatus which never fails to move the crowd to dance.
Unfortunately, I was unable to stay for Wilbium's performance or those who would follow him. An upcoming Doctor's Appointment scheduled for the following morning bade me to go home to rest up for it. However, the delight of attending the parts of the event that I did led to a wonderful night filled with inspiring dreams that enhanced the healthy result of my visitation to the physician. You'll be able to view the photographs I took during throughout the evening in the Tilly Tylering Around at the OMN Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154128351063761.1073741889.91146283760&type=3.
The next installment of the Living Room Open Mic Nite Series will take place on Sunday August 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 Sherman Theater’s Living Room, the venue also holds a Gallery which presents their current Hot Summer Nights Exhibition which will be on display until September 6th. Their next exhibit will be an Open Exhibition featuring the work of local artists. An Artists' Reception scheduled for Saturday September 12th beginning at 6pm. The drop of date for artists who wish to place their work in the show is Monday September 7th from 2pm until 8pm. Please contact the gallery at 570-421-2808 for more information.