This Weekend in the Catskills: Poetry, Photos, and Classic Composers

Cover the Waterfront: Reading with Paul LaFarge, Melissa Holbrook Pierson, and Karen Schoemer at The Beverly Lounge

The Beverly Lounge in Kingston is hosting a reading of fiction, nonfiction and poetry featuring Paul LaFarge, Melissa Holbrook Pierson, and Karen Schoemer Friday, May 12 at 6:30 pm. Author of five novels including Haussmann, Or the Distinction, LaFarge is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was recently awarded a fellowship by the American Academy in Berlin. LaFarge teaches at Bard College. A freelance film and book critic, Pierson published five books including The Perfect Vehicle: What It Is About Motorcycles. Schoemer’s work has appeared in various anthologies including Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock. The reading is moderated by Carrie Bradley Neves, poet, musician, and cookbook editor affiliated with Writers in the Mountains. Learn more about this event here.

Beethoven, Schubert, and the Anxiety of Influence at the Doctorow Center for the Arts

The Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter is hosting Beethoven, Schubert, and the Anxiety of Influence, Saturday, May 13 at 2 pm. Beethoven is thought to have brought classical music to perfection. Dr. Jeffrey Langford and Dr. Joanne Polk will explore what it meant to work in the shadow of this giant by looking at the works of Romantic composer Franz Schubert. Learn more about this event here.

Captured Moments: 170 Years of Photography at the Albany Institute of History and Art

The Albany Institute of History and Art is hosting “Captured Moments: 170 Years of Photography” featuring more than a hundred photographs from the Institute’s extensive collection, an exhibit that will remain on view through Sunday, May 21. The collection includes images in all photographic forms produced through a variety of processes: daguerreotypes, tintypes, albumen prints, cyanotypes, digital inkjet prints, and others. They capture unique moments in the history of the region. A section of the exhibition explores the influence that photography played in the work of landscape Albany painter Walter Launt Palmer. Learn more here.

About Simona David

Simona David is a writer living in the Catskill Mountains, New York. She is the author of Art in the Catskills (3rd edition, 2016), available on Amazon.com and Kindle. For more information, visit www.simonadavid.com.

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