This Weekend in the Catskills

Sixth Annual AMR Open Studios Tour in Roxbury and Margaretville   

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 29 – 30, from 11am to 5pm over 20 artists in Roxbury, Halcottsville, Margaretville, Fleischmanns, Halcott Center, and Arkville will open their studios to the public, and show their working spaces as part of the AMR (Artists Making aRt ™) Open Studios Tour 2017. Participating artists include sculptor Brian Tolle and painter Adam Cohen, both of whom are internationally acclaimed in their respective disciplines. Tolle is known for works such as The Irish Hunger Memorial at Battery Park City (2002), The Witch Catcher at City Hall in New York City (2003), and Waylay, a project designed for the Whitney Biennial and the Public Art Fund in Central Park in 2002. Cohen is known for works such as Ocean Breeze (2013), Intuition (2015), and Clairvoyant (2015). In 2015 Cohen’s painting Intuition was selected among the finalists in the Art Olympia International Competition held in Tokyo, Japan. His work has been recently shown in Venice, Italy, and Ontario, Canada. Both artists are featured in “How Art Is Made: In the Catskills.” Learn more here.

Adam Cohen

Adam Cohen

Seneca Falls at The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville

The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville presents “Seneca Falls,” a play written by Karen Howes, with music by Elliot Sokolov, and directed by Amie Brockway, who recently received the American Alliance for Theater and Education Sara Spencer Award for Artistic Achievement. The play traces the beginnings of the Suffragette movement from 1848 to 1882, and is produced in honor of the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage in New York State. Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Click here for tickets and more information.

Seneca Falls at Open Eye Theater

Fisher Center Presents Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Fisher Center in Annandale-on-Hudson presents Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis this Saturday, July 29 at 7pm. A versatile orchestra whose repertoire includes compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, and other jazz titans, has performed under the leadership of Wynton Marsalis around the country and the world. The performance at Fisher Center is part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy. Click here for tickets and more information.

Wynton Marsalis

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Escaper Sneak into New Paltz

escaperIt’s not often I get advance news of shows at Snug’s AKA Snug Harbor—hey, guys, Chronogram would love to occasionally cover who’s playing at your bar; we just need to have a way to find out about in a timely way—so I was happy to get an e-mail tip recently from the PR folks behind Brooklyn jam outfit Escaper letting me know about their July 28 gig at the venerable New Paltz dive.

Signed to the über-tight Ropeadope label (home to Antibalas, among other greats), Escaper features guitarist Hanza, drummer Andrew Nesbitt, bassist Jay Giacomazzo, keyboardist Adam Ahuja and saxophonist Johnny Butler, who collectively have previously worked with Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the Breakneck Boys, and Beyonce (?!). The band’s newly released debut is Skeleton Key.

Here’s a smattering of the quintet doing what they do:

Escaper will perform at Snug Harbor in New Paltz, New York, on July 28 at 11pm. Admission is $5 at the

door. For more information, call (845) 255-9800 or visit

Ameranouche Jazzes It Up in Rosendale and Bethel

ameranoucheOur Hudson Valley summer is about to get even hotter: This weekend, the acclaimed gypsy jazz trio Ameranouche will visit the region for sweltering performances at the Rosendale Cafe and Catskill Distilling Company.

Hailing from New Hampshire, Ameranouche features Richard “Shepp” Sheppard and Jack Soref on acoustic guitars and Michael Harrist on upright bass and stirs together strains of flamenco, bebop, traditional Turkish styles, and, naturally, the prewar gypsy swing pioneered by Django Reinhardt. The group has released five albums thus far, the latest being 2015’s Sun Shine Soul, and have elicited the admiration of legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, who called them “a capture of joyfulness itself.”

Here’s a spicy spoonful:

Ameranouche will play at the Rosendale Cafe in Rosendale, New York, on July 29 at 8pm. Admission is $10. For information, call (845) 658-9048 or visit The group will play at Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel, New York, on July 30 at 4pm. Admission is $10. For information, call (845) 583-3141 or visit

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 and Kindle. For more information, visit

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