Weekend in The Catskills… Lady Gaga and Shakespeare Edition

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at Bethel Woods
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts this Saturday, July 25 at 8 pm. The duo celebrates the release of their jazz album Cheek To Cheek, which includes standards sung by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in a combination of vocal duets and solo performances. Both artists will be accompanied by a full orchestra along with each artist’s jazz ensemble. For more information, visit bethelwoodscenter.org.

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Music in the Woods: One Hundred Years of Maverick Concerts
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in collaboration with Maverick Concerts and the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) is hosting an exhibition marking the centennial of Maverick, the oldest continuous chamber music festival in the country, launched in 1916 by Hervey White. The exhibition consists of two concurrent installations shown at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts and the WAAM through August 30. The opening reception will take place Saturday, July 25 at 5 pm. For more information, visit woodstockguild.org.

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AMR Open Studios Tour
This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 25 – 26, from 11 am to 5 pm over twenty artists in Roxbury and Margaretville area will open their studios to the public, and show their working spaces. Artists working in all media: painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, prints, book structures, quilts, and tapestry will share what it takes to make art. Ellen Wong, who studied with Philip Pearlstein, has been painting the Catskill Mountains’ scenery for over twenty years. “When I first came to the Catskills, I was most impressed by the extraordinary vistas, in the tradition of the Hudson River School of Painting, but nowadays what draws me in is mostly any road – driving on any road, and observing how the light and shadows fall on that road. Over time I think I moved from the majestic view of the Catskill Mountains to the more banal aspects of living here,” says Wong. For more information, visit amropenstudios.org.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream this Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 pm. Written by Shakespeare in the 1590s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy dealing with themes of love, time, and identity. Co-produced with the Pearl Theatre Company, and directed by Eric Tucker, this production is an imaginative re-interpretation of the classic work. For more information, visit hvshakespeare.org.

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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