The ArtsCenter Photoblog

October 30, 2009

Transactors Improv with Killer Filler

Filed under: Music, Theater — Tags: , , , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 10:41 pm

Transactors Improv put on a spooky Halloween-themed show tonight, with Killer Filler providing some eerie tunes. Lots of stabbing, lots of fun. I’m trying something new… more photos after the page break (on the bottom left at the end of the post)!

Happy Halloween!

–Lisa

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Transactors improv company members playing evil child spirits surround and torment a company member playing a child.

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October 28, 2009

Link Wednesday VI

Filed under: links — Tags: , , , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 11:43 pm

I can’t believe it’s the sixth week of Link Wednesday! Here’s a special one: Mediastorm. It’s a really interesting multimedia website that a UNC professor, Chad Stevens, has done some work for. Some very interesting, very sad pieces.

–Lisa

Volunteer for The ArtsCenter!

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Tags: — Lisa Pepin @ 11:38 am

Here’s a note from Executive Director Ed Camp:

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Mike Doughty with Andrew “Scrap” Livingston

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 12:03 am

Mike Doughty and Andrew “Scrap” Livingston played a (mostly) acoustic set tonight, answering questions from the audience throughout the “Question Jar” show. Here are some shots!

–Lisa

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Mike Doughty plays his indie/alternative rock on his acoustic guitar.

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Andrew "Scrap" Livingston takes a break from playing cello and electric guitar to answer audience questions.

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Doughty is lost for words as her attempts to answer an audience member's question.

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Audience members laugh at Doughty's answers to some questions, which asked him to name 25 Jennifers (based on a Doughty song title), to explain complex topics in physics and how he established his musical style.

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Doughty throws an answered question, written on a slip of pink paper, over his shoulder.

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Crumpled up answered questions lie on the floor behind Livingston's electric guitar.

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Doughty sings as he plays guitar in one of his indie/alt rock songs.

Livingston plays cello, seen from backstage (with a starburst effect overhead!)

October 26, 2009

Portrait Painting Class Episode 3

Filed under: Classes — Tags: — Lyndsay Booth @ 5:31 pm

Here is an update on the work of the students in the portrait painting class held at the ArtsCenter on Mondays. This set was taken two weeks after the last set. Some of the students have finished their first portraits and moved on to another rendering of the model. Check back in two weeks to see more!

A nearly completed portrait with the model sitting in the background.

A nearly completed portrait with the model sitting in the background.

Two different interpretations of the same person. Each student has a different angle of view. The student of the portrait in the foreground sees the model at a straigher angle than the student painting the portrait in the background. This differences also results in sublter differences than simply body position, including different positions for shadow and highlight.

Two different interpretations of the same person. Each student has a different angle of view. The student of the portrait in the foreground sees the model at a straigher angle than the student painting the portrait in the background. This difference also results in sublter differences than simply body position, including the necessity of different positions for shadow and highlight.

A completed portrait waits to be taken home.

A completed portrait waits to be taken home.

The artist of the completed portrait above begins work on a second portrait. Several of the students first draw the subject and then begins to paint.

The artist of the completed portrait above begins work on a second portrait. Several of the students first draw the subject and then begins to paint.

A student mixes color.

A student mixes color.

A student puts the finishing touches on her portrait.

A student puts the finishing touches on her portrait.

Students work on their pictures.

Students work on their pictures.

October 21, 2009

Masked Marvels & Wondertales

Filed under: Kids, Theater, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Lyndsay Booth @ 2:09 pm

Michael Cooper  brought his unique children’s show to the ArtsCenter last Saturday. Cooper told stories about giants, animals, and babies, trying to impart some vital life lessons on the young crowd, all with the aid of his puppets and masks. Cooper makes all of his props by hand from either paper or cloth mache. The show was interactive, with audience members climbing on stage to participate at several points during the show. At the end, Cooper held a Q & A session to answer some of the audience’s most burning questions about his work, including how long it took him to learn to walk on stilts to play a giant.

Cooper's mache sun waits patiently for the show to begin. Cooper later used the sun in a story that taught the audience the power of asking for favors nicely, instead of demanding them.

Cooper's mache sun waits patiently for the show to begin. Cooper later used the sun in a story that taught the audience the power of asking for favors nicely, instead of demanding them.

Cooper, cradles a baby's head mask, which he had been wearing just moments prior, while wearing an old man mask. The baby's head, made in 1998, was inspired by the birth of his first child. According to his website, the baby opens every show because "innocence his irresistible."

Cooper, cradles a baby's head mask, which he had been wearing just moments prior, while wearing an old man mask. The baby's head, made in 1998, was inspired by the birth of his first child. According to his website, the baby opens every show because "innocence is irresistible."

Cooper becomes a chicken.

Cooper becomes a chicken.

Cooper begins a story about giants.

Cooper begins a story about giants.

Cooper blows bubbles from his pipe while fishing from a water bucket. After emerging from the mask he exclaimed, "It gets a bit hot in there."

Cooper blows bubbles from his pipe while fishing from a water bucket. After emerging from the mask he exclaimed, "It gets a bit hot in there."

Cooper's favorite animal, he tells the audience, is a monkey.

Cooper's favorite animal, he tells the audience, is a monkey.

The giant's leg.

The giant's leg.

Cooper's father was a horse trainer at one time, inspiring this mask.

Cooper's father was a horse trainer at one time, inspiring this puppet

Cooper stands on his stilts with the giant mask on.

Cooper stands on his stilts with the giant mask on.

The formerly clumsy giant learns to dance.

The formerly clumsy giant learns to dance.

Link Wednesday V


My link today is an extremely moving video shot by Travis Fox for the Washington Post that Tom Kennedy showed at Photonight last week. It shows Kennedy’s idea of visual journalism–that it should put faces and human emotion on reporting, instead of just text, names and numbers.

–Lisa

Jumping on our new reader submitted photo posts, my link this week is an interview with travel photojournalist Robert Caplin. He gives some tips on how to shoot like a pro without spending thousands on equipment.

-Lyndsay

October 18, 2009

Reader contributions

Filed under: Reader photos — Tags: , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 10:13 am

Pete Seeger performing in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., last Saturday at Vassar College. Herman Tempelman, the photographer, writes: Pete held the audience in his hands for a whole hour. Only him on the stage.

Pete Seeger performing in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., last Saturday at Vassar College. Herman Tempelman, the photographer, writes: Pete held the audience in his hands for a whole hour. Only him on the stage.

Did you know we love getting reader contributions for our photoblog?

Send us your photos of ArtsCenter-related events, performances, etc and you might just see them on this blog!

Go to our “Handy Links” page to find out where to send them.

This photo was taken by Herman Tempelman from Clinton Corners, N.Y. Thanks for your submission!

–Lisa

October 16, 2009

Red Molly Concert

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , , — Lyndsay Booth @ 6:28 pm

The women of Red Molly delivered a crowd pleasing performance at the ArtsCenter last night. The New York based group delivered two 45 minute sets of Americana, an acoustic mix of bluegrass, country, blues, folk and several other traditions. In addition to showcasing their amazing three part vocal harmonies, the women of Red Molly really opened up to the audience, bantering with them in between songs and even holding a question and answer session in the middle of the set. Check out some photos of this awesome group.

-Lyndsay

The members of Red Molly preform. From left Abbie Gardner, Laurie MacAllister and Carolann Solebello.

The members of Red Molly perform. From left Abbie Gardner, Laurie MacAllister and Carolann Solebello.

Laurie MacAllister watches during Abbie Gardner's solo.

Laurie MacAllister watches during Abbie Gardner's solo.

Carolann Solebello sings and plays the guitar.

Carolann Solebello sings and plays the guitar.

Laurie MacAllister sing sings and plays the banjo.

Laurie MacAllister sings and plays the banjo.

Abbie Gardner concentrates as she plays.

Abbie Gardner concentrates and keeps time with her foot as she plays.

After a special request from the audience, Red Molly closes the shows like they opened it: acapella.

After a special request from the audience Red Molly closes the shows like they opened it: acapella.

Red Molly delivers a one song encore.

Red Molly delivers a one song encore.

The Red Molly logo on Laurie McAllister's banjo.

The Red Molly logo on Laurie McAllister's banjo.

ArtsCenter Yard Sale is tomorrow!

Filed under: Miscellaneous, Outside, Preview — Tags: , , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 12:51 pm

The ArtsCenter is cleaning up, moving stuff around and reorganizing–we’re having a yard sale tomorrow with all sorts of weird stuff for sale (and for free!). Rumor has it there will be a giant inflatable “luau party” arch, boxes and boxes of doll-house making stuff and art left behind by various artists, with some furniture and other office supplies.

Come and check it out tomorrow! It’s in the parking lot to the left of the front door starting at 7 a.m. Pictures of some of the stuff that will be available are below.

–Lisa

Stuff in a storage pod, including chairs, paintings, books and tables.

Stuff in a storage pod, including chairs, paintings, books and tables.

Canvases of some paintings that will be for sale (or maybe for free!) tomorrow during the yard sale.

Canvases of some paintings that will be for sale (or maybe for free!) tomorrow during the yard sale.

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Computer monitors that will be for sale tomorrow.

Computer monitors that will be for sale tomorrow.

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