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Nyack Weekender: Art, Acting, Film, Organ Music, Blues…And Ice

It’s a weekend of chamber & organ music, rock ‘n roots, Iranian art, a movie about five Turkish sisters and an original play about a 19th century African-American NYC theatre company. Also, an Epic Ice Sculpture at Rockland Lake. Here’s your Fri-Sun list of what to do and where to do it, brought to you by The Arts Council of Rockland and the Union Arts Center in Sparkill.


  • Picture This: There’s an opening reception from 7-9p for the Camera Works fine art photo exhibition by six of the most influential photographers in the tri-state area: Harry Martin, Julie Scholz, Ron Wohlgemuth, Pasquale Leuzzi, Carl Stoveland, and Luis Bruno. Piermont Flywheel Gallery , 220 Ash St, Piermont.
  • Bill Galanin performs at The Art Café, 9-11p. 65 South Broadway, Nyack.


  • Where We Are Standing: Contemporary Women Artists from Iran. Three artists who grew up in Iran before moving to North America share a strong cultural identity and a common focus on issues of gender and displacement shaped by the complex political and social landscape of their homeland. Featuring the work of Golnar Adili,  Roya Farassat, and Shabnam K. Ghazi. Exhibit runs through April 24.  Wed-Sun 12-6p at the  Hopper House Art Center, 82 N Broadway, Nyack.
  • 2016 Knickbocker Ice Festival at Rockland Lake State Park“Neither snow, sub-zero temps, gale force winds, pelting rain, nor the power of the sun could stay this intrepid ice sculptor and his trusty sidekick from the completion of their self appointed rounds,” says co-producer Tim Englert about The 2016 Knickbocker Ice Celebration. See the Phoenix rise again from the ashes of the ice houses along the base of Hook Mountain. 3p, Rockland Lake State Park.
  • Mustang, at Rivertown Film: An innocent romp with boys on the beach by five free-spirited sisters in rural Turkey violates the harsh strictures of their society resulting in what amounts to a “house arrest,” bars on the windows and meetings with prospective husbands. 8p at Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave, Nyack.
  • Cellist Talya Buckbinder and pianist Sasha Clynes perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Mendelssohn at the Sparkill Salon in the Union Arts Center. 8p, 2 Union Street, Sparkill.
  • The African Grove Theater, founded in 1821 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, successfully performed Shakespearean Classics and original plays before finally being burned to the ground in 1826. The Death of King Shotaway, written by Samuel Harps and directed by Mel Hancock, is a riveting, often funny two act drama that chronicles the story behind the origins of the company and how their faith in the creative spirit sustained them. 8p, Shades Repertory Theater Company, 64 New Main St in Haverstraw.
  • The Nighthawks, “legends of blues and roots rock,” play the Turning Point Cafe, 468 Piermont Ave. Piermont, at 9p.


Next Week

Transportation, infrastructure and Utilities (Oh My!) are on the agenda for the next NyackCompPlanPosterVillage of Nyack Comprehensive Plan meeting on Wed Feb 24 from 7-9p at the Nyack Center (58 Depew Ave at S BWay). It’s your chance to weigh in on where the village’s future Jetpack Launch facility should be located…as well as a few more realistic possibilities like better sidewalks, bike lanes and more river access, too. If you can’t make it to the meeting, there’s a five minute online survey you can take to share your thoughts on what should go into Nyack’s Comprehensive Master Plan.
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