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Weekly Rec: Crystal Workshop at Strawtown Studios, Live Performances and Screenings at Rivertown Film

Strawtown Studio Presents Winter Crystals Workshop

You will explore the wonder and beauty of crystalline forms often found in our winter landscapes – from snowflakes, to ice crystals, to road salt. Participants will work with fine art materials, including watercolor paints and salt, to create crystalline artworks.

Weather permitting, we will start with a nature walk down to the creek in search of winter crystals, then we will head back to the studio for art-making. Come dressed for the weather!

The workshop is for all ages, but please note, adults must sign up and pay and accompany children.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 10am – 12:30pm (Snow date: Sunday, Feb. 18th)
$20/person (Age 3 and under are free) Space is limited, register here today

For information about having a table at our Cultural Bazaar contact is at

Strawtown Studio at Garner Arts & Historic Complex, 55 West Railroad Avenue bldg 10 2nd floor, Garnerville, NY 

Winter crystal photo by Damian McCoig

The Nyack Center is located at 58 Depew Avenue.

Dark Side of the Hudson

Rivertown Film welcomes Dark Side of the Hudson, the authentic Pink Floyd tribute experience, back to The Nyack Center for a fifth time, on February 24.  Their live performance includes the groundbreaking Dark Side of the Moon and the ethereal Wish You Were Here. Both of those classic Pink Floyd recordings will be performed in their entirety, and will be accompanied by a stunning light show with the same visuals created for the live performance of these records by Pink Floyd.

Tickets: $35 in advance – $45 at the door if seats are available. Doors open at 7:00pm – Show begins at 8:00pm. Advance sale ticket buyers must be seated by 7:55 or your seats will be sold to a wait list. Buy in advance here and arrive no later than 7:55.

It is expected that this performance will sell out, as it has in the past. Unclaimed seats will be sold to a wait line at 7:55. Even if you have tickets, DO NOT ARRIVE LATER THAN 7:55 OR YOU MAY LOSE YOUR SEAT. This is live rock and roll, and it will be loud. Prepare accordingly.

Mountain Lion: Healing Film of St. Francis

Mountain Lion: Healing Film of St. Francis is a local film about family, intimate relationships, connection to the land, and the seriousness of prayer, written and directed by Brooklyn Demme. This humble production led by Norris War Turtle Branham (Council Member, Sandhill Band Lenape & Cherokee Indians) features phenomenal performances, including Nyack’s own Lily Nin and Yvette McClarty, and a knock-out of a musical score. It is intended to facilitate healing conversations within First Nations communities, but all artists know that audiences love what they couldn’t have imagined, and that’s what Mountain Lion delivers. 

For one week, Rivertown Film is streaming Brooklyn Demme’s rough cut on our virtual theater, for the price of a film festival submission fee. This is a unique opportunity to see an early cut, witness the filmmaking process, and help launch a very original film that makes most others look bland. When Mountain Lion takes off, scene after scene is an imaginative and thought provoking revelation, right through its ending in Nyack.

Ticket prices are $15, $30, and $50, with proceeds going to pay festival submission fees for the film (Rivertown Film receives $5 from each order to help pay online security and administration costs). Purchase tickets here.

Mountain Lion: Healing Film of St. Francis will stream continuously from February 23 through February 29. If you purchase in advance, you’ll receive an email reminder when it is available to view. When you begin viewing you’ll have 3 days to finish.

Illuminate the Darkness, Women of Color, Voices for Change

Rivertown Film welcomes Illuminate the DarknessWomen of Color, a unique film-based theatrical event, to The Nyack Center on Friday, March 8.

Illuminate the Darkness is a theatrical project started when Bea Conner-Pohl interviewed women of different races and ethnicities illustrating their plights, their tragedies and their achievements. It shows how they address the cultural inequities that affected them through their own unique ways of humor, common sense, heart and empowerment. It is interspersed with compelling historical theatrical re-enactment, visual interviews and audience participation. This event has also been invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for August 2024 performances in Scotland. Tickets are on sale here!

Until February 19, you can support this project on Kickstarter 

Presented in collaboration with Phoenix Theatre Ensemble. Illuminate the Darkness, Women of Color, Voices of Change was partially funded with a grant from Humanities New York.

Tickets: $10 for members, $15 for non-members in advance – $20 at the door if seats are available, or $15 for members. Doors open at 7:30pm – Show begins at 8:00pm. Advance sale ticket buyers must be seated by 7:55 or your seats will be sold to a wait list. Please buy in advance and arrive no later than 7:55.

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