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Weekly Rec: Moms Demand Action, 25th Rockland Pride Parade, Sam Harps drama at RoCA, Second Hand Shop Hop, La Chimera at Rivertown, Centennial Casting at Penguin, Illuminate the Darkness at the Nyack Library and ArtRock’s Peter and the Wolf

Wear Orange Mario M Cuomo Bridge Lighting

In honor of Wear Orange Weekend, a national movement advocating for an end to gun violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will host the Wear Orange Mario M Cuomo Bridge Lighting on Friday, June 7th at 7pm in Nyack Memorial Park. This event serves as a poignant tribute to all those affected by gun violence, uniting communities in remembrance and activism.

Gather in Nyack’s Memorial Park, wear orange and bring: Lawn chairs, blankets, food, drinks, and friends.

Nyack’s Secondhand Shop Hop

Looking for a one-of-a-kind find? Look no further than Nyack’s Secondhand Shop Hop on Saturday, June 8th.

Each of the seven shops on this tour is offering special discounts. Eligible participants qualify for a prize package valued at over $200.

Fun starts at 11am. More info – visit Nyack Vintage on Instagram @nyackvintage.

The Death of King Shotaway: The Origin of the African Grove Theater

A Two Act Drama by Samuel Harps that tells the true story of The African Grove Theater, which is the first known all-black theater company established in Lower Manhattan in 1821 by playwright William Brown will be staged at the Rockland Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 8 at 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)

Click here to make a suggested donation. Reservations required.

In partnership with Shades Repertory Theater and the Gordon Center for Black Culture and Arts.

The play will be performed by members of Shades Repertory Theater.

Rockland Pride Celebrates Their 25th year

On Sunday, June 9 from 11 AM – 5 PM, downtown Nyack will be full of Pride for this FREE, family-friendly event featuring music of David Budway and special guest performers, local drag artists, outdoor dining, shopping, and vendors!

Free children’s activities include bounce house, face painting, and an arts and crafts tent.

Parade steps off at 11:30 AM SHARP.

For more information about Pride Sunday or any of our Pride Month events, email us at

Photo by @georgepejoves

La Chimera at Rivertown Film

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher, La Chimera is described by the Los Angeles Times as Mournful yet exuberant towering work of art presented with the unassuming invitation of a warming summer morning. The film stars Josh O’Connor and Isabella Rossellini will be screened by Rivertown Film Society at the Nyack Center on Wednesday, June 12, at 8:00pm.

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Centennial Casting

Penguin Rep Theatre presents Centennial Casting, a play by Gino Dilorio and Nancy Bleemer directed by Joe Brancato.

Love, laughter and mistaken identity take the stage when Vincent DiDonato and his co-workers discover a pile of headshots sent in by actors who have mistaken their metal casting shop for a theatrical casting agency. A hilarious romantic escapade turns up the heat as sparks sometimes fly in the most unexpected places.

On stage at the Penguin Rep Theatre from June 14 through July 7 at 7 Crickettown Road, Stony Point.

Click here for tickets

Illuminate the Darkness

This experimental, multimedia theatrical production, written and performed by Bea Conner-Pohl was developed through a collaboration with the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, a non-profit art organization partially funded by Humanities
NY. It premiered in Bea Conner-Pohl’s hometown of Nyack, New York during March’s
Women’s History Month in the U.S. and will be performed again on June 15th for
Juneteenth in the U.S at the Nyack Library at 2pm

The production has three elements, a live theatrical performance by Bea Conner-Pohl, a screening of video interviews of women of color and audience participation.
The women interviewed were of different races and ethnicities and the videos focus on illustrating their plights, their tragedies, and their achievements.

This is the revised second production of the show before it goes to the Scotland Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 1 to the 11th.

Click here for free registration

Peter and the Wolf and The Babbling Orchestra

The Rockland Symphony Orchestra partners with ArtsRock’s Milk and Cookies Family Series to present two classical music works for young people and their families on Sunday, June 16 at 2:00pm at Nyack High School, 360 Christian Herald Road, Nyack.

Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, designed to introduce young people to the orchestra, is a timeless tale filled with adventure, music, and imagination. The classic story follows the young and brave Peter as he embarks on a daring mission to protect his animal friends from the wolf.

Also on the program is another delightful work for young people, The Babbling Orchestra, with a story by Peabody Award-winning producer and broadcaster Elliott Forrest from WQXR Radio and music by composer Michael Shapiro. This piece for orchestra and narrator tells the story of a piccolo player who would like to play not solo, but with others, only to discover every member of the orchestra speaks a different language. No one is communicating and there is chaos. Ultimately, when they all play together, everybody learns to get along and live in harmony.

Both works will be narrated by Mr. Forrest with visuals on a big screen, provided by local young art students.

The Rockland Symphony Orchestra
Nicole Peragine, conductor
WQXR’s Elliott Forrest, narrator

Click here for Tickets for $25 ($75 for a Family Four Pack)
Subsidized and free tickets are available for those unable to afford this rate. Please email with your request.

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