Arts and leisure digest

| 30 Sep 2011 | 08:22

    Salsa DJ coming to Coquito Warwick — Henry Knowles, a salsa DJ, will appear at Coquito on Saturday, July 31, at 9:30 p.m. As the first official disc jockey for the Bacardi World Salsa Congress, Knowles is a professional with more than 20 years of experience catering to the serious salsero. The Coquito restaurant is located at 31 Forester Ave., in Warwick For more information, call 544-2790. Classic Car Show benefits AHRC Campbell Hall — Orange AHRC will host a Classic Car Show on Sunday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the campus on Route 207 in Campbell Hall. Visitors can sample the home-cooked breakfast and lunch specials, shop the huge penny social, and stroll through acres of vehicles on display. A DJ will spin records throughout the charity event. Spectators are $2 per person, and car show pre-registrants can sign up by July 31 for $12. (Day-of-show registration is available for $15.) Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 cars, plus the judged show will award trophies galore. To pre-register, call show coordinator Lynn Sereta at 561-0670 or e-mail Non-food vendors are being sought for 12’ X 12’ spaces at $10. Interested vendors should call Shannon Occhiogrosso at 564-1855, ext. 1433, or e-mail Funds raised at the event will help Orange AHRC offset budget cuts, and continue its commitment to enhancing the lives of local children and adults who have developmental disabilities. One of the key organizers of the car show is Sue Clarke, whose son George receives services from Orange AHRC. George is a familiar face at the event every year as he handles the 50/50 raffle ticket sales. The Bonadio Group is the 2010 Orange AHRC Classic Show Sponsor. Sobel Affiliates is Awards Sponsor. Individual trophy sponsorships are still available at $75 each. For more information about Orange AHRC visit Black and Blues weekend at Warwick Valley Winery Warwick — The Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery will host its Black and Blues this weekend, July 31 and Aug. 1 beginning at noon. The festivities start on Saturday with Docs Blues and a barbecue. Performers include the Brian Dougherty Band, The Petey Hop band, Phil Minissale, The Reddan Brothers and The Michael Packer Blues Band. Barbecue chicken, pork and oysters will be available for purchase. On Sunday, the winery will hold its tribute to the music of Johnny Cash. Black Sunday started six years ago to pay tribute to Johnny Cash and celebrate his life and music. Performers include PEU$ CASH, Marty Koppel, Tim O’Donohue, The Whiskey Sinners, the Dave McKeon band and featuring The Kennedys. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, visit or call 258-4858. Exhibit features local artists Sugar Loaf — The Orange County Citizens Foundation and the Orange County Arts Council will host an exhibition of photographs and paintings by Orange County artists, Mary Cathryn Roth and Frank Shuback, from Aug. 1 to 15. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, Aug. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Seligman Estate gallery, located at 23 White Oak Drive, in Sugar Loaf. The exhibit, Alterations, includes photographs and paintings over photographs. The images in the exhibition have been altered or manipulated by the artists through the use of mixed media and alternative dark room techniques. Roth is interested in ideas of movement, pattern, structure and light in her work. Images in this exhibition include the use of recycled photographs as canvases, negative drawings and weavings. She lives and works in Middletown. Shuback is a believer in the interconnectedness of things in the art-making process. He seeks to create a visual harmony similar to that of nature in his art work. A native of Pine Island, Shuback lives in New Hampton. Alterations will be open to the public during business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call 374-3314. ‘Cooking with the Calamari Sisters: Mangia Italiano!’ opens Aug. 4 Sugar Loaf — Four performances of “Cooking with the Calamari Sisters: Mangia Italiano!” on the Wharf Stage at the Lycian Centre for the Performing Arts in Sugar Loaf will take place on Aug. 4, 6, 7 and 8. Failed dishes and food fights happen during this “live broadcast” of a public access cable cooking show hosted by two larger-than-life Italian sisters, Delphine and Carmela Calamari. The sisters sing and dance their way through four courses of Italian food with such beloved favorites as “Volare,” “Come On A My House,” “That’s Amore,” and “Mambo Italiano,” With a little help in the kitchen from audience members, the sisters entertain with hysterical family anecdotes and musical numbers as they try to make it through their final broadcast together in one piece. “What we’ve tried to make it feel like, and I feel we’ve succeeded at, is going and being with your family for the holidays if you have a big Italian family,” said co-creator Daniel Lavender. “And I think it’s not just about Italian, I think it’s about any family.” All shows take place rain or shine in the huge, screened-in Wharf Theatre. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday show times are at 8 p.m. and Sunday is at 3 p.m. Complimentary lemonade and cookies are served at intermission. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by calling the Lycian Centre Box Office at 845-469-2287. MOMS Club meets Aug. 5 CHESTER — The MOMS Club of Monroe will hold a “meet and greet” at the Chester Senior Center on Kings Highway on Thursday, Aug. 5 at 9:30 a.m. The meeting gives local mothers a chance to meet and talk while the children make crafts or play. Snacks will be available. The MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Monroe is a non-profit chapter of an international organization, created by moms to offer support, as well as fun and enriching activities, to stay-at-home moms and their children and families in Greenwood Lake, Chester, Blooming Grove, Central Valley, Harriman and Monroe. Call 469-3886 for more information.