Arts and leisure digest

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:23

    Introduction to beekeeping class begins Feb. 12 Hamptonburgh — The Southeastern Beekeepers Club is offering an introduction to beekeeping seminar on four dates starting Feb. 12. The course will be offered on two Saturday mornings and two Friday nights. The first class will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Arboretum at Orange County Park, in Hamptonburgh, in the Kosuga Classroom. Cost for the class is $25 per person and it is suggested you call in advance to register. For more information call John Graham at 726-4231 or 551-6386 or e-mail him at Playhouse auditions for upcoming season in place Monroe — The Creative Theatre-Muddy Water Players will hold open auditions on Feb. 12 and 13 for its upcoming season at The Playhouse at Museum Village in Monroe. Auditions for the May production of the Neil Simon’s comedy, “Lost in Yonkers,” will be from noon to 2 p.m. on both days. The production is under the direction of David Mossey and performances will be from May 6 to 22. Cast size is three women, two men and two boys. Auditions for the July production of the comedy/mystery, “Knock 'Em Dead,” will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on the same days. The production is under the direction of Michael Frohnhoefer and performances will be from July 9 to 24. Cast size is three women and four men. Prepared materials are not necessary. Visit or call 294-9465 for more information. Jazz Knights to salute Miles Davis during Feb. 12 concert West Point - The West Point Band’s Jazz Knights will hold its annual free African-American History Month concert on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Eisenhower Hall at the United States Military Academy. The program pays tribute to the music of Miles Davis, a jazz legend and pioneer of bebop, hard bop, cool, and fusion. The performance will integrate video featurettes chronicling the life of Davis with live music from the Jazz Knights. Call 938-2445 for more information. Railroad Playhouse celebrates Black History Month Newburgh — The Railroad Playhouse continues to introduce its varied programming this February, with an art exhibit by Barthelemy Atsin plus a series of workshops sampling their upcoming educational series. In recognition of Black History Month the Playhouse chose to highlight Atsin’s art and his film “After School Chronicles” showcasing his specialized work with children—reinforcing the Playhouse’s commitment to arts in education. Opening Feb. 13, in partnership with the Downing Film Center, Atsin’s work will be on display in the gallery through Feb. 28. The evening of Feb. 13 commences at the Downing Film Center with a short film by Barthelemy Atsin showcasing his work with New York City students. This will be followed by a discussion with the artist about the film and his work. Then a short walk to the Playhouse where the conversation continues with Atsin with a viewing of his artwork in the gallery. The partnership between the Playhouse and Downing intersects artistic mediums and encourages patrons to walk the Newburgh waterfront. For more information on this and other events in February visit Tickets for all events are available at or call 1-800-838-3006. Auditions set for 'Crazy for You’ MIDDLETOWN — SummerStar Theatre has scheduled auditions dates for “Crazy For You” for Sunday, Feb. 20, and Monday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at Orange Hall Theatre, SUNY Middletown campus. Performances are set for June 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26. Max Schaefer will direct, Jill Carroll will choreograph and Jim Quinlan will serve as musical director. Those auditioning should prepare a song. An up tempo is best. Bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Wear attire suitable for a dance audition (bring tap shoes if you have them, but not required). Cold readings will be heard. Character breakdown and other information is available on Facebook/SummerStar Theatre. For more informaion call Schaefer at 341-4790.