Arts and leisure digest

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:29

    Castle Fun Center cancer society benefit is Sunday Chester — The Castle Fun Center is hosting an American Cancer Society benefit this Sunday, March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. The entire $10 admission fee will be donated to The American Cancer Society on behalf of team member Johnny Buonanno, who was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer. He will be undergoing surgery and treatment on March 31. The admission fee includes: two hours of skating including rentals and “Johnny’s Skate-Off.” Raffle tickets will also be on sale. For more information, call 469-2116 or visit Tuxedo High hosts murder mystery pasta party fund raiser on March 25 Tuxedo - George F. Baker Tuxedo High School Interact Club and the Student Council are sponsoring a 1920’s murder mystery pasta party in appreciation of local senior citizens on Friday, March 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free for seniors, $5 per adult or $20 for a family of five people. Tickets will be available at the door. Funds raised will benefit Heifer International Charities. Heifer uses the philosophy of “pay it forward” by purchasing farm animals for needy families, who then share their offspring with other local farmers. If you would like to make a donation, contact or call 845-351-4786 ext. 2226. 'Basically Bach’ performance helps to restore baby grand piano Rock Tavern — “Basically Bach,” a concert featuring the music of Bach and other kindred spirits will held on Sunday, March 27, at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Route 207 in Rock Tavern. Pianist Hollis Kellogg and violinist Elfin Vogel will perform. Admission is $7 with donated proceeds going toward the restoring of the church’s baby grand piano. For more information call: 496-9696 or visit Piano jazz summit comes to the Lycian Centre this Sunday Sugar Loaf — Three generations of solo virtuoso jazz pianists will come together this weekend at the Lycian Centre. This event, starring Cedar Walton, Jacky Terrasson and Hiromi Uehara, will take place this Sunday, March 27 at 7 p.m. Lycian officials said Walton is a hard pop jazz pianist and one of the most universally respected jazz pianists active today. His most recent honor was to be named the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master for 2010. For many decades, Walton has enjoyed an up tempo career, maintaining a non-stop itinerary of performances and recording dates. He has accompanied a plethora of jazz greats while also fronting his own successful groups. Terrasson, winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and a two time Grammy nominee, was acclaimed by The New York Times Magazine as “one of 30 artists under the age of 30 most likely to make an impact on American culture in the next 30 years.” Terrasson has a complete understanding of the blues and improvisation. The Wall Street Journal has described him as “intoxicating ... he marvelous Mr. Terrasson transforms familiar sounds into the stuff of gorgeous jazz”. Since her 2003 Telarc debut, Another Mind, keyboardist-composer Uehara has electrified audiences and critics on both hemispheres with a creative energy that defies the conventional parameters of jazz, Lycian officials said, and pushes musicianship and composition to levels of complexity and sophistication. Tickets are available by calling 469-2287. Night of Mystery set for library Warwick — The Friends of the Albert Wisner Public Library will host a Night of Mystery on Thursday, March 31, from 5 to 9 p.m. on the lower level of the library. The evening will kick off at 5 p.m. with a sale of used mystery books, audio books and DVDs. Participants can join a conversation with local mystery authors featuring Fran Cox, Lois Karlin, Sharon Linnéa and Anita Page, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Community Room. A special screening of “The Maltese Falcon” (1941) will be shown at 7 p.m. Popcorn and lemonade will be provided. All the mystery events are free of charge and pre-registration is not required. Note: The Friends will accept donations of gently used mystery books, audiobooks, and DVDs on Tuesday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Addressing Lyme disease Greenwood Lake — The Greenwood Lake Public Library continues its Healthy Living Series with “Healthy Living: Addressing Lyme Disease” featuring Holistic Practitioner Fran Sussman, on Thursday, April 7, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sussman will discuss awareness, detection and treatment options for Lyme disease. The presentation will include a showing of the documentary “Under Our Skin.” A question and answer session will follow. Registration is required either in person or by phone at 477-8377, ext. 101 for this free adult program (Young adults grades 7 and up are also invited to attend.) The library is located at 79 Waterstone Road in Greenwood Lake. Exhibit at the Seligman Estate in Sugar Loaf open April 3 Sugar Loaf - Nancy Hansen’s “Sunflowers” will be featured in the second annual exhibition of the Warwick Atelier on Sunday, April 3, through April 30 at the Seligman Estate in Sugar Loaf, with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The school, run by Susan Hope Fogel, guides students to become proficient in the style of traditional realism using principles of drawing and painting. The school is based on the European tradition of the guild where aspiring artists were expected to gain a standard of proficiency at each level before progressing to the next. Call 986-0986 for more information.