06/03/15 12:13pm
06/03/2015 12:13 PM
The crowd dances along to the 2013 concert at Martha Clara Vineyards. This year's event will be even bigger. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

The crowd dances along to the 2013 concert at Martha Clara Vineyards. This year’s event will be even bigger. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Two years after Adam Lambert and Avicci headlined a music festival at Martha Clara Vineyards, another mega event is planned for this summer.

Music producer Nile Rodgers said the two-day festival scheduled for August will feature big name acts like Pharrell, Beck and Duran Duran.

Find out more details on the festival at northforker.com.

05/30/15 7:00am
05/30/2015 7:00 AM

• A Greenport Gallery Walk will be held Saturday, May 30, from 2 to 6 p.m. in downtown Greenport Village.

Participating venues are Cindy Pease Roe Studio, Hector deCordova Studio, Nova Constellatio Gallery, South Street Gallery & Framers, The Sirens’ Song Gallery and the gallery at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. Other stops, where art can be viewed or bought, include Fiedler Gallery, Floyd Memorial Library’s downstairs gallery, Gallery M and the Weathered Barn. (more…)

05/24/15 7:46pm
05/24/2015 7:46 PM
Jessica Cagen, 13, of East Meadow at Sunday's arts festival downtown. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Jessica Cagen, 13, of East Meadow at Sunday’s arts festival downtown. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Hundreds of people visited downtown Riverhead Sunday for East End Arts’ 19th annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival.

This year’s festival included an arts and crafts fair, live music, food and children’s activities.

See more Katharine Schroeder photos below.

The Rhythm Kings play for festival attendees.

The Rhythm Kings play for festival attendees.

 

A cat painting by Joanne McGiveron of East Patchogue.

A cat painting by Joanne McGiveron of East Patchogue.

 

Eli Fishman of Rocky Point working on his grasshopper painting.

Eli Fishman of Rocky Point working on his grasshopper painting.

Katie Better of Glen Cove paints an osprey.

Katie Better of Glen Cove paints an osprey.

A completed painting.

A completed painting.

Kelly Matern, 8, of Shirley.

Kelly Matern, 8, of Shirley.

Kayla Durney, 16, of Hauppauge works on a sunset painting.

Kayla Durney, 16, of Hauppauge works on a sunset painting.

The crowds on Main Street.

The crowds on Main Street.

Summer Realander, 6, of Riverhead.

Summer Realander, 6, of Riverhead.

A completed painting.

A completed painting.

A completed painting.

A completed painting.

 A work in progress.

A work in progress.

The Blue Spruce Cloggers perform.

The Blue Spruce Cloggers perform.

 

05/22/15 5:00am
05/22/2015 5:00 AM
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Rusty Kransky (from left), Kelsey Cheslock and Brett Chizever play Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot in ‘Camelot,’ running through May 31 at the North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck.

Proposition: “Camelot” has always been one of my favorite musicals; it had been quite some time since I’d seen it on stage, so I was looking forward to seeing North Fork Community Theatre’s current presentation. Resolved: I was not disappointed.

“Camelot,” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, is based on the novel “The Once and Future King” by T.H. White. It is the story of King Arthur who, when he meets his intended bride, Guenevere, is inspired to be the most wonderful king who ever sat on a throne. In an era when the rules support the concept of “might is right,” with knights fighting and pillaging, he conceives the idea of a civilized world of “might for right” and chivalry, with knights protecting honor and justice.

Arthur creates the legendary Round Table, which becomes renowned across the land. This attracts the radically religious Lancelot, who travels from France to devote his life and soul to serve Arthur. Most of us know what happens to Camelot when Guenevere and Lancelot fall in love. If you don’t, well, you will just have to see the play.

Richard Gardini plays Arthur’s teacher, Merlyn, with much more youthful vigor than you would expect from his ancient appearance. But then again, Merlyn is growing backwards — “youthening” — and can “remember the future.”

Peter Peterson portrays Mordred, the bastard son who arrives to stir up trouble in the court, with swagger and sneer, and he offers his wickedly twisted take on life in his solo “The Seven Deadly Virtues.”

King Pellinore is an old friend of Arthur’s who wanders into the realm lost and homeless, and Rick Peters provides depth to this robust but daft “Pelly.”

Marilee Scheer brings a comical touch to the traditionally evil Morgan LeFey, who is easily led by Mordred with his lure of tasty treats. Young Ben Eager, as both a page and Tom of Warick, is adorable and earnestly focused.

Three key knights are portrayed perfectly by Matt Tuthill (Sir Dinadan), Kyle Breitenbach (Lionel) and Patrick O’Brien (Sagramore) and provide excellent choral support, as do Kelly Cassidy, as Lady Anne, and Jen Eager, Joyce Stevens, Aria Saltini and Victoria Carroll as ladies in waiting.

See more photos here.

The ultimate success or failure of any production of “Camelot” ultimately falls to the triad of leads, and those here are more than up to the task.

Kelsey Cheslock is lovely as Guenevere. Her voice is angelic and she imbues the queen with a playful, youthful energy. Brett Chizever brings is own sublime voice to the table as he always does, but plays Lancelot as a bit more of a clown. He does, however, still offer the intensity and polish we have come to expect in all his work. Singing together, they bring on the goosebumps.

Rusty Kransky has played Arthur before in other local productions, so I expected a fine performance from him. I found his take on Arthur this time around more subtle, moving and satisfying than ever. It doesn’t really need saying, but I will anyway — his singing is as much a pleasure as always.

The combined efforts of director Caroline Ciochetto, Mr. Kransky as assistant director, rehearsal music director Nancy Deegan and production music director Jeff Wentz have contributed to this most enjoyable production, with its fine acting and singing across the board, and producer Babette Cornine has put together a terrific theatrical team. The orchestra is skilled and complements the singers nicely. Diane Peterson outdoes herself with the costume design, which is beautiful and realistic. The set by Dee Martin and lighting design by David Scheer also enhance the illusion.

Proposition: You enjoy theater that combines quality performances and beautiful music with humor, action and romance. Resolved: You make sure you don’t miss NFCT’s production of “Camelot”!

‘Camelot’
North Fork Community Theatre
12700 Old Sound Ave., Mattituck
Performances continue Thursdays-Sundays through May 31. Show times: Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 298-NFCT (6328) or visit nfct.com.

05/16/15 6:00am
05/16/2015 6:00 AM

• “Message on a Bottle,” an exhibit of sketches by East Hampton artist Scott Bluedorn, will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company’s Greenport location.

Several of Mr. Bluedorn’s surreal sketches have been used as labels for the brewery’s recently released bottles. The show, which will also include other, unrelated work, will run through July 20.  (more…)

05/13/15 7:00am
05/13/2015 7:00 AM
Rusty Kransky (from left), Kelsey Cheslock and Brett Chizever play Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot in North Fork Community Theatre's production of 'Camelot.' (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Rusty Kransky (from left), Kelsey Cheslock and Brett Chizever play Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot in North Fork Community Theatre’s production of ‘Camelot.’ (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck will present a classic love triangle, with music, when Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s “Camelot” opens Thursday, May 14. The show will be presented Thursday to Sunday through May 31.  (more…)