Arts and Culture in the Mountains

We love this time of the year because this is when our arts and culture venues announce the schedules for their upcoming season. Whether it’s fine art, music, theater or something in between, our galleries, theaters and arts organizations have something to enrich your life. Here’s a sampling of what’s coming our way in 2022. Please check the organizations’ websites for updates, tickets and more information about these events.

The Franklin Stage Company produces professional admission-free classic and new plays. They have announced a few shows for their 2022 season, with more to come. Check back here and visit their website for more information as more programs are added.

Two Gentlemen of Verona
July 1 – 17
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday Matinee at 3:00pm
Sundays at 5:00pm
In this 6-person adaptation by Fiasco Theater, this early play by Shakespeare highlights the price of friendship, the cost of betrayal, how to find true love, and the limitations of man’s best friend.

VickiKristinaBarcelona
July 21 – 24
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 5:00pm
VickiKristinaBarcelona is a power trio of music veterans dedicated to re-imagining the lyrical genius of the Tom Waits songbook via inventive three-part harmonies and a treasure trove of instruments including banjos, bottles, squeezebox, and zills.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
July 29 – 31
Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 5:00pm
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is one of the nation’s most prominent flamenco and Spanish dance companies, dedicated to honoring the traditions of flamenco while expanding the art form in new directions.

Bricktop, Legend of the Jazz Age
August 5 – 21
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday Matinee at 3:00 pm
Sundays at 5:00 pm
In this new play with music, Ada “Bricktop” Smith tells her own story through memory and music using songs from her long life as a singer, dancer and club owner.

Photo courtesy of Franklin Stage Company

 

The Roxbury Arts Group has announced its 2022 schedule which includes exhibits and performances taking place at the Roxbury Arts Center and locations in the surrounding area. Visit their website for more details, tickets (when needed) and updates.

Gallery Events presented by Roxbury Arts Group

Veiled and Revealed
Works by Regina Quinn & Anne Sutherland
May 14 – June 25
Opening Reception May 14, 4:00pm
At the Roxbury Arts Center
A reflection on memory and a sense of awe for the natural world

Peter’s Garden: A Retrospective
July 9 – August 20
Opening Reception July 9, 4:00pm
At the Roxbury Arts Center
Works by Peter Yamaoka

Catskills in My Back Yard
Works by Alejandra Castaneda
Opening Reception August 26, 6:00pm
This exhibit takes place at Headwaters Arts Center in Stamford
A family-friendly exhibit of Catskills critters

Diaries of a milking boob; of mothers and mother shockers
Works by Alejandra Castaneda
September 3 – October 22
Opening Reception September 3, 4:00pm
At the Roxbury Arts Center
A challenge of the romantic notions of becoming a new mother

All Works Great and Small
A group exhibition
November 5 – January 7
Opening Reception November 5, 4:00pm
At the Roxbury Arts Center
The Roxbury Arts Group pairs its Small and Large Works exhibits to end its 2022 season.

Courtesy of Roxbury Arts Group

Performances presented by Roxbury Arts Group

Stefanie Nelson DanceGroup presents “A, My Name Is…”
May 21, 7:30pm
At the Roxbury Arts Center
Powerful yet playful dance exploration of memory and forgetting

Lakecia Benjamin and Pursuance
June 4, 7:30pm
At the Roxbury Arts Center
Virtuoso saxophonist/bandleader revitalizing the great jazz of Alice and John Coltrane

Porchfest
July 23, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Taking place on front porches along Main Street, Stamford
Free-flowing celebration of music and community featuring 10 local bands, all free to the public

Duo Kayo
July 30, 7:30pm
At the Old School Baptist Church
Awesome cello and violin duo creating new music and new ways of thinking about music

Concerts in the Park: Rose & the Bros
August 6, 7:00pm
At Veterans Memorial Park, Stamford
High energy Zydeco, Cajun, and Classic Country band music, all free to the public

Concerts in the Park: Uncleshake
August 26, 7:00pm
At Veterans Memorial Park, Stamford
Cool, eclectic acoustic band music best described as Vaudeville Grunge, all free to the public

Concerts in the Park: Brasskill
September 5,6:00pm
At Kirkside Park, Roxbury
Funky, high-energy 14-piece band dance party. Part of the Labor Day Festival and free to the public

Kinobe
September 10, 7:30pm
At the Roxbury Arts Center
Exquisite contemporary pan-African music with traditional and global influences

Akropolis Reed Quintet
September 24, 7:30pm
At the Roxbury Arts Center
Music sparking joy and wonder from five untamed, adventurous reed instrument players

Fiddlers! 28
Festival Featuring Three Acclaimed Ensembles
October 9, Noon – 7:00pm
At the Roxbury Arts Center
New takes on the best traditional Celtic, bluegrass and country fiddle-centered music

Courtesy of Roxbury Arts Group

Adeem the Artist
October 22, 7:30pm
At the Roxbury Arts Center
Engaging, enlightening concert by THE pansexual, redneck, poet, singer, songwriter Artist

Treehouse Shakers present “Hatched”
November 12, 11:00am
At the Roxbury Arts Center
Fantastic interactive theater about farm life for small kids and their families

 

The West Kortright Centre is a nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence in arts programming, featuring a diverse blend of world-class concerts, workshops, art exhibits, and community events. This year, the Centre is planning to return to using their indoor space for programming as well as their outside space.

Sloan Wainwright
May 29, 3:00pm
At West Kortright Centre
A unique hybrid of pop, folk, jazz and blues

Songbird Sessions: Arm of the Sea DIRT
June 11, 2:00pm
At West Kortright Centre
Theater featuring a myriad of puppets and live music takes us through the story of DIRT

Still/Together – Lokasparśa Dance Projects
June 18, 7:30pm
At West Kortright Centre
World premiere of Lokasparśa Dance Projects’ latest work titled Still/Together led by artistic director clyde forth

2022 Landscape & Garden Tour
June 19, 11:00pm
Starting near East Meredith
Get a rare insider look at beautiful properties in the Jefferson-Milford-Worcester area

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
June 26, 4:00pm
At West Kortright Centre
Groovy afro punk. Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are known for their exuberant music and fronted by Afrobeat and juju veteran Kaleta.

Image Courtesy of West Kortright Center

Jake Blount
July 9, 2022 7:00pm
At West Kortright Centre
Jake Blount is an American musician, scholar and activist who draws upon old time bluegrass and blues.

Elena Moon Park & Friends
July 23, 1:00pm
At West Kortright Centre
Folk and children’s music from around the globe, with an emphasis on East Asia, and original songs

Rachael & Vilray
July 24, 4:00pm
At West Kortright Centre
A mix of jazz and traditional pop standards from the ‘30s and ‘40s

The Brother Brothers
August 4, 7:00pm
At West Kortright Centre
Brothers David and Adam Moss mix soulful harmonies with acoustic folk sounds to produce their own unique musical experience.

The Resistance Revival Chorus
August 6, 7:00pm
At West Kortright Centre
The Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of women and non-binary singers who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices.

The Nate & Kate Kids Show
August 28, 1:00pm
At West Kortright Centre
The Nate & Kate Kids Show is a mix of original and very familiar children’s songs with participation, lots of juggling, and a few young volunteers.

Kittel & Co.
October 9, 7:30pm
At West Kortright Centre
Kittel & Co. is a premier American acoustic band led by grammy-nominated composer Jeremy Kittel.