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June 6, 2013

Smithy has lots to offer this summer season

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The Shakespeare workshop and children’s camp will be part of the Smithy’s Community Play Festival, which takes place Aug. 10. Newell said the festival also will include a 24-hour program, from late Aug. 9 to Aug. 10. The program, open to the entire community — “whoever wants to be involved” — will have participants divided into “mini theatre companies” with a playwright, director and performers. The playwright will have 11 hours in which to write a 10-minute, one act play that will be rehearsed and performed the evening of Aug. 10.

“This is serious guerilla theatre,” Newell said, laughing.

The Smithy will offer another summer of music programming, Newell said. Monday night shows will include The John Gill Ensemble on July 1, Sirsy, July 8, Alpenglow and The Donny Brooks, July 15, Heaven’s Back Door, July 22, Sam Whedon & Friends (fundraiser), July 29, Cooperstown Big Band, Aug. 12, Bourbon & Branch and The Mountebank Bros., Aug. 19, and Erin Harkes Band, Aug. 26. The John Gill Ensemble and Cooperstown Big Band performances will be part of Smithy gallery openings with free admission. For other shows and ticket pricing, visit the Smithy’s website at www.smithyarts.org. All of the aforementioned shows will take place at 7 p.m. in the Smithy’s courtyard.

Additional music offerings include the Day to Night Club, a DJ dance party, on July 6 from 1 to 10 p.m., with free admission, and a children’s concert, “Earth Jams,” with Matt Loosigian, on Aug. 11 beginning at 3 p.m. The concert will be preceded by a recycling-themed arts and crafts activities session at 2 p.m.

The visual arts will continue to be a vital part of the Smithy’s summer programming, Newell said.

“Our (Smithy Pioneer) gallery is really the foundation of the Smithy,” Newell said. “I’m really so excited about (upcoming) exhibits.”

Summer 2013 will focus on the Smithy’s member artists, Newell said.

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