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4/18/18 Highlights of this week's edition...

Assemblyman Frank Skartados died on Sunday, April 15

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from cover) State Assemblyman Frank Skartados (Milton-D) died on Sunday, April 15 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, Orange County, according to his chief of staff Steve Gold.

“He was admitted on March 24 for respiratory issues and pain associated with cancer. His condition was discovered in late January with a diagnosis of metastasized stage IV pancreatic cancer,” Gold stated in a press release.

Skartados, 62, represented the 104th Assembly District. The district includes: the cities of Beacon, Poughkeepsie, and Newburgh, as well as the Towns of Lloyd, Marlborough and Newburgh.

Skartados was born off the coast of Greece. He was one of 8 children.

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Beacon Open Studio Events

By By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Entertainment

Hipsters, artists and Main Street browsers are in for a great time at various Beacon Open Studio events set for the last weekend of April.

The Beacon Open Studio Alumni Show runs through May 13, at the Big Mouth Coffee Roasters. This is located at 387 Main Street. Curated by director Samantha Palmeri, it is showing works by Ed Benavente, Robert Brush, Theresa Gooby, Erica Hauser, Thomas Huber, Jackie Skrzynski, Greg Slick, Susan Walsh, and Jayoung Yoon.

“I’m glad to be participating in Beacon Open Studios for the eighth time in 10 years, said Hauser. “It's evolved and grown so much, always a rather exhilarating experience, whether I am exhibiting my own paintings or visiting other studios. Of any other local event, it gives the truest sense just how many artists are living and working in this area. I will be showing new work along with five other artists at Catalyst Gallery, so it will be a must-see spot on the tour.”

The BOS Kickoff Party and Exhibit takes place Friday, April 27, 6-9 p.m., at Oak Vino Wine Bar, 389 Main Street. It will start with a preview of the 64 participating artists’ work. All artwork is for sale with part of the proceeds benefiting BOS. Saturday-Sunday hours for art viewing and purchases will be noon-6 p.m.

Also on Friday night, 5-9 p.m., The Shed Beacon will present “Microcosmos,” a group show curated by Eric Diehl. “Come say hello at our Spire Studios location, 45 Beekman St.,” said Diehl. “The Shed is an independent arts space dedicated to curatorial projects and cross-media collaborations showcasing artists from the Hudson Valley and abroad.”

The weekend ends Sunday, April 29, starting at 6:30 p.m. with the Official BOS After Party. Join Donna Minkowitz for “Funky Spunky Literature Night,” at Quinns, located at 330 Main Street.

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Harlem Quartet returns to Howland Center
Harlem Quartet

The Howland Chamber Music Circle is eagerly awaiting a return performance by the Harlem Quartet, Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violin, Jaime Amador, viola, and Felix Umansky, cello, presenting music from three centuries.

The New York-based Harlem Quartet, currently serving a three-year residency at London's Royal College of Music has been praised for its “panache” and hailed for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent” and a “formidable ensemble whose members play highly demanding scores with infectious vitality, breezy confidence, and (most importantly) affectionate warmth.” Since its public debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, the Quartet has thrilled audiences in 47 states as well as Canada, the U.K., France, Belgium, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, and South Africa.

In addition to performing a varied menu of string quartet literature across the country and around the world, the Harlem Quartet has collaborated with such distinguished artists as violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Carter Brey, clarinetist Paquito Rivera, pianist Misha Dichter, and jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton, whom they joined for their 6-month “Hot House” tour that began at Tanglewood in the summer of 2012.

Also in the Apr 18-24, 2018 issue:

  • Best selling author to speak in Poughkeepsie

Vassar Temple Sisterhood announces that this year’s Doris and Fannie Berlin lecturer is Deborah Tannen, author of the four-year, #1 New York Times best seller You Just Don’t understand: Women and Men in Conversation. This book brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness.


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