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Summer at the Midpoint

Posted: 07/10/2009

The Taylor 2 Dance Company and and SITI Company have completed their residencies in dance and theater and the Jazz Institute has finished its annual two-week run but Labor Day is still seven weeks off and the NYS Summer Writers Institute, Summer Art Program, Summer Film Festival, Summer Flute Institute, Saratoga Harp Colony, and Tang Museum’s “Upbeat on the Roof” series are either still in progress or soon to begin. That means there are still many great events to enjoy at Skidmore this summer. Unless otherwise noted, all events below are free and open to the public. (Click photos for captions.)

This Week: July 12-18

Monday, July 13, 6 p.m.
Summer Art Program: Featured visiting artist Jessica Stockholder will lecture in Gannett Auditorium. An internationally known artist whose work cannot be placed in any single art category, Stockholder is known for colorful, exuberant artworks that combine sculpture, painting, and assemblage.

Monday, July 13, 8 p.m.
Fiction and Poetry Reading: Amy Hempel, author of The Dog of the Marriage, and Honor Moore, author of Red Shoes and The Bishop’s Daughter will read from their works in Davis Auditorium.

Tuesday, July 14, 8 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Jane Anne Phillips, author of Termite and Lark and Fast Lanes, and Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia, will read from their works in Davis Auditorium.

Wednesday, July 15, 2 - 3 p.m.
North Woods Tour: Skidmore associate professor Joshua Ness will lead a tour in the North Woods focusing on the distribution and consequences of non-native species.

Wednesday, July 15, 8 p.m.
Fiction and Poetry Reading: Rick Moody, author of Demonology, and Henri Cole, author of Middle Earth, will read from their work in Davis Auditorium.

Thursday, July 16, 8 p.m.
Poetry and Fiction Reading: Carl Dennis, author of Practical Gods, and Francine Prose, author of A Changed Man, will read from their work in Davis Auditorium.

Thursday, July 16, 6 p.m.
Summer Art Program: Ian Berry, curator of the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, will moderate a discussion of the interdisciplinary art-making process. Titled "Do Hybrid Artists Get Better Mileage," the discussion will feature Terry Adkins, Michael Oatman, and Xaviera Simmons.

Friday, July 17, 7 p.m.
Tang Museum’s “Upbeat on the Roof”: The Barefoot Boys will present their rollicking renditions of regional folksongs, mountain ballads, square dance tunes and instrumental medlies. Specializing in traditional music from the Hudson, Catskill and Adirondack regions, they're also likely to play sea songs, ragtime tunes, and novelty numbers.

Friday, July 17, 8 p.m. :
Fiction and Poetry Reading: William Kennedy, author of Ironweed and Roscoe, and Peg Boyers, author of Honey with Tobacco and Hard Bread, will read from their works in Davis Auditorium.

Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m.
Food Demonstration:: Skidmore College Executive Chef James Rose and his senior cooks will offer a food preparation demonstration at the Saratoga Farmer's Market on High Rock Avenue  The demonstration will feature an advance tasting of foods they'll be preparing for this year's Palamountain Benefit on August 4.

Saturday, July 18, 5-6 p.m.
At the Tang: Tom Lewis will moderate “Writing the River," a panel discussion featuring artists, writers, and poets who contributed to the catalogue for "Lives of the Hudson," . Moderated by Lewis, the event will take place in the museum’s Payne Presentation Room.

Saturday, July 18, 6-7:30:
At the Tang:  The Tang Museum will celebrate the opening of its summer shows: Lives of the Hudson and Andrea Lockwood’s related sound-art exhibition, A Sound Map of the Hudson RiverLives of the Hudson is co-curated by Ian Berry, Malloy Curator of the Tang, and Tom Lewis, the Skidmore professor of English whose 2005 book, The Hudson: A History, inspired the exhibition. The exhibition will be a unique exploration of several themes that trace their way through the history of the Hudson River with sections dedicated to the natural river, imagined river, human river, and working river. Far more than a short river flowing through New York State, the Hudson is a thread that runs through the fabric of four centuries of American history, through the development of American civilization--its culture, its community, and its consciousness.


July 19-25

Sunday, July 19, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Robert Jones, associate professor of economics, will lead a guided tour focused on the history of the Skidmore campus, which is located on land that prior to 1960 was known as Woodlawn. The event will begin with an overview from 1:30 to 2 p.m. in Bolton Hall 281, followed by a one-hour walk along some of the area's historic carriage trails. Participants will receive a current North Woods map along with a map from the 1880s and several historical photographs.

Monday, July 20, 8 p.m.
Fiction Reading: Mary Gaitskill, author of Veronica, and Alix Ohlin, author of The Missing Person, will read from their works in Davis Auditorium.

Tuesday, July 21, noon – 1 p.m.
Tang Museum: Curator’s tour of Tim Rollins and KOS: A History

Tuesday, July 21, 8 p.m.
Fiction and Poetry Reading: Russell Banks, author of The Darling, and Chase Twichell, author of Dog Language, will read from their works in Davis Auditorium.

Tuesday, July 21, 8 p.m.
Film: Accident, directed by Joseph Losey (U.K., 1967). In Emerson Auditorium.

Wednesday, July 22, 8 p.m. 
Writers Institute Panel Discussion: Lawrence Weschler, author of Calamities of Exile and Vermeer in Bosnia, and James Miller, author of Democracy is in the Streets, will discuss  “Telling the Truth, Telling Lies:  A Conversation on the Ethics and Aesthetics of Non-Fiction.”

Thursday, July 23, 8 p.m. 
Fiction and Poetry Reading: Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. poet laureate Charles Simic will read from their works in Davis Auditorium.

Friday, July 24, 8 p.m.
Fiction and Poetry Reading: Nicholas Delbanco, author of What Remains, and Wayne Koestenbaum, author of The Queen’s Throat, will read from their works in Davis Auditorium.

Friday, July 24, 7 p.m.
Tang Museum’s “Upbeat on the Roof”: Capital District native Jill Hughes will perform her rare blend of jazz, blues and R&B.. As one local writer noted, she “toes the blurry jazz/soul/blues border with disarming ease and confidence, scatting with Ella one minute, wailing with Chaka another, and testifying with Etta the next.”


July 26-August 1

Thursday, July 30, 7 p.m.
Theater by the Pond: The Theater Company at Hubbard Hall will perform an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Haupt Pond.

Friday, July 31, 7 p.m.
Tang Museum’s “Upbeat on the Roof”: Together for 15 years, the the Red-Haired Strangers are known for their original music that contains hints of country and delta blues influences. Their lyrics are set to driving melodies complete with evocative images of wandering, trains, sin and love lost.


August 2 – 8

Sunday, August 2, 7:30 p.m.
Flute Concert: Jan Vinci and the Skidmore Summer Flute Faculty will perform in Filene Recital Hall.

Tuesday, August 4, 5:30 p.m.
Annual Palamountain Scholarship Benefit: This summer tradition held at the Saratoga Polo Field marks its 30th year as a key fundraiser for scholarship aid at Skidmore College. Under the direction of Executive Chef James Rose, this year's offerings will include six distinctive entrées, a cold seafood display, a wide range of summer salads and fresh fruits, and of course something for the sweet tooth. For tickets, call:

Friday, August 7, 7 p.m.
Tang Museum’s “Upbeat on the Roof”: Red Hen will perform, dipping into their blended palette of old time, country and bluegrass, with a few Celtic roots showing.


August 9 – 15

Sunday, August 9, 6 p.m.
Harp Concert: The Saratoga Art Colony will perform in the Filene Recital Hall.

Friday, August 14, 7 p.m.
Tang Museum’s “Upbeat on the Roof”: Mildly obsessed with marrying traditional instruments with modern technology and sounds., Matthew Loiacono will perform original and adapted music on mandolin, banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, drums, percussion and more.


August 16 – 22

Sunday, August 9, 3 p.m.
Harp Concert: The Saratoga Art Colony will perform in the Filene Recital Hall.

Tuesday, August 18, noon to 1 p.m.
At the Tang: Tang curator Ian Berry will lead a tour of “Lives of the Hudson.”

Friday, August 21, 7 p.m.
Tang Museum’s “Upbeat on the Roof”: Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys are back with the unique form of “hybrid newgrass,” a driving style characterized by forceful, percussive rhythms.

Saturday, August 22, 3 p.m.
Final Harp Concert: The Saratoga Harp Colony will perform at the Adelphi Hotel


August 23 – 29

Friday, August 28, 7 p.m.
Tang Museum’s “Upbeat on the Roof”: Doc Scanlon's Rhythm Boys will bring the “Upbeat on the Roof” season to a rousing conclusion with their signature blend of Big Band Swing and Rockin’ Rhythm and Blues.