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SaratogaArtsFest 2011 ready to hit town

Posted: 06/03/2011

The fifth annual SaratogaArtsFest is coming to Saratoga Springs June 9-12, bringing a packed schedule of events and activities spanning music, dance, visual art, film, theatre, and literary art.

Nationally known performers will include jazz icon Dave Brubeck, who will perform with his son Chris Brubeck's group Triple Play; the renowned Lar Lubovitch Dance Company; Noel Paul Stookey, of the famed folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary; and dancers from the New York City Ballet.

These performances will take place alongside dozens of events and activities, many of them featuring local artists, to create a program for a wide range of audiences and age groups. Forty-one arts organizations from the area will participate.

The full festival schedule and program details are available at www.SaratogaArtsFest.org.

This year's special features

Art for Children and Families - SaratogaArtsFest has a wide array of performances, exhibits, and workshops appealing to children and the young at heart. In addition to the festival's hands-on art activities, the Saratoga City Ballet will present a demonstration and performance of Little Red Riding Hood, and Opera Saratoga will perform The Trial of BB Wolf, in which the Big Bad Wolf goes on trial for his alleged crimes against the three little pigs and Little Red Riding Hood.

More Film - This year's SaratogaArtsFest will offer an expanded roster of film screenings. The wide-ranging subjects include skateboarding (a rough cut of the film Virgin Blacktop); the artwork created by "pickers" at the world's largest garbage dump, outside Rio de Janeiro (Waste Land); opulent African bottle-top art (Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El; and the birthplace of the blues (Delta Rising).

Tempered by Memory: For the Community, from the Community - This multimedia show at the Spring Street Gallery, overseen by Saratoga Arts, will highlight the creation of a sculpture that uses pieces of salvaged steel from the 9/11 World Trade Center attack. The show will draw on the works of sculptors John VanAlstine and Noah Savett, photographer Lawrence White, and filmmaker Amanda Lin Costa. The sculpture project is organized by Saratoga Arts.

Bringing the Arts Home - The festival will feature artists whose work has been shaped by Saratoga experiences. Cellist Ashley Bathgate, a Saratoga Springs High School graduate, will bring her TwoSense ensemble to share rock 'n roll and cutting-edge music with the high school's Chamber Orchestra. In the theatrical production of Garbage Boy, playwright Christopher Millis touches on themes he experienced as a youth in Saratoga and as an artist at Yaddo. The Enormous Room, choreographed by New York City Ballet dancer Justin Peck, draws on the history of the city and its commitment to the arts.

To See Ourselves - This cross-disciplinary conversation, moderated by Yaddo President Elaina Richardson, will feature leading artists such as A.M Homes, Justin Peck, Marcus Dean Fuller, and Lucy Walker. The panelists will explore the notion that art shapes and challenges our concept of humanity through the presentation of diverse characters.

Purchase of Festival Admission Package

SaratogaArtsFest Admission Packages may be purchased online at www.SaratogaArtsFest.org or at the festival's Center and Gallery, 516 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, next to the City Center. The prices are adult $35; students (18+ with student i.d.), $20; military, $15; youth (children 5-17), $5. Children under age 5 are admitted free.

Admissions materials must be picked up at the ArtsFest Center and Gallery. For hours of operation, visit www.SaratogaArtsFest.org. The center phone number is 518-580-8010.

ArtsFest Sponsors

Major sponsors of SaratogaArtsFest 2011 include The Adirondack Trust Company, Friendly's, Skidmore College, Designsmith Studio, Interactive Media Consulting, Miles Ahead Communications, L'esperance Tile Works, the Dance Alliance, CBS 6, STAR 101.3 FM, TheSaratogaLife.com, the Times Union, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and Saratoga.com.