Monthly Archives: August 2015

Stellar lineup pays tribute to Young Marble Giants’ “Colossal Youth” in Manhattan Thursday 

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Stuart Moxham of YMG says he’d give, well, something precious to be in the New York audience. Read his comment after the jump.

What happens when a couple dozen veterans of the New York-New Jersey indie rock scene join forces to put on a tribute to a near-perfect — and perfectly simple — album released 35 years ago by three young, relatively inexperienced Welsh post-punk musicians?

We’ll find out at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, when the gang convenes at The HiFi Bar in Manhattan’s East Village for An NYC Tribute to Young Marble Giants ‘Colossal Youth.'”

The show, organized by Dumptruck bassist Tom Shad  and Renée LoBue, Elk City’s singer, will feature a slew of performers playing and singing the songs from the influential cult album’s 15 all-too-brief songs.

More after the jump.

Different singers will tackle the Young Marble Giants catalog. Here's a montage of a few of the vocal assignments posted on the event's Facebook page.

Different singers will tackle the Young Marble Giants catalog. Here’s a montage of a few of the vocal assignments posted on the event’s Facebook page.

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Dobbs Ferry celebrity photographer Peter Freed focuses on women in their prime

Photographer Peter Freed poses in his Rye studio with the black and white portraits he took of women aged 35 to 104 for a book he is working on. (Photo: Joe Larese/The Journal News)

Photographer Peter Freed poses in his Rye studio with the black and white portraits he took of women aged 35 to 104 for a book he is working on. (Photo: Joe Larese/The Journal News)

Photographer Peter Freed, who has spent much of his career taking pictures of celebritis,  has a “war room” in a modern house in Rye crammed with 120 striking black and white portraits of women — each a “landscape of the face,” shot without makeup and reproduced without retouching or Photoshop alteration.

The 8-by-10 prints cover the massive table in the center of the room, with the spillover ringing the room on the floor and the credenza.

The Dobbs Ferry-based photographer’s subjects, ranging in age from 35 to 104 (Beryl Barnett), are all “extraordinary women in their prime,” Freed says. They’re all for a book called “Prime.” He’s nearing the deadline for his Kickstarter to fund the publication, and needs help hitting the goal.

For more on his project and his fascinating life, check out our conversation at lohud.com now, or read it in print in Sunday’s edition of The Journal News.

 

Naama Potok, Chaim Potok’s daughter, does his memory proud onstage

IMG_0063Actress Naama Potok recently completed a run as the female lead in Aaron Posner’s sympathetic stage adaptation of father Chaim Potok’s novel “My Name is Asher Lev.”

Her role at Rockland County’s Penguin Rep Theatre was a triumphant return to the stage after a hiatus. She recently reflected on her family heritage and her art with me in an interview for The Journal News/lohud.com.

Check out our conversation at lohud.com.

From left: Naama Potok (The Women), Max Wolkowitz (Asher Lev) and Howard Pinhasik (The Men) in “My Name is Asher Lev,” at Penguin Rep Theatre.

From left: Naama Potok (The Women) and Max Wolkowitz (Asher Lev) in “My Name is Asher Lev,” at Penguin Rep Theatre.

Oscar nominee Kristi Zea talks Rockland, new project

When Kristi Zea moved to her hilltop home in Valley Cottage in 2004, she says, “I realized that it was really kind of perfect.” (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

When Kristi Zea moved to her hilltop home in Valley Cottage in 2004, she says, “I realized that it was really kind of perfect.” (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

Kristi Zea‘s work creating “environments” for film in her role as a production designer takes her around the world, but she always comes back to Rockland County, which she has called home for two decades.

She gives Upper Nyack movie director Jonathan Demme and his wife, Joanne Howard, the credit for that.

“I had been working with him for several years and he suggested that we come up here and have a look around,” two-time Oscar nominee Zea told me in a recent conversation.

While mainstream movie work pays the bills and has given her a satisfying career, Zea has a labor of love that is nearing completion after a decade of work: a documentary about a late modern artist, “Everybody Knows … Elizabeth Murray.

Read the whole interview at lohud.com.