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My Arts Center FALL 2017

17 Algonquin Drive • 2524 Main Street Lake Placid, NY 12946

Things to Do This Fall Gallery @ LPCA Openings Get to Know McCayla Quinn Andy Flynn Catches Up with the Gibson Brothers

Lisa Keegan Photography

Paula Poundstone

Ailey II


Gandini Juggling’s 4x4 Ephemeral Architectures

Fall in the Gallery at LPCA FORM & ENERGY: a Betsy Stewart & Richard Dana Joint Show Currently in the Gallery through September 16 Form and Energy brings together art and science in evocative visual interpretations of forms and energies, both known and unknown, that permeate our universe. Betsy Stewart’s paintings explode with depictions of teeming natural life forms hidden from the naked eye as they undergo processes of transformation. Richard Dana’s work poetically suggests energies and transformative processes which could be the animating forces for Stewart’s life forms. Viewed together, their works address the concept of order and disorder: the forces that cause matter to come together, to transform, and to fall apart in the natural world.

LPCA OPEN JURIED SHOW Opening Reception: September 22 at 5 PM In the Gallery September 22 through November 11

BIG LITTLE ART SHOW Opening Reception: November 17 at 5 PM In the Gallery November 17 through December 23

The LPCA is proud to showcase the art of the region in the Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition. This LPCA tradition will feature a variety of paintings, drawings, sculpture, assemblage and photographs. Over 150 entries are submitted each year, making this a highly competitive show that demonstrates the range of talent among regional artists. The jurors for this exhibition are Janet Millstein and Sue Lezon.

The LPCA and Adirondack Artist Guild’s annual collaboration returns this winter – just in time for the holidays! This invitational features the work of over 30 different artists. With each work coming in at less than 64 square inches, this exhibit is the perfect opportunity to cross off names on your holiday shopping list as well as to support two local nonprofit organizations.

A former graphic designer, art director and creative director, Janet is now a full-time print maker whose works captures the wild, dark beauty of the Adirondack region. Sue Lezon has worked as a photographer on archaeological expeditions in the Middle East for over 30 years. Sue also teaches analog and digital photography at SUNY Plattsburgh.




Heralded as one of our country’s foremost comics, Paula Poundstone’s quick-thinking, unscripted approach to comedy makes for a perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me, where she holds the record for game losses. “The others cheat,” she says magnanimously, “you wouldn’t think NPR would put up with that.”

Now, she’s fresh on the heels of the release of her hilarious new book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness (available now wherever books, e-books and audio books are sold) and is entertaining audiences around the country and leaving them complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter and wondering if the random people she talks to are plants. Of course, they never are. Sponsored in part by North Country Public Radio and Mike Foote State Farm. Tickets: $30 to $40. s Reserved seating.


What in the world do ballet and juggling have in common? Both are mathematical, architectural, and athletic endeavors based on people tracing pathways in space. In 4x4: Ephemeral Architectures, four jugglers and four ballet dancers share a stage in this cross-art-form experience leaving unseen patterns everywhere, defying the limitations of gravity and inspiring awe in the audience. Formed in 1992 by world-renowned jugglers Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Gandini Juggling continue to be at the vanguard of contemporary circus, reinventing and reinvigorating juggling for the 21st century. Gandini celebrates juggling in all its facets, exploring not just what juggling is, but what juggling can be. This production is choreographed by Royal Ballet dancer Ludovic Ondiviela and features the original composition Suspended Opus 69 by Nimrod Borenstein. 4x4: Ephemeral Architectures premiered at the 2015 London International Mime Festival at the Royal Opera House, where it received rave reviews: ‘A phenomenal display’ ‘A show of elegant, wistful beauty’ -Everything Theatre -The Guardian ‘A splendid blend of talents imbued with both elegance and wit’ -The Times

‘A clever, cool and wondrous show that gives delight’ -The Stage

Tickets for “4x4 Ephemeral Architectures” are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Purchase yours by calling 518.523.2512 or online at




September 28 and 30 at 7 PM From acclaimed director James Gray Starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller and Tom Holland.


Arts in HD

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes Part 1 - Millenium Part 2 - Perestroika Approaches September 9 | 6 PM September 9 | 1 PM

Starring Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle and Russell Tovey. America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Die Zauberflöte October 28 | 1 PM Meanings and morals amid Mozart’s allegory.


October 20 and 21 at 7 PM Terence Davies film starring Cynthia Nixon poetically captures the life of Emily Dickinson.

Cézanne et Moi

November 15 and 17 at 7 PM A historical drama traces the lifelong friendship between two renowned 19th century French artists, painter Paul Cézanne and writer Emile Zola.

Tickets for all of these events (and more) are available by calling 518.523.2512 or online at

The Exterminating Angel Norma October 21 | 1 PM Bringing new life to druid’s sacrifice.

November 18 | 1 PM A surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape.

Le Corsaire November 16 | 7 PM Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem and reworked by Alexei Ratmansky from Petipa’s exotic 19th century classic, this miracle of the repertoire is one of the Bolshoi’s most lavish productions.


Adirondack Film Society Screening Series


LPCA’s 2017-2018 presentation of some of the greatest dance companies in the US continues with the next generation of dance. Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. With Artistic Director Troy Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company. Dance Magazine calls Ailey II, “second to none,” and The New York Times declares, “There’s nothing like an evening spent with Ailey II...” Tickets for Ailey II are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. This presentation of Ailey II is generously sponsored, in part, by Joan Weill

The Boys are Back in Town Gibson Brothers return to LPCA Stage after five years By ANDY FLYNN

of the Year award. They quickly followed up with three Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America awards for 2012 Songwriters of the Year (Eric and Leigh), Bluegrass Album of the Year for “Help My Brother” and Song of the Year for “Help My Brother.” 2013 The following year was a whirlwind for the Gibson Brothers, with a new album, personnel changes and even more awards. On March 27, their 11th album “They Called It Music” was released by Compass Records. The title track, written by Eric and friend Joe Newberry, would win the 2013 IBMA Song of the Year. The following month, mandolin player Joe Walsh announced that he would be leaving the band after more than four years. On June 19, the band announced that Jesse Brock was replacing Walsh. In addition to winning Song of the Year, Eric was named IBMA Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year and the band won Vocal Group of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. When the Gibson Brothers bluegrass band returns to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts for a two-night run Nov. 3-4, it will be the first time they’ve played on that stage since Friday the 13th, 2012. Instead of bad luck rubbing off on that superstitious date, Eric and Leigh Gibson have continued their climb to the top echelons of the bluegrass music industry over the past five years. It’s not like they hadn’t been successful until that point; on the contrary, when the Gibsons arrived in Lake Placid in 2012, they were the reigning International Bluegrass Music Association Vocal Group of the Year. And their 10th and latest album, “Help My Brother,” was named the 2011 IBMA Album of the Year. But 2012 was a turning point. After their one-night show at the LPCA, they began collecting more awards, including the IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for “Singing As We Rise,” and the biggest surprise of all, the 2012 IBMA Entertainer

2014 Riding the high of their banner year in 2013, the Gibson Brothers made another significant change by signing with Rounder Records in July 2014. They didn’t take home any IBMA awards, but “They Called It Music” was named the 2014 SPBMA Song of the Year. Another highlight of their careers took place in 2014 when they debuted on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show, which aired on Oct. 4. They soon returned for another show, which aired Jan. 17, 2015. Eric and Leigh ended 2014 with a hometown holiday concert, the first-ever Gibson Family North Country Christmas Show on Dec. 13 at their alma mater, Northern Adirondack Central School in Ellenburg. 2015 With the release of their 12th album “Brotherhood” on Feb. 24, the first one on the Rounder label, 2015 would be another notable year for the Gibson Brothers.

On May 16, Eric and Leigh received honorary doctorates of fine arts from SUNY Plattsburgh, where Eric received a bachelor’s degree in 1993 and Leigh received bachelor’s degrees in 1994 and 1996. Another highlight came on Oct. 1 when Eric and Leigh hosted the IBMA awards ceremony in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jesse Brock took home IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year that night. The band also won two SPBMA awards in 2015: Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary) and Vocal Group of the Year. 2016 and 2017 With few headlines in the newspapers, 2016 may have seemed like a quiet year for the Gibson Brothers, but looks can be deceiving. They were busier than ever on the road, and this was the year they recorded their latest album, “In the Ground,” which is filled with all original material. Taking a history lesson from the Gibson Brothers’ last LPCA performance on Friday the 13th, 2012, it seems the number 13 is not so unlucky after all for Eric and Leigh. “In the Ground” — their 13th album released in February — features 13 original songs, and it is currently the No. 1 album on the Bluegrass Unlimited charts. There is still plenty of time this year for the Gibson Brothers to make more history. With the band and its members, they have been nominated for seven IBMA awards. By the time they hit the LPCA stage on Nov. 3-4, we’ll know which awards they’ve taken home. But we don’t know where they’ll be in another five years. We can only guess, based on their talent and work ethic, that the Gibson Brothers will continue to soar higher in the bluegrass world, taking home more awards, recording more albums and entertaining thousands more people around the world with their unique blend of brother harmonies. Andy Flynn is the editor of the Lake Placid News.

Tickets for Ailey II, the Gibson Brothers and more are available by calling 518.523.2512 or online at


Director, LPCA Children’s Theatre’s Peter Pan

How did you get started directing the LPCA Kids Theatre Shows? I grew up auditioning for and performing in Jessica Deeb’s children’s musicals each fall and continued on to Stage Manage productions during High School. When I came back to the area after college, I asked Jess if she wanted any help with her shows and things took off from there. When she was directing “The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad” she asked me to be the Assistant Director to train me to take over Directing in the future. Have you performed onstage yourself? I have been in numerous productions starting at the age of 6 and performing as recently as this Spring in “She Loves Me,” directed by Jason Brill at Pendragon Theatre. I have even performed on stage multiple times with Jess! (“Goodbye Sweet Love”, “The Wizard of Oz” and “Into the Woods” to name a few). It’s amazing to go from looking up to someone as a teacher and then performing along side them. How do you pick what show you want to do each year? This is the second hardest thing to do other than casting

have relationships with the families that I cherish. I also love seeing so many children interested in the Theatre Arts. What can we look forward to for this year’s show? A whole lot of fun and excitement. Each year I try to improve upon my own skills and time management to put on the best show so I hope to have some great sets and dance numbers.

the show. For myself, I try to get a few ideas in my head ahead of time and then they usually get thrown away. Sometimes I can’t find versions which allow for the size cast I want or I don’t fall in love with the script or music. Each year, except for my first, I have had a show in mind and then find something new and different which I like better. It takes time and more consideration than you would think to choose a show that someone else hasn’t done recently, that can have

a decent sized cast, that will draw interest and is affordable to do. I do a lot of perusing of scripts immediately after each show ends to start the process to choose the next. What is your favorite part of the program? Seeing all the friendships form between the kids from different schools. I know from experience this program builds lasting friendships between children that otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet; I too

Has anything fun or unexpected happened during any rehearsals or shows? Sometimes the unexpected things end up being what I like the most. I especially like asking the kids if they have any ideas on dance moves or funny things to do to get them really involved. They have the best imagination. I even have some dance moves named after the child who created it! Every year there are unexpected things from kids getting sick before we open, shoes and costumes being forgotten at home and even last year we had an issue with the lights and had to redo everything the morning of our first performance all the way up to 10 minutes before curtain. Anything can happen but you buckle down and find a way to continue. The show must go on!

Don’t miss the LPCA Children’s Theatre and Rising Star Productions presentation of

Peter Pan

November 9 & November 10 at 7 PM • November 11 at 2 PM

COMING SOON TO LPCA Mark your calendars for these upcoming events KEIGWIN + COMPANY • September 15 at 8:00 PM Founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Larry Keigwin and Associate Director Nicole Wolcott, KEIGWIN + COMPANY creates and presents Keigwin’s electrifying brand of contemporary dance. K+C provides audiences with a refreshing vision of dance that embodies a theatrical sensibility of wit, style, and heart. Tickets: $10 in advance and $15 at the door. s General Admission.

Pendragon Theatre’s 1984 • September 22 at 7:30 PM Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century. Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door. s General Admission.

Manhattan Short Film Festival • September 29 at 8:00 PM Manhattan Shorts is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. Audiences will be asked to vote for the ONE film they think should win. Votes are tallied by each theatre and sent to Manhattan Short HQ with the winner announced in October. Tickets: $12 in advance and $15 at the door. s General Admission.

The Nutcracker • December 2 at 1:00 & 7:00 PM December 3 at 1:00 PM Experience the wonder of the holidays with young Claire on Christmas Eve as her Nutcracker Prince battles the Mouse King. A delicious confection for both young and old, this classic holiday ballet features professional dancers from NYC and local dancers from around the region. Presented by North Country Ballet Ensemble in collaboration with Lake Placid School of Ballet and Dance. Tickets: $20 adults and $15 children. s Reserved seating.

Lightwire Theatre’s A Very Electric Christmas December 20 at 6:00 PM Brighten your holidays with this magical tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday music. Told with Lightwire’s signature storytelling style, this story of a young bird’s quest to join his family for the holidays will fill everyone in your family with delight. Tickets: $10 in advance and $15 at the door. s Reserved seating.

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