Ilana's List February 9, 2011

Thursday, February 10:

Stanford Library Brain Games group meets at 10:45 am.   The knitting group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday nights from 7-8:30. 

Vassar, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, 5 to 9pm, an opening reception will offer the first glimpse of the special exhibition: 150 Years Later: New Photography by Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin; curated by Mary-Kay Lombino. The Art Center commissioned the works by these three contemporary photographers in honor of the college's Sesquicentennial celebration.  Free admission.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10am–5pm; Thursday, 10am–9pm; and Sunday, 1–5pm.

Friday, February 11:

CATS will open at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck with tickets that benefit the DCSPCA.  What a super idea...or as they say at the SPCA, SuPurrrr.  $40 covers the show and a cocktail party and you get to meet the cast.  876-3080.

The third annual Darwin Days events at Vassar College held on the birthday anniversary of evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin, will include lectures on the evolution vs. creationism debate, biology, and mathematics, as well as an unusual exhibit simulating coral reef and a Victorian tea harkening back to Darwin’s era. These campus events are free and open to the public, and will be held on Friday, February 11 from 1:00-5:00pm at the Aula in Ely Hall, and on Sunday, February 13 at 3:00pm in the Villard Room of Main Building.

Here’s the overview.  February 11, The Aula, Ely Hall
1:00pm/John McCleary, Professor of Mathematics, “Geometry in Darwin's Time”
1:45pm/Jodi Schwarz, Assistant Professor of Biology, “Big Things Come in Small Packages, Lessons Learned From Corals”
2:30pm/A Darwinian High Tea, served by the Victorian Studies Department
3:00pm/Daina Taimina, Department of Mathematics, Cornell University, “Hyperbolic Nature” (She’s responsible for Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes.)
February 13, The Villard Room, Main Building
3:00pm/Michael Zimmerman, Butler University biology professor, "The Clergy Letter Project: Attempting to Civilize the Evolution/Creation Debate -- and Being Attacked by All Sides".

Half Moon Theatre brings Good Deeds for a Weary World to Millbrook.  8pm.  Also on Saturday.   Last play reading they brought, Reach for the Sky, was terrific.  Parish Hall at Grace Church  3328 Franklin Avenue.   Suggested donation, $15.

American Symphony Orchestra at Bard.    The orchestra’s second concert of the 2010–11 season features Beethoven’s bold, boisterous Seventh Symphony and Wellingtons Sieg, oder die Schlacht bei Vittoria, Op. 91, “Battle Symphony, or Wellington’s Victory,” the source of inspiration for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture; André Jolivet’s Trumpet Concertino; and Luonnotar, by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, whose work, life, and world will be explored during the summer of 2011, at the 22nd Bard Music Festival.   Also on Saturday.  Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.  Preconcert talk, 7 p.m. Performance, 8 p.m.  $20, $30, $35, 845-758-7900.

Saturday, February 12:

The Puppet People’s Firebird at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck. $7 for children, $9 for adults.  11am.  876-3080.

Specialists from Jo Malone at 946 Madison Avenue NYC will be at Punch in Millbrook from 12 to 5pm.  Fragrance Specialists will be on hand to show the entire collection of Jo Malone's naturally based scents including the new limited edition “Tea Collection”.  Receive Special Pricing, Free Shipping, and a Jo Malone sample bag with your purchase over $50. Champagne in addition to alcohol free drinks will be served.  3262 Franklin Ave.  Jo Malone 212-472-0074, Punch 845-677-6796. 

Special Wine Tasting at the Millbrook Winery.  $20 for at least four wines, a take home glass and both cheese and chocolate fondue.  Also on Sunday.  Reservations strongly recommended.  677-8383 x 20.

Recent Works in Clay, Pottery and Sculpture, by Nicholas Newcomb at the Warner Gallery, Holbrook Arts Center, Millbrook School, through March 5.  Opening reception to be held Saturday, February 12 from 5 to 7pm.  M-F 8am to 5pm, Saturday 8am to 1pm, Sunday by appointment.  For more information, contact Bill Hardy, 845-677-8261 extension 166 or 

Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Healing Concert with Beth Mullin, CHTP, as taught by Shree Krishna Shahi, 3rd generation Sound Healer, at the Half Moon Yoga Barn.  677-4549.  3 to 4pm.  $25.  Rescheduled after last Saturday’s icy afternoon.  Wear comfortable clothes bring your favorite blanket and pillow and let the bells carry away all that no longer serves you. As your chakras re-align, breathe deeply and enter a profound state of physical, mental and emotional well-being. Leave feeling lighter in body and soul as your accumulated stress, anxiety and fear melt from your

Sunday, February 13:

The Millbrook School offers free skate every Sunday from 2-4pm through February 22.  Only $2 per person. Although the Millbrook School does not have skate rentals, they do offer skate sharpening.

Bard Conservatory student chamber groups compete. Olin Hall, 10 a.m., 845-758-7196,

Monday, February 14, Valentine’s Day:

tormy Monday Open Mic at the Millbrook R&B with Kenny Faranda and Bert Carey.

Bard Lecture Series: “Self and Society in the Liberal Arts” with Bard poets read Romantic poetry.  4:45 pm.  Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, 

Tuesday, February 15:

Ira Glass, the host and producer of “This American Life,” will deliver the annual Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lectureat Vassar College. His talk, “Radio Stories & Other Stories,” will begin at 8:00pm in the Students’ Building (second floor). Free and open to the public, seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

At Bard, The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence. Author Susie Linfield, associate professor of journalism and associate director of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism Program at New York University.  Olin 102, 7 pm,  845-758-7413

Wednesday, February 16:

Artist Johanne Renbeck will conduct a book arts workshop for adults from 6:30 – 8:00 called Welcoming the Winter Dragon. Participants will use artist papers and simple folding techniques to create an individual book celebrating this mysterious creature. Call the Millbrook Library @ 845-677-3611 to register.

The Millbrook Sports Boosters and Millbrook Volleyball are once again hosting the Harlem Wizards basketball team playing against Millbrook Faculty members on at 7:00 pm at the high school.  Purchase tickets online at, by calling 238-4649 or emailing  Advance tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $12 for general admission.  Prices increase $3 at the door. 

Coming Up:

Barrett School of Art Class at the Fountains at Millbrook, 560 Flint Road, Millbrook.  Open to the Public Tuesdays, 2-4pm.  Drawing and Painting the Clothed Figure with Monica Church.  March 22nd - April 19th [Four Tuesdays, 2-4pm, no class April 5]. For more information or to register, please call Teressa DelCampo 845-905-8014.