A musical interlude

LIVINGSTON MANOR - Musical excerpts and a discussion about the coming season of Weekend of Chamber Music are on the agenda Saturday at CAS Arts Center. The program "Freedom of Expression: A Peek Behind the Curtain" will be held 3-4 p.m. June 23 at CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor.

The program includes excerpts from the La Folia variations of Marin Marais, for solo cello; the Passacaglia in g minor of Ignaz Franz von Biber, for solo violin; improvisations illustrating a step-by-step approach to variation technique on familiar tunes; and an intro to the brilliant, rhythmically-charged music of Composer in Residence Joan Tower. With Andrew Waggoner and Caroline Stinson, artistic directors, and violin and cello, respectively.

Admission is free, seating is limited but reservations can be made by emailing info@catskillartsociety.org.

A poetic fundraiser

WEST HURLEY - Three prominent local poets will headline a poetry reading benefit for Woodstock Land Conservancy at the Poetry Barn in West Hurley 3-5 p.m. June 30.

Lissa Kiernan, director of the Poetry Barn and author of "Glass Needles & Goose Quills and "Two Faint Lines in the Violet" will read, along with James Lasdun, author of many books of fiction and poetry including "The Fall Guy" his most recent novel, set in Woodstock. They will be joined by Philip Pardi,who teaches at Bard College, author of "Meditations on Rising and Falling." The afternoon's host will be local author and poet Will Nixon.

Tickets are available at wlcevents.wordpress.com for a minimum donation of $25.

A storytellng afternoon

KAUNEONGA LAKE - Jonathan Charles Fox and Dharma the Wonder Dog bring their show "Speak No Evil" to ARTSpace, Bethel Council of the Arts' new gallery, for an afternoon of personal storytelling 2 p.m. June 30. The 90-minute show will be followed by a reception with refreshments.

Fox's show has been described as charming, funny and even a bit touching. He regales audiences with true stories based on his colorful life as author, columnist, photographer and self-proclaimed “bon vivant.”

The show is a fundraiser for the BCA. Tickets $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Seating is limited. Reservations recommended by emailing BCA@BethelArt.org and put Fox in the subject line.  The new gallery is located at 3575 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake. A ceramics show is currently on exhibit.