Mike Levine columns published in new book

MIDDLETOWN - A celebration for the publication of “Words to Repair the World: Stories of Life, Humor and Everyday Miracles,” featuring 76 of Mike Levine’s best columns, will be held 1-4 p.m. May 19 at the Middletown Thrall Library. Copies of the book be will available for sale and light refreshments will be served.

Levine was an award-winning columnist, two-time executive editor of the Times Herald-Record and an inspired writer who was dedicated to community journalism and watchdog reporting. He died at the age of 54 in 2007.

Three times a week for more than 20 years, Levine wrote columns that celebrated human triumphs against long odds, stood up for the little guy and connected readers in ways that transcended race, class and hometowns.

Privately, he talked about his own Jewish and moral obligation to contribute to “Tikkun olam,” Hebrew for “repair of the world.” It is from that belief, which imbued his writings, that this book takes its title.

More information at mikelevinebook.com

 

Celebrating the Sixties

BETHEL - Starting May 18, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will launch Vibrations - a series of eight events celebrating the impact and inspiration of the Sixties.

Vibrations kicks off with Deep Field, an immersive music and film experience by Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre, set to never-before-seen footage from Hubble Telescope and screened on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Following the film, Whitacre will be part of a panel discussion with NASA astronomer and scientist Michelle Thaller and astrophysicist Frank Summers. This event takes place on the same weekend as Bethel Woods' Lunar Weekend, with immersive family-friendly activities, from a star-gazing sleepover to rocket launching and an inflatable planetarium.

On June 5, it's Power of the Poster. Original Woodstock poster designer David Edward Byrd and renowned Broadway poster designer Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo take attendees on a kaleidoscopic journey through the power of posters over the last 50 years through a panel and hands-on workshops. The winning design by Tim Gralewski of the Peace, Love & Posters contest will be presented. His design, chosen from more than 273 entrants, will serve as the face of Bethel Woods during the golden anniversary celebration.

Check BethelWoodsCenter.org for times and details on these and related events.

 

Art has history

CRAGSMOOR - Celebrating its rich history as one of the earliest art colonies in the country, Cragsmoor hosts a weekend of inspiring events at the Historical Society's restored landmark building with a free program 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19. (The May 18 grand reopening event has sold out.)

The highlight on May 19  will be a presentation at noon by Tom Wolf, professor of art history and visual culture at Bard College, whose main areas of study are the Woodstock, New York art colony and Asian American artists. His topic will be "Women Artists in Cragsmoor and Woodstock at the Turn of the 20th Century."  Coffee and bagels will be served.

More info at cragsmoorhistoricalsociety.com, 702-400-8253.