7/24/2010: Heartless and Head Games (plus video)

Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm at DHPAC/Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College:

Heart tribute with HEARTLESS
Foreigner tribute with HEAD GAMES

Tickets $25 at the door, by phone, or online: here.

Some video to set the stage. Classic Heart that a fan posted at youtube:

FTC Pops: Rehearsal photos


Wow! I finally got someone to take a photo of me! As I mentioned on our FaceBook, I couldn’t risk a headshot, it would blow my cover as an embedded flutist!

Being in the FTC Pops band for the summer is like any other, compressed time, summer class. So, things are fast and furious. Fortunately, some of these folks have done a round or two in the band, and know some of the repertoire. Me, I am sight-reading like a banshee and flying by the seat of my embouchure! Still, having lots of fun.

What happened tonight? Conductor Karahalis confirmed the line-up for our first show. We established that the theme will be Broadway musicals. Professor Jeff Lipton stopped by for a preview. And, we found our groove on some of the newer pieces.

Our first concert is this Friday, June 11th at 7:30pm. It will be right on stage at DHPAC/Dix Hills Performing Arts Center. I am feeling honored that I finally get to perform on the stage where I have seen…Bucky Pizzarelli, Tierney Ryan, Kiley McDonald, Steve Briody, Mostly Moptop, and Shakespeare! Now, it’s my turn, even though I will be appearing as a humble, second flutist.

Below are some photos of my bandmates. There are lots more at our FaceBook page (to find us, you have to type in the whole name — Dix Hills Performing Arts Center). Continue reading

Some photos and thoughts from Guitar Extravaganza

Ki writes: Wow! I was able to see the second half of the Guitar Extravaganza/Salute to Tony Mottola show, and it was awesome! I will have a few video clips up on our fan video in the next week or so. For now, here are some photos:

Guitar Extravaganza 2010: Professor Peter Rogine (right)

Christine Patti, Tierney Ryan, Jacqueline Duryea, John Kelly

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Spring Festival of Performances!

If you are on our Constant Contact e-mail announce list, you received this Spring Festival poster already. Thought I would share it on the blog, too. These are the Spring performances, sprung from the work of the Five Towns College faculty and students. Hope you will come support your friends, colleagues, and neighbors. (Some of these shows are FREE, so you can bring lots of friends along and let them see how cool our shows are!) For the rest of the Spring schedule — including comedy and special guests — go: here.

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Everyone’s thinking of dating…

John Blenn

On April 7th, actors from all over Long Island will be auditioning for the John Blenn/Middle Class American Productions recurring, nearly ritual, performance of “American Dating Catastrophes: Volume 8, New Writers Series“, to be performed at DHPAC/Dix Hills Performing Arts Center July 16 to July 18, 2010. For information on the auditions, go to John Blenn’s FaceBook: here. John Blenn is Playwright-in-Residence at Five Towns College.

Seems like dating is at the top of everyone’s mind these days. Maybe it’s a case of collective Spring Fever? The movie, “Date Night,” with Tina Fey and Steve Carell opens in theaters on April 9th. Continue reading

Sneak Peak: Rehearsal video for The Who’s Tommy at DHPAC

Tommy shows at DHPAC on March 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2010. Tickets at (631) 656-2148.

About the video: A behind-the-scenes rehearsal video for the Five Towns College Theater Department‘s production of the musical, Tommy, based on The Who‘s double album rock opera. Performances will be on stage at DHPAC/Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College in Long Island, New York.

The Director for this production of Tommy is Professor Adam Karsten. The Music Director is Professor Christine Riley. Piano for this rehearsal session is with Assistant Music Director Marika Abe. Cast interviews with: Kiley McDonald (Mrs. Walker); Casey Colon (Ensemble); and Will Rivera (Tommy). Video by Ki.

Upcoming shows at DHPAC

Just a reminder about what’s coming up next at DHPAC/Dix Hills Performing Arts Center:

Tommy: March 11-14

Tribute to Bossa Nova: Friday, March 19 at 7:30pm

Mostly Moptop – Let It Be(fore & After)
A Fab Four Song Celebration: Saturday, March 20 at 7:30pm

South Shore Syncopators
featuring Holly Sickinger: Sunday, March 21 at 2pm

Tribute to Chicago
featuring tribute band Beginnings: Friday, March 26 at 7:30pm

South Shore Syncopators with Holly Sickinger


Video: Interview with John Blenn…Better Hue Comedy Theatre!

Hot off the press! Taped last night, Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. Still two more shows of this world premiere comedy this weekend! Saturday, Feb 20 at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 21 at 2pm.

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