Monday, September 3, 2018

Poetry at Beattie, off to an inspired start on Labor Day weekend

Our thanks to Blue Mountain Readings and Tamas Panitz for bringing poetry to our parlors. Not an empty seat in the house as highly-regarded authors Robert Kelly and Michael Ives read from their works. Please join us on Oct. 7 for the next reading.
Robert Kelly
Michael Ives

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Poetry at Beattie: Robert Kelly and Michael Ives, Sun., Sept. 2, 5pm. Free admission

Friends of Beattie-Powers welcomes noted poets Michael Ives and Robert Kelly, who will read their own works in our first program in collaboration with Blue Mountain Readings. 
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Robert Kelly is the Grandson of Thomas Kane of Babylon, great-grandson of the Devon poet Samuel Marles, RK comes from the south shore of Long Island, and has lived as close as he could to the ocean ever since, for the past half-century along the Hudson Estuary, a region blessed by the two sacred birds, the Gull and the Crow, together, the tidal flow still 3% saline at Kingston.
He teaches in the Written Arts Program at Bard College, where he was a founder and organizer of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, a radical innovation in the teaching of creative disciplines practiced in inter-communion.

Mr. Kelly is the author of many books of poetry, five collections of short stories, two novels, two books of 

plays, and two books of prose commentaries—one of which, A Voice full of Cities, is a comprehensive Collected Essays. His most recent books of poetry, the long poem Calls and an experimental cycle, The Caprices, were published recently right here in Catskill by the Lunar Chandelier Collective. He lives in Annandale with his wife Charlotte, the celebrated translator of French literature, who is also an ordained Buddhist teacher.

Michael Ives is a writer and musician living in the Hudson Valley. His work with the poetry performance trio, F’loom, was featured on National Public Radio, the CBC, on radio programs throughout South America and Europe, and in various international anthologies of sound poetry and new music composition. His poetry and prose have appeared in such journals as Conjunctions, Sulfur, Mississippi Review, New American Writing, Fence, Exquisite Corpse, and theDenver Quarterly. His books include The External Combustion Engine, Wavetable, and most recently, The Flesh of Suddenness. He is Poet in Residence at Bard College, where he has taught in the Written Arts Program since 2003.


A new season, and a new series beginning Sun., Sept. 2

Dear Friends,
Our calendar of events for Fall/Winter 2018 will be on its way to you soon. As you’ll see, it offers the community more opportunities than ever before to experience music and lectures that enrich and excite, many of them free to the public. We’re thrilled to launch this year’s calendar with the first of a new series of readings by living American poets. All, enjoyed in the intimate setting of Beattie-Powers Place, Catskill’s own historic house. Hope to see you soon!

Blue Mountain Readings
Free admission

Sun., Sept. 2, 5pm
Robert Kelly and Michael Ives

Sun., Oct. 7, 5pm
Brenda Coultas and Sylvia Gorelick

Sun., Nov. 4, 5pm
Lila Dunlap and Billie Chernicoff

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

What a perfect evening we spent together at this year's Fundraiser Dinner!

Thank you for helping to make it wonderful – and for helping us to continue to make Beattie-Powers Place a unique resource for the community. With your support, we are able to preserve and protect one of Catskill’s treasures, and to provide programs ranging from chamber music to bluegrass, jazz to baseball history. New this fall, our calendar will feature a poetry series, inspired by our commitment to building an increasingly diverse audience. Once again, on behalf of the entire board, our heartfelt thanks for your steadfast generosity. As a 501(c )3, we couldn’t do it without you.

Photos by Veronica Chewens

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Jazz at Beattie: Michael Benedict – New Quartet, Sun., June 3, 2pm. Admission $10

For the last time this season, we welcome back Planet Arts with a performance by Michael Benedict - musician, educator, recording artist, and Greene County resident. With five recordings released to date, Downbeat Magazine picked BOPITUDE "Five and One" as one of the Best Albums of 2013. His most recent release, "Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland", was an Editor's Pick in Downbeat Magazine and listed as one of the Best Jazz Albums of 2015 by National Public Radio and critics Ted Gioia and Scott Yanow.

Michael's new quartet features:

Michael Benedict-vibraphone
Chuck Lamb-piano
Ira Coleman-bass
Jeff "Siege" Siegel-drums

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Jazz at Beattie: The Claire Daly/Roberta Picket Duo, Sat., May 19, 5pm. Admission $10

Planet Arts returns to Beattie-Powers Place with Claire Daly on baritone sax and pianist Roberta Picket. A six-time winner of the Down Beat Critics' Poll, "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition", Claire Daly has also won the Jazz Journalists Association's "Baritone Saxophonist of the Year" award in 2005 and 2017. Of pianist Roberta Picket, Dave Wayne, of says, "Picket is emerging as one of the top tier of improvising pianists around." Jazz enthusiasts won't want to miss this acclaimed duo.

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"The baritone saxophone is in good hands with Daly, who maneuvers the hulking horn with a dead-on balance of grit and finesse."
The New Yorker
"Roberta Picket is a revelation on the piano, a virtuosa whose skill and innovation can enliven and transform any song."
NYC Jazz Record
Planet Arts concerts and workshops are supported by generous grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and The Greene County CIP Program administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts and the Bank of Greene County