Arts & Literature: Sex & Commerce

July 15 (Sunday) at 3:00 pm

Kim Sykes

Watch 5 professional actors do a reading of her new groundbreaking play.  Ages 14 and up.

This play takes place in a hotel room in the French Quarters one year after Hurricane Katrina. At a women’s conference, a social worker who works with women  in prostitution, is attempting to make amends after a contentious debate with her opponent, the author of the best selling book Sex and Commerce which chronicles her year living in and reporting on life in a brothel. Their convictions are suddenly challenged when they meet a young girl and her pimp who are solidly in  “the life.”

Kim Sykes is an actress and writer. This year she guest starred as Detective Sluser on Homeland for Showtime television. She appeared as Judge Foley on BULL for CBS. Last year she was in the original play, Melissa’s Choice at The Lion on West 42nd Street in Manhattan. For television she was last seen as Judge Banks on Sneaky Pete for Amazon TV and as GiGi on The Affair for Showtime. She appeared in the motion picture “Pariah”, which won the John Cassavette’s Prize at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2012. She has written two full-length plays, In A Roundabout Way and Sex and Commerce, which began and was performed at Stageworks in Hudson, New York. Ms. Sykes is formerly the Director of Special Projects at the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) which is where she conceived Sex and Commerce. Currently she is the Artistic Director of Girl Be Heard, a non-profit organization that works with women and girls to help them write and perform about social justice issues. Girlbeheard.org

All events are open to anyone of any town or hamlet, and unless otherwise noted, FREE.
This event is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund.

Summer Arts & Crafts

Garden Club –

Mondays:  July 9 Flower Arranging; July 16 How to arrange a Terrarium; July 23 Snacks from the Garden.

Basket Weaving

Tuesday, July 10    Ages 8 upwards.  10-noon

Indigo Workshop –

Thursday, July 12.   Adult or child (under 10 with a caregiver). Lecture, history, chemistry of indigo and then dye all natural fabrics. 10-noon

Poetry and Art

E.E. Cummings poem “Maggie and Milly and Molly and May”.  Tuesday July 17, 10-11. Ages 4 and up.

Thursday July 19 –  2 classes – Ages 3 and up (10-11) or Ages 8 and up (10-noon)

“Bee! I’m expecting you!” Older class makes an accordion book.

Music & Movement –

Friday, July 20, 10-noon. Age 3 and up.  Sing Dance and play!

DRAWING

Tuesday & Wednesday, July 24 & 26. Ages 6-12 10-noon

Watercolor is Relaxing –

Tuesday & Wednesday, July 31 & Aug 1.  2pm – 4pm.  Enjoy two days of watercolor’s varying techniques.

Bird Masks –

Tuesday & Thursday, August 7 & 9.  10-noon. Traditional wool felting.  Create your own fantastic bird mask.

Summer Celebration

Master Magician Doug Bartels

 August 14, Tuesday 10-11

You will witness and participate in such wonders as APPEARANCES, TRANSFORMATIONS, and yes, even furniture will levitate.

The Doug Bartels’ Magic Show is family-friendly and high energy with lots of audience participation.

Immediately afterwards enjoy an

ICE CREAM SOCIAL – free

from the Library & Stewarts Shops.