Tell us about your weekend in the arts

Yes, once again we’re asking you to share your art-ful activities. Exhibits, performances, readings — what do you see and do this weekend? Oh, and if Sunday’s Binghamton Youth Symphony concert is on your agenda, please share what you thought of Broome County’s newest large performance space, the Vestal Middle School auditorium.

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  1. leeshepherd

    Does everyone know about the undiscovered gem in our midst? The Cranberry Coffeehouse at the Unitarian Congregation in Binghamton has been going for nearly 30 years, presenting the best in the folk music world at a price that’s below a movie admission. Last Saturday featured John Kirk and Trish Miller from Saratoga Springs, who first appeared here 24 years ago. He’s a fiddler (also guitar, mandolin and banjo player), with a tone to die for and technique that would win him any fiddle contest. His voice is also gorgeous, sweet and sonorous. Trish is his equal partner in singing and playing multiple instruments, but with a bonus — her fleet-footed clogging.
    They almost always bring a young protégé from their Bennington (Vt.) College fiddle and mandolin classes. Most have gone on to become professional performing artists, and it’s a treat to hear them in their formative years.
    At the concert, the duo’s repertoire ranged from Smothers Brothers humor to traditional folksongs to original, historical, sentimental tunes, with an ongoing patter that was hilarious.
    Check out the Cranberry next month, and I think you’ll be singing the praises of this unsung resource in our community. Performances always are 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the UUCB, 183 Riverside Drive (next to Lourdes Hospital), Binghamton. Admission is $8. The middle set is open mic — play a tune, sing a song, tell a story (five-minute limit). Web site:
    Feb. 20: Allan Hopkins
    March 20: Rob Seigers and friends
    March 27: “Woody Rediscovered”
    April 11: Enoch Kent
    April 15: Jeff Davis and Dave Ruch
    May 15: Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen