Category Archives: Art

Celebrate African American Pioneers of Peekskill and Cortlandt @ The Field Gallery Feb. 21 through April 19

Artist Betsy Braun Lane presents Racing on a Broken Road:  The Ongoing Story of the African American Pioneers of Peekskill and CortlandtDavid and Henry, 2004, Betsy Braun Lane February 21- April 19, 2015
Reception: Saturday, February 21, 1- 4 pm
Snow  Date: Sunday, February 22 1-4 pm

The Field Gallery of Peekskill is presenting Racing on a Broken Road, Betsy Braun Lane’s monumental exhibit of photography, archival documents, and oral tradition detailing the Peekskill and Cortlandt area’s African/ European/ Native American pioneers and patriots.

Lost Voices Not Forgotten 2004, Betsy Braun LaneIn  Racing on a Broken Road, Braun Lane skillfully combines her work as an artist, photographer, historian and researcher. Weaving hours of interviews with the area’s long-established Moshier and Peterson families with found archival documents and rare photographs,  the collected works form a powerful exhibit detailing 230 years of the African American experience in the Hudson Valley.

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What’s up, Peekskill? A weekend of music, movies and more…

Friday February 6
Allman Brothers tribute band LIVE AT THE FILLMORE
at The Paramount, 8PM
Rhythm and blues with The Curtis Winchester Band
at The Hudson Room, 10PM

Saturday February 7
Rise and shine with the Peekskill Farmers Market, 10AM
Candle making workshop at The Field Library, 1:30PM
Beale Street Barbershop for Music and Art, 7PM
Rock cover band Over the Top at The Hudson Room, 10PM
Movie night at Birdsall House, 9PM
Stay up to date on Peekskill events by checking the PeekskillRocks calendar.

A thoroughly modern Othello

Ed. Note: This is a guest post from a close friend of Peekskill Rocks, Dee Volz. The review was written over the summer but was then lost in transmission. We are extremely happy to finally be posting it and hope you enjoy it too.

Who would believe (unless I told you) what an exciting interpretation of “Othello,” in modern dress and appropriate readings of the timeless lines, is presented by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, a rough half hour drive from Peekskill, at Boscobel on a magnificent estate with a view of the Hudson and surrounding hills? (Near Cold Spring.) Someone with an original insight and fine staging sense has set it in the great white tent that sits on the lawn at Boscobel, cut open on the side to that view. From the moment you hear distant music and see the approach of a group of soldiers in the current style of fatigues, with many women among them, (contemporary touch) to dramatic drum music, you know you are in for a drama all the more exciting because the participants are young and beautiful, and the style contemporary. Recently, as those soldiers approached to the warlike music, I experienced the thrill that only drama can give. “The play’s the thing!” I thought. Perhaps the fabulous stagecraft and mystique is due to the new artistic director, Davis McCallum. I was curious about whose touch did so much magic.
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Follow the Yellow Brick Road…

… to see the wonderful Wizard of Oz at Peekskill’s Paramount Theatre.

Starts tonight, January 16 and runs through Sunday. Two shows on Saturday. Click here to buy tickets, and get more info.

And for those of you who don’t know, Peekskill does, in fact, have a yellow brick road! For realz!  Controversy surrounds whether it had anything to do with the Wizard of Oz, but the author, Frank Baum, did attend Peekskill Military Academy before writing the Oz stories.