Pictured: Circle Mirror Transformation cast members Maeve Brammer, Casey Galligan, Theresa Cheetham-Palen, Brian DeGroat and Brian LaVallee. The Upper Jay Art Center will host performances of Circle Mirror Transformation on Oct. 27-30.
This week in 1962, this nation was in the throws of the Cuban Missile Crisis. According to history.com, the world was poised at the brink of a nuclear conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. In America, many citizens began building or replenishing bomb shelters, waiting anxiously to see if the Soviet Union would use nuclear missiles to attack the United States from Cuban soil.
Now, 54 years later, relations between the United States and Cuba are finally being normalized, with the U.S. government announcing on Oct. 14 that further measures would be taken to ease trade, travel and financial restrictions.
Not only does this mean that Americans can now legally bring more of Cuba’s famed goods — cigars, rum, etc — back to the U.S., but it opens up new opportunities for Americans to learn more about Cuba’s art world.
That being said, there is also an art world to explore a little closer to home, with entertainment of all sorts to fill in the gaps:
Lake George’s Harvest Festival weekend will return on Oct. 21-23 with live entertainment, craft beer and wine, food and more. The fest is expected to draw hundreds. Among those on tap will be Whiteface stout from the Great Adirondack Brewing Company, samplings from the Adirondack Wine Company. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit lakegeorgeharvestfestival.com.
“Mustang,” a film about give Turkish sisters and their fight for freedom, will be screened at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for minors. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mel Brooks’ smash-hit broadway play “The Producers” will land at the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh on Oct. 21-13. The musical comedy follows the life of producer Mex Bialystock and his accountant Leo Bloom as they plan a get-rich-quick scheme. Showtimes are Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets, which cost $20-30, are available at the Strand Center Box Office, online at strandcenter.org, or by calling 563-1604.
The ROTA Studio and Gallery in Plattsburgh will hold an evening of poetry for domestic violence survivors on Oct. 21. Organizers of the event encourage attendees to bring an original piece of work written by themselves, or a loved one. Those who wish to read can also bring their favorite author’s poetry, verse, fiction or song. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings start at 7 p.m.
ROTA will also host a “Hall-O-Queen Haunted Haus” on Oct. 22. Performers will include Mhisty Knights, Big Juicy, Poppa Han, Anya Knees, Miss Crime Scene and more. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on a $3-10 sliding scale. For more information, visit facebook.com/rotagallery.
“Capitol Steps” will perform at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Oct. 26. The Capitol Steps is a musical comedy troupe with a focus on politics and the presidential election. Since they began, the group has recorded over 30 albums, including the most recent “What to Expect When You’re Electing.” Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For more information, call 523-2512.
Vision2Action and SUNY Plattsburgh will host a mayoral debate with incumbent mayor James Calnon and opponent Colin Read on Oct. 26 at Hawkins Hall. Organizers say that anyone interested in “hearing where the mayoral candidates stand on key election issues” is welcome to attend. Moderators will be Colleen Lemza, assistant professor of public relations and Director of the Career Development Center, Julia Overton-Healy. For more information, contact NCVision2Action@gmail.com.
The Upper Jay Art Center will host “Circle Mirror Transformation,” a play directed by James Coleman, on Oct. 20-23 and Oct. 27-30. The play follows the life of a group of small-town Vermont actors. “Circle Mirror Transformation” has been praised by the New York Times as “an absolute feast … an unheralded gem.” Tickets are $18. The performances will each begin at 8 p.m. For more information, call 946-8315.
A street art auction is slated for Oct. 20 at Eddie’s Restaurant in Ticonderoga. The auction, hosted by the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, will be used for a downtown Ticonderoga Project, organizers say. Attendees will enjoy complimentary appetizers, live music and an after business mixer sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 585-6619.
Outside Art and the North Country Food Co-op will celebrate their newest collaboration on Oct. 22 with a mural-reveal-slash-harvest-party blowout from 2-5 p.m. In the alleyway behind Irises in Plattsburgh, attendees will see the unveiling of the new mural by Gharan Burton, enjoy food by the Mace Chasm food truck, sample wines from the Champlain Wine Company and more. For more information, visit facebook.com/outsideartplattsburgh.
Chilean pianists Paulina Zamora and Karina Glasinovic will perform at the Hand House in Elizabethtown on Oct. 22-23. The program, titled “Reflections of Love through Time,” will feature Franz Shubert’s “Fantasie in F Minor,” Johannes Brahms’ “Neue Liebes Lieder” waltzes and more. For more information, visit pianobynature.org.