The O-town Scene

March 03, 2011

The O-town Scene - Oneonta, NY

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Scene the O-Town Vol. 1, No. 22 102 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820 (607) 432-1000, ext. 255, Editor Cassandra Miller The Daily Star Associate Managing Editor Adrienne Wise Publisher Armand Nardi Editor of The Daily Star Sam Pollak Contributors Kathy Ballantine, Mark Boshnack, Ned Brower, Simona David, Trevor Hayes, Terry Ludwig, Jim Koury, Emily Popek, Adam Sisenwein, Sam Spokony, Danielle Tonner and Hope Von Stengel. Circulation Director Fred Schmidt Advertising For info: 432-1000, ext. 222 The O-Town Scene is published Thursdays by The Daily Star Inc. Free copies are distributed throughout Oneonta, as well as parts of Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties. Member of The Associated Press and CNHI News Service Some of the artists’ work Editor’s Note Forget the lion thing, March seems to have tiger blood flowing through it with its ferocity to refuse an early spring. Still, our area is bi-win- ning _ Not only does Char- lie Sheen have no relevance here, area residents, also, are not letting the extended chilly season stop them from celebrating March events. The Main View Gallery’s spring exhibit, “The Big Picture,” opens Friday, and includes some gorgeous large-scale paintings by The Arc Otsego’s artists, whose developmental dis- abilities have not hindered their creative abilities from flourishing with the help of Main View’s gallery staff and teaching artists. The artwork is for sale, too, with profits going to the artists. Pretty cool. 2 O-Town Scene March 3, 2011 is featured in this issue’s Art People, and a more in-depth look at the center and its people is our cover spread. The unique Oneonta center promotes the creative expression and indepen- dence of a group of people who did not have such op- portunities a few years ago, when the idea of Main View had not yet come to fruition. Main View curator and coordinator Zena Gurbo is integral to the success of the gallery. She answered some questions about herself for this issue’s Casual Chit Chat. The March holiday season opens this week with Mardi Gras on Tuesday. It’s an excuse for excess, and there are options for good times this weekend with parties sponsored by Orpheus Theatre, the Oneonta YMCA and My Father’s Place, among others. Some high-profile acts are coming to the area in the next weeks, also. The Roxbury Arts Group is bringing New York City Fringe Festival 2010 winner “Beauty Shop Stories” to its stage next weekend, and the Nelson boys _ Matthew and Gunnar _ are coming to Oneonta at the end of March to present a tribute show of their father, teen idol Ricky Nelson. Our area is overflowing with arts events, giving residents good reasons to disregard the stubbornness of this year’s wintry March. _ Cassandra Miller

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