Sep 15, 2010


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200th Anniversary of Mexican Independence
Sunday, September 19, 2010; 1:30pm
Faber Park, 2175 Richmond Terrace

MÉXICO 2 0 1 0
 - J.P. Morgan Chase and The Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island present:

The 200th Anniversary of Mexican Independence
featuring Traditional Mexican Music and Dance of "Ballet Guadalupano"

For more information and to get involved, please
call Chris (718) 414-1006)

COAHSI Grant Workshops
Thursday, September 16, 2010; 4:00pm

Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue

All first-time applicants MUST attend a workshop. 
All other applicants are strongly encouraged to attend since all grant applications are ONLINE ONLY.

Pre-registration NOT required.

COAHSI Grant Application Workshop - Each workshop will go over the new online application system. We will go over all grant categories and answer any questions you have about the grants, and the online application process. For information about the grants, and to apply, visit:

Upcoming workshops:

Saturday, September 18, 11am
Unitarian Church, 312 Filmore St.

Wednesday, September 22, 7pm
Universal Temple of the Arts, 425 Jersey Street

Saturday, September 25, 2pm
St. George Library, 5 Central Avenue

Tuesday, September 28, 5:30pm
Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Lane

Wednesday, September 29, 6pm
West New Brighton Library, 976 Castleton Avenue

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Conference House Events
Friday, September 17, 2010; 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
7455 Hylan Blvd.
Conference House Tours - Built by a British Naval Officer in 1680, site of a Revolutionary War Conference in 1776.
Captain Christopher Billopp built this grand stone manor overlooking the Arthur Kill and Perth Amboy, New Jersey, around 1680, and his grandson, Colonel Christopher Billopp, owned the house when it was taken over by Admiral Lord Richard Howe, head of the British Forces in the Americas.
The museum is named in memory of the 1776 conference convened at the house in an attempt to end the Revolutionary War.
The Conference House opens for general tours on April 9 (until December 11).

Meet the tour guide at the front of the house, which faces the water. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1 to 4 pm, $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors.  For information, call the Conference House at: 718-984-6046, or visit

Friday, September 17, 2010; 8pm
Everything Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay St.
Anomalyville- the animation of Steven Lapcevic - Experience a visceral, spooky, beautiful, and phantasmagoric retrospective of artist and animator Steven Lapcevic's body of work on an eerie Fall-like Friday night. Drink some coffee and enjoy the musical stylings of creative master Enrico Arcaro. Free raffle for a one of a kind Steven Lapcevic piece created just for this event!

SI History Now: William T. Davis
Saturday, September 18, 2010; 2pm
Conference House Visitors Center, 298 Satterlee St.

SI History Now: William T. Davis - Free, at the Visitors' Center. Joseph Smith presents a living-history portrayal of William T. Smith, a leader in 19th century conservation awareness, a founder of the Staten Island Museum, and author of Conference or Billopp House, Staten Island, published in 1926.

Blueberry Festival
Saturday, September 18, 2010; 3:30pm
Christ Church, 76 Franklin Avenue

Annual Blueberry Festival -
 Christ Church's annual Blueberry Festival will be held on the church's lawn. The community is invited to an old-fashioned picnic featuring Bar-B-Q or baked chicken, salad, cole slaw, macaroni & cheese, baked beans, bluebery cobbler and ice cream with blueberry sauce. Adultes $16, children, $8, under five, free. Drawings for gift baskets. Childrens games. Starts at 3:30 P.M. Indoors if it rains. Handicapped accessible.

Info/Reservations: call 718-727-6100 or 718-447-2474.

CSI Center for the Arts
Sunday, September 19, 2010, 10:00am
2800 Victory Boulevard, Building 1P
Staten Island Ballet 2010 New York International Choreographers Festival 2010 - The Center For The Arts at The College of Staten Island will open its 2010-2011 Season with the 2010 New York International Choreographers Festival.  The Staten Island Ballet will perform five new original works this season with an array of classical, pointe, contemporary, jazz and modern dance.  Described as "Sensuous and Fierce" by The New York Times

Tickets:  FREE (Reservations required)
Call:  Center For The Arts Box Office @ 718-982-ARTS (2787)

Garibaldi-Meucci Museum
Sunday, September 19, 2010; 1pm
420 Tompkins Avenue

Words & Music from a Second Banana - The Garibaldi-Meucci's Terza Domenica Heritage Series event for Sunday, September 19 at 1 p.m., will be "Words & Music from a Second Banana," by Joe Settineri. Settineri's novel, "Second Banana," tells the story of Danny Ocean, Jr., a kid from Brooklyn who, in his heyday, was opening act for the "Rat Pack."

 Admission of $10 for non-members and $5 for members includes a light reception. Due to the special nature of this performance the doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and no one will be admitted after 1 p.m.

Greenbelt Nature Center
Sunday, September 19, 2010; 2:30pm
700 Rockland Avenue

The Nature of Sound with the Mighty String Demons Guest Artist Kazou Nakamura on Bass - The late summer sky is abuzz with various winged wonders, which have inspired countless musicians throughout the ages. Join us for this pairing of the young violinists of Mighty String Demons and the unique sonic stylings of Kazuo Nakamura, Bassist from the Jazz Fusion band WaFoo, for renditions of classical and modern tunes inspired by the natural world. They might even demonstrate a sonic science experiment or two. 

Fee $5 for adults/$2 children ages 5-12. Registration recommended. Call (718) 351-3450 or email:  

5 Borough Music Festival
Sunday, September 19, 2010; 4pm

Veteran's Memorial Hall, Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace

Five Boroughs Music Festival presents Ricky Ian Gordon & Friends at Snug Harbor - Five Boroughs Music Festival is thrilled to invite you to the first program of our 2010-2011 season, a celebration of the award-winning and prolific composer RICKY IAN GORDON!

In his 5BMF debut, Mr. Gordon will graciously appear at the piano for a selection of his songs with soprano DEBORAH SELIG, mezzo-soprano KATHERINE DRAGO, tenor WILLIAM FERGUSON and baritone ANDREW WILKOWSKE. The program will continue with a performance of Mr. Gordon's arresting chamber work "Orpheus & Euridice" given by Ms. Selig, pianist MELVIN CHEN and clarinetist TODD PALMER.


* $25 General Admission, $15 Students and Staten Island Residents

As always, visit for detailed venue directions, artist profiles, and more.


St. George Healing Arts Center
Sunday, September 19, 2010; 5pm
208 Bay St., 2nd Floor

Belly Dance Workshop @ St. George Healing Arts Center - Learn basic belly dance moves in a fun and nurturing environment, set to a mix of eclectic music. Belly dance is an expressive art form with ancient origins- a dance of celebration, femininity, and community. In this session, you will develop ways to express emotion through movement and utilize the body to illustrate melody and rhythm. Participants will also learn a short choreography. Accessible to students of all shapes, sizes, and ages, this dance has been integral in improving body image and celebrating femininity.
Instructor Victoria Crispo has performed in various venues throughout NY and NJ, such as Cleopatra's, The Lafayette Grill, The Cornerstone, Cecil's Jazz Club, and the Nile. She was cast as the belly dancer in The Arabian Nights at The Circle Players' Theatre and more recently in an ensemble directed by Sarah Skinner for Tarot: Fantasy Bellydance at Merce Cunningham Theatre.

$15 with pre-registration/$20 at the door

To pre-register contact:

New West Brighton Library
Monday, September 20, 2010; 11am
976 Castleton Avenue

The Roaring Chorus! - Come and join the Roaring Chorus! Learn the basics of singing and enjoy building music skills in a choral workshop! A free ten session program for seniors 55+.

Mondays: September 13-November 15, 11am-1pm

Call 718-442-1416 to register. No prior musical experience necessary.

Dance Central New York
Monday, September 20, 2010; 6pm
126 Fingerboard Road

Beginner belly dance classes - Learn basic belly dance moves in a fun and nurturing environment, set to an eclectic mix of music. Belly dance is an expressive art form with ancient origins- a dance of celebration, femininity, and community. In this session, you will develop ways to express emotion through movement and utilize the body to illustrate melody and rhythm.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010; 7pm

Intermediate belly dance class - Learn belly dance moves in a fun and nurturing environment, set to an eclectic mix of music. Belly dance is an expressive art form with ancient origins- a dance of celebration, femininity, and community. In this session, you will develop ways to express emotion through movement and utilize the body to illustrate melody and rhythm. Combinations and short choreography will be taught in this session.

Refer to Dance Central New York- for more details.

Staten Island Creative Hub
Monday, September 20, 2010; 9:00 PM 

Cargo Cafe, 120 Bay Street

Staten Island Creative Hub's  four free Exercise-Shops

Bullet plays @ 9
-Create a short 1-2 scene play and have SICH attendees act it out.
Poetry Workshop @ 9:45
-In house assignments to generate material!

Blind Folded Music Experiment @ 10:30
- Put on a Blindfold and grab a musical instrument and see if vision effects music playing.

Film/Sound Improvisation @ 11:00
- Make a soundtrack and/or dialogue to a silent clip projected onto the wall.

It's all  free, fun and everyone is welcome!

Jam Session at Alor Cafe
Tuesday, September 21, 2010; 7pm
Alor Cafe, 2110 Richmond Road

JAM SESSION with MICHAEL PACKER - Starting Tuesday September 7th and every Tuesday then on Michael Packer will be hosting an open jam session @ Alor Cafe, 2110 Richmond Road Staten Isand NY  tel- 718-351-1101. All musicians and bands are welcome. Sign-up starts @ 7:30 and the jam starts @ 8pm.

Staten Island Museum
Wednesday, September 22, 2010; 12pm
1072 Bay Street

Lunch & Learn: Bayou Restaurant - Staten Island Museum Lunch & Learn. Manager Jay Larson will differentiate between Cajun and Creole and tell us a little about Bayou Restaurant.

$39.00/$36.00 members
Call Maureen LaCapria at (718) 483-7104 for reservations and information.

Historic Richmondtown
Wednesday, September 22, 2010; 5:30 PM 

441 Clarke Avenue

Family Cruise Nites: Classic Car Showcase  - Wednesday evenings all summer long from 5:30 - 8:30 pm - Until September 29th. The Staten Island Region Antique Automobile Club of America rolls onto Center Street of Historic Richmond Town
to give our visitors a closer look at classic cars from
the golden age of the American automobile.
For more information, visit

Weather permitting. Free admission.

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Historic Richmondtown
Thursday, September 16, 2010; 11:30 AM
441 Clarke Avenue
Story Museum at Historic Richmond Town - Every Thursday morning step inside the Historical Museum and enter a world of stories, ctafts, dancing and singing!
$3/Child. Adults/FREE.

Staten Island Museum
Saturday, September 18, 2010; 10:00am
75 Stuyvesant Place
Jr. Science Club: Little Worlds - Staten Island Museum Junior Science Club with Clay Wollney. Learn about microscopes and the little wonders they help us see!

For children ages 8 - 13. Parent may observe.

$8/$5 members.

Call Seth Wollney for more information (718) 483-7105.

Sundog Theatre Kids Acting Classes
Saturday, September 18, 2010; 10:30am

SI Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace

Kids Acting Classes - Sundog Theatre provides acting classes for kids from 9-12 yrs of age. Taught by professional actor/director Nikki Lauren (member Actors Equity Assn), young people learn how an actor prepares and how to give an effective stage presentation. Classes held at the SI Children's Museum.

With improvisation, theatre games, monologues, scene study, and voice/movement exercises, kids have fun while they improve their acting and presentation skills.  Builds creativity and confidence! Final presentation is onstage for friends and family in the SI Children's Museum theatre. 10 classes--$150 ($15/class)

Staten Island Children's Museum
Sunday, September 19, 2010; 1pm
1000 Richmond Terrace

No Child Left Inside - Sports Sampler- 

Learn about sports and fitness activities including, riding, golf, tennis and yoga and how to avoid sports injuries. 

Greenbelt Nature Center
Wednesday, September 22, 2010; 9:00 AM -7:45 PM
700 Rockland Avenue (intersection of Brielle Avenue)

Greenbelt Tree Tots (3-4 yr olds)/Greenbelt Peepers (2 yr olds)

Join us for the Fall session of this popular children's program at the Greenbelt Nature Center. Sit with your tot and enjoy stories and activities centered around nature and our animal friends.
Registration required. Space is limited. Fee: $4.00 per session for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $6.00 for non-members. 
For more information call 718-351-3450 or

Music Together of Staten Island
Wednesday, September 22, 2010; 9:00 AM -7:45 PM
272 Watchogue Road

Music Together of Staten Island Open House - Internationally renowned early childhood music program, for children birth through 5years old, with their "grown-ups!"  On-site registration and free demos from 10 am - noon.

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, September 18, 2010; 9am

Martling Avenue Bridge, Clove Lakes Park

The Birds of Clove Lake Park - The topography of Staten Island has made for us a natural funnel through which thousands of birds pass as they migrate for winter safety.  Clove Lake Park offers a rare opportunity for us to watch bathing birds preen or young birds chase their earliest meals.  In Clove Lake Park a bird watcher can observe Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, our woodland jewels, nectar along the connecting watercourse at the flowers that tangle the banks.
Join Howie Fisher as he helps us identify and learn aspects of bird migration right here on Staten Island.  Meet atop the Martlings Avenue Bridge.  For more information call Howie Fischer at 718-981-4002.

Saturday, September 18, 2010; 1pm

Top of Emerson Ct. bounded by Ocean Terrace and Merrick Avenue

Discover Reed's Basket Willow Swamp - Discover the hidden natural park in Dongan Hills.  We'll visit the three bodies of water in the park and stroll through the woodlands.  Although none of Reed's Basket Willows still grow near the swamp from which the park gets its name, the woodlands and streams are still home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.  Meet at the Spring Street entrance in Dongan Hills.  For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Sunday, September 19, 2010; 1pm

Rockland & Meisner Avenues

Meisner Pond wildflower garden & Buck's Hollow - Join Sandra Mechanic in a stroll around this beautifully planted, landscaped retention pond which was constructed to protect downstream homes from flooding. NYCDEP planted hundreds of trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers, including orange Butterfly-weed, purple NY Ironweed, yellow Sneezeweed, Dogwood and Elderberry. We may hear and see Tree Frogs, an inch and half long, sitting on plant leaves. Then stroll along the shady cool White Trail past Buttonbush Pond to Buck's Hollow where the Persimmon trees grow. Sandra will show you the house foundation of the farmer who tried to grow grapes on the poisonous serpentine soil of this rocky hill slope. We will walk only a mile in and another back to see numerous habitats and dozens of wildflowers. Park at the intersection of Rockland with Meisner Avenue, at the base of the entry road. Registration is required. Contact Sandra at (718) 967-1037.

Greenbelt Nature Center
Saturday, September 18, 2010; 9:30am
700 Rockland Avenue

Yoga in the Greenbelt - Join Yoga instructor Nancy Kaufman for Saturday morning yoga sessions overlooking our beautiful and inspiring woodlands. All fitness levels welcome. 

Fee: $13.00 per session for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $15.00 per session for non-members. Call (718) 351-3450 or email: for schedule.

Saturday, September 18, 2010; 11am

700 Rockland Avenue

Adios to Summer Hike - Bid farewell to our summer visitors, the monarch butterflies and songbirds that serenaded us throughout the season. Hike begins at Greenbelt Nature Center (700 Rockland Avenue intersection of Brielle Ave.) Suitable for ages 8 and up. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or email:

Sunday, September 19, 2010; 10am

Tai-Chi in the Greenbelt at the Greenbelt Nature Center - Join Tai-Chi instructor Raymond Yuen for Tai-Chi sessions overlooking our beautiful and inspiring woodlands. All levels welcome.
Greenbelt Conservancy members $13.00 per session; non-members $15.00. Call (718) 351-3450 or email: for class schedule.

Sunday, September 19, 2010; 11am

The Hills are Alive! Hike - Celebrate a September morning with a beautiful hike through scenic and historic woodlands. Join us for nearly two hours of hiking and exploring the central Greenbelt and visit one of the Greenbelt's oldest buildings, the David LaTourette house, where we will stop for a short break and snack. This hike is suitable for ages 8 and up. Wear sturdy shoes and wear clothing suitable for the weather and hilly terrain.
Hike begins at Greenbelt Nature Center (700 Rockland Ave. intersection of Brielle Ave.) 

Call (718) 351-3450 or email: 

Staten Island Museum
Wednesday, September 22, 2010; 10am
Conference House, Visitors Center, 298 Satterlee St.

Conference House Park: "The Cape May of New York City" - Join Director of Science Ed Johnson for a series of bird walks timed to search for south-bound migrants including shorebirds, terns, warblers, vireos, tanagers, swallows, hawks, and other neo-tropical species.Bring binoculars and field guides. No rain dates. Call Ed Johnson at (718) 483-7110 for more information.FREE!

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Spotlight Gallery

Wagner College, Spotlight Gallery, 1 Campus Road
'Heavy Metal' Artists'  "Heavy Metal:  Staten Island Photographers Present Works on Metal and Metallic Paper."
Juried Exhibition.  Juror, Bill Murphy, Artist and Professor of Art, Wagner College. Curated by Marilyn Kiss. Participating Photographers: Bruce Brock, Richard Capuozzo, Willie Chu, Joyce Coletti, Robin George, Ken Martin, Len Rachlin, Virginia Ross, Dennis Smith, Lois Segman, Steven Wakeman, Steven (Fritz) Weiss.

August 16 - September 20, 2010.


SI Camera Club at CPG Gallery 
814 Richmond Terrace

SI Camera Club - CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild) will host an exhibit of works by the members of the Staten Island Camera Club.

Alice Austen House

2 Hylan Blvd.


Artistically, the home, domesticity, the family and the familial everyday are a richly mined seam for artists and photographers. This exhibit explores how much domestic photography has changed over the years,and the role that technology now has in the home.

With work by:
Kathryn Parker Almanas, Alice Austen,  David Deutsch,  Matt Ducklo, Benjamin Donaldson, Kyle Ganson, Peter Garfield,
Christopher Miner, Catherine Opie, Abby Robinson, Victoria Sambunaris, Peter Stanglmayr,  Penelope Umbrico and  Jessica Watson

This exhibition is made possible by a generous
grant from the New York City department of Cultural Affairs.

Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

420 Tompkins Avenue

Going Green -The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum will host a free wine and cheese artist's reception for Antonio DeSantis and his show of paintings, "Going Green." DeSantis' playful images encourage us to take action and make life-style changes to find alternative energy, curb air pollution and deforestation, use more public transportation. Born and raised in Italy, DeSantis received a Bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of Rome. He has lived in New York since 1971, and has exhibited in many shows in Italy and New York. The show can be seen during regular museum hours, and will close on Sunday, October 3.

William Lyons - Personal Work
Friends of Fire at Casterbridge Fair, 143 Beach Street, Stapleton
Personal Work - Photographs by William Lyons

William E. Lyons moved to Staten Island in 2005 and is currently a staff photographer at The Staten Island Advance. Lyons has been exhibiting his photographs for more than 30 years and has won many awards for both his art and journalism photography.  He has had solo exhibitions at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH. The Hoyt Institute in New Castle, PA., Westminster College  art gallery in New Wilmington PA., and the Chester County Art Association in West Chester, PA. . He has been a winner of the Gordon Parks award, has been published in the Best of Photojournalism, and was selected as one of the 75 most influential artist in Chester County for the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Chester County Art Association.  Lyons works both digitally and with traditional film for his work.  
The photographs in this exhibit are archival black and white silver gelatin prints made by Lyons in his personal darkroom. He does not set a limit on the number of prints made from each negative but, there is a natural limit due to the amount of time required for each print. There are generally between 1 and 10 prints made from any one negative. 

Taiwoong Kang: Where The Heart Pointed
Wagner College Gallery, Union Bldg. 1 Campus Rd. 
Taiwoong Kang: Where The Heart Pointed

A one person exhibition of mixed media painted sculpture.
Tuesdays - Saturdays 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Thursdays 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM.
September 1 - 25, 2010. 


CPG Gallery
814 Richmond Terrace, (entrance on Tysen St.)
CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild) "Illusions" featuring Connie Frisch-Cherniak .
September 11 - October 17, 2010


Rudolph Montanez - "Paper Money in 6 Colors"

Cargo Cafe, 120 Bay St.


DIPTYCH, 1981 - 2009

This artwork was made possible through a Premier Grant from the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Noble Maritime Collection
1000 Richmond Terrace
"The Atelier of Wichita Bill"-  John "Wichita Bill" Noble (1874-1934), John A. Noble's father, is the renowned American Romantic painter born in Kansas in 1874, who traveled and studied in Europe at the turn of the last century, settled for several years in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and eventually made his home in New York City, where he died in 1934.

The exhibition recreates his studio in Brittany, France in around 1910.  It includes a several paintings and unfinished works done at the time, work that has not been exhibited in 100 years or more, and sketches, studies, and photographs Noble used to create his paintings.

Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion

338 Lighthouse Ave.

Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion- Tibetan Portrait highlights photographic portraits of Tibetan people by renowned contemporary artist Phil Borges. Borges' portraits introduce viewers to individuals from a deeply spiritual culture who have been marginalized and displaced by the occupation of their homeland. The portraits range from images of everyday people, including nomads and children, to important historic figures such as the Dalai Lama. Tibetan Portrait also features interactive displays focusing on aspects of traditional Tibetan culture, such as a moveable display of Himalayan mountains, audio recordings of mantra chanting, a hands-on display of Tibetan prayer wheels, and a "Please Touch" table.

The Tibetan Portrait exhibit is about understanding the incredibly rich Tibetan culture and the people who have maintained compassion in the face of tremendous difficulties.  It emphasizes cultural understanding and religious tolerance. The exhibit will remain on view at the Museum through December 2010.  |  

COAHSI programs and services are supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts; The Carnegie Corporation; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; The Rockefeller Foundation; The Staten Island Foundation; Richmond County Savings Foundation; Time Warner Cable New York; New York City Councilman James Oddo, New York State Asemblyman
Matthew Titone, New York State Senator Diane J. Savino, New York State Senator Andrew J. Lanza, and by COAHSI members.


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