‘ALCA-Seltzer’ to stream arts events

The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, based in Blue Mountain Lake, is offering a series of events to keep residents of Adirondack Park entertained now that summer is past.

Virtual events, that is, as ALCA has been been online-only since the pandemic started.

A number of new streaming events will kick off on Friday, Oct. 2 with a concert and interview by Indian Lake singer and songwriter Ryan Leddick, featuring songs from his new album. The following Friday, Oct. 9, there will be a lecture on operetta composer Victor Herbert with music from High Peaks Opera artists. The Friday after that, Oct. 16, fiddler Jake Brillhart and Long Lake songwriter Alex Smith will give a concert and interview.

Additionally, says ALCA Artistic Director George Cordes, what has been called “ALCA-Seltzer Shorts” will continue to stream on the center’s website, specifically those by Tupper Lake singer-songwriter Emily Mitchell and a video that Alex Smith performed with his son.

“We came up with it in April,” Cordes said of the ALCA-Seltzer idea, as “online relief from the headaches of social distancing.”

Cordes says that they’ve made the summer’s streams available through October, including the Shakespearen theater performances. They’ll also be adding another virtual art exhibit to the site this fall: the photography of Sylvia Vidal. (The current exhibit is the digital artist Sarah Price.)

Ticketing has been done through Eventbrite, with suggested donations instead of fees.

“Pay a buck, and you can view them,” said Cordes.

“It’s looking like we won’t be opening the building until next year,” he said of the arts center. Meanwhile, go online to adirondackarts.org, make a bowl of popcorn, and maybe get out your copy of “Twelfth Night” and read along.


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