Reichl will host the cocktail party with many culinary luminaries. The evening’s menu will be prepared and donated by Lynn Bound, executive chef at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)’s Third Floor Café; Stephanie Perez, sous chef at Café 2 and Joe Ferrelli, manager of Café 2 and Terrace 5 at MoMA; Jeff and Nina Gimmel of Swoon Kitchenbar in Hudson; Philip Hoffman of the New French in New York City; Matthew Rubiner of Rubiner’s Cheesemongers in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; Suvir Saran of Devi in New York City; Bill Telepan, chef/owner of Telepan in New York City; and the Helsinki Restaurant’s executive chef Hugh Horner – all to benefit Art for Animals.
Anderson – one of America’s most renowned and daring creative provocateurs – will host the rock ‘n’ roll part of the benefit. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, Anderson has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist and instrumentalist. Anderson’s talented rat terrier Lolabelle will be playing the keyboard!
Other acts taking the stage include the New York City Subway Girl, Cathy Grier. Her folk/blues and political sensibility make for a powerful dose of reality. The evening rounds out with Joy Askew, who has toured all over the world with such visionary artists as Peter Gabriel, Joe Jackson, Anderson, David Byrne and Rodney Crowell.
Art for Animals (AFA) is a nonprofit whose efforts promote the rescue, care and adoption of companion animals in need through grant programs and artistic humane education. Over the past decade, thousands of animals have received medical treatment, food and shelter through AFA programs. Proceeds for this event will get distributed to the caregivers of animals in need and to rescue groups who are saving as many animals as possible in the Hudson Valley and New York City.
Local student portraits of horses from the Equine Advocates, a sanctuary in Chatham, will be available for sale. Club Helsinki kicks off the AFA Rock ‘n’ Roll Rescue Benefit with Laurie Anderson and Ruth Reichl on Friday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. Visit artforanimals.org for more information.
UPAC & Bardavon conduct food drive
for Queens Galley
& Beverly Close
The Bardavon and the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) will be the drop-off locations for a holiday food drive that begins November 5 and ends November 21. In partnership with the Beverly Close Memorial Food Pantry, First Congregational Church and Queens Galley, the two theaters will help meet the food needs of local families.
The Bardavon will be accepting non-perishable food items for distribution at the Beverly Close Memorial Food Pantry. Throughout most of November, audience members and the general public are encouraged to drop off food items in the Bardavon box office lobby at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie. Drop-offs can be made at performances or during Bardavon box office hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Donations are also being accepted at the First Congregational Church, located at 269 Mill Street in Poughkeepsie.
UPAC will be accepting non-perishable food items as well as paper/cleaning products (soap, detergent, toilet paper et cetera) to be distributed to the community via Queens Galley. Queens Galley is a nonprofit organization providing relief, awareness, education and prevention of food insecurity in Kingston. Throughout most of November, audience members and the general public are encouraged to drop off food items in the UPAC box office lobby at 601 Broadway in Kingston. Drop-offs can be made at performances or during UPAC box office hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.