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Dorset Players.org • Dorset, VT • 802-867-5570 • Dorset Playhouse
• 19th Annual One-Act Festival • Mar. 1-3 • Sun. & Sat., 7:30 pm; Sun., 2 pm

GhentPlayhouse.org • 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, NY • Tickets online ONLY • 518-392-6264
• “All My Sons” • Feb. 9-11 and 16-18 • Fri. & Sat., 7:30 pm; Sun., 2 pm


Glens Falls Community Theatre • WoodTheater.org • 207 Glen St., Glens Falls, NY • 518-480-4878 • boxoffice@woodtheater.org
• Sam Shepard’s “Fool For Love” • Feb. 23-25 • Fri. & Sat., 7:30 pm; Sun., 2 pm




Jazz show offers love songs for Valentine’s Day


The singer Charenee Wade, accompanied by the Oscar Perez Trio, will offer songs of love on Valentine’s Day as Taconic Music presents the second show in its 2023-24 Jazz in the Barn series.

The concert, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Inn at Manchester’s Events Barn, will pay tribute to the great jazz singers Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae and Betty Carter, with Wade accompanied by Perez on piano, Elias Bailey on bass and Shirazette Tinnin on drums.

Ward, the recipient of the 2017 Jazz at Lincoln Center Millennial Swing Award, has performed at top venues and at major festivals worldwide, including the Montreux, Copenhagen, Istanbul and Bern jazz festivals.

Fellow New York City native Perez has performed, traveled and recorded in the musical groups of Phoebe Snow, Christian McBride, and the Mingus Big Band, to name a few.
Visit taconicmusic.org for tickets, which are $30.




Joan Baez headlinesTriplex Cinema event


The singer, songwriter and activist Joan Baez will attend a special screening of the documentary “I Am The Noise” and discuss the film and her life on March 2 at the Triplex Cinema.

The event is fund-raiser for the nonprofit movie theater, and tickets, priced at $200, will be available online at thetriplex.org beginning Feb. 2.

Directed by Miri Navasky, Karen O’Connor and Maeve O’Boyle, “I Am a Noise” follows the legendary folk singer’s long career. It was named one of the 10 best films of 2023 by The Washington Post, which hailed it as a “spellbinding portrait of a revolutionary talent.” The film draws upon Baez’s archives including newly discovered home movies, diaries, artwork and audio recordings.

The March 2 screening at the Triplex will be followed by a conversation with Baez and the directors Navasky and O’Connor to be moderated by WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Sarah LaDuke.