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Your favorite songs from London’s West End, presented on the Playhouse Lawn, conducted by Dan Micciche, Musical Director of Wicked. Featuring the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ivor Novello, Noel Coward and more. A great event for the whole family!

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Artie Tobia is a well-crafted songwriter with a strong soulful voice. He has released five full length albums with his last two, Aberdeen and Driven, having modest charting success on national radio charts. Along with his band, he delivers a show that is easy to tap your toe, raise your hands and sing a long! He has shared the stage with; Poco, Richie Kotzen, Blue Oyster Cult, Dr. John, Jefferson Starship, Kansas, Tanya Tucker, The Subdudes, David Cook, Chip Taylor and Kenny Wayne Shepherd as well as others. www.artietobia.com

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Trombonist, singer, bandleader and former member of Ray Charles & Hector Lavoe’s Orchestras, Gerard Carelli has been fronting his own groups for more than 3 decades. His groups have entertained at galas for Caramoor, Katonah & Neuberger Museums, Lincoln Center’s Film Society and Midsummer Night Swing and at every private club and hotel in the city. Gerard is refocused on the music he fell in love with years ago – jazz and loving every minute of it. Expect to hear lyrical melodies from the American Songbook and a sweet and swinging trombone as recorded on his two CD’s “Beautiful Dancer” and “Lucky to Be Me”. Always entertaining, funny and personal with a smooth vocal tone and a warm trombone.

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Fear, despair, uncertainty—these are all common emotions when contemplating the fate of our warming planet. How do we cope, stay hopeful, and work towards solutions to climate change? Join us for a discussion on how to navigate these emotions led by three mental health professionals who actively focus on climate change in their practices. Bedford 2030 is hosting this event as part of Bedford Playhouse’s Let’s Talk series. Discussion topics will include: climate triggers and how they make us feel, eco-anxiety and coping strategies, and ways to cultivate hope and participate in positive change. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their own experiences and engage in Q&A with the panelists. High school students and adults of all ages are invited to participate in this community conversation.

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The Greenwich International Film Festival invites you to attend the first ever Writer’s Inspiration Talk & Award Ceremony honoring award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Rebecca Miller, presented in partnership with WGA East and Bedford Playhouse.

Rebecca Miller is an Independent Spirit and Gotham Award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker who has written and directed seven feature films: ANGELA (1995), winner of the Sundance Film Festival Filmmakers Trophy and Cinematography Award, as well as the Gotham Award; PERSONAL VELOCITY (2002), winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award, as well as the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award; THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE (2005); THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE (2009) ; MAGGIE’S PLAN (2015); ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER (2017) a documentary for HBO; and SHE CAME TO ME (2023). Several of her films are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Miller is also the screenwriter of the feature film PROOF (2005) adapted from the stage play. She is also a painter and author of the short story collections PERSONAL VELOCITY (2001) and TOTAL (2022) and the novels THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE (2009) and JACOB’S FOLLY (2013).

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Show begins at 6:30pm. Brooklyn, NY-based singer-songwriter Dan Strauss has been a touring musician for the past twenty-five years and has just released his 7th album, The Haze Of Winter Flowers. Dan has won over audiences with his melodic storytelling, rich vocals and intricate arrangements. His writing evokes touches of his songwriting heroes such as Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, John Lennon and Jeff Tweedy. Dan’s songs shift moods and styles, from alt-country to indie folk. He has appeared on NPR, WFUV, WDST-Radio Woodstock, and WBKM in Vermont and has shared the stage with artists such as Jenifer Jackson, Julian Verlard, Alex Radus, Pascal Lajoye, Franklin Rankin and many others.

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American Wolf is the extraordinary, true story of author Audrey Birnbaum’s father, Jack Wolf Schwersenz, his family’s nail-biting escape from Germany, and his subsequent adventure-filled efforts to embrace his adopted home. Brimming with last-minute rescues and life-and death struggles that defy the impossible, this gripping narrative is not just a tale of survival, but a profound coming of age story, delving into the complexities of family dynamics and the search for national identity.

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Join us for a discussion and Q&A with three renowned animators for a discussion on creativity, art, and why hand-drawn animation still matters. Bill Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the first person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Joining Bill on the panel are Chris Wedge, co-founder of Blue Sky Studios and director of Ice Age, Robots, Epic and Monster Trucks; and animator Matt Osborne. Moderated by Vanessa Smith. A wine and cheese reception precedes the program.

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Art Lillard’s On Time Quartet plays jazz, swing, blues, Latin, and standards from the American Songbook. Performances by this swinging combo feature great ensemble playing along with inspired soloing. The On Time Band has performed at many venues in the greater New York area and produced a recording, It’s Time, on the Summit Records label. Art Lillard has been playing for over thirty-five years on New York’s swing and blues circuit. He is known for his ability to “read” an audience and its changing moods. Art keeps the room hopping from the first downbeat to the very last note. Show begins at 6:30pm.

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Fentanyl has changed the game when it comes to navigating adolescence and parenting. It has caused a record number of overdoses and left parents feeling helpless about what to do. New dangerous substances are appearing on the streets. Join us for this informative, interactive session to learn critical information about fentanyl as well as useful strategies for preventing tragic consequences. With special guests Tammi Jacobs Schulman and Donna Volpitta.

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