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Cinema 10 presents The Queen of Versailles on Monday, September 17 at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam.  Show time is 7:15 PM. This is the second film of the fall Cinema 10 season.


When Lauren Greenfield began her documentary about David and Jackie Siegel and their plans to recreate the palace of Versailles in the 90,000 square foot family home they were building in Orlando, she saw it as a parable of wealth and waste in a new gilded age. Then came the financial meltdown of 2008.

The Queen of Versailles turns out to be a portrait—appalling, absorbing and improbably affecting—of how, even within a system seemingly designed to ensure that the rich get richer, sometimes the rich get poorer,” says Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post. A.O. Scott of The New York Times adds, “Marvel at the ornate frame, mock the vulgarity of the images if you want, but let's not kid ourselves. If this film is a portrait, it is also a mirror.”


The Queen of Versailles runs 100 minutes and is in English. It is rated PG for thematic elements and
language.



 

 

 

General Admission: $4.50/individual; $35/season

Students and Senior Citizens: $3.50/individual; $25/season


Cinema 10 is a non-profit, volunteer group which presents alternative film programming. We work to bring the best in American independent and foreign films to North Country audiences.
Cinema 10 is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For a complete season schedule and more information please visit http://www.Cinema10.org.


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Martha Gallagher is giving a harp concert to raise money for the Watertown Musicals Scholarship Program at  First Presbyterian Church in Watertown on Mon. Sept. 17 at 7:30.

 

UNIQUE PERFORMANCE TO BENEFIT MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Acclaimed performer Martha Gallagher will fill the First Presbyterian Church in Watertown with music, poetry, storytelling and more on Mon. Sept. 17.   This rare Watertown appearance by Gallagher is to benefit the scholarship fund of The Watertown Musicales.  A renowned singer and songwriter, Gallagher adds the unusual twist that her instrument of choice is the harp.

"The harp is a bold and beautiful instrument, too often stereotyped as being snooty or snoozy," exclaims Gallagher. "That’s just not true; it's an incredibly diverse instrument that can go from sounding angelic, sweet and delicate one moment to being bold, gorgeous, jazzy, or bluesy the next." Gallagher’s hallmark of playing music that people don't expect to hear from a harp brings delighted comments from her audiences, who often happily exclaim, "I never knew a harp could do that!"

Martha Gallagher has been described as an enigma, defying not only the stereotypes of her instrument, but also challenging musical pigeon-holes.  Her music displays a breadth and depth rarely heard from one artist  “I have a very diverse musical background,” says Gallagher, "And I love to bring it all together with the harp." Her original songs glide seamlessly from wailing blues to Latin grooves to Classical inspirations, from swingin' Jazz to richly varied  contemporary Americana/folk/roots. Her voice has been likened to a mix of Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, and Bonnie Raitt. With the comfort of a natural-born storyteller, poet and actress, she spontaneously weaves together the array of musical, poetic and theatrical elements, creating a cohesive one-woman show, full of intelligence, humor, compassion and joy.

Gallagher,  a 1975 graduate of Watertown High School, received a scholarship from The Watertown Musicales when she attended Hartwick College to pursue an education that would lead to a career in music.  "The scholarship I received from The Watertown Musicales really helped make my dream of being a professional musician come true!" says Gallagher.  She now resides year-round in the Adirondack region of NYS and spends much of the year touring nationally.  Well-known in the region as The Adirondack Harper, Gallagher credits much of her musical inspiration to the wilderness area.  "From the moment I first moved to the Adirondacks over twenty years ago, I have been filled with music and inspiration," says Gallagher.  "Much of my music is inspired by the beautiful nature where I live.  I'm often writing songs, trying out melodies and lyrics, as I am hiking, kayaking, skiing, etc.  Some of my songs reflect the natural world, but even if the song isn't about nature, I find the forests, mountains, lakes and rivers a great place to open myself to creativity." 

 

 

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