On January 30, as part of its Members’ Show UNUM SUMUS, Byrdcliffe’s Second Annual Open Mic Night will give Byrdcliffe’s membership and other area residents the opportunity to flaunt their talents. Singers, poets, comedians, storytellers, actors, pontificators, and more are invited to take the mic. The Kleinert/James’s 1926 Steinway B will be rolled on stage for any who would like to tickle its ivories. Byrdcliffe’s first Open Mic, held in January of 2015, brought together singer-songwriters, an operatic vocalist, poets, novelists, essayists, and a phenomenal magician who took the audience on a tour of the supernatural. Byrdcliffe resident Marc Delgado, a musician with a wry sense of humor and crowd-pleasing finesse, emceed the event last year and will do so again the second time around.
Participants and audience members of Byrdcliffe’s Second Annual Open Mic will also have the opportunity to view Byrdcliffe’s 2016 Members’ exhibition UNUM SUMUS (We Are One), on view through February 21. The artists in UNUM SUMUS are: Bobby Blitzer, Kaete Brittin Shaw, Megan Daly, Carol Davis, Lynne Friedman, Margie Greve, Pat Horner, Warren Hurley, Carole P. Kunstadt, Marjorie Magid, Debra Priestly, Judy Stanger, Lucinda Abra, Meg Beaudoin, Miriam Bisceglia, Kaete Brittin Shaw, Colin Chase, Rich Conti, Elizabeth DeCicco, Melanie Delgado, Renée Englander, Mary Anne Erickson, John Franco, Kristen Garnier, Laura Gurton, Ann Hanson, Hatti Iles, Georgette Kadgen, Mary Katz, Bud Lavery, Joan Lonergan, Robert Lucy, Linda Lynton, Carol March, Maralyn Master, Sarah Greer Mecklem, Wilma Miller, Philip Monteleoni, Bev Nerenberg, Jean Newburg, Sandra L. Nystrom, Faye Richland, Karen Riedener, Lucette Runsdorf, Rita Sherry, Roberta Sickler, Susan Spencer Crowe, Eleanor Steffen, Clara Steinzor, Michael Valenti, and Rob Wade.
Karen Riedener won this year’s Curator’s Choice Award for her mixed media Message of the Wild Horses.
Anyone interested is welcome to participate in the Open Mic; there will be a sign-up list at the door. Admission is free and open to the public. The event begins at 8:00 pm on Saturday, January 30.