Concerts, family fun among MWPAI April events


UTICA — Rock and roll legend E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg plays what you want to hear as Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Concerts in the Court presents Max Weinberg’s Jukebox 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the Museum of Art.

In this high-energy interactive experience, Weinberg invites the audience to create, in real time, the set list he and his crack four-piece group will play that night.

The group will perform songs from the glory days of rock and roll, as audience members choose from a menu of more than 200 songs from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The E Street Band (of course), and more.

Tickets are $51.50, $46.50 for MWPAI members. Special VIP Packages are available that include the concert, one photo opportunity with Weinberg after the show, and up to three personalized autographs. Packages are $166.50, $161.50 for members. For tickets call 315-797-0055 or 1-800-754-0797. Also online at 

The Museum will open at 6:30 p.m. so that patrons may view the current exhibitions, socialize, and visit the Museum Shop. Concerts in the Court also feature a cash bar.

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“Mighty Max” Weinberg, the driving rhythmic force propelling The E Street Band for 43 years, is also known to millions of fans for his 17-year stint as the bandleader and comedic foil to talk show host Conan O’Brien on NBC’s “Late Night” and “The Tonight Show.”

Throughout his 50-year professional career, Weinberg has played with some of the biggest and most diverse names in music—James Brown, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, Ringo Starr, John Fogerty, Stevie Winwood, Sheryl Crow, and Isaac Hayes.

Weinberg also has the distinction of being the drummer on two of the biggest-selling rock albums in history—Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA” and Meatloaf’s “Bat Out Of Hell.”

On display

• “Mysterious, Marvelous, Malevolent: The Art of Elihu Vedder”

On view April 5 through Dec. 29

Explore how Vedder may have used ancient myths and legends of the monstrous, the terrible, and the fantastic to negotiate the horror, destruction, and alienation engendered by the national crisis of the American Civil War. 

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

Recurring programs

Art and Yoga For Mind, Body, and Spirit

Saturdays, April 6, 20 and 27 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Full session (seven classes): $75, $50 MWPAI members. Drop-in fee: $15, $10 MWPAI members. For full session, please pay in advance through the ticket office, 315-797-0055. Drop-ins can pay at the door.

Each class offers a 15-minute introduction to art in the gallery followed by one hour of yoga. All levels of ability are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat. For more information, contact the Museum Education Department at 315-797-0000, ext. 2158.

Film series

Films are shown in the Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium every Wednesday and Friday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8, $6 MWPAI members, $4 for students with ID, free for PrattMWP students.

Both Wednesday screenings will feature Open Captions (subtitles) for the benefit of our deaf or hearing-impaired guests. Please be aware that this service is not always available from the film distributor, but will be provided whenever possible.

For tickets or more information, call 315-797-0055 or visit

April events

April 3

Art Story: A Pop-Up Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Art Odyssey Interactive Gallery 

April 5

A Closer Look Gallery Talk —The Dream House of Helen and James: Fountain Elms and Victorian Architecture, Paula Caruana, decorative arts assistant, 1:10 p.m., Museum of Art

First Fridays Happy Hour with music by Rich Mollin Quintet, 5 p.m., Edward Wales Root Sculpture Court

April 6

Keyboard Conversations, Chopin in Paris!, 7:30 p.m., Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium

April 11

PrattMWP Sophomore Gallery Opening, 4 p.m., McCulley Gallery, 14 Cottage Place

April 12

Exhibition Opening, Freshman Show, on view through May 9, PrattMWP Gallery in the Museum of Art. Reception 4 p.m. at Fountain Elms Terrace

April 14

Museum Highlights Tour, 2 p.m., Museum of Art

April 18

Art Alive!: Crafts, Activities and More - Spring Break, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Museum of Art

For Kids and Families, The DuffleBag Theatre Co., Peter Pan, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium

April 19

PrattMWP Sophomore Gallery Opening, 4 p.m., McCulley Gallery, 14 Cottage Place

April 21: Institute Closed

April 26

PrattMWP Sophomore Gallery Opening, 4 p.m., McCulley Gallery, 14 Cottage Place

April 28

Chamber Music Society of Utica, Ariel Quartet with guest Orion Weiss, piano, 2:30 p.m. Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium

Sign-up for Spring Bus Trip 

Trip to New York City, Wednesday, May 22, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Cost is $86.50, $76.50 MWPAI members. Call 315-797-0055.

Beginning at bustling Bryant Park (the bus drop-off and pick-up point), enjoy shopping, renowned museums, Broadway theatre, restaurants, the High Line elevated park, Times Square, Eataly, Chelsea Market—the possibilities are endless.


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