CLINTON — Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, has released the schedule for its newest programming endeavor, Second Saturdays, through May.
With the coming of the new year, the team at KAC has been taking time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future.
Part of that has been listening to patrons, organizers said. Live event programming was listed as a fan favorite in the art center’s community survey.
That’s why KAC has started Second Saturdays. In 2020, KAC plans to host arts, music or cultural events at the center almost every second Saturday of the year. There will be a summer hiatus, but performances will commence in September.
There will be community dances, world-class musicians, storytelling shows, local songwriters and more.
All of the events listed below are planned, booked, produced and staffed by volunteers. Those interested in volunteering for any events, should contact the art center at 315-853-8871.
A schedule of performances for 2020:
• Jan. 11: Local Songwriter Showcase, 7 p.m.
There will be drinks, mingling and all-original sets by local artists Lauren Mettler, Wild Wool, J. Schnitt, Ryan Miller and The Boom Chickens. Admission is $13, $8 for members.
• Feb. 8: Peace, Love and Art Gala, 7 p.m. A ticket to the KACelebration includes hors d’oeruvres, drinks and favorite tunes from the 1960s. There will be a silent auction for special experiences, artwork and more. Guests are encouraged to wear their “hippest and grooviest threads.” Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door.
• Feb. 22: Emerald Rae, 7 p.m. Rae is known for her captivating vocals and percussive fiddle accompaniment.
The evening will include drinks and mingling. Tickets are $16, $12 for members.
• March 14: An Irish Evening, 5 p.m. Patrons will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with authentic traditional Irish music, dancing, drinks and snacks. Tickets are $20, $15 for members.
• March 28: The Gibson Brothers, 7:30 p.m. A favorite of the art center, the brothers will bring their bluegrass act. Tickets are $28, $25 for members.
• April 11: Retro Dance Mixer with the Monk Rowe Trio, 7 p.m. A night of swing and retro dancing, from the Charleston to the Cha Cha and from the Tango to the Twist. Patrons are invited to come dressed 1950s sock hop style to get $2 off their ticket. Tickets are $16, $12 for members.
• The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher, 7 p.m. Micaela Bei, a former elementary school teacher, two-time Moth GrandSLAM champion and founding Director of Education at The Moth, Bei comes clean about classroom disasters and secret loves.
The storytelling show for grown-ups about the dangers of playing pretend and a sold-out encore run at New York City’s Fringe Festival. Bei will teach a personal storytelling workshop for ages 16 and older on Sunday, May 10, with attendance being capped at 18. Tuition will be $45. Tickets for the show May 9 are $16, $12 for members.