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Issues concerning Beacon Theater Benefit

I was listening to WAMC today and its feature about the revitalization of old theaters in the Hudson Valley. The Beacon Theater renovation, of course, was part of the mix. I was happy that Beacon was mentioned and am hopeful that a revitalized theater on Main Street might improve that part of Beacon. But I'm disturbed by a number of things:

1. The advertising for Saturday's benefit featuring Tom Chapin, Pete Seeger and John Hall (forget the fact that they decided to hold this, inappropriately, on the afternoon of Yom Kippur, the Jewish High Holy Day for a minute) claims that the money will go for the renovation of this theater. The implication of this is that this building has actually been purchased, when in fact that purchase has not happened yet. My sense is that what has not been disclosed is that the money raised will be applied to the purchase of the building and not its restoration. If this is so, we are being misled, and if the people involved can't close the sale, will our donated money be returned?

2. I'm not against this project at all. But it is a low brow arts project at best, and I resent that it is presented in a different light. The promotional website associates this project with a city that has been called "the center of arts and culture second only to New York City." This is a phrase used by the local chamber of commerce and would not be seconded by anyone remotely connected to the arts. And the people trying to get this theater going might call themselves part of the entertainment world, but certainly not the arts.

So I'm all for raising money, but not when the pretenses are suspect.

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Comment by Tommy L. Avalon on October 1, 2010 at 1:14pm
this is great! at least some people are waking up to the fact that we need dialogue in the community from both sides of the "isle". But when the theatre opens up, it won't matter which side of the isle you sit, as we will all be enjoying (hopefully) the venue and the shows (providing the price is right for locals). Which brings me to a related topic......where are all the locals when we have already such a great venue in The Howland Center? There have been some amazing people playing there recently, namely Professor Louie last week, Mark Von Em before that, and Kiriaki Bozas before that. The turnout was POOR at best for these shows. These are some GREAT musicians. Louie has toured the world w/ NRPS, Von Em toured w/ Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) for cri-sakes!! The prices are so freakin do-able....$10-15 bucks for a night of music in the best sound venue around! PEOPLE, put away the remote control, get some local support initiative in you and come to the Howland for these shows! Judith Tulloch is playing next week. She's fantastic.
Comment by Joan Martorano on September 21, 2010 at 10:31am
Just a suggestion to the BCN community: Stop snapping at the bait. Watkins/Vesuvius thrives on this type of dysfunctional interaction.
Comment by Renee Q. on September 21, 2010 at 8:38am
Our house came up! Yippee. Whew!
Comment by Alan Flynn on September 20, 2010 at 10:31pm
oops wasn't thinking. I knew that.
Comment by Ben Royce on September 20, 2010 at 9:26pm

there is no james watkins living in beacon

there is however a certain individual named Odious Troll, Esq., living here under this structure, naturally:,-73.983328

this seems to be the individual in question
Comment by Alan Flynn on September 20, 2010 at 8:38pm
There is an easy way to see if someone lives in Beacon.
Comment by Renee Q. on September 20, 2010 at 7:09pm
Since you are not involved in the theater and have no financial stake in it maybe you should stop concerning yourself with 4th Wall's finances. Whether or not they get major supporters or not is not your concern and if they hire someone who live outside of town that is not your business either. They are successful theater people themselves and do not need you or me for that matter telling them how to run 4th Wall's business. Your real problem is with Mr. Manning. So start a thread about how you feel about Mr. Manning and stop dragging the theater into the mix. Sad that you have to hide this way Charlene. Are you that ashamed of your thoughts?
Comment by James Watkins on September 20, 2010 at 5:29pm
Tara, I'll try to be succinct, because a rather serious topic has been trivialized. A) I live in Beacon, and used to live in Cold Spring B) I use my real name. I actually believe people should do that (including last names) if they are going to express opinions C) I am not this Charlene person people keep referencing. D) I like the theater project, as I have said. I'm just troubled a bit by what I perceive as misrepresentation. This is not a serious problem when garnering local support evidently, but it might be in attracting big donors from outside Beacon who are crucial to the success of this project. E) And if you are concerned if someone lives here please research where the main cast of this project lives, including the Main Street Manager for the Beacon Chamber of Commerce and fund raiser for the theater. He does not live in Beacon. Why don't we all hope that the Theater gets restored, opens and offers fascinating programs. Let's all help them do it in the right way, however. Beacon will be better for it.
Comment by Tara on September 20, 2010 at 3:31pm
This is ridiculous. James...faaaaarrrr too much time on your hands. You stated you had just moved to Beacon in a recent thread and said you had purchased a gun bc "Beacon is a dangerous town". We have snitty, pompous happy people who accomplish things, we all needs guns to live here and now we are liars. Why on earth do you live here. Oh wait, you don't. Your Charlene!
Comment by Renee Q. on September 20, 2010 at 12:02pm
Renee is my real name and my husband and I have owned a home in Beacon for the last decade. We have seen the changes in town and we have seen the theater sitting on Main Street being used by a lovely church ad then empty and a drag on the town for years. We have seen other well meaning people attempt to purchase the theater and for whatever reasons there may have been, not. Now 4th Wall has gone further than others, there seems to be a sour grape mentality from a group of people who were interested in that property and were never able to obtain it. James (??? different name for a woman) I get the feeling you are angry that the theater is going forth in general. Why would you spend all this time trying to make a veiled sinster plot if you did not have a deep personal grudge? Now everyone is entitled to an opinion and so you are yours but I would caution you against gilding the lilly to taint a project which is both needed and a long time coming for this community. It is a sad thing when someone chooses to live someplace that they seem to not want the best for. What do you have to gain by casting such a cloud of distrust on a wonderful group of honest and hard working people? I know that the good people of this fair City will see you for what you are, a trouble maker. In my opinion of course.

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