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WoodsTalk: Live!

WoodsTalk: Live invites dynamic and engaging speakers to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to lead explorations into the power and possibilities of arts and humanities, inspiring us to think critically and provoking us to become active members of our communities.

These events are live conversations, demonstrations, workshops, and roundtables where music, the ‘60s, and the value of arts and humanities will awaken the lessons of the past into their relevance today.

Significant efforts have been made to weave WoodsTalk:Live programming into the collections in the Museum at Bethel Woods and especially the 2017 Special Exhibit.

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Upcoming WoodsTalk: Live Events!

2017 WoodsTalk: Live! Schedule


4:00 PM-5:00PM; Free, The Event Gallery

A one-hour WoodsTalk: Live event in support of The Museum at Bethel Woods’ current special exhibition, Love for Sale: The Commercialization of the Counterculture. Exhibit curator Jill Silos-Rooney, Ph.D., and popular culture collector Michael Stern will come together for a Fireside Chat with museum director Wade Lawrence to discuss the special exhibit from two perspectives: the historical and cultural themes and the collector’s instincts and motivations.

APRIL 7, Woodstalk: Live presents Art & Knowledge: NYC TEEN POET LAUREATE & AMBASSADORS

6:30 PM- 8:30 PM; The Conservatory

Come hear the electric voices of the next poetic generation. Recognized for connecting poetry, performance and civic engagement, these teens draw influence and inspiration from the 1960’s counter culture and the beat generation. Join in the experience and power of spoken word performance with some of our nation’s most transformative young voices.

June 19, WoodsTalk: Live Presents Kitschy Kitchen

6:30 PM; $35.00 Adults (21+), The Conservatory

A cooking demonstration where Betty Crocker and Helen Gurley Brown spar with recipes. Retro 1960’s recipes and their reinvented counterparts will be demonstrated and devoured!

June 26, WoodsTalk: Live Presents Mad Mixology

6:30 PM; $35.00 Adults (21+)The Event Gallery

Attention Cocktail Aficionados! Explore the ins-and–outs of 1960’s cocktail culture and how that culture impacts pop culture today. Mixologists Josiah and Zeke will reveal the hidden history behind classic recipes and methods and then show attendees how, using the tastiest ingredients, to mix 2017 reinventions so they may recreate them on their own!

July 1, Woodstalk: Live Presents an Artist Walk with SCULPTOR GLENN ZWEYGARDT

Time TBD • The Museum Entrance

August 26, Woodstalk: Live Presents Art & Knowledge: Think, Ink, Act: Silk Screen Poster Workshop

10AM-5PM; $50 Per Participant (15+), The Conservatory

In a day-long on-site workshop at the Conservatory, participants will learn the scrappy and resourceful art of silk screening.

October 1, Woodstalk: Live PresentsTruth or Consensus: Survival Tools in the Age of Fake News

4:30PM-6:30PM; (13+), The Event Gallery

October 20, Woodstalk: Live Presents Art & Knowledge: Poetry & Power with Jeffrey Mc Daniel

6:30PM-9:00PM; $10 Adult, $5 Teen, The Conservatory

McDaniel’s writing speaks to the process of how counterculture becomes mainstream as well as how speaking out is a force for individual expression and artful activism. McDaniel will offer a writing prompt to the audience that works off the ideas generated from engagement in the special exhibit or museum.

November 4-5, WoodsTalk: Live Presents Art & Knowledge: Honing your Comically Counter-Cultural Voice

10AM-5PM; $75 per participant, Museum Classrooms and The Conservatory

From The Smothers Brothers, to Lenny Bruce to You! Honing your Comically Counter-Cultural Voice. During this two day workshop mentor Louie Pearlman and participants will dive into comedy history, venture into the 1960’s via the Museum special exhibits, look for points of reference and inspirational source material, explore basic improv and comedy writing techniques, and apply them to personal material.

Past WoodsTalk: Live! Events

April 21, 2016 - WoodsTalk: Live presents Creole Cooking with Terrance Simien

August 26, 2016 - WoodsTalk: Live presents Indian Cooking with Aeilushi

September 4, 2016 - WoodsTalk: Live presents Artist Walk with Sculptor David Boyajian

September 16, 2016 - Woodstalk: Live Presents Poetry & Power with Roger Bonair-Agard

September 25, 2016 - Woodstalk: Live Presents View Finder: Photography and the Human Story

October 14, 2016 - Woodstalk: Live Presents Poetry & Power with Elana Bell

October 25, 2016 - Woodstalk: Live presents Art & Knowledge

November 18, 2016 - Woodstalk: Live Presents Poetry & Power with Sean Thomas Dougherty

December 16, 2016 - Woodstalk: Live Presents Poetry & Power Inspired Words

Dialogue Arts Project In Action with Jon Sands
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 - The Museum Theater
WoodsTalk:Live on October 6, 2015 features an interactive evening with NYC's Dialogue Arts Project educator and Program Director Jon Sands, followed by a frank discussion about the power of diversity that can blossom from creative writing, performance, and self-expression.  Embodying the core tenets of the Bethel Woods mission, DAP truly, “inspires, educates, and empowers” both educators and students alike to “use their words” most creatively and with authority.


Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat, and Betty with Actress Elaine Bromka
Sunday, November 1st, 2015 - The Event Gallery
WoodsTalk:Live on Sunday, November 01, 2015 features award-winning actress Elaine Bromka in Tea for Three: Ladybird, Pat, and Betty.  This theatrical one-woman show offers a fresh, behind-the-scenes look at three of our First Ladies – Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. In this time of often polarizing politics, Tea for Three humanizes the arena, allowing audiences to stand in those women's shoes.  This warm, whimsical and deeply moving story has been playing across the country for several years

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Funding for arts and humanities, outreach and museum education programs has been provided by Bethel Woods members and donors and through generous gifts from foundations, individuals and agencies including: The American Gift Fund, the Tammy and Keith Anderson Foundation, the AT&T Aspire Program, the John N. Blackman Sr. Foundation, Annelise Gerry and Family, Robyn Gerry, Nellie and Robert Gipson, Humanities NY, IBM, Joan Kaplan, the William and Elaine Kaplan Family Foundations, Liberty Properties Inc., the Monticello Motor Club, New Music USA, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Resorts World Catskills, the Rhulen Loughlin Family -- in memory of Trevor John Loughlin, Rolling V Bus Corporation, James and Kelly Schmitt and Stewarts Shops. Transportation and tuition assistance has been made possible in part by Dan and Joan Silna, and TD Charitable Foundation, and the Williams Endowed Education Fund at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.


Additional support for The Museums and this program, provided by the following partners:

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