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September 2018 Press
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Reservations Recommend for all events. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time and reservations are held until 15 minutes to show time.

Saturday, September 22, 8:00pm
Classical/Jazz: Vento Trio

The Vento Trio plays chamber music that grooves, from popular Brazilian songs, jazzy improvisational styles to the classics. The woodwind trio of Kevin Willois (flute), Sarah Bednarcik (clarinet), and Janet Grice (bassoon) will be joined by Phillip Gillette (percussion) in a lively conert of music from South American traditions. The chamber ensemble have performed at the Chamber Music America Conference, Hoff Barthelson School, Keeler Tavern Museum, International Double Reed Society Conferences, and festivals in France and Brazil.
$10 Suggested Donation

Sunday, September 23, 4:00pm
Classical Sundays: Kariné Poghosyan

International Pianist Kariné Poghosyan returns to Puffin with her most exciting program. Kariné recently finished her busy spring tour, which included a featured solo performance with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, debut at Vienna’s Musikverein, and her return to Carnegie Hall for a debut concert at Zanekl Hall. Program includes Rachmaninoff Moments Musicaux, Op. 16, Stravinsky Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka, Rachmaninoff Piano Sonata No. 2, B-flat Minor (1931), Rachmaninoff Lilacs, Op. 21, No. 5, Stravinsky “Firebird.”
$10 Suggested Donation

Friday, September 28, 8:00pm
World: Luca Ciarla Quartet, Etnopolis

One of the most original Italian ensembles in recent years, the globetrotting Luca Ciarla Quartet has performed in more than fifty countries around the world. With Nino De Luca (accordion), Maurizio Perrone (double bass), Francesco Savoretti (percussion), and Luca Ciarla Ciarla (violin) has drawn on the familiar sounds of the Italian folk tradition and the Mediterranean area. “Open your mind to a musical journey and get on board on Luca Ciarla’s express train to the discovery of a wonderful world of interesting sounds and new melodies.” -Volksblad (South Africa).
$10 Suggested Donation

Saturday, September 29, 8:00pm
Exhibition Opening: UnAmerica

Immigration policy continues to become a hot button issue as we face the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. The national discourse is drowned out by controversy, xenophobic scapegoating, misinformation, inflammatory claims, and nativist fear-mongering in place of constructive dialogue regarding much needed immigration reform. The Puffin Cultural Forum seeks to highlight and explore issues surrounding immigration through an exhibition entitled, UnAmerica, scheduled to run from September 16 to November 4. Exhibition Opening features participating artists and musical performance.

Sunday, September 30, 4:00-6:00pm
Community: Peace Pole Installation and Outdoor Open M
A brand new Peace Pole will be reinstated on the grounds of The Puffin Foundation in a ceremony celebrating community, harmony, and progress. Following the Installation Ceremony, there will be an Open Mic available on the Pete Seeger Outdoor Stage open to all genres of performing arts. Please email Andrew Lee,, if you would like to sign up to perform! Chairs and refreshment will be provided.

Gallery Exhibit Gallery hours: Tuesdays- Thursdays, 12 to 4 p.m.
September 16- November 4

The national debate surrounding the important issue of immigration policy is reaching a fever pitch. UnAmerica takes an unflinching look at the nature of dialogue or lack thereof surrounding much needed immigration reform. As the 2018 midterm elections take shape artists lend their creative voices to bring out perspectives, questions, and ideas to the Puffin Gallery.

Reservations & Directions For reservations, email or call 201-836-3499; Reservations must be made by 5pm on Thursday before the event date, & are held until 15 min. before show; Reservations suggested for all events. Pay suggested donation (cash or check only) at door. Puffin Way is next to Enrite Gas off Teaneck Rd. just north of DeGraw; theater is wheelchair accessible. Gallery Hours Tuesday -Thursday 12-4pm or by appointment.

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The Puffin Cultural Forum is project of the Puffin Foundation Ltd. which, through the arts, encourages dialog about issues important to the community. Gallery Hours Tuesday-Thursday 12:00- 4:00pm. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!