Events

“Give me to the earth when my winter comes,
Bury me deep in the ground.
Mark not my place with statues or caves,
Find me where life can be found.”
— LURANA BROWN

Thinking out your end-of-life wishes is never easy, but there are now new approaches to traditional funeral service that will leave you feeling surprisingly optimistic. Stewardship for the earth and care of the planet have not previously been high on most people’s end-of-life wish lists. In fact, there’s a common misconception that cremation is “greener” than full casket burial because the plot for an urn requires less cemetery space. This is not the case!

Join us to discuss how a formaldehyde-free burial in pine, willow or wool casket or dramatic shroud is kinder to the earth and one way your death could actually uplift others and return useful molecules to the soil from which we essentially sprang. You’ll also hear about modern modes of accelerating the body’s return to the soil in the works in other states. The good news is this: you can abide by the American burial practice of 200 years ago, and become a tree, after all!

Amy Cunningham is a New York state licensed funeral director, green burial advocate, and home funeral guide. She manages the lively blog The Inspired Funeral.com, and owns the firm Fitting Tributes Funeral Services.

Space is limited, please register here.

PhiloSonia rounds out their “Voyage” season with a musical road trip across America!

The program is as follows:

John Adams – “Road Movies” for Violin and Piano
Amy Beach – String Quartet op. 89
Jessica Meyer – “Getting Home (I  must be..)” for String Quintet
Libby Larsen – Four on the Floor for Violin, Cello, Bass, and  Piano
A. Dvorak – String Quartet Op. 96, “American”

Performers include Stanichka Dimitrova & Igor Pikayzen on violin; Chieh-Fan Yiu on viola; Michael Katz on cello; Try Rinker on bass; Nana Shi on piano

Get your tickets here.

Join us for a three hour figure drawing session with a professional model.

All skill levels are welcome, this is a judgement free opportunity to practice and develop your skills.
Bring your favorite tools, no oils, acrylics, or sprays please!

We will do an hour of gestures and short poses, finishing with a 2 hour-long pose. This is an uninstructed class.

Tickets are $12 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets, $15 at the door, and $10 for students with ID.

Two-hour round robin songfest featuring the songs that Woody Guthrie sang. Performers include Vincent Cross, Beth Kotkin, Joel Landy, Mike Lee, Nancy Moccaldi, Pinetree, and Steve Suffet. Each is an established artist in his or her own right, and all are longtime Woody Guthrie admirers.

This event is co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

A woman kneels while playing violin for onlooking children

Arias, sing-alongs, piano, and more will showcase the wide range of soprano, Jessica Fishenfeld, accompanied by piano and cello. The program will feature music and magic!

Mozart for Munchkins creates an interactive and engaging atmosphere in which families can experience and enjoy music! Children of all ages are welcome to roll, crawl, squeal, and dance to their hearts’ content, while parents, grandparents, and caregivers can sit back and unwind.

Everyone 12 and under enters free!

Get your tickets here.

The 2019-20 season of Musical Ecologies continues Thursday, February 13th with composer Paula Matthusen.

Splitting her time between New York City and Middletown, CT where she is Associate Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, Matthusen writes acoustic and electroacoustic music. Her work often considers discrepancies in musical space—real, imagined, and remembered.

Tonight’s program will include a new work for electric guitar performed by guitarist James Moore, an experimental piece for two resonating cymbals, and a solo work for electronics performed by the composer. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.

Tickets are available in advance via Brown Paper Tickets and will also be available at the door.

PhiloSonia returns to OSH to continue their “Voyage” season with a musical get away to Vienna on February 7 at 7:30 pm. This travel inspired concert is the third in this five part series.

The program features classics including W. A. Mozart – String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K. 515,
A. Webern – 6 Bagatelles for String Quartet Op. 9, and J. Brahms – String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111

Performers include: Stanichka Dimitrova and Regi Papa on violin, Chieh-Fan Jay Yiu and Andrew Gonzalez on viola with Adrian Daurov on cello.

Tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets.

Join the artist Alicia Grullón and curator Katherine Gressel for the opening reception of Grullón’s solo exhibition Presence at OSH. The public reception will be held from 7 pm – 9 pm, enjoy light refreshments and a first look at our newest show!

Alicia Grullón is a performance artist and photographer with a career spanning more than fifteen years. She describes her self-portraits and performances as “critiques of the politics of presence – an argument for the inclusion of disenfranchised communities in political and social spheres.” By inserting her own body in spaces that have historically not been meant for her or designed so she has little control over how she is represented in them, Grullón aims to disrupt mainstream historical and cultural narratives. The work selected for this exhibition focuses on her use of costumes, props and other methods of obscuring her own identity, sometimes to tell the stories of others.
In keeping with OSH’s mission to make local history relevant, Presence is comprised mainly of works rooted in Grullón’s native New York City and addresses topics including gentrification, immigration and community preservation. Several works on view were inspired by OSH itself and its Dutch Colonial and Revolutionary War past.
After this reception, the exhibition will be on view to the public every Friday from 3 pm – 6 pm and by appointment until April 6, with a closing event on March 26.
Presence is the first in a series of four 2020 OSH exhibitions exploring how contemporary artists encourage participation and civic engagement. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon!

Join us for a three hour figure drawing session with a professional model.

All skill levels are welcome, this is a judgement free opportunity to practice and develop your skills.
Bring your favorite tools, no oils, acrylics, or sprays please!

We will do an hour of gestures and short poses, finishing with a 2 hour-long pose. This is an uninstructed class.

Tickets are $12 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets, $15 at the door, and $10 for students with ID.