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New World Cooks for Cathera
by Haven James

Event:Benefit for Cathera Lane
at New World Home Cooking
Date:Sunday, November 22, 1998
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Cathera Lane has been a vibrant member of the Woodstock arts community for so many years now it's a rare occurrence to run into someone who has not had the pleasure of meeting her. Her artwork is striking in it's radical use of line and color provoking statements which are often haunting in their imagery and inspirational in the spirit they generate. On a personal level, she is well armed with a sharp sense of humor, a good eye for taste and style, and a smile that could knock you down so it is no wonder that a large effort has been launched to help her in a time of need.

This Sunday, November 22nd [1998], there will be a huge afternoon benefit at the New World Home Cooking Cafe and Lounge Emporium on Rte. 212 between Woodstock and Saugerties. Lots of talent, food, fun, and stuff will be on the bill and all, yes all, of the proceeds raised at the door and by way of the special events will go to the Cathera Fund to help defray the expenses she will face on her upcoming journey through let's-get-a-new-liver-land (see last week's Woodstock Times news story for details). Now this may not sound like a fun journey but everyone who has put out energy to make this Sunday a success are determined to make at least that part fun, and, at the same time, make a significant contribution to helping make her healing process be a far mor e pleasurable one. The end game is, of course, that we will get to keep her around for long, long time to come and it's guaranteed that there will be fun in that too.

The event begins at 1 PM and the entertainment kicks off shortly thereafter with Tom Pacheco doing an acoustic set of his classic best, always a treat for music lovers of all flavors. The famed "Special Guests" will mix in here and there as the day moves on but scheduled next will be a performance of Magic Madness by Tom Heyman. After his illusionary show, Tom will wander through the house pulling rabbits out of Margaritas and the like for the duration of the party.

Large on the agenda will be the appearance of Wild Space featuring Sham Morris, Justin Love, Stephen Christopher, Peter Bittner, and New World's own Ric Orlando. It will be an "out and out dahnsi thing" (read the A in dance with an upper-crust English overtone), Sham predicted. "With the new DJX keyboard involved, the flavor will be dance... [it has] all the modern rhythms [but the music is] not white boys on rap, we're just using the beat." According the Sham, with this hot new keyboard the band hardly needs to play but they plan to jam it anyway.

Headlining the affair as twilight approaches will be the new darlings of East Woodstock, the Pep & Molly Show. The quintet plus Molly, as she puts it, has packed the house to standing room only for their last three appearances at New World's Lounge Lizard Fridays. For those who have had to pass on catching this show on those previous nights because it's just too late to stay out, here is your chance; they'll go on somewhere in the 4:30 to 5 PM zone.

"Ppe has written all of these Big Band arrangements for a small band, condensed them," Molly explained. "For the ballads he's done this Mile Davis thing, trumpet arrangements behind the vocals that are intricately intertwined with the vocals." Molly joked about "the many faces of Dr. Ppe; Calypso, Sinatra, Ray Charles, Louis Prima, and [his] ability to take on the personality of these artists... which is fun for people." At the last New World Pep & Molly show, you could hear Harry Belafonte belting "Day-O, ees-a-day-ay-ay-yo" filtering out to the bar area; the crowd there echoed it back to the Lounge room hilariously.

As to her part in the show Molly observed, "I don't have many faces... I sing. I have this love for the music and a love for it in it's pure form. I don't want to turn it into a 90's thing, I want to do it as it was originally written." In her view, Pep has enhanced it with his arrangements to make it accessible for her to sing it in this format with integrity. Plus, his energy is infectious and this also shows in the quality of the band's performance. The reception of the audiences to date seem to be infected by it too... "it's contagious," Molly says.

In addition to the entertainment, there will be a silent auction ranging in items to bid on from gas for your car to beauty for your body with lots of options in between. The opportunity continues to donate items, dollars, and/or services to this event and the follow up by contacting the Cathera Fund at 334-2448. The core group is staffed by Christine Olivera, Lynn Berman, Lynne Van Neme, Andrew Koehn, and Sally Martin. Direct donations can be sent directly and made payable to the Cathera Fund at 76 Potter Hill Road, Saugerties, NY 12477.

The New World Home Cooking will open at 11 AM for brunch as usual on Sunday. Starting around 1 PM, owners Liz Corrado and Ric Orlando will put out a killer buffet and the requested donation for the event is $20. This should be a great afternoon to benefit a great lady. Be there or be...

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Haven James has been a consistent contributor to the Music & Arts scene around the Hudson Valley and beyond for almost a decade through his column, Werewolves of Woodstock, published weekly in the Woodstock Times

A writer, musician, philanthropist, and Mac addict; he lives reclusively, high atop Overlook Mountain with his son and a menagerie of animals, both wild and domesticated. Though currently unmarried, rumors abound as to his intimate relationships with Madonna, Sandra Bernhardt, and Eli Bach; though he insists these notions to be pure hearsay. His identity has remained a mystery to all but the closest of friends as he often travels in disguise and appears unannounced and undercover at concerts and venues in a dedicated effort to get the real story.

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Posted on November 21th, 1998

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