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ArtsRock Preps for Fall, Winter Season

Local festival will bring marquee names to Nyack, Rockland.

Nyack's annual, months-long arts festival is about to kick off with a spate of concerts, interviews and more.

"We're going into our fourth season," said Elliot Forrest, the program's director. "It's amazing that we've been doing it this long." Forrest is also a host on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR.

In years past, ArtsRock has brought marquee names like Alec Baldwin and Suzanne Vega to town. And this year won't be a departure.

"October 6th is our first show—Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies and I will be talking about Gene Kelly," Forrest said.

The Singin' in the Rain actor and dancer would have been 100-years-old this past August. For event details, see the attached flyer.

Other happenings include a show by Darlene Love, and local acts like The Bossy Frog Band. (For a full schedule, click here.)

This year, however, ArtsRock will take a step in another direction: selling hard-copy tickets, instead of relying on Internet registration and at-the-door purchases.

"One of our challenges has been no box office," Forrest said, noting the organization has no home base, and holds shows all around the county. But this year, attendees can swing by one of two locations, Sign of the Times in Nyack and Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, to buy tickets.

"There are those people who are not comfortable buying online," Forrest said. "And now people can save on service fees, too."

For ArtsRock, Sign of the Times was a clear choice.

"We felt they were a fun store to partner with, and were totally up for it," Forrest explained. "They're a great store, they've been around a long time, we like them."

Tickets can still be bought online here, or over the phone by calling  855-ARTSROCK.

Forrest also notes shows will continue to be added.

"We will likely add a classical show to the bill," he said. "This is just the beginning."

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