Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin to Perform at Arts on the Lake July 12

America’s Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Tom Chapin will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12 at Arts on the Lake. In a career with 23 albums and three Grammy awards, Chapin began performing professionally as a teenager in the early 1960s alongside his siblings Harry and Steve as The Chapin Brothers. After launching a recording career and playing the lead role in the Broadway musical Pump Boys and Dinettes in the late ‘80s, Chapin branched out into family music with the album Family Tree. “Writing family music has been a wonderful course in songwriting,” says Chapin. “Keep it understandable and fun for kids, but intelligent and musical enough to keep adults listening as well.”
At Friday’s concert, Chapin will perform with keyboardist Jon Cobert and percussionist Michael Mark. A songwriter as well, Cobert was part of last summer’s summer concerts at AotL in Cobert Operations.

Short Walls to Show Upside-down Christians

Short Walls Gallery will host Upside-down Christians, 50 drawings of notable Christian preachers, healers, performers and televangelists by Rick Baker at 380 Main St., Beacon, from July 11 through Aug. 24. The opening party will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13. What began as a simple drawing exercise — where the subject is turned upside down and rendered in order to shake loose how the brain perceives the image — has resulted in strange humanoid figures with slightly distorted faces, eyes in the wrong place, impossible hair and disturbing fingers.This series explores the personae of people like Aimee Semple McPherson, founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, and more widely recognized figures like Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggert and Tammy-Faye Bakker. Each piece highlights the perhaps dangerous power of their charisma, their sometimes tragic contradictions and their remarkable hair, while conveying an almost mythological existence.