Flash back to the days of rotary phones and ruffled tuxedos, when the only reason TV was available around the clock was for a fundraising event called…The Telethon!!!⁠

ASK’s Telethon will take the place of our annual Gala and will be hosted by our very own Executive Director, Brent Felker. This online-only event will include performances, a live art auction, a raffle, and more.⁠

Join us December 12th at 6PM as we bring the nostalgia of the telethon into the 21st century and raise funds for Arts Society of Kingston’s ongoing programs and commitment to our community.⁠

Attire: Zoom formal, no mask required.⁠

Add-ons: ⁠

Bring the party home with one of our Telethon Kits! Each kit includes:⁠
• 8 oz. Hand-poured Magick Candle by Other Worldly Waxes @otherworldlywaxes⁠
• Specialty Cocktail from Ester Wine & Spirits (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available)⁠
• Milk Chocolate Stars from
• One (1) Raffle Ticket⁠
• And more!⁠

You can also purchase extra raffle tickets to win prizes such as:⁠
• A basket of wine, hand-selected by ASK’s Board Members⁠
• A collection of gift cards from local restaurants⁠, including Graziano’s Downtown Cafe and Ruby Mae Soul Food Restaurant
• Painting by Stacie Flint, live-painted during the telethon
• Artwork by Renee Zhang
• And more!⁠

Performers:

HV Live Band Karaoke

House Band

Our ASK Telethon house band will be the illustrious HV Live Band Karaoke. In 2018 these local musicians found each other and started rocking venues across the HV with a new singer for every song. The band manages an extensive and ever-growing song list and gives everyone a chance to be a star. There are few things as satisfying as singing with a live band, and this band always delivers.⁠

David Lopato

Jazz Pianist

Bearsville-based pianist-composer David Lopato has performed his own compositions throughout the world. His music spans blues, jazz, avant-garde and world musics, most notably Indonesian gamelan. An educator as well, he has been on the faculty of the New School University in Manhattan for the last 30 years. He has recorded on the Lumina, Enemy and Global Coolant labels.⁠

David Lopato

Jazz Pianist

Bearsville-based pianist-composer David Lopato has performed his own compositions throughout the world. His music spans blues, jazz, avant-garde and world musics, most notably Indonesian gamelan. An educator as well, he has been on the faculty of the New School University in Manhattan for the last 30 years. He has recorded on the Lumina, Enemy and Global Coolant labels.⁠

Pinky Socrates

Drag Performer

Pinky Socrates is a real drag… queen! She’s been shaking her thing since 2014 at local drag bingos, story hours, dinner theatre shows, late-night dance parties, day-time bunches, Pride festivals, burlesque shows, lip-sync battles, weddings, birthday parties, roasts, fundraisers, and more! Pinky Socrates: for him, for her, for hire.⁠

The Uptown Lowdown

Dance Troupe

The Uptown Lowdown is a vintage jazz dance troupe based in Kingston, NY that performs original choreography and classic routines in the style of the 1920s-1940s. The Uptown Lowdown honors the tradition of the chorus girl dancers, while working within a modern-day context. We believe in vintage style, not vintage values. Chorus girls dance together as a unit, and we believe that our dance troupe together is much greater than the sum of its parts. ⁠

The Uptown Lowdown

Dance Troupe

The Uptown Lowdown is a vintage jazz dance troupe based in Kingston, NY that performs original choreography and classic routines in the style of the 1920s-1940s. The Uptown Lowdown honors the tradition of the chorus girl dancers, while working within a modern-day context. We believe in vintage style, not vintage values. Chorus girls dance together as a unit, and we believe that our dance troupe together is much greater than the sum of its parts. ⁠

Cory Nakasue

Astrologer

Cory Nakasue is an astrologer and somatic movement teacher and therapist. She is also a proud member of ASK as part of The Hudson Valley Movement Collective and director of Straight White Men, a play that was included in ASK Presents 2019. She consults and teaches astrology and movement to students in Kingston, NY and all over the world (via Zoom)! More info: www.corynakasue.com and www.astrologybycory.com⁠