Admittedly, with what the country is enduring this week, it feels a bit frivolous to be posting about arts events. Then again, taking a moment to regroup with some inspirational creative activity is something that many find helpful during trying times. And right now it’s also important to support our local arts organizations and venues. For your consideration, here’s our current roundup of artistic happenings.
Crandell Theatre Streams Timely Films
This week, the Crandell Theatre in Chatham is presenting “For the Times We Live In,” a series of films curated with the intention of fostering better social understanding. Featured are Raoul Peck’s Oscar-Nominated documentary about James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro (2016); Ken Burns’s The Central Park Five (2012); And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK (2016); and Tongues Untied (1989). All films are free and streamed via Kanopy.
Oblong Books & Music Launches Author Series
With stores in Rhinebeck and Millerton, Oblong Books & Music recently announced that this month it will begin hosting a series of virtual author events via Zoom. Based on its regular live author events, the series will feature author presentations or conversations followed by Q&A session. The series starts on June 11 at 7pm with Danielle Trussoni (The Ancestor) and Carol Goodman (The Sea of Lost Girls, The Night Visitor) and also include Scott Spencer (An Ocean Without a Shore, Endless Love) on June 16; Sharon Charde (I Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent) on June 18; and local writer Maggie Doherty (The Equivalents) in conversation with Honor Moore (Our Revolution) on June 23. All events are free. Registration is required.
Colony Presents Waxahatchee
During the pandemic, Woodstock’s Colony has this month joined other shuttered music venues across the country in hosting weekly live streams by indie act Waxahatchee. For the series, the popular singer-songwriter (real name: Katie Crutchfield) will perform one of her albums in its entirety, live, each Monday night at 9pm. The run started this past Monday with American Weekend and continues June 8 with Cerulean Salt, June 15 with Ivy Tripp, June 22 with Out in the Storm, and June 29 with Saint Cloud. Each concert is $15 (taxes and fees not included), and virtual tickets can be purchased through the Colony website.
Local Galleries Participate in International Art Fair
Through June 21, the worldwide not-for-profit contemporary art collective NADA is presenting FAIR, an online cooperative art fair designed to benefit the organization’s network of galleries and artists as they weather the closures. Taking part in the international initiative are two of the Hudson Valley’s more prominent modern galleries: Mother Gallery in Beacon, JDJ gallery in Garrison, and SEPTEMBER gallery in Hudson, who join facilities in Paris, Moscow, Brussels, Tokyo, and dozens of other cities in America and abroad that have impacted by COVID-19. Proceeds from the sale of the featured art, which can be seen in NADA’s online viewing rooms, will be divided between the participating artists, and galleries, as well as NADA itself.
Bridge Street Theatre Offers Online Bedtime Stories
In order to keep up its presence—and give parents a much-needed break during the pandemic—the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill is hosting “Bridge Street Bedtime Stories.” The series takes place on the theater’s website and each week adds a new one of co-owner Steven Patterson reading one of his favorite bedtime stories. Those included so far are Tomi Ungerer’s “I Am Papa Snap,” Eugene Ionesco’s “One,” and Steve Carlin’s Little Golden Book classics Rootie Tootie: Detective and Rootie Tootie: Baseball Star.
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