Art & Music

Upstate Films reopens, gloriously

Upstate Films reopens, gloriously

The theater has been spruced up, in addition to the invisible improvements such as an upgraded HVAC system, but it’s still quite homey and recognizable. There are new carpets, a modernized lobby (with real-butter popcorn machine left intact, thankfully), big letters on the end of each row of seats so you can find your socially distanced spot easily in low light. The most noticeable change lies at your feet, right in front of the entrance: a brand-new mosaic that reads, “Upstate Films, Est. 1972,” topped by a star. Who needs Hollywood when you’ve got Rhinebeck?

Bearsville Theater announces summerlong Americana Barbecue Music Series

Bearsville Theater announces summerlong Americana Barbecue Music Series

The Bearsville Theater’s pastoral streamside backyard lawn will heat up the summer season with live music in the newly renovated lounge bar, as Lizzie Vann presents the Americana Barbecue Music Series. The series will take place on Saturdays through Labor Day from 12 to 6 p.m. for continuous live music featuring the best in Americana and bluegrass music from the Catskill region and beyond.

Nadia Boulanger in spotlight as streamlined Bard SummerScape returns

Nadia Boulanger in spotlight as streamlined Bard SummerScape returns

Had a global pandemic not upended all plans for summer cultural programming in 2020, “Nadia Boulanger and Her World” would have been the theme for the 31st annual Bard Music Festival – the first time that the annual extravaganza ever spotlighted a woman composer. It didn’t happen, of course. All the programming planned for last year’s Bard SummerScape was punted to 2021. And now it’s all finally coming together, beginning on July 8, with tickets going on sale Wednesday, June 2.

12th annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration at Bearsville Theater

12th annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration at Bearsville Theater

Saturday, June 5: It is a special show for at least three reasons. First, the great Dylan is 80 and still at it. Second, the concert falls in this liminal, uncertain period as we transition back to limited-capacity indoor culture, testing the waters in a lavishly remodeled Bearsville Theater that was dark throughout its first year of new ownership. Finally, the show features an incomparable lineup of performers, including Happy Traum, Cindy Cashdollar, Dave Mansfield; and Marshall Crenshaw.