Stage and screen

Free performances, talks and exhibitions at Vassar Modfest in Poughkeepsie

Free performances, talks and exhibitions at Vassar Modfest in Poughkeepsie

Since 2003, Vassar College has held an annual festival dedicated to exploring and celebrating the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. It’s called Modfest, and it brings together students, faculty members and outside artists (such as Pulitzer Prizewinning composers Yehudi Wyner, Steve Reich and David del Tredici) for a week-and-a-half of residencies, performances and exhibitions, all free and open to the general public.

A Monster Calls is a gorgeous, heartfelt fable about letting go of a dying parent

A Monster Calls is a gorgeous, heartfelt fable about letting go of a dying parent

On the surface, A Monster Calls looks a CGI-heavy thrill ride for the YA crowd, and the elaborate special effects involved in bringing one of Great Britain’s ancient yew trees to terrifying life are indeed impressive. But this is no conventional monster movie. It’s a powerfully emotional, intimate parable about the internal struggle between denial and acceptance in a child whose beloved parent is dying of a slow, wasting disease.