Friday, Oct. 18: The acclaimed late-night TV show host, standup comedian, best-selling children’s book author, corporate speaker, TV and movie voiceover artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic and philanthropist has earned the moniker “the hardest-working man in show business.”
Saturday, Oct. 19: See the work of several indigenous artists in collaboration: singers, instrumentalists, dancers and choreographers. Witness traditional Native American dances as Louis Mofsie sings songs from the Haudenosaunee, Southwest and Plains peoples. Rob Mastrianni performs on both double flute and guitar. Matoaka Little Eagle plays indigenous instruments to accompany original songs by contemporary singer/songwriter Sherry Lee. Using a combination of traditional and modern dance, the featured piece Silent Echoes of Time, choreographed by Michael Taylor, depicts the traumatic wartime experiences and subsequent journey of healing of a Lenape Vietnam veteran, Alan Shooting Star, who dances the lead role himself.
Renee Zellweger makes the connection between Judy Garland and her audience feel visceral and real. Their love, we see, is Garland’s ultimate addiction.
The 20th Anniversary of the Fiercely Independent Woodstock Film Festival has passed, and everyone’s still a bit breathless. Who won what?
Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 9-12: The premise of the play was inspired by an actual classroom roleplaying game that Sheppard experienced as a child in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in which middle schoolers were divided up into Union and Confederate battalions tasked with either retrieving or freeing black dolls representing escaped slaves.
Saturday, Oct. 12: Cirque Mei features a company of 40 elite traditional and contemporary circus artists and acrobats.
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 12-13: Anna Librada Mazo Georges, who grew up in New Paltz, returned to the region with a mission to make flamenco accessible to the masses, and even a participatory celebration, the way it has always been in Spain.
It’s up. It’s running. The 20th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, still “fiercely independent,” is finally upon us all…and yes, there are still tickets left for some key films and events.
The Bardavon commences its 2019/20 film series with the landmark thriller The Silence of the Lambs on Friday, October 4. The film’s five Academy Awards are the least of its claims to fame. Jonathan Demme’s masterpiece is a cultural institution, its scenes enshrined in the collective imagination, quotable by all as if it were the dark counterpart to Caddyshack. Mini-concerts on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ take place 30 minutes before each film at the Bardavon. Admission costs a mere $6.
As another major hallmark arrives here in town, what are the Woodstock Film Festival’s highlights over the years, both maverick and community-minded?