Stage & Screen

Bon-Odori Dance Festival for Peace marks anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki

Bon-Odori Dance Festival for Peace marks anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki

Every year at this time, chef Youko Yamamoto – former proprietor of Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Escape in New Paltz, known for hosting authentic Japanese cultural events such as the annual mochi-pounding party – organizes the Bon-Odori Dance Festival for Peace. In summers past it has been held at New Paltz’s Hasbrouck Park and Kingston Point Park. This year, the commemorations will go on, spread over a week instead of a weekend, and attendance will happen online.

Bardavon kicks-off streaming series

Bardavon kicks-off streaming series

The Bardavon will launch its free online series — The HVP Virtual Concert Hall — curated by Hudson Valley Philharmonic maestro Randall Craig Fleischer and featuring intimate performances by Hudson Valley Philharmonic musicians playing some of their favorite pieces on Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m.

Shot in Sullivan and Greene, A Deadly Legend debuts on cable July 10

Shot in Sullivan and Greene, A Deadly Legend debuts on cable July 10

Slated for release on July 10 via a variety of cable on-demand platforms, including iTunes, Google and Amazon Prime, is a new independently produced supernatural thriller titled A Deadly Legend. It was filmed in Sullivan and Greene County, and producers Kristen Anne Ferraro and Eric Wolf – d/b/a REMcycle Media, Inc. – are based in Wurtsboro. It’s their first feature-length effort.

Vanaver Caravan merges distance learning, active exploration in summer dance

Vanaver Caravan merges distance learning, active exploration in summer dance

The need for social distancing is putting unprecedented  strain on arts venues and organizations that normally rely on the ability of performers and audiences to share physical space. But the challenge to find alternative ways to teach skills and engage the public has led to innovative applications of digital technologies. These seem likely to reshape cultural offerings post-pandemic. 

Mark Ruffalo shines in dual role in locally filmed “I Know This Much Is True”

Mark Ruffalo shines in dual role in locally filmed “I Know This Much Is True”

It has been speculated that part of the attraction of this story for Ruffalo may be grounded in personal history: The actor’s younger brother Scott died of a gunshot wound in 2008, under circumstances never fully explained. In I Know This Much Is True he plays twin brothers, one of whom, Thomas Birdsey, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. The other twin, Dominick, is the protagonist, the ordinary complications of his life multiplied exponentially by his brother’s delusions and self-destructive behavior.