Henry Gauthier-Villars, a notoriously decadent Parisian author, music critic and bon vivant was Colette’s Svengali, locking her in a room and forcing her to write. His greatest commercial successes were the first four of her novels, the Claudine series, based on reminiscences of her girlhood but touted as his own writing. Only after their divorce was the actual author able to reclaim them under her own name.
Saturday, Oct. 20: An evening of music, performance and activism in Kingston with Natalie Merchant, Aaron Dessner of the National, Jack DeJohnette, Dar Williams, Mary Stuart Masterson, Paul Rudd, Lili Taylor, Eve Ensler and many more.
Friday, Oct. 19: The comedian once described by Jay Leno as “the best joke writer in America” scored big in several films and television shows, memorably playing a table-saw demonstrator in the cult classic UHF and playing himself as a featured client in the popular Comedy Central cartoon Dr. Katz.
Saturday, Oct. 20: Following a month-long residency at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, the iconic and iconoclastic modern dance choreographer and her dancers will stage a performance of two earlier works, plus works-in-progress.
A look at some of the can’t-miss films that might be lost in the shuffle.
Wednesday-Sunday, October 10-14: This preview of WFF’s 2018 offerings (about half of them made by women, overall) focuses solely on works by female directors whose narratives explore relationships among women.
Oct. 11-Nov. 4: Stephen Nachamie will direct Denizen Theatre’s inaugural production, Cal in Camo. Dialectics & the dead on stage in Rhinebeck, Ellenville, Phoenicia and Kingston.
Watching film footage of great jazz musicians in their youth — Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Woodstock’s own Ingrid Sertso and Karl Berger, and many more — is just one of the pleasures of the documentary Karl Berger — Music Mind, showing at the Woodstock Film Festival at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, at the Woodstock Playhouse.
Oct. 10-14: This year’s festival features nine world premieres, four North American premieres, one U.S. premiere, a dozen East Coast premieres, and eight New York premieres among the 100 plus screenings and dozens of star-studded panel discussions and special events arrayed over five days, as well as special awards being presented to legendary theater and film visionary Julie Taymor and award-winning documentary director Matthew Heineman, known for his eye-opening work on healthcare and opioid addiction crises
Hell comes to Greenkill Ave. See another performance Oct. 8.