Stage & Screen

Phoenicia Fringe Festival runs July 5 through 14

Phoenicia Fringe Festival runs July 5 through 14

Fringe festivals, celebrating art whose nature falls far outside the mainstream, typically happen in large cities. The Village of Phoenicia would not seem a likely candidate, though it arguably lies at the outermost exurban fringe of the New York metropolitan area. Still, the Shandaken Theatrical Society has taken on the challenge of hosting its own such festival at the Phoenicia Playhouse for two weekends, July 5 through 7 and 12 through 14.

Mining Korngold: Bard SummerScape 2019 opens June 29

Mining Korngold: Bard SummerScape 2019 opens June 29

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was lauded as a genius by the likes of Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss, had already established a strong reputation in Europe as a composer and pianist before fleeing the rise of Nazism to work in Hollywood. He is credited as the first to bring lush orchestral scores to the silver screen. John Williams credits Korngold’s score for King’s Row as his major influence for the Star Wars scores.

Cast of castoffs makes Toy Story 4 a worthy windup

Cast of castoffs makes Toy Story 4 a worthy windup

The rationale for a Toy Story 4 to happen had to be a good one – something beyond guaranteed great box office and merchandising potential. It went through several major rewrites over a period of more than five years, and perhaps it was in contemplating the need for this movie to exist at all that the writers hit on the idea that makes it work.

Adam Sandler does standup at Bethel Woods

Adam Sandler does standup at Bethel Woods

Saturday, June 23: Almost all performers who got their start at the grind of standup feel driven to return to it from time to time, to reearn their stripes and relate to a live audience. Not many, however, play venues like Bethel Woods when they do.

Opus 40 hosts Cirkus Luna & Makbet

Opus 40 hosts Cirkus Luna & Makbet

As a venue, Opus 40 is the Red Rocks of Ulster County. Good thing that, under the stewardship of the writer, artist and self-taught musicologist Tad Richards, music at Opus 40 has been brilliantly curated for decades. Catch Cirkus Luna at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22; Makbet on Sunday, June 23.

Musical version of The Secret Garden opens in Rhinebeck

Musical version of The Secret Garden opens in Rhinebeck

June 21-July 14: This is a story that has resonated for decades with youngsters and grownups alike. Lucy Simon (Carly’s sister) set it to music, with a book by Marsha Norman, Pulitzer Prizewinner for ‘night, Mother. The original 1991 Broadway production of The Secret Garden won three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards.