Friday, March 16: Part-time Bard College professor Gaiman is back in the Hudson Valley after showrunning the new TV mini-series Good Omens in the UK and South Africa. John Cameron Mitchell wrote, directed and starred in the cult rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He recently directed a film based on Neil Gaiman’s short story “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” which stars Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning. It’s due for general release in May.
Saturday, March 24: “An Evening with Colm Tóibín” should be a treat. His novels are quiet and intense, but in person, Tóibín is warm and gregarious, cracking jokes and telling stories, able to speak at length and with insight about both the sublime possibilities of fiction and the nitty-gritty of the writing process.
Spring break boosters for the whole family.
Sunday, March 18: Anderson co-stars (with Zach Galifianakis) in the hit FX series Baskets. His extraordinary performance as Christine Baskets, the matriarch of the Baskets clan, won him his third Emmy Award.
Saturday, March 17 in Kingston & Sunday, March 18 in Woodstock: Ars Choralis and the Riverview Missionary Baptist Church choir Voices of Praise will perform some of Lincoln’s favorite arias, spirituals, freedom songs, fiddle tunes and sentimental ballads. Criticized for attending the opera while the Civil War raged, Lincoln’s response was terse: “The truth is, I must have a change of some sort, or die.”
Saturday, March 17: The Clancy Tradition celebrates brothers Eugene and Pat Clancy, who first started performing with their family’s Ceili Band in Ireland in the 1950s before coming to America in the ’60s, where they toured as the Irish Ramblers and performed at Carnegie Hall.
Saturday, March 24: This year’s Woodstock Bookfest will feature the world premiere of Lost Dreams, a collaboration between the late writer John Hersey and his son Baird, a composer who lives in West Shokan.
Tuesday, March 20: Featuring interviews with curators from the National Portrait Gallery in London, MoMA in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least-known of all the Impressionists – until now.
Friday, March 23: The Felice Brothers are more Dylan, Yard Sale more Band. Read on.
Everyone so assumed the US would create the first satellite that it was nationally traumatic to watch the Russian “star” glide overhead.