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Jackie Akello plays the Falcon

Jackie Akello plays the Falcon

Wednesday, Sept. 25: An Acholi woman from northern Uganda, Akello’s war-themed songs often address the suffering of the Acholi people, during and after the Lord’s Resistance Army War. She sings in six languages and has scored hits with the love ballad “Amari” and the gospel-styled “Samanya.”

New Paltz sailor and seeker Michael Projansky publishes memoir

New Paltz sailor and seeker Michael Projansky publishes memoir

Michael Maruti Projansky’s autobiographical memoir I Don’t Know…I Love (Epigraph Publishing, 2019) might have been restricted to the literary technique of episodic collage by the unique conditions of its writing. A genuine exit project, I Don’t Know…I Love finds the well-known New Paltz patriarch, psychologist, world traveler and spiritual seeker in his own words, “progressively disentangling from being human,” in his late 70s and five years into a struggle with a rare form of ALS that will claim his life – within half a year, by the author’s own estimation at the time of publication.

Taste of New Paltz returns

Taste of New Paltz returns

Sunday, Sept. 15: Ever go to an event at the Ulster County Fairgrounds and wonder how people can focus on the activities on offer while the gorgeous, profoundly distracting panorama of the Shawangunk cliffs beckons not far off to the west? Well, this year the Taste of New Paltz celebration will capitalize on its stunning setting by offering opportunities to take a ride in a helicopter above the Ridge. This isn’t the only new feature of the 29th annual Taste.

Dzieci Theater Co. to perform site-specific Makbet at Widow Jane Mine

Dzieci Theater Co. to perform site-specific Makbet at Widow Jane Mine

Saturday, September 14: Based in Brooklyn, the Dzieci Theater Company characterizes itself as “an international experimental theater ensemble…dedicated to a search for the ‘sacred’ through the medium of theater.” Part of the troupe’s approach to theater-as-ritual is a fondness for developing site-specific staging for the plays in its repertoire. Well, how about a cave with such wonderfully eerie acoustics that Pauline Oliveros herself couldn’t resist recording there?

Shadowland presents East Coast premiere of Jeff Daniels’ Flint

Shadowland presents East Coast premiere of Jeff Daniels’ Flint

Thursdays-Sundays, Sept. 13-29: Whether you know him as the Emmy-winning star of The Newsroom, one of the two title characters in the Dumb and Dumber movie franchise or the latest incarnation of Atticus Finch in the current hit Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird, there’s no denying that Jeff Daniels is a versatile and talented actor. What fewer people know about him is the fact that he’s also a gifted playwright.