If you know any skeptics regarding carbon dioxide, or who are not freaked by the earth’s still-new milestone of hitting 400 parts per million, just point upward any night, and show them how it operates elsewhere in the universe.
The need for social distancing to protect patrons from Covid-19 has meant harder times than usual for the arts, with museums and galleries forced to limit their exhibitions and other programming to virtual platforms. That hasn’t sat well with Sevan Melikyan, owner and curator of Wired Gallery in High Falls.
We’d been hearing about this ultra-creative mechanical wiz living in the hills outside Woodstock. She’s been making a name for herself via TED talks and other keynote speeches about investing the magic of new technology into old-fashioned things, of slowing life down without going Luddite. From what we read about her, Stone was not only an eloquent ambassador for our Upstate glories involving nature and elegantly quiet introspection, but a clear example of the many ways in which the Hudson Valley and Catskills have long drawn great thinkers (and doers) to its hills and valleys.
Last weekend, the 115 Partition Street storefront in Saugerties that used to house Lucky Chocolates and its accompanying café – before founder Rae Stang sold the business and its new owners moved it around to the back of the building – became a pop-up gallery. The occasion was an art show titled “Images from The Daily Mouse: Tails from the Crisis,” and the painter whose works were on display was Stang herself.
The Walkway over the Hudson and the Hudson Valley Rail-Trail were flooded with visitors this past weekend for their annual Walktoberfest, an outdoor celebration of local fare and farms as well as of the autumnal beauty of the Hudson Valley.
“We should ask that people practice Covid-19 protocols, wear a mask, wear gloves,” Murphy said. Even better might be to leave the bowl of treats for the kids to take, sit nearby, and wish them a happy holiday.
Mention Carole and Steve Ford to Paltzonians of a certain vintage – those who attended the Campus School, the New Paltz Middle School and/or High School between the mid-1970s and early 1990s – and you’ll see eyes light up and hear fond memories recalled of the Arts Community Youth Theater. The Fords created a nurturing backstage family for many a creatively inclined youngster, introduced more than a few future thespians and theater professionals to the stage, and provided the community with years of high-quality live entertainment.
“Small Happenings,” a collection of aphorisms, thoughts, observations, witty thoughts, and short poems all presented as a guide of sorts to better living, will be the subject of a virtual book launch and reading with Woodstock’s Golden Notebook on Monday, October 5. Also being printed this year: “The Princeton Diary,” a novella about a Greek writer filling in for a famous writer who’s canceled his four-year stint at the noted Ivy League school, and “Trump Verse,” a collection of short poems that mix up the witty and the outraged and outrageous.
In an inversion of normal that is par for the Covid-19 course, emails from several local venues in recent weeks have explicitly requesting that their events and who is performing and when not be mentioned. Actual billable hours are being spent on audience deterrence and show denial. The state is serious about enforcement.
It’s something of a miracle that the annual Woodstock Film Festival is happening at all, and nothing short of astonishing that it’s happening on a scale rivaling past years. More than 100 films will be presented between September 30 and October 4, including 19 world premieres, three North American premieres, five US premieres, 14 East Coast premieres and 30 New York premieres.