Saturday, Sept. 21: Chris Wells, founding artistic director of the Obie Award-winning organization The Secret City, will be honored with the 2019 Voices in Action Award for his groundbreaking work in connecting community through the arts.
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Friday/Saturday, Sept. 27/28: On Friday night, the zeitgeist comedian, writer, actor and podcaster for the memoir and confessional generation will deliver a traditional standup set, or as close to it as he is likely to get. On Saturday night, he presents a live onstage episode of his popular caller-based Beautiful/Anonymous podcast.
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?
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.
Saturday, Sept. 21: See Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s award-winning one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live from the West End.
Thursday, September 12: Upstate Films in Woodstock offers a sneak preview of the eagerly anticipated Downton Abbey feature-length film. Writer Julian Fellowes, director Michael Engler and the original cast return to tell the continuing story of the Crawley family, picking up the plotline in late 1927.
Friday-Monday, Sept. 6-9: The Ridgefest lineup features music, dance and theater, including evening performances and family-oriented shows, all taking place at three venues on the New Paltz campus: Studley Theatre, Parker Theatre and McKenna Theatre.
Tuesday, Sept. 10: Long, long after his brilliant modernist masterpiece The Satanic Verses made him newsworthy and transformed his public and private life in unfortunate ways, the British Indian novelist continues to be prolific and expansive. His 13th novel, Quichotte, is a Don Quixote for the modern age.
The upcoming September events include a performance by Vermont’s legendary Bread and Puppet Theater (September 7, 3 p.m.), the retro Latin band Los Hacheros (September 14, 3 p.m.) and blues and soul singer Martha Redbone, as well and two film screenings under the stars: The Goonies (September 13, 7:30 p.m.) and Taking Woodstock (September 20, 7:30 p.m.).
There is so much to love about The Peanut Butter Falcon that it’s tough to know where to begin praising it. Prepare yourself to fall head-over-heels in love with a lead character with Down syndrome on the big screen, portrayed by Zack Gottsagen, an actor who has genuinely walked the walk.