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21st Woodstock Film Festival shifts gears to mix virtual, drive-in screenings

21st Woodstock Film Festival shifts gears to mix virtual, drive-in screenings

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.

Denizen Theatre opens its doors with the world premiere of True Love Will Find You in the End

Denizen Theatre opens its doors with the world premiere of True Love Will Find You in the End

Denizen Theatre in New Paltz will be reopening its doors for Tony-nominated Broadway playwright, Neil LaBute, this October. The world premiere True Love Will Find You in the End is about marriage and divorce; passion and obsession; and how love can find you in even the most extraordinary circumstances. It will run from October 8 to 18, Thursday through Saturdays at 6 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 4 p.m.

Director Allen Coulter introduces Hollywoodland at Greenville Drive-In August 18

Director Allen Coulter introduces Hollywoodland at Greenville Drive-In August 18

If you missed Hollywoodland the first time around, you’ll get another chance on Tuesday, August 18, when the fabulous Greenville Drive-In Cinema plays host to a screening presented by the Woodstock Film Festival in collaboration with Radio Woodstock. In case you missed it, drive-ins are the only safe place in these pandemic days to go see a movie the old-fashioned way: on a big screen shared with a big audience.

“Read to Me” exhibition now on view at J. J. Newberry Building in Saugerties

“Read to Me” exhibition now on view at J. J. Newberry Building in Saugerties

The theme was inspired by memories of stories read aloud in childhood, with the participating artists translating that experience into visual media. “When someone read you a story, that information got transmitted and interpreted by whoever was going to read to you,” said Hicks. “There was a kind of comfort in that community aspect. Sharing and transmitting information in art can be literal or abstract. ‘Read to Me’ is also a demand – a cry for help, or a cry for information.”

Bon-Odori Dance Festival for Peace marks anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki

Bon-Odori Dance Festival for Peace marks anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki

Every year at this time, chef Youko Yamamoto – former proprietor of Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Escape in New Paltz, known for hosting authentic Japanese cultural events such as the annual mochi-pounding party – organizes the Bon-Odori Dance Festival for Peace. In summers past it has been held at New Paltz’s Hasbrouck Park and Kingston Point Park. This year, the commemorations will go on, spread over a week instead of a weekend, and attendance will happen online.

SUNY New Paltz scales back theatre performances

SUNY New Paltz scales back theatre performances

The Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz will replace its traditional model of full-scale stage productions with a series of smaller staged readings this fall, allowing students and faculty to gather and perform while safely adhering to social-distancing practices.