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Mid-Hudson theaters take baby steps toward reviving live performance as pandemic wanes

Mid-Hudson theaters take baby steps toward reviving live performance as pandemic wanes

The reopening of live theater perches anxiously on the cusp of a reintroduction of in-person performances in 2021, awaiting signals that audiences can feel safe sitting in the same indoor space. Long-suppressed desire for the collective experience of art remains at war with lingering fear of contracting an illness that can turn the lining of one’s lungs to the consistency of concrete. But spring is here, summer looms nearer and presenting venues need to make decisions, pronto.

New Paltz turns out as high schooler Laila Mach aces American Idol audition

New Paltz turns out as high schooler Laila Mach aces American Idol audition

The first audition out of the gate on Sunday night’s episode of American Idol was that of Laila Mach, a 15-year-old singer/songwriter from New Paltz. “You sound like you’re from New York,” said country star and Idol judge Luke Bryan with his Southern drawl. “Upstate New York,” corrected Mach, as she stood in front of music legends Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Bryan on a bare stage in San Diego, on the brink of auditioning for the world’s most renowned and successful singing competition.

In Flight: The Dance of Freedom, Susan Slotnick chronicles prison dance program

In Flight: The Dance of Freedom, Susan Slotnick chronicles prison dance program

Flash back 45 years to a stretch class in the Dancing Theater, the studio space above Handmade & More in New Paltz that former owner Ann Rodman used to make available to the Arts Community’s dance and fitness instructors, under the auspices of Brenda Bufalino, before the second floor became a clothing boutique. It was worth sacrificing the luxury of sleeping in on a Sunday morning to practice those yoga, ballet and Feldenkrais postures for 90 minutes in exchange for the reward of feeling a week’s worth of stress drain away before brunchtime.

New Paltz teen bound for American Idol

New Paltz teen bound for American Idol

ABC’s hit show American Idol on February 14 will include local singer, songwriter and musician Laila Mach. The New Paltz High School sophomore just punched her golden ticket to the award-winning live singing competition that is fielded by star-studded judges including Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan and hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

Rosendale Waxworks launches art-print gallery

Rosendale Waxworks launches art-print gallery

A year and a half ago, when no one could have predicted that a coronavirus would soon be shutting down businesses and keeping people from traveling, a new regional tourism initiative called Rosendale Outings was introduced, the brainchild of Shaun Johnston, co-owner with Wilda Gallagher of Rosendale Waxworks. It was a website designed to tout the low-key historic charm and funky cultural vibe of that town’s Main Street via a collaborative approach to advertising online.