The satirical duo have been performing their verbal and musical gymnastics at Unison since 1989, soon after they first teamed up, and invariably sell out the venue. Now both in their 70s, they’ve decided that they’re not up to the demands of a full-length performance anymore.
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Rhinebeck Arts Walk ( November 27th 12-7pm) invites the community to celebrate local galleries and artists Thanksgiving Weekend! Albert Shahinian
As you’ve undoubtedly realized by now, if you’ve started your Christmas shopping, some of the most sought-after gifts for 2021
For reasons easily guessed, the Drama Club at New Paltz High School skipped its traditional fall-semester dramatic production in 2020. The 2021 spring musical – Sondheim’s Into the Woods – did go on, back in May, although the students had to project their acting and singing through clear plastic masks to reach a socially distanced audience.
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The Denizen discovered the multitudinous talents of deaf actor Jennifer Delora, an Ulster County native whose four-decade career has taken many surprising twists and turns before bringing her back home again. Delora will star in the one-woman show Apples in Winter, Denizen’s first in-person indoor production since the pandemic hit, opening this Friday, October 22, and running until November 14.
As galleries and museums reopen even as mask-wearing mandates remain in effect and some venues require proof of vaccination, the public, freed from the constraints and isolation of the screen, can once again enjoy the pleasure of viewing artworks in situ.
Ever wonder what was happening with professional artists during that long stretch of time when we couldn’t, for safety’s sake, go out and see or hear their work in a public place? According to Alexandra Baer, director of Unison Arts in New Paltz, the work went on, even if it wasn’t generating any income. “Because of COVID, people were practicing their arts behind closed doors,” she says. “They were dancing in their living rooms, writing poetry in their closets, playing music in their basements.”
With the coming of autumn, among the treats traditionally in store are the openings of not one, but three new exhibitions at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on the campus of SUNY New Paltz. This year, with bans on public gatherings (hopefully) behind us, art-lovers can see the new shows beginning on Saturday, September 11, with a joint opening reception scheduled for Sunday, September 12 from 12 to 4 p.m.
The Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair is back at last, in its accustomed home. Many of the makers are just emerging from a long pandemic hiatus and eager to present their work, safely and in person. It’ll be fascinating to see what they’ve been up to, with all that time on their hands.