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.
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The Saugerties Arts Commission is busy, with reports and art shows on the web, Trustee Jeannine Mayer reported at the Village Board meeting on March 1.
About 30 minutes long, the film details the history and ecology of the lower portion of the creek, with a focus on Saugerties, where the Esopus meets the Hudson. Sweeping overhead shots of the creek and surrounding woodlands, as well as historic postcards and paintings, help illustrate interviews with a dozen or so local historians, artists, naturalists, and others whose lives and work have brought them into contact with and contemplation of the creek.
The singer-songwriter’s unique voice, gravely and expressive, was praised by judges, who predicted the television appearance would lead to propel the 30-year-old to stardom.
The Saugerties musician’s Monday-night television appearance was shown on a 10-by-20-foot screen at Cantine Field in Saugerties. Cars containing a socially distanced audience cheered for Flanigan by honking their horns.
If you’re in a bunker, with limited light and few possessions, and the world outside feels threatening, why not turn to the written page, that world between two ends, the jumping-off place: the plunge into page one?
Ian Flanigan of Saugerties may be on his way to stardom. He’s made it into the final nine contestants in The Voice, a significant showcase for up-and-coming musicians. As of December 7, he was one of the top nine finalists in the competition.
For me, reading’s been better than ever this year. It’s helped me and many others find a means of accepting, even understanding, the anxieties caused by pandemic. It’s been an alternative to the battles over truth that have forced their ways into our political souls via journalism and the social media.
Jess Peters (Dani Barker), the female lead of Follow Her, a new independent feature film shot largely in the Hudson Valley, is one of those Millennials whose sense of worth depends on how many people watch and like her YouTube videos. Her specialty is setting up assignations for a little consensual kinkiness on Craigslist, secretly filming and livestreaming the encounters under the handle J-Peeps. The provocative footage quickly finds a growing audience.
Community members, international performers, political representatives, candidates and activists have gathered for a reprise concert (this time, virtually) as Hudson Valley Votes comes together to get out the vote. Airing on Saturday, October 17 at 8 p.m., via HVV’s YouTube channel and social media, as well as via Radio Kingston, Radio Woodstock and others, this third annual concert-rally features local and international talent.