Weekend in the Catskills – 10/24/14

This weekend: an international film festival in Chatham, a walk with sculptor Naomi Teppich in Livingston Manor, new art show in Woodstock, classical music at Bard College, and a spooky visit at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown.

FilmColumbia Festival

Woodstock Film Festival just celebrated its 15th anniversary this past weekend, and Thursday evening yet another film festival kicked off its 15th season: FilmColumbia in Chatham, Columbia County. FilmColumbia, organized since 2000 by the local Film Club, founded in 1998, presents over forty international films each year, many of them winning prestigious awards. This year the screenings will take place at Crandell Theatre, Tracy Memorial Village Hall, and Morris Memorial in Chatham, and Hudson Lodge in Hudson. Crandell Theatre, an Art Deco vaudeville house built in 1926, was transformed into a movie theater shortly after the release of the first talkie in 1927. This year’s screenings include “Winter Sleep,” Palme d’Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival, and “Beloved Sisters,” a German drama about poet Friedrich Schiller’s love affairs, an entry to the Oscars. The festival also has several panel discussions: a screening panel, a filmmaking panel, and a panel discussing hot topics in the film industry moderated by film historian Peter Biskind. For more information, go to http://www.filmcolumbia.org

Catskill Art Society

Catskill Art Society (CAS) in Livingston Manor is hosting “Walk with a Sculptor” – art tour and nature walk, this Saturday, October 25 from 10:30 am to 12 noon. Artist and curator Naomi Teppich, one of the participants in the group show “River and Biota,” currently on display at CAS, will lead the tour and the nature walk. First, Teppich will give a tour of the galleries at CAS, and will discuss the artworks on display, and then she’ll lead the group through the nearby Mongaup State Park’s trails. For more information about this event, go to http://catskillartsociety.org/events/

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting an opening reception this Saturday, October 25 from 4 to 6 pm at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts in Woodstock. The show, featuring works by artist Henrietta Mantooth, is called “Jailbirds and Flowers,” and includes a large installation as well as paintings by Mantooth. An artist talk will take place at 3 pm. Mantooth is the recipient of many awards and recognitions; her work has been shown internationally in various museums and galleries.  For more information, go to http://www.woodstockguild.org/ai1ec_event/henrietta-mantooth-jailbirds-flowers-artist-talk-opening-reception/

Bard College

The American Symphony Orchestra’s 2014 – 2015 season at Bard College opens this weekend with Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E Minor Op. 11, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major performed both Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 at 8 pm. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7 pm. For more information, go to http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=126538.

The Farmers’ Museum

The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown is hosting “An Eerie Lantern-Lit Tour” of the museum this Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 from 5:30 to 8 pm. The museum tour guides will unravel mysteries and ghostly happenings in the museum’s historic village. The Blacksmith’s Shop, the Bump Tavern, and other buildings are part of the tour. For more information, go to http://www.farmersmuseum.org/bump