Category: film

A Century Under the Stars

Filmmaker Dwight Grimm, owner of Greenville Drive-In Outdoor Cinema, released a short documentary called A Century Under the Stars that brings back into the spotlight how Schoharie, a small Catskills village, became the host of the very first open-air motion picture presentation, entirely free to the public between 1917 – 1942. To learn more about this fascinating story, visit http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/site-of-the-first-known-free-openair-motion-picture-presentation.

© Simona David
© Simona David
© Simona David

The Centennial Anniversary of the Schoharie Free Street Movies initiative will take place on June 8 & 10 in Schoharie; the event is hosted by the Schoharie County Historical Association. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/freestreetmovies/.

 

Weekend in the Catskills – 6/10/2016

This weekend:

  • Livingston Manor is celebrating its 13th Annual Trout Parade;
  • The Center for Photography at Woodstock is hosting The Art of Prepress for Photobooks, a workshop taught by John Mannion;
  • And Upstate Films in Woodstock is screening Life, Animated directed by Academy award-winning director Roger Ross Williams.

Read more at Upstater.com.

Photo by Kate Hyden
Photo Credit: Kate Hyden

Weekend in the Catskills – 1/29/2016

This weekend:

  • Two art shows at the Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor;
  • The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Annual Member Show and Open Mic at the Kleinert / James Center for the Arts;
  • And Filmmaking 101 Youth Workshop in Beacon.

Find more at Upstater.com.

Weekend in the Catskills – 11/06/2015

This weekend in the Catskills:

  • Gospel music with the Fairfield Four at the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith;
  • Contemporary Catskill Watercolors by Michael Mendel at the Erpf Center in Arkville;
  • “Rails to the Catskills” documentary film screening at the D & H Canal Museum in High Falls;
  • And, the third annual Glimmerglass Film Days Festival in Cooperstown.

Plenty to do this weekend. Read more at Upstater.com.

The Erpf Center
The Erpf Center, Arkville, NY. © Simona David

Weekend in the Catskills – 10/02/2015

This weekend:

  • The Woodstock Film Festival celebrates its 16th season;
  • The Columbia County Council on the Arts is having its annual Member Show;
  • And, the Rhinebeck Arts Festival takes place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.

Read more at Upstater.com.

Woodstock, New York
Woodstock, New York. © Simona David 

The Second Edition Is Now Available as Paperback and E-Book

 

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Art in the Catskills, The Definitive Guide to the Catskills’ Rich Cultural Life is a compendium of one hundred and twenty-three arts organizations, events and other attractions in the Catskills and surrounding area, some in the neighboring Hudson Valley, and others elsewhere upstate New York. The guide includes anything from museums and memorial sites to summer festivals, art galleries and residencies, as well as theater and literary retreats. It walks the reader through a wide geographic area, from Woodstock to Livingston Manor, and Saratoga Springs to Cooperstown. Easy to digest, Art in the Catskills is a great resource for art enthusiasts travelling through the region.

Weekend in the Catskills – 1/9/15

It’s a frigid weekend in the Catskills with temperatures in the low teens. But perfect though for wandering through art galleries, attending storytelling events, or taking workshops. Art is uplifting.

Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon Gallery in Beacon, Dutchess County, is hosting a Community Day event this Saturday, January 10 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm with a program dedicated to families with children. Titled “Imaginary Alphabets and Intentional Accidents,” the program includes playful exercises with works by Carl Andre, John Chamberlain, Sol LeWitt, and Richard Serra meant to engage children in fun and instructive activities. For more information, visit http://www.diaart.org.

Glaring Omissions Writers Group

Glaring Omissions Writers Group in Woodstock, Ulster County, presents “Prose on Youth,” a reading event featuring writers Nanci Panuccio, Robert Burke Warren, Betty MacDonald, and Violet Snow. The event, hosted by the Golden Notebook Bookstore, takes place Sunday, January 11 at 4 pm. The four writers will be reading from their works which address a variety of themes: parent – child relationship, music, theater, and the relationship one has with his or her ancestors. For more information about this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1508773069411593/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular.

Utopia Soundstage

Utopia Soundstage in Bearsville will be hosting “Every Summer Has a Story,” an event organized by Martha Frankel, the executive director of the Woodstock Writers Festival. This is a story slam competition; the winner will receive books, chocolate, and a spot at the Woodstock Writers Festival Story Slam event on March 19. For more information, visit http://storyslams.com/the-storytellers/.

Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, Otsego County, is hosting the Cabin Fever Film Series, an event co-sponsored by the National Baseball Museum and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. This Friday, January 9 at 6:30 pm there will be a screening of the West Side Story in the museum’s auditorium. This is the 11th edition of the Cabin Fever Film Series. For more information, visit http://baseballhall.org/node/3582.

Hudson Valley Pottery School and Studio

Hudson Valley Pottery School and Studio located in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, offers a variety of workshops both for beginner and advanced potters. Adult classes are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Classes for families with children are offered on Saturday. Classes specifically tailored to teens are offered on Friday. Private lessons can be arranged. In addition to workshops, the school also hosts open studios and sales events. For more information about these programs, visit http://www.hudsonvalleypottery.com/

 

 

Weekend in the Catskills – 11/7/14

This weekend in the Catskills: a panel on self-publishing, filmmaking workshops, painting classes, theater and puppet shows – difficult to choose where to be, and what to do!

To Be (Self-Published) or Not to Be (Self-Published): Panel Discussion

Woodstock PanelFrom Violet Snow, author and journalist: It’s a tough decision for a writer. Do you bang your head against the wall of trying to get an agent and a traditional publisher? Do you self-publish, take 100 percent responsibility for editing and promotion, and risk falling into the void? Panelists will discuss the advantages and pitfalls of pursuing the various routes to publication and what to consider when making the big decision. This event is NOT a how-to-self-publish workshop but a sharing of experience about avenues to publication.”

The panel discussion, featuring editor Robert Wyatt, author Laurie Boris, thriller writer Jenny Milchman, and myself is organized by the Glaring Omissions Writers Group and the Golden Notebook Bookstore, and will be hosted by the Christian Science Church located at 85 Tinker Street in Woodstock. The event will take place this Sunday, November 9 at 4 pm. Everyone is welcomed.

Catskill Mountains Film Festival – Workshops  

Catskill Mountains Film Festival presents six filmmaking workshops this Saturday, November 8 at SUNY Delhi. The workshops, held some in the morning, and others in the afternoon, include: “Camera and Lighting for the Emerging Filmmaker” with Alan McPheely, “Make Your Own Indie Feature” with J. Christian Ingvordsen and Matthew Howe, “The Director’s Job” with Dorothy Lyman, “Screenwriting Basics” with Laura Kelber, “Mixing Sound for Movies” with Paul Geluso, and “Iphoneography” with David Kenny. Workshop leaders are all experienced, accomplished filmmakers. For more information, visit http://www.catskillmountainsfilmfestival.org/.

Shandaken Theatrical Society – Satire

Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS) presents The Lady in Question” by Charles Busch this Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm. From STS: “A free wheeling satire of patriotic 1940’s thrillers such as “Notorious” and “Escape”, “The Lady in Question” tells the suspenseful tale of Gertrude Garnet, the most glamorous concert pianist on the international stage.” More information at http://www.stsplayhouse.com/plays.html.

Woodstock School of Art – Painting

Woodstock School of Art presents “Color and Energy” workshop with Karen O’Neil this Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. From the class description: “Working from landscape or still life, students are encouraged to work with larger brushes and to simplify form. Focus is on the study of atmospheric effects of light on color.” More information at http://woodstockschoolofart.org/oneil_color_and_energy_workshop_november_2014.html

Also, the school will host an opening reception featuring new works by its students this Saturday, November 8 at 3 pm. For more information about the Woodstock School of Art, visit http://woodstockschoolofart.org/.

The National Museum of Dance – Puppet Show

The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga presents a puppet show this Sunday, November 9 at 11 am. The Puppet People will perform “The Wizard of Oz,” and a puppet making workshop will be offered at the end of the show. For more information, visit http://www.dancemuseum.org/events/.

 

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

 

Weekend in the Catskills – 10/17/14

Stellar programs in the Catskills this weekend: the Woodstock Film Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary, Orphic Gallery is hosting an evening of poetry, Thomas Cole National Historic Site is hosting an art book reception, thirty of the nation’s best plein air painters will be working and exhibiting at Olana, and Bard College Conservatory of Music will perform Mozart’s Requiem, preceded by a panel discussion moderated by Bard’s president Leon Botstein. 

The Woodstock Film Festival

Launched in 2000, as an independent film festival in the Catskill Mountains, the Woodstock Film Festival is now considered one of the best events of this nature. Its 15th edition was inaugurated Thursday evening with screenings scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at several locations in and around Woodstock: Bearsville Theater, Woodstock Playhouse, Kleinert James Art Center, Mountain View Studio, and Upstate Films in Woodstock and Rhinebeck, as well as Orpheum Theater in Saugerties, and Rosendale Theater in Rosendale. To view full schedule click here. Saturday, October 18 at 7 pm there will be a cocktail party at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, followed by the 15th Maverick Awards Ceremony at 9 pm. The ceremony will be co-presented by Academy-Award winning actresses Natalie Portman and Jennifer Connelly. For more information, go to http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

Orphic Gallery

Orphic Gallery in Roxbury, Delaware County presents an evening of poetry tonight at 7 pm called “Orphic Verses.” From Orphic Gallery: “In ancient Greek mythology Orpheus was the son of Oeagrus, the king of Thrace, and Kalliope, the muse of epic poetry. He was born and lived in Pimpleia near Mount Olympus, and he met Apollo when the god was courting Thalia, the muse of comedy. Apollo presented the young Orpheus with a golden lyre and instructed him how to play the instrument while his mother imparted to him to create verses. So expertly did Orpheus learn to sing and play the lyre that he became the most famous poet and musician in all of Greece. With his poetry Orpheus was able to inspire the rocks of the mountains and the trees of the forest to dance, and to enchant all the animals of the sea, the air and the land, and even to change the flow of rivers and streams.”

Orphic Verses features the works of local poets Rebecca Andre, Esther De Jong, Sharon Israel, Dave Kearney, and Gary Mead. The poets will read and engage in a spirited dialogue with the audience discussing their works and the poetic process. For more information, go to http://orphicgallery.com/.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site  

On Sunday, October 19 at 2 pm Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, Greene County will host “Arcadia on the Hudson,” a lecture and book signing event with Dr. Aaron Sachs, author of “Arcadian America: The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition,” published in 2013, and a professor of History and American Studies at Cornell University. The event will take place at Temple Israel next to Thomas Cole Historic Site on Spring Street. For more information, go to http://www.thomascole.org/current-events.

Olana State Historic Site

Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, Greene County is hosting its third annual plein air event “Creating Landscapes within the Landscape,” as part of the Hudson Arts Walk festival. This weekend thirty of the nation’s best plein air painters work on Olana’s 250-acre landscape that includes an orchard, a farm, a man-made lake, and views of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River. All the artworks produced over the weekend will be auctioned at the Wagon House Education Center at Olana on Saturday, October 18 from 4 to 6 pm. For more information, go to http://olana.org/.

Bard College  

Bard College Conservatory of Music is hosting a special event this evening at 6:30 pm: “Remembering the Genocide of European Roma during World War II.” The Conservatory will perform Mozart’s Requiem conducted by Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer. A panel discussion moderated by Bard’s president Leon Botstein will precede the performance – the panel discussion begins at 4 pm. The event will take place at the Sosnoff Theater at Fisher Center. Admission is free. For more information, go to http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=126894.