This weekend in the Catskills: an exhibit from The Met, a letterpress printing workshop, a Pulitzer Prize winning play, and more.
Fenimore Art Museum
What could Mozart, Fenimore Cooper, and Marc Chagall have in common? The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, Otsego County, re-opened for the season this Wednesday, April 1 with an exhibition of Marc Chagall’s Magic Flute: Highlights from the Metropolitan Opera, displaying artifacts from the Met’s 1967 production of the Magic Flute. Cubist painter Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985) designed the costumes for that production, as well as the visuals for publicity, and other objects. The exhibit at the Fenimore, which runs through December 2015, includes six costumes and four masks from the production, as well as photographs and artifacts, all on loan from the Met. For more information about this exhibit, visit http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/chagall.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, Sullivan County, is opening for the season this Saturday, April 4 with an exhibit Peace, Love, Unity, Respect curated by Daphne Carr. The exhibit focuses on the history, aesthetics and communities that gave rise to electronic dance music in America. For more information, visit http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events/detail/edm.
Shandaken Theatrical Society
Shandaken Theatrical Society (STS) presents Proof, a play about love, science, and the mysteries of both, opening night Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m. The play, written by David Auburn in 2000, won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and a Tony Award for Best Play. Wallace Norman, who is the Producing Artistic Director of the Woodstock Fringe Festival, directs the performance. For more information, visit http://www.stsplayhouse.com/plays.html.
Phoenicia Wesleyan Church
Phoenicia Wesleyan Church is hosting an Easter Concert this Sunday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m. The Phoenicia Community Choir and the Woodstock Community Chorale along with soloists Alexandra Bailey, Tess Brewer, and Nancy Mastrocola will perform music by Fauré, Vivaldi, Bizet, and Puccini. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/452058971613084/.
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.
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/
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