ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFS: Crandell introduces virtual screening room

CHATHAM—The Crandell’s curtains are drawn for the foreseeable future, but the theater is still presenting some of the programming planned for the spring.

In partnership with some of its distributors, the Crandell unveils its new Virtual Screening Room. Viewers purchase their ticket through one of the links offered at the Crandell website, crandelltheatre.org, and go to the movies in the comfort and safety of their home — with a full 50% of the box office benefitting the continued operations of the Crandell Theatre.

Current offerings are Ken Loach’s “Sorry We Missed You,” Romanian crime caper “The Whistlers” and Cannes 2019 Jury favorite “Bacurau.”

The Crandell Theatre, not completely dark. Photo credit: Organic Images Photography

Your ticket allows you to screen the film for several days following your purchase, on compatible streaming platforms, a mobile device or a web browser—see the Virtual Screening Room FAQs for more full details.

The Crandell’s staff and board extend their deepest thanks for the community’s support during these unprecedented times.

Mysteries on tap via ZOOM

COPAKE—The Two of Us Productions presents a Virtual Staged Readings Series at the Copake Grange, via ZOOM.

Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m.: “Murder by Mistake” is about a cycle of pranks between friends that goes awry when Kyle is led to believe he has won $8 million in a lottery drawing. He tells off his boss, goes on a spending spree and accidentally shoots his friend Mike, the co-owner of the winning ticket.

Promised is a fast-moving, hilarious and chilling thriller by John Kassik, who will take part in a talkback after the show.  

Saturday, April 25, 7 p.m.: “Agnes of God,” a drama by John Pielmeier, tells the story of a novice nun who gives birth and insists that the child was the result of a virgin conception. A psychiatrist and the mother superior of the convent clash during the resulting investigation. Can the possibility of miracles exist within the realities of today’s world?

Both shows will be presented using ZOOM online videoconferencing. Go to www.TheTwoOfUsProductions.org for information and to send your RSVP.

These performances are free, with donations gratefully accepted. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.TheTwoOfUsProductions.org or call 518 329-6293.

Seize this time: learn how to tell that story

ANCRAM—Have a story to tell? Wondering about how to organize that story, and how to tell it in a way that resonates with listeners and feels spontaneous and relaxed?

Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to noon, Paul Ricciardi, director of the Ancram Opera House, will guide participants using techniques developed in the Real People Real Stories series. No experience is necessary. Enrollment is limited and advance registration required, at ancramoperahouse.org

AOH offers this free virtual version of this workshop as a way for the community to stay connected while it continues to physically distance. Prior to the workshop, participants will receive a link to join the class being held on Zoom, the online videoconferencing platform.

Basilica revises spring programs

HUDSON—Having postponed its planned 2020 spring season of programming due to Covid-19, Basilica Hudson, the multidisciplinary arts center, has set a revised plan centered on continuing to support art and artists through digital programming, the creation of new work, climate action films and the presentation of a new piece of public art:

—The unveiling of artist Kris Perry’s 35’ CorTen steel sculpture “Mother Earth,” which will be on display on Basilica’s grounds until summer 2020.

—In celebration of Earth Day, on Tuesday, April 21 Basilica presents a streamed selection of short films focused on solutions to the climate crisis, as part of SunCommon’s Climate Action Film Festival.

—Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, with the 24-Hour Drone’s in-person event postponed until April 2021, Basilica will collaborate with its long-established local and international community, with web-based Drone programming. The full lineup of partners and artists will be announced shortly. Audio will be streamed on WGXC / Wave Farm Radio, from noon April 25 to noon April 26 via wavefarm.org or locally in Greene and Columbia counties at 90.7 FM.

—The Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist in Residence Series will continue to support the creation of site-specific work centered on Hudson’s unique geographic location and community. The series will launch later in 2020 when circumstances and schedule permit. Seven artists in residence have been selected and will collaborate with program partners, community members and neighboring cultural institutions to design, create, implement and present new works.

2020’s selected artists are Marka Kiley, Scott Keightley, Kamau Patton, Godfrey Nelson, Erika deVries, Mary Mattingly and Julie Evans. Following each one- to four-week residency, Basilica Hudson will host a free public event, including exhibitions, artists talks and participatory activities, with digital presentations being scheduled wherever possible to allow for an immersion in art in uncertain times.

For more information visit basilicahudson.org.

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