ENTERTAINMENT: Crandell, TSL, Hudson Hall, Omi, Mac-Haydn, Tannery Pond, Chamber Music, Cole, Bard

Crandell movie roster, April 24-30

CHATHAM—In this week’s adventure in Virtual Cinema, Friday, April 24 through Thursday, April 30, the Crandell presents a trio of new titles: FilmColumbia favorite “The Times of Bill Cunningham,” a harrowing trip to Iceland with “A White, White Day,” and a journey into New York’s dusty antiquarian shelves with “The Booksellers.”

Viewers purchase a virtual ticket at any time through one of the links offered on the Crandell website, crandelltheatre.org, with 50% of the box office benefitting the continued operations of the Crandell Theatre. The ticket remains streamable for several days following purchase on all compatible streaming platforms, mobile device or web browser; see Virtual Screening Room FAQs for full details. The Crandell extends deepest thanks for the community’s support during these unprecedented times.

TSL serves 580 meals, still cooking

HUDSON—On March 16, in compliance with the NYS government, Time & Space Ltd suspended its regular arts programming until further notice. That same week, TSL launched its Comfort Food Suppers initiative in collaboration with Chef Tyler Robins.

TSL developed the program to meet a community need: access to affordable, quality meals in the face of increased isolation and decreased access to transportation, groceries and other essentials.

Dinners are available for pick-up and delivery every Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. The dinners are prepared in TSL’s commercial kitchen and distributed from its front porch. The comfort comes in many forms, from Chef Tyler’s signature meat and veggie pot pies to lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and other variations depending on the food available at any particular time.

The cost is a suggested $5 per meal or pay what you can. No one is turned away for lack of funds. In addition, meals are made available in bulk to help relieve the stress of meal planning and grocery shopping.

In the first three weeks since launching the program, TSL has served 580 meals to the Hudson community and throughout Columbia County. Over 55% of the meals have been distributed at no cost to those in need. This service is, in part, due to generous community support, from financial contributions, donations of food and supplies, and volunteers who help with preparation and delivery.

To “join” TSL for supper, RSVP at 518-822-8100 or at . More information is at www.timeandspace.org/comfort.

Ashbery poem shown for National Poetry Month

HUDSON—To celebrate National Poetry Month in April, Hudson Hall partners with The Flow Chart Foundation in a pop-up, site-specific installation of excerpts from John Ashbery’s poem “The Recital,” from his “Three Poems” (1972), which set a new standard for the modern prose poem. Today, the text still resonates.

Showcased in Hudson Hall’s historic Warren Street windows, and presented as a kind of “virtual recital” to grace the currently silent opera house, the texts from “The Recital” span six large print posters that offer passersby taking socially responsible solo sojourns the opportunity for quiet reflection. The exhibition will be on view at 327 Warren Street until May 28.

Hudson Hall encourages readers to respect healthy boundaries and practice safe social distancing to view the installation individually.

The public is also invited visit John Ashbery’s Nest, accessible from The Flow Chart Foundation website (flowchartfoundation.org), a virtual tour of Ashbery’s home in Hudson, where he lived with his husband, David Kermani.

The exhibition coincides with The Flow Chart Foundation’s series Close Readings in a Virtual Space, a series of free, intimate, virtual group read-throughs of single Ashbery poems led by poets including Marcella Durand, Patricia Spears Jones, Rigoberto Gonzáles and Simone White.

The next read-through is April 30 at 4 p.m., via Zoom. The poets—neither teaching nor explaining—serve as tour-guides for participants in each (Zoom) room to explore the featured poem as a group. For the full schedule of poems and to register for the Zoomevents, visit hudsonhall.org or at flowchartfoundation.org.

John Ashbery (1927–2017) was widely recognized as one of the most influential American poets of his time. The Flow Chart Foundation (www.flowchartfoundation.org) explores the interrelationships of various art forms, with a focus on the language of inquiry known as poetry, as guided by Ashbery’s legacy.

Art Omi drawing group holds virtual meetings

GHENT—The Art Omi Drawing Group has found a new way to connect through shared weekly drawing prompts.

On Thursday evenings, Art Omi hosts Open Figure Drawing for Adults. While current circumstances prevents gathering in person, the urge to forge community through artistic practice has in some ways grown stronger than ever.

All are also invited to share and connect with the group via a weekly Zoom every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. Registration is capped, and early reservation encouraged, here.

Upcoming weekly drawing prompts:

April 30—Figures from Quarantine: create a drawing, featuring the human figure, inspired by the “figures” in your life during the time of Covid-19. Ideas: self-portrait, portrait of someone you are quarantining with, drawing of the last person you saw virtually, drawing of people you saw on a walk.

May 7—News Figures: Make a drawing based on, or of, a figure or figures you see in the news (print, broadcast, digital).

You can also participate by tagging Art Omi on your completed drawings on Instagram or Facebook. Use #artomi and #educationomi to share your work. All styles and media are welcome. Questions? Send them here! Artomi.org.

Tour Art Omi virtually, or in person (carefully)

GHENT—Art Omi’s local community has been able to walk in the Sculpture & Architecture Park over the past several weeks. For artful inspiration to those who may not be nearby, Art Omi now offers a virtual tour of the park.

Art Omi is fortunate to be able to provide a spacious environment for people to walk, breathe deep and to see other people from a safe distance. Thanks to those who have visited for doing their part to uphold crucial social distancing protocols. This has been a significant factor in the continued availability of the park.

Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order requiring that all people in public places where social distancing is not possible wear masks or other face coverings. As a result of this order, all visitors to the park should wear a mask while in the parking lot, and whenever they pass others on a trail.

Before visiting, Art Omi encourages review of these guidelines for visitors to the Sculpture & Architecture Park:

 Always maintain a safe distance of 6 feet or more from others

 Wear a mask or other face covering in the parking lot, and when passing others on a trail

 Avoid touching surfaces and objects, including park signage and exhibitions

 Don’t share equipment such as balls, frisbees, or bicycles with those not in your household

 All groups must be limited to members of a household

 If you arrive when the park or parking lot seems full, seek out another location for solitary recreation

Your cooperation is essential to Omi’s ability to open its grounds as a safe and healthful locale during this time. Check the website before venturing out for the latest and most up-to-date information about visitation.

Mac-Haydn postpones 2020 season, launches new fund

CHATHAM—The Mac-Haydn Theatre has postponed its 2020 season and launched a fund-raising initiative, the Bright Future Fund. The fund will allow the theater to continue its operations in the absence of ticket sales through 2020 to produce shows again in May 2021.

The Mac-Haydn produces shows from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend each year and plans to present the 2020 lineup in 2021: “Pippin,” “Urinetown,” “Man of La Mancha,” “42nd Street,” “Parade,” “Rock of Ages” and “The Sound of Music.”

Information for current ticket holders and how to support the theatre is available on the website (www.machaydntheatre.org).

Tannery Pond adjusts summer schedule

NEW LEBANON—Tannery Pond Concerts has cancelled its two opening concerts this season; May 23 with Inbal Segev and the Aizuri Quartet, and June 20 with Ilya Poletaev and Yegor Dyachkov.

The Segev concert has been rescheduled for October 10, with Juho Pohjonen. The Poletaev and Dyachkov concert will be rescheduled in 2021.

Decisions about July concerts will be made as the month comes nearer, then August, then September, working through the season in that way, in hopes that it will be possible to safely present some of the artists scheduled for 2020.

All ticket buyers will be eligible to receive a full refund on their tickets, obtain a credit for another concert, or if they choose, convert all or part of their purchase to a donation. To make such arrangements, email .

June chamber music series cancelled

ANNANDALE—The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Society has cancelled its June series of chamber music concerts, held for many years in Olin Auditorium on the Bard College campus.

This was to be the HVCMS’ 70th anniversary series, its 20th year under the artistic direction of musicians Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson.

HVCMS looks to celebrate these milestones later this year and is working on a plan to have the performers scheduled for this June appearin next year’s June concert series.

For more information visit hvcm.org or email .

Thomas Cole featured in Earth Day special issue

CATSKILL—The role of Thomas Cole (1801-1848) as an early environmental advocate is featured in National Geographic’s Special Issue for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 2020), now on sale. The issue highlights Cole’s painting and his writing in an article on the emotional impacts of environmental degradation by writer and photographer Pete Muller.

The special issue features Cole’s painting “The Oxbow,” which depicts a bend in the Connecticut River viewed from a mountaintop—with the valley stripped of trees. Cole’s advocacy of the natural landscape extended beyond his paintings to his writing, and the issue also contains an excerpt from his 1836 “Essay on American Scenery.” The full Cole essay is available here.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site presents Cole’s home and studios and the themes that Cole explored in his art and writings, such as landscape preservation and the conception of nature as a restorative power. thomascole.org

For more information on Thomas Cole, his art, and his writing, contact Jennifer Greim at .

Author Masha Gessen joins Bard College faculty. Bard College in Annandale has appointed award-winning author Masha Gessen as Distinguished Writer in Residence. Gessen, who will join the faculty in the fall of 2020, will teach courses through the Written Arts Program that integrate literature, writing, and contemporary culture and politics. Gessen is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of 11 books of nonfiction, most recently “Surviving Autocracy,” which will be published in June. Gessen’s previous book, “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,” won the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Photo credit: Lena Di

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