ENTERTAINMENT: Crandell, TSL, Olana, Grange, AOH, Spencertown, Hudson

Chatham films visit France, Israel, NYC, Brazil

CHATHAM—This week’s adventure in Virtual Cinema at the Crandell Theatre presents a noir masterpiece “Rififi,” along with “Incitement”’s historical drama about the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, a holdover of “The Booksellers”’ journey into New York’s antiquarian shelves, and, back by popular demand, the sci-fi spaghetti western “Bacurau.

For film trailers and tickets, visit crandelltheatre.org. A full 50% of the box office benefits the continued operations of the Crandell Theatre. The ticket allows screening the film beginning May 1, which remains streamable for several days following purchase on all compatible streaming platforms, mobile devices or web browser . See Virtual Screening Room FAQs for full details.

TSL schedules 10 films to stream for May

HUDSON—In partnership with its film distributors, Time and Space Ltd can now offer a selection of independent films and documentaries for streaming from home.

Ten films have been scheduled for the month of May, three of which are available now. Each film is slated to run for two weeks with the possibility of extended dates, depending, in part, on viewer feedback. TSL’s virtual film library will be updated continually. Read more…

Ichabod music program receives national recognition

KINDERHOOK – The Ichabod Crane Central School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Now in its 21st year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the district answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for the music program. All responses were verified by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

The award recognizes that the district is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the legislation that replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). NCLB faced criticism for an emphasis on a testing model that sidelined subjects such as music, where ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education. Read more…

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. Read more…

ENTERTAINMENT: PS21, shuttered, makes plans, offers walks

CHATHAM—Like performance venues across the country, PS21 has
had to cancel its spring season through June 20. The venue’s earlier
hopes of reopening this summer appear increasingly unlikely.

As flux and uncertainty are hallmarks of the present moment, the PS21
staff and board work to find ways to offer performances by artists of the
highest caliber and continue fulfilling the venue’s commitment to the
community of Columbia County. They are exploring innovative
performance formats and ways to continue programs for the area’s most
vulnerable residents, such as the theater program for elders in residential
care who are now isolated from friends and family. Read more…

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.” Read more…