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ENTERTAINMENT: Virtual movies, Mac-Haydn, furthermore, Drive-by Art, Bindlestiff


The whole world is a movie palace

GHENT—The whole world—or any room in your home—is a movie theater these days, thanks to virtual screening rooms. The Crandell Theatre and TSL present regular screenings, and “Ella the Ungovernable” makes its international debut.

In stay-at-home cinema this week, the Crandell presents the coming-of-age drama “Fourteen,” the stranger-than-fiction documentary “The Painter and the Thief,” the Georgian romance “And Then We Danced,” plus a holdover of “Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint.”

Watch the trailers and buy a virtual ticket through the links offered on the Crandell’s website,, with 50% of the box office benefitting the continued operations of the Crandell Theatre.

Time and Space Ltd. is virtually screening six films, with new ones scheduled for next week. In addition, TSL is organizing “So What Did You Think?” virtual get-togethers to discuss the films. For schedules and information, visit When purchasing tickets, designate TSL as your local theater of choice. That way a portion of the proceeds goes to TSL.

After its February debut at the Valatie Community Theatre, “Ella the Ungovernable” goes international via Zoom and YouTube, Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m.

David McDonald’s play is about Ella Fitzgerald’s 1933 incarceration in, and eventual escape from, the New York Training School for Girls in Hudson. The play is now presented by the Theater for the New City.

The cast is national, but still features actors from the Hudson Valley including Philip Grant, the voice of WGXC, as the narrator and the MC at the Apollo Theater, and theater veteran Eddie Allen from Chatham as the doctor at the Training School.

For information on the play’s live broadcast, go to or visit Theater for the New City’s Facebook page and click on “like”: There’s also the good old telephone: 212 254-1109.

Mac-Haydn launches weekly webcast series

CHATHAM—The Mac-Haydn Theatre has launched “In the Meantime,” a weekly webcast series hosted by John Saunders, the theater’s producing artistic director, as part of the Mac-Haydn Online virtual programming initiative.

The series premiered this week and will continue throughout the summer on Fridays at noon, with episodes appearing on the Mac-Haydn Theatre online platforms and Episodes will showcase notable Mac-Haydn alumni discussing their artistic endeavors during quarantine and their past experiences working at the theater.

This week’s episode features Emily Kron, last seen as Audrey in the  2019 production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

The Mac-Haydn Online programming initiative also includes “Mac-Haydn Mondays,” a weekly live stream from the theater’s Instagram account (@machaydntheatre) on Mondays at 5 p.m.

New grants offered arts groups in Columbia County

HUDSON—Joan K. Davidson and Furthermore have established a new fund for the arts. Visual and performing arts organizations with 501(c)3 status located in Columbia County are eligible for up to $5,000 in grants for operating support.

The deadline for submitting the online grant application is 12 midnight on Wednesday, July 1.  Visit to apply.

This local arts fund is being added to the existing national program that Furthermore has pursued for 25 years in support of publishing. Furthermore and the J. M. Kaplan Fund believing in the necessity of the arts, especially in hard times, and hope that this funding will help to sustain Columbia County’s arts organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Furthermore was founded as part of the J. M. Kaplan Fund in 1995 by Joan K. Davidson, Kaplan Fund president emeritus. Davidson had previously served as chair of the NYS Council on the Arts; as NYS Commissioner of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; and as a founder and first president of Westbeth Artists Housing, which will celebrate its 50th birthday this month, May 2020.

Twice yearly, Furthermore gives grants to support publication of nonfiction books in the areas of art, architecture and design; cultural history, the city and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. Since its inception, more than 1,200 publications have been supported and nearly $7.3 million disbursed.

Drive-by Art on display in the Ancram hamlet. Photo contributed.

Admire art from your car

ANCRAM–As Columbia County commences the first phase of re-opening, let spirits fly and take in Drive-by Art at the Simons General Store, the crossroads of State Route 82 and County Route 7, Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Curated sculptural and functional ceramics paired with landscapes and abstract geometric paintings are on display, all to be enjoyed from the comfort of one’s car.
Further viewing is encouraged, but exercise social distancing guidelines .
More info and featured works @
Sun shines on tiny parade. The sun shone for this tiny parade, presented in Hudson by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. The tiny parades march through residential neighborhoods so that people can watch and wave from their homes. Photo credit: David Lee



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