Chatham Area Business and Arts Blog

In a Double Bill, the Avant-Garde Meets a Very Good Girl

January 17, 2022 | The New York Times

CHATHAM, N.Y. — There is nothing less avant-garde than a dog. Put one onstage and the artiest notions immediately dissolve into Instagram moments.

Or at least that was my experience with a play called “The Art of Theater,” running through Sunday on a double bill with one called “With My Own Hands” at PS21 in this Hudson Valley town. “The Art of Theater” stars Jim Fletcher — a stalwart of the New York avant-garde scene — and Delia, a local newcomer best known (according to her owners) as “a smart if goofy black Labbish sort of beast.”

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Winter day trip escape to Chatham

December 28, 2021 | Times Union

From snowshoeing to shopping: 12 things to do, see, and eat on a day trip to Chatham. A small town with big-city ideals, Chatham is no stranger to reinvention — or to under-the-radar gems for outdoor recreation, dining, and culture. Bucolic, quietly charismatic, and multifaceted, this five-towns-in-one destination (North Chatham, Old Chatham, East Chatham, Chatham Center, and the Village of Chatham) has been drawing visitors for hundreds of years.

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January at the Chatham Public Library

December 29, 2021 |

CHATHAM – The Chatham Public Library, 11 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, announces the January 2022 programs. For information, call 518-392-3666. The library will be closed on January 1 for New Year’s Day and January 17 for Martin Luther King Day. Please note, in doing its part to curb a post-holiday pandemic surge, the library will not be hosting in-person programs between December 27 and January 9. In-person programs will return to their regular schedule starting January 10.

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Youth film challenge winners announced, screenings slated

November 30, 2021 | The Berkshire Eagle

The winning films and a selection of other submissions to the Bridging Divides, Healing Communities Youth Film Challenge will be screened at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Crandell Theatre, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, Mass. The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session. 

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‘Pavilion Project’ planned at new Art Omi site

November 12, 2021 | Times Union

CHATHAM – A Columbia County arts center and sculpture park plans to develop a new 190-acre site to host permanent installations of artists’ works.

Up to 18 artists would create their own enclosed “pavilions” that would eventually serve as galleries for their works, giving them the ability to design the space for their pieces from the ground up. The structures, which can be up to 5,900 square feet, would dot the landscape in a rural area of northern Columbia County.

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FilmColumbia Returns

October 5, 2021 | TheBerkshireEdge

FilmColumbia will return, October 22–31, after last year’s hiatus due to the pandemic. The 10-day festival in Chatham, New York, will present world-class independent and international features and documentaries, along with post-screening Q&As with directors, and special tributes, all presented by The Crandell Theatre.

The number of films, nearly 40 this year, is slightly reduced from previous years to accommodate added health and safety measures, including proof of vaccination for all attendees and staff, required mask-wearing indoors at all times, reduced seating capacity at the Crandell, and the use of only one primary venue for festival events. Additionally, the festival will implement an individual ticketing system and, therefore, no festival passes will be offered this year. The annual pre-festival benefit reception has been cancelled, as well.

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