As vaccinations rise and case numbers go down in New York State, we continue our transition to in-person events. Here’s a sampling of in-person and online happenings for the week ahead.
Event Honors Wappingers Baseball Giant | through April 30To celebrate the return of baseball season, the Wappingers Historical Society is currently hosting a free online program about local legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Dennis “Big Dan” Brouthers through April 30. Called the “Terror of all Pitchers,” the 19th-century slugger led the league in batting average five times, the most by a 19th-century player, and his career .342 batting average still ranks ninth all-time. The virtual presentation, which can be viewed at the society’s website, features special video interviews with Brouthers biographer Roy Kerr and WHS member Rena Corey, who discusses growing up in Brooklyn during the heyday of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Dorsky Museum Shows Landscapes | through July 11Samuel S. Dorsky Museum on the campus of SUNY New Paltz has reopened and is currently exhibiting “DIRT: Inside Landscapes,” a showing of works from its permanent collection organized by the museum’s Spring 2021 MFA artist in residence, Emilie Houssart. The artwork on display ranges from Hudson River School works to contemporary landscape representations and includes photographs as well as paintings. The exhibition will be on view until July 11. Visit the museum’s website for gallery hours and new safety guidelines.
Vassar Offers Film Screening and Discussion | April 8
register ahead of time online.
SUNY Stages Online Film Festival | April 9-10SUNYWide Film Festival, which will include screenings of films submitted by filmmakers from SUNY’s campuses across the state, as well as readings of the top three selected screenplays and a panel discussion titled “Building the Festival Experience: A Panel on Film Programming.” Award-winning SUNY alumni Hal Hartley and Chris Wedge will serve as the 10th annual festival’s jury president and executive director, respectively, and screenwriter Charles Randolph will deliver the keynote address. A schedule and more information are available at the festival website.
Ukrainian Photo Exhibit in Roxbury | April 10-May 8Roxbury Arts Center’s Walt Meade Gallery, will open with a free reception on April 10 at 4pm. The collection of Maslov’s work focuses on Ukrainian rural and suburban landscapes, where the exteriors of railroad houses play a prominent social and visual role. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 3pm by appointment, and COVID-19 protocols will be followed for safety during the reception and whenever the gallery is open. Maslov will host a Zoom talk on April 24 at 2pm; registration information can be found at the center’s website.
Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville will host an online presentation by archaeologist Gary Keeton, who has participated in several mastodon exhumations, to discuss the modern recovery of these giant creatures that roamed the region more than 10,000 years ago. The free event will take place on April 11 at 2pm. Visit the museum website for reservation information.
Virtual Program Unearths Orange County Mastodons | April 11
Staatsburg Excursion Covers Local History | April 11Eventbrite are required.
Rough Draft Sponsors Book Relaunch | April 13Rough Draft Bar and Books will hold an evening celebrating the reprint of Goodbye to All That, local author and editor (and occasional Chronogram contributor) Sari Botton’s 2013 anthology of works by writers about loving and leaving New York, on April 13 at 7pm. Hosted by Ryan Chapman (Riots I Have Known), the free virtual event promises readings and discussion by Botton and contributors Ada Limon, Carolita Johnson, and Danielle Jackson. Visit Rough Draft’s website to register and preorder copies of the book.
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