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Arts outlets and businesses around the region continue to seek a balance as they negotiate reopenings amid the pandemic.


Outdoor Plays Come to Rhinebeck

This week the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck christens its newly installed outdoor stage with Shakespeare’s classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which runs Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7pm through July 18. Socially distanced seating is general admission, with each party able to select their area on a first-come, first-choose basis on the grand lawn, which has been treated for ticks and other pests ( audience members should bring their own blankets or folding chairs; please be respectful of all patrons with height of your chairs; canopies or umbrellas are allowed). Masks are required as you walk from your car to your seating area. There will no concessions stand, so bring a picnic basket with your own food and beverages (bathrooms inside the theater will be available; pets are not admitted). Tickets are $20.


Mass MoCA Reopens

After one of the lengthy lockdowns that’s become all too familiar during these COVID times, North Adams, Massachusetts’s internationally renowned contemporary arts center Mass MoCA has announced that as of July 11 it will be open Wednesdays through Mondays from 10am to 6pm. The reopening commences with a Mass MoCA members-only performance by LA band Sayreal. Current art exhibitions on view include showings by artists Ad Minoliti, Ledell Moe, Jenny Holzer, Sol Lewitt, Louise Bourgeois, and more. See the Mass MoCA website for the museum’s health protocol guide and admission prices.


Ashley Garrett Art on View in Hudson

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Empty Realm by Ashley Garrett, 2019
Viewable now through August 16 at September gallery in Hudson is “Aegis,” a collection of works by East Chatham painter Ashley Garrett. The show features 16 of her smallest oil paintings, which measure at 4 x 6 inches, and one of her largest, which is 94 x 57 inches. “We are here now, at a moment to look backwards and forwards at the same time and everything is close and altered and time is rushing forward,” says the artist, who has curated shows in New York and Los Angeles and, as an arts journalist, has interviewed numerous artists for publications such as Whitehot Magazine, Figure/Ground, and Painting is Dead. September is open Thursday through Sunday, 12-5pm.


Woodstock Film Festival Hosts Drive-In Screening

On July 16 at the Greenville Drive-In in Greene County, the Woodstock Film Festival is hosting its first live event since New York State’s easing of the pandemic restrictions: a screening of the 2006 film Diggers starring Paul Rudd, Sarah Paulson, Maura Tierney, and others. “Recalling character-driven period staples like The Last Picture Show, Diner, and Breaking Away,” says the descriptive blurb, “the film’s post-Vietnam and Watergate skepticism relates to the present-day temperament of our country, leavened with a healthy dose of lyricism, tenderness, and humor.” A Q&A with filmmaker Katherine Dieckmann will follow the showing. Gates open at 7:30pm; screening starts at 9pm. Tickets are $15 per person; one-car limit per order. Advance purchase through the Woodstock Film Festival website is recommended.


Field + Supply Virtual Market Set to Launch

Although the large crowds that the Field + Supply outdoor market seeks to attract to its lovely riverside spot at the Hutton Brickyards will have to wait until the Kingston site is able to fully reopen, organizers are maintaining their presence via their 2020 online Summer MRKT/Virtual Fair. The event will run July 16-19 and feature registered vendors selling furniture, home textiles, lighting, artwork, home accessories, food and recipes, kitchen supplies, beverages, men’s and women’s fashions, jewelry, kids’ items, bags, personal care items, scents, soaps and lotions, and more. Vendors and browsers should register and monitor the Field + Supply website for updates.

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Peter Aaron

Peter Aaron is the arts editor for Chronogram.
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