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  Sharon Wienberg and Amy Zimmerman from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, New York join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
Lala’s Words by Gracey Zhang
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
Pleasant View by Celeste Mohammed
A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
Darryl by Jackie Ess
Love Like Water, Love Like Fire by Mikhail Iossel
Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen
A Terrible Place by Keith Gessen
Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

Summer 2021 At PS21

Jul 1, 2021
PS21 in Chatham
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Set in an apple orchard in the foothills of the Berkshires, PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents dance, music, and theater.

PS21 programming also includes free performances for kids, dance, and theater workshops, and movie screenings. PS21 has returned with an adventurous season of programming developed with safety in mind.

Elena Siyanko is the Artistic & Executive Director of PS21 and joins this morning for a season preview.

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Sharon Wienberg and Thomas Chulak from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, New York join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
Here Lies a Father by McKenzie Cassidy Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
Exhausted on the Cross by Najwan Darwish
Hello World! by Kelly Corrigan illustrated by Stacy Ebert
Free Speech and Why You Should Give a Damn by Jonathan Zimmerman and Signe Wilkinson

A second former village of Chatham, New York official has been arrested as part of an investigation by the State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, State Police and Columbia County District Attorney.

Former Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann
Former Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann

The former village of Chatham police chief has pleaded guilty to defrauding the New York State retirement system and the village. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and the Columbia County D.A. say Peter Volkmann was required to leave his position as part of the plea.

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Thomas Chulak and Joanne Trapanese from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
For Adults
"Jack" by Marilynne Robinson
"Nobody Hitchhikes Anymore" by Ed Griffin-Nolan
"Whale Day and other Poems" by Billy Collins
"Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond" to the Pandemic Edited by Alice Quinn

For Young Readers
"Loretta Little Looks Back" by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
"The Black Friend" by Frederick Joseph
"Class Act" by Jerry Craft
"When Stars Are Scattered" by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed, Illustrated by Victoria Jamieson & Iman Geddy
"Counting Creatures" by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Sharon King-Chai

A brick building sits off of a paved road
Courtesy Shaker Museum.

The Shaker Museum announced Monday that it has acquired a four-floor, 30,000-square foot building in downtown Chatham, New York. The museum owns and manages the Shaker Village at Mount Lebanon. Now, it will have its first space to display 18,000 archival pieces that explore life inside the utopian Protestant community that existed at the village from 1787 to 1947. WAMC spoke to Museum Director Lacy Schultz about the $15 million project at 5 Austerlitz Street, which is expected to break ground in 2021.

Rep. Delgado Announces His SOTU Guest

Jan 30, 2020
Rep. Antonio Delgado
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New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has announced who he will bring as his guest to the State of the Union address.

FilmColumbia offers a rich and diverse schedule of documentaries, shorts, filmmaker Q&As and special events for film fans of all stripes to mark its 20th anniversary this year.

FilmColumbia 2019 will take place October 18– 27 in Chatham, New York and is presented by the Crandell Theatre, with festival events also taking place at the Morris Memorial and other locations in town.

FilmColumbia is programmed by Executive Director and Co-Artistic Director Peter Biskind and Co-Artistic Director Larry Kardish. Biskind is an author, film historian, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Esquire, and past executive editor of Premiere magazine. Kardish is senior curator emeritus for film and media at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Calliope Nicholas is the Managing Director of the festival and the primary programmer of the Morris Memorial schedule.

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WAMC board member Judy Grunberg — a popular businesswoman, arts leader and longtime Chatham resident — is being mourned following her death on August 30th.

Philadanco
Lois Greenfield

This month, PS21 in Chatham, New York brings the world of dance to its state-of-the-art theater. Ranging from performances rooted in street and social dance to those incorporating cutting-edge technology, the PS 21 Dance Festival runs August 2-24.

This year PS21 expands the festival with a new series of classes called “Movement Without Borders” taught by leading choreographers, dancers, and artists. These classes will be taught twice weekly all summer on the PS21 stage.

Choreographer Richard Colton joins us to tell us more. Colton performed with Twyla Tharp Dance from 1977 to 1988 and was a member of the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. He appeared in the films “Hair” and “Amadeus,” directed by Milos Foreman, the PBS Great Performances presentation of "The Catherine Wheel," and on Broadway in “Singing in the Rain.” That’s just a smidge of performance bio.

He’s co-created the "Movement Without Borders" initiative with PS 21 Executive Director, Elena Siyanko.

Tales of Europe returns to Chatham for the second year with a series of five feature-length and seven short award-winning films made by European filmmakers who journey to Greenland, Morocco and Myanmar to tell their tales.

Each of these films debuted over the last year in top international festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. The Crandell Theatre has exclusive rights to show the films for the first time in the tri-state area.

The films were curated by Larry Kardish, co-artistic director of the Crandell’s annual film festival FilmColumbia and former senior curator for film at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. An Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences Scholar, he regularly attends the major international film festivals and has served as a juror at many worldwide.

Bridgman|Packer Dance will be at PS21 in Chatham, New York tomorrow at 3 p.m. presenting “Video Playground: An Interactive Video Installation” and a screening of the film “Look Out.”

“Video Playground” is an engaging interactive installation that invites participants of all ages to experience the magic of Bridgman|Packer Dance. While live video cameras capture the movements of the participants, their images are transformed into designs that are projected onto the walls of the PS21 black box theater.

“Look Out” is a film by Bridgman|Packer Dance in collaboration with cinematographer Gavin Preuss, filmed entirely with a drone camera. The screening will be followed by a talk and Q & A with Bridgman, Packer, and Preuss.

For more than 45 years, Tony Trischka’s banjo music has inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Trischka's interest in banjo was sparked by the Kingston Trio's "Charlie and the MTA" in 1963.

Tony presents the seasonal concert, “Of A Winter’s Night,” at three venues in our region this weekend. He’ll be at Towne Crier in Beacon, New York on Friday, December 14; at PS21 Theater in Chatham, New York on Saturday, December 15; and at The Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, New York on Sunday, December 16.

“Of A Winter’s Night” is a banjo-driven celebration of the season where Trischka turns his considerable melodic inventiveness loose on Bluegrass and Americana music for the holidays.

FilmColumbia 2018

Oct 19, 2018

FilmColumbia 2018 marks its 19th year of “small town, big movies” in Chatham, New York, October 20-28. The nine-day festival will present 50 world-class independent and international films, plus post-screening Q&As with acclaimed artists and special tributes and events, all presented by The Crandell Theatre. Screenings will take place at the Crandell and Morris Memorial venues in Chatham.

The festival is programmed by Peter Biskind, the executive and co-artistic director of FilmColumbia 2018, and co-artistic director Laurence Kardish.

For the third consecutive year, the festival will present a special tribute to an acclaimed artist with ties to Columbia County. This year’s honoree is Brian Cox, whose award-winning and exceptionally broad range of work has been showcased in some 200 movies and television programs from Braveheart to Rushmore, and includes The Bourne Identity, X-Men 2 and Deadwood.

Brian Cox joined us via phone, along with Peter Biskind and Managing Director of the festival, Calliope Nicholas in studio.

"Grant & Twain" At PS21

Sep 24, 2018

"Grant & Twain," a new play by playwright Elizabeth Diggs will have its debut at PS21Chatham this Thursday, September 27th. The play tells the story of a remarkable friendship.

At age 62, Ulysses Grant is bankrupted in a Wall Street swindle. His only hope to restore his honor and save his family is an offer to write his memoirs of the war. News of Grant’s calamity brings his friend Mark Twain to his side. Twain is infuriated by the terms offered by the prestigious publisher.

He makes an audacious proposal: he himself will publish Grant’s book and make it the biggest bestseller in American history. When Grant finally agrees, he is faced with a double enemy: he is diagnosed with terminal cancer and writes in a race with death, and he discovers an enemy close to home.

To tell us more, we welcome playwright Elizabeth Diggs and actor Michael Sean McGuiness who is playing Ulysses Grant in the production.

Rory Block
Sergio Kurhajec

PS21 in Chatham, New York presents Rory Block’s Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend, Friday-Sunday, July 20-22. 

This year the weekend focuses on “Power Women of the Blues.” The three-day festival kicks off this Friday night with an intimate solo concert by living legend Rory Block, followed by powerhouse singer Diunna Greenleaf and her band Blue Mercy on Saturday night, and on Sunday afternoon the Strait Way Ministries Gospel Choir.

The Grand Opening of PS21’s new Black Box Theater will feature a dance concert with Caleb Teicher and Nic Gareiss. Teicher and Gareiss are two of America’s most elegant interpreters of traditional American dance forms including tap, clogging, flatfooting, Irish step, and contemporary hybrids. The Boston Herald called Nic Gareiss “the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene. The nimble Gareiss called forth visions of Fred Astaire.” ArtsAmerica declared that “with his calm and collected cool, Caleb Teicher is ‘suave with a groove’ incarnate.”

The two widely acclaimed dancers typically work separately, Teicher with his own company - Caleb Teicher & Co. There will be a post performance reception with the artists and tours of the new theater.

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PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century in Chatham, New York is opening a new state-of-the-art black box theater this Saturday, April 14.

The black-box is the all-weather portion of the new Pavilion Theater which will open this summer.

The festive evening celebrating the future of PS21 will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, champagne toast and a dance concert with the delightful Caleb Teicher and Nic Gareiss!  There will be a post-performance reception with the artists and tours of the new theater.

PS21 was founded under the leadership of PS21’s Board President Judy Grunberg in 1999 to bring world-class performances to New York’s Columbia County and adjacent counties. Judy joins us to tell us more about the new space and their upcoming season.

In a New York county with a history of electing Republican sheriffs, a small-town Democratic police chief has mounted a challenge against the incumbent.

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday PS21 in Chatham, NY presents The Rory Block Gospel & Blues Fest.

The festival features The Campbell Brothers, Texas Music Hall of Famer Cindy Cashdollar, a gospel choir fest featuring 4 choirs from area churches, and Rory Block herself – who joins us now.

Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. The New York Times declared: “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.”

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In November of 1943, during fighting in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, more than 6,000 died during the Battle of Tarawa. The four-day battle on the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands claimed the lives of American and Japanese soldiers and Korean slaves.

FilmColumbia celebrates seventeen years of “Small town, big movies” in Hudson and Chatham, NY this October 22-30 with a week of world-class independent and international films presented by The Chatham Film Club.

Executive and co-artistic director of the festival Peter Biskind and Managing Director Calliope Nicholas join us now with a preview of this year’s FilmColumbia offerings.

Parsons Dance
Krista Bonura

  Parsons Dance returns to PS21's Chatham Dance Festival with its stunning ensemble work and virtuosic technique.

Last summer PS21’s audiences saw Almah, Kate Skarpetowksa’s new work, in development during open rehearsals. This year they will now have an opportunity to see the completed work, which has an original score by Ljova and premiered at the Joyce Theater in January 2016.

It explores the connection of an eastern European childhood juxtaposed with the urban folklore of adolescence in NYC. Also on the program will be David Parsons Union and his stroboscopic masterwork Caught.

Artistic Director David Parsons founded Parsons Dance in 1985 and the company returns for its eleventh season performing at PS21 in Chatham for performances of September 2nd and 3rd. David Parsons joins us along with Judy Grunberg from PS 21.

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Escorted by motorcycle riders with the Patriot Guard, the remains of a WWII marine killed in the Pacific more than 70 years ago finally arrived home Friday.

  Dianne Ortmann and Carrie Knudsen from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives by Theresa Brown
Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times by Anne Heller
1001 Walks You Must Take Before You Die by Barry Stone, ed.
I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O'Brien
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Chris Riddell

Matthew Murphy

  The Annual Chatham Dance Festival is underway at PS21 in Chatham, NY. Keigwin + Company will perform this Friday and Saturday and present a class for Dance Omi on Saturday.

Larry Keigwin started his performing career as a backup dancer on Club MTV’s Downtown Julie Brown, and has since gone on to worked with work with the pop band Fischerspooner, comedian Murray Hill, and as an associate choreographer for both The Radio City Rockettes and the Off-Broadway musical The Wild Party.

His recent theatrical projects include choreography for the Broadway production of If/Then; Tales of the City at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the Off-Broadway production of Jonathan Larson's RENT.

  Dianne Ortmann and Carrie Knudsen from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
Van Gogh: A Power Seething by Julian Bell
The Sheperd's Life by James Rebanks
Sylvia's Table by Liz Neumark
Rescue At Los Banos by Bruce Henderson
That's Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms and What Our English Says about Us by Erin Moore

PS21 2015 Season

Jun 19, 2015
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Set in an apple orchard in the foothills of the Berkshires, PS21 Chatham presents the annual Chatham Dance Festival every August and a Performing Arts Festival of music and theater in June and July. PS21 Chatham programming also includes free performances for kids, dance and theater workshops, community sings, and free movie screenings. Performances are presented from mid-June through Labor Day.

PS21 was founded under the leadership of PS21’s Board President Judy Grunberg in 1999 to bring world-class performances to Columbia County and adjacent counties. We get a preview this morning with Judy and also welcome Amanda Boyd-Grout - Amanda is a professional singer who is participating in 2 of this summer's events, "Summer Shtick" and as a soloist in PS21’s Bach program which opens the season.

  The Harlem Valley Rail Trail’s mission is to have a 46-mile trail from the Metro North station in Wassaic all the way to Chatham. Our friends of the trail organization, HVRTA, has worked since the mid-80's to keep Dutchess County and NYS focused on the project, with mixed success. Several years ago, HVRTA purchased 14 miles of rail bed and donated it to the state.

Currently there are four significant developments moving the trail forward and Dick Hermans – Chairman of the HVRTA join us this morning with and an update.

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