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  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
chronogram.com

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.

    The Mac-Haydn Theatre is celebrating their 46th season, producing a series of first-rate musicals each summer season. Their upcoming production is The Full Monty.

The show brings us to Buffalo, NY, where the steel mill has closed and the guys are out of work. They’ve hit rock bottom, until, encouraged by a show their wives are enjoying, they come up with a scheme to ‘bare it all’, and get back on their feet.

The Full Monty runs from August 21st through the 31st. Today we meet George Dvorsky and Monica Wemitt, who will be appearing as Harold and Vicki Nichols in the show.

  Cuban-American drummer, composer, and bandleader Dafnis Prieto and his globally inspired Si o Si Quartet will perform their mix of Afro-Cuban jazz at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century on Saturday at 8pm.

Prieto will give an one-hour talk/demonstration on Saturday from 1 to 2pm at the Tracy Memorial Village Hall in Chatham as part of the village’s Summerfest event.

Classically trained in Cuba, his revolutionary drumming techniques has had a powerful impact on the Latin and jazz music scene, locally and internationally. He is a recipient of various awards, including the 2011 MacArthur Fellowship Award.

    

  Since 1996, Equine Advocates has helped rescue thousands of horses from slaughter, abuse and neglect. At Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary in Chatham, NY, they have rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules—and a few other animals too! On the sanctuary grounds, they have an Education Center where visitors of all ages attend seminars, workshops and symposiums on equine issues, care and natural horsemanship.

Last weekend the Equine Advocates held their 2014 Summit in Chatham, NY. Here to tell us what was discussed and what they’ve accomplished are: Susan Wagner, President & Founder of Equine Advocates and Host of the 2014 American Equine Summit; Paula Bacon, former mayor of Kaufman, TX who shut down Dallas Crown, the last equine slaughterhouse in the U.S.; and John Holland, President of the Equine Welfare Alliance.

    Stephen Lang is a Tony Award-nominated American actor and playwright who is also well known for his film work - including his roles as George E. Pickett in Gettysburg, Stonewall Jackson in Gods and Generals, Colonel Quaritch in Avatar and many others.

This Sunday at 4pm The Chatham Film Club and the Columbia County Historical Society present an exciting combination of theater, film and music that tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of Union officer and Medal of Honor Winner James Jackson Purman.

The program features a one man show written and performed by Stephen Lang, original music composed by Robert Kessler and performed by virtuoso double-bassist Timothy Cobb, and the a screening of the short film The Wheatfield, written and performed by Lang, and directed by filmmakers, Alexander and Adrian Smith. The program is hosted by historian Harold Holzer.

    Nicole Furnee and Wendy Conway join us from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY with this week's Book Picks lists. 

List after the break.