By Fina Badolato
For the Times Herald-Record
Zoom, Facebook, You Tube, FaceTime and a myriad of online tools are making it possible – virtually possible – for us to enjoy music and the arts, take classes, watch films and take part in other activities to keep us active and upbeat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of course, it’s necessary for us to maintain social distancing, but no worries. Here’s a sampling of local virtual events you can experience, without ever leaving your house.
Are you a standout?
Did you know it’s not too late to audition for the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop’s “Rivoli Vaudeville Live” show? Because of coronavirus safety guidelines, the show has been rescheduled from May to June 12-14 and 19-21 at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg.
If you tell jokes, play spoons, have a trained pet, do impressions, juggle or tap dance, send a video to the director at email@example.com.
The production is also looking for fire-eaters, contortionists, burlesque dancers, mind-readers and unicyclists. And if you do magic or acrobatic feats, you could find yourself on stage. Do you clown around? Draw caricatures? Do mime? Stiltwalk? Belly dance? There could be a place for you in the show.
Virtual auditions are ongoing and will be accepted until June 1. For more information or to arrange a virtual audition, call 798-4971.
Visit a virtual art gallery
The Unison Arts Center in New Paltz is featuring Michael Gold’s “ItalySicilyFraDiavalo” virtual photography exhibit, beginning on the home page at unisonarts.org.
“You’ll be able to see my show exactly as I would’ve hung it in Unison’s beautiful gallery space,” says Gold. “Each photo is organized to be shown next to related photos.” Gold’s artist’s statement and resume follow the exhibit.
“Someday, when this nightmare is over, we’ll all be able to have a real champagne reception with real hugs,” says Gold. “In the meantime, here’s a bit of Italy and Sicily immediately before the virus destroyed life as we knew it. And so, therefore, my show is dedicated to the beautiful people of Italy and Sicily.”
Online classes for the masses
A variety of online classes presented by Unison Arts and Learning Center in New Paltz are available at unisonarts.org.
On May 2, get into the rhythms of Spain for an afternoon of two online Flamenco workshops. Anna Librada will lead a one-hour dance workshop at 1:30 p.m., followed by a one-hour guitar/rhythm workshop with Mario Rincon beginning at 2:30 p.m. Fee is $20 per workshop.
May 9 begins a five-class Watercolor Workshop Series with Fran Sutherland, who will be teaching live on Zoom from Arizona. Spots are limited, to register as soon as you can. Fee is $100 for five weeks, May 9 through June 6.
Through the lens
“Here at Home: Sullivan County,” a three-session online photography meetup and group project hosted by Alyce Barr, will start at noon on May 1, presented by the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre.
HPAC’s Gallery222 will create an online exhibit of participants’ work and plan a physical show when it is safe to gather in public again.
Go to hurleyvilleartscenter.org/here-at-home-sullivan-county/ for more information.
Making beautiful music
HPAC’s “Live From Home” online series will feature the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra from 4-5 p.m. May 3, 17, 24 and 31. The four-part program will feature discussions with Akiko Hosoi and Andrew Trombly and SCCO performances.
More information can be found at hurleyvilleartscenter.org/scco-live-from-home/.
Raise mental illness awareness, erase stigma
The TMI Project encourages folks to gather together “apart” to watch the online release of award-winning documentary short, “Vicarious Resilience,” from 7-8:30 p.m. May 1.
The documentary follows three Hudson Valley residents over the course of a 10-week “true storytelling” workshop. They face mental illness, childhood neglect and addiction head-on, and ultimately share deeply personal stories about love, loss and triumph.
Following the film, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A with Eva Tenuto, TMI Project co-founder; Ellen Pendagar from the Mental Health Association in Ulster County; and other mental health experts.
The TMI Project hopes to provide audiences with the opportunity to listen, expand their awareness and eradicate stigma around mental illness so that all those who are living with mental illness feel free to share their truth.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch the film’s trailer at vicariousresilience.com.
A benefit beer
Roscoe Beer Co. has announced updated hours and a new beer release.
Located at 145 Rockland Road in Roscoe, the company will be open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Wed., for beer pickup only; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs., for food and beer pickup; and 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., for food and beer pickup. Closed Sunday.
The new Quarantine & Chill 4-pack of beer is now available for shipping throughout the country. $5 from each 4-pack sold will be donated to First Responders in Roscoe.
For more information, go to roscoebeercompany.com or call (607) 290-5002.
Take a tour
Brent Felker, executive director of the Arts Society of Kingston will take viewers on a virtual tour of ASK at 6 p.m. May 1, detailing both his and ASK’s history over the past 25 years.
Visit askforarts.org for more information.