Film series will show ‘The Big Sick’ on Oct. 20
The funny, heartfelt and intelligent romantic comedy drama “The Big Sick,” about an interethnic couple tested by illness and clashing cultures, will be screened as part of the Movies with Spirit series on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 207 Albany Ave.
Based on the real-life courtship and harrowing episode of standup comic Kumail Nanjiani and frustrated psychotherapist Emily V. Gordon, this independent film tells the story of Pakistan-born Kumail (Nanjiani), a Chicago Uber driver and aspiring comedian, who meets Emily (Zoe Kazan), a white American graduate student, after one of his standup shows. She had been flirtatiously heckling him.
They develop a relationship, and, as they grow closer, Kumail worries about what his observant Muslim parents will think of her. They had made clear to him they expected him to marry within the faith.
Months later, when Emily is beset by an illness that lands her in a hospital’s intensive care unit in an induced coma, Kumail navigates the medical crisis with Emily’s mismatched parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano), whom he’d never met but finds himself developing a bond with.
The Arc of Ulster-Greene was awarded a $5,000 grant from Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation to revitalize and repurpose its facility in Ellenville to establish the Cornell Creative Business Center Ellenville.
The grant will be used toward creating a light manufacturing and shipping/receiving facility able to house multiple small businesses with immense economic opportunity for the Ellenville area and local small manufacturers.
The Arc of Ulster-Greene is a private not-for-profit agency founded in 1956 by families in Ulster and Greene Counties who believed their children with disabilities should have the same opportunities as their peers. In 2016, both the unemployment rate of people with disabilities, and the economic and development need to revitalize Midtown Kingston was increasing.
The Arc of Ulster-Greene created the idea of bringing businesses into Kingston and employing people with disabilities at a vacant work center thus establishing the Cornell Creative Business Center. The grant it received will be used to create a similar one in Ellenville.
*** The Bank of Greene County donated $1,000 toward the startup of the Germantown Central School District’s Facility Trained Service Dog Program.
The goal is to raise $5,000 to start the program, which includes purchasing the puppy. Community members wishing to donate to the program can visit the district website, germantowncsd.org, or call Renee Grzeskow at (518) 537-6281, ext. 325. *** The Red Hook Rotary Foundation, along with the Rotary Club of Red Hook, will honor Claudine and Chris Klose as Red Hook’s Citizens of the Year for 2018. Since returning to Red Hook nearly a decade ago, the Kloses immersed themselves in the Red Hook community. Both are very involved with Historic Red Hook, Inc.
They will be recognized at a dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Red Hook Firehouse. The event will begin with a social time at 6:15 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $45 per person.
Tickets are available from any Red Hook Rotarian, at the Red Hook Town Hall, 7340 South Broadway; Red Hook Village Hall, 7467 South Broadway; by calling (845) 7585386 orsending an to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** Historic Huguenot Street was awarded a $14,000 New York State Council on the Arts planning grant to prepare for a year of women’s history centered programming at the 10acre National Historic Landmark District in New Paltz, N.Y.
Programs being planned include artistic and innovative interpretations of local women’s history, as well as educational sessions that address current issues related to women’s rights.
The feature program will be a new and reoccurring fully immersive theatre experience that takes place in the museum’s historic houses. This program will combine art, history and the humanities in ways that have not been seen in the Hudson Valley in recent times.
Other programs will include a new school program that focuses on the suffrage movement in the region and public information sessions with The League of Women Voters that focus on current social issues and civic engagement. These will be supplemented by women’s history-themed exhibits displayed in the Visitor Center and an increased focus on women’s history on the daily guided tour throughout 2020.