Film se­ries will show ‘The Big Sick’ on Oct. 20

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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 cdow­den@hvc.rr.com.

*** 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.

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