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Weekly Rec: 40th Annual MLK Day at Pilgram Baptist, Pop-Up Exhibit at Hopper House, Rare print of Household Saints at Rivertown, Italian American Reconciliation at Elmwood


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The 40th annual Interfaith Commemorative Service will take place on Monday, January 15th at 2pm at Pildrom Baptist Church, 80 Franklin Street, Nyack

Pop-Up Jo Show at Hopper House

Get a glimpse into the watercolor world of Josephine “Jo” Nivison Hopper (1883-1968), at the Pop-Up Jo Show at the Edward Hopper House on view through Sun, Jan 14th.⁣

⁣Her paintings offer a view into her unique perspective on subjects as well as the Hoppers’ decades-long story of “painting together” – and in so doing, the importance of Jo’s role as Edward Hopper’s painting companion, model, and muse that can finally be recognized and celebrated.

Edward Hopper House is located at 82 North Broadway. You can visit Fridays from 1-5pm, Saturdays from 12-5pm and Sundays from 12-5pm.

Household Saints at Rivertown Film

Thirty-one years after its well-regarded premiere, Nancy Savoca’s quirky, magical film “Household Saints” receives a screening at Rivertown Film on Wednesday, January 17th. The movie hasn’t been available in either Blu-Ray,DVD, or theaters, which makes the unveiling of this restored version highly anticipated

Nancy Savoca , a founding member of Rivertown Film and current RF Creative Advisory Board Member, adapted the story (with her husband, Richard Guay) from a novel by Francine Prose. She directs this tale of a butcher, Joseph, in 1940’s Little Italy who wins his bride , Catherine, in a pinochle game with a sure sense of the fantastical. The film is imbued with a sure sense of mystery and engaging weirdness, thanks to Savoca’s complete understanding of the themes and subtext.

In addition to “Household Saints”, Rivertown Film will be streaming Nancy Savoca’s first short film, “Renata”our virtual screening room from January 18th-14th. “Renata” is an exploration into Italian-American culture that makes an ideal companion piece to her later work.

Nancy Savoca and Richard Guay will lead a post-film discussion after the film, which is being presented at the Nyack Center (58 Depew Ave.). Among other things, they’ll discuss their involvement with “Missing Movies”, an organization devoted to empowering filmmakers, distributors, archivists, and others to locate lost materials, clear rights, and advocate for policies and laws to make the full range of cinema history available to all ( ).

Doors to the Nyack Center open at 7:30pom, and the film begins at 8pm. Tickets are $13/General Admission, $11/Students & Seniors, and $9/Rivertown Film Members.

Italian American Reconciliation at Elmwood

Elmwood Playhouse presentation of Italian American Reconciliation, by John Patrick Shanley, opens on January 19, 2024. A captivating blend of comedy and poignant storytelling, Italian American Reconciliation is a big story with a big heart that The New Yorker calls “zestfully comic.”

Fun and relatable, it’s a joyful celebration of family, friendship, second chances, and “amore.” Written by the Oscar-winning writer of Moonstruck, and directed by Peter Garruba, the production features Debbie Buchsbaum (of River Vale, NJ), Paul Halley (of Suffern, NY) John Carlos Lefkowitz (of West Nyack, NY), Sierra Lidén (of Northvale, NJ), Normajean Pfautsch (of Nyack, NY), Blair Peroni (of Nanuet, NY) and Kerri Donlon (of New York, NY).

Ticket holders for opening night are invited to a pre-show gallery reception from 6:30 to 7:30 to view the artwork of Nyack Art Collective and enjoy complimentary wine, soft drinks, and cheeses from local gourmet shop Scott and Joe. Artwork will remain on exhibit in the Elmwood lobby gallery throughout the run of the show.

Pencil King illustration by Bill Batson, color King illustration by Janet Hamlin

Performances of Italian America Reconciliation run January 19 through February 10: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with an open caption performance on Thursday February 8 at 8 p.m.Tickets are $30/seniors, students, and military: $27.

Visit or call 845.353.1313 for reservations and information.Elmwood Playhouse is located at 10 Park Street in Nyack, New York. 

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