Our Picks: Editors’ Favorite Events in April 2016

Our events editor lists her top event picks happening this month


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Thru Apr. 30: All in the family: Wai-Lin Osofsky and her daughters Luling and Jarema really get around. A librarian at the Newburgh Free Library, Wai-Lin is a native of Hong Kong who has also visited Taiwan and Vancouver, British Columbia. Luling teaches in Wyoming, and two years ago traveled to a site 500 miles south of the North Pole. Jarema lives in Brooklyn but took a trip to Hollywood. All three women recorded their adventures in photographs, a selection of which are on view at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m. 94 Broadway, Newburgh. 845-569-4997; www.rain.org/~karpeles

a night of magic

Apr. 1: A magic show for grown-ups: A Night of Magic features four conjurers who regularly perform in the off-Broadway show Monday Night Magic. But don’t expect to see giant props and scantily clad assistants here: These professional entertainers amaze their audiences with illusions that are more artistic and less flamboyant than you may be used to. And while families are welcome, this sophisticated show is aimed at adults. 8 p.m. $35-$50. Emelin Theatre. 153 Library Ln., Mamaroneck. 914-698-0098; www.emelin.org

a chump at oxford

Apr. 2 & 16: Comedy and drama fill the screen this month during the Matinee at the Shadowland Series. First up is Laurel and Hardy’s A Chump at Oxford (Apr. 2), in which the boys get “schooled” at the esteemed English college. On the 16th, catch Burgess Meredith in the film version of John Steinbeck’s Depression-era novella Of Mice and Men. 2 p.m. $10, $7 children. Shadowland Theatre. 157 Canal St., Ellenville. 845-647-5511; www.shadowlandtheatre.org

mnozil brass

Apr. 6: From folk and classical to jazz and pop music, the Mnozil Brass ensemble plays it all with what they call “schmäh” (loosely translated from the German as “sarcastic charm”). The septet’s current concert show, entitled Yes Yes Yes, is rife with ironic humor that would make the boys from Monty Python proud. 7:30 p.m. $20-$38. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 30 Second St., Troy. 518-273-0038; www.troymusichall.org

david sedaris carrie haddad gallery

David Sedaris (left) takes the Bardavon stage on April 8; on April 10, visit Carrie Haddad Gallery for an opening reception for its new exhibit, Point of Intersection

Apr. 6-May 22: Winter is finally over, and a quartet of contemporary artists — Christopher Engel, Scott Nelson Foster, Paul Chojnowski, and Dai Ban — welcome the new season with a springtime show at Hudson’s Carrie Haddad Gallery. Works on view include Engel’s abstract paintings such as Parade (pictured above), as well as mixed-media offerings from Foster and Chojnowski, and sculptural pieces by Ban. An opening reception for the artists takes place on Apr. 10 from 2-4 p.m. Gallery hours are Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m. 22 Warren St., Hudson. 518-828-1915; www.carriehaddadgallery.com

Apr. 8: David Sedaris is one of this country’s best-loved humorists. A best-selling author, playwright, and essayist — as well as a comedian and radio commentator — the multitalented Sedaris gets laughs at his own expense with a self-deprecating humor that makes short work of cultural euphemisms and political correctness. 8 p.m. $48. Bardavon Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072; www.bardavon.org

the birdcage

Apr. 22: Even if you didn’t see the original 1983 Broadway smash La Cage Aux Folles (or one of its two revivals, in 2004 and 2010), you’re sure to be tickled by The Birdcage, director Mike Nichols’ 1996 film version of this laugh-out-loud comedy. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane play gay partners — the owner and star performer, respectively — of a South Beach drag club; things get messy when Williams’s character’s son brings his fiancée — and her ultraconservative parents (played to a fault by Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest) — home for dinner. 7:30 p.m. $6. Ulster Performing Arts Center. 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088; www.upac.org

stitch and sip

Apr. 23: Hosted by the Olana Partnership, Stitch and Sip is a program that — like an old-fashioned quilting bee or sewing circle — mixes needlework with socializing. Participants in this month’s “Beading on Fabric” class learn this lost art from Sandra Feck of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. (And yes, the “sipping” involves vino.) 4-6 p.m. $25, ages 21 and older only. Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site. 5720 Rte. 9G, Hudson. 518-828-0135; www.olana.org

may day dances

Apr. 29-May 1: Two up-and-coming choreographers present their works in separate programs collectively entitled May Day Dances at Bard’s Fisher Center. Faye Driscoll is a Bessie Award-winning choreographer; her work has been called “ferocious, hilarious, and disturbing” by the Village Voice. John Jasperse’s “Within between” is described as a “playful and complex” work with an original score by Jonathan Bepler. Driscoll: Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m., Sun. 4:30 p.m. Jasperse: Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 4:30 p.m. $25 single performance, $40 for both. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900; www.fishercenter.bard.edu

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