Your Complete April Calendar of Events

Our favorite reasons to ditch the couch this month.


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Special Events

Apr 6: Bach-N-All with Violinist Paul Peabody

Food, singing, and dance are all on the menu for this one-night-only event, climaxing with a midnight candlelit performance of Bach’s unaccompanied works for violin by Paul Peabody. Overnight lodging available.

Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333, www.ashokancenter.org

 

Apr 13: I Have a Dream Talent Show

Back for its second year, this show aims to showcase the dancing, singing, and other talents of Sullivan County’s youth. Held in the state-of-the-art Event Gallery space.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, 866.781.2922, www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events

 

Apr 20: Earth Day at Boscobel

Museum Educator Lisa DiMarzo presents a special Earth Day lecture and activity. Participants are shown how to make Seed Balls, a mixture of mud and seeds that makes it possible to plant native species without disturbing the existing soil. Boscobel provides the mud and seeds and visitors get their hands dirty mixing, compacting, and distributing the balls through the extensive Woodland Forest on site. 

Boscobel House & Gardens, Garrison, 845.265.9575, www.boscobel.org

 

Emelin Theatre

 

Apr 7: Young Concert Artists’ Nathan Lee

Before making his Lincoln Center debut, 17-year-old piano virtuoso Lee will perform a special, intimate program of pieces by Bach, Kapustin, and Grünfeld.

 

Apr 26: Flor De Toloache

Providing both traditional and progressive variations on mariachi music, this all-female trio has performed in Chennai and Paris, and received accolades from NPR.

 

Apr 27: John Pizzarelli

Guitarist and singer Pizzarelli will perform a program celebrating 100 years since jazz legend Nat King Cole’s birth, providing 21st-century variations and imaginative arrangements.

Mamaroneck, 914.698.0098, www.emelin.org

 

The Egg

 

Apr 13: The Fab Faux

This special show, entitled “From the Cavern to the Rooftop,” recreates the Beatles’ legendary final show on the roof of Abbey Road Studios, with additional cuts from their Hamburg days and the Let It Be sessions.

 

Apr 14: James Carter Organ Trio

Blues-soaked experiments from a groundbreaking saxophonist, with heavy stretches of improvisation between Carter, drummer Alex White, and organist Gerard Gibbs.

 

Apr 17: Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers

With a remake of his A Star His Born currently rocking theaters, now is as good a time as ever to revisit the outlaw country legend’s many hits, including “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Me & Bobby McGee.”

 

Apr 20: Adrian Belew

Real axe-heads know Belew from his pathbreaking work with King Crimson’s 80s incarnation, as well as his absolutely vital contributions to classic records by David Bowie and the Talking Heads. Get ready to shred through his impressive solo catalog.

Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

Music

Apr 9: Trey Anastasio

The longtime Phish guitarist has rocked many an arena in his day. Anastasio has adopted a slightly chiller vibe for his solo work, to correspond with a decade-plus of clean living. Expect blissed-out solo tunes, Phish “classics,” and creative covers galore.

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663, www.palacealbany.org

 

Apr 11: Aldous Harding

This 4AD-signed New Zealand songwriter writes bold folk-rock statements, accumulating much acclaim for songs like “Imagining My Man.” Her third album is forthcoming.

BSP, Kingston, 845.481.5158, www.bspkingston.com

 

Apr 13: Hudson Valley Philharmonic – Bach’s Mass in B Minor

A performance of J.S. Bach’s final piece, a grand work composed over many points in his life that nonetheless presents a bold thesis on the role of sacred music. With the Vassar College Choir & Cappella Festiva.

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Apr 13-14: Ephrat Asherie – Odeon

The acclaimed dancer and choreographer presents a new work inspired equally by modern hip-hop and the early-20th-century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, whose fusions of Afro-Brazilian rhythms with romantic instruments are a soundtrack to the evening.

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

Apr 13: Habibi + Y La Bamba

Presented by Meltasia and the Latinxproject, these groups meld folk and psychedelic tendencies with girl group harmonies, resulting in bold, personal narratives.

BSP, Kingston, 845.481.5158, www.bspkingston.com

 

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Photo by Danny Clinch

Angelique Kidjo has been a leading afrobeat musician since the 1980s, providing her own unique spin on the syncopated rhythms familiar from artists like Fela Kuti. For one of her most interesting projects yet, Kidjo and her band take on the Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, a groundbreaking New Wave album which combined afrobeat rhythms with synthesizers and nervy guitar spasms, in the process making it entirely her own.

Apr 11, UPAC, Kingston, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Apr 18: Trace Mountains, Elijah Wolf, and Battle Ave

This line-up of one-time and current locals includes the live return of beloved weird-pop combo Battle Ave, as well as solo shows from Dave Benton, former frontman for much-mourned SUNY Purchase emo stars LVL UP.

Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, 845.679.7625, www.colonywoodstock.com

 

Apr 20: A Tribute to Peter Tosh

The Dis-N-Dat band performs a tribute to original Wailer and reggae legend Peter Tosh, with date-appropriate grooves. Special Meet-and-Greet tickets available for $50.

Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, 845.679.7625, www.colonywoodstock.com

 

Apr 27: Deni Bonet

The rare combination of classically trained violinist and pop songwriter, Bonet has played Carnegie Hall, been a cast member on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” program, and performed with REM, the Scissor Sisters, and Warren Zevon.

Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, 845.358.0877, www.rocklandartcenter.org

 

Apr 28: Omara Portuondo

The “Diva” of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, Portuondo has been performing her unique takes on Cuban music since she was 15. Now in her mid-80s, Portuondo’s bold, brassy voice will leave you floored.

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Theater and Dance

Apr 5-14: Much Ado About Nothing

This production of the Bard’s classic comedy of wits is presented as part of the 13th Annual Sam Scripps Shakespeare Festival, directed by Shakespeare scholar Parker Reed.

Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org

 

Apr 6: Dance Off the Grid

Returning for its sixth year, this festival provides opportunities to view works by up-and-coming NYC choreographers like Caleb Teicher and Abigail Zbikowski, and to interrogate their creative processes with follow-up Q+As.

Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, 914.698.0098, www.emelin.org

 

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Photo by Alberto Bursztyn

The site-specific Natural Progressions sculpture installation features contributions from members of the Sculpture Guild of NY. These frequently interactive works focus on environmental questions through both sound and touch. This will run until May of 2020. A free reception will be held from 2–5 p.m. on the 27th.

From Apr 27, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, 845.358.0877, www.rocklandartcenter.org

 

Apr 12: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company

The Egg’s resident dance company will perform a night of compositions derived from African form-inspired “sitting structures” carved specially for the performance.

The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

Apr 12: Camphill Hudson Players – Food Talks

This integrated theater troupe returns to Hudson Hall for an all-new production of topical vignettes that question, with humor and pathos, the role of food in the community.

Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, Hudson, 518.822.1438, www.hudsonhall.org

 

Apr 14: The Golden Dragon Aristocrats

Beautiful music and ornate backdrops set the stage for a night of time-honored Chinese acrobatics and athletic feats of daring and skill.

The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

Apr 27: David’s Friend

Comedian and playwright Nora Burns examines 1980s New York, before and after the AIDS epidemic that decimated the city’s gay community, through her friendship with a man who would not survive the plague. The Off-Broadway run of this piece of experimental theater received a rave review in the New York Times, and comes to Hudson Hall for one night only.

Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, Hudson, 518.822.1438, www.hudsonhall.org

 

Art

Apr 7-28: The Student Exhibition

Showcases the works produced by those currently studying at RoCA, and in a variety of styles and media: beads, pottery, painting, and sculpture among them. A free reception will be held on April 7 from 2-5 p.m.

Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, 845.358.0877, www.rocklandartcenter.org

 

From Apr 26: BFA/MFA Thesis Exhibition

Works in many styles and mediums from New Paltz students’ final projects.

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, 845.257.3844; www.newpaltz.edu/dorskymuseum

 

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Photo courtesy of UPAC

Drew Carey and the cast of the long-running television show Whose Line Is it Anyway? are together again for Whose Live Anyway?, an all-improvised, new-every-night show that is sure to be a crowd-pleasing spectacle.

Apr 12, UPAC, Kingston, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Film

Apr 18: Senso

This lush, colorful, and wildly melodramatic Italian romance, directed by Luchino Visconti and starring Alida Valli and Farley Granger, follows the affair between an Italian countess and an Austrian officer during the 19th-century Seven Weeks War.

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663, www.burnsfilmcenter.org

 

Apr 22: Three Stooges Fest

A night of slapstick, noogies, and painful collisions with food, as the titular trio bumble their way through high and low society. Precise films still to be determined.

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663, www.palacealbany.org

 

Apr 23: Of Fathers and Sons

His astounding documentary, currently nominated for an Academy Award, is the fruit of two years spent by director Talal Derki with a family in the Islamic Caliphate, documenting the relationships between two young boys and their Jihadist father.

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663, www.burnsfilmcenter.org

 

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Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography

The all-new musical Rosie Revere, Engineer is adapted from Andrea Beaty’s series of children’s books. It follows three precocious children who, after being stranded on a remote island during a class trip, must use their unique STEM knowledge to return themselves and their teacher to safety. From TheatreWorks USA.

Apr 27, Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, 914.698.0098, www.emelin.org

 

Apr 26: The Last Waltz

Martin Scorsese’s star-studded farewell show finds The Band in peak form, performing its own songs as well as those of guests like Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young in a riotous wake for the 60s, approximately eight years behind schedule.

UPAC, Kingston, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Family

Apr 6-7: Don’t Say Macbeth!

This child-friendly farce focuses on a student’s reading of Macbeth in a coffee shop next to a theater, and the help he’s given by a friendly waitress and four actors who rush to act it out for his benefit. Starts at 11 a.m.

Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org

 

Apr 6-7: The Rainbow Fish

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings Marcus Pfizer’s classic children’s book to life with bright, colorful puppets. Telling the story of a fish who learns to share what is most precious to him, this production will include additional stories about the titular fish.

The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

Apr 13: Cardboard Explosion with Brad Shur

Powered by audience participation, this puppet show becomes a choose-your-own-adventure tale, as puppeteer Brad Shur takes suggestions and builds sets, characters, and props out of cardboard.

Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org

 

Apr 26: Garden Brothers Circus

This family-run circus showcases the best in acrobatics, stunt riding, and general ring-bound goofery. And for all those with a conscience, this performance will not feature any elephants.

Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, 845.454.5800, www.midhudsonciviccenter.org

 

Comedy

Apr 5: Paul Reiser

Comedian and actor Reiser has starred in several of the most popular sitcoms of all time, and his particular style of put-upon wise guy humor has made him a household name. Will perform a mix of classic and all-new material.

The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

Apr 19: Comedy CENTER 5

This Last Comic Standing-style battle finds local comedians battling one another for control of the stage. For mature audiences.

Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org

 

Five Hudson Valley Bands to Watch

 


Photo by Kristof Lalicki

Tiny Blue Ghost

This pop-punk group's members are veterans of the New Paltz basement scene, and Marissa Carroll's (above) heart-on-sleeve vocals and super-powered riffs have inspired more than a few impassioned sing-alongs.

 

American Film History

Sugary melodies collide with classic emo in the work of Frank McGinnis. The Poughkeepsie-based songwriter has played with lo-fi pop and alt-country in the past, and today is working with some of his biggest rock moves to date.

 

Hiding Behind Sound

Sammi Niss has drummed for many of the area’s best bands, but with last year’s Words Escape, the Kingston-based songwriter stepped out from behind the kit for gorgeous, patient songs about healing.

 

Shana Falana

The sky’s the limit with Falana, whose massive synth-pop ballads have earned her a spot on New Paltz’s coveted Team Love Records.

 

Fraternal Twin

Imagine attending a Pink Floyd concert after serious dental surgery, or a mid-’90s Failure tape that you left on the dashboard all summer long, and you’ll be close to the mark with this Kingston band.

 

Pros & iCons

This self-described “anti-pop” band pairs mile-wide synths with the swaggering of groups like the Chainsmokers. iConic, their newest, folds typical ’80s sounds into the mix.

 

Lectures/Workshops/Classes

Apr 4-May 2: Pop Art and Printmaking for Adults 

Mining the techniques made famous by Warhol’s Factory, this weekly workshop, held every Thursday, is meant to inspire you to both look more deeply at classic works and redefine your own creativity, no experience necessary.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, 866.781.2922, www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events

 

Apr 17, 24: Roger’s Folly Wednesday Night Dance

This all-winter dance-off will end its season in April. Free swing lessons at 7 p.m. are followed by almost three hours of swing, blues, waltz, and other wild styles for $12.

Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, 845.205.2900, www.innspabeacon.com

 

Apr 24: 2019 Hesburgh Lecture

Presented by the local Notre Dame Club chapter, the lecture brings in a speaker to explore an issue of public concern. This year, F. Clark Power will discuss developmentally focused sports programs.

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, 845.575.3174, www.mhv.undclub.org

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