Events: Polly’s Picks in August 2011

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for August 2011


In his paintings, Dublin born artist Peter McCaffrey often focuses on animals and nature. The 20-some works in “Markings,” McCaffrey’s solo show opening this month at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, include renderings of birds, cattle, and other fauna, as well as landscapes inspired by the flora around his Greene County home.
Aug 18-Sept. 11. Artist’s reception Aug. 20, 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours Thurs.-Mon. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 362 1/2 Warren St., Hudson. 518-828-5907;

kid rockKid Rock; photograph by Clay Patrick McBride

Summing up the wide-ranging offerings at Bethel Woods this month isn’t easy to do in just a few sentences, but we’ll try. Pop diva Janet Jackson starts things off (Aug. 4), followed by teenage singing sensation Selena Gomez (Aug. 5), and mysterical Fleetwood Mac songstress Stevie Nicks (Aug. 27). Rockers Bob Dylan and Leon Russell (Aug. 12), Kid Rock (above, on Aug. 17), and Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Doobie Brothers (Aug. 19) raise the volume, while the inaugural Bethel Woods Music and Arts Festival (Aug. 14) features classic groups like Tommy James and the Shondells and Blood, Sweat and Tears. Classical music is also well represented: the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra salutes Cole Porter on the 6th, singer/pianist Neil Sedaka appears with the New Jersey Symphony on the 21st, and jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli joins the New York Pops on the 28th. Call for times and ticket information.
200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. 866-781-2922;

the lady eveThe Lady Eve

In need of a few belly laughs? Catch a screening of The Lady Eve (Aug. 13 & 15), the 1941 screwball comedy starring Barbara Stanwyck (as a gold-digging con woman) and Henry Fonda (as her latest clueless victim). It’s one of 15 “Party Movies” being shown this month at the Jacob Burns Film Center. Also on the lineup: the frat-boy send-up Animal House (Aug. 13 & 17); Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with the inimitable Audrey Hepburn (Aug. 19, 20 & 23); and the Marx Brothers’ masterpiece Animal Crackers (Aug. 21 & 25). Check the Web site for complete listings, times, and tickets.
0364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. 914-747-5555;

woodstock tango

Bard College’s Speigeltent — an ornately decorated “mirror tent” — hosts all types of entertainment during the college’s SummerScape arts festival. One of the more participatory is Noche Porteño, an evening of Argentinian music and dance presented by Woodstock Tango. Take an introductory tango lesson, then practice your new skills to live music performed by two Argentine “orquestas.” The evening also includes a performance by professional tango dancers Junior Cervila and Natalia Royo (shown).
Aug. 6 at 8:30 p.m. Call for ticket information. Bard College campus. Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-246-1122; 

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