Your Complete August Calendar of Events

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Aug 10: AUNTS camp3 

Choreography collective AUNTS brings their experimental camp3 project to the scenic Mount Tremper grounds. By collecting artists like Charlotte Gibbons, Stephanie Acosta, and Jennifer Kjos from across many disciplines, camp3 results in a performance like no other: part dance, part party, all of it dedicated to groundbreaking performance art.

Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper, 845.688.9893, www.mounttremperarts.org

 

Aug 23-25: Summer Hoot

The region’s coziest music festival returns for a weekend of string music and family fun. Get ready for performances by local and international acts including The Restless Age, Heather Maloney, and more. 

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

 

Aug 24–25: The Olana Summer Market

This popular annual event returns with more than 30 vendors of local arts, crafts, food, and more, as well as live music, set up on the historic 250-acre site.

Olana Historic Site, Hudson, 518.828.1872, www.olana.org

 

Aug 25: General Washington on the Hudson

Military re-enactors gather on the historic Boscobel grounds to drill, fire artillery, and receive an inspection from “George Washington” himself.

Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, 845.265.3638, www.boscobel.org/events

 

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The ongoing Thomas Cole’s Refrain – Paintings of Catskill Creek exhibition has drawn raves from The New Yorker, among others, for collecting some of the groundbreaking painter’s best close-to-home landscapes.

Throughout Aug, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, 518.943.7465, www.thomascole.org

 

Music

Aug 2: The Sweet Clementines

John Burdick’s long-running smart-pop group comes to Marlboro for a night of tasteful melodies and creative arrangements.

The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, 845.236.7970, www.liveatthefalcon.com

 

Aug 14: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Deep blues and wild funk are on tap with this acclaimed guitarist and his all-star band.

Towne Crier Café, Beacon, 845.855.1300, www.townecrier.com

 

Aug 15: Johnny Nicholas and Cindy Cashdollar

Two Americana masters meet for a night of folk, blues, and swing, combining the traditional songwriting of Nicholas with Cashdollar’s virtuoso lap steel work.

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

 

Aug 16: Belew, Levin, Mastelotto & Friends

Though you might better recognize the musicians they’ve played with, from David Bowie to King Crimson, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, and XTC, these legendary sidemen are masters in their own right. Get ready for a night-long experimental exploration. 

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

 

Aug 17: Simi Stone & Friends

Woodstock’s own Simi Stone applies her vocal chops to folk, R&B, and more for this intimate hometown show.

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

 

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Photo courtesy of Hudson River Museum


Artist-in-Residence Eric Velasquez leads a workshop on documentary drawing with charcoal on newsprint, titled Giving Voice. It is free with museum admission.

Aug 10, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550, www.hrm.org

 

Aug 18: Janis Ian + Livingston Taylor

Two folk greats co-headline this double bill. You’ll likely catch renditions of classics like “At Seventeen,” “Boatman,” and “I Will Be in Love With You.” 

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

 

Aug 25: The Spirit of Harlem

This octet of young jazz stars tackle a program billed as “From Blues to Bebop.”

The Falcon Underground, Marlboro, 845.236.7970, www.liveatthefalcon.com

 

Aug 25: David Temple – Guitar Alive!

Local nylon-string virtuoso performs a program comprising classical guitar, Spanish-style, and more.

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

 

Aug 30: A Journey of Song

This vocal trio traverses European and American song in a concert covering the works of Purcell, Brahms, Porter, Schumann, and more. 

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

 

Theater, Dance, and Comedy

Aug 2-3: Ephrat Asherie: Odeon This “street and social dance” group will perform a piece combining breaking, hip hop, and vogue, set to the Afro-Brazilian rhythms of composer Ernesto Nazareth.

PS21, Chatham, 518.392.6121, www.ps21chatham.org

 

The Spiegeltent

 

Aug 4: Summertime Swing

The Boilermaker Jazz Band performs a concert of danceable favorites, with instruction provided by Got2Lindy Dance Studios.

Aug 8: Singers & Songbooks – Joni Mitchell and Friends

Pianist Sam Reider and vocalist Kéren Tayár update ’60s and ’70s classics by Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Mavis Staples, Joan Baez, and more.

Aug 11: Cage/Cunningham Music and Dance Circus

Celebrating the 100th birthday of renowned choreographer Merce Cunningham, more than 40 musicians and dancers come together for a wild, chance-determined performance of Cunningham’s Musicircus, a collaboration with the groundbreaking composer John Cage.

Aug 15: Singers & Songbooks – Horace Silver

Camille Thurman’s tenor saxophone leads the Darrell Green trio through reinterpretations of pianist Horace Silver, from his early hard bop work to subtle late experiments with funk.

 

Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

 

Aug 1-2: Gordon Lightfoot

The Canadian Dylan celebrates his 80th birthday with this multi-night performance of his countless classic hits, from “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” to Adult Contemporary Radio standards like “If You Could Read My Mind.”

 

Aug 9: Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida

With acts representing three distinct pop eras, look forward to all-time summer jams like “Waterfalls” and “Hot in Herre.”

 

Aug 16: Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

Kicking off the Bethel Woods weekend-long celebration of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, the former Beatles beat-maker leads his band through his era-defining hits.

 

Aug 17: Santana with the Doobie Brothers

Santana returns to the site of their 1969 triumph with support from the “What a Fool Believes” hitmakers.

 

Aug 18: John Fogerty

Creedence Clearwater Revival played a late-night set at the original Woodstock, was kept out of the concert film, and thus was largely forgotten as being there. Former frontman Fogerty returns with some help from Grace Potter, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more.

 

Aug 25: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge

Several generations of singer-songwriter greats team up for a night of strong emotions and sing-alongs. Get your lighter – or smart phone – ready for “Come to my Window” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”

 

Bethel, 866.781.2922, www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events

 

Aug 2: Call Me Ishmael – A Story of Exploitation

Shaneika McIntosh’s production uses the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth to expand upon the themes of Moby Dick and its connection to modern environmentalism, the brutality of the whaling industry, and the forced migration of black Africans via the slave trade by way of multi-media, spoken word, and dance. 

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

 

Aug 3: NY Neo-Futurists – The Infinite Wrench

Thirty plays are performed in random order, the performers racing to get them all in before the on-stage clock reaches one hour.

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550, www.hrm.org

 

Aug 8: Tom Segura

Segura has come to much fame after a run of successful hour-long Netflix specials, and he hosts the Your Mom’s House podcast with wife and fellow comedian Christina Pazsitzky.

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

 

Aug 9-10: Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco)

Philadanco is dedicated both to preserving and innovating within African American dance traditions. Their work combines ballet with more modern styles and includes work by Ronald K. Brown and George Faison.

PS21, Chatham, 518.392.6121, www.ps21chatham.org

 

Aug 10: The Sleeping Beauty The Ajkun Ballet Theatre performs the classic Tchaikovsky ballet, romantic strings, baroque sets, and all. Appropriate for all ages.

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

 

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The 30th season of the Bard Music Festival focuses on the works of the Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, from his early years as a child prodigy to his late career reinvention in Hollywood. Korngold and His World will also feature programs focused on teachers and contemporaries like Fuchs, Mahler, and Marx.

Aug 9–11, 16–18, The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

Aug 10: The Consul

Soprano Yolanda F. Johnson directs and stars in this free performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s 1950 opera about the fight for freedom and the absurdity of tyranny.

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550, www.hrm.org

 

Aug 23: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Albany Berkshire Ballet’s production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy features all-new choreography by Paula Weber and music by Felix Mendelssohn, appropriate for all ages.

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

 

Aug 23-24: Parsons Dance

This company focuses exclusively on modern and cutting-edge styles in dance, aiming to perform diverse compositions for diverse audiences.

PS21, Chatham, 518.392.6121, www.ps21chatham.org

 

Aug 24: Mina Nishimura and Kota Yamazaki

Though long-time partners, collaborators, and spouses, Nishimura and Yamazaki duet for the very first time on The Otherself, a work of butoh and experimental dance.

Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper, 845.688.9893, www.mountremperarts.org

 

Aug 31: CoLab Dance

Founder and artistic director Lauren Post deploys dancers from the American Ballet Theater for groundbreaking and avant-garde work.

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli, 845.757.5106 ext 112, www.kaatsbaan.org

 

Art

Through Aug: A Century of Lunar Photography and Beyond

This ongoing exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by displaying NASA images alongside the oldest surviving lunar images taken in a Westchester observatory in the 1840s, and many creative attempts to get a glimpse of the moon’s surface from the more than a century between them.

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550, www.hrm.org

 

From Aug 10: Tema Stauffer – UPSTATE

Stauffer’s color photographs both depict and explore the landscape, urban and rural, around Hudson. Relics and accidental artifacts find themselves taking center stage in a story of development and change. 

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

 

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Photo courtesy of Jacob Burns Film Center


Jackie Chan’s Police Story is a landmark of action cinema, a symphony of martial arts, high-wire acrobatics, and life-threatening stunts. It’s also the most fun you can have in a movie theater, making this restored screening a can’t-miss experience.

Aug 17, Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663, www.burnsfilmcenter.org

 

Film

Aug 3: Alien

Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic of deep-space wonder and terror finds Sigourney Weaver and a crew of character-actor greats – Yaphet Kotto! John Hurt! Tom Skerritt! – trying their best to survive an unstoppable killing machine that hatches onboard their spaceship. 

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

 

Aug 6: Black Ballerina This documentary tells the story of several generations of black women who studied and became virtuosos in ballet, despite the racism, sexism, and cultural exclusion that worked to marginalize them.

PS21, Chatham, 518.392.6121, www.ps21chatham.org

 

Aug 6: Chico & Rita

This tenderly-animated 2010 film follows the romance between two musicians, and the music, crime, and heartache that characterize their lives.

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

 

Aug 8: Treasure of the Sierra Madre

One of the all-time great stories of greed and punishment, John Huston’s adaptation of the B. Traven novel stars Humphrey Bogart in a career-best performance as a prospector whose search for a serious payday threatens to destroy his entire world. 

The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

Aug 18: 2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction vision is a real ‘See It Big’ experience, from its vivid special effects to sternum-shattering score with works by Strauss, Ligeti, and more.

The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

Aug 31: Rock ’n’ Roll High School

The Ramones invade and revolutionize a particularly square high school in this low-budget musical classic. Come for the iconic musical numbers, stay for the mop-tops and corny jokes. A joy all around. 

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

 

Family

Aug 10-11: Disney’s The Jungle Book

This staging of the swinging Disney musical will be performed by the Center’s Intro to Musical Theater Camp.

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

 

Aug 17-18: Fiddler on the Roof Jr.

Tevye the Milkman’s story of family, tradition, and persecution has been adapted for a younger audience, and will be performed by the Kids on Stage Performance Group.

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

 

Aug 19-23: Arts Immersion Camp Program

Kids ages 4-8 learn about the history and legacy of the site, along with games, art projects, performances, and more. $250 for the week.

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

 

Aug 20: Incredibles 2

Brad Bird’s follow-up to his beloved superhero family comedy finds the Incredibles once again navigating the travails of marriage and teenagerdom – alongside, well, a plot to destroy superheroes once and for all.

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

 

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Photo by Ed Thompson


Composer Joseph Bertolozzi celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Bridge Music, a unique sound-art installation featuring the Mid-Hudson Bridge as the instrument, with an all-day celebration in Poughkeepsie. Join in a tour out to the listening station on the bridge where you are invited to play along to the music with supplied drumsticks. The day concludes with a bridge light show synchronized to the rhythms of the music.

Aug 3, Mid-Hudson Bridge, 845.337.1216, www.bridgemusic.info

 

Workshops/Classes/Lectures

Aug 3, 17, 31: Architects on Olana – Clara (Mu) He + Cathryn Dwyre & Chris Perry

These one-of-a-kind house tours give leading architects a vehicle to reinterpret Olana’s iconic fusion style according to their own interests. 

Olana Historic Site, Hudson, 518.828.0135, www.olana.org

 

Aug 10: Artists on Olana – Dr. Christopher Bellochs

Take a walk around the grounds with saxophonist Bellochs, who will explain the connections between Frederic Church’s art and his relationships with composers of the era.

Olana Historic Site, Hudson, 518.828.0135, www.olana.org

 

Aug 25: Yoga of the Earth

Stephanie Fischer leads a gentle yoga practice on the historic site’s scenic grounds. The group meets at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. and is available by voluntary donation.

Olana Historic Site, Hudson, 518.828.0135, www.olana.org

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