The 9 Best Things to Do in the Hudson Valley This January

Stretch at Yogapalooza, bid on antiques, and more.


Stretch and Dance to Yogapalooza

Albany will be dancing and stretching with children’s favorite yoga expert in Yogapalooza with Bari Koral. An interactive concert packed with yoga poses, songs, dance, and play, it’s based on the TV show created and hosted by Koral, who’s appeared at the White House and all over the country.  Koral gets children involved in yoga in a fun, entertaining way with activities such as taking a trip to the moon, yoga with a gingerbread man, pop like popcorn, hang upside-down like bats, and lots more as they rock out to award-winning songs. Adults are free, accompanied by a child, and beginners are welcome. Jan 20, 3 p.m., $15. The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, 270 State St, Albany, 518.473.1845;


A Rainbow Collage of Images

In a One Woman Show, Artist Josette Urso creates circular collages from colorful images to form a unique perspective that’s beautiful to behold.  In her collages, Urso juxtaposes chaos and order by featuring an array of found images arranged in geometric shapes in a rainbow of color. Her oil paintings consist of muted tones in a free-flowing abstract view of her surroundings. Jan 6–Feb 17, Tues–Sat 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Kenise Barnes Fine Art Gallery, 1947 Palmer Ave, Larchmont, 914.834.8077;


A LEGO World of Sea Creatures

Help LEGO experts create an enormous Aquarium-themed scene using everyone’s favorite building blocks during LEGO Weekend. Throughout the weekend, LEGO experts from Play-Well TEKnologies will engineer a big, fun project made entirely out of LEGO blocks. The experts will create the scene while Aquarium guests can build small LEGO marine creatures that will be part of the finished piece. Jan 27-28, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $22.95 adult, $20.95 youth, $15.95 kids ages 12 years and under. Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St, Norwalk, CT; 203.852.0700;


For the Love of Antiques

A tradition for one of the longest running auction houses in Columbia County, The 38th Annual New Year's Day Auction is the brainchild of Copake Auction owners Mike Fallon and his son, Seth Fallon. This is their biggest event of the year and features Americana antiques and collectibles such as 18th- and 19th-century furniture, artwork, folk art, period accessories, china, glass, stoneware, primitives, and more. Jan 1, 10 a.m. Copake Auction Inc., 266 East Main St, Copake, 518.329.1142; 


A Dinner Gone Awry in Opera

A dark and surreal opera by composer Thomas Adès, The Exterminating Angel is based on the film screenplay by Luis Buñuel. It’s about a wealthy couple who throws a dinner party; but when the meal is over, the guests mysteriously find it impossible to leave. As days pass, they turn on each other in a desperate bid to survive. Jan 13, 1 p.m., $28 adults, $20 children. Bardavon, 35 Market St, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072;


Get Hot in Pleasantville

Recently topping BBC Culture’s poll of the best comedy ever made, the 1959 classic Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is about two struggling musicians who witness a murder and hide out from the Mob. The men disguise themselves as women in an all-girl band, creating side-splitting scenes and unforgettable cinematic moments. Jan. 29, 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., $13. Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663;


Albany is All About Country Rock

Newly released album, The Nashville Sound, by the country music sensation Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit debuted at number one on the Rock, Folk, Country, and Independent charts; it also reached number four overall on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, sold more than 110,000 copies, and was nominated for the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year. Quickly becoming rising country/rock stars, the group will perform songs from their new release, rocking the house with special guest star James McMurty.  Jan 31, 8 p.m., $32.50+. Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave, Albany, 518.465.4663;


A Desperate Woman in Rhinebeck

The story of a frustrated newlywed bored by her dull husband, Hedda Gabler is Marcus D. Gregio’s contemporary adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s enduring play detailing a woman on the edge. Hedda finds comfort in a former love interest, a budding writer like her husband, but when tragedy strikes, death is the only answer. Not suitable for children. Jan 26–Feb 4, Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., $23. Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080;


Getting Toasty on the Rail Trail 

An outdoor festival that celebrates the best that winter has to offer is the 21st Annual Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest. Why stay in and hibernate when you can gather with friends for some roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows, wagon rides, wood-carving demonstrations, and some fun activities for your children. Don’t forget your bowl of chili from the “Best of Fest” chili contest to warm your soul. Jan 13, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., $2 adults, children under 6 are free. Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, 101 New Paltz Rd, Highland, 845.691.8880; www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail

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