Your Complete Calendar of January Events in the Hudson Valley

A wingfest in Poughkeepsie, a winter party in Highland, and more make the month unforgettable.


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Special Events

Feb 8: Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest (new date)

Come to this historic depot for an afternoon of midwinter snacks like chestnuts, family-friendly games, hayrides, and a chili cook-off to stave off the cold.

Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, Highland, 845.691.6313, www.ulstercountyalive.com

 

Jan 25: Hudson Valley Wingfest

The region’s premiere fowl fest returns to Poughkeepsie for its 13th installment, bringing over 30 dedicated wing places, restaurants, and stands, as well as sauces, live music, and more.

Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center, Poughkeepsie, www.baptickets.com

 

Music

Jan 3: Adam Ezra Group

No one does the folk-rock sound better than this hard-touring group of crackpot musicians, all of them arrayed behind lead singer-songwriter Adam Ezra, who will perform songs from 2019’s Find A Way, among other releases.

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

 

Jan 9: Louis Prima Jr.

The trumpeter and famous bandleader’s namesake puts his own spin on jazz, swing, big band, and more, for a sure-to-be-rollicking time aimed at the slightly groovier set.

Colony, Woodstock, 845.679.7625; www.colonywoodstock.com

 

Jan 11: Music Under the Dome: Freddy Mercury in Retrograde

This special audio-visual performance pairs the music of Mercury and Queen with the planetarium’s wildest, spaciest imagery. Costumes encouraged.

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

 

Jan 12: Mitchell’s Mellow Madness

This local group will play upbeat standards in jazz, swing, and Latin styles. Free, but registration is required.

New City Library, New City, 845.634.4997 ext. 139, www.newcitylibrary.org

 

Jan 17: Thalia Zedek and Hazel Atlas

Zedek has long had one of the most fascinating voices in indie rock, somewhere between a croon and a gut punch, and put it to powerful use in underground groups like Come. She will play her classics and more during this stop at the newly-opened Kingston venue.

Tubby’s, Kingston, www.tubbyskingston.com

 

Jan 19: China Crisis

A New Wave group that made its mark in the ’80s through a series of UK hits like “King in a Catholic Style” and “Wishful Thinking.” Though older — and with shorter hair — the group continues to tour, and will play the hits, as well as songs from 2015’s Autumn in the Neighborhood.

Daryl’s House Club, Pawling, 845.289.0185, www.darylshouseclub.com

 

Jan 22: Mail the Horse and Guests

These hipster cowpokes play a boozily ironic take on country rock. If that’s your thing, check out 2019’s self-titled album, their first in over three years. With support from The Pink Stones and Georgia Dish Boys.

Tubby’s, Kingston, www.tubbyskingston.com

 

Jan 23: Shamarr Allen

This trumpeter, who bills himself as “The Definition of New Orleans,” melds jazz with hip-hop, rock, funk, dirty blues, and more with his backing band The Underdawgs, and he has collaborated with artists as wide-ranging as Patty LaBelle and Lenny Kravitz.

Colony, Woodstock, 845.679.7625; www.colonywoodstock.com

 

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Photo by Tom Eberhardt-Smith

Local folkies Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar, who perform as The Mammals, have put on The Winter Hoot, the Valley’s coziest, kindest music festival for seven years and 12 seasons now. With pay-what-you-want tickets, fresh food, hiking, blacksmithing workshops, and more. This year’s performers include Brooklyn-based band Ginny's Kitchen, instrumentalist David Amram, comic book writer/artist/musician Jeffrey Lewis, and The Mammals themselves, as well as an open mic jam and vinyl meltdown dance party for more participation. 

Jan 31-Feb 2, Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333

 

Jan 24: Buffalo Stack

This Hudson group jams, writes, and records in frontman Andy Stack’s home studio, resulting in tight musical chemistry and a carefully-honed Americana sound.

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

 

Jan 25: Hannah Cohen

This Woodstock songwriter who wrote her third album, Welcome Home, at, well, home, collaborates with her partner Sam Owens on work that spans folk-rock, power pop, R&B, and more.

BSP, Kingston, 845.481.5158, www.bspkingston.com

 

Jan 28: Richard Thompson

English folk revival legend and former Fairport Convention frontman Thompson will highlight his vast discography at this special, intimate solo acoustic show. Thompson will also perform at the Egg on January 29.

Daryl’s House Club, Pawling, 845.289.0185, www.darylshouseclub.com

 

Jan 28: Mat Kearney

Kearney is a fan of all things soft and comforting, turning his amps way down and blending folk-rock and hip-hop on the ‘smooth’ setting. He will perform songs from 2018’s Crazytalk and 2011’s ubiquitous coffee shop soundtrack

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

 

Jan 29: Greensky Bluegrass This hard-touring —   they played Albany all of one calendar year ago —   group plays high-energy string music with a high-octane kick, pumping up canonical folk tunes and originals with the muscle of rock and roll.

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

 

Theater, Dance, & Comedy

Jan 3-5: Tricks of the Trade

Magician Andy Weintraub performs a one-man show covering the overlap between his life and his craft, mixing humor, memorization routines, monologues, and tricks — sorry, illusions. For all ages.

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

 

Jan 15: Dancing With the Stars: Live!

Fan-favorite routines and dancers — though without too many of the stars — come to Albany as part of this touring performance. Come for the iconic dance numbers, stay for all-new performances, and leave relieved that any politically suspect rehabilitations have been left in the TV studio.

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

 

Jan 18: The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Despite what its name implies, Bindlestiff is very not for families, pitching its cabaret, sideshow, vaudeville, and circus routines in a distinctly bawdy — read: explicit — key, fine for anyone with an open mind, but limited to those 21 and over. The Cirkus’s residency lasts all winter, with performances through April.

Club Helsinki, Hudson, 518.828.4800, www.helsinkihudson.com

 

Jan 28: Life is a Bowl of Cherries

Elmwood Playhouse producer Gail Fleur presents a special one-woman show adapted from the writings of Nora Ephron, Jerry Seinfeld, Erma Bombeck, and more.

New City Library, New City, 845.634.4997 ext. 139, www.newcitylibrary.org

 

Art

Jan 22-Apr 5: Totally Dedicated: Leonard Contino, 1943-2017

Contino was a self-taught abstract painter, experimenting across his 50-year career with geometric patterns, collages, sculptures, reliefs, and more. The 70 works collected at the Dorsky represent the largest-ever exhibition of Contino’s “totally dedicated” approach to his work.

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

 

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Photo courtesy of Dana James

‚ÄčAbstract Views For their 2020 Vision exhibition, Kenise Barnes Fine Art has chosen to focus exclusively on abstraction, with canvases, boards, and other surfaces of all sizes from painters including Dana James, Josette Urso, David Collins, and more. Come with an open mind. 

Jan 10-Feb 29, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, 914.834.8077, www.kenisebarnesfineart.com

 

Through Feb 23: Thomas Cole’s Refrain: The Paintings of Catskill Creek

After an acclaimed run at Catskill’s Thomas Cole Historic Site, this exhibition of Cole’s closest-to-home work, documenting the nearby Catskill Creek, comes to Yonkers.

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

 

Film

Jan 7: The Verdict

Sidney Lumet directed this David Mamet script about a down-and-out attorney, played by Paul Newman, who decides to stand up for what is right when he gets involved with a hot-button medical negligence case.

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

 

Jan 13: Flash Gordon

Flash! You can already hear the bombast of Queen’s iconic glam rock score for this campiest-of-all-camp 1980 reimagining of the classic science fiction radio serial. Bright colors, bold choruses, and Max Von Sydow’s potentially-problematic performance as Ming the Merciless round out a movie that delights in its inherent trashiness.

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

 

Jan 31: Groundhog Day

Bill Murray’s beloved tale of a TV weatherman trapped during a single day for all eternity is at once a bitterly-ironic take on 1980s bootstrapping ideology and a sweet love story with co-star Andie Macdowell, mixed in with some of comedy’s most iconic performances and bits.

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Family

Jan 11: Balto

Beloved by a generation of youngsters who grew up with access to cable and video stores, Balto tells the (somewhat) true story of a wolfdog who led the sled-dog team which delivered diphtheria serum to Nome, Alaska, the desperate trek that inspired today’s Iditarod race. Come for the heartwarming friendship, stay for a cast that includes Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda, and, well, Phil Collins.

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

 

Jan 18: Rosie Revere, Engineer

The Rosie Revere books are popular with the younger set, extolling the virtues of hard work, ingenuity, and STEM education. This original musical focuses on Rosie and her two friends Iggy Peck and Ada Twist, who must save a class field trip through their own ingenuity. For ages 5-9.

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

 

Jan 20: Best of the 2019 New York International Children’s Film Festival, Part One

An encore presentation of shorts from as far afield as South Africa, Switzerland, Guatemala, Australia, Russia, and the UK, ranging between 48 seconds and 7 minutes. Children under 13 receive discounted admission.

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

 

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Photo courtesy of Carrie Haddad Gallery

Carrie Haddad Gallery’s Winter Nocturne exhibit features paintings from the estate of Frank Faulkner, clay paintings by Donald Bracken, sculptures from Joe Wheaton, and abstract works by Gary Buckendoft. 

Jan 8-Feb 23, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, 518.828.1915, www.carriehaddadgallery.com

 

Workshops/Classes/Lectures

Jan 11-12: Open Auditions

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., aspiring thespians are asked to prepare to read a two- to three-minute monologue, and will be asked to read sides from upcoming shows. Headshots and a theater resume are requested, but not required, and no reservation is necessary.

Goshen Music Hall, Goshen, 917.478.8352, www.cornerstonetheatrearts.org

 

Jan 12: William L. Coleman on Thomas Cole

Olana Historic Site’s director of collections and exhibitions presents this special Sunday Talk entitled “The Recursive Landscape: Thomas Cole and Beyond.”

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

 

Jan 12: Sketch Club

Artist Carol Coogan will lead a special program, providing guidance and advice while participants sketch from the museum’s phenomenal collection of American art, including a number of Hudson River School paintings. $15 for members, $20 for non-members, student-grade sketchbook included.

Albany Institute, Albany, 518.463.4478, www.albanyinstitute.org

 

Jan 15: Creative Arts Therapy

Anyone with a loved one suffering from addiction are invited to this free and anonymous weekly support group, which incorporates various forms of art therapy into a traditional support group environment. RSVP is recommended, as space is limited.

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

 

Jan 19: Plein Air Workshop with James McElhinney

In connection with his ongoing Discover the Hudson Anew exhibition, esteemed watercolorist James McElhinney leads a special workshop and talk that will delve both into the techniques and history of expeditionary plein-air painting. Tickets are $15, and include admission to the museum.

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550 ext. 216, www.hrm.org


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