Events: Out & About in July 2011

The power comes in on Potown, Bethel goes from pop to doo wop, SummerScape settles in at Bard


Eclectic offerings

Bethel Woods offers music to suit all tastes. Celebrate the Glorious Fourth with the New York Philharmonic (July 3, 8 p.m.), or indulge your love for ’50s harmonies at the Doo Wop Extravaganza (July 9, 7 p.m.). Country music fans get their fix when Tim McGraw rolls in (July 10, 7 p.m.), while progressive-rock lovers groove to the double bill of classic ’70s bands Yes and Styx (July 12, 7 p.m.). Former Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir bring their new venture, Furthur, to Bethel on July 16 (7 p.m.). Alt-rock superstars dominate at the end of the month, with 311 tearing things up on the 25th (7 p.m.) and the trifecta of the Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch, and Parachute sharing the stage on the 30th (7 p.m.). Call for ticket information. 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel (Sullivan County). 1-866-781-2922 or

powerhouse theatre

Powerful Theater: Powerhouse Theater showcases works by both emerging and established artists during its eight-week summer season

The play’s the thing

Powerhouse Theater’s 27th season hits its stride this month, presenting both fully staged plays and musicals as well as readings of works in development. On the Main Stage: actress and playwright Patricia Wettig’s F2M, the funny and poignant story of a college freshman trying to forge his own identity (through July 10). The creative duo of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) returns with Nightingale, a contemporary musical version of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale (July 8-10). Piece of My Heart is the story of composer Bert Berns. Never heard of him? Well, you’ve certainly heard his music — he wrote “Twist and Shout,” “Hang On Sloopy,” and scores of other hits from the 1960s (July 28-31). Call or visit Web site for complete schedule and ticket information. Vassar College campus. 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5599 or

Artistry on parade

Opera, theater, dance, film: Bard SummerScape has it all — and then some. The centerpiece of this year’s seven-week arts fest is Die Liebe der Danae (The Love of Danae), Richard Strauss’s rarely performed 1940 opera (July 29-Aug. 7). Euro-dance troupe Tero Saarinen (July 7-10), Ibsen’s tragicomic play The Wild Duck (July 13-24), Noel Coward’s operetta Bitter Sweet (Aug. 4-14), and screenings of Swedish films (July 14-Aug. 18) are other highlights — along with the ever-popular Spiegeltent, which hosts dance parties, musicians, acrobats, and cabaret acts. Next month, the annual Bard Music Festival spotlights the music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and his contemporaries (Aug. 12-14 & 19-21). Call or visit Web site for complete schedule and ticket information. Bard College campus, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900 or

creedence clearwater revisited

Music on the mountain

Each summer, the Valley is rife with music fests, many of which have been around for decades. The Belleayre Festival is no exception, as 2011 marks its 20th anniversary. Helping to blow out the birthday candles: smoky-voiced chanteuse k.d. lang (her rendition of “Hallelujah” at the ’10 Winter Olympics closing ceremony was a show-stopper); Broadway dance dynamo Tommy Tune, whose song-and-dance show “Steps in Time” recounts his life in show biz; and Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, original members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, who now play the ’60s rock-roots band’s hits as Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Call for times and ticket information. Rte. 28, Highmount
800-942-6904, ext. 1344 or

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