Your Complete Guide to July's Coolest Events in the Valley
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Through July 10: Agnes Hart (1912–1979): A Journey Towards Abstraction Features a selection of abstract paintings by the late Woodstock artist featuring recognizable forms of natural materials such as sand.
Through July 15: Marking Time: Andy Warhol’s Vision of Celebrations, Commemorations, and Anniversaries Andy Warhol took notice of various social practices to mark occasions such as births, deaths, and celebrations, representing them in his photography. This exhibit explores his insights into these social and personal significances.
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, 845.257.3844, www.newpaltz.edu/dorskymuseum
Through July 28: Crazy Beautiful III An exhibition showcasing the works of nine contemporary artists: Jackie Battenfield, Rachel Hellerich, Mary Judge, Jenny Kemp, Molly McCracken Kumar, Catherine Latson, Joanne Mattera, Peter Pincus, and Janna Watson.
Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, 914.834.8077, www.kenisebarnesfineart.com
Through July 29: Figures We Fancy A summer group show featuring works by Mark Beard, Robert Goldstrom, David Dew Bruner, Louise Laplante, David Austin, and Abel Ramirez. The beautifully created subject matter is amazing to behold.
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, 518.828.1915, www.carriehaddadgallery.com
Through Oct. 28: Thomas Cole’s Paper Trail An exhibit that highlights the artist’s drawings of Hudson River scenes and letters between family and friends in the 1800s.
Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, 518.463.4478, www.albanyinstitute.org
Music and Dance
Through Aug 19: Bard Summerscape Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov influences the 29th annual Bard Music Festival and the 15th annual Bard Summerscape, featuring seven weeks of opera, theater, dance, cabaret, film, and music.
The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-On-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape
July 6–8: Stephen Petronio Company Three signature shows featuring the sensual music of Nick Cave, Nico Muhly, and Rufus Wainwright, plus a revival of Steve Paxton's Excerpt from Goldberg Variations (1986).
Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House, Hudson, 518.822.1438, www.hudsonhall.org
July 14: America This ’70s pop group still masters their signature hits that are staples in music history, such as “A Horse with No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” and “Sister Golden Hair.”
Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, 914.739.0039, www.paramounthudsonvalley.com
July 20: The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra The swing dance band with an 18-member ensemble plays favorites such as “Moonlight Serenade” and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.”
Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, 914.698.0098, www.emelin.org
July 22: The Quebe Sisters These siblings from Texas are triple-threat fiddle champions singing in multi-part close harmonies, getting audiences on their feet with their rousing beats.
Towne Crier Café, Beacon, 845.855.1300, www.townecrier.com
July 27–29: Lumberyard presents d. Sabela Grimes A hip-hop fusion dancer that cultivates a movement system called Funkamentals that focuses on elements evident in black vernacular and street dance forms.
Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill, 518.943.3894, www.bridgest.org
July 29: The Bacon Brothers Award-winning actor Kevin Bacon and his Emmy-winning composer brother, Michael, have been creating music for more than 20 years with a sound that’s a blend of rock, soul, folk, and Americana, with seven albums.
The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org
Through July 22: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang This classic story — of a magical flying car created by a single father with a knack for inventions — comes to life in this Tony Award-nominated musical.
The Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org
Through Aug. 4: Kalamazoo A romantic roller coaster about two seniors on different ends of the spectrum: an Irish Catholic woman and a Jewish East Coast man. After they meet on an online dating site, their first date consists of body shots and tattoos as they discover they’re still young at heart.
Curtain Call Theatre, Latham, 518.877.7529, www.curtaincalltheatre.com
Through Aug. 25: The Heart of Robin Hood To escape her forthcoming marriage to the villainous Prince John, Marion flees to the forest seeking Robin Hood but finds an aloof clod.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Boscobel House & Gardens, Garrison, 845.265.9575, www.hvshakespeare.org
July 5–22: Mamma Mia! Based on all the hit songs from the group ABBA, a young woman tries to discover who her real father is from a trio of gentlemen her mother bedded.
Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, 518.392.9292, www.machaydntheatre.org
July 13–Aug. 4: Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller’s classic drama about the loss of identity and seeking the American Dream. A salesman with a wife and two sons is driven to succeed.
Elmwood Playhouse, Nyack, 845.353.1313, www.elmwoodplayhouse.com
July 13–Aug. 5: Honky Tonk Laundry In this light-hearted musical, a couple of country angels turn a Nashville laundromat into a boot-scootin’ honky-tonk. Features music by the Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, and more.
Shadowland Stages, Ellenville, 845.647.5511, www.shadowlandstages.org
July 19-29: Powerhouse Theater: The Waves This chamber musical sets a celebrated novel by Virginia Woolf to music in this reimagined version of an off-Broadway production that premiered more than 30 years ago.
Powerhouse Theater, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, 845.437.5599, www.powerhouse.vassar.edu/season/
July 28: Forever Motown A non-stop, high-energy trip down memory lane singing and dancing to more than 30 songs like, “My Girl,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Dancin’ in the Street,” “Stop, in the Name Of Love,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You).
Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, 914.592.2222, www.broadwaytheatre.com
July 1: Gene Kelly: The Legacy The Hollywood legend's wife Patricia Ward Kelly presents this one-woman show, which includes personal stories, film clips, and previously unreleased audio recordings. This is part of Hello Again, Dolly!, a six months' long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the filming of Hello, Dolly! (directed by Kelly) in the Hudson Valley.
Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, 914.739.0039, www.paramounthudsonvalley.org
July 24: Quai des Orfèvres A 1947 French drama about a nightclub performer and her jealous husband as they become entangled in murder. This film is also directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot and stars Suzy Delair and Bernard Blier.
Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663, www.burnsfilmcenter.org
July 4: An Old Fashioned Independence Day Re-enactors, live music, 18th-century crafts, family entertainment, great food, and fireworks over the Hudson River complete this historic event.
Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown, 518.537.4240, www.friendsofclermont.org
July 6–8: Empire State Hot-Air Balloon Festival Look skyward to see dozens of hot air balloons dotting the sky in a colorful array. Festivities include balloon & helicopter rides, hayrides, live music, farm area activities, fun-park, food, fireworks, and more.
Barton Orchards, Poughquag, 845.471.2879, www.bartonorchards.com
July 14: New England Square & Contradance and BBQ A fun night for the whole family, with a beginners dance workshop, then dancing under the stars accompanied by live bands and feasting on a bountiful BBQ.
Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333, www.ashokancenter.org
July 14: The 45th Annual Athens Street Festival A Paper Hat Parade kicks off the festivities, followed by a classic car show, lighthouse tours, children’s rides and activities, music all day, fireworks at night, and more than 200 craft and food vendors.
Riverfront Park, Athens, 518.945.2900, www.athensstreetfestival.org
July 19–22: The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival A non-stop party spanning four days with some of the most famous bluegrass musicians in the country. More than 40 bands will be jamming throughout the weekend along with music workshops, dance performances, children’s activities, and delicious foods.
Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 888.946.8495, www.greyfoxbluegrass.com
July 20–22, 27–29: Mountain Brauhaus Festival Two weekends celebrating all things German with live music, a Parade of Nations, Schuhplattler dancers, stein-holding contests, fun things for children, and authentic German cuisine.
Crystal Brook Resort, Round Top, 800.999.7376, www.crystalbrook.com
July 28–29: 2nd Annual Supertone Music Festival Music, food, and art festival specializing in rock, punk, honky-tonk, and roots music. Some of the performers will be Bat Fangs, Black Lake, and the Jon Hatchet Band.
Roeliff Jansen Park, Hillsdale, visit their Facebook page for more information
July 6, 13, 20: Rhyme Time by the Hudson A wonderful playdate for kids 1–4 years old, with nursery rhymes, songs, parachute play, and storytelling that will spark curiosity and imagination.
Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, 845.265.3638, www.boscobel.org
July 13: Dinner Date, Kids Create Drop your children off for a night filled with exciting art projects for them while you enjoy a night out at the area’s restaurants. Discounted coupons are given out for participating restaurants. For ages 5–12.
Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz, 845.419.2208, www.roostcoop.org
July 14: Jack and the Beanstalk The Puppet People take the audience on an interactive, magical, fun adventure with their colorful puppets to discover what happens when a beanstalk takes a boy, his cow, and some magic beans to a giant’s kingdom.
The Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org
July 23–27: Art Lab for Teens — Plein Air Painting Society Students will build fundamental skills in oil painting through explorations in color mixing, value, composition, expressive brushwork, and a range of techniques to convey ideas and feelings. Materials included.
OMI International Art Center, Benenson Center and Gallery, Ghent, 518.392.4747, www.artomi.org
July 14: J.J. Ramirez Self-proclaimed as “The Latin Lunatic,” this comic was born in the Bronx and brings his ethnic and observational humor to Westchester.
Yonkers Comedy Club, Ridge Hill Mall, Yonkers, 914.358.9260, www.yonkerscomedyclub.com
July 14: Jay Nog, Joe Pontillo, Mike Barone, & Nicole Pressler Rising stars of playful sarcasm, rambunctious humor, and laughable insights, these four comics have made the rounds at comedy clubs throughout the state.
Laugh It Up! Comedy Club inside Mahoney’s Irish Pub, Poughkeepsie, 845.418.3989, www.laughitup.net
July 4, 11, 18, 25: Tango at the Pavilion Learn the art of Tango dancing as a liberating way of relating, expressing, and connecting with others in the beautiful Shawangunk mountains. Pre-registration required. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz, 845.255.0919, www.mohonkpreserve.org