Your Complete Calendar of March Events

Every reason you'll need to leave the couch this month.


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Special Events

Mar 8: CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band – Mardi Gras Celebration

A night of zydeco and Creole culture to celebrate American Carnivale. Accordionist Chenier and his Grammy-nominated band rip through standards and original songs with an abundance of verve.

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

 

Mar 10: St. Pat’s Day Celebration with John Whelan & Low Lily

Whelan is an All-Ireland Accordion champion, and he’ll be peeling off reels and jigs in celebration of the Emerald Isle and its patron saint. American group Low Lily will provide mandolin, fiddle, and harmonies.

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

 

Mar 10: Hudson Valley Guns and Hoses Police and Fire Hockey Game

This free, fifth-annual event aims to raise awareness of the struggles faced by first responders who have been injured in the line of duty as well as their families.

Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster, www.hvgunsandhoses.org

 

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With late winter comes all kinds of things. The Ashokan Maple Fest is an interactive food-and-crafts festival that showcases what our local trees can do, with maple syrup boiling, fresh pancakes, and hiking, music, and Colonial crafts available. It’s perfect for those who love all things sticky and sweet.

Mar 24, The Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333, www.ashokancenter.org

 

Mar 17: Flash Company: Music of Ireland

This special St. Patrick’s Day event features local musicians performing classic Celtic folk tunes, with a focus on authenticity. You’ll forget you’re not in the local pub in rural Sligo.

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

 

Mar 17: 47th Annual Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition

Some of the world’s most promising young musicians compete for the privilege of performing full concertos with the Philharmonic. The concert is free, with reception to follow.

Skinner Hall, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Mar 17: The Mighty Ploughboys

Punker than the Pogues, and a heck of a lot louder than your average pub-dwelling session band, Danbury’s the Mighty Ploughboys will piledrive this St. Patrick’s Day home for Dutchess residents.

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

 

Mar 29-31: Hudson Valley Tattoo Fest

More than 200 tattooers from around the globe will congregate at the Civic Center for a weekend of contests, prizes, vendors, and totally justifiable tattoo-related decisions. If ink is your thing, these are your people.

Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, 845.454.5800, www.midhudsonciviccenter.org

 

Music

Mar 8: Maria Schneider Orchestra

Schneider’s bold voice anchors her genre-hopping 18-member orchestra, who move from jazz to classical to pop with verve and ease.

Troy Music Hall, 518.273.0038, www.troymusichall.org

 

Mar 8-9: Ancestral Stride

Pianist Mathis Picard devotes an entire program to the Harlem Stride style, performing songs by Fats Waller, Art Tatum, and “father of the Stride” James P. Johnson. There will be an encore performance in Millbrook on the 9th.

Mountaintop Library, Tannersville; Millbrook Public Library, Millbrook, www.23arts.org

 

Mar 9: Art Garfunkel in Close-Up

The curly-haired half of Simon & Garfunkel brings the hits, along with his many solo interpretations of the Great American Songbook, to the stage.

Troy Music Hall, 518.273.0038, www.troymusichall.org

 

Mar 9: Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion

Intimate folk-pop ditties from songwriter royalty Guthrie (it’s right there in the name) and her long-time writing partner. Performing standards, classics, and all-new tunes.

Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, 845.358.0877, www.rocklandartcenter.org

 

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Photo courtesy of Chris Victor

Local artist Chris Victor debuts new works as part of his Hammer Dance exhibition at SUNY Ulster. A mid-Hudson resident, Victor works primarily in found and repurposed materials to create abstract, wall-based works that frequently resemble collage. With this exhibition, he marks a return to painting.

Through Mar 29, Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery at SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, www.arts.sunyulster.edu

 

Mar 11: Hozier

Take me to Albany to see this Irish troubadour perform his ubiquitous hit as well as reverb-packed songs from the upcoming Wasteland, Baby!

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

 

Mar 15: Lucy Dacus

One of the best young songwriters around, this guitarist and bandmember will be bringing grungy tunes from her 2018 smash Historian to the Colony. Come for the shredding, stay for the heartbreak.

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

 

Mar 15: Sister Sadie This all-star, all-female group rejects the beards-and-boots aesthetic typical of bluegrass, their lightning-fast chops challenging the consensus by blasting it into dust.

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

 

Mar 22: World of Wonder

Jazz vocalist Christie Dashiell has performed at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, and will be bringing a program drawn from the music of Stevie Wonder to the final concert of 23 Arts in the Snow. Accompanied by pianist Allyn Johnson.

Mountaintop Library, Tannersville, www.23arts.org

 

Mar 23: Hudson Valley Philharmonic – Roll Over Amadeus!

The Phil performs a rare Mozart horn concerto, as well as his 25th symphony and a violin concerto from Beethoven. This performance will feature a special violin performance by a String Competition victor.

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Mar 29: Chris Botti

Trumpeter and bandleader Botti is a jazz superstar, with platinum albums and collaborations with Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, and Yo-Yo Ma under his belt. His so-smooth-it-gleams take on jazz and pop classics is performed with a full band.

UPAC, Kingston, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

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Photo courtesy of Bardavon

Blending traditional Western and Southern African dances with styles performed in African American fraternities and sororities, Step Afrika! is a dance show like no other. Music, storytelling, and audience participation make for an exciting, inviting environment for both newcomers and experts.

Mar 14, Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Mar 30: Celtic Woman — Ancient Land

This nostalgic live act finds some of Ireland’s best young performers paying homage to its rich cultural heritage through song, setting, and a whole bunch of laser lights. Like Lord of the Dance, but with plenty of fiddle.

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

 

Theater and Dance

Mar 8: Lisa Howard

Howard is a Broadway star, with big roles in Escape from Margaritaville and South Pacific as well as a cameo in Breaking Dawn from the Twilight series under her belt. She brings hits, banter, and plenty of verve to this one-night-only revue.

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

 

Mar 8-10: columbinus

This mature show — read: not for young audiences — blends fact and fiction in its exploration of the adolescent culture that found itself suspected and shattered in the wake of the Columbine massacre.

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

 

Mar 8: Malpaso Dance Company

Representing the best of Cuban dance while pushing forward through collaborations with top international choreographers, Malpaso performs a sort of dance similar to few other companies in the world.

The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

Mar 31: NYBT – Cinderella

Colorful costumes and exciting music help to convey the classic Cinderella story through dance alone. Adults admitted free with children.

The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

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Mar 9: Marcia Ball and Sonny Landreth

This double bill covers all quadrants of Americana, from blues to R&B to swamp rock and more.

 

Mar 13: Robert Cray and Joe Louis Walker

Two masters of blues-rock share the stage for a night of solos, grooves, and classic tunes.

 

Mar 17: George Winston

Winston takes a distinctly old-timey approach to the piano, with a focus on rural folk tunes and the history of American music. To benefit a local food pantry.

 

Mar 30: Pat Metheny

The 20-time Grammy-winning jazz guitarist will perform his new 'Side Eye' project featuring pianist James Francies and drummer Nate Smith.

 

Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

Art

From Mar 1: Margaret Neill

Brooklyn-based artist putting on a solo show of her large-scale acrylic and graphite compositions.

Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, 914.834.8077, www.kbfa.com

 

From Mar 4: Contemporary Artists

This abstract show will range from the muted work of Jenny Nelson to Nancy Rutter’s impressionistic landscapes and encaustic-on-panel pieces by Andrea Moreau. With a reception on March 9.

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, 518.828.1915, www.carriehaddadgallery.com

 

Film

Mar 5: Monsieur Ibrahim

This 2003 coming-of-age film from France focuses on the relationship between a young Jewish teen and a titular elderly Muslim shopkeeper.

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

 

Mar 29: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

An absolute classic of New Hollywood, this alternately tragic and romantic western follows Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the leaders of an outlaw gang in the waning days of the American West.

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Family

Mar 2: Celtic Heels Irish Dance

Part of the Center’s “Saturday Morning Family Series,” this introduction to classic Irish step is aimed directly at the little ones, with clear movement and exciting music sure to engage any child.

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

 

Mar 3: Clearwater Sloop Open Boat

Pete Seeger and his friends began to sail the Clearwater Sloop as a means of educating Hudson Valley residents of the dangers of pollution in their River. Today, it serves as an educational vessel of a different sort, with open boat stops that allow kids and school groups to learn about all aspects of the Hudson River Watershed, as well as science lessons and care for nature.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Kingston, 845.265.8080, ext. 7101, www.clearwater.org

 

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Photo courtesy of Troy Music Hall

‚ÄčThe Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour brings some of the world’s most-acclaimed performers to Troy. This extension of the world-famous festival features musicians from around the world, including Grammy- and Thelonius Monk Jazz Competition-winners, performing standards as well as up-to-date compositions for an exciting survey of the world of modern jazz.

Mar 19, Troy Music Hall, 518.273.0038, www.troymusichall.org

 

Mar 9: Barefoot Dance Company

These young dancers perform innovative modern dances in a setting amenable to families and particularly children. One-of-a-kind, as modern dance companies go.

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

 

Mar 23: Scout Day

Any Girl or Boy Scout wearing their uniform and displaying their pack, troop, or unit number will receive discounted admission and a free IMAX movie for themselves and their guardians. Scouts in Grades 2 and up can take part in special workshops to earn merit badges.    

Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, 203.852.0700, www.maritimeaquarium.org

 

Comedy

Mar 14: Chris D’Elia – Follow the Leader Tour

D’Elia is a stand-up veteran who has co-starred on NBC shows like Whitney and Undateable, and has produced many specials full of pitch-black wit.

The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

Mar 17: Tape Face

Existing in a sort of conceptual netherworld, Tape Face is described as “stand-up with no talking,” a style that bleeds into mime, drama, and the absolutely absurd.

The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

Mar 29: A Night With Comedians from “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”

Paul Mercurio, Nick Griffin, and Bonnie McFarlane are all stand-up veterans, and they bring the incisive wit typical of their regular writing gigs on The Late Show.

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

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