Events: Polly’s Editor’s Picks in May 2012

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for May 2012


In our fast-paced digital world, photographer David Bryan Griffith encourages us to slow down and admire the beauty that’s all around us. Griffith’s solo show, In a Big World Wondering, opens at Galerie BMG this month. Using old-fashioned sheet film cameras, he produces highly detailed but delicately translucent images that explore what it means to be human. May 25-July 9. Mon.-Fri. 12-5 p.m. or by appt. • 12 Tannery Brook Rd., Woodstock. 845-679-0027 or

Kariné Poghosyan

Two titans of Russian music — Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky — form the centerpiece of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Russian Rapture concert this month. Armenian-born pianist Kariné Poghosyan (right) joins the ensemble in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which established the 28-year-old’s reputation as a composer. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”) — which he proclaimed was his finest achievement — is also on the bill. May 12 at 7:30 p.m. $25 reserved seating, $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 students. • Aquinas Hall, Mount Saint Mary College. 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh. 845-913-7157 or

city of angels

Set in 1940s Hollywood, the musical City of Angels merges characters both real and imagined. Stine, a writer, is crafting a screenplay about a hard-boiled private detective for producer Buddy Fidler. But Stine’s imagined characters — the gruff hero Stone, the glamorous socialite Alaura and her bad-girl daughter, Mallory — keep appearing in the flesh, complicating the plot of his story — not to mention his marriage. The County Players production of this 1989 Broadway hit runs from May 4-19. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. (May 13 only). • Falls Theatre. 2681 W. Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-298-1491 or

daisy jopling

Peekskill’s own Daisy Jopling makes a return appearance at the Paramount Center for the Arts this month. Jopling — a violinist who melds classical compositions with high-energy jazz and rock influences — has half a dozen albums to her credit, and has provided music for several movie scores (including the Adam Sandler comedy Spanglish). She shares the stage with her band as well as several up-and-coming performers from area high schools. May 19 at 8 p.m. $25-$50. • 1008 Brown St., Peekskill. 914-739-2333 or

coxsackie declaration celebration

In two months we’ll all be celebrating Independence Day (aka the Fourth of July). But this May, residents of Greene County commemorate the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Coxsackie Declaration, one of the first written complaints against the British government issued by Colonial residents. The Bronck Museum marks the occasion by reading the declaration aloud, and inviting those present to add their signatures to a replica of the famous document. Colonial music is provided by a fife and drum corps; members of the nation’s first military unit, the Continental Marines, explain what life was like for local soldiers during that time; and costumed guides offer tours of the 1663 Bronck House. May 17 from 1-3 p.m. • Bronck Museum. Off Rte. 9W, Coxsackie. 518-731-6490 or


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