Your Complete Calendar of November Events in the Hudson Valley

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Special Events

Nov 10: Eugenia Zuckerman Book Launch

Novelist Eugenia Zuckerman will debut work from her brand-new book Like Falling Through a Cloud. Published to coincide with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the book charts the story of the writer and musician’s own struggle with the disease.

Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, Hudson, 518.822.1438, www.hudsonhall.org

 

Nov 29-Dec 8: Twilight Tours

Boscobel goes all-out in its candlelit arrangement fit for a 19th-century Christmas. Guides share Yuletide stories, the grounds are extravagantly lit, and musicians from the Newburgh Symphony Orchestra Quartet provide period-appropriate string accompaniment. Children under 5 visit for free.

Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, 845.265.9575, www.boscobel.org

 

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Louisville songwriter Joan Shelley put out one of the year’s best albums with Like the River Loves the Sea, a collection of perfectly arranged, intimately recorded, deeply human folk songs that serve as a perfect showcase for Shelley’s shyly assertive voice. She will be joined by musical partner Nathan Salsburg with support from Jake Xerxes Fussell.

Nov 16, Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, 845.679.7625; www.colonywoodstock.com

 

Music

Nov 1: AJ Croce

Top-20 charting singer-songwriter AJ will perform his father Jim’s music as part of this intimate “Croce Plays Croce” concert.

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

 

Nov 1: Bettye Lavette

Lavette has been performing soul and R&B for almost her entire life, recording her first music at 16 and in the meantime has racked up a disco hit, an album with Verve records, and multiple Grammy nominations for her comeback records on ANTI-.

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

 

Nov 2: Brooklyn Raga Massive & Go: Organic Orchestra

BRM returns to Hudson Hall for an innovative collaboration with Go, a leading contemporary music group focused on large ensemble pieces. Their performance will find points of connection and disjunction between traditional Indian raga and the most avant garde modern musical movements.

Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, Hudson, 518.822.1438, www.hudsonhall.org

 

Nov 2-3: The Orchestra Now Presents Hans Graf conducts Schubert

Conductor Hans Graf leads Bard College’s hybrid conservatory orchestra through performances of both Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 and, in its US premiere, Prospero’s Incantations, a set of tone poems from The Tempest composed by Egon Wellesz.

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

Nov 4: Boz Scaggs

Scaggs is a classic blues-fusion artist, scoring cross-over ’70s hits for his combination of searing guitar skills and laid-back cool. He will play hits from throughout his career, as well as cuts from his 2018 album Out of the Blues.

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

 

Nov 8: Weeping Icon

The Brooklyn scuzz-pop trio scour their garage-y punk songs with tape hiss and distortion, as if their master tapes had been cleaned up with a brillo. This is mood music, not made for moshing, so punk neophytes need not worry.

Tubby’s, Kingston, www.tubbyskingston.com

 

Nov 9: Albany Symphony

Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony is at the center of a program that also features a world premiere work for the theremin. Carolina Eyck takes the lead on Dalit Warshaw’s “Sirens, Concerto for Theremin” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the instrument’s invention.

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

 

Nov 9: Driftwood

This Binghamton group uses an all-acoustic setup – upright bass, banjo, violin and acoustic guitar – to electrifying effect, taking standard Americana sounds in a rawer, rockier direction.

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

 

Nov 13: The Orchestra Now Presents Stravinsky

Baritone Michael Nagy is featured on works by Honegger, Schoeck, and Mitropoulos, as well as the suite from Stravinsky’s ballet score for The Fairy’s Kiss.

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu

 

Nov 16: The Steven Feifke Big Band

Pianist Feifke and his 17-piece band play a special set of originals and new arrangements. Fun fact: fans of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will likely recognize Feifke’s playing in the interstitial music.

Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, Hudson, 518.822.1438, www.hudsonhall.org

 

Colony

Nov 14: Sammy Rae & The Friends

Rae began writing music at a very young age, with the talented vocalist releasing three records before she had even turned 18. The Friends is the result of a move to NYC and a focus on full-band compositions and reaching out to a community of fans.

 

Nov 20: Lula Wiles

This folk trio smartly updates the roots music template with pop hooks, rock-ready guitars, and the all-female group’s peerless harmonies.

 

Nov 21: Max Weinberg

The legendary backbone of the E Street Band brings his Jukebox show to the tiny Colony, playing hits and requests from classic rock to blues to R&B at the drop of a hat.

 

Nov 22: Pedrito Martinez

Havana-born Martinez is one of the most celebrated hand drummers currently performing, earning him the Thelonious Monk Award for Afro-Latin Hand Percussion and work with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, and more. He is touring with his Grammy-nominated Pedrito Martinez Group.

 

Woodstock, 845.679.7625, www.colonywoodstock.com

 

Nov 19: Buddy Guy & Kenny Wayne Shephard Band

Two different generations of blues rock share the stage for this jammy double bill. The 82-year-old Buddy Guy is touring behind The Blues is Alive and Well; Shephard, though only 42, is currently on his 12th album, 2019’s The Traveler.

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

 

Nov 20: Eric Gales

Eric Gales was lauded as a guitar prodigy, taking home blues competitions when he was 11 years old and signing to Elektra just after he turned 16. In addition to his prodigious solo catalog, he has toured with Carlos Santana, performed with Three 6 Mafia, and done plentiful session work.

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

 

Nov 23: Rhett Miller

As both a founding member of the Old 97s and a solo artist, Miller has made a good chunk of the last quarter-century’s best – and funniest – roots rock. Pairing biting lyrics to kick-ass arrangements, the local resident knows how to have a good time – and, when the time comes, to bring the audience to tears.

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

 

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The Hudson Valley was foundational in launching American landcape painting as its own genre, and it still serves as a source of inspiration today. The group Landscapes exhibition at Carrie Haddad Gallery brings together a number of prominent painters, including David Konigsberg, Judy Reynolds, and Tracy Hegelson, to display their own particular spin on the land and landscape of the region.

Nov 13-Jan 5, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, 518.828.1915, www.carriehaddadgallery.com

 

Theater, Dance & Comedy

Nov 1: Creed Bratton

The actor and musician is famous for playing a nebulously-fictionalized version of himself on NBC’s beloved The Office. Bratton has had a long and winding career, from 70s folk hits to current sitcom stardom, and all of it is on display in this one-man stage show.

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, 914.739.0039, www.paramounthudsonvalley.com

 

Nov 8-24: The Women

Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 comedy of manners is a classic of the genre, portraying New York City society as a viper pit of sheltered lives, malicious gossip, and stark ambition, with an all-female cast.

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

 

Nov 16: Joe Matarese and Friends Stand Up for Mental Health

Comics Matarese, Preston Gitlin, and Daniel Laitman will perform two separate shows on the night of the 16th. $5 from every ticket will be donated to the Mental Health Association of Westchester.

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

 

Nov 16: Chita Rivera

The Broadway legend performs two shows, at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m., of songs from throughout her long career. Expect numbers from West Side Story, Chicago, Bye Bye Birdie, and more.

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

 

Nov 17: Sherry Vine

The 30-year drag veteran presents Hollywood and Vine, an all-new show inspired by her recent move to Los Angeles and including ribald parodies of songs by Madonna, Tina Turner, Ariana Grande, and more.

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

 

Nov 23: Norm Lewis

The famous baritone, star of Broadway hits like The Phantom of the Opera, Porgy and Bess, and more performs a special set of songs from his own career as well as other stage classics.

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

 

Nov 23: What Happened at Catskill Creek

This brand-new, all-ages musical will be performed by the Sarah Lawrence College Theater Outreach program. Set at the titular creek, the play portrays an urban family searching for a greater connection with nature, embodied here by a mysterious photographer, a contemporary landscape painter, and the ghost of Thomas Cole.

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

 

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Photographer Pete Souza had an intimate view of the Obama presidency, capturing the president, his cabinet, and his family during critical and personal moments. He will speak on his new book, SHADE: A Tale of Two Presidencies, with visual accompaniment, followed by an audience Q&A.

Nov 3, Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Art

Nov 15-Dec 21: Catherine Latson

Latson takes both materials and inspiration from the natural world, gathering forms, ideas, and pieces while out on walks. From her background in film and theater, including 20 years as a scene designer, she moved into sculpting, producing works that seem almost vegetal in structure, as if they grew out of the ground.

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

 

Through Dec 8: Paper Media – Boetti, Calzolari, Kounellis

Co-organized with the Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, this groundbreaking exhibition is the first of its kind in the United States to focus exclusively on paper works from the Arte Povera movement. The centerpiece is 10 rarely-seen works by Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, and Jannis Kounellis.

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

 

Film

Nov 13: Sometimes a Great Notion

This 1970 Paul Newman film was adapted from a Ken Kesey novel of the same name. It documents the breakdown of family and tradition in the Pacific Northwest as local logging operations give way to large conglomerates. With supporting turns from Henry Fonda and Lee Remick.

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

 

Nov 14: The Learning Tree

Directed, written, and produced by the groundbreaking photographer Gordon Parks, 1969’s The Learning Tree is a deeply autobiographical coming-of-age film, depicting the flowering of a world of love, hatred, and brutality of a boy in the Midwest.

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

 

Nov 23: Akhnaten

The Metropolitan Opera streams a performance of Philip Glass’s brand-new opera, directed by Phelim McDermott and with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. Preceded by a pre-opera talk from Leslie Gerber.

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Nov 23: Elliott Landry’s Music Cinema

The iconic photographer pairs his images and videos to commentary and live music, with Professor Louie & The Crowmatix playing the music of Bob Dylan and The Band.

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

 

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About Landscape is a group exhibition, displaying all-new works by Sally Maca, Amy Talluto, and more that interrogate how, and why, we depict the spaces around us.

Nov 9-Dec 22, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Kent, 860.592.0220, www.kbfa.com

 

Family

Oct 21: Ecology Day – Our Shared Landscape

A day of educational and entertaining activities for younger children, to help them learn the values of environmentalism and their closeness to the natural world. They can learn about composting, create art inspired by scientific experiments on water, and enjoy live music.

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

 

Nov 1: A Night at the Museum Sleepover

This sleepover is themed around all things pirates, with activities like hunting for treasure, creative art making, a bedtime story performance by the Story Pirates, and a late-night walk through the concert field. Tickets are $30.

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

 

Nov 9: Monkey Monkey Music

Meredith LeVande’s upbeat show has been shown on PBS, her bouncy, audience-engaging songs perfect for young children.

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

 

Nov 16: Mary Poppins

Julie Andrews is a force to be reckoned with – by children, authorities, and audience alike, in this 1964 bit of deeply weird Disney magic. Fun fact: this beloved film made over $100 million dollars at the box office, more than 50 times its original budget.

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

 

Nov 30: Magic & Beyond

Illusionist David Garrity performs a set of slight-of-hand and visual tricks, with plenty of audience participation and a particularly theatrical flair.

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

 

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Sergei Eisenstein is one of the true giants of world cinema, a Soviet filmmaker of astounding ambition who brought to the screen epics to challenge anything by DeMille or Griffith for sheer scale. Alexander Nevsky may be his greatest: the story of the defense of Novogorod, and the defeat of the Teutonic Knights, by the titular Prince Alex. See it big, if for no reason than to do its justifiably canonical Battle of the Ice the justice it deserves.

Nov 5, Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663, www.burnsfilmcenter.org

 

Workshops/Classes/Lectures

Nov 6, 13, 20: Teen Voices Rising

2017 and 2018 Dutchess County Poet Laureate Maya Gold presents free workshop to teens interested in improving, or even beginning, their work with poetry, spoken word, and public performance. Culminates in a performance at New Paltz’s Denizen Theater. Prior experience is unnecessary.

One Epic Place, New Paltz, 845.418.5227, www.mayagoldfoundation.com

 

Nov 9: Schuyler Social – Early American Dance

Any and all aspiring colonial socialites are invited to attend a demonstration and celebration of popular early American dance, as would have been performed at balls and to-dos in the time of the Schuyler family. Learn the steps and then try them out with accompaniment from live, period-appropriate music.

Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, 518.463.4478, www.albanyinstitute.org

 

Nov 16: Teen Studio – Watercolor Painting

Painter Ebony Bolt invites local teens, including those with no painting experience to speak of, to collaborate on a large-scale watercolor scene, instructing them on proper techniques along the way. $5 tickets include museum admission.

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

 

Nov 17: Hudson River Stories

Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster hosts a series of short films on the threats faced by the Hudson River, as well as the local environmental movement that rose to protect it. Followed by a

Q&A. Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333, www.ashokancenter.org

 

Nov 19: Pathways to Prevention

Columbia Memorial Health partners with Olana for a series of free talks aimed at providing people with the tools for living happier, healthier lives. A dietician provides tips for eating healthy during the holiday season, as well as recipes to cook at home. The 30-minute talk is followed by a walk along Olana’s historic carriage roads.

Olana Historic Site, Hudson, 518.828.0135, www.olana.org

 

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