Fall Weekends 2009

Let’s be honest: the foliage alone is reason enough to hang around the Valley each fall. That our region also plays host to a large number of world-class concerts, art exhibits, and festivals every autumn is a delightful bonus. In our seasonal roundup, we highlight the biggest and best events taking place between Labor Day weekend and Thanksgiving this year. Get out your calendars!



September

Friday, September 4

It’s been 40 years since John Lennon and Yoko Ono dared to protest against the Vietnam War from a bed in a Montreal hotel room. The Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts showcases Give Peace a Chance: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed-in For Peace exhibit, featuring unique and rare photographs taken by Gerry Dieter, the only journalist who documented the entire eight days of the event. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Sept. 7. $13, $11 seniors, $9 ages 8-11, $4 ages 3-7, under 2 free.
• 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. 866-781-2922 or www.bethelwoodscenter.org

Come feast your eyes on Visions of the Valley: Celebrating 400 Years of Life Along the Hudson at the Mark Gruber Gallery. Observe how the region has changed, as well as how it has remained the same, through landscape paintings of more than a dozen artists. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Sept. 9.
New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz. 845-255-1241 or www.markgrubergallery.com

The Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association knows it’s a great time of year for a moonlit stroll. Its annual Harvest MoonWalk features a walk on the trail, a bonfire, and a storyteller, as well as refreshments like popcorn, donuts, and cider. Bring your own flashlight. 7:30-9 p.m. $5, under 6 free.
Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot.
101 New Paltz Rd., Highland. 845-797-9978 or www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net

Saturday, September 5

The Stageworks 2009 season includes the professional world premiere of Carlos Lacamara’s play, Nowhere on the Border, a piece that interweaves the lives of two men who are stuck in a state of conflicting beliefs until they realize that compassion conquers all. Closing the Stageworks season is Crossroads (Sept. 30-Oct. 11). Call for hours and fees.
41-A Cross St., Hudson. 518-828-7843 or www.stageworkshudson.org

Glories of the Hudson features Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church’s sketches of the river, now on display in his Moorish-style home. Drawn from Olana’s own collection, some of these works have never before been seen by the public. Through Oct. 12. Thurs.-Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for fees.
Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Rte. 9G,
Hudson. 518-828-0135 or www.olana.org

Sunday, September 6
Parting is such sweet sorrow. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival wraps up its 2009 Eco-comic Stimulus Season with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Experience closing night of the hilarious interpretations of the great works of William Shakespeare featuring 37 plays performed in 97 minutes under a state-of-the-art theater tent on Boscobel’s scenic grounds. 6 p.m. Call for ticket information.
Boscobel House and Gardens. Rte. 9D,
Garrison. 845-265-9575
or www.hvshakespeare.org

Home on the Hudson: Women and Men Painting Landscapes: 1825-1875 is a collaboration with the Graduate Center of the CUNY art history program that focuses on the work of artists and their physical proximity to the Hudson River, and examines the paintings they create in response to their environment. This is the second major exhibit to be mounted at Boscobel’s new gallery, and the roster of artists includes the well-known Sanford Gifford and Jervis McEntee, as well as the less familiar (several of whom are women). Wed.-Mon. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for fees.
Boscobel House and Gardens.
Rte. 9D, Garrison. 845-265-3638,
ext 115 or www.boscobel.org

Country star Jo Dee Messina takes to the main stage at the annual Columbia County Fair. The singer — who’s had nine number-one singles and several multi-platinum albums — performs at 3 and 8 p.m. This year’s fair also features Dancing with the Stars alum Chuck Wicks (Sept. 4) as well as demolition derbies, a petting zoo, midway rides, and plenty of fried dough. Sept. 2-7. Wed. 3-11 p.m., Thurs.-Mon. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $10, 12 and under free.
Rte. 66, Chatham. 518-392-2121
or www.columbiafair.com

Friday, September 11
Surround yourself with art at the exhibit E-Cyclorama: Immersed in Color. Sanford Wurmfeld’s luminous 37-foot-long, 360-degree panoramic exhibit shows an array of hues blending together to form optical illusions of movements and shapes. Tues.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. through Sept. 13. $5, $3 students & seniors.
Neuberger Museum, SUNY Purchase. 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914-251-6100 or www.neuburger.org

Humor, wit, and soul share the stage when Peekskill native Christine Lavin performs at the Towne Crier Café. Lavin, whose song lyrics reflect a smart but funny take on contemporary life (case in point: her latest release is entitled I Don’t Make This Stuff Up... I Just Make it Rhyme). Lavin often invites audience members onstage to take part in the performance, making for an especially crowd-pleasing evening. Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300 or www.townecrier.com

Orange County Roots, an exhibit of photographs, depicts the people, trades, and crafts that have existed in Orange County over the last century — and still exist today. Focusing more on the county’s people than its buildings or landscapes, the show aims to encourage the public to learn about our common local history. Through Sept. 30.
Lycian Centre Galleries. Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf. 845-469-2287 or www.lyciancentre.com

Saturday, September 12
Now in its 25th year, Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst hosts more than 300 artists and crafters, who offer one-of-a-kind items including jewelry, furniture, ceramics, glass, paintings, and much more. There’s music, food, and kid’s activities too, all on the gorgeous riverfront grounds of the Lyndhurst Estate. Sept. 11-13. Fri. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $10, $9 seniors, $4 children 6-16, under 6 free.
Rte. 9, Tarrytown. 845-331-7900 or www.artrider.com

Sunday, September 13
Pay tribute to one of Troy’s most famous residents, “Uncle Sam” Wilson, at the 34th annual Uncle Sam Parade. Celebrate patriotism and recognize the citizens who contribute to improving life in Troy. Afterwards, stick around for a shindig in Knickerbocker Park that includes food, entertainment, and fireworks at dusk. Parade begins at 1 p.m. 125 St. & Fifth Ave., Lansingburgh. 518-235-6015

Looking to sample some of the Valley’s renowned cuisine? At the Taste of New Paltz, visitors sample portions of fine fare from the region’s primo restaurants, caterers, farm markets, and wineries. And bring the kids — the event offers face painting, a dunking booth, free balloons, Radio Disney performers, and more fun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 before Sept. 10, $5 at the door, under 13 free.
Ulster County Fairgrounds. Libertyville Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-0243 or www.tasteofnewpaltz.com

Autumn is the best time of year to spend your weekends outdoors. The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program invites you to take a self-guided tour through two private gardens in Rhinebeck. One features an allée of maple trees originally planted by a Civil War soldier; the other offers a variety of flowers and shrubs that bloom right through fall. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 per garden, under 12 free. Call or visit the Web site for further details.
1-888-842-2442
or www.opendaysprogram.org

Friday, September 18
The characters of Historic Huguenot Street awaken for one night only at Night at Our Museum: The Past Comes to Life. A night watchman provides guided tours of the 18th-century houses, which are sure to be filled with some interesting surprises. Sept. 18. 7 p.m. $8, $20 for families.
18 Broadhead Ave., New Paltz. 845-255-1660 or www.huguenotstreet.org

Saturday, September 19

Six centuries of watercolors and drawings depicting New York State history are on display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. Drawn by New York includes views of sites that no longer stand, such as New York’s Federal Hall, as well as representations of the Civil War and depictions of the events of September 11. Through Nov. 1. Call for hours.
• 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5237 or http://fllac.vassar.edu

Sunday, September 20

Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of History, Art, and Culture displays more than 200 historical artifacts, works of art, and archival documents telling the story of the Hudson (through Jan. 10). Also on view: Life Along the Hudson: Photographs by Joseph Squillante. This retrospective showcases landscapes, as well as images of farmers, fishermen, and others who work near the river (through Oct. 4). Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m. $10, $8 seniors & students, $6 children 6-12, under 6 free.
Albany Institute of History and Art.
• 125 Washington Ave., Albany. 518-463-4478 or www.albanyinstitute.org

The exterior of the Catskill Point Warehouse is transformed into a “Wall of History” by the Greene County Council on the Arts in celebration of the Quadricentennial. The wall will include scenes of great moments in Greene County’s history along the Hudson, painted by local artists. Also on display are portraits of famous Valleyites Thomas Cole, Rip Van Winkle, and Henry Hudson. Call for further details.
• 1 Main St., Catskill. 518-943-3400 or www.greenearts.org

Friday, September 25
The songstress who asked the world, “What if God was one of us?” comes to the Hudson Valley for a one-night event at the Tarrytown Music Hall. The Grammy-nominated Joan Osborne is known for her genre-crossing sound, but she revisits her soulful rock roots with her most recent release, Little Wild One. 8 p.m. $38-$58.
13 Main St., Tarrytown. 914-631-3390
or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

Enjoy the sounds of the vocal-jazz group The Manhattan Transfer. Part of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the quartet has won numerous Grammys. Their latest release, The Chick Corea Songbook, is due out this month. 8 p.m. $35-$69.
Empire State Plaza, Albany.
518-473-7773 or www.theegg.org

Skol! The Hudson Valley Resort and Spa’s Oktoberfest weekend offers two nights (and six meals) at the resort and access to the spa’s sauna, jacuzzi, pool, and fitness center. When you’re not mingling at one of the cocktail parties, grab your dancing shoes and enjoy live music, including traditional polkas by America’s polka king, Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra. Sept. 25-27. $329.
400 Granite Rd., Kerhonkson.
845-626-8888 or
www.hudsonvalleyresort.com

Saturday, September 26
In celebration of New York’s Quadricentennial, more than 200 voices combine to present an evening of choral music in the Vassar College Chapel. This “Musical Bridge” concert featuring Valley choirs is one of many events in the college’s fall lineup, which includes free concerts and recitals from students and faculty, as well as theater performances and art exhibitions. 7 p.m.
124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie.
845-437-7690 or http://arts.vassar.edu

The Jacob Burns Film Center pays tribute to Sidney Lumet with a retrospective of his greatest films. An Academy Award-nominated director, Lumet is best known for gritty dramas such as 12 Angry Men, Serpico, and Dog Day Afternoon (Sept. 11-30). Also at the Center this fall: the annual “Global Watch: Crisis, Culture and Human Rights” series (Oct. 2-28). Call for exact schedule and ticket information.
364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville.
914-747-5555 or www.burnsfilmcenter.org

Sunday, September 27
Can’t get enough garlic? Then be sure to stop by the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. The weekend event includes instructive growing and braiding talks, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations from Valley chefs, and arts and crafts. Once you’ve finished learning, savor all of the garlic-enhanced foods you can eat, including the ever-popular garlic ice cream. (Just be sure to pack some breath mints.) Sept. 26-27. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7 in advance, $10 at the door, under 12 free.
Cantine Field. Washington Ave.
Extension, Saugerties. 845-246-3090
or www.hvgf.com
 

October

Friday, October 2
There is only one American comedian whose last name evokes memories of soup Nazis, neurotic neighbors, and an evil mailman (“Hello... Newman!”). Jerry Seinfeld brings his hilarious stand-up routine to Albany’s Palace Theatre as part of his national tour. 7 p.m. $47-$77.
19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3334 or www.palacealbany.com

French impressionist Edgar Degas is internationally renowned for his works depicting the ballet and horses. Along with his love of art, Degas had a fascination with music, which in turn inspired his artwork. Degas & Music marks the first time the Hyde Collection has hosted an exhibition of Degas, as well as the first time a Degas show has focused on the artist’s interest in music. Visitors can listen to the compositions that influenced him, while viewing his art. In addition to the exhibition, the museum is coordinating a series of lectures, exhibitions, and performances with Degas-related themes. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 12-5 p.m., through Oct. 18. $10, $8 seniors & students.
161 Warren St., Glens Falls. 518-792-1761 or www.hydecollection.org

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is a Grammy-winning ensemble known for the fact that they play without the direction of a conductor, which allows the musicians themselves to interpret the score. They — along with Dutch violinist Janine Jansen — open the season with a concert at the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College. 8 p.m. Call for ticket information.
735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914-251-6171 or www.artscenter.org

Saturday, October 3
Enjoy an afternoon at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and be part of its first-ever Fall Festival. The Caramoor Cavalcade presents three consecutive concerts located at three different venues on the grounds during the day, and Grammy-winning jazz legend Chick Corea gives a rare solo performance to end the night. Cavalcade performances at 1, 2:30, & 4 p.m. $15. Chick Corea performs at 8 p.m. $15-$70.
149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah.
914-232-5035 or www.caramoor.org

They Might Be Giants is an indie-rock band that just won a Grammy for their album of music for children. Their tunes have contributed to TV shows such as Malcolm in the Middle, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the Cartoon Network’s Courage the Cowardly Dog. Bring the kiddies and have a good time. 1 p.m. $22, $14 children.
Empire State Plaza, Albany.
518-473-1061 or www.theegg.org

Sunday, October 4
Lovers of history, architecture, and decor, take note: Hudson River Heritage presents its 21st annual What’s Dutch Country Seats Tour: Dutch American Rural Architecture. Guests get a rare glimpse into the early Dutch farmsteads in Ulster County by visiting five homes, some of which have period barns and are not open to the public. Oct. 3-4. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $55. Call for complete details.
845-876-2474 or www.whatsdutch.org

Friday, October 9
Head to Hudson for ArtsWalk 2009. This nine-day lovefest with all things art features more than 125 visual, performing, and literary artists in venues across the city (and there are usually lots of related dining and shopping deals, too). Oct. 9-18. Call the Columbia County Council on the Arts for further details.
518-671-6213 or www.artscolumbia.org

Also in Hudson: The Carrie Haddad Gallery hosts Great Pretenders: An Exhibit of Art Fakery, works by five artists that — in one way or another — are not exactly what they seem (Sept. 3-Oct. 11). Later in the fall, the gallery showcases paintings by Kathy Burge, sculptures by Stephen King, mixed media pieces by Louise LaPlant, and large prints by Valerie Hammond (Oct. 15-Nov. 22). Thurs.-Mon. 11 a.m-5 p.m.
622 Warren St., Hudson. 518-828-1915
or www.carriehaddadgallery.com

Saturday, October 10
Esteemed pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins the Albany Symphony Orchestra to perform two concertos by Mozart and Martinu. Also on the program: These Worlds in Us, composer Missy Mazzoli’s tribute to her father, a Vietnam veteran, and Sibelius’s Seventh Symphony. Oct. 10. 8 p.m. $25-$49, $15 students & children.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
30 Second St., Troy. 518-273-0038
or www.troymusichall.org
As part of the Drawn by New York exhibit (see Sept. 19 listing), legendary folk icon Pete Seeger performs a free outdoor concert at Vassar College. A cofounder of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Beacon resident is known as much for his environmental activism as for his music. Even President Obama, who had Seeger share the stage with Bruce Springsteen at the inauguration, is a fan. 2-3 p.m.
124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5237 or http://fllac.vassar.edu

Sunday, October 11
Greene County’s Great Northern Catskills Heritage Festival joins in on the Quadricentennial celebratory fun. The festivities, being held at Historic Catskill Point, feature food tastings, educational speakers, entertainment, programs and contests for children, and a variety of vendors, all coming together to celebrate 400 years of food, agriculture, and nature. Call for hours.
1 Main St., Catskill. 518-622-9820 or www.greenetourism.com
World-famous violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman leads the Westchester Philharmonic in its season opener. Perlman does double duty, playing violin in two pieces by Mozart, and conducting the orchestra in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique (Oct. 10-11). In November, Perlman and the Phil team up with clarinetist Anthony McGill, who played at President Obama’s inauguration (Nov. 21-22). Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $25-$85. Performing Arts Center, Purchase College.
735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase.
914-682-3707 or www.westchesterphil.org

Friday, October 16
Antoni Tàpies: The Resources of Rhetoric showcases 20 large-scale works by one of Spain’s most important post-war artists. The majority of the paintings on view were done in the 1950s and ’60s, during Tàpies’ early period; the artist often mixed commonplace materials — like sand, ash, cloth, and string — into his paints, creating unexpected effects. Through Oct. 19. Thurs.-Mon. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $10, $7 seniors & students, under 12 free.
Dia:Beacon. 3 Beekman St., Beacon.
845-440-0100 or www.diabeacon.org

Lewis Black is a Grammy-winning stand-up comedian who hosts his own show, The Root of All Evil, on Comedy Central and regularly appears on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Despite the ever-present tirades that are trademarks of his performances, Black is more of a disgruntled optimist than a mean-spirited curmudgeon. He’s perfected expressing to an audience what the rest of us can’t say in polite company. 8 p.m. Call for ticket information.
Ulster Performing Arts Center.
601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088
or www.upac.org

For 16 years, the Westchester Craft Show has featured America’s finest contemporary craft artists, who present their work at this show and sale. And this year is no exception. Handblown glass, delicate porcelain, unique jewelry, and handcrafted furniture are just a smattering of the items you can browse (and buy). Oct. 16-18. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, under 12 free.
The Westchester County Center. 198
Central Ave., White Plains. 914-995-4050 or www.craftsamericashows.com

Saturday, October 17
Taconic Opera kicks off its 12th season with a company premiere of Verdi’s Macbeth, a dramatic work featuring prophetic witches, evil ambitions, and multiple murders. Fully staged in Italian with English supertitles. Oct. 16-18. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $32-$47, student & senior discounts.
Yorktown Stage. 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights. 914-245-3415
or www.taconicopera.org

The Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 2009-2010 season begins with Mozart à la Marsalis, an adaptation of a Mozart violin concerto penned by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. Brilliantly Brahms, the orchestra’s November performance, features Brahms’ Symphony no. 4 and guest conductor Elizabeth Schulze (Nov. 7). Both shows at 8 p.m., call for ticket information.
Bardavon Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-5288
or www.bardavon.org

Sunday, October 18
Photographer Ernestine Ruben’s work — usually images of the human form — is in the collections of a number of major museums, both in the U.S. and around the world. Recently, she has broadened her focus to include images of landscapes and architecture. See it all at Galerie BMG. Sept. 11-Oct. 19. Fri.-Mon. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
12 Tannery Brook Rd., Woodstock
845-679-0027 or www.galeriebmg.com

Friday, October 23
Fast becoming an October tradition, the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze once again lights up the night at Van Cortlandt Manor. More than 4,000 hand-carved and illuminated jack-o’-lanterns are used to form eerie-but-fun displays on the grounds of this 18th-century mansion. See the giant spider web, huge dinosaurs, an undersea aquarium — even an outsized Stonehenge. Oct. 3-4, 10-12, 16-18, 22-25, 28-31, Nov. 1. Call for hours and tickets (which must be purchased in advance).
525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-631-8200 or www.hudsonvalley.org

Saturday, October 24
Rickie Lee Jones, whose 1979 hit Chuck E’s in Love helped her win that year’s Grammy as best new artist, releases her 15th album, Balm in Gilead, next month. You can see her — and hear that distinctive raspy voice — at the Bardavon (8 p.m. $42). Other shows on tap at the Poughkeepsie opera house include rock/country superstar Lucinda Williams (Oct. 8), and a live HD TV transmission of Puccini’s Tosca from the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Oct. 10). Call for times and tickets.
35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org
Historic Hudson Valley hosts separate Halloween events for adults and kids at two of its properties this month. The older crowd can see the Headless Horseman ride again at Legend Evenings, held at Sleepy Hollow’s Philipsburg Manor. Young kids will suffer no nightmares after attending Legend Daytime, which offers games, magic shows, music, food — and a ghost story or two — at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside in Tarrytown. Oct. 17-18, 24-25. Call for hours and tickets (which must be purchased in advance for Legend Evenings).
914-631-8200 or www.hudsonvalley.org

Sunday, October 25
Now celebrating their 40th anniversary, the hardworking Tokyo String Quartet still plays more than 100 concerts every year. And one of them will be in the Valley. Hear the soul-stirring sounds of this ensemble — whose recent recording of Beethoven’s quartets made it to the Billboard charts — at the Center for Performing Arts, Purchase College. Call for times and ticket information.
735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914-251-6222 or www.artscenter.org

Based on a 1930s novel, the Broadway smash 42nd Street won the Tony for best musical in 1980 (and for best Broadway revival in 2001). Much of the credit for that success was due to Gower Champion, who choreographed the original production. Randy Skinner, a Champion assistant at that time, directs and choreographs the Westchester Broadway Theatre’s version of the story of a little chorus girl and her big break. Sept. 24-Nov. 29, and Jan. 7-Feb. 6, 2010. Call for exact schedule and ticket prices.
1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. 914-592-2268 or www.broadwaytheatre.com

Friday, October 30
An exhibit, The Tappan Zee Bridge: Transforming Rockland County uses photographs, oral histories, and other sources to explain how the construction of the Tarrytown-to-Suffern span turned Rockland’s sleepy communities into the sophisticated suburbs they are today. Part of the county’s Quad celebration. Tues.-Sun. 1-5 p.m. through Nov 1. $7, $3 children.
Historical Society of Rockland County. 20 Zukor Rd., New City. 845-634-9629 or www.rocklandhistory.org

Saturday, October 31
At the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery: Hudson-Fulton Take 2 is a group show with an unusual perspective. Ten local artists used memorabilia from the 1909 Hudson-Fulton celebration as inspiration for their contemporary pieces in metal, fiber, paint — even the written word. Sat.-Sun., 1-4 p.m. through October 31.
At the corner of Wall & Main Streets,
Kingston. 845-339-0720 or www.fohk.org
Sunday, November 1
Remember Midnight at the Oasis, the 1970s hit that shot sultry singer Maria Muldaur to the top of the charts? Now she’s singing a slightly different tune: Her latest release is entitled Heart of Mine: The Love Songs of Bob Dylan. Catch her at Pawling’s Towne Crier Cafe. 7:30 p.m. $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
30 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300
or www.townecrier.com

November

Saturday, November 7
Tarrytown Music Hall provides fun for all ages with the Flying Karamazov Brothers. Blending theater, music, juggling, improv — and a healthy dollop of pure comedy — this quartet has been making people from ages 2 to 92 laugh for more than 35 years. 2 p.m.
13 Main St., Tarrytown. 877-840-0457
or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

Friday, November 13
The sounds of The Outlaws fill the air at Proctors tonight. The band’s 1975 hit, “Green Grass and High Tides,” is a standard of the southern-rock genre (younger folks may know it as a featured song on the interactive video game Rock Band). Singer and guitarist Henry Paul and drummer Monte Yoho lead the band. 8 p.m. $20-$30.
Proctors Theatre. 432 State St., Schenectady. 518-346-6204 or www.proctors.org

Dionne Warwick’s four-decades-long career brims with such recognizable hits as “I Say A Little Prayer” and “Do You Know The Way to San Jose?” She brings her five-time Grammy Award-winning voice to Peekskill, where she perform classics from her repertoire of nearly 60 charted hits. 8 p.m. $35-$67.50.
Paramount Center for the Arts.
1008 Brown St., Peekskill. 914-739-2333
or www.paramountcenter.org

Saturday, November 14
Set in a Southern town in the 1930s, the American classic To Kill a Mockingbird is the well-known story of racial injustice and coming-of-age. The King’s Theatre Company production is adapted for the stage from Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. 8 p.m. Call for ticket information.
Lycian Centre.
Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf.
845-469-2287 or www.lyciancentre.com

Need a good laugh? Whose Line Is It Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood keep the show’s improvisational humor alive on their collaborative tour. Charged with energy, the duo’s performance incorporates the audience into the action. 8 p.m. $55-$85.
Tarrytown Music Hall. 13 Main St.,
Tarrytown. 914-631-3390
or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

The Westchester Chamber Orchestra kicks off its 13th season with an all-Dvorak program. World renowned cellist Amit Peled is featured as the soloist for Dvorak’s Concerto in B Minor, a staple of the cello repertoire. 8 p.m. $40, $35 seniors, $15 students.
Murphy Auditorium, Iona College. North Ave., New Rochelle. 914-654-4926 or www.westchesterchamberorchestra.org

Sunday, November 15
Known for his storytelling wit and wisdom, Lyle Lovett has won four Grammys, released 13 albums, and sold over two million records. The American singer/songwriter’s 2007 album, It’s Not Big It’s Large, reached number two on the Top Country Albums charts. He and His Large Band come to the Ulster Performing Arts Center. 7 p.m. $55-$85.
601 Broadway, Kingston.
845-331-1613 or www.upac.org

Clown Johnny Peers and his troupe of dogs perform their slapstick comedy routine in Muttville Comix at the Egg. The canines’ tricks include jumping rope, climbing ladders, and walking along a tightrope, to name a few. 4 p.m. $15.
Empire State Plaza, Albany.
518-473-1845 or www.theegg.org

Friday, November 20
The only thing better than hearing a live chorus sing well-known tunes is hearing them for free. Bach to Broadway features a medley of melodies, both classical and modern, performed by University at Albany vocal music majors.
UAlbany Performing Arts Center.
1400 Washington Ave., Albany.
518-442-3995 or www.albany.edu/pac

In honor of the Quadricentennial, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art hosts a series of exhibits emphasizing works related to the Hudson Valley. The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: 19th-Century American Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society features 45 rarely seen works, many by Hudson River School artists (through Dec. 13). Panorama of the Hudson River: Greg Miller is a modern-day photographic panoramic view of both banks of the Hudson River. Compare Miller’s work to a circa 1910 panorama of the same shoreline, which is shown right beside the newer image (through Dec. 13). Hudson Valley Artists 2009: Ecotones and Transition Zones includes works by 21 emerging area artists who connect global issues to our immediate surroundings (through Sept. 6). Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
SUNY New Paltz. 1 Hawk Dr. (off Rte. 32), New Paltz. 845-257-3844
or www.newpaltz.edu/museum
Saturday, November 21
In Out of This World, seven contemporary artists merge terrestrial materials with cosmic elements. Let your eyes do a double take as everyday items like pencils, pipe cleaners, fake flowers, and spools of thread are cleverly manipulated to look otherworldly. 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Daily through Nov. 29.
Albany International Airport Gallery,
airport terminal, third floor.
737 Albany-Shaker Rd., Albany.
518-242-2222 or www.albanyairport.com

See classic American literature come to life onstage in Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck’s powerful and tragic story of two ranch workers seeking the American Dream during the Great Depression era. Presented by Virginia’s Barter Theatre on its national tour. 8 p.m. Call for tickets.
Eisenhower Hall. U.S.M.A., West Point. 845-938-6769 or www.ikehall.com

Sunday, November 22
A man finds himself in a comedic conundrum after a woman who claims to be a spy is found murdered — and he’s the suspect. A cast of four actors play more than 150 characters in Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, a Tony Award-winning murder-mystery. Nov. 17-22.
Proctors Theatre. 432 State St., Schenectady.
518-881-1823 or www.proctors.org

Small is big at the Historical Society of Rockland County’s Miniature and Dollhouse Show. Young and old alike will marvel at the delicate dollhouses, tiny toys, and various collections on view at this annual holiday show. Call for hours and fees.
20 Zukor Rd., New City. 845-634-9629 or www.rocklandhistory.org

Friday, November 27
Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, Philipsburg Manor and Van Cortlandt Manor show off their holiday splendor during Thanksgiving weekend. The three Historic Hudson Valley properties are decorated in period style, and costumed guides provide visitors with holiday-themed tours. In addition, children can make holiday crafts in hands-on workshops. Nov. 27-29. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $6 children 5-17, under 5 free.
Suunyside. 89 W. Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown. 914-591-8763;
Philipsburg Manor. 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow. 914-631-3992; Van Cortlandt Manor. 525 So. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-271-8981 or www.hudsonvalley.org

Saturday, November 28
Catch a glimpse of the Dutch artistic spirit in Double Dutch, a selection of contemporary installations. The exhibit features 16 artists whose work has been influenced by the architecture, sculpture, furniture, and landscape of the Netherlands. Sat.-Sun. 12-6 p.m. through July 2010. $5, $4 seniors, $2 students & children.
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.
1701 Main St., Peekskill. 914-788-0100
or www.hvcca.org

Sunday, November 29
Welcome the holiday season with the Northeast Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. Audiences of all ages will delight in this classic tale of a little girl’s nutcracker doll and their travels together to the whimsical land of the Sugarplum Fairy. Nov. 28-29. Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $20-$30.
Proctors Theatre. 432 State St., Schenectady.
518-346-6204 or www.proctors.org
 

It’s a Lark

Capital Region residents like to joke that there are two days every year when you can count on it to rain: the annual Tulip Festival and LarkFEST. But given this summer’s endless washout, Michael Weidrich hopes the rain, rain will go away by the time this year’s LarkFEST rolls around on Saturday, September 19.
Besides, it hasn’t actually rained on the festival for a couple of years, says Weidrich, executive director of the Lark Street Business Improvement District, which puts on the festival. That has helped make the state’s largest one-day outdoor festival even larger. Last year a crowd of more than 80,000 gathered to sing, dance, eat, drink, shop, and share the vibe on Albany’s most happening thoroughfare, which calls itself “the village in the city.”
Now in its 28th incarnation, LarkFEST closes off the entirety of Lark Street, from Madison to Washington avenues, to traffic. And it’s grown so large it now continues up Washington to Henry Johnson Boulevard. Music is the biggest draw, as more than 20 bands will appear on the five stages set up on the site.
Last year’s festival “was a mind-blower for me,” says Weidrich, who has helmed the past three events and attended about six more before that. He remembers standing backstage as musical headliner Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, held the massive audience under his sway. “The street was so packed with people I couldn’t even get down from the stage,” Weidrich remembers. “At one point he stopped playing and told everyone to take a step back, and they all did in unison. It was an amazing sight.”
This year’s LarkFEST promises even more amazing sights — weather permitting, of course. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — David Levine
Lark St., Albany. 518-434-3861 or www.larkstreet.org

Celebrate New York’s Heritage

The French were voted the world’s worst tourists recently, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a good idea or two, travel-wise. One of their better ideas is Les Journees du Patrimoine, or Heritage Days, an annual event in which museums, national parks, and historic sites are open to the public free or at reduced rates. The French, after all, are very good at celebrating themselves.
New York State has plenty of heritage to celebrate as well, and we will all get the chance to do so during the state’s first ever New York Heritage Weekend, September 12 and 13. More than 100 sites, including museums, architecturally significant buildings, historic battlefields, state and national parks, and historic districts stretching from the Adirondacks to Staten Island will open their doors and lower or waive their fees.
The event, which will become annual, was organized by the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission as part of the Hudson and Champlain anniversaries, says Alexia Lalli, the Heritage Weekend’s administrator. She worked with just about every historic organization in eastern New York, including the National Parks Service; the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the Hudson River Greenway; the Historic House Trust of New York City, and others, and sent letters to every historic site she could think of. “Most were more than happy to participate,” she says. “They really rallied around the idea, and now people are contacting us who want to be part of this. It got a life of its own.”
Many of the sites will offer tours, special events, concerts, reenactments, and dances during the weekend. If you don’t feel like driving, both Amtrak and Enterprise rental car are offering special deals. To plan your itinerary, go to www.heritageweekend.org, where sites are listed by name, county, and town. There’s also a map on the site, “and when you see the line of little blue dots all along the Hudson Valley, you realize how much heritage we have here,” Lalli says. — David Levine
www.heritageweekend.org

Where The Buffalo Roam

Shadowland Theatre closes its 25th anniversary season with something of an unusual choice for a regional theater company: David Mamet’s American Buffalo. With its gritty themes and coarse, Mametian dialogue (read: lots of creative cursing), the play — which runs September 12-28 — is rarely produced by the typical summer stock company looking for light and frothy family fare. Bye Bye Birdie, this ain’t.
But Shadowland is not your typical summer company, admits Brendan Burke, the theater’s producing artistic director. “We’re not a musical comedy place,” he says proudly. “Our mission is to produce more thought-provoking, socially relevant plays.”
American Buffalo’s relevance is what Burke calls “its view of capitalism from the underbelly. With this play, as with our season-opener, Arthur Miller’s The Price, the current economy was at the forefront of my mind.” The play, in which three ne’er-do-wells plan to steal an antique coin collection, “touches on themes of business versus friendship, loyalty, winners and losers, the darker side of capitalism — these all pop out and talk to the psyche of the country right now.”
The character of Teach, memorably played in the past by such great actors as Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and, most recently, John Leguizamo, will be in the hands of Shadowland veteran Jack Harris. “He’s a big favorite up here,” Burke says.
The entire Shadowland team is excited about the production. John Simon, a noted music producer of the Band, Bob Dylan, and others, will write an original score. “The design team is creating some really amazing sets,” Burke says. And he’s looking forward to directing his first Mamet play. “It’s one of those scripts that, both as an actor and a director, you want to do,” he says. “It’s an intimate play, which works really well in an intimate theater like ours.” Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. — David Levine
Shadowland Theatre.
157 Canal St., Ellenville. 845-647-5511
or www.shadowlandtheatre.org

You Should Be Dancin’

Susana Meyer, associate director of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, calls the American Ballet Theater’s now-annual World Premiere Weekend at Bard College “a happy accident.” And she thanks Toni and Martin Sosnoff for making that accident happen.
The Sosnoffs, wealthy financiers and longstanding (and generous) ballet fans, own an estate located just a seven-minute chauffeured limo ride from the Fisher Center theater that, not coincidentally, happens to bear their name. “They made the marriage between us and the ABT to perform their new program here before it goes to New York,” Meyer says. “It’s really just a coincidence that we are so close to New York City, that the Sosnoffs are so generous to both the ABT and to us, and that we have a terrific stage that’s well-suited to their productions.”
The ABT performances are no mere dress rehearsal, Meyer says. “It’s a fully fleshed out performance of the very program they will perform in New York just a few weeks later,” she boasts. This year’s world premieres are by three “hot young choreographers,” Meyer says. ABT Artists in Residence Benjamin Millepeid, Alexei Ratmansky, and Aszure Barton have created pieces set to the music of Lang, Scarlatti and Ravel, respectively, which will be performed live by a small ensemble.
The premieres will be followed by one of two repertory pieces, either Jerome Robbins’s Other Dances (1976) or Clark Tippet’s Some Assembly Required (1989).
“It really is a wonderful weekend,” Meyer says. “They look terrific in our space. We are very lucky to have them.” Fri., Oct. 2, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 3, 2 and 8 p.m. (featuring a pre-performance discussion); Sun., Oct. 4, 3 p.m. $25, $40, $55. — David Levine
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College. Rte. 9G and Annandale Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900 or http://fishercenter.bard.edu

An Apple A Day —Especially This Day

Quick: What is the official fruit of New York State? Don’t know? Well, take a drive down just about any country road from the Adirondacks to the city suburbs in October, and you’re bound to stumble across a clue — an apple festival. It’s hard to find a town or county that doesn’t celebrate the Malus domestica every fall.
One of the best festivals is in Orange County, where the Warwick Applefest marks its 21st year on Sunday, October 4. Connie Hegner has been involved for almost half of them. She was head coordinator for nine years until this festival, and now she oversees the 250-plus craft vendors who sell their strictly homemade wares (no resellers allowed) at the fest. “It’s a juried craft show,” she says, “and a lot of them say it’s their best one-day show of the year.” Some of the vendors have been at the show even longer than she has.
Indeed, stability is the mark of many a successful apple festival. Not much changes from year to year, and that’s fine with the 30,000 or so people who attend. Once again this year, you’ll find the apple pie contest, officiated by the 4-H Cornell Cooperative Extension. The farmer’s market, comprising about 20 local farms, will be back in the Kuiken Brothers Lumber Co. parking lot. The five performance stages will host a variety of music, from folk and jazz to country and rock. A mini-amusement park will take over Stanley-Deming Park Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. to get families in the mood — “we call it Applefest Eve,” Hegner says. And, best of all, close to 40 nonprofit organizations will raise money to help them do the good work that keeps communities like Warwick strong.
And to think it’s all thanks to the humble apple. Warwick Applefest.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., $5 parking.
— David Levine
225 West St. or 10 Park Ave.,
Warwick. 845-987-8300
or www.warwickapplefest.com

Joyful Noise

Donisha Brown is a STOMPer. She’s been a STOMPer for 10 years, on and off. At 33, she still loves to STOMP. And she can’t wait to join her fellow STOMPers on Sunday, September 13, when STOMP kicks off its 2009-2010 tour at Eisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point. “We’ve been on break, resting up, and it’s been great,” Brown said this summer, “but by then we’ll be so excited to see each other and perform again. It will be wonderful.”
STOMP, of course, is the now decades-old show in which an eight-member troupe of performers — “we call ourselves STOMPers,” Brown confirms — make rhythmic noise out of found objects such as matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps, and other detritus. “We never consider it banging on stuff,” she says. “We consider it making music.”
They also consider it more than just a theater gig. “The show has been a huge, wonderful part of our lives,” Brown says. “We really are like family. We do the show for a while, then leave to do other things, and then come back. It has been great.”
She became a STOMPer after befriending some cast members she met hanging out by the stage door at STOMP’s home theater in New York. “I just loved the show so much, they said, ‘Why don’t you try out?’ ” says Brown, who was a dancer in college in North Carolina. A few months later there was an open audition. “The first day they taught you body percussion using your hands and feet,” she remembers. “The second day was working with instruments — you guys call them brooms, but we call them instruments. The third time it was garbage can lids and newspapers. I was thrilled they kept inviting me back. It didn’t feel odd — I was having too much fun.”
Ten years later, she and her fellow STOMPers are still having fun. Sun., 3 p.m.
— David Levine
Eisenhower Hall Theatre.
655 Pitcher Rd., West Point. 845-938-4159 or www.ikehall.com

Ronan Go Bragh

Ronan Tynan says that when you go to one of his shows, like the one at Eisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point on Saturday, September 26, you get more than songs and stories and jokes. “You get to know me,” Tynan promises. “Believe me, after the show you have a fair idea of who Ronan Tynan is.”
Well, who is he? He’s an astounding number of things, really. Ronan Tynan is first and foremost one of the best singers in the world. One of the original Irish Tenors, he is equally comfortable crooning Olde-Sod ballads, belting Broadway hits, performing operatic arias, and covering rock songs by Springsteen and U2. “I like country music too, don’t forget that,” he admonishes.
He’s also a jock. He was an athlete who overcame a lower limb disability and a car accident that resulted in his legs being amputated below the knee. Within a year after the accident, he won the first of his 18 gold medals in the Paralympics. “But that is past-tense,” he says. “I am now 270 pounds of beef.”
He compensates as a passionate sports fan, mostly baseball, thanks primarily to his regular gig singing “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium. “I knew nothing of baseball when I moved here, but now I love the game,” he says. “I also love ice hockey. I’ve been singing at Buffalo Sabres games, and those ice hockey boys are consummate athletes. They are amazingly fit. And I love the fanaticism of the fans.”
Tynan is also an author, a motivational speaker, and a businessman. At his show, he’ll be promoting his new CD, Sing Me an Irish Song, which is available at his Web site, www.ronantynan.net. Oh, yeah. He’s a doctor, too.
And all that is just part of who Ronan Tynan is. But who does Ronan Tynan think Ronan Tynan is?
“He’s a big, likeable, old guy,” he says, “with fantastic ears.” 8 p.m. $36-$45.
— David Levine
Eisenhower Hall Theatre.
655 Pitcher Rd., West Point. 845-938-4159 or www.ikehall.com

Here’s To You, Messrs. Robinson

If you’re of a certain age — meaning, old — you like your rock and roll 1970s-style. You crank the radio all the way up when Led Zeppelin comes crashing out of (insert your local classic rock station here). The Stones’ Exile on Main Street is in heavy rotation on your iPod. You still mourn the passing of Duane Allman.
Thank goodness for the Black Crowes. Dubbed “the Most Rock ’n Roll Rock ’n Roll Band in the World” by Melody Maker magazine, the Crowes bring their neo-classic rock to the Ulster Performing Arts Center on Friday, September 18.
Since the release of their first studio album in 1990, band members have come and gone. Indeed, the band itself has come and gone. Like all ’70s-era bands worthy of their excess, it broke up, in 2001. But founding brothers Chris and Rich Robinson re-formed the Crowes in 2005, and they have been touring and recording — often to chart-topping success — ever since.
On this tour, the band will be promoting its new double album, which is being marketed in a decidedly non-1970s manner. They will release their new studio CD, Before the Frost... on September 1. The second album, ...Until The Freeze, will be given away free, as a download, via a special code included in the store-bought disc.
“Approaching 20 years into our careers, we still are ambitious enough to push ourselves to create something unique that we have never done before,” Chris Robinson says on the band’s Web site.
The Crowes have special reason to bring this particular tour to the Hudson Valley. Both new albums were performed live and recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock. The new songs reportedly feature lots of bluegrass and country-blues influences. Just the way music fans of a certain age — meaning, old — like it. 9 p.m. $42-$48. — David Levine
Ulster Performing Arts Center. 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088
or www.upac.org

A Heart-felt Performance

If there is a current first lady of American musical theater, it’s probably Patti LuPone, who brings her Broadway show, Matters of the Heart, to the Purchase Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 3. Who else, after all, can say she’s played the lead in productions as wide and varied as Sweeney Todd, Pal Joey, Anything Goes, Les Misérables, Sunset Boulevard, Evita, Master Class and Noises Off? Oh, and there was that little performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy recently. You know, the one that won her a Tony? LuPone, a founding member of John Houseman’s famed Acting Company, has been a fixture on the stage and screen for more than 30 years. She was already a celebrated artist when she really burst onto the national scene in 1979, in her first Tony Award-winning performance, as Evita Perón. Since then, she has conquered every other medium as well, and in the process added Grammys and Emmys to her Tony-stuffed mantelpiece.
No stranger to Purchase, LuPone sold out the arts center four years ago with her “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” concert. Audiences can expect the same magic this fall. 8 p.m. $73-$115. — David Levine
Performing Arts Center
at Purchase College.
735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914-251-6200 or
www.artscenter.org

She Sees Dead People

You may remember Lisa Williams’ most recent Lifetime TV series, Lisa Williams: Voices from the Other Side, in which she performed one-on-one readings both in-studio and out on the street. Her autobiography and subsequent televised special, “Life Among the Dead,” garnered her sold-out nationwide appearances. Naturally, I had a few questions of my own before her “Messages from Beyond” show on Saturday, November 14 at UPAC.
Q: Lisa Williams, you are a medium and a clairvoyant. What am I going to ask you first?
LW: I don’t know (laughs).
Unfair question, because I am not dead, and you speak to the spirit world.
LW: Well, most interviewers first ask me how that all started.
Astonishing! That was my next question.
LW: I first knew I had the ability as a child in England. At age three or four, I started to see dead people. I always thought it was normal to have spirits around me. It usually didn’t scare me. I kept seeing a man who told me not to eat peas, or I’d die. That did scare me. I only found out about four years ago that my great uncle died choking on peas. It must have been him. I still have a pea phobia.
How’s Elvis?
LW: The first famous person I communicated with was Princess Diana, about nine years ago. I was in a private reading for a woman when I heard a lady called Diane or Diana bringing the woman’s daughter to me. After the reading, the woman showed me a photo of her daughter being held by the Princess. I was shocked!
Do you and Diana stay in touch?
LW: She’s come through a couple of times — once in a live show. Not for any particular reason, just to help me connect to other spirits.
You also talked to Marilyn Monroe. Clear it up, once and for all: How did she die?
LW: I don’t know. I didn’t ask. That’s my fault. I’ll ask her next time.
Favorite movie: The Sixth Sense or Ghost?
LW: I love Sixth Sense, but Ghost is more realistic in the way that Whoopie gets her messages and how Patrick Swayze has unfinished business. It’s very true to life.
And death, I suppose. As you can tell — you’re clairvoyant, after all — I am skeptical.
LW: I deal with skeptics every day. I embrace it. My own father is a skeptic. Many people at my shows say they are skeptical. I just tell them I will give what I can, and after the show maybe they won’t be skeptical anymore.
7:30 p.m. $39.50-$59.50. — David Levine
Ulster Performing Arts Center. 601 Broadway, Kingston.
845-339-6088 or www.upac.org

Captions: Bard for dummies Experience an off-kilter take on all 37 of Shakespeare’s works — in under two hours, nonetheless — at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Big city singers Spend an evening taking in the sultry, Grammy-winning jazz sounds of The Manhattan Transfer

Impressive portraits Take a gander at Singer with a Glove and other paintings by world-renowned impressionist Edgar Degas at the Hyde Collection

Albany aria Savor the sounds of award-winning pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing with the Albany Symphony Orchestra

Glow in the dark Looking for some family fun? Gaze upon jack-o‘-lanterns glowing in the night at Van Cortlandt Manor

Thrills and chills The Headless Horseman rides again at Sleepy Hollow’s Philipsburg Manor this October

A region rendered Cherish the Valley’s beauty by attending one of several Dorsky Museum exhibits celebrating our region

Mystery Theater Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps gets the stage treatment at Schenectady’s Proctors Theatre

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