Out & About in September 2010

Diana Ross sweeps into Albany, good eats in New Paltz, and FDR’s New Deal safety net


From Dream Girl to diva

You’d be hard-pressed to find another entertainer — male or female — with a résumé as impressive as Diana Ross’. In the 1960s, she helped shape the “Motown Sound” as lead singer of the Supremes. She left the group in 1970 to begin a solo career, which has included forays into movies, TV, and even Broadway. With six number-one singles (or 18 if you count those earned with the Supremes), 12 Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe (for portraying Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues), and a Tony (for 1977’s one-woman show An Evening with Diana Ross), Miss Ross is a true superstar — and one who rarely appears in this neck of the woods. Catch her “More Today Than Yesterday” greatest hits tour at the Palace Theatre. Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. $59.50-$119.50. 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3334 or www.palacealbany.com

franklin delano rooseveltBig deal: Original photographs and other items trace the history of Franklin Roosevelt’s Social Security program

Social savior

Historians agree that, of all of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal initiatives, the creation of the Social Security program had the most lasting impact. The FDR Presidential Library and Museum marks the 75th anniversary of this landmark legislation with “Our Plain Duty”: FDR and America’s Social Security, now on view at the site. Drawn from the Roosevelt Library and Social Security Administration archives, the exhibit tells the story of the creation of the program using rarely seen documents and artifacts from the 1930s, as well as period photographs and posters, film and audio files, and other items. In conjunction with the show, the site hosts a panel discussion on the New Deal and Social Security on Sept. 26. Exhibit remains on view through July 2011. Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov.-March. $7 (exhibit only), children under 16 free. Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 1-800-FDR-VISIT or www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu

Seasonal interlude

A familiar face plays well-loved music: Violin virtuoso Betty-Jean Hagen performs Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons concerti with her Woodstock Chamber Orchestra compatriots this fall. During her long career, Hagen has appeared as a guest soloist for a number of top-flight orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Symphony; currently the concertmaster of the WCO, she is also a faculty member at Vassar College and a Pleasant Valley resident. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 completes the orchestra program, performed under the direction of Artistic Director David Leighton. Sept. 24 at 8 p.m., Olin Hall at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; Sept. 25 at 8 p.m., Pointe of Praise Family Life Center, Kingston; Sept. 26 at 3 p.m., Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. $20, $5 students. 845-246-7045 or www.wco-online.com

taste of new paltz

We’ll just pick...

Food purveyors of all kinds — including local restaurateurs, caterers, farm market vendors, and vintners — bring their flavorsome fare to the 20th edition of the Taste of New Paltz this month. For a nominal charge, attendees at the one-day event sample a wide range of offerings, from adventurous gourmet delicacies to pizza, hot dogs, and cheesecake — all of which can be washed down with wines produced in our region. Along with the diet-busting cuisine, the festival features live music; a kid’s expo; arts and crafts items, and a wellness and recreation area. Sept. 12 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 in advance, $5 at the gate, under 12 free; $20 admission/food ticket packages also available through Sept. 8. Ulster County Fairgrounds. Libertyville Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-0243 or

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