Fall Arts Preview 2012: Events and Happenings in the Hudson Valley

The Valley is packed with dozens of artistic happenings this fall: art exhibits, plays, concerts, comedy shows, festivals, and street fairs. Our three-month calendar ensures you won’t miss out

Michael McDonald — frontman for the popular ’70s band the Doobie Brothers — brings his solo show to HITS-on-the-Hudson in September

Sharpen those pencils, or — if you keep your calendar on an iGadget — flex your fingers: You’ll want to make note of all the cultural goings-on happening in the region this season. Our preview names at least one fun event taking place on each weekend day from now through Thanksgiving. Art exhibits, plays, concerts, films, comedy acts, poetry readings, food and wine fests, crafts shows — you name it, the Valley’s got it.


Saturday, September 1

The 39 Steps: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival ends its summer season with a humorous adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s whodunit, starring four cast members who take on 150 roles. Garrison. 845-265-9575 or www.hvshakespeare.org

Dear Mother Nature: More than 40 Valley artists address environmental issues by visually answering the question, “What would you send Mother Nature?” Responses range from a medal of honor to expressions of condolences. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. 845-257-3844 or www.newpaltz.edu/museum

Sunday, September 2

State Fair: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1945 musical tells a story about family, young romance, and lasting love — all at the State Fair. Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. 518-392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org

Music Under the Stars: The West Point Band wraps up its summer music series with the annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with fireworks and a cannon blast. West Point. 845-938-2617 or www.westpointband.com

New York Renaissance Faire: Step back into Elizabethan England and experience the Renaissance, complete with jousting, archery, dance performances, comedy shows, artisan shops, and traditional food. Tuxedo Park. 845-351-5171 or www.renfair.com

Friday, September 7

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Known for chart-toppers like “Shut Up and Kiss Me” and “Passionate Kisses,” this Grammy winner brings her contemporary folk sound back to the Egg. Albany. 518-473-1845 or www.theegg.org

Doubles, Dualities & Doppelgängers: See two of everything at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, which has mounted an exhibit dedicated to photographs of identical twins. Contemporary images — as well as some taken during the 19th and early 20th centuries — are included. Woodstock. 845-679-9957 or www.cpw.org

The Sax Pack: This saxophone trio lights up the stage of the Paramount Center for the Arts with their smooth, soulful mix of jazz, R&B, and classic funk. Peekskill. 914-739-2333 or www.paramountcenter.org

Saturday, September 8

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival: Sip and savor wines produced throughout New York State, tempt your taste buds with gourmet food from the best local restaurants, and enjoy live entertainment. Rhinebeck. 845-658-7181 or www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: This Grammy-winning musical revue — featuring 39 R&B and pop classics like “Charlie Brown” and “Jailhouse Rock” — swings into the Mac-Haydn Theatre. Chatham. 518-392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org

Sunday, September 9

Lighthouse Day: Transport yourself to the 19th century and tour the Stony Point Lighthouse — the oldest light on the Hudson River — with a costumed interpreter portraying former keeper Nancy Rose. Musician Linda Russell and storyteller Jonathan Kruk provide maritime-themed music and local folklore. Stony Point. 845-786-2521 or www.palisadesparksconservancy.org

Michael McDonald: A five-time Grammy winner and former lead singer with the Doobie Brothers, McDonald belts out the band’s ’70s hits (“Takin’ It to the Streets,” “What a Fool Believes”) as well as songs recorded as a solo artist. HITS-on-the-Hudson, Saugerties. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org

Friday, September 14

Forever Plaid: County Players Falls Theatre opens its season with this musical revue of “guy groups” from the 1950s; the show ran off-Broadway and was recently adapted into a film. Wappingers Falls. 845-298-1491 or www.countyplayers.org

The National Cup Show: This juried exhibit spotlights various functional and sculptural interpretations of the simple cup, a utilitarian object that has been part of daily life for centuries. Barrett Clay Works, Poughkeepsie. 845-471-2550 or www.barrettartcenter.org

Saturday, September 15

Foreigner: It “feels like the first time” that this ’70s rock band performed, bringing hits like “I Want to Know What Love Is” and “Say You Will” to the Paramount in Peekskill. 914-739-2333 or www.paramountcenter.org

Hudson River Valley Ramble: With events taking place each weekend throughout September, this outdoor-centric festival hosts happenings at museums, historic sites, parks, and other venues throughout the Valley. Today’s schedule includes a Revolutionary War reenactment; various hiking, cycling, and kayaking trips; and seine fishing hosted by educators from the sloop Clearwater. 518-473-3835 or www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com

LarkFEST: This street fair draws upwards of 80,000 spectators annually. It features hundreds of food and craft vendors as well as two stages showcasing local and national talent. Lark Street, Albany. 518-434-3861 or www.larkstreet.org

Sunday, September 16

Vanderbilt Garden Guided Tours: Stroll through the Italian-style gardens at Vanderbilt Mansion with a member of the site’s Garden Association to discover little-known facts about Frederick Vanderbilt’s pride and joy. Hyde Park. 845-229-6432 or www.vanderbiltgarden.org

Contemporary Painters (Who Just Happen to be Women): Explore the creations of seven female painters, each of whom employs a unique aesthetic. Works include oil paintings of botanical subjects, as well as cityscapes and abstract pieces. Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. 518-828-1915 or www.carriehaddadgallery.com

Tokyo String Quartet: This internationally acclaimed ensemble, which has recorded more than 30 albums, visits the Valley as part of the Maverick Concert series. This may be your last chance to hear the quartet play locally, since its members have announced plans to retire at the end of 2013. Woodstock. 845-679-8217 or www.maverickconcerts.org

Friday, September 21

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst: Browse through the one-of-a-kind creations of 275 artisans and crafters at one of the Valley’s most popular craft shows, which is held on the grounds of Lyndhurst — an opulent estate once owned by Gilded Age railroad magnate Jay Gould. Tarrytown. 845-331-7900 or www.artrider.com

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company: The Egg’s resident dance troupe performs three site-specific performances that incorporate the sculptures of John Van Alstine. Sage College, Albany. 518-473-1061 or www.sinopolidances.org

Saturday, September 22

The Magic Carpet: The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra explores the enchanted world of Russian folklore through performances of “Berceuse and Finale” from Stravinsky’s The Firebird, and the Sheherazade suite by Rimsky-Korsakov. Newburgh. 845-913-7157 or www.newburghsymphony.org

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth: Join the Albany Symphony Orchestra as they perform works by two esteemed Russian composers — Tchaikovsky (Symphony no. 5) and Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto no. 2). Palace Theatre, Albany. 518-465-4755 or www.albanysymphony.com

Sunday, September 23

Holly Sears: Hudson River Explorers: Sears exhibits 11 painted designs, which now adorn glass panels in the newly constructed overpass at the Tarrytown Train Station. She joins other artists for a panel discussion on public art. Hudson River Museum, Yonkers. 914-963-4550 or www.hrm.org

The Liminal Portrait: Explore the works of Valley photographer Richard Edelman, whose portraits combine the actions of a live model and the impressions formed by them on a custom-made pin screen. Woodstock. 845-679-0027 or www.galeriebmg.com

Friday, September 28

Kevin Hart: Known for three-hour-long stand-up specials — like “Grown Little Man” and “Laugh at My Pain” — this comedian will leave you in stitches. Times Union Center, Albany. 518-487-2000 or www.timesunioncenter-albany.com

The Dangers of Electric Lighting: This electrifying historical drama follows scientists Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla as they race against each other to perfect the use of electricity. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 845-647-5511 or www.shadowlandtheatre.org

Saturday, September 29

The 5 Browns: These five family members tickle the ivories in a variety of works including everything from individual to five-piano arrangements. SUNY Purchase. 914-251-6200 or www.artscenter.org

Dionne Warwick: The Grammy-winning songstress performs hits like “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and “That’s What Friends Are For” at the Tarrytown Music Hall. 914-631-3390 ext. 100 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

Garlic Festival: Stroll among the booths and sample delectable delights (garlic flavored and otherwise) at this year’s festival, which features live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and interactive arts and crafts. Cantine Field, Saugerties; www.hvgf.org

Sunday, September 30

Steve Earle: The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter — whose work has been recorded by legends Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson — brings his particular blend of rock, country, and folk to the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org

Crafts at Rhinebeck: The American Crafts Council’s family friendly fall show features hundreds of vendors — and a petting zoo — at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Rhinebeck. 845-876-4001 or www.craftsatrhinebeck.com

Punch Brothers: These bluegrass brothers belt out twangy tunes, including “Dark Days,” which was recently featured in the film The Hunger Games. Albany. 518-473-1845 or www.theegg.org





Friday, October 5

From the Top with Christopher O’Riley
NPR’S hit radio show features performances and chats with America’s top young classical musicians as well as special guests. Recorded at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, this week’s segment includes cellist Matt Haimovitz. Troy. 518-273-0038 or www.troymusichall.org

Los Lonely Boys
The Grammy Award-winning brothers from Texas roll into the Tarrytown Music Hall to play their unique music, which is a fusion of electric blues, Latin beats, and old fashioned rock and roll. Tarrytown. 914-631-3390 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org
Saturday, October 6
Wine Festival at Bethel Woods
Now in its second year, this fest spotlights more than 20 wineries from the Valley and Finger Lakes regions. Taste a wide variety of reds and whites, attend a wine seminar, sample cheeses and other comestibles, and enjoy live entertainment. 1-800-745-3000 or www.bethelwoodscenter.org

The How and the Why
Penguin Rep stages a production of this two-character play by Sarah Treem (one of the creators of HBO’s In Treatment). In it, a pair of female evolutionary biologists struggle to deal with issues of gender and sex, nature and nurture, and love and loss. Stony Point. 845-786-2873 or www.penguinrep.org
Sunday, October 7
This 1954 Cole Porter musical descibes the “scandalous” life of the showgirls in the Montmartre dance halls in Paris in the 1890s. The Broadway production won two Tony awards. Elmsford. 914-592-2222 or www.broadwaytheatre.com

Artistic Impressions
American paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries, culled from the collection at Connecticut’s Florence Griswold Museum, make up this exhibit at the Albany Institute of History and Art. On view: works by Frederic Church, John Kensett, Childe Hassam, and members of the Old Lyme Art Colony. Albany. 518-463-4478 or www.albanyinstitute.org
Friday, October 12
Woodstock Film Festival
This premier Valley event is back for its 13th year. Catch screenings of indie feature films and documentaries, attend panel discussions and workshops, hear live music — and hobnob with big-name movie celebs at the much-talked-about parties. Woodstock. 845-679-4265 or www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

The Countess
Set in Victorian England, Gregory Murphy’s psychological thriller chronicles the scandalous real-life story of pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais, English art critic John Ruskin, and his wife, Effie. Ghent. 518-392-6264 or www.ghentplayhouse.org
Saturday, October 13
Bach’s Magnificat
Composed in 1723 and 30 minutes in length, Bach’s choral masterpiece tells the story of the Canticle of Mary. Five soloists and the choral group Albany Pro Musica join the Albany Symphony for the performance at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy. 518-465-4755 or www.albanysymphony.com

Feltsman’s Russia
The Hudson Valley Philharmonic opens its season at the Bardavon with works by Russian composers. Noted pianist Vladimir Feltsman plays Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1, then takes up the baton to conduct the orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 1. Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org
Sunday, October 14
Cold Spring Studio Tour
More than 40 Cold Spring and Garrison artists invite the public to visit their work spaces to witness the creative process firsthand. Painters, sculptors, ceramicists, glass-blowers, printmakers, and other artisans all take part. Cold Spring; www.coldspringarts.com

Warwick Apple Festival
A popular tradition since 1989, this fest includes more than 200 craft vendors, food suppliers and a farmers market, a children’s carnival, and several stages of music and entertainment. Warwick. 845-987-8300 or www.warwickapplefest.com
October 19
Film Columbia
Movie buffs can see pre-release screenings of documentaries, international films, and features. The 2011 fest featured The Artist — last year’s big Oscar winner — as well as other Academy Award-nominated films. Chatham. 518-669-3333 or www.filmcolumbia.org

Fiona Apple
The Grammy-winning singer, who made her name with hits like “Criminal,” plays the Palace Theatre in support of her first album release in seven years. Recent reviews describe the new material as “raw” and “passionate.” Albany. 518-465-3334 or www.palacetheatre.com
Saturday, October 20
The Met: Live in HD
The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Donizetti’s light-hearted opera L’Elisir D’Amore — which tells the story of a peasant who attempts to woo a wealthy lady with a love potion — is simulcast live in HD at the Bardavon. Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org

Catskills on Broadway
This Borscht Belt-style comedy show at the Tarrytown Music Hall features Freddie Roman (the Dean of the NY Friars Club), Cory Kahaney (of Last Comic Standing fame), and Showtime’s Buddy Fitzpatrick. Tarrytown. 877-840-0457 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org
Sunday, October 21
Mark O’Connor
The Paramount Center’s Fantastical Classical Series welcomes Mark O’Connor, a violinist who infuses folk, country, and classical music to create a style all his own. Peekskill. 914-739-2333 or www.paramountcenter.org

Blues singer/songwriter and guitarist Keb’Mo’ — a three-time Grammy winner — performs tracks from
his latest release, The Reflection, which infuse blues, R&B, and soul elements. Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org
October 26
The Machine
This New York-based Pink Floyd tribute band plays favorites — like “Dark Side of the Moon” and “Money” — recorded by the seminal ’70s progressive rock band at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Tarrytown. 914-631-3390 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

Irving’s Legend
Just in time for Halloween, local storyteller Jonathan Kruk presents a dramatic rendition of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, underscored with spooky live organ music, in the 17th-century Old Dutch Church. Sleepy Hollow. 914-631-8200 or www.hudsonvalley.org
Saturday, October 27
Chagall in High Falls
Famous Russian painter Marc Chagall once lived in High Falls. This unusual exhibit at the D&H Canal Museum celebrates the 125th anniversary of his birth with family photos, art catalogs, and other ephemera related to his life in Ulster County. High Falls. 682-564-5613 or www.chagallinhighfalls.com

Dar Williams and
Loudon Wainwright III
These two locally based musicians share the stage at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Specializing in pop folk, the Mount Kisco-born Williams is generally regarded as one her generation’s finest singer/songwriters. Wainwright is best remembered for his 1972 hit “Dead Skunk”; his latest release is called Older Than My Old Man Now.
Tarrytown. 914-631-3390 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

Horseman’s Hollow
Not for kids (or the faint of heart), this terrifying trail transforms the Philipsburg Manor into a haunted attraction, complete with eerie special effects and creatures (human and otherwise) lurking in the shadows. Sleepy Hollow. 914-631-8200 or www.hudsonvalley.org
Sunday, October 28
The Warsaw Philharmonic
Poland’s preeminent orchestra, along with its conductor and music director Antoni Wit, visits the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. On the program: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 5, and Tchaikovsky’s sixth symphony. Purchase. 914-251-6200 or www.artscenter.org

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Get in the spooky spirit at Van Cortlandt Manor, where more than 4,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns are used to transform the estate’s grounds into a creatively creepy landscape. Croton-on-Hudson.
914-631-8200 or www.hudsonvalley.org/events/blaze

Worlds Between
View the first major exhibit of work by Louis Rémy Mignot — a 19th-century South Carolina artist who painted in the style of the Hudson River School — in more than 20 years. Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill. 518-943-7465 or www.thomascole.org





Friday, November 2

Marvin’s Room
Scott McPherson’s play, which concerns two sisters who must set aside their long-standing differences in order for one of them to live, won a Drama Desk award during its off-Broadway run in the early ’90s. County Players Falls Theater, Wappingers Falls. 845-298-1491 or www.countyplayers.org

Catch this classic 1954 film on the big screen. A giant radioactive reptile wrecks havoc on Tokyo, raising questions regarding the safety of nuclear testing — and giving us all a good scare. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 845-339-6088 or www.upac.org
Saturday, November 3
Essential Elgar
Cellist Jiyoung Lee — winner of the 2012 HVP String Competition — joins the Hudson Valley Philharmonic for Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Works by Brahms and Valley composer Joan Tower are also on the bill. Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org

Edgar Allan Poe Reading
A dramatic reading of poetry and prose by the Victorian author of spine-chilling works like “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” An in-depth discussion follows at the Hudson River Museum’s Glenview mansion. Yonkers. 914-963-4550 or www.hrm.org
Sunday, November 4
The Shape of Things
Set in a small midwestern college town, Neil LaBute’s play is a retelling of the story of Adam and Eve. In it, two young lovers face off over their differing ideas about art and romance. Albany Civic Theater, Albany. 518-462-1297 or www.albanycivictheater.org

Light and Landscape
This special indoor exhibition at the Storm King Art Center features more than two dozen sculptures, installations, video pieces, and works on paper that utilize light as a central component. Mountainville. 845-534-3115 or www.stormking.com

New York Banjo Summit
Eight banjo players — including Béla Fleck, widely regarded as the world’s best — team up to show off their innovative stylings of blended bluegrass, jazz, classical, and rock music. At the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org
Friday, November 9
Fountains of Wayne
In 2003, this power-pop band rocked the charts with “Stacy’s Mom.” This tour, which makes a stop at the Tarrytown Music Hall, supports their new release, Sky Full of Holes. Tarrytown. 914-631-3390 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

Rusted Root
Known for hits like “Send Me On My Way” and “Ecstasy,” Rusted Root has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide. Their sound fuses several genres, including roots, world, and acoustic music. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Bethel. 866-781-2922 or www.bethelwoodscenter.org

NEWvember Festival
Hosted by the Tangent Theatre Company, this inaugural event features readings of brand-new plays by up-and-coming playwrights. Tivoli. 845-230-7020 or www.tangent-arts.org
Saturday, November 10
Westchester Chamber Symphony
As part of its four-concert series at Iona College, the symphony — along with guest violinist Yevgeny Kutik — performs pieces by Brahms and Bruch. New Rochelle. 914-654-4926 or www.westchesterchamberorchestra.org

Aaron Copland’s Birthday
Peekskill’s Paramount Center for the Arts celebrates legendary composer and former resident Aaron Copland’s 112th birthday with the Music from Copland House ensemble. The group performs classic Copland pieces, including Appalachian Spring and Old American Songs. Peekskill. 914-739-2333 or www.paramountcenter.org
Sunday, November 11
The Taming of the Shrew
Shakespeare’s classic comedy has been adapted numerous times (most recently in the film 10 Things I Hate About You). The Aquila Theatre troupe offers its own version of this battle between the sexes at the Emelin Theatre. Mamaroneck. 914-698-3045 or www.emelin.org

Woodstock Chamber Orchestra
Bard College plays host to this local ensemble, now under the direction of music director Nathan Madsen. The varied program includes works by Mozart, Grieg, Larsson, and Borodin. Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-679-6431 or www.wco-online.com
Friday, November 16
The Blues Brothers
This laugh-a-minute 1980 movie features SNL veterans John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as a pair of down-on-their-luck brothers from Chicago, who hope to make it big in the music industry. Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. 845-339-6088 or www.upac.org

Ellis Marsalis Quartet
As part of the Pawling Concert Series, legendary jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis — father of trumpeter Wynton and sax player Branford — performs with his band at the Trinity Pawling School’s Gardiner Theater. Pawling; www.pawlingconcertseries.org
Saturday, November 17
Mark Morris Dance Group
A modern dance pioneer, Morris’s choreography is known for its elements of surprise. His troupe performs at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College to live music. Purchase. 914-251-6200 or www.artscenter.org

Livingston Taylor
The Towne Crier welcomes this folk singer/songwriter, who plays at the venue every year. The younger brother of  folkie James Taylor is known for hits like “I Will Be in Love With You.” Pawling. 845-855-1300 or www.towncrier.com


Sunday, November 18
Chilly Willy Winter’s Eve Tour
It wasn’t easy living through a Hudson Valley winter back in the 17th century. A guide dressed in period garb takes you for a cold season tour of the Pieter Bronck homestead, the oldest home in the Valley. Coxsackie. 518-731-6490 or www.gchistory.org
Friday, November 23
1934: A New Deal for Artists
This exhibit showcases the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of more than 50 paintings, all of which were commissioned by the Public Works of Art Project during the Great Depression. At the New York State Museum, Albany. 518-474-5877 or www.nysm.nysed.gov
Saturday, November 24
Fiddler On The Roof
Westchester Dinner Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning musical, a perennial favorite made popular by hits like “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.” Elmsford. 914-592-2222 or www.broadwaytheatre.com
Sunday, November 25
Robin Hood: Fifty Shades of Green
This pantomime comedy starring the inimitable PantoLoons follows Robin Hood in his attempt to rob from the rich and give to the poor. In true British panto style, you can expect to hear wacky jokes and topical references — and see at least one cross-dressing character. At the Ghent Playhouse, Ghent. 518-392-6264 or www.ghentplayhouse.org


Texas power rockers Los Lonely Boys tear it up at the Tarrytown Music Hall in early October

Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck — along with seven of his string-picking buddies — play everything from bluegrass to classical music at the New York Banjo Summit at the Bardavon in November



Type: HTML Text
The Hot Ticket (events e-newsletter)
Be the first to find out what’s happening in the Valley, from rock concerts to food fests.
The Corner Table (dining e-newsletter)
We dish on the best restaurants, recipes, and tips from our Accidental Foodie.
HVM VIP Invitations & Special Offers
Get special offers on local events, products, and services.