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

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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



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