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


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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



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