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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November

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

Godzilla
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

 

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