Your Complete Fall Preview

What to expect this season in art, music, film, theater, festivals, and family fun.


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Grooving in the 'burbs

Love For Sale: The Commercialization of the Counterculture, through Dec 31

A suburban family home of the early 1970s is used as a backdrop representing everyday society drawn from
the counterculture of this era. This special exhibition directly explores the social, political, and cultural impact of the ’60s through an examination of the material pop culture in suburban life. Admission to the exhibit is included with museum admission or for $5. Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd, Bethel, 866.781.2922; www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events

 

Photo by Elizabeth Bernstein

 

 

Innovative Art

Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York Council on the Arts, Aug 30–Nov 12  

This time period has been deeply affected by social and political issues, which inspired this engaging group of artists to represent our culture in their creations. Artists include: Doug Aitken, James Casebere, David Hammons, Barbara Kruger, Shirin Neshat, A.M. Homes, David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner, Suzan--Lori Parks, Todd Haynes, and more. Opening reception: Sept 9, 5–7 p.m., Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Dr, New Paltz, 845.257.3844; www.newpaltz.edu/dorskymuseum 

 

 

PIECE BY ARTIST vICTORIA 

 

Albany hosts 2017 Art Exhibition

Artists of the Mohawk Hudson region, Sept 1 

Artists who have been selected for this year's exhibition will give a gallery talk about their displays. Drawings, cartoons, sculptures, paintings, and photography in a variety of mixed mediums using rubber, moss, paper, clay, and more will be available for viewing.  Artists showcasing their works are: Emily Dorr, Victoria Palermo, Barbara Todd, Paul Mauren, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, and Tatana Kellner. 6–7:30 p.m., Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Ave, Albany, 518.463.4478; www.albanyinstitute.org

 

 

Starbursts and Clouds

STARBURSTS AND CLOUDS PAINTING BY LEE MARSHALL

Fall exhibits at the John Davis Gallery, Sept 16-Oct 8

Some of the most beautifully sculpted pieces and colorful paintings will be showcased this fall at this unique gallery in Hudson. Ben Butler, who’s known for his immense sculptures consisting of cement, graphite, and wood depicting his visions of clouds and various other forms, will be located in the Main Galleries & Garden. In the Carriage House, artist Lee Marshall (left)— whose watercolors burst off the paper in a patchwork of geometric shapes — will be featured, along with Laurel Sucsy’s oil-on-linen paintings depicting a soft collage of shapes in subtle blue shades. Also on view will be paintings by Henry and Louis Finkelstein. Thurs to Mon, 11 a.m.5 p.m., 362½ Warren St, Hudson, 518.828.5907; www.johndavisgallery.com 

 

Shimmering Waves of Nature

Jacques Jarrige: Sound & Wind, Sept 23–Nov 30

An exhibition of works by Jacques Jarrige, who uses simplicity in working with the curves of nature and the wind to create outdoor sculptures that interact with the environment. These works explore the relationship between line and space, material, and the void to its very limits. Visitors will be able to create a piece of hammered sculpture with Jacques after the opening. Sept 23 opening reception 1–4 p.m., Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 S. Greenbush Rd, West Nyack, 845.358.0877; www.rocklandartcenter.org 

 

Traditional American Crafts

Bronck Museum Heritage Arts & Crafts Fair, Oct 1

Escape from modern technology for a good old-fashioned day in the country exploring a simpler age as seen through artistic expression. An annual art exhibit and sale of traditional American artwork and crafts, live music, food, silent auction, and traditional old-time wagon rides set in the beautiful Catskill region. 12 p.m.–4 p.m., Bronck Museum, 90 Rt 42, Coxsackie, 518.731.6490; www.gchistory.org

 

Embracing the Past, Present, and Future

Eternal Souvenirs, Oct 6–29

Reliving, rewinding, and dreaming are all ways in which the human mind and heart deal with precious memories. In the exhibit, Eternal Souvenirs, artist George B. Davison explores the body language of embracing the past, present, and future. Davison employs the use of iconic, historic, and symbolic imagery to set the stage for his ancient figures, vignettes, and installations. An opening reception will be held on Oct 6, 6–9 p.m., Gallery 66 NY, 66 Main St, Cold Spring, 845.809.5838; www.gallery66ny.com

 

19th-Century Hudson Valley Scenery

PAINTING PROVIDED BY HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM

Walks With Artists: The Hudson Valley and Beyond, ​Oct 7–Jan 14

Viewers are invited to journey with 19th- and 20th-century artists to the places they painted in the Hudson River Valley and the Connecticut countryside. More than 30 paintings from the museum’s collection will show some of the most spectacular natural scenery in our country and highlight recent gifts and purchases including works by artists Herman Fuechsel (right), Louis Aston Knight, George Stengel, Gifford Beal, and Frohawk Two Feathers. Wed to Sun, noon–5 p.m., Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, 914.963.4550; www.hrm.org 

 

Screen Legends

Sunset Boulevard, Sept 20 

Gloria Swanson stars as Norma Desmond, an aged former silent film star, and William Holden as Joe Gillis, a grappling writer who is enamored by her former stardom in this 1950s classic film. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, director Billy Wilder’s dramatic dark tale explores the hidden world of Hollywood with a tragic unfolding. 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663; www.burnsfilmcenter.org

 

photos by Simon Russell Photography

Movie Magic

18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, Oct 11-15 

Since the first film festival debuted in Venice, Italy in 1932, filmmakers have been given the chance to talk about their works, network with others, and receive recognition for their visions, while the film-lovers could peek into the mysterious world of these dreamers. The Woodstock Film Festival has grown enormously in recent years and embraces the origins of this genre, premiering more than 120 exceptional films and hosting emerging and established industry professionals. Live musical concerts, panel discussions, seminars, workshops, and social gatherings with producers, actors, directors, and screenwriters complete this amazing film showcase. Past celebrity attendees have included Ethan Hawke, Alec Baldwin, and Courteney Cox. Films are screened in Woodstock, Kingston, Rhinebeck, Saugerties, and Rosendale in various categories such as animated shorts, documentaries, independent, and world cinema.  845.679.4265; www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

 

Documentary of an Irish Rebel

Rebel Rossa, Sept 28 

A staunch Republican, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was one of the most controversial figures in Irish history. In the 1800s he led bombing campaigns against England, seeking independence for Ireland.  The “Rebellion of Easter 1916” was attributed to his funeral in 1915 and spurred a revolution, cementing his name as a legendary figure. Today, his great-grandsons explore this legendary man with an honorable documentary of his life. 7 p.m., Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, 518.427.1916; www.irish-us.org

 

A Cult Classic

Rocky Horror Picture Show, Oct 28

This 1975 musical comedy film was based on a stage production by Richard O’Brien as a parody about chintzy science fiction and horror genres. It soon became a cult classic, with attendees dressing in costume and shouting out responses to the characters’ lines. The plot begins with two sweethearts seeking shelter from a storm who come upon a strange mansion inhabited by a transvestite scientist and a slew of kooky characters. 8 p.m., 11 p.m., Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St, Peekskill, 914.739.0039; www.paramounthudsonvalley.com 

 

Hot Jazz on the Riverfront

photo by bdl photography

Albany Jazz Festival, Sept 9 

For more than 15 years, the City of Albany Jazz Festival has featured a wealth of jazz greats, critically acclaimed up-and-coming artists, and local favorites at the area’s most spectacular venue. This all-day concert features world-class music, vendors, great food and beverages, and admission is free. 1–8:30 p.m., Jennings Landing, 1 Quay St, Albany, 518.434.2032; www.albanyevents.org

 

Cheers!

Oktoberfest at Hunter Mountain, Sept 23-Oct 15 

This Oktoberfest — four weekends long — features authentic German and German-American entertainment in the beauty of the northern Catskills in autumn. The first festival, held in October of 1810 in Munich, was actually a celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghhausen: local residents were invited to attend the festivities, which included a horse race, Bavarian dancing, and beer tastings. Today the tradition lives on each fall with  live entertainment, frothy German ales, and delicious German foods such as kielbasa and bratwurst. A modern observance of the fall harvest, it also features numerous vendors, crafts for the kids, games such as pumpkin bowling and keg rolling, and much more. Free event. Weekends Sat/Sun: 11 a.m.–6:15 p.m., Hunter Mountain, 64 Klein Ave, Hunter, 855.821.9208; www.huntermtn.com

 

 

Superheroes in Poughkeepsie

The Ultimate Comic Book Trade Show & Expo, Sept 10

Ready your utility belt and don your best character get-up — the area’s ultimate comic book expo is coming to town and it will be a red carpet photo-op like no other. In addition to the general spectacle, there will be a selection of collectibles, comics, and toys for sale, while gamers of all sorts will be tempted by tabletop, board, and video game varieties. There will also be local and regional artists and creators signing autographs, and panel discussions with the creators. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, 845.454.5800; www.midhudsonciviccenter.org 

 

 

Garlic, Anyone?!

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, Sept 30-Oct 1

Started in 1989, this pungent-vegetable fair has blossomed over the years — drawing crowds of 40,000-plus. It was more than 6,000 years ago that the allium was discovered in Central Asia; it was used as a seasoning, but also was known for its natural healing properties and was believed to ward off vampires and evil spirits. Today, this festival encompasses all sorts of garlic-themed foods, vendor crafts, and activities. Several live musical bands, dance performances, puppet entertainment, and a children’s craft tent round out this enduring event. Sat: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cantine Field, Washington Ave Extension, Saugerties; www.hvgf.org

 

Dancing Up a Storm

pHOTOS by Daniel Roberts

5th Annual Hudson Valley Dance Festival, Oct 7

This annual charitable festival brings together world-class dancers, dance companies, and choreographers to perform at the historic Catskill Point, a converted 19th-century warehouse on the banks of the Hudson River. The festival is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS organization. 2 p.m., 5 p.m., One Main St, Catskill, 212.840.0770; www.dradance.org

 

Pumpkins Galore

Pumpkin Festival, Oct 15

It wouldn’t be a harvest festival without the presence of pumpkins for pies and jack-o’-lanterns. Hosted by The Beacon Sloop Club, families can participate in activities while enjoying live music and entertainment along the riverfront. Tasty pumpkin treats, local artisans, and pumpkins to take home are sure to please. Noon–5 p.m., Beacon Riverfront Park, 124 Red Flynn Dr, Beacon, 914.907.4928; www.beaconsloop.org 

 

The Headless Horseman Rides Again

Headless Horseman Hayrides, Weekends Sept 16-Nov 4

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is a spooky and family fun experience with a theme that changes each Halloween season. This hauntingly good attraction continually evolves with unusual monsters, amazing illusions, stunning special effects, unique and original costumes, frighteningly delicious foods, children’s games, magic shows, and of course, the Headless Horseman. Featuring: a theatrical one-mile hayride, corn maze, seven haunted attractions, and a new real-life escape experience called The Great Room Escape.” 778 Broadway, Rt 9W, Ulster Park, 845.339.2666; www.headlesshorseman.com

 

Puppetry in Kingston 

Arm of the Sea Theater Puppet Show, Oct 8 

This lively puppet theater can be described as visual poetry imbued with elemental impulses of nature. The performance group combines art and ecology into colorful backgrounds, costumes, and handmade puppets. Their current production, entitled “City that Drinks the Mountain Sky,” will be performed as part of the 14th Annual Fall Festival with music, food, and activities also available. Noon, Forsyth Nature Center, 157 Lucas Ave Extension, Kingston, 845.246.7873; www.armofthesea.org 

 

 

Bunny Rabbit Love

Guess How Much I Love You, Nov 1

The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia adapts Guess How Much I Love You, the award- winning story from author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram, into a beautiful presentation suitable for children pre-K to second grade, or a child-at-heart of any age. 10 a.m., noon, Bardavon, 35 Market St, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072; www.bardavon.org 

 

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo

46th Annual Train & Hobby Show, Nov 12 

Train-lovers rejoice! The area's ever-popular showcase of outstanding engine exhibits is once again rolling through the region. Operating and modular layouts, railroad clinics, dealer tables, modeling demonstrations, railroad movies, and a white elephant table are just some of the features of this track-themed event. Refreshments are also available. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, 845.454.5800; www.midhudsonciviccenter.org

 

Sting Rocks His Latest Album

Sting with speical guest Joe Sumner & The Last Bandoleros, Sept 1 

Sting’s concert for his 12th solo studio album, 57th & 9th, his rst rock/pop project in over a decade, includes a 10-song collection representing a wide range of Sting’s musical and songwriting styles from the raucous, guitar-driven rst single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” to the ferocious imagery of “Petrol Head” and the rock anthem “50,000.” Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd, Bethel, 866.781.2922; www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events 

 

Tribute to Johnny Cash

Cash is King: Songs of Johnny Cash & The Highwaymen, Sept 8

An authentic and rousing tribute highlighting the musical performances of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and together as The Highwaymen. Cash Is King’s musical renditions and lively stage interactions, mixed with lead singer Brian Chicoine’s explosive voice and spot-on imitations and witty anecdotes, provide a glimpse into the lives of some of the greatest American songwriters. 8:30 p.m., Towne Crier Café, 379 Main St, Beacon, 845.855.1300; www.townecrier.com

 

 

American Roots Music

Little Feat, Sept 10 

Bringing together strains of blues, R&B, country, and rock & roll, Little Feat has been an American roots music institution since 1969 — with classics such as “Dixie Chicken,” “Willin’,” and “Sailin’ Shoes” — and with their improvisation skills, recognized as one of their generation’s finest live rock bands. 7 p.m., The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 518.473.1845; www.theegg.org

 

Eileen Myles photo by cathy opie

 

Hudson Hosts a Weekend of Music & Art 

Basilica SoundScape, sept 15–17

Not your average musical festival, it incorporates art, tunes, and literature in a harmonious collaboration of creativity. It features live concert performances, conceptual sound performances, author readings, installations, vendors and artisans, on-site activities, and more. An innovative weekend of expressive culture hosting the musical talents of Bing & Ruth, Blanck Mass, and Vivien Goldman, along with readings by Eileen Myles and Morgan Parker, and displaying visual art by Jesse Draxler and Emma Kohlman. Check their website for a lineup of other established artists and musicians. Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St, Hudson, 518.822.1050; www.basilicahudson.org

 

Tchaikovsky at the Bard

Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony, Sept 23–24

Leon Botstein leads The Orchestra Now in Tchaikovsky’s charming and lyrical Symphony No. 3. Also on the program: Mussorgsky’s wild and wicked tone poem Night on Bald Mountain, and Prokofiev’s prickly and fierce Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by pianist ChaoJun Yang, one of the winners of the Bard College Conservatory 2016 Concerto Competition. 8 p.m., 2 p.m., Bard, Fisher Center, 60 Manor Ave, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.6822; www.bard.edu

 

Voodoo Swinging in Dutchess 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sept 20 

Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum kings of swing, this popular band blends jazz, swing, and Dixieland, dominating the spirit of this 1930s genre. Performing since 1993, they’ve toured worldwide, recorded 10 albums, and sold more than two million albums with hits such as “Go Daddy-O,” and “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight.” 7 p.m., Daryl’s House Club, 130 Rt 22, Pawling, 845.289.0185; www.darylshouseclub.com 

 

Music & Art in Rockland

Haverstraw RiverArts & Music Festival, Sept 24

The Haverstraw RiverArts & Music Festival is a fun-filled day of music and art along the spectacular Hudson River. Entertainment throughout the day features amazing live bands performing a range of musical styles from rockabilly to Latin jazz. Sculptures by area artists — created from the river’s deposits of interesting objects — will be available for viewing, along with crafts for sale from local artisans and delicious food from the community. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Emeline Park, 16 Front St, Haverstraw; www.haverstrawriverarts.org

 

A Psychedelic Heartbreak

The Psychedelic Furs, Oct 6 

Led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler and his bass-wielding brother Tim, The Psychedelic Furs scored major hits with “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” “The Ghost In You,” and “Heartbreak Beat.” Their sound was developed from the post-punk UK rock scene, and inspired the creation of a new musical classification entitled “alternative rock.” In the 1980s, director John Hughes built a film around the Furs’ song “Pretty In Pink,” solidifying the band’s legacy. Special guest: Bash & Pop. 8 p.m., Tarrytown, 914.631.3390; www.tarrytownmusichall.org 

 

Swinging Jazz Masters

Hudson, Oct 4 

This band is composed of drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield. Inspired by compilations of Bob Dylan, The Band, Joni Mitchell, and Jimi Hendrix, their sound is a blend of blues, rock, and soul with a funky groove. 8 p.m., Bardavon, 35 Market St, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072; www.bardavon.org

 

Judy’s Sweet Blue Eyes

Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, Oct 8 

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins’ tumultuous love affair was cemented in the Crosby, Stills, & Nash classic song, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” Two of folk music’s major contributors, they’re commemorating their time together in a golden anniversary in this collaborative tour. Performing their historical songs from their solo careers as well as from their partnership, they’ll also be debuting songs from their forthcoming recordings. 7 p.m., The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 518.473.1845; www.theegg.org

 

The Age of Doo Wop Lives On

The Doo Wop Project, Oct 14 

Beginning on the street corners of major American cities in the 1940s and gaining popularity in the ’50s, the vocal harmonies and swing-like beat of Doo Wop music would one day influence the R&B, rock, and pop of future generations. Step back in time and enjoy the musical stylings of The Crests, Belmonts, Flamingos, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Four Seasons, and more at this show that recreates the age of the Barbershop Quartet. 8 p.m., Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St, Peekskill, 914.739.0039; www.paramounthudsonvalley.com

 

 

Tex-Mex Rockin’ Garza Brothers

Los Lonely Boys, Nov 5 

The Garza brothers drove their bluesy “Texican rock” sound from San Angelo, Texas, to global fame as one of rock’s greatest rags-to-riches tales. Their songs are inspired by thoughtful themes ranging from life, death, and love to transformation and truth. Lacking an interest in transparent songs about wealth and vanity, they’ve developed music with a Texas-Mexican sound about the love and spirit within their brotherhood. 8 p.m., Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd, Bethel, 866.781.2922; www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events 

 

Hello, Chatham! 

Hello, Dolly! Aug 24 to Sept 3 

One of the greatest musicals of all time, Hello, Dolly! is sure to send you into the fall season with a heart full of hope and love. The 1964 musical follows the story of Dolly Levi, a strong-willed matchmaker, as she travels to Yonkers to find a match for the miserly “well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Hit songs include “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Dancing,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” and the title song “Hello Dolly!” 2 p.m., 8 p.m., Mac-Haydn Theater, 1925 Rt 203, Chatham, 518.392.9292; www.machaydntheatre.org 

 

Shakespeare on the Road

Love's Labour's Lost, Sept 1-2 

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Conservatory Company takes this classic romantic comedy across the river for their final performance of the season. The plot of this infamous play revolves around an oath by the King of Navarre and his lords swearing off the beguiling nature of women in pursuit of their studies. When a group of ladies arrive, both men and women test their own principles in this Shakespearean comedy that forces gentlemen in love to keep romance at bay. 6 p.m., Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, 845.809.5750; www.hvshakespeare.org

 

 

Grandma’s Hidden Money

Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, Sept 8-Oct 7

Winner of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, Lost in Yonkers is a coming-of-age story by America’s great comic playwright that can be described as endearing and comically dark. It’s set in Brooklyn, 1942, about a man who takes a position as a traveling salesman to pay off the medical bills incurred by his late wife, and decides to ask his stern mother if his two sons can live with her and their crazy aunt in Yonkers. Comedy ensues as the teens search for the hidden trove of money Grandma's stashed away somewhere. 3 p.m., 8 p.m., Curtain Call Theatre, 210 Old Loudon Rd, Latham, 518.877.7529; www.curtaincalltheatre.com

 

photo by Robert Tarabella

A Duel of Wits

Ripcord, Sept 15-Oct 1 

This new play by David Lindsay-Abaire is about a cantankerous woman forced to share her room at a senior living facility with a chipper new arrival. The mismatched roommates make a seemingly harmless wager that soon escalates into a dangerous game of cunning competition. This duel of wits becomes both hilarious and dark, ultimately revealing truths that both women would prefer remained hidden.  2 p.m., 8 p.m., Shadowland Theatre, 157 Canal St, Ellenville, 845.647.5511; www.shadowlandtheatre.org 

 

The Martians Are Coming to Bannerman Island

War of the Worlds, Sept 16 

This theatrical show is presented by the Theatre on the Road Company and is based on the infamous radio play, War of the Worlds, first broadcast from New York’s Mercury Theatre in 1938. Originally directed and narrated by Orson Welles, it had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. Experience the original script with live actors as they present the frightening tale of an extraterrestrial takeover.  It includes a boat ride to the island.  3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., Bannerman Castle, Pollepel Island, Cold Spring, 855.256.4007; www.bannermancastle.org

 

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