Our Picks: Editors’ Favorite Events in October 2015

Our events editor lists her top event picks happening this month

The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company — the Capital Region’s premiere dance troupe — turns 25 this year. As part of the celebration, a special performance at the Egg combines a variety of genres and styles. The 25 dancers each bring a unique quality to the stage for an innovative contemporary show. The evening begins with a pre-performance cocktail hour and concludes with a dessert social. Oct. 4. 6 p.m. $25. The Egg’s Swyer Theater. Empire State Plaza, Albany. 518-473-1845; www.theegg.org

wine festival

The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts knows how to throw a celebration or two. The Wine Festival features a wide variety of specialty vintages from our region. Vocalist Jenna Esposito entertains with popular standards and selections from the Great American Songbook, while a bevy of hand-crafted products and local foods are available for sampling as well. At the Craft Beer Festival, guests taste dozens of original beers while perusing craft and food vendors; musicians Get Up Jack and Live Society perform throughout the day. Wine Festival: Oct. 3. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $20, $40 VIP, $10 designated driver. Craft Beer Festival: Oct. 10. 12-4 p.m. $40, $75 VIP, $15 designated driver. Market Sheds at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. 866-781-2922; www.bethelwoodscenter.org

lucinda williams

Named by TIME magazine as America’s best songwriter, Lucinda Williams has been winning admiration — including some from the likes of Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris — for 30 years. The folk/rock/country artist brings raw emotion to the stage, and has three Grammy awards under her belt. Her greatest success came in the form of her 1998 album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, which fused rock, blues, country, and Americana. In Poughkeepsie this month, the songstress belts out both new and old hits like “Are You Alright” and “Drunken Angel.” Oct. 11. 7 p.m. $54, $49 members, $69 golden circle. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072; www.bardavon.org

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hocus pocus

Nothing puts you in the Halloween spirit like the Disney cult classic Hocus Pocus. The 1993 film, which originally debuted to negative reviews but grew in popularity after being frequently aired on ABC Family and released on DVD, follows a trio of witches who try to keep themselves eternally young by stealing the life from a few teenagers. Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, it’s no surprise that hilarity ensues. Oct. 31. 2 & 4 p.m. $8, $6 members, $5 children. Museum Theater at the Museum at Bethel Woods. 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. 866-781-2922; www.bethelwoodscenter.org

collaborative concepts project

Saunders Farm, a 140-acre 18th-century property that can only be accessed by a dirt road, once again hosts the Collaborative Concepts Farm Project. Now in its 10th year, the project’s main focus is an elaborate sculpture exhibit, with installations from more than 70 artists (both local and international) scattered about the grounds. A mid-run reception on October 3 (rain date October 4) throws dance, opera, and theater programs into the mix from 2-6 p.m. Thru Oct. 31. 10 a.m. to dusk. Free admission. 853 Old Albany Post Rd., Garrison. 845-528-1797; www.collaborativeconcepts.org

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