10 of the Coolest Things to Do in the Hudson Valley This April

There’s no reason to stay at home with so many events to check out!

Artwork by Isabelle Scheltjens, photo courtesy of artist

The Face is the Place

Artist Isabelle Scheltjens presents Reinvigoration of the Portrait at the Canfin Gallery. Her portraits in glass present both iconic and personal figures through a refracted, aggressive, and ultimately rather beautiful pseudo-mosaic style that reconsiders the relationship between the face and the persona.

Through Apr 28, Canfin Gallery, Tarrytown, 914.332.4554, www.CanfinGallery.com

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Photo by Stewart Dean

Old Time Jams

Ever wanted to play a rill or pick a tune, but never knew how? Then it’s time to attend Bruce Molsky and Debra Clifford’s Old Time Rollick, a weekend-long workshop on everything from fiddling, jamming, square dancing, and gospel singing. By the time you’re through, you’ll be able to entertain any line dancers who pop up in the vicinity. Tuition is $355, including meals; $295 for ages 25 and under.

Apr 12-14, Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333, www.ashokancenter.org


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Gathering of the Vibes

Ranging through all styles of popular music, The Vibes of Venezuela aims to square the difference between 19th-century waltzes, merengue, and joropo, all through the lens of Venezuelan jazz. With trumpeter and vocalist Linda Briceño, cuatro virtuoso Jorge Glem, and trumpeter Etienne Charles.

Apr 19, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu


Spring Tea for the Tots

Mount Gulian’s Children’s Tea and Easter Egg Hunt is a beloved annual tradition, combining delicious treats and rambunctious fun with genteel manners and a history lesson on our region’s history. Held in the main room, this is a proper German-style tea, with fine china, linens, and the brew from Harney & Sons, as well as scones, finger sandwiches, and other homemade desserts.

Apr 17, reservations no later than April 3, Mount Gulian Historic Site, Beacon, 845.831.8172, www.mountgulian.org

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photo by Christian Pentzold

Best of the Best

The 42 films programmed for this year’s Westchester Jewish Film Festival aim to document many varieties of Jewish life. Works from Israeli, French, and Hungarian directors include Shoah: Four Sisters, drawn from footage that Claude Lanzmann couldn’t fit in his original nine-hour Holocaust epic, as well as all 12 episodes of hit Israeli comedy The New Black (Shabadniks).

Apr 2–17, Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663, www.burnsfilmcenter.org


Photo courtesy of Palace Theatre

Revisit Mary Poppins

Did your kids love Mary Poppins Returns? Then take them to see the Julie Andrews original, with Dick Van Dyke’s bad Cockney accent and all, for an afternoon of wonder and whimsy sure to please any child.

Apr 24, Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663, www.palacealbany.org



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Twin Power

Since 1996, Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, aka The Dimmer Twins, have been turning out classic after alt-country classic, mixing Southern rock, punk, and Stones-inspired riffs into the concrete on which the considerable reputation of the Drive-By Truckers has been raised. Trading songs and banter all night long, this intimate show is the perfect opportunity to reacquaint yourself with one of the best back catalogs in modern music.

Apr 19, The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org



Drone Out

Returning for its fifth year, Basilica Hudson’s 24 Hour DRONE is exactly what it sounds like: a full day, noon-to-noon of immersive interactions and installations, centered around a non-stop conversation between all manner of musicians: past events ranged from the industrial noise of Pharmakon to Lee Ranaldo’s slow, patient guitar, with conversations between genres and cultures. Musicians TBA.

Apr 27-28, Basilica Hudson, Hudson, 518.822.1050, www.basilicahudson.org


Photo by Ingrid Christine

He Talking Pretty Again

Beloved essayist and storyteller David Sedaris writes with acuity and verve, and his many collections have been bestsellers. He’ll be at the Bardavon for his annual reading of his stories — this time from his newest book, Calypso — and a book signing. Joining him onstage and for the signing will be award-winning author Akhil Sharma (An Obedient Father).

Apr 5, Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org


Photo courtesy of The Egg

Body Rock

Pilobolus, the long-running experimental dance troupe, has been pushing the limits of modern dance since 1971, partnering with The Late Show, the Academy Awards, and even the NFL. Their avant-garde show combines live performance with “transmedia digital creations” for a night of groundbreaking statements on the potential of the human body and its connection with the analog world around us. 

Apr 27, The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

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