5 of the Coolest Things to Do in the Hudson Valley in January

Our top picks for the month.

Pose for the Predators

The Maritime Yoga session provides the unique opportunity to practice slow-flow yoga under the circling supervision of the aquarium’s shark tank. Taught by a local yoga instructor, this class features modifications for both beginners and advanced practitioners, and lets you start your day with some of the world’s most impressive predators.

From Jan 12, Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, 203.852.0700, www.maritimeaquarium.org


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Glazes and Gluttony

For those who love all things tangy, spicy, and generally bite-size, Hudson Valley Wingfest is set to return for its twelfth year. Attendees can sample all manner of sauces, choose which of their favorites will win HV Wing Supremacy, as well as stand by as participants of the Bad to the Bone contest scarf down ill-advised quantities of meat for a thousand-dollar cash prize.

Jan 26, Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, 845.454.5800, www.midhudsonciviccenter.org


Photo by Sam Erickson

It Won’t Make You Feel “Blue”

Legendary alt-country group The Jayhawks are bringing their perfect tunes and impeccable harmonies to Albany for one night. The “Blue” singers are bringing their new album, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels, on the road for a set of mid-90s classics mixed with their recent, experimental material.

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Jan 17, The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org


Songs and Stories of the Civil Rights Movement

The program for “We Shall Overcome” — A Musical Celebration of Martin Luther King was created by piano virtuoso Damien Sneed to pay tribute to the African-American musical traditions that shaped the civil rights movement. His band, specially selected for this show, will perform classics from throughout the repertoire, interspersed with recordings of King’s speeches.

Jan 11, The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org


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Photo by Franc Palaia

Emporium Outdoor Sculpture Show

This outdoor exhibition focuses on mixed-media and large sculptural work by local and regional artists like Tom Holmes, Andres San Millan, and James Meyer. Located on historic property near the Rhinebeck Antique Emporium.

Through January, Emporium Sculpture Park, Staatsburgh, 845.876.8168.

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