6 of the Coolest Things to Do in the Hudson Valley This January

The Felice Brothers in Woodstock, They Might Be Giants in Pawling, and a wine festival in Albany add color to the region.

Classic Forms, New Interpretations

Bard College is a remarkable resource, providing Hudson Valley residents with a chance to see both international-caliber performances, as well as an up-and-coming class of performers eager to reinterpret the potentially staid canon. In their Opera Workshop, these stars of tomorrow reimagine scenes from classic operas from Purcell, Mozart, and Poulenc in the round, for an experience even Lincoln Center can’t beat.

Jan 31-Feb 2, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900

Photo courtesy of Rockland Center for the Arts

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Local Art Luminaries

Rockland County was home to many of mid-century America’s most interesting and innovative artists, including famous painters like Edward Hopper. The Rockland Center for the Arts will highlight this illustrious local legacy with American Modernism: 20th Century Influencers in Rockland, including works from Edith Cockcroft, Morris Kantor, and Eva Zeisel, among others.

Jan 12–Feb 23, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, 845.358.0877

Photo by Lawrence Braun

A Folking Good Time

Local legends The Felice Brothers play an intimate club show at Woodstock’s foremost venue. Though their records, including 2019’s Undress, can be contemplative and languorous, a Brothers live show can be a rollicking good time, particularly for the kind of rowdy local crowd that has been catching them ever since they played their first shows at small open mics. Get ready for some deep cuts.

Jan 3, Colony, Woodstock, 845.679.7625

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30 Years After the Flood

Nerd rockers They Might Be Giants have somehow been splitting the difference between smart-aleck observations and serious alt-rock tunes for a staggering near-40-years now, which might give some former AV club kids pause with regard to the passage of time. TMBG will play a special show to celebrate 30 years of Flood, their best-known – and maybe best – album.

Jan 10, Daryl’s House Club, Pawling, 845.289.0185

Reds and Whites

Wine & Dine for the Arts returns for an 11th year to the Capital Region. A global collection of vintners, chefs, and vendors brings together some of the world’s best wines, dishes, and more, for a weekend of tastings, seminars, and competitions. Whatever the results, your taste buds win.

Jan 16-20, Albany Capitol Center, Albany

Photo courtesy of Jacob Burns Film Center

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Music City Madness

Robert Altman’s Nashville is a true New Hollywood masterpiece, pairing larger-than-life material — a panorama of all things musical, sexual, personal, and political in the capital of country music — with the director’s trademark cacophony of overlapping stories and dialogue.

Jan 21, Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663

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