9 of the Best Things to Do in the Hudson Valley This November

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Not Quite Natural

Large-scale woodcut prints will form the center of Eve Stockton’s upcoming Solo Show at the Kenise Barnes gallery in Larchmont. The Virginia-based artist is known for closely observed representations of nature and natural phenomena that tip into the abstract; Stockton’s works have been exhibited at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

From Nov 16, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, 914.834.8077, www.kbfa.com


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Punk Rock Pagliacci

Part revue, part comedy, all bizarre, Puddles Pity Party has built a worldwide audience through his disconcerting YouTube clips. Contrasting the 6’8” bald clown’s flamboyant attire with a deadpan baritone, this Edinburgh Fringe-approved performer will bring his bombastically strange stage show to Poughkeepsie for a night of gags, bits, and extremely straight-faced renditions of classics like Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Nov 18, Bardavon, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org


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Picker’s Paradise

The massive Basilica Farm & Flea, housed in the 10,000 sq ft of the main Basilica Hudson space, provides visitors and locals alike the chance to sample local products and purchase handmade crafts from dozens of vendors. Positioned as an antidote to Black Friday, the F&F has even instituted a “no barcode, no plastic wrap” regulation to promote small-scale commerce and sustainability. A short walk from the Hudson Amtrak station.

Nov 23-25, Basilica Hudson, Hudson, 518.822.1050, www.basilicahudson.org


Photo by Claudia Cinguegrana

Out-There Space

The classic animated trip Fantastic Planet will get a live soundtrack from Brooklyn Raga Massive at Hudson Hall. Contrasting classical Indian music with the futuristic visions of René Laloux’s film, this performance will surely highlight heretofore unexplored psychedelic possibilities in both.

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Nov 3, Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, Hudson, 518.822.1438, www.hudsonhall.org


Comedy Comes to Kingston

Popular comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias will be making his Kingston debut. One of America’s (sold-out performances at the Staples Center and Madison Square Garden) and the world’s (350 million YouTube views and counting) most famous jokesters will bring his all-new “One Show Fits All” tour to UPAC.

Nov 25, Ulster Performing Arts Center, 845.339.6088, www.upac.org


Photo by A. Dola Baroni

Cult Tunes

LA songwriter Jessica Pratt will bring her classic rock-tinged folk tunes (think: T-Rex, Joni Mitchell), most recently from 2015’s On Your Own Love Again, to the Beverly’s midsized ballroom for a set of whispered lows and crunchy highs.

Nov 23, The Beverly Lounge, Kingston, 845.514.2570, www.thebeverlylounge.com


Photo by Vera Marmelo

New Guitar Frontiers

This set from Sonic Youth-er and lifelong outsider Thurston Moore will focus on guitar improv. Joined by longtime SY drummer Steve Shelley and James Sedwards, these “New Noise Guitar Explorations” will be heavy on alternative tunings and outré scales, finding some middle ground between jazz, avant-garde classical, and Moore’s punk rock past.

Nov 2, BSP, Kingston, 845.481.5158, www.bspkingston.com


A Trained Dog – And a Show Too!

Award-winning actor and director Isabella Rossellini brings her patented theatrical lecture – and her trained dog – to Bard, discoursing on the latest discoveries on intelligence and the animal mind. Rossellini transforms herself into Aristotle and Darwin to bring the audience a new understanding of the natural world.

Nov 17, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu


Photo courtesy of Bardavon

In With a Bang

Now in its 25th year, the Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks returns to downtown Poughkeepsie. Selected as the “Best Holiday Event” by Hudson Valley Tourism, the event brings crowds to see the city’s community and festive lights, and caps it all off with a fireworks show. Followed by a mini Wurlitzer concert and showing of Home Alone at the Bardavon.

Nov 30, Bardavon, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

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