Dig Through This January Calendar of Events

Everything you’ll want to check out this month.


Jan 1: Bach at New Year’s

The Berkshire Bach Society rings in the new year with a program of two Brandenburg concertos as well as wind pieces from Vivaldi, Handel, Corelli, and more.

Troy Music Hall, 518.273.0038, www.troymusichall.org

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Jan 3: Albert Lee

Lee is a legendary session guitarist, famous for his work with Emmylou Harris and Eric Clapton. His fingerstyle technique has made him one of the most famous, and most distinctive, country rock guitarists, and his vibrant solo career can prove it.

Daryl’s House Club, Pawling, 845.289.0185, www.darylshouseclub.com


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Jan 4: Martin Sexton

You may have heard this bluesy songwriter playing over shows like Parenthood and Scrubs, and he has been praised in Billboard and Rolling Stone. With special guest Chris Trapper. 

Towne Crier Café, Beacon, 845.855.1300, www.townecrier.com


Jan 5: The Kennedys

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This beloved husband-and-wife duo have been serving up pretty songs and prettier harmonies for the better part of 30 years. Performing songs from 2018’s Safe Until Tomorrow and telling stories from husband Pete’s memoir,

Tone, Twang & TasteTurning Point Café, Piermont, 845.359.1089, www.turningpointcafe.com


Our Pick

Photo by Anna Barbera

 Filtering the vocal pieces of Richard Strauss, performed by soprano Celine Mogielnicki (above) and pianist Renana Gutman, through the perspective of the composer’s wife Pauline, Strauss and #HerStory questions the nature of genius and the relationship between the artist and his closest confidante. This world premiere will be followed by an encore January 12 at the Millbrook Library. Free.

Jan 11, Mountain Top Library, 6093 Main Street, Tannersville, www.23arts.org


Jan 5: Buffalo Stack

This blues-rock combo, based around Andy Stack’s buttery licks, met at the late Levon Helms’s barn, and their sound emulates both The Band and modern groups like The Black Keys.

Towne Crier Café, Beacon, 845.855.1300, www.townecrier.com


Jan 10: Greensky Bluegrass

High-energy, high-octane string music, down-home but reaching for the rafters, Greensky Bluegrass pumps up originals and standards with the muscle of rock and roll. 

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


Jan 18: Rufus Wainwright

Famous songwriter and member of the illustrious Wainwright family will perform originals, covers, and standards solo on piano. Half-sister Lucy Wainwright Roche makes it a family affair by opening. 

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


Jan 18: James Maddock

The “Another Life” singer was born in the UK, performed with Springsteen, and currently lives in NYC. He’ll perform songs from 2017’s Insanity vs. Humanity, among others.

Daryl’s House Club, Pawling, 845.289.0185, www.darylshouseclub.com


Jan 18: Luann de Lesseps — Countess & Friends

The Real Housewives of New York cast member, author, and musician will attempt to launch a touring cabaret show, performing her original dance hits and bringing out unknown friends for a night from the 1 percent.

Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, 914.631.3390; www.tarrytownmusichall.org


Jan 19: Tyrone Cotton Band Louisville’s Cotton mixes influences from soul, blues, folk, and jazz, with finger-picked guitar and soft, wispy vocals. Will perform songs from throughout his 30-year career. 

Turning Point Café, Piermont, 845.359.1089, www.turningpointcafe.com


Jan 30: Young the Giant

These LA alt-rockers bring hit singles and other songs from 2018’s Mirror Master for a night of big guitars and sinewy rhythms. With special guests Sure Sure.

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


Theater and Dance

Jan 11-13: Rehearsing for Oscar

This comic series of vignettes focuses on actresses young and old, and their quests for the coveted award. Written by Rhinebeck native Roselee Blooston and directed by Emily DePew.

Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org


Our Pick

Photo by John Vecchiolla

You know the story, but Yeston & Kopit’s “Phantom” takes Gaston Leroux’s classic tale in a unique direction. The Tony Award-winning pair add a luxurious score to the story of Eric, his disfigurement, exile, and his love for the actress Christine, with turns into tragedy, comedy, and passion.

Through Jan 27, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, 914.592.2222, www.broadwaytheatre.com


Jan 12: Met Live — Adriana Lecouvreur

This grand tragedy features Anna Netrebko in the title role of this tale of doomed lovers, with ornate sets that include a working replica of a baroque theater. Leslie Gerber, of Marist College, will give a pre-show talk. 

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org and Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston, 845.339.6088, www.upac.org


From Jan 18: Disgraced

This Pulitzer Prize-winning story of love, freedom of speech, and religion centers around a Pakistani-American lawyer, his wife, and a dinner party that spirals rapidly out of control. With A.M. Bhatt and Meghan Lane in the starring roles. 

Elmwood Playhouse, Nyack, 845.353.1313, www.elmwoodplayhouse.com


Jan 26: Met Live — La Traviata

This famous opera by Verdi centers around the conflict between a lover and a controlling father over heroine Diana Damrau’s affections. With a pre-show talk by Marist’s Leslie Gerber. 

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org and Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston, 845.339.6088, www.upac.org


Jan 26: Bindlestiff Cirkus — Cabin Fever Cabaret

The veteran bawdy burlesque troupe combines acrobatics and erotics in a show that is definitively not for kids. Expect contortionists, sword swallowing, and juggling, as well as original live music for this monthly cabaret show. Once a month, all winter long. 

Club Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, 518.828.4800, www.helsinkihudson.com


Jan 29: The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa — Sleeping Beauty

A sumptuous, fully staged performance of the fairytale classic, with Tchaikovsky’s score and choreography by Marius Petipa. The 55-strong NBT has never before toured the United States, making this a show you shouldn’t miss. 

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



From Jan 1: Panel Series by Michael Larry Simpson

Simpson paints individual birch ply panels with unique patterns, combining and separating them to reflect the disparate assemblage of colors encountered across our day-to-day.                           

D’Arcy Simpson Art Works, Hudson, 201.452.7101, darcysimpsonartworks.com


From Jan 19: Larry Kagan — Shape and Shadow

The RPI professor emeritus is featured in a retrospective of his more than 40 years of sculpting. The Troy resident transforms a vast variety of materials, from cast acrylic to salvaged scrap steel, into unusual shapes and textures.

Albany Institute, Albany, 518.463.4478, www.albanyinstitute.org


Through Jan 20: Kahnscious — Photographing Architecture

This installation includes photographs, audio documents, and notes, focused around the photographer Scott Benedict’s obsession with the public and private work of architect Louis I. Kahn.

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


Our Pick

Photo courtesy of Brian Rego

Tiny Mirrors, the upcoming Brian Rego solo exhibition, features work that reflect, in the artist’s words, “the indirectly autobiographical and personal.” His oil landscapes aim both to accurately reproduce the world, and embody his innermost thoughts and feelings, ideally at one and the same time. With a reception on Jan 5.

Jan 5–27, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, 518.828.5907, www.johndavisgallery.com


From Jan 23: Linda Montano — The Art/Life Hospital

Saugerties resident Linda Montano has been a leading feminist and performance artist for the better part of five decades. This exhibition focuses on her video work, and features new commissions and a special performance. 

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, 845.257.3844, www.newpaltz.edu/dorskymuseum


From Jan 26: Bejeweled and Bedazzled — Jewelry and Personal Adornment

This special exhibition, drawn from the Institute’s library, focuses on personal objects of luxury. The 100 pieces on display tell stories about their origins and their owners, as well as how they reached the present.

Albany Institute, Albany, 518.463.4478, www.albanyinstitute.org


From Jan 26: Cecil TOUCHON — New Works

This Texas-based artist uses the basics of graphic design to deform language, moving words like sliding puzzles to form abstract geometric shapes on a large scale.

Canfin Gallery, Tarrytown, 914.332.4554, www.CanfinGallery.com



Jan 10: Stop Making Sense

Directed by the late Jonathan Demme, this all-time-great concert film finds the Talking Heads at the peak of their powers, in a performance full of funky riffs, iconic hits, and plenty of theatricality.

Bedford Playhouse, Bedford, 914.234.6704, www.bedfordplayhouse.org


Our Pick

Image by Joseph Burns

This program of shorts represents the Best of the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival, with works from Germany, Australia, and the Czech Republic, among others. There is something for every kid: stop-motion, computer animation, and live action starring pint-sized animals, with healthy doses of love and whimsy. Recommended for ages 2–7.

Jan 21, Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663, www.burnsfilmcenter.org


Jan 14: Clue

The classic comedy whodunit, famous both for the creative telling of its central mystery (think: multiple endings) and all-time comic performances from Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd. $5.

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


Jan 21: Take This Hammer

This classic documentary follows author and activist James Baldwin as he meets with members of San Francisco’s black community in the spring of 1963, delving with unflinching honesty into the racism and anger that dominated their daily lives. A special Martin Luther King Jr. Day screening.

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663, www.burnsfilmcenter.org


Special Events

Jan 9: Checking the Vital Signs of the Hudson

Scientist Steve Stanne of the sloop Clearwater will explain how the Hudson River’s health is measured, from the collection techniques to the ways in which scientists interpret the data. Followed by a tour of Maya Lin’s A River is a Drawing installation. 

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550, www.hrm.org


Jan 26: 4th Annual Schenectady Soup Stroll

Take refuge from the cold, as dozens of participating restaurants throughout downtown ladle up their best broths. With each three-ounce cup costing a measly dollar, make sure to pace yourself so you can try creative soups from Italy, Germany, Mexico, and right here in the USA.

Downtown Schenectady, 518.377.9430; www.downtownschenectady.org



Jan 12, 13, 26, 27: Seal Spotting Cruises

Every winter, harbor seals and gray seals make their home in the Long Island Sound. These boat cruises include chances to view the federally protected species and learn about their diets, habits, and natural histories with an aquarium educator. 

Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, 203.852.0700, www.maritimeaquarium.org


Jan 13: The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites

These puppet plays use the famed children’s author’s books as a jumping-off point for fantastical mixtures of the tactile and the musical. Besides the title work, adapted from Little Cloud and The Mixed-Up Chameleon.

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


Jan 18: American Girl Live!

This special story brings your child’s favorite American Girls together at a sleepaway camp, where they share their stories and dreams with one another, illuminating the history of American femininity and the girls who experienced it. Special VIP tickets include photo ops.

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


Jan 19: PBS Kids Live! Really BIG Tiny Adventure

Bringing all the faces from your kids’ favorite shows to the stage, this night of “edutainment” pulls out all the stops, with a unique story, music, and audience participation, as well as the opportunity to meet characters from Arthur, Nature Cat, and more in the lobby.

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


Jan 20: Pirate Songs and Stories

Pirates on the Hudson? Believe it! Teaching-Artist-in-Residence Jim Keyes will present a fun, all-ages concert to bring audiences up to speed on this little-known sliver of local history.

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550, www.hrm.org



Jan 12: Monroe Martin

This is candid cringe comedy drawn from Martin’s life in the foster system, with plenty of wit and more than enough honesty. Martin has performed on several late-night shows and co-hosts the popular podcast No Need for Apologies.

Laugh It Up! Comedy Club inside Mahoney’s Irish Pub, Poughkeepsie, 845.418.3989, www.laughitup.net


Jan 23-24: Bert Kreischer

The veteran comedian will perform material from his latest special, The Machine, during a two-night stand at Albany’s Egg Theatre. The Trip Flip and Bert the Conqueror host will also bring classic bits from his many albums, late night appearances, and radio gigs. 

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


Our Pick

Photo courtesy of Maritime Aquarium

Perfect for the budding artist or engineer, Maritime Aquarium’s Lego Weekend gives kids the chance to put their bricking skills to the test, helping a team from Play-Well TEKnologies build a massive Aquarium-themed scene. Kids can create marine animals for the finished piece, or can create designs of their own choosing.

Jan 26–27, Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, 203.852.0700, www.maritimeaquarium.org


Jan 24-26: Bill Bellamy

This comedy veteran has been a regular on Def Comedy Jam, starred on Meet the Browns and Castle, hosted MTV segments, and coined the phrase “booty call.” He is currently touring an all-new set and guesting on Insecure.

Nyack Levity Live, West Nyack, 845.353.5400, www.eimprov.com/nyack



Jan 7, 14, 21: Bindlestiff After School

All the family-friendly stuff, so kids 8-12 can indulge their inner carny, learning how to spin plates, tumble, and balance like an acrobat with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’s own Amy Chen.

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

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