Events: Editor Polly’s Picks in July 2013

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for July 2013

Masters at Work, the current exhibit at the Mark Gruber Gallery, highlights the landscape art of Ulster County painters Staats Fasoldt and Eric Angeloch. A watercolorist, Fasoldt’s Zen-like works are executed in soft hues and have an impressionistic quality. Angeloch takes more of a realist’s approach, with oil paintings that feature both warm and cool tones. Mon.-Sat., Sun. by appt. through July 6. Call for hours. • Mark Gruber Gallery. New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz. 845-255-1241 or

weekend of chamber music summer festival

Dubbed “Transformations,” this year’s Weekend of Chamber Music Summer Festival presents six programs over a two-week period. Held in the Catskills, the series includes “Saturday Night in the Barn,” in which festival founder Judith Pearce (right) is the featured soloist (July 20); a violin and piano piece by composer John Harbison gets its world premiere during the grand finale concert on July 27. July 14-27. Call for complete schedule, exact locations, and ticket information. • 845-887-5803 or

john cariani

Again this year, the crew at Shadowland Theatre has put together a knockout season. First up is Love/Sick. Written and directed by John Cariani (pictured left), who is best known for his hugely popular play Almost, Maine and his recurring role on TV’s Law and Order, this romantic comedy of funny and sad stories explores the complications of love in the suburban jungle (through July 7). Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for best revival of a play, Boeing Boeing (July 12-Aug. 4) is a farce set in 1960s Paris. It follows an American businessman whose careful plans to visit all three of his flight attendant fiancées goes hilariously awry. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $30 evenings; $25 matinees. • 157 Canal St., Ellenville. 845-647-5511 or

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sounds of summer levon helm

Documentary flicks about notable music-makers comprise the Sounds of Summer film series at the Jacob Burns Film Center. Along with screenings of 19 movies that delve into the output of musicians ranging from classical composer David Anram to the Beatles, this seven-week series includes Q&As and live music with the likes of folk-rock singer/songwriters John Sebastian and Sloan Wainwright, among others. July 10-Aug. 27. Call or visit Web site for complete schedule and ticket information. • 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. 914-747-5555 or

alice cooper

Known as the “Godfather of Shock Rock,” Alice Cooper has been entertaining audiences for close to 60 years. Infamous for his onstage use of boa constrictors, guillotines, and fake blood during his highly theatrical shows, this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer scored huge hits in the early ’70s with “I’m Eighteen,” “School’s Out,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” July 19 at 8 p.m. $24.75-$59.75. • Palace Theatre. 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3335 or

hudson river days

The city of Kingston marks Hudson River Days — an annual celebration of the river and its watershed — with a full plate of events and activities. Front and center for the proceedings is the Hudson River Maritime Museum, which plays host to the Mathilda — an 1898 steam tugboat — as well as other historic and replica vessels. In addition, Hudson Rising, a festival showcasing the region’s many cultural and culinary attractions, is also in town. Attendees can participate in a 5K waterfront run, take a stab at stand-up paddleboarding, or scour the city for historical facts during the urban scavenger hunt. Live music, boat rides, art exhibits, books signings, a farm feast with locally sourced food and drink — all are on tap during this busy summer weekend. Visit or for complete information on these two related events.

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