On their toes
A great event for a great cause: The brand-new Hudson Valley Dance Festival takes place this month at Historic Catskill Point. Organized by Dancers Responding to AIDS, an offshoot of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, this one-night festival features performances by a host of world-class modern dance troupes, including Evidence, A Dance Company; Monica Bill Barnes & Company; and the Stephen Petronio Company. Classical dance is also on the bill, with American Ballet Theatre’s Marcelo Gomes choreographing a work which will be performed by ABT dancers Jessica Saund and Thomas Forster. Proceeds from the evening support service agencies nationwide, including the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, which helps more than 750 local residents living with HIV/AIDS. Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. $40-$250. 1 Main St., Catskill. 212-840-0770, ext. 229 or http://dradance.org
Walk-ins welcome: Liliana Washburn’s The Dreamer can be seen as part of the ArtEast studio tour
Need proof that our Valley is a hotbed for artists? Look no further than this month’s Open Studio Tours, during which you can meet and mingle with close to 90 creative types, from painters and sculptors to photographers and fiber artists. First up is the Orange County tour (Oct. 12-13 & 19-20, www.ocartscouncil.org), which winds its way from Greenwood Lake to Walden — as well as throughout the rest of the county — over the course of the two weekends. The ArtEast tour (Oct. 19-20 & 26-27, www.arteastdutchess.com) covers the area along the Route 22 corridor in Putnam and Dutchess counties, stretching from Patterson to Amenia. Participants on each of these self-guided jaunts learn about the creative process by observing the artists in their working environment. Call or visit Web sites for tour maps, hours, and additional information.
Jazz giant: Singer/pianist Diana Krall plays UPAC in Kingston
For 20 years, jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall has been — somewhat quietly — releasing exceptionally popular recordings. Eight of her albums, for instance, debuted at the very top of Billboard’s Jazz Album charts. She’s garnered two Grammys and worked with scores of notable musicians, such as Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, and Paul McCartney. Her current tour promotes her 2012 release, Glad Rag Doll, which was a collaboration with Academy and Grammy Award-winning producer T-Bone Burnett. Hear Krall’s sensitive and sensual contralto at the Ulster Performing Arts Center. Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. $70. 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088 or www.upac.org
The inaugural Hudson Valley Arts Festival, which takes place this month in Rhinebeck, has something for everyone. Crafts fair devotees can browse through one-of-a-kind selections of jewelry, pottery, glass, furniture, home decor items, and other accessories. Fine arts lovers will find sculpture, paintings, photography, and mixed media works created by artists from around the Valley region — as well as 20 other states in the union. And music lovers can groove along to the sounds of top-shelf local musicians (Jay Collins, Myles Mancuso, the CKS Band, and others) who perform nonstop throughout the event. Live art projects and crafts demos, workshops, children’s activities, food and wine purveyors — all are on tap. Oct. 4-6. Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, $9 seniors, $4 children 6-16. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Rte. 9, Rhinebeck. 845-331-7900 or www.artrider.com
Dynamic duo: The Beach Boys’ Brain Wilson — the creative force behind that band’s landmark album, Pet Sounds — is currently touring with legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck. These two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers — each of whom has won at least one Grammy — got to know each other while working together on Wilson’s soon-to-be-released solo album. Their concert, which also features Beach Boys alums Al Jardine and David Marks, includes Beck’s rock/blues instrumentals as well as the mellow harmonies for which Wilson is so renowned. Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. $45-$125. Palace Theatre. 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3334 or www.palacealbany.com