Events: Polly’s Editor’s Picks in May 2014

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for May 2014

Through June 1: The four artists whose work is featured at the Carrie Haddad Gallery this month are all Under the Influence — not of some nefarious substance, but of the New York School of art. The drawings and paintings on display — created by Judith Lindbloom, Lionel Gilbert, Russell DeYoung, and William Bond Walker — are noticeably shaped by the mid-20th century Manhattan arts scene and the subsequent birth of Abstract Expressionism, in which the subject of the work is the act of painting itself. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m. • 622 Warren St., Hudson. 518-828-1915 or


Through May 4: You’ll have to hurry if you want to catch Ragtime. This Tony-winning musical chronicles life in early 20th-century America as experienced by three families of different ethnicities: African-American, Eastern European, and Caucasian. Mounted by Armonk’s Standing Ovation Studios, the production features a cast of 40 actors and includes both local and national talent; the score runs the gamut from Tin Pan Alley tunes to klezmer. Call or visit Web site for exact schedule and ticket information. Westchester Broadway Theater. 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. 914-592-2222 or 

forbidden broadway

May 2-4: Forbidden Broadway, the long-running parody of Broadway musicals, comes to Mamaroneck this month. The show originated in 1982, with the five-person cast spoofing shows like Evita and stars like Ethel Merman and Carol Channing. The updated version — subtitled “Alive and Kicking” — includes the troupe’s hilarious versions of show-stoppers from current hits like Kinky BootsNewsies, and The Book of Mormon (among others). Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $37. • Emelin Theatre. 153 Library Ln., Mamaroneck. 914-698-3054 or  

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hudson valley fair

May 2-4: Come one, come all! The Hudson Valley Fair invades Dutchess Stadium with a seemingly endless lineup of family fun: more than 40 rides, a carnival midway with great food and games of chance, live entertainment, petting zoo, pony and camel rides, fireworks on Saturday night — not to mention the High Flying Pages Circus (a trapeze act); and the popular Banana Derby, in which monkeys wearing jockey outfits race trained dogs around a track. Gates open Fri. at 5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1 p.m. Visit Web site for ticket information. • Rte. 9D, Wappingers Falls;

sheryl crow

May 29: Singing superstar Sheryl Crow got her start by recording advertising jingles for a St. Louis department store. Since then, she’s won nine Grammys, sold more than 35 million records worldwide, and sung duets with people like Sting and Mick Jagger. Her pop/rock/folk style shines brightly in a string of hits such as “All I Wanna Do,” “Soak Up the Sun,” and “Everyday is a Winding Road.” See Crow in a rare Valley appearance at the Ulster Performing Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. $75-$125. • 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088 or

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