Events: Polly’s Editor’s Picks in November 2012

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for November 2012

Noted art photographer Tami Bone spent her childhood deep in the heart of South Texas. Her most recent work, collected in a series entitled Mythos, features soft-focused, dreamlike black-and-white images that weave a story — both real and imagined — about those magical formative years. Thru Dec. 3. Mon.-Fri. 12-5 p.m. or by appt. • Galerie BMG. 12 Tannery Brook Rd., Woodstock. 845-679-0027 or

bruce hornsby

Most people know Bruce Hornsby for “The Way It Is,” the title track from his debut album that was the most played song on American radio in 1987. But in the 1990s, the singer/songwriter also had a stint as a member of the Grateful Dead; along the way, he has collaborated with some of music’s biggest stars, from Bob Dylan to Branford Marsalis to Tupac Shakur. Catch Hornsby in a solo performance at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. $30-$50. • 30 Second St., Troy. 518-273-0038 or


The Wizard of Oz: Is there anyone who doesn’t know the plot of this classic movie? Wicked, the blockbuster Broadway musical now on stage at Proctors, turns the well-known story on its ear. The show explores the relationship between Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and Elphaba, the reviled Wicked Witch of the West, in the years before that pig-tailed girl and her mischievous dog came to town. Nov. 7-25. Call or visit Web site for times and ticket information. • 432 State St., Schenectady. 518-346-6204 or

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A pair of classic movies are screened at UPAC this month. Feel a chill creep up your spine when mega-monster Godzilla attacks Tokyo (Nov. 2). Two weeks later, watch as Jake and Elwood — a pair of Chicago’s most upstanding citizens — try to reconstitute their R&B band after spending a few years in stir in The Blues Brothers (Nov. 16). Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. $6. • Ulster Performing Arts Center. 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088 or

bill cosby

Whether he is riffing on the antics of Fat Albert or creating the character of doctor/father/husband Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby has always been able to make us laugh. Now in his 70s, the actor and educator is still performing stand-up routines, which are based on his offbeat observations about family life. Cosby visits Albany on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. $48-$78. • Palace Theatre. 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3335 or

christmas tree

The Valley’s holiday season gets off to a grand start with Poughkeepsie’s Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks. Join brass ensembles from the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Amerscott Highland Pipers, the Arm of the Sea Theatre, and a host of other civic and performing groups for the annual procession down Market Street and the lighting of the holiday tree. Once the fireworks are over, warm up at the Bardavon with a screening of the Tim Burton comedy Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Nov. 30. Parade begins at 6:30 p.m., film at 8 p.m. (all seats $6). • 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or


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