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

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

The use of familiar materials in surprising new ways is the overarching theme of the two exhibits now on view at the GCCA Catskill Gallery. “Myths and Milagros: The Art of Leah Rhodes” is a retrospective of this artist’s 57-year career; her work is comprised of a mishmash of items — tree bark, linoleum tiles, magazine clippings — that she combines and transforms into visually appealing art. The accompanying group show, “Rock, Paper, Scissor,” is made up of collages and assemblages by approximately 20 local artists. The title refers to the process of making something by hand — which is quickly becoming a lost art in our tech-dominated lives. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 12-5 p.m. through Nov. 15. • 398 Main St., Catskill, 518-943-3400;


In celebration of its 20-year anniversary, Kairos: A Consort of Singers performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor at St. Joseph’s Church in New Paltz — the same setting where the choral ensemble began its illustrious career in 1994. Completed in 1749, just a year before the composer’s death, the piece is widely regarded as one of the greatest compositions in musical history. Along with the concert — the only one that Kairos gives this fall — the program includes a post-performance reception. Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. $25, $22 seniors, $7 students & children. • 34 S. Chestnut St., New Paltz, 845-256-9114;

newvember new plays festival

It’s not November, it’s NEWvember — at least in Tivoli. Now in its fourth year, the Tangent Theatre Company’s NEWvember New Plays Festival takes over the 50-seat Carpenter Shop Theater in the northern Dutchess town. This four-day event showcases brand-new dramas, comedies, and other works, close to 500 of which were submitted by writers from around the globe. A handful of these are chosen for onstage readings by the company’s talented actors. Nov. 6-9; call or visit Web site for exact schedule. $15. • 60 Broadway, Tivoli, 845-230-7020;

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cesar millan

Got a bulldog that barks? A shih tzu that won’t sit? Or a terrier that’s a holy terror? Cesar Millan can help. The star of TV’s The Dog Whisperer brings his live show to two Valley venues this month, during which he divulges his secrets on how to keep Fido in line. (Spoiler alert: You’re the one who needs training, not your dog.) • Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. $58-$175. Tarrytown Music Hall. 13 Main St., Tarrytown, 877-840-0457; Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. $20-$65. Proctors. 432 State St., Schenectady, 518-346-6204;

hudson valley hullabaloo

“Where arty meets party” is how organizers describe the second annual Hudson Valley Hullabaloo in Kingston. This two-day shopping event — which this year has moved into a larger venue — hosts more than 75 local and regional artisans of all types, each of whom offers handmade wares to help you fill those holiday stockings. The “party” aspect includes tasty grub provided by food trucks and other vendors, a photo booth, a deejay spinning tunes, and fun stuff for the kiddies. Nov. 22-23. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center. 467 Broadway, Kingston;

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