Fall Arts Preview 2013: Hudson Valley Events Calendar

Dramatic plays and movies. Dance performances and festivals. Concerts, craft fairs, and comedies. The Valley is teeming with awesome events to fill your weekends from now until the first snowflakes fall

Fall Arts Preview
Whether you’ve spent this long hot summer lounging by the pool or holed up in a mountain cabin, now’s the time to get back into
the social swing. From art shows (impressionist, modern, postmodern) to concerts (classical, pop, rock), theater (new plays, old favorites)
to special events and fairs, we’ve got a cultural to-do list to keep you busy through Thanksgiving weekend 
By Emma Roellke

September 1
Three Musketeers
Follow the adventures of D’Artagnan and the famous musketeers as they struggle to defend the Queen of France in the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s swashbuckling adaptation of the popular story. Boscobel House and Gardens. Garrison. 845-265-9575 or www.hvshakespeare.org

I Shall Think of You Often:
The Civil War Story of Doctor
and Mary Tarbell
This exhibit features artifacts — including garments, images, and documents — from a love affair that endured the chaos of the Civil War. New York State Museum. Albany. 518-474-5877 or www.nysm.nysed.gov

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September 6
Kid Rock and ZZ Top
These two rock and roll acts join forces for this high-energy concert. Rock had a rap-rock hit with “Bawitdaba,” and ZZ Top topped the charts with “La Grange” and “Tush.” Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Bethel. 866-781-2922 or www.bethelwoodscenter.org

Big Maggie
Set in rural Ireland, this drama follows Maggie, a recently widowed, domineering mother of four grown children, all of whom are determined to go their own ways. Albany Civic Theater. Albany. 518-462-1297 or www.albanycivictheater.org

Screen Play:
Hudson Valley Artists 2013
Fifteen artists use a variety of media to explore how memories, stories, and desires are communicated using screens and similar modern technologies. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. 845-257-3844 or www.newpaltz.edu/museum

Saturday, September 7
Hudson Valley Wine
and Food Festival
Celebrating its 12th year, this festival offers hundreds of wines and gourmet food from some of the region’s most popular purveyors. While you’re tasting and enjoying live music, check out the cooking demonstrations and seminars for insider tips. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Rhinebeck. 845-658-7181 or www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com

All Shook Up
Featuring Elvis Presley’s greatest hits, this upbeat musical details what happens when a leather-jacketed, guitar-playing, motorcycle-riding stranger roars into a sleepy town and shakes everything up. Mac-Haydn Theatre. Chatham. 518-392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org

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September 8
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Join the Bardavon and HITS for a concert featuring these two Grammy Award winners, who perform music from their recently released collaborative album Old Yellow Moon. Also, be sure to check out the horse show events taking place throughout the day. HITS-on-the-Hudson. Saugerties. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org

Renaissance Faire
Time-travel back to the 15th century. Listen to period music and see some old-time dances while munching on tradtional food. Also be sure to catch the knights jousting, soldiers practicing archery, and bards telling stories. Tuxedo Park. 845-351-5171 or www.renfair.com

Sky High
A second-generation superhero struggles to develop his powers and save the world — all while fitting in at high school — in this 2005 Disney film. Jacob Burns Film Center. Pleasantville. 914-773-7663 or www.burnsfilmcenter.org

September 13
Friday the 13th
The original 1980 version of this blood-curdling classic horror movie is part of the Palace Theatre’s “3 Nights of Horror” series. The big-screen showing is followed by a live concert with metal band First Jason. Albany. 518-465-3334 or www.palacealbany.com

Bill W. and Dr. Bob
This award-winning play delves into the remarkable and often comedic story of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous — and of their wives, who founded Al Anon. Shadowland Theatre. Ellenville. 845-647-5511 or www.shadowlandtheatre.org

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Saturday, September 14
Hudson River Valley Ramble
Celebrate the region’s rich history, along with its abundance of cultural and recreational resources, during the 14th edition of this Valley-wide event. Parks, historic sites, museums, and other venues offer special outdoor and indoor programs, from trail hikes and kayaking trips to tours and performances. 518-473-3835 or www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com

Coney Night Maze
Comprised of wooden fences, gates, and ramps, this sculptural installation by Donna Dennis makes its debut after 13 years of construction. Inspired by Coney Island’s iconic 1927 ride the Cyclone, the structure rises 12 feet in the air and features a long roller coaster drop. Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase. 914-251-6100 or www.neuberger.org
Ghost the Musical
Based on the 1990 Oscar-winning movie, this production tells a tale of everlasting love — literally. The ghost of recently deceased Sam seeks to protect and communicate with his still living girlfriend, Molly, via a storefront psychic. Proctors Theatre. Schenectady. 518-346-6204 or www.proctors.org

September 15
23rd Annual Taste of New Paltz
Now in its 23rd year, this showcase features locally produced food and wine as well as a variety of wellness, arts, and antiques exhibits. Ulster County Fair Grounds. New Paltz. 845-255-0243 or www.newpaltzchamber.org

Peter and the Wolf
The National Marionette Theater’s beautifully crafted puppets act out this classic Russian tale, in which a young boy saves the day by outsmarting a hungry beast — and proves he’s not afraid of the big bad wolf. Columbia-Greene Community College. Hudson. 845-828-4181 or www.sunycgcc.edu

Don Felder: One Night at
the Hotel California
Best known as the former lead guitarist of the Eagles, Felder cowrote the group’s smash hit “Hotel California.” He plays that song, and all the group’s hits, during this show. Tarrytown Music Hall. Tarrytown. 914-631-3390, ext. 100 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

September 20
Eastern Standard: Indirect lines to the Hudson River School
Exploring diverse styles and methods, contemporary artists draw upon the vision of the Hudson River School’s painters to create this series of storefront exhibits. Catskill. 518-943-3400 or www.greenearts.org

Crafts at Lyndhurst
More than 275 artisans from across the country exhibit their wares, including handmade jewelry, textiles, glass, wood, and other items. While you’re browsing, enjoy live music, craft demonstrations, children’s activities, and artisanal food — all on the scenic grounds of a lavish riverfront estate. Lyndhurst. Tarrytown. 845-331-7900 or www.artrider.com

Leftover Salmon
This Colorado band combines bluegrass with rock, country, and Cajun influences; its most recent album is 2012’s Aquatic Hitchhiker. The concert also features the Infamous Stringdusters and Assembly of Dust. Capitol Theatre. Port Chester. 914-937-4126 or www.thecapitoltheatre.com

Saturday, September 21
New York’s largest one-day street fair has two stages of live entertainment by top regional bands. Visual arts exhibits, poetry readings, magic acts, and other diversions are all part of the fun. Albany. 518-336-5275 or www.larkfest2013.com

Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony
For its season opener, the Albany Symphony Orchestra performs this powerful 1870s piece by the Russian composer, which he completed in the aftermath of a his doomed marriage. Palace Theatre. Albany. 518-465-4755 or www.albanysymphony.com

Kaaterskill Clove:
Where Nature Met Art
A popular subject among the Hudson River School painters, views of the area are highlighted in this show; all pieces are executed by four contemporary artists, including the late Thomas Locker. Zadock Pratt Museum. Prattsville. 518-299-3395 or www.prattmuseum.com

September 22
Hudson Valley
Harvest Festival
Featuring food vendors, arts and crafts, live music, and activities, this festival can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Proceeds benefit Family of Woodstock Inc. and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County. New Paltz. www.hudsonvalleyharvestfestival.com

Westchester Philharmonic
Conductor Jorge Mester leads the Phil in performances of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Bizet’s Symphony in C. Violinist Ryu Goto joins the group as soloist for Brahms’ Violin Concerto. White Plains. 914-682-3707 or

La Wilson: Five Decades
Wilson, who is best known for her art showcasing everyday objects, presents works created during her 50-year artistic career. John Davis Gallery. Hudson. 518-828-5907 or www.johndavisgallery.com

September 27

Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center
Collages by more than 100 artists illustrate the impact this medium has had on modern art and cultural expression. Katonah Museum of Art. Katonah. 914-232-9555 or www.katonahmuseum.org

Pawling Concert Series
Pianist Peter Serkin, who has toured worldwide and performed with countless major orchestras, gives a solo performance as part of the Pawling Concert Series. Trinity-Pawling School. Pawling. 845-855-3100 or www.pawlingconcertseries.org

Cyrille Aimee
The internationally renowned jazz singer — who studied at the conservatory of jazz at SUNY Purchase — performs in concert at one of the Valley’s hottest live-music venues. The Falcon. Marlboro. 845-236-7970 or www.liveatthefalcon.com

Saturday, September 28
Garlic Festival
Music, entertainment, crafts, and — of course — garlic in all its many manifestations make this popular festival one of a kind. Saugerties. 845-246-3090 or www.hvgf.org

Formally Invited
Tea Party
A recreation of an early 19th-century tradition, this unique event features dainty desserts, fine teas, Regency-era dresses, live music, and even a game of whist. Vanderpoel House of History. Kinderhook. 518-758-9265 or www.cchsny.org

Dianne Reeves
The four-time Grammy-winning jazz vocalist performs love songs and other standards. Tarrytown Music Hall. Tarrytown. 914-631-3390, ext.100 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

September 29
Graham Nash
Join legendary singer-songwriter Nash, a founding member of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, for an evening of classic folk-rock music. Tarrytown Music Hall. 914-631-3390, ext. 100 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

Steve Hackett:
Genesis Revisited
Hackett, who was the guitarist for Genesis, revisits classics such as “Supper’s Ready” and “Dancing with the Moonlit Knight.” This tour is the first time any original member of the popular ’70s rock band has given a solo performance of this repertoire. The Egg. Albany. 518-473-1061 or www.theegg.org

October 4
New York City Paintings
’60s, ’70s, and ’80s
Featuring works by artists Edward Avedisian, Richard Merkin, and Bill Clutz, this exhibit explores life in the city as depicted in works created between 1960-1980. Carrie Haddad Gallery. Hudson. 518-828-1915 or www.carriehaddadgallery.com

Herbie Hancock
With 12 Grammys and a career spanning a whopping five decades, it’s no surprise that Hancock — a pianist, bandleader, and composer — continues to amaze audiences with his jazz and R&B performances. Capitol Theatre. Port Chester. 914-937-4126 or www.thecapitoltheatre.com

Bach at Leipzig
County Players opens its 56th season with this hilarious farce, which follows six musicians as they vie for the coveted position of Leipzig’s Chief Organist during an 18th-century American Idol-style competition. Wappingers Falls. 845-298-1491 or www.countyplayers.org

Saturday, October 5
Hudson Valley Arts Festival
Highlighting the widespread art and culture of the Hudson Valley (and beyond), this festival features local artists and craftspeople, live music, children’s activities, food and wine, workshops, and more. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Rhinebeck. 845-331-7900 or www.artrider.com
The Met —
Live in HD
Watch the Metropolitan Opera live on the big screen. This season of Live in HD kicks off with Tchaikovsky’s lyric opera Eugene Onegin — a story of unrequited love and a tragic duel. Bardavon. Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org

En Plein-Air
The Columbia County Council on the Arts and the Olana Partnership collaborate to produce the second annual En Plein-Air Exhibit and Auction. Thirty juried artists participate, painting on-site at Olana over a three-day period and then presenting and selling their works at tonight’s cocktail reception and auction. Columbia County Council on the Arts. Hudson. 518-671-6213 or www.artscolumbia.org

October 6
The region’s largest arts festival includes musical performances, an artists’ marketplace, face painting, and a number of other activities celebrating the creativity and talent of Valley artists. Hudson. 518-671-6213 or www.cccaartswalk.webs.com

Woodstock Film Festival
Head over to Orpheum Theatre for the festival’s final screenings. Offering a variety of films, concerts, workshops, celebrity-led panel discussions, an awards ceremony, and exciting parties, it’s no wonder this festival has remained an anticipated event for 14 years. Saugerties. 845-679-4265 or www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

Warwick Applefest
Featuring a children’s carnival, hundreds of craft and food vendors, live music, a farmer’s market, an apple pie baking contest, and more, this apple-filled festival attracts thousands every year. Warwick. www.warwickapplefest.com

October 11
Other People’s Money
In this dramatic comedy, find out what happens when a corporate raider threatens to take over a family-operated utility company, only to find himself smitten with the family’s daughter (who also happens to be their lawyer). Ghent Playhouse. Ghent. 518-392-6264 or www.ghentplayhouse.org

Vanilla Fudge
Originally from Long Island, this early rock group is best remembered for psychedelic renditions of popular songs; their 1967 cover of the Supreme’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” made it to number six on the charts. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Bethel. 866-781-2922 or www.bethelwoodscenter.org
Sweet Honey In The Rock:
40 and Fierce
The world renowned, all-female a cappella ensemble — known for singing a diverse mixture of blues, African, jazz, gospel, and R&B music in five-part harmony — celebrates 40 years of success in this joyous concert. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Troy. 518-273-8945 or www.troymusichall.org

October 12
Joy Behar
The comedienne, actress, writer, and former cohost of The View heads to the Tarrytown Music Hall for an evening of stories and laughter. Tarrytown. 914-631-3390, ext. 100 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

Industrial Sublime: Modernism
and the Transformation of
New York’s Rivers
Through more than 60 prominent works from museums around the country, this exhibit examines the link between American modernism and Hudson River School paintings, and explores the transformation of New York’s landscape from 1900 to 1940. Hudson River Museum. Yonkers. 914-963-4550 or www.hrm.org

October 13
Open Studio Tour
This self-guided tour throughout Orange County provides the public with the opportunity to learn about the creative process by observing artists in their working environment. 845-469-9168 or www.ocartscouncil.org

The first string quintet to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, this classically trained ensemble has a diverse repertoire that ranges from Mozart and Dvorak to Radiohead and Led Zeppelin. Rhinebeck Chamber Music Series. Rhinebeck. 845-876-2870 or www.rhinebeckmusic.org

Diana Krall: Glad Rag
Doll World Tour
Known as a pianist as well as for her contralto voice, Krall is the nation’s best-selling female jazz artist. She’s garnered a pair of Grammys and sold nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums. Ulster Performing Arts Center. Kingston. 845-339-6088 or www.bardavon.org

October 18
Maine Sublime: Frederic Edwin Church’s Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin
Featuring the famed Hudson River School painter’s depictions of locales in Maine, this exhibit debuts a number of works on view to the public for the first time. Olana State Historic Site. Hudson. 518-828-0135 or www.olana.org
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty
With more than 50 international awards to his credit, Bourne is the world’s most successful dance choreographer. Set to Tchaikovsky’s familiar music, this reworking of the classic fairy tale is a combination of both dance and theater. Proctors Theatre. Schenectady. 518-346-6204 or www.proctors.org

David Cassidy
Best known for his role in the popular ’70s sitcom The Partridge Family — and for hits like “I Think I Love You” — Cassidy is back at it again, wowing audiences with renditions of his music from that era. Tarrytown Music Hall. Tarrytown. 914-631-3390, ext. 100 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

October 19
Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise
Cruise the Hudson from Manhattan and experience the beautiful fall colors. Stop in Cold Spring for lunch, or bring your own and dine on deck. Plus, wet your whistle at the cash bar. Seastreak. 800-262-8743 or www.seastreak.com

Albany Symphony
Inspired by Impressionist art, the program for the orchestra’s second concert of the season features works by Schumann, Ravel, Faure, and the world premiere of a piece for piano and orchestra by Aaron Jay Kernis. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Troy. 518-465-4755 or www.albanysymphony.com

Based on a Monty Python film, this rollicking musical parodies the tale of King Arthur and his knights as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080 or www.centerforperformingarts.org

October 20
Bellini’s Norma
Written at the peak of Bellini’s career, Norma — a story of love, betrayal, and a tragic reunion — contains some of opera’s most exciting choral music. Taconic Opera. Yorktown Heights. 855-886-7372 or www.taconicopera.org

The Five: Contemporary
Art from Japan
This group exhibit highlights paintings and photographs from five Japanese artists lauded not just for their craftsmanship, but for their success in the non-art world. Unison Arts Center. New Paltz. 845-255-1559 or www.unisonarts.org

October 25
The More Than Music Revue: Celebrating Music and Mirth
Through the Decades
Celebrate the Fort Hill Players’ 75th anniversary by traveling back in time to the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. This wide-ranging revue includes everything from popular songs to memorable advertising jingles and spoofs of old-time radio dramas. White Plains. 914-946-5143 or www.forthillplayers.com

These five woodwind players from the Manhattan School of Music offer a program called “The Fabulous ’50s” as part of the Pawling Concert Series. Works include compositions by Samuel Barber as well as hot and cool jazz. Pawling. 845-855-3100 or www.pawlingconcertseries.org

Irving’s Legend
Enjoy a spine-tingling performance of Washington Irving’s classic tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” which takes place in the Old Dutch Church in Irving’s own hometown. Sleepy Hollow. 914-366-6900 or www.hudsonvalley.org

October 26
The Fab Four
From “She Loves You” to “Let It Be,” this tribute band touches on all aspects of the Beatles’ oeuvre. And they’re more than just faithful look-alikes, as appearances on Entertainment Tonight and Good Morning America can attest. The Egg. Albany. 518-473-1061 or www.theegg.org

Hudson Valley Philharmonic
Sounds of Mozart, Ravel, and Copland fill the Bardavon as part of the Philharmonic’s season opener. For the evening’s featured piece, Robert Bonfiglio joins the orchestra on the mouth organ in a performance of Villa Lobos’ Harmonica Concerto. Bardavon. Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org

Sharon Butler
Butler, a painter, explores how excessive overworking of an image can contribute to art’s meaning. Westchester Community College. Valhalla. 914-606-7867 or www.sunywcc.edu/gallery

October 27
Celebrating its 12th year, this five-day film festival includes screenings, workshops, meet and greets, and more. Past lineups have featured works (like 2012’s Quartet) that have gone on to win raves from critics. Chatham. 518-669-3333 or www.filmcolumbia.org

Black Swan Sailing
This 36-foot sailboat offers cruises from two-and-a-half hours to two days in length. Enjoy all the beauty the Hudson has to offer while chowing down on delicacies from Palenville’s Circle W and Take-A-Bite Creations in Saugerties. Kingston. 845-542-7245 or www.blackswansailing.com

November 1
The Grace Project
Artist Charise Isis unveils her ongoing series of portraits that capture the courage, beauty, and grace of women who have undergone mastectomies to survive breast cancer. Greene County Council on the Arts. Catskill. 518-943-3400 or www.greenearts.org

Anonymous: Tibetan Art
Spotlighting more than 50 works by 27 artists, this show explores the differences between traditional Tibetan art and culture, which downplays the importance of the individual, and a contemporary art scene that prizes self-expression. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. 845-257-3844 or www.newpaltz.edu/museum

Little Shop of Horrors
Find out what happens when a hapless florist raises a flesh-eating plant. The musical comedy features doo-wop, 1960s rock and roll, and Motown-style tunes written by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080 or www.centerforperformingarts.org

Saturday, November 2
The Met — Live in HD
Shostakovich’s unconventional The Nose — an opera about a troubled Russian official and his runaway nose — returns to the Metropolitan Opera House for the first time since its sold-out 2010 premiere. Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Experience the tristate area’s largest Halloween event. Walk among over 5,000 hand-carved, glowing jack o’lanterns — which are set up all around a historic house and landscape — in this illuminated tour. Historic Hudson Valley. Croton-on-Hudson. 914-366-6900 or www.hudsonvalley.org

A Closer Look: The Hudson River Photographer Joseph Squillante explores an abstract perspective of the river in this new exhibit. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. Beacon. 845-838-1600, ext. 10 or www.bire.org 

November 3
Albert Bierstadt in
New York and New England
Though mainly known for his paintings of the American West, Bierstadt painted several East Coast scenes. This exhibit showcases his works featuring New York and New England landscapes. Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Catskill. 518-943-7465 or www.thomascole.org

Merle Haggard
Dubbed “the poet of the common man,” Haggard has amassed three Grammys, 15 CMAs, 40 number-one hits, and an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame so far in his career. Tonight, the country legend performs his greatest hits. Ulster Performing Arts Center. Kingston. 845-339-6088 or www.bardavon.org

Kiss Me Kate
This witty musical follows a former husband-and-wife acting team at war with each other as they try to stage a musical Shakespeare production. The show includes classic Cole Porter numbers such as “Wunderbar,” “Always True,” and “I Hate Men.” Westchester Broadway Theatre. Elmsford. 914-592-2222 or www.broadwaytheatre.com
November 8
Shadows in Paradise
Peter Rosen’s 2009 documentary tells the story of German émigrés who fled persecution during WWII, settled in Los Angeles, and went on to shape the golden age of Hollywood. The film screens as part of Copland House’s 15th anniversary season at Merestead. Peekskill. 914-788-4659 or www.coplandhouse.org

Keeping Time
Don Hunstein worked as a photographer for Columbia Records from 1954 to 1986, and hence chronicled some of the most iconic figures in music hisotry. This special exhibit highlights the best of Hunstein’s works from the archives, including shots of Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, and Johnny Cash. The Museum at Bethel Woods. Bethel. 866-781-2922 or www.bethelwoodscenter.org

Hungarian State
Folk Ensemble
Established in 1951, this dance ensemble was dubbed “marvelous” by the New York Times. Clad in traditional garb, the troupe performs authentic dances set to Hungarian folk music. Bardavon. Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org

Saturday, November 9
Mixing classic Bible stories with contemporary music, this 1970s musical follows the life of Christ and his disciples. Structured as a series of parables from the Gospel of Matthew, the show is filled with popular hits like “Day By Day.” Proctors Theatre. Schenectady. 518-346-6204 or www.proctors.org
Genji’s World in Japanese
Woodblock Prints
Featuring 57 woodblock prints by many of Japan’s most influential 18th- and 19th-century artists, this exhibit showcases works inspired by the Tale of Genji — the classic Japanese story written in the 11th century that is largely regarded as the world’s first novel. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5237 or http://fllac.vassar.edu

The B-52s
After 30 years and 20 million albums, the B-52s — the popular 1970s New Wave band — are still energizing audiences across the country. Rock out to hits like “Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster” at this performance. Capitol Theatre. Port Chester. 914-937-4126 or www.thecapitoltheatre.com

November 10
Monographic Museum Exhibition
This exhibit features works by contemporary artist Thomas Houseago, who frequently uses materials like plaster and plywood, and incorporates elements of futurism and cubism in his work. The pieces in this display include representational sculptures, works on paper, sculpture reliefs, and indoor and outdoor multimedia sculptures. Storm King Art Center. New Windsor. 845-534-3115 or www.stormking.org

Bill Maher
Political commentator, author, and satirist Bill Maher brings on the laughs at the Palace Theatre. Maher boasts 21 Emmy nominations for his late-night political talk shows; his documentary Religulous is the seventh highest grossing documentary in history. Albany. 518-465-3334 or www.palacealbany.com

November 15
‘night Mother
This moving production chronicles a suicidal woman’s downward spiral. In 1983, the haunting play bagged the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Albany Civic Theater. Albany. 518-462-1297 or www.albanycivictheater.org  

The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill
This 11-member Western swing band formed in 1998, and last year released its first album. For this performance, they teamed up with 20-time Grammy Award-winning country star Vince Gill. Ulster Performing Arts Center. Kingston. 845-339-6088 or www.bardavon.org

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company

The company wraps up its 22nd season with a performance of several works by guest artists, dance faculty, and students. James L. Meader Little Theatre at Russell Sage College. Troy. 518-244-2248 or www.sinopolidances.org

Saturday, November 16
Jonny Lang
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Lang is known for his unique blending of blues, rock, and gospel elements in his songs. His hybrid style has garnered national attention and even a Grammy win. Port Chester. 914-937-4126 or www.thecapitoltheatre.com

The Tempest
Believed to be the last play William Shakespeare wrote on his own, this romantic comedy features sibling rivalry between magician Prospero and his devious brother Antonio; Prince Ferdinand’s strenuous courtship of the beautiful Miranda; and the mischief of the spirit Ariel. SUNY New Paltz. 845-257-3880 or www.newpaltz.edu/theatre

November 17
Chilly Willy Winter’s Eve Tour
Enjoy the winter season at the 1663 Bronck House — which is believed to be the Valley’s oldest surviving house. A costumed guide provides a tour of the structure and offers insight into colonial Dutch life. Bronck Museum. Coxsackie. 518-731-6490 or www.gchistory.org

The Amernet String Quartet
Formed in 1991 when its members were students at the Juilliard School, this quartet has gone on to achieve international acclaim and win first prize at the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition. Rhinebeck. 845-876-2870 or www.rhinebeckmusic.org 

The Temptations
For more than 50 years, the soulful R&B group has been churning out smash hits such as “My Girl” and “Just My Imagination.” In 1989, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tarrytown Music Hall. Tarrytown. 914-631-3390, ext. 100 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

November 22
Robert W. Weir and the Poetry of Art
For 42 years, Weir — a member of the Hudson River School — worked as the art instructor at West Point. This exhibit showcases his paintings, drawings, and prints, many of which have never been displayed to the public. Boscobel House and Gardens. Garrison. 845-265-3638 or www.boscobel.org

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies
Since being purchased from the Cairo Museum in 1909, two mummies and coffins from the Egyptian 21st Dynasty (dating back to 1085-945 B.C.) have been on view at the Albany Institute. This exhibition includes additional artifacts from the time period and the results of scientific research performed on the mummies. Albany. 518-463-4478 or www.albanyinstitute.org

Saturday, November 23
Exit Stage Left
This energetic children’s show packs tons of humor, slapstick comedy, live music, and dance — all while harkening back to the days of vaudeville. Emelin Theatre. Mamaroneck. 914-698-0098 or www.emelin.org

Brahms’ First Symphony
Pianist Jeffrey Kahane pulls double duty for this concert. Besides acting as guest conductor, he is the featured soloist for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22, one of the evening’s highlights. Palace Theatre. Albany. 518-465-4755 or www.albanysymphony.com

Holst’s Planets
Part of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 81st season, this concert features the Vassar College choir. Repertoire includes Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7, and Holst’s The Planets — complete with projected images from the Hubbell Space Telescope. Bardavon. Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org

November 24
Taconic Opera
The company produces Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, which tells the tale of the emotionally unstable Lucia who gets caught up in a family feud. The tragedy is loosely based on a novel by Sir Walter Scott. Music Conservatory of Westchester. White Plains. 855-886-7372 or www.taconicopera.org

Arlo Guthrie
Best known for the classic story/song “Alice’s Restaurant,” the famed folk musician takes part in an intimate concert in celebration of his father Woody’s 100th birthday. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Bethel. 866-781-2922 or www.bethelwoodscenter.org

Westchester Philharmonic
Soloist-leader and pianist Jeremy Denk takes the stage in this concert featuring works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn. Westchester Philharmonic. White Plains. 914-682-3707 or www.westchesterphil.org

November 29
Christmas Carol
Just in time for the holidays: Gather in the Old Dutch Church and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cider, and cookies while master storyteller Jonathan Kruk performs Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Sleepy Hollow. 914-631-8200 or www.hudsonvalley.org

Haim Steinbach:
Once Again the World is Flat
This exhibition takes a closer look at artist Steinbach’s 40-year career. Both early paintings and larger-scale installations — including examples of his shelf displays of common objects — are on view. The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7598 or www.bard.edu/ccs

The Annual Panto
Known for mayhem, music, and merriment, this show is presented by the playhouse’s lively group, the PantoLoons. The production combines the fairy tales “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Frog Prince” for a night of comedy. Ghent Playhouse. Ghent. 518-392-6264 or www.ghentplayhouse.org

Saturday, November 30
The Nutcracker
The nationally acclaimed New York Theatre Ballet presents this classic ballet, complete with sugar plum fairies and — of course — the nutcracker prince, all in one hour’s time. Tarrytown Music Hall. Tarrytown. 914-631-3390, ext.100 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

Known for multi-platinum albums and smash hits like “Cold As Ice” and “I Want to Know What Love Is,” the world-renowned band performs its hard-charging brand of rock and roll. Capitol Theatre. Port Chester. 914-937-4126 or www.thecapitoltheatre.com

Windham Festival
Chamber Orchestra
Compositions by Bach, Vivaldi, Grieg, and Copland are on the bill for the ensemble’s final concert of the season. Windham Civic and Performing Arts Center. Windham. 518-734-3868 or www.windhammusic.com •

Kid Rock dominates the stage at Bethel Woods on Sept. 6
Former member of the Eagles, Don Felder hits up the Tarrytown Music Hall on Sept. 15
On Oct. 13, jazz sensation Diana Krall heads to UPAC
Actors in period costume perform at the Renaissance Faire
Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin is screened live at the Bardavon on Oct. 5
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze lights up Van Cortlandt Manor through Nov. 11


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