The Hottest Hudson Valley Happenings to Bookmark in January

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for January 2013

Wanda Sykes | Photo courtesy of Wanda Sykes

From a Newburgh drag brunch to winter art weekends and seasonal shopping, there’s so much to do in the Valley this month.

New Year’s Day Drag Brunch at Mama Roux — Newburgh

January 1, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

What better way to ring in the New Year than partying all morning long? Spice up your holiday brunch with Cajun food and wildly fun performances by host Victoria Bohmore, along with Cheyenne and Trista Storm. All proceeds from tickets (which include a mimosa on the house) will benefit the city’s LGBTQ+ Center. More info at

Winter Weekends at Storm King Art Center — New Windsor

Saturdays and Sundays starting January 8, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Traverse the snowy terrain to get a rare view of 500 acres of large-scale sculptures and commissions, like the nearly 30-foot-tall Three-Legged Buddha and the Storm King Wavefield embedded in an otherwise-flat meadow.

Lark Hall Winter Market — Albany

January 9, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Farmers, artists, crafters, you name it—the historical concert hall in the capital city will host over 20 vendors and food purveyors for this monthly winter market. It’s free, plus you can kick back to live music performances and sip brunch-y drinks at the bar.

Hand Knitting Chunky Blanket Sip and Craft at Magnanini Winery — Wallkill

January 13, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Move over paint and sip, now you can knit and sip. Art GaLore Studio will teach you how to stitch up a comfy, chunky-knit blanket while sharing vino and charcuterie with fellow crafters. More info at

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Met Live HD: Cinderella (Massenet) at The Bardavon — Poughkeepsie

January 15, 1 p.m.

See Cinderella on the operatic stage like never before with this 90-minute abridged version. Designed with families in mind, this English translation preserves the original storybook staging in a more manageable time frame for the little ones.

The Weight Band at Levon Helm Studio — Woodstock

January 15, 8 p.m.

The alums of rock group The Band return to their roots to play classic favorites and new releases. John Smith, an Americana folk singer, will open for the main act.

Phillip Phillips and John Foreman at Tarrytown Music Hall — Tarrytown

January 20, 5:30 p.m.

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With his five-time platinum single, “Home,” Phillip Phillips brings a distinct blend of earthy soft-rock to Westchester with a little help from Jon Foreman of SWITCHFOOT.

Paula Poundstone at Tarrytown Music Hall — Tarrytown

January 21, 8 p.m.

In the mood for a good laugh? Spend a night with Paula Poundstone, touring humorist and host of the comedic podcast Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone. Her clever quips, observations, and spontaneity are an instant mood boost.

Mid-Orange Correctional & Reformatory Ghost Hunt — Warwick

January 21 and 22, 8:30 p.m.–4 a.m.

At the base of the Ramapo Mountains, you’ll find one of the region’s most haunted locales, the now closed Mid-Orange Correctional Facility. Join Ghost Hunts USA for an eerie night of paranormal activity, psychic vigils, and an in-depth exploration of the spookiest nooks and crannies.

ARRIVALS at Katonah Museum of Art — Katonah

Through January 23

Get a history lesson through art that illustrates the human experience. The display of nearly 50 works from the 16th century to modern day will examine concepts of arrival, belonging, storytelling, and more!

Wanda Sykes at The Egg — Albany

January 23, 7 p.m.

The veteran actress, writer, and comedian comes to Albany’s Egg as part of their Guest Comedy Presentation series. Fans of her most recent special, Wanda Sykes: Not Normal, and of her characters in Black-ish, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The Upshaws won’t want to miss this one-night performance.

Wanda Sykes in January
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Porcelain Painting with Paola Bari at Wallkill River School — Wallkill

January 24, 26, 28, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Sign up for a special workshop with solo exhibitionist Paola Bari. Over the course of three lessons you’ll learn the delicate basics of painting porcelain and come away with a painted plate. Materials included in registration fee.

Porcelain Painting with Paola Bari January
Photo courtesy of Paola Bari

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Emelin Theatre — Mamaroneck

January 27, 8 p.m.

Bringing uplifting vocals, dance, and a message of peace and harmony to the Hudson Valley, this 5-time Grammy award-winning group is guaranteed to lift the winter blues.

David Dorfman Dance @ UAlbany — Albany

January 28, 7:30 p.m.

A(Way) Out of My Body explores the concept of where our minds take us when the weight of everyday life becomes too heavy. Experience a “radically humanistic” experience through innovative and inclusive dance at SUNY Albany’s theater.

Met Live HD: Rigoletto (Verdi) at The Bardavon — Poughkeepsie

January 29, 1 p.m.

Enjoy powerful falsettos set against 1920s art deco staging for this reimagined version of the classic opera. A bonus for opera lovers: Ticketholders will have access to an exclusive talk with Leslie Gerber, a music teacher at Marist, a half hour before the show begins.

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