Our Picks: Editors’ Favorite Events in December 2015

Our events editor lists her top event picks happening this month

For this month’s exhibit, Gallery 66 presents The Web of Life. Artists Anita Jacobson and Jane Soodalter explore how all things on earth are connected, whether they realize it or not. The exhibit focuses on living things — like humans, plants, and animals — and endeavors to raise awareness about and make viewers more committed to the preservation of all life forms. Dec. 4-27. Thurs.-Sun. 12-6 p.m. 66 Main St., Cold Spring. 845-809-5838; www.gallery66ny.com

ellen sinpoli dance company

Celebrating its 25th season with a commitment to “create, collaborate, educate, and partner,” the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company ventures out of its home city of Albany to the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli with another energetic and unique performance. Since founding the company back in 1991, artistic director Ellen Sinopoli has created more than 75 dances. Dec. 4. 7:30 p.m. 120 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-5106, ext. 10; www.sinopolidances.org

brandi carlile

When Brandi Carlile debuted her first album in 2005, she immediately landed on Rolling Stone’s list of ”Top Ten Artists to Watch.” Since then, she’s grown a very loyal fan-base with hit songs like “The Story,” (the tune was featured on a General Motors commercial and an episode of the hit ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy) “That Wasn’t Me,” and “Keep Your Heart Young.” Her album Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony reached number 14 on the Top Rock Albums chart. Dec. 5. 8 p.m. $50-$100. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072; www.bardavon.org

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chris botti

In 2004, Chris Botti’s album When I Fall in Love achieved much acclaim and catapulted him into stardom. Since then, he’s become one of the largest-selling American instrumental artists, selling more than four million albums. The artist’s jazz albums have reached the number one slot four times, and he has bagged multiple awards. In 2013, he took home the prize for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the Grammys. During An Evening with Chris Botti he performs with his signature jazz style. Dec. 12. 8 p.m. $60-$80. Paramount Hudson Valley. 1008 Brown St., Peekskill. 914-739-0039; www.paramounthudsonvalley.com

the nutcracker

The beloved ballet, The Nutcracker, is brought to the stage by the New Paltz Ballet Theater’s 17th season. Featuring dancers from the New York City Ballet, the story follows young Marie as she ventures to a dreamland where she and her nutcracker, a gift she received for Christmas, battle giant mice and toy soldiers and venture through the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets. Dec. 12, 2 & 7:30 p.m; Dec. 13, 3 p.m. $30, $27 seniors and students, $25 members. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072; www.bardavon.org

clermont state historic site clermont state historic site

Clermont State Historic Site decks their halls for the Candlelight Tours. Guests get a glimpse of what Christmas celebrations were like in bygone times by strolling among the glittering decorations. Old-fashioned treats prepared in the historic kitchen helps set the mood as well. Dec. 13, 3-6 p.m. $12, $5 children under 12. 1 Clermont Ave., Germantown. 518-537-4240; www.friendsofclermont.org

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