Out & About: Featured Events in May 2016

Take in an opera, enjoy local artwork, and celebrate mothers this month

Wired Talent

Thru May 15: Since 2002, the Shirt Factory and its sister buildings — all of which lived former lives as industrial edifices but are now a hub for the arts — have been drawing a variety of artists, craftspeople, and performers in the Kingston and Ulster County areas. The exhibit that opened last month in the Wired Gallery, called the Shirt Factory Artists, focuses on creative individuals and the work they produce in a variety of different mediums. On May 1, a panel discusses the driving forces behind this revitalizing cultural movement. Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. and by appointment. Panel discussion May 1 at 4 p.m. Wired Gallery. 11 Mohonk Rd., High Falls. 682-564-5613; www.thewiredgallery.com

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Shirt Factory Artists Robert Hessler (left), Deneane Niebergall (center), and Hank Lautz (right)

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Long Live the Queen

May 7: The wildly popular Met Live in HD series continues with their first ever staging of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. The final installment in the Tudor trilogy, this opera centers around an aging Queen Elizabeth I and the struggle she endures when compelled to sign the death warrant of Roberto Devereux, the man she loves. Celebrated bel canto soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sings Elizabeth, after having tackled the title roles in the previous two operas of the trilogy. 1 p.m. Pre-opera lecture at 12:30 p.m. $27, $25 members, $20 under 12. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072; www.bardavon.org

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A Case of the Blues

May 13: Five-time Grammy nominee Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stephen Stills bring their expansive knowledge of blues to a collaboration with famed Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag, Bob Dylan at Newport). The energetic collaborative performance, The Rides, brings audiences to their feet as the musicians both embrace an iconic American art form and blaze a new trail into the 21st century. 8 p.m. $64-$74, $94 VIP. 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088; www.upac.org

Home Sweet Home

May 21: After being shuttered for several years due to renovations, the James Vanderpoel House is ready to throw open its doors once again. Now under the care of the Columbia County Historical Society, the Federal-style mansion at one point belonged to a prominent lawyer and politician. A variety of paintings, portraits, and historic painted furniture are on display in the 19th-century house. Following the grand opening, the house will be open to the public weekly every Saturday and on one weekday. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. 16 Broad St., Kinderhook. 518-758-9265; www.cchsny.org


Take a Seat

Thru Aug. 14: Art can manifest itself in myriad different forms, and furniture is no exception. In Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now, works by nearly a dozen contemporary artisans are on display, drawing inspiration from bygone eras as well as the constancy of nature. The pieces are made by nearly a dozen local artists who hail from places like Salt Point, Ulster Park, Woodstock, Kingston, and Shokan, as well as other areas around the state. Wed.-Mon. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $17, $14 seniors, $8 ages 6-14, under 6 free. 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 845-265-3638; www.boscobel.org

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