Outdoor Film Weekend, Storm King Art Center, New Windsor
This weekend, music, art and cinema collide at Storm King’s film weekend under the stars. Delve into the 53rd New York Film Festival Official Selection Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art on Friday, a compelling documentary about a group of driven and visionary young artists. Then, Saturday’s Film Ramble will feature a performance by Bruce Levingston on piano and short films by Dennis Oppenheim, Jarred Alterman, and others on multiple screens in the Art Center. Munchies and drinks will be served starting at 5 pm, followed by meditation sessions held between 6:30-7:30 pm under The Big Quiet. Food and drink vendors will include beer and wine service, gourmet cupcakes, freshly made smoothies, and cold-pressed juices, plus plenty of farm-fresh, healthy local chow. Saturday’s screenings will begin at 9 pm.
Feral Conservatives, The Wherehouse, Newburgh
With a dreamy, introspective folk sound that channels their Cranberries and Velocity Girl influences, Feral Conservatives have found a niche that’s garnered them a fair amount of attention in recent years. With their newest album, Here’s to Almost, rated 4-stars by New Noise, the band is channeling that momentum into a jam-packed two-week tour this August. “As far as jangly indie rock goes, it doesn’t get much better than this,” NNM says of the group. This Saturday, they’ll take those jangly vibes to The Wherehouse stage. Gunslinger will open the show at 8 pm.
17th Annual Blueberry Festival, Canal Street and Liberty Square, Ellenville
This weekend, there’s only one place you can grub fluffy, golden-blueberry pancakes, shop your way through more than 175 vendors, dance in a village square to bumpin’ live music, and pop by a homemade blueberry-pie judging contest to see who takes home the blue(berry) ribbon. That’s right, it’s the 17th annual Ulster County Blueberry Festival, and it’s going down this Saturday, rain or shine. With sweet, fresh blueberry pies for sale and plenty of activities for the kids (including face painting, interactive inflatables, games, and more), it’s sure to be a can’t-miss weekend event for the whole family. For those who prefer a good lemon meringue, don’t be discouraged! Organizers The Ellenville Wawarsing Chamber of Commerce (EWCOC) promise non-blueberry desserts as well.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s The Dork Knight, Bannerman Castle, Beacon
Join funnyman Jason O’Connell for an absurd, intimate journey of self-discovery produced by the 30-season-strong theater giant Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. The story of a man coming of age by channeling the narrative of Bruce “Batman” Wayne and friends is as great as it sounds. Tickets, including transportation to and from Bannerman Island, are available on the Bannerman Castle website.
14th Saugerties Artists Studio Tour, Opus 40, 302 Old State Route 32, Saugerties
It’s an art-inspired weekend all-around. Friday, head over to the gallery at Opus 40 Sculpture Park for a reception where you can grab a color-detailed tour map, meet-and-greet the artists, and check out their work from behind the Oz-ian curtain. Come back for Day 2 and wander through the bustling streets and country plains of Saugerties as this free, self-guided tour takes you through the work of 44 incredible creative minds, with pieces ranging from cinematics to mixed media to furniture.
Photo: Allen Bryan; Artist: Steve Frederick