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May 4: Death of a Gangster

A combination of throwback night out and murder mystery, you and other gumshoes must investigate the intrigues at a Mafioso wedding, with dinner, show, and an open wine/beer bar. Dress to the nines — or at least the 1920s. 

Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville, 845.496.3661, www.brotherhood-winery.com

 

May 11–12: Basilica Farm + Flea Spring Edition

For the first year, the Basilica’s ultra-popular upscale flea market is opening its doors to the bright spring weather. Try fine teas, local foods, and handcrafted goods in this converted glue factory, a few steps from the Amtrak station. 

Basilica Hudson, Hudson, 518.822.1050, www.basilicahudson.org

 

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Photo by Lawrence Braun
 

Few HV acts are as local, or as locally beloved, as The Felice Brothers. Performing their first big hometown show in years, the Brothers — and band — will bring down the house with rollicking tracks from the upcoming Undress, as well as minor hits like “Frankie’s Gun” that have made them a favorite of audiences worldwide.

May 11, BSP Backroom, Kingston, 845.481.5158, www.bspkingston.com

 

May 17–18: Flyday Music Festival

Lovers of dub, reggae, and all things jam will love this music festival in the scenic Catskills hamlet. Expect performances from The Nth Power, Dub Trio, and the Big Takeover. 

Blackthorne Resort, East Durham, www.flydaymusicfestival.com

 

May 18–19: L.A.B. Fest

Artists collaborate, brewers brew, and performers break new ground at this hybrid festival. Visitors can sample local beers, watch cutting-edge dance, and wander the Center’s historic 14 acres. 

Garner Art Center, Garnerville, 845.947.7108, www.garnerartscenter.org

 

May 24–27: 7th Annual Uke Fest

If you love your uke and you gotta show it, this festival of jamming, concerts, and informative master classes is right up your alley, punctuated by an all-star concert on the 25th. Raise a polite racket at $545 per person. 

Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333, www.ashokancenter.org

 

Music

May 2: Adult Mom

Songwriter and SUNY Purchase grad Stephanie Knipe brings a full band to this tour behind last year’s indie breakout Soft Spots. With support from Gobbinjr and Long Neck. 

Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, 845.679.7625, www.colonywoodstock.com

 

May 3: Art Garfunkel

The big-hair half of the classic folk harmonizers plays all the hits and plenty of deep cuts from his solo career. 

Troy Music Hall, 518.273.0038, www.troymusichall.org

 

May 4: Hudson Valley Philharmonic – The Mighty Hudson

A night of compositions inspired by the Hudson River with projected images from visual artist Jon Bowermaster, as well as additional marine pieces from Mendelssohn, Britten, and Bernstein.

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

May 5: Turn, Turn, Turn! – Celebrating Pete Seeger

Local musicians and dancers team up to celebrate the 100th birthday of late legend — and lifelong local — Pete Seeger, performing many of his famous songs with accompaniment from noted hoofers. 

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

May 5: Maceo Parker

Get the funk up! Maceo Parker is a legendary solo saxophonist, blazing his own path through jazz alongside stints with James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic. 

Troy Music Hall, 518.273.0038, www.troymusichall.org

 

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Courtesy of Jean Duquoc
 

Brittany-based painter Jean Duquoc suffuses his canvases with color, transmuting the bright sea light of his coastal home into Gauguin-indebted assemblages of reds, oranges, and greens. His new “L’Enchantement Simple” exhibition features a number of lush land-, sea-, and skyscapes, in which the hills and coasts take on an incredible vividness. 

From May 4, Canfin Gallery, Tarrytown, 914.332.4554, www.canfingallery.com


Photo courtesy of Jean Duquoc

 

May 5: Martin Hayes

Hayes is a star of traditional Irish music, touring the world and playing huge venues in London and New York. This special solo show will be your chance to see where the craic is at without the pomp and circumstance. 

Towne Crier Café, Beacon, 845.855.1300, www.townecrier.com

 

May 5: Emily King This Grammy-nominated R&B/indie-soul songwriter relocated to Catskill before 2019’s Scenery, adding a pastoral tinge to tightly-crafted R&B tunes. 

Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, 845.679.7625, www.colonywoodstock.com

 

May 5: And the Kids, TEEN

This co-headlining tour features new spins on punk, goth, and pop, from bands that obliterate genre altogether. 

BSP, Kingston, 845.481.5158, www.bspkingston.com

 

May 9: Deborah Bonham

A night of jazz and blues standards with a raw, rocking twist. Don’t let her famous brother’s shadow eclipse Bonham’s spirit and voice. 

Daryl’s House Club, Pawling, 845.289.0185, www.darylshouseclub.com

 

May 10: Karla Bonoff

Bonoff’s career stretches back to her string of gold records in the ’70s. You might know some of her tunes from hit versions by Bonnie Raitt, Lynn Anderson, and Wynona Judd. 

The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

May 11: ARC IRIS

This Providence-based group has made a career of messing around, moving from indie folk to avant pop to a complete reimagining of Joni Mitchell’s landmark Blue on 2018’s Foggy Lullaby.

Towne Crier Café, Beacon, 845.855.1300, www.townecrier.com

 

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photo by Tom Caltabiano

You likely know Kevin James from his decade-long tenure on The King of Queens as well as his many collaborations with Adam Sandler. But he’s also a veteran road comic, bringing low-key observations about life and pop culture to audiences around the country. Laugh comfortably, but abundantly.

May 11, The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

May 11: Don McLean

Sure, you know the one song — how could you not? — but have you realized that there were a whole bunch of other songs? Come find out — and yes, sing along to “The Day the Music Died.” 

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, 914.739.0039, www.paramounthudsonvalley.com

 

May 12: Delta Rae

This sibling band of Duke grads has found much success with their bluesy rock riffs and honey-sweet harmonies. It’s been four long years since After It All, so expect more than a few new tunes. 

Daryl’s House Club, Pawling, 845.289.0185, www.darylshouseclub.com

 

May 13: The Meat Puppets

These punk heroes have been going their own way for four decades, purifying their particular blend of country tunes, DIY resolve, and hazy Neil Young solos on album after album.

Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, 845.679.7625, www.colonywoodstock.com

 

May 15: KT Tunstall

Tunstall splits the difference between shiny mid-00s British pop and swaggering rock attitude. Though never quite a hit in the US, Tunstall has been making waves in her native UK, piling up hits and BRIT awards for a decade and a half. 

Daryl’s House Club, Pawling, 845.289.0185, www.darylshouseclub.com

 

May 17: Martin Sexton

A night of blue-eyed Americana and soul with this Syracuse-born songwriter, producer, and independent label owner. 

Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, 914.698.0098, www.emelin.org

 

May 18: Oleta Adams

Adams came up singing gospel music before pivoting to soul and, unexpectedly, a part in Tears for Fears’ hit 1989 single “Woman in Chains.” She is touring behind 2017’s Third Set.

Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, 914.698.0098, www.emelin.org

 

May 18–19: Judas Priest

Think you might be “Breakin the Law” by “Living after Midnight” to catch these “Metal Gods” “Take on the World” and “Rock Forever”? Then “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”: “Some Heads are Gonna Roll” when Rob Halford and Co. come for this two-night stand in Albany. 

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663, www.palacealbany.org

 

May 25: Decora

The local resident, DJ, and hip-hop artist has toured the world and sold out Lincoln Center. At this intimate show he will perform songs from 2018’s Reverie

Towne Crier Café, Beacon, 845.855.1300, www.townecrier.com

 

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Photo courtesy of David Konigsberg

Woodstock artist David Konigsberg specializes in naturalistic abstraction, reconfiguring the surrounding world through blurry, fragmented textures. This solo exhibition will feature all-new paintings from the last several years.

From May 3, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, 914.834.8077, www.kbfa.com

 

Theater and Dance

May 5: Dance Off the Grid 

Groundbreaking dance performances, ranging from contemporary ballet to comedy. Mamaroneck local Megan Williams will stage her own pieces, in addition to performances from Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance. 

Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, 914.698.0098, www.emelin.org

 

May 11: Rhythm Rewritten Seema Mehta performs Indian Kathak, while Jason Samuels Smith dances jazz, and the two styles collide and fuse into an entirely new idiom. 

The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

May 11: Jennifer Muller/The Works

Muller’s choreography pushes both the limits of bodily endurance and expressive virtuosity, resulting in electrifying,
expectation-busting dance performances.

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli, 845.757.5106, ext. 112, www.kaatsbaan.org

 

Through May 12: Newsies

The hit Disney Broadway show comes to Rhinebeck’s small stage. Set around the Newsie Strike of 1899, this musical pits young newspaper hustlers against the magnates who want to fleece them for all they’re worth. 

Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org

 

From May 24: Arsenic & Old Lace

Deviously meta, this classic farce goofs on the intrigues of a murder mystery, as an upstanding young man must protect not only his batty aunts and their habit of poisoning lonely old men, but his career and reputation as well. 

Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org

 

Art

Through May: STILL|LIFE|LIKE

An exhibition of photography, sculpture, and painting examining depictions of the natural world, with work from David Halliday, Frank DePietro, and James O’Shea.

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, 518.828.1915, www.carriehaddadgallery.com

 

Through May: Hudson Athens Light

This ongoing exhibition celebrates the scenic bend on which Hudson and Athens sit, famously depicted by the Hudson River School and reimagined today by local artists through painting, photography, and sculpture. 

Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, Hudson, 518.822.1438, www.hudsonhall.org

 

From May 12: County Pride Exhibition

This special juried art show both celebrates and supports the Rockland County Pride Center. Talented young artists exhibit and sell their work, with all proceeds benefiting the Pride Center and its programs. 

Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, 845.358.0877, www.rocklandartcenter.org

 

Comedy

May 9: The Capitol Steps

Prefer your political comedy to take exactly zero stands and express no discernable opinion? Then pick up a ballot and write in this long-running DC fixture, who ever-so-lightly parodies politics through mildly-humorous tunes. 

Troy Music Hall, 518.273.0038, www.troymusichall.org

 

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photos by JoE Golden

The Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve are hosting the 2019 Peony Celebration, a community-based fundraising festival with a champagne toast, cocktails, savory food, a fine art exhibit, and a flower show presented by local gardening clubs. The 500 peony trees at the entrance of the Preserve were a gift from a town in Japan to the United States, following the 9/11 tragedy.

May 9, Rockefeller State Park Preserve (visitor center courtyard), Pocantico Hills, 914.962.0209, www.friendsrock.org

 

May 9–12: Liza Treyger

Fresh off a Comedy Central half-hour, Treyger tells it like it is, if “it” happens to be somewhat questionable riffs about children and politics. 

Nyack Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr, 845.353.5400, www.improv.com/nyack

 

May 12: Brian Regan

The veteran comic performs the big, crowd-pleasing riffs made famous by his many albums and his recent Netflix special, Nunchucks and Flamethrowers. 

UPAC, Kingston, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

May 17–18: Tracy Morgan

This uproarious comedian is famous for his stage work as well as hit roles on 30 Rock, SNL, and The Last OG

Nyack Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr, 845.353.5400, www.improv.com/nyack

 

Film

May 20: Grease Sing-Along Sure, it’s dirtier than you remember — but you can sing along in the safe anonymity of a full house at this special screening. 

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663, www.palacealbany.org

 

Jacob Burns Film Center

May 7: Days of Heaven Terrence Malick’s classic film is a touchstone for generations of filmmakers, blending gorgeous, sundowning cinematography with groundbreaking approaches to editing, montage, and visual storytelling. Starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, and Sam Shepard.

May 15: On Her Shoulders This heartbreaking documentary follows Nadia Murad, the Yazidi woman who escaped sexual slavery only to rally world support for the women still held hostage by ISIS.

May 16: 2001: A Space Odyssey Have your mind expanded and your butt numbed by Stanley Kubrick’s epic — in every sense — masterpiece. The ultimate see-it-big experience.

May 18: Kiki’s Delivery Service By turns delightful and emotional, this Hayao Miyazaki classic tells the tale of a young witch’s coming of age, and the adventures she has along the way with Jiji, her mischievous talking cat. A must-see.

364 Manville Rd, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663, www.burnsfilmcenter.org

 

Family

May 5: Madeline and the Bad Hat

This colorful musical tells the story of the classic children’s book through original songs, bright sets, and humorous performances. A special school outreach performance will be held on May 6. 

Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, 914.698.0098, www.emelin.org

 

Workshops/Classes

May 17–19: Autoharps & Dulcimers Weekend

Enthusiastic about these esoteric instruments – or want to learn how? This weekend-long workshop teaches groups to play together, with lessons on old-time music, folk tunes, and even traditional dancing. $295 per adult. 

Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333, www.ashokancenter.org

 

May 18, 24, 26: Toward an Ethical Imagination

This special lecture and concert series focuses on the life of Alexander Gilson, an enslaved man who stayed on as gardener at Montgomery Place after being freed, and eventually operated his own nursery business. Performances are alternately ticketed and free.

Montgomery Place, Red Hook, www.bard.edu

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