Events: Polly’s Editor’s Picks in December 2012

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for December 2012

The year draws to a close at the Carrie Haddad Gallery with an exhibit of contemporary sculpture. Half a dozen regional artists — several of whom are from the Valley — employ a variety of media, from fine gauge wire and stainless steel to Styrofoam and painted cardboard, in the small and medium-sized works that are on display. Dec. 13-Jan. 20. Opening reception Dec. 15 from 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m. • 622 Warren St., Hudson. 518-828-1915 or

ellen sinopli dance company

The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, the Albany region’s foremost modern dance troupe, hops on the Thruway and travels south to Tivoli for a performance at Kaatsbaan. The program features three works: Sea Ghosts; To Sing, Laugh, Play; and a brand-new piece set to percussion music by composer Donald Knaack, who performs on recycled materials and found objects. Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. $30, $10 students & children. • Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. 120 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-5106, ext. 10 or 2, or

For the 13th consecutive year, the Pantoloons — a group of Columbia County performers who call the Ghent Playhouse home — present a skewed version of a familiar fairytale. In Robin Hood: Fifty Shades of Green, the troupe loosely tells the story of Robin and his merry men, known for robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. The zany production includes plenty of jokes and topical references (both political and non), comedic shtick, music, cross-dressing characters, audience participation, and general mayhem. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. through Dec. 9. $18, $10 children. • Ghent Playhouse. Off Rte. 66, Ghent. 518-392-6264 or

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tedeschi trucks band

Just two years old, the Tedeschi Trucks Band has quite a pedigree. The 11-member rock and blues outfit is headed up by the husband-and-wife team of Susan Tedeschi (a Grammy-nominated blues and soul singer) and Derek Trucks (the Allman Brothers Band strummer who is number 16 on Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest guitarists of all time). Last year, TTB recorded its first album, Revelator — and watched it grab the 2011 Grammy for Best Blues Album. Catch them at Albany’s Palace Theatre this month. Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. $39-$79. • 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3335 or

Catching Up, the annual end-of-year series at the Jacob Burns Film Center, offers cinephiles the opportunity to view 15 intriguing movies released within the last 12 months that might have slipped under your radar. American films (like Moonrise Kingdom, pictured above) as well as foreign flicks (including the British work Trishna and the French historical drama Farewell, My Queen) are all featured. Dec. 2-20. Call or visit Web site for exact schedule and ticket information. • 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. 914-747-5555 or

Big news in Newburgh: On December 1, Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site unveils its recently revamped museum. Located in a circa 1910 Georgian Revival building, the museum now boasts an additional floor of exhibition space, which is used to display “Unpacked and Rediscovered,” a new exhibit featuring rare items that the site has amassed during its long history — including segments of the armaments used during the Revolutionary War. The site also features the 1750 Hasbrouck House, where General George ate, slept, and plotted his strategy against the British (and which is available for tours). Dec. 1-29. Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission free on Dec. 1; $4, $3 seniors & students thereafter. • 84 Liberty St., Newburgh. 845-562-1195; or


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