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Events: Polly’s Editor’s Picks in May 2013


Currently on view in Woodstock, Photography Now 2013 is a group show featuring documentary works by eight artists. Juried by Time magazine’s director of photography, the exhibit’s wide-ranging subject matter runs the gamut from Noah Addis’s photos of squatter communities in Mumbai to Ilona Szarc’s satiric portraits of children with their American Girl dolls. Wed.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. and by appt. through June 16. • The Center for Photography at Woodstock. 59 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-9957 or www.cpw.org

the klezmatics

The Klezmatics — an ensemble that plays traditional music with a decidedly modern touch — makes a rare Valley appearance this month. Specializing in klezmer — the style popular among Jews in Eastern Europe for generations — the sextet won a Grammy in 2006 for Wonder Wheel, an album of music set to lyrics written by folk icon Woody Guthrie. Along with songs sung in Yiddish, the group puts its own spin on gospel and soul standards, too. May 11 at 8 p.m. $30 in advance, $36 at the door, $20 students. • James Earl Jones Theater, Poughkeepsie Day School. 260 Boardman Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-227-3327 or www.shir-chadash.org


Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past year or so, you’ve probably heard of Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James’s “mommy porn” novel about an S&M-tinged relationship between a billionaire and a college coed, which has sold an estimated 70 million copies worldwide. Now on the heels of that success comes Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody. More riotous than raunchy, this saucy theatrical send-up uses sketches and musical numbers to poke fun at the book’s subject matter without straying into X-rated territory. May 2-3 at 8 p.m. $29.50 & 39.50. • The Egg. Empire State Plaza, Albany. 518-473-1845 or www.theegg.org

huey lewis

Good luck trying to pick just one show to see at the Tarrytown Music Hall this month. Actor Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight!, a one-man theater piece featuring the author’s writings, comes in on the fourth. Comedienne Lily Tomlin — best-known for portraying quirky characters like nosy phone operator Ernestine — takes the stage on the 10th. The next night, ’80s rockers Huey Lewis and the News celebrate the 30th anniversary of their LP, Sports — which gave us hits like “The Heart of Rock & Roll.” Grammy-winning folkies — and good friends — Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin perform duets from their 20 collective albums on the 12th. The month ends with the legendary jazz quintet Spyro Gyra on the 31st. Call for times and ticket information. • 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 877-840-0457 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

taste of boscobel

Trick question: Do you enjoy good food and wine? Of course you do! Sample fine fare from a variety of local purveyors at the second annual Taste of Boscobel. Held under a tent in the historic site’s West Meadow — which commands an incomparable view of the Hudson River — this outdoor party spotlights the offerings of numerous caterers, wineries, and breweries (and it’s an easy way to scout for vendors for an upcoming summer party or wedding). May 19 from 1-4 p.m. $30-$35 in advance, $35-$40 at the door. • 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 845-265-3638 or www.boscobel.org

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