- “The Dark House” at Philipstown Depot Theatre
This time last year movie theaters and music venues still hadn’t been given the green light to reopen. Vaccines were only a glimmer of hope on the distant horizon. Much has changed in the last 12 months, as artists and organizers have worked tirelessly to find safe and innovative ways to keep the cultural traditions of the region alive. Although the pandemic landscape continues to rapidly evolve, the region’s arts programming is moving full-steam ahead this autumn. We have bundled our cautious optimism into a new special section—the inaugural Fall Arts Preview. We are happy to celebrate the in-person return of some of our favorite seasonal events like O+ Festival in Kingston (headlined this year by Magnetic Fields!) and the last-ever performance of self-effacing titans of satire Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine at Unison Arts Center. This year also marks some premier events like Spanglish Fly at Opus 40, the sculpture park that is finding new life as a music and event venue, and comic genius David Sedaris at the Bardavon. Venues are taking ample precautions ranging from mandating proof of vaccination to indoor masking in order to continue hosting safe events. As the situation continues to change rapidly, check with venues for their latest event details and COVID protocols before heading out the door.