The peak of fall foliage season is upon us here in the Hudson Valley. While you’re out leaf peeping, here are a few things to add to your itinerary.
China Now Festival at Bard College | October 12-17
The US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music will kick off the fourth season of the China Now Music Festival at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
in Annandale-on-Hudson and at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City from October 12 to 17. The annual series of concerts and academic activities centers on promoting an understanding and appreciation of music from contemporary China. This year’s broadened programming theme features a wide array of Asian American composers, starting with “Asian American Voices: Composing for History, music of Huang Ruo” conducted by China Now Artistic Director Jindong Cai (October 12 at 8pm) and “Asian American Voices: Undercurrents in Contemporary American Music” (October 13 at 8pm), both at the Fisher Center. Tickets have a suggested donation of $15 or $20.
Hudson Library Hosts Photography Talk | October 13
Left to Right: Girl with Diploma, c. 1922-1931, Elise Forrest Harleston; The Manger, 1901, Gertrude Kasebier; The Rebel, 1896, Frances Benjamin Johnston
Authors Maria Ausherman and Fontaine Dunn will offer a presentation based on their newly published book Behind the Camera: American Women Photographers Who Shaped How We See the World
at the Hudson Area Library
on October 13 at 6pm. This program focuses on 16 gifted women who brought the medium of photography forward, in terms of both their technical skill and artistic merit. Say the event’s organizers, “Young people, young women in particular, will feel genuinely inspired to know of these focused, inspired, and inspiring photographers.” Seating is limited for the in-person program, so reservations are encouraged: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 828-1792 x101.
“An Illiad” at Ancram Opera House | October 14-24
From October 14 through October 24, the Ancram Opera House
in Ancram will present “An Illiad.” Described as a contemporary take on Homer’s classic tale, “An Illiad” recounts the most brutal and intimate moments of the Trojan War as told by the character of the Poet, who for the production will be played by MaConnia Chesser (a member of the revered Shakespeare & Co. troupe and a star of part of two the Ancram Opera House’s “Crystal Radio Sessions”). In the play, the Poet delivers a narrative of bloodshed, passion, and primal rage incited by warfare. Tickets are $35. See website for show times.
Gay Art Show Returns to Ulster Park | October 15-17
The gay-erotic-themed Barnwood art show will once again make its way to Pink Stallion Barn
gallery in Ulster Park this month, taking place over the October 15-17 weekend. The affair is a semi-regular exhibition of queer drawings, photographs, paintings, ceramics, and artwork in other mediums from dozens of artists based in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and elsewhere. The show celebrates the male form from nude to lewd, promoting the talents of the exhibiting artists, whose affordably priced work supports their efforts. Since the first Barnwood show, at the peak of the pandemic in October 2020, the happening has supported over 100 queer artists by selling more than $30,000 worth of their original work.
Michael Olatuja Live at Mass MoCA | October 16
New York-based Nigerian musician and band leader Michael Olatuja will bring his hot band Lagos Pepper Soup to Mass MoCA
in North Adams, Massachusetts, on October 16 at 8pm. The bassist has performed and recorded with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Shakira, Angelique Kidjo, and others, and for this concert appearance will serve up a steamy evening of Afrobeat, jazz, and funk. The full Lagos Pepper Soup band includes Olatuja (bass/composer), Stephanie Alvarenga (voice), Melonie Daniels Walker (voice), Etienne Stadwijk (piano), and Jonathan Barber (drums). Tickets are $16 in advance; $22 day of show; $12 students; $40 preferred level.
Joe Morris, Mat Maneri Jam in Beacon | October 16
Left to right: Joe Morris, Mat Maneri
Local promotions group Elysium Furnace Works continues its laudable labor of bringing the leading names in experimental jazz to the region when it hosts the duo of guitarist Joe Morris and violist Mat Maneri at Beacon’s Howland Cultural Center
on October 16 at 8pm. Called “the preeminent free music guitarist of his generation” by Down Beat
magazine, Morris leads his own bands and has worked with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Evan Parker, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, David S. Ware, Sunny Murray, Thurston Moore, and many more. Maneri began releasing records as a leader in 1996 and has collaborated with Cecil Taylor, John Medeski, Marilyn Crispell, Paul Motian, Roy Campbell, Craig Taborn, Ethan Iverson, and others.
Sheep and Wool Festival is Baa-ack in Rhinebeck | October 16-17
The 41st annual New York State Sheep and Wool Festival comes to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds
in Rhinebeck on October 16 and 17. At this family-favorite event, visitors can attend in-person sheep and goat shows, author talks, and other activities, and see who will take home a ribbon in this year’s fleece to shawl fiber competition, in which three teams will spin and weave fibers to make a shawl from start to finish. There are multiple yarn-related products to check out, such as handmade portable spinning wheels from Athena Spinning, yarn from the sheep at Bay Haven Short Tails, ceramic beads, and much more. Tickets are $12. See website for updated COVID-19 guidelines and other information.
“Lewiston” on Stage at Bridge Street Theater |
through October 17
Playwright and 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Samuel D. Hunter’s new work “Lewiston” is at the Bridge Street Theater
in Catskill through October 17. Directed by Sara Lampert Hoover and starring Montana Lampert Hoover, Daniel Hall Kuhn, and Leigh Strimbeck, “explores the emotional frontier of a family struggling to stay afloat in the vastness of the American landscape in this affectionate, poignant, and profoundly empathetic new play.” Nippertown
’s Patrick White calls “Lewiston” “a small miracle of deeply felt, character-driven Americana whose hard-won peace just might ignite your own hope.” Tickets are $22; students 18 or younger are $10. See website for show times.
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