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For an offbeat outing, consider the aesthetic playground known as Storm King Art Center. Located just off the New York State Thruway in Mountainville, Storm King is a local version of Easter Island, 500 verdant acres populated with modern sculpture by artists of international acclaim. Whether you have a keen eye for steel monoliths or simply like picnics among giants, Storm King is a heady destination. The sunlight—or lack thereof—on the rolling hills of the Hudson Highlands conspire to change the look and shadows of the sculptures on any given day. In addition to permanent works by Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and Louise Nevelson, there are pieces by David Smith, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alice Aycock, Mark di Suvero, and Nam June Paik. An installation of work by Sol LeWitt, a leader in the Conceptual and Minimalistic art movements, will stand sentinel until the season ends mid-November. (845) 534-3115; www.stormking.org
Lying perhaps beyond our travel circle, but still an enticing destination for performance is the tony Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs. Like Belleayre's, its season calendar offers something for socialites in tuxes and headbangers in T-shirts. Choose among Suzanne Vega (May 31), cabaret veteran Ann Hampton Calloway (May 24), The Dave Mathews Band (June 23-24), Canadian power-slackers Rush (July 5), and the July 3 pairing of Chicago and The Doobie Brothers. (Insert here obligatory joke about a bottle of Boone’s Farm and a joint.) Expect the Thruway to be bottlenecked on July 31 and August 1, when SPAC hosts eco-rocker Sheryl Crow the first day, followed by The Police and Elvis Costello and the Impostors the next.
(518) 476-1000; www.spac.org
- Chris Isaak plays the Belleayre Musical Festival August 30
- A scene from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 2007 production of "As You Like It."
- An arial view of the Bethel Woods Center.
- Peter Dinklage stars in "Uncle Vanya" at Bard's Summerscape.
- Alexander Liberman's Iliad at Storm King Art Center.