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The Indigo Girls
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Wrap your brain around this week’s cool cache of artful events in the Hudson Valley.

Indigo Girls in Concert at the Egg | October 18

Award-winning Atlanta folk rock duo the Indigo Girls—Emily Saliers and Amy Ray—visit the Egg in Albany to perform on October 18 at 8pm. This year the pair is celebrating their nearly four-decade career as well as the release of their appropriately titled 16th album, Look Long, which came out in 2020 at the height of the quarantines. The evening is part of the venue’s Guest Presentation Series. Tickets are $59.50-$85. COVID-19 guidelines apply (see website).

Spoon Rocks the Chance in Poughkeepsie |
October 19

With their blend of pop and postpunk, Austin, Texas rockers Spoon made the journey from the indies to the majors and back again, eating up the charts in the late 1990s and early 2000s. “[We] make the record we like on our own first and just see what happens from there,” founding front man and guitarist Britt Daniel said about the group’s work ethic when he was interviewed for Chronogram in December 2017. Daniel and his bandmates come back to the Hudson Valley for this very fine fall date at the Chance Theater. With Nicole Atkins. (Geoff Tate revisits Empire and Rage for Order November 14; Yngwie Malmsteen and John 5 shred November 20.) 7pm. $30. Poughkeepsie.

FilmColumbia Festival Returns | October 22-31

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The FilmColumbia festival will return to Chatham from October 22 through October 31. Presented by the Crandell Theatre, the 10-day festival includes nearly 40 world-class independent and international features and documentaries, as well as post-screening Q&As with directors and special tributes. With films from more than 35 countries, as well as the latest releases from award-winning directors Pedro Almodovar and Wes Anderson and theater legend James Lapine, the festival’s added health and safety measures include proof of vaccination for all attendees and staff; masks required indoors at all times; reduced seating capacity at the Crandell; and the use of only one primary venue for events; additionally, an individual ticketing system has been implemented. See website for tickets and times.

“The Niceties” at Shadowland Stages |
October 22-November 7

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College campuses have become (again) the molten center of the volcanic culture wars raging across America—just look at the latest imbroglio at SUNY New Paltz about a Sojourner Truth statue. In Eleanor Burgess’s barn-burning academic drama “The Niceties,” a black student visits her white professor during office hours to discuss her paper on the American Revolution. The polite review of her thesis soon explodes into a high-stakes debate over race, history, power, and revolution. When it goes public, what’s been said can’t be unsaid, and both women face the consequences in this play staged at Shadowland Stages in Ellenville from October 22 through November 7.

Fall for Art Show in Kingston | October 23-29

Fall for Art is celebrating 25 years with its second virtual juried art show and sale, featuring works in a wide range of mediums and styles. Enamel jewelry from Helen Hosking, whimsical quilts from Suzanne Neusner, 3D cut-paper art from Glenn Grubard, and hand-turned wooden pepper and salt mills from John Franklin are just some of the crafts available for purchase. Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Ulster County since 1997, proceeds from the event support the artists, Federation causes, and regional nonprofits, including the Hudson Valley Food Bank and People’s Place.

Cage’s Rozart Mix at Bard College | October 23

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On October 23 from noon to 6pm, artist Aaron Dilloway’s realization of composer John Cage’s 1965 work Rozart Mix will be presented at the John Cage Trust building on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. True to Cage’s score, a minimum of 88 tape loops will be employed to run on 12 reel-to-reel tape decks set up in various rooms and floors of the building, with the tape winding up the structure’s stairs and around its furniture. Interior tours of the installation are sold out, but registered guests may join outside on picnic blankets for durational listening throughout the event.

“Ghost in the Machine” at Garage Gallery |
Through October 31

Moose, a photograph by Traer Scott, showing as part of “Ghost in the Machine” at Garage Gallery in Beacon.
  • Moose, a photograph by Traer Scott, showing as part of “Ghost in the Machine” at Garage Gallery in Beacon.
This show of photographs by Traer Scott and Jon Wollenhaupt is the second exhibition at one of the region’s newest galleries, Garage Gallery, which is located just off Main Street in Beacon in an actual garage. The subjects of Scott’s otherworldly images are museumgoers bathed in the warm tones of evening. Visitors’ reflections merge with the dioramas themselves in evocative and sometimes startling ways, creating powerful images of lost worlds and lost souls. Wollenhaupt’s street scenes are also haunted, the blurs of movement specters of modern life. The show is up now through October 31.

Microplastic Madness in Red Hook | October 22

The O Zone in Red Hook will show the award-winning documentary Microplastic Madness on October 22 at 6:45pm. Viewers are invited to have a cup of hot cider and meet the film’s director, Debby Lee Cohen, at the screening. The free showing will take place outside, and viewers of all ages are encouraged to bring a chair or yoga mat to sit on, as well as a blanket and warm clothes. (Note: Due to COVID-19, the site will have to cap the number of attendees for this event; see website for more information. People without vaccine registration may not be allowed on the premises.) Register via Eventbrite.

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