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Five Events in the Hudson Valley This Week

The first month of 2020 brings us great art, readings, music, dance, and food.

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Brich Grove on the Hudson II by Frank Faulkner
  • Brich Grove on the Hudson II by Frank Faulkner

The first month of 2020 brings us great art, readings, music, dance, and food. Don’t let the cold and snow keep you closed off: Dig out and dig into our weekly list of what’s good in the region.


ART

“Winter Nocturne” at Carrie Haddad Gallery


Opening January 8 at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson is “Winter Nocturne,” a show of painting, sculpture, and photography that explores and evokes the shapes, subtleties, textures, and structures found in nature. An open artists’ reception takes place at the gallery on January 11 from 5 to 7pm, and the show runs through February 23.


READINGS

Volume Series in Hudson

L to R: Lynn Sachs, Amy Rigby, Hallie Goodman, Lee Ann Brown
  • L to R: Lynn Sachs, Amy Rigby, Hallie Goodman, Lee Ann Brown

One of the Hudson Valley’s most popular regular literary events, the monthly Volume reading series returns to the Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson on January 11 at 7pm. The free event features prose and poetry readings followed by short DJ set. January’s installment presents writers Lynn Sachs, Amy Rigby, Hallie Goodman (Volume’s co-organizer), and Lee Ann Brown, with a special guest DJ to be announced.


DANCE

Octavia Cup Dance Theatre in Kingston



The experimental dance troupe Octavia Cup Dance Theatre is one of the upstate nightlife scene’s best-kept secrets. Launched by choreographer and current Kingstonian Laura Ward in New York circa 1998, the ensemble has performed their surreal and often hilarious pieces around the US and abroad. The group’s frequent foils, local glam-cabaret band Tonus Maximus, as well as guest opera singer David Gordon, will accompany them at Tubby’s in Kingston on January 12 at 6pm.


FOOD & DRINK

Food and Wine Festival in Albany

The annual Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Festival will take place January 16-18 at the Albany Capital Center to raise funds in support of the arts. The festival features fine cuisine and wines of nations and continents from all over the world. Throughout the weekend, attendees will be able to taste exquisite food and wine pairings as they mingle and take in cooking demonstrations and wine tasting seminars. See website for ticket prices.




MUSIC

Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings in Hudson



Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings are Albany’s long-running fliers of the rockabilly flame, since 1995 performing over 150 dates a year and even touring as the back-up band for the legendary Wanda Jackson. The band’s annual Elvis Birthday Bash, which returns to Club Helsinki in Hudson on January 17 at 9pm, pays tribute to the King and remains a beloved annual event. Tickets are $20-$25.

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