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Patrick Swayze in "Dirty Dancing"
  • Patrick Swayze in "Dirty Dancing"

Summer’s setting in—and so’s the fun. Get set for Memorial Day weekend and live it up with these fabulous festivities.

FILM

Footloose and Dirty Dancing at the Greenville Drive-In

As it celebrates 60 years(!), the Greenville Drive-In is kicking it up in high style on May 24 and 25 with a double feature that screams ’80s-kitsch-classic: the dance-themed Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon, and Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze. Tonight, May 23, it’s showing Footloose only and on May 26 Dirty Dancing only. May 25 has both films plus live music by the Red Headed Strangers. Along with popular movies of the past, the drive-in serves food and local beers at its snack shack and beer garden. https://www.drivein32.com/Drive-In_32/Home.html

ART

Art Omi Season Opening

Art Omi is home to a collection of stunning sculptures.
  • Art Omi is home to a collection of stunning sculptures.

Located in the beatific Columbia County town of Ghent, world-class contemporary art center Art Omi is an essential visit all year round—but especially in the warmer months, when one can wander its sculpture-filled fields. On May 25 the facility ushers in its summer season with opening afternoon of events, site-specific performances, and refreshments in its on-site park. Artist and musician David Shrigley, whose To Be of Use is on view May 25 through July 21, will perform his piece “Problem Guitars” with Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins), Arone Dyer (Buke & Gace), and others. http://artomi.org/

MUSIC

Abdu Ali at the Half Moon

Watch out: Hudson nightery the Half Moon gets all experimental on May 25 with a live appearance by the eccentric Abdu Ali. The Baltimore-born, “unapologetically black and queer,” avant-garde electronic musician’s work is an idiosyncratic blend of punk, jazz, club music, and rap. About his newest release, FIYAH!, Ali says, “This album is everything that I am and everything that I am not. I wanted to embrace all of the facets of my identity but not let those paradigms build chains around my artistic vision.” http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/

OUTDOORS

Rondout Lighthouse Tours Open

Roundout Lighthouse, Kingston
  • Roundout Lighthouse, Kingston

One of Kingston’s most revered local landmarks, the historic Rondout Lighthouse, is starting up its season of tours this weekend. Starting on May 25, the lighthouse will be open for tours of up to six people via it’s the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s small boat the SkillyPot on Saturdays and Sundays through June 21. The guided tours start at noon and take place every 45 minutes, with the last tour leaving at 3pm. Advance registration is strongly recommended. http://www.hrmm.org/

MUSIC

Soul DJ Jonathan Toubin Returns to Woodstock

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As dance-crazed upstaters have well been finding out, New York DJ Jonathan Toubin always brings the party whenever he pays us a visit. And on May 25 at 10:30pm he’s bringing it back again to Colony in Woodstock, in a special late-night return of his beloved New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off party presented by Meltasia (the dance party will follow an early evening concert by local singer-songwriter Tom Pacheco). So get your high-heel sneakers and wig hat on and get ready to get down one mo’ time! https://www.colonywoodstock.com/

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