by Alecia Eberhardt
Albany (Albany County)
Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival. The City of Albany will host the 6th annual Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival, presented by Adirondack Appliance. The 2015 Festival will bring together over 70 innovative chefs and 250 global wine, spirit, and craft beer companies. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to savor the finest culinary offerings and attend high profile seminars. This highly anticipated three-day festival provides sustainable funding for the support and preservation of the not-for-profit arts community in Albany, allowing attendees to “wine and dine for the arts.” Individual event tickets and all-access passes are available. Hilton Albany. 40 Lodge Street, Albany. albanywinefest.com. January 15-17.
Towne Crier Café. Towne Crier Café. 379 Main Street, Beacon. 845-855-1300. townecrier.com. The McKrells and Mandolin Madness with Barry Mitterhoff, Wayne Fugate, and Michael Sassano. Tickets $20. January 2. 8:30pm. Red Molly. Tickets $25. January 3. 8:30pm. Open Mic Finals. Tickets $8. January 4. 7pm. Beausoleil with Michael Doucet. Tickets $30. January 9. 8:30pm. Empire Roots All Stars Band. Tickets $25. January 10. 8:30pm. Joe Crookston & The BlueBird Jubilee with The Kennedys. Tickets $20. January 16. 8:30pm. Joe Louis Walker Band. Tickets $20. January 17. 8:30pm. Bill Heller Band. Tickets $20. January 18. 7:30pm. Towne Crier Open Mic Night. Cover $4. January 21. 7pm. Martha Redbone Roots Project. Tickets $20. January 23. 8:30pm. Junior Brown. Tickets $30. January 24. 8:30pm. Ani DiFranco with special guest Anais Mitchell. Tickets $55. January 25. 8pm. Judy Collins with special guest Kenny White. Tickets $75. January 30. 8:30pm. Back to the Garden 1969: Celebrating the Music of Woodstock. Tickets $25. January 31. 8:30pm.
Beacon Second Saturday. Second Saturday is a citywide celebration of the arts held on the second Saturday of every month. Special events, art gallery openings, artist receptions, culinary tastings, and live music are just some of the ongoing events. Many galleries and shops stay open until 9pm. It’s kid-friendly and a great way to take the pulse of Beacon. Various locations throughout Beacon. beaconarts.org. January 10.
Fareground Café Pop Up Restaurant. Fareground’s mission is to nourish the community by providing a monthly “pay what you can” delicious, locally sourced, nutritious meals. Fareground is a gathering place where the entire community can share a good meal. Fun activities for kids (including music, African drumming, movement, and crafts) will also be offered. There is a suggested donation of $10 per meal. Beacon Community Resource Center. 23 West Center Street, Beacon. 845-202-3273. fareground.org. January 25. 12pm–3pm.
Cold Spring (Putnam County)
Glynwood Farm Dinner. Each season, Glynwood welcomes five farming apprentices to learn about regenerative agriculture through a combination of hands-on training and in-depth classroom education. To kick off the 2015 Farm Dinners, last season’s farming apprentices will team up with Executive Chef Jodi Cummings to prepare a special multi-course meal featuring the meat and produce they grew and raised during their apprenticeships on the farm. Tickets for the January dinner are $75 per guest. Please keep in mind that all Glynwood Farm Dinners are BYOB events. Overnight accommodations are available following all Farm Dinners for $100 for a double occupancy room or $75 for a single occupancy room. A light breakfast will be provided to overnight guests. Glynwood’s Main House. Glynwood Road, Cold Spring. 845-265-3338. glynwood.org. January 23. 6:30pm.
Hyde Park Brewing Company Live Music. Hyde Park Brewing Company Restaurant and Brewery. 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. hydeparkbrewing.com. All shows begin at 8:30pm. Open Mic with Petey Hop. January 7. Vito and 4 Guys in Disguise. January 9. Bernie Duo. January 10. Open Mic with Petey Hop. January 14. Luckey House Band. January 16. Petey Hop (solo). January 17. Open Mic with Petey Hop. January 21. Breakaway. January 23. Rudy’s Backbeat. January 24. Open Mic with Petey Hop. January 28. Ceesar Band. January 30. Johnny Dell & Nite Life. January 31.
Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club Outing: FDR Home Walk. This group hike, led by Sue Mackson, will tackle up to four miles of trails and, if the day is pleasant, the mile-long Farm Trail will be added. Active rain or snow cancel. Meet in parking lot near Visitors’ Center. Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-9115. midhudsonadk.com. January 11. 1:30pm.
Fully Committed. Presented by Half Moon Theatre, this devastatingly funny comedy follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s top restaurant. This hilarious show features one versatile actor who plays 40 wildly diverse characters including the maître’d, the chef—and a variety of scheming socialites and celebrities—who all want a table at the number one restaurant in town. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $22 for attendees under 18. Marriott Pavilion, Culinary Institute of America. 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park. 845-471-6608. halfmoontheatre.org. January 16–25.
The Beefsteak. This event originated in New York City in the mid-1800s, typically hosted by organizations wishing to raise money. Originally, beefsteaks were men-only, all-you-can-eat (and drink) events, with diners sitting on crates and eating with their fingers—no utensils were provided. Beef, beer, and brass bands were the focus, and gluttony was the order of the day! This 2nd Annual Beefsteak welcomes both men and women to celebrate the pleasure and camaraderie of the communal table. There will be food, beer, and song to mark this great occasion, and utensils will be available for the faint of heart! Tickets are $125. Culinary Institute of America, Farquharson Hall. 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park. 845-471-6608. ciachef.edu. January 31. 6pm.
The Voices of Glory Performance. The Voices of Glory, a secular/gospel group made up of siblings Michael, Avery, and Nadia Cole, will present a performance with limited tickets. The group was a top finalist on America’s Got Talent and is a popular community favorite. Tickets are $25. First Presbyterian Church of Pleasant Valley. 1576 Main Street, Pleasant Valley. pvpresby.org or thevoicesofglory.com. January 9. 7pm.
The Chance Theater. The Chance Theater. 6 Crannell Street, Poughkeepsie. thechancetheater.com. Tantric with Hygnd, One Day Waiting, Years Apart, and Remedy. Tickets $15. January 9. 7:30pm. Feast of Friends (a tribute to The Doors), RAEL (a tribute to Genesis), and Blind Spectrum, Big Sister. Tickets $15. January 10. 7:30pm. High on Fire, Mountain of Wizard, Geezer, and Rooms of Ruin. Tickets $12. January 13. 6:30pm. Get Your Wings. Tickets $10. January 16. 7:30pm. New Year’s Revolution Showcase featuring Y.O. Do or Die, C Hall, Bang, Nada Prince, BRKLYN Kidd, Tripple P, Loyal Breed, B.O., and DJ Tracktion. Tickets $10. January 16. 7:30pm. Westchester All Stars Veterans Project Presents the Kristen Capolino Band, Bill Edwards, Patrick James Gasperini, and Whiskey Sinners. Tickets $20. January 17. 7:30pm. Extreme. Tickets $12.50+. January 18. 6:30pm. Money (a tribute to Pink Floyd). Tickets $10. January 23. 7:30pm. Project Insanity, Hellkeeper, Clover, and Project IV. Tickets $10. January 24. 7:30pm. One Night Stand-Up with Chris D and Warren Mason. Tickets $8. January 31. 7:30pm.
Live High-Definition Simulcast from The Met: Lehar’s The Merry Widow. The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman. Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch and costume designer William Ivey Long have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Ticket holders are invited to a pre-opera talk by Leslie Gerber. Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for members, and $19 for children 12 and under. Bardavon. 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. bardavon.org. January 15. 1pm.
Robert Cray Band. A 5-time Grammy winner (and 15-time nominee), Robert Cray is one of the greatest guitarists of our time. The New Yorker hails Cray and his band as “one of the most reliable pleasures of soul and blues for over three decades.“ Having written or performed with everyone from Eric Clapton to Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker, Cray is a member of The Blues Hall of Fame and recognized as one of his generation’s great musical storytellers—and an incomparable guitar master. Gold Circle tickets are $65, adult tickets are $50, and member tickets are $45. Bardavon. 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. bardavon.org. January 31. 8pm.
Presentation, Q&A and Book Signing with Ilyasah Shabazz, Author of X—A Novel. The Hudson Valley YA Society brings the best and brightest YA authors to the Hudson Valley in a memorable, fun, party-like “literary salon” atmosphere, with refreshments, conversation, and giveaways for attendees. Ilyasah Shabazz is the third daughter of Malcolm X. She is an activist, producer, motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed Growing Up X and the picture book Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X. X—A Novel follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age 20, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today. Oblong Books of Rhinebeck. 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500. oblongbooks.com. January 11. 4pm.
Repair Café. Repair Café is a free meeting place that is all about repairing things (together). Bring your beloved but broken items—clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, etc. If it is broken, we’ll fix it—for FREE! Saturday, January 17, 12-4pm. Rhinebeck Town Hall. 80 East Market Street, Rhinebeck. facebook.com/RhinebeckRepairCafe. firstname.lastname@example.org. 845-453-2105.
Staatsburgh State Historic Site Downton Abbey-Themed Tour. Discover Staatsburgh’s real-life counterparts to the popular characters of Downton Abbey. A costumed guide highlights the lives and roles of Staatsburgh’s family and servants as they prepare for a weekend of lavish entertaining at the mansion. Tour is approximately 90 minutes. Reservations required. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Staatsburgh State Historic Site. 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Staatsburg. 845-889-8851. nysparks.com. January 10. 1pm.
Stony Kill Foundation Winter Yoga Series. Warm up this winter and practice yoga in the Barn Classroom, while helping the Stony Kill Foundation raise money to keep the farm open and livestock available for the public. Ishia Wilson, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, will lead participants through a vinyasa class to awaken and align the body. All levels are welcome! The fee is $15 per class, cash or checks made payable to Stony Kill Foundation. Stony Kill Farm Barn Classroom. 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls. 845-831-1617. stonykill.org. January 15. 6:30-7:45pm.