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Dutchess Events–March 2016

by JD Eiseman
Legendary Guitarist Marc Ribot. Quinn’s is proud to present a rare solo appearance by legendary guitarist and composer Marc Ribot, who helped Tom Waits refine a new weird Americana on 1985’s Rain Dogs and since then has become a go-to guitarist for all kinds of roots-music adventurers. With a tough-to-pin-down back catalog that includes detours through Cuban jazz, six-stringed Albert Ayler tributes, and stints lending his stinging tone to atmospheric songwriters like Waits, Elvis Costello, and Joe Henry, Marc Ribot is the sort of guitarist who merits following wherever he turns. Advance tickets are $15 and available at Quinn’s or over the phone. 845-202-7447. Quinn’s, 330 Main Street, Beacon. March 6. 8pm.

Learn and Serve Open House. Enjoy light refreshments while getting acquainted with Scenic Hudson’s environmental education and volunteer programs. This is a great opportunity to sign up your class or group for field trips, collaborative events, and hands-on workdays. Our local parks are excellent “outdoor classrooms”—exciting places to connect with nature—and with more than a dozen of them to maintain, Scenic Hudson is always looking for a few extra hands. scenichudson.org. Scenic Hudson River Center, 8 Long Dock Road, Beacon. March 12. 10am-1pm.
Robert Ryman Symposium. In conjunction with the Robert Ryman exhibition currently on display at Dia:Beacon, this symposium brings together noted artists, critics, and scholars to discuss the legacy of Ryman’s oeuvre and radical materiality. Ryman is an American painter identified with the movements of monochrome painting, minimalism, and conceptual art. He is best known for his abstract, white-on-white paintings. Speakers will include Courtney J. Martin, James Meyer, Allegra Pesenti, and Robert Storr. diaart.org/ryman. $15 general/$13 students and seniors/ members $8. Dia:Beacon, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon. March 12. 11:30am-4pm.
Dutchess County Trails Roundtable Meeting. Hosted by Winnakee Land Trust, the meeting will focus on organizing county-wide events for National Trails Day. This county-wide forum fosters the development of trails on a local and regional scale through networking, information sharing, and helping trails projects to access financial resources and technical assistance. Officials, trail committees, and the general public are strongly encouraged to attend. winnakee.org. Dutchess County Farm & Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook. March 17. 4-5:30pm.
Baby, Be Well Event. Want to learn more about organic, sustainable and eco-friendly parenting? Curious about breastfeeding, gentle birthing and natural parenting? Join us! Local health and wellness professionals, fitness and music demos, breastfeeding and gently birthing chats, eco-friendly products and more! This event is sponsored by Three Sisters Herbals LLC. threesistersherbals.com/pages/baby-be-well-event. Earthgoods Market,  4246 U.S. 9, Hyde Park. March 19, 1-4pm. 
Loving the Earth. This art exhibition will explore the intersection of art, sustainability, and the natural environment, including works of local artists Elisa Pritzker, Amy Rosen, Lora Shelley, Charles Geiger, Riva Weinstein, Lisa Breznak, Karen Roff, Randy Orzano, Diana Wenzel, and more. There will also be two special gallery exhibits on display, one featuring art created by local community artists on recycled slate tiles from the Underwear Factory, as well as a display featuring collage art from the students of Sheafe Road Elementary School as well as art from students of The Ridge School. Free admission. midhudsonheritage.org. Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. Opening reception: March 19, 6-8pm. Exhibit open through April 23. 
Improv Cubed: From Bach to the Great American Songbook. Experience the secret past of improvisation from Bach to the Great American Songbook as classical pianist Tanya Gabrielian and jazz pianist Chris Pattishall join virtuoso André Mehmari on a double piano musical journey spanning 300 years of masterful improvisations. History’s best composers were expected to churn out improvisational masterpieces with regularity, so why are our associations with improvisation so deeply tied to jazz, yet so little to the classic musical past? In this special concert, three pianists recreate the rich and hidden history of improvisation with variations on works by Bach, Scarlatti, Schubert, and music from ragtime, Brazilian choro, and the Great American Songbook. $30. fishercenter.bard.edu. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, 60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson. March 19. 8pm.
Exhibition of Hispanic Caribbean Art. Fluid Ecologies: Hispanic Caribbean Art from the Permanent Collection is an exhibition of 13 works on paper by 7 of the most celebrated Hispanic Caribbean artists of the last 5 decades. The artists represented echo in their work many of the key issues in the region’s history: momentous European encounters, the slave trade and the sugar plantation, a costly reliance on tourism, the slow violence of environmental mismanagement, and the ever-repeating cycles of human migrations. The artists include Wifredo Lam, Marisol, Rafael Ferrer, Tomás Sánchez, Luis Fernando Roldán, José Bedia, and Enoc Perez.  Each has sought in unique ways to disavow the reduction of the tropical landscape to a tourist’s paradise and to offer instead intense renderings created at this crossroads of the world, emerging from a history of fluid navigations of a multifarious space. Free. fllac.vassar.edu for hours and information. Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. Through May 8.

Quinn’s: March 2016. Monday jazz sessions (every Monday at 8pm): 3/7 – Joe Fiedler’s “Plus Two” Quintet; 3/14 – 10³²K – Frank Lacy/Kevin Ray/Andrew Drury; 3/21 – Ross Hammond with Max Johnson and Mike Pride; 3/28 – Bob Meyer Birthday Bash Trio // Tuesdays in March (starts at 9pm): 3/1 – Club Draw (first Tuesday of every month); 3/8 – Quinnsonic Electronic Music Society; 3/15 – PechaKucha; 3/29 – Beacon Music Factory Night (last Tuesday of every month) // Wednesdays in March (starts at 9pm): 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 – Tony DePaolo’s Electric Django Project // Thursdays in March (starts at 9pm): 3/3 – Boom Boom Shake (band + belly dancers); 3/10 – Jounce; 3/17 – Beacon Music Factory; 3/24 – WVKR’s DJ Bill Skillz’ “Diggin’ in the Crates Radio Roadshow” w/ DJ Breakbeats; 3/31 – Aural Burrows, Off Drugs, Kettle // Fridays in March (starts at 9pm): 3/4 – Mixmaster OP1kenobi; 3/11 – DJ Doe; 3/18 – DJ Sleptembers // Saturdays in March (starts at 9pm): 3/5 – DJ Zesto & Crew; 3/12 – Second Saturday Showcase: Organist Brian Charette & Mighty Grinders; 3/19 – DJ Bebo. No cover for all events (donations requested). Quinn’s, 330 Main Street, Beacon.