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Dutchess Events–November 2015

by JD Eiseman

NEWvember New Plays Festival (November 5-8). This showcase of six plays (narrowed down from over 500 entries) are from all over the country: The Third Rail by Jacob Perkins (Brooklyn, NY), The Mongoose by Will Arbery (Evanston, IL), Last Flight of the Mercenary, Karen Howes (Los Angeles, CA/Madison, NJ), The Other Genius by Steven Haworth (Garrison, NY), The Orange Garden by Joanna Garner (Austin, TX), and Love, Love: Last Stand at Helm’s Deep by Peter Papadopoulos (San Francisco, CA). $15 tickets available online. tangent-arts.org. Carpenter Shop Theater, 60 Broadway, Tivoli. November 5-8. 
Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Armistead Maupin (November 7). Join a public conversation between Neil Gaiman, Bard’s Professor in the Arts, and Armistead Maupin, the best-selling writer and activist. Maupin is the author of 11 novels, including the nine-volume Tales of the City series. He and Gaiman will discuss their heroes Charles Dickens and Christopher Isherwood, the craft of storytelling, and many other subjects. $25 admission. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, 60 Manor Road, Annandale-on-Hudson. November 7, 7:30pm
Repair Café (November 7). 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! This cafe takes place during the Rhinebeck Science Foundation Discovery Festival. rhinebecksciencefoundation.org. Rhinebeck High School. November 7, 10am-2pm.
Project 44 (November 7). Established in 2010, PROJECT 44 (Queens, NY) is an all male dance group that serves as the artistic platform for choreographer Gierre Godley. With a visceral approach to choreography, the works of PROJECT 44 aim to showcase the beauty, versatility, and athleticism of male performers. $30/$10 students and children. Kaatsbaan Dance Center, 120 Broadway, Tivoli. November 7, 7:30pm. 

Forrest Pritchard: Growing Tomorrow (November 8). When Forrest Pritchard went looking for the unsung heroes of local, sustainable food, he found them at exceptional farms all over the country. Growing Tomorrow is a farm-to-table journey in photos and recipes that goes behind the scenes with 18 extraordinary sustainable farmers who are changing the way we eat. With more than 50 mouthwatering recipes and over 250 photographs, this unique cookbook captures the struggles and triumphs of the visionary farmers who are Growing Tomorrow. Oblong Books will present Pritchard at the Rhinebeck Farmers Market.  Municipal Parking Lot, 61 East Market Street, Rhinebeck. November 8, 11am-1pm. 
The Mythology of Women and Their Jewelry (November 9). Why are sex and jewelry so often connected?  In ancient stories about rings, men accuse women of unchastity only to have the ring prove that it was in fact the man in fact who was unchaste. The ring also validates the woman’s child as the true heir. In modern stories about necklaces, real jewelry proves that the woman was false.  According to foremost religious scholar Wendy Doniger, these stories show how widespread the desire is to project the responsibility for sexual betrayal onto an external force like a gold ring or a diamond necklace. Doniger will discuss “The Mythology of Women and Their Jewelry,” in a free public lecture. Rockefeller Hall, Room 300, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. November 9, 5:30pm.
Film Screening and Talk with Journalist Guillermo Fesser (November 10). Well-known in Spain for his long-running, humorous, and innovative morning radio talk show Gomaespuma, journalist Guillermo Fesser will preside over a screening of his film Bienvenidos, a 2015 documentary which chronicles a project to equip schools in Peru with laptops. The event will be followed by a talk with Fesser, “Surfing Between Reality and Fiction,” and a Q&A session. Fesser, who holds degrees in journalism and filmmaking, currently lives in Rhinebeck where he broadcasts weekly stories on life in small town America to Onda Cero Radio in Spain and also blogs for The Huffington Post. Free admission. Taylor Hall, Room 203, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. November 10, 6pm.
Sip & Sign with Local Authors (November 14). A festive gathering in the Millbrook Winery’s circular tasting room overlooking the vineyards. Join an eclectic group of 15 Hudson Valley authors signing their books in preparation for holiday gift giving. Taste Millbrook’s fine wines and enjoy local cheeses and gourmet snacks while shopping for great gifts that will delight everyone on your shopping list. Free admission. millwine.com. Millbrook Winery, 26 Wing Road, Millbrook. November 14, 1-4pm.
Return to Joy (November 15). An engaging and inspirational experience for those traveling on the road of recovery from addiction, this unique blend of story, music and song, personal narrative, creative expression, and guided discussion will help participants see their personal story through a different lens and cultivate compassion for themselves and others as they honor their healing journey. $30 admission. izlind.com. Izlind Integrative Wellness Center, 6369 Mill Street, Rhinebeck. November 15, 3-5pm.
Monday Night Jazz Sessions (November 16, 23, 30). Now entering our third year of presenting the finest jazz artists performing, Monday Night Jazz Sessions at Quinn’s are hopping. 845-202-7447. Quinn’s, 330 Main Street, Beacon. November 16: Max Johnson Trio; November 23: Jeff Lederer’s Honey Ear Trio with Rene Hart and Allison Miller; November 30: Patrick Brennan, Jason Kao Hwang, Warren Smith. 

Free Nature Illustration Workshop (November 20). Join the Environmental Cooperative of Vassar for a free drawing and illustration workshop with Rick Jones, a freelance scientific illustrator who has worked for Scientific American and National Geographic. Explore your inner artist while drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve! thecoop@vassar.edu. 845-437-7435Collins Field Station of the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. November 20, 3:30-5pm.

16th century Lambert Sustris painting (on exhibit now). The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center announces the re-exhibition of the Lambert Sustris painting, The Circle of False Education from the Tabula Cebetis. The painting was recently returned to the Art Center after an 18-month restoration effort at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center in Massachusetts. A gift to the college in 1917, The Circle of False Education was inspired by the Tabula Cebetis, a text by an anonymous author of the first century that describes an image in the Temple of Chronos in Athens or Thebes where the story of human progress is presented in concentric circles filled with obstacles. Sustris, who was born in Amsterdam around 1515-1520, spent most of his career in Italy and Southern Europe and this painting was once attached to a palace wall in Venice. The painting was un-exhibitable for many years owing to its poor condition. The restoration required a two-phase approach; the result is a dramatic restoration of the original colors. Free. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. On exhibit now.