Short Stories for a Summer Evening, Narrated by Jeff Woodman. Woodman, a Cragsmoor local, actor, and award-winning narrator of over 400 audio books, will present an intimate reading of several of his favorite short stories. The reading will be preceded by refreshments. Suggested $15 donation. Cragsmoor Historical Society. 349 Cragsmoor Road, Cragsmoor. 845-647-6384. cragsmoor.info. August 16. 4:30pm.
Grahamsville (Sullivan County)
Denning Afternoon of History. The Time and the Valleys Museum will share the rich archives and oral history of life in the town of Denning and along the Upper Neversink and the Upper Rondout. Daniel Pierce Library Community Room. 332 Main Street, Grahamsville. 845-985-7700. timeandthevalleysmuseum.org. August 10. 2pm.
34th Annual Hurley Heritage Society Corn Festival. This festival features food (including the festival’s famous corn chowder!), children’s activities, craft and cooking demos, live music, and vendors. Suggested $3 donation. Hurley Reformed Church. 11 Main Street, Hurley. 845-331-7228. hurleyheritagesociety.org. August 16. 10am–4pm.
Guided Walking Tour of Historic Main Street. This tour, hosted by the Hurley Heritage Society, explores the stone houses and Dutch Colonial architecture of Hurley’s national historic district. Adult tickets are $5; children go free. Tour begins at the Hurley Heritage Society Museum. 52 Main Street, Hurley. 845-331-8852. hurleyheritagesociety.org. August 24. 2pm.
Materia Designs Presents “Textile.” Each month, Materia hosts weekend-long events inspired by a specific material, in which they present an experimental-yet-functional collection of items (all available for purchase). August’s theme is “textile.” Materia Designs. 10 Queens Highway, Kerhonkson. 845-626-0337. materiadesigns.com. August 9–10. 10am–6pm.
Arts Society of Kingston Distinguished Artist 2014: Carol Pepper-Cooper. Pepper-Cooper, an artist whose mediums include painting and drawing, has been named the Arts Society of Kingston’s 2014 Distinguished Artist. ASK will be exhibiting both old and new work by the artist. Arts Society of Kingston. 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331. askforarts.org. Opening reception, August 2. 5pm. Exhibition runs August 2–30. Gallery open Tuesday–Saturday, 1pm–6pm.
Theresa Drapkin Presents “Plums in the Icebox.” This exhibition features new work from pastel artist Theresa Drapkin. Cornell Street Studios. 168 Cornell Street, 2nd Floor, Kingston. 845-331-0191. cornellstreetstudios.com. Opening reception, August 8. 6pm. Exhibition on view, August 8–31.
Fall for Art Juried Art Show and Fundraiser. This fundraiser to benefit the Jewish Federation of Ulster County’s three Emerging High School Artist competition winners will feature 26 outstanding area artists in an art sale and cocktail reception. Tickets start at $40. Wiltwyck Golf Club. 404 Steward Lane, Kingston. 845-338-8131. fallforart.org. September 4. 6pm.
Lenox (Berkshire County, Massachusetts)
Henry IV, Parts I and II. This “razor sharp” condensed adaptation of both parts of Henry IV will enjoy a special limited run as part of the Shakespeare and Company summer 2014 performance season. Tickets start at $15. Tina Packer Playhouse. 70 Kemble Street, Lenox. 413-637-3353. shakespeare.org. August 2, 7:30pm. August 3, 2pm. August 7, 7:30pm. August 8, 7pm. August 9, 2pm. August 13, 7:30pm. August 16, 7:30pm. August 17, 2pm. August 20, 7:30pm. August 23, 7:30pm. August 24, 2pm. August 26, 7pm. August 27, 2pm. August 30, 7:30pm. August 31, 2pm.
The Tanning Industry of Ulster County. This lecture, presented by historian Philip Ryan, will explore the lasting effects of the tanning industry on the history and environment of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. Cost is $7 per person. Bevier House Museum. 2682 Route 209, Marbletown. 845-338-5614. ulstercountyhs.org. August 23. 3pm.
Live at the Falcon. The Falcon. 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro. 845-236-7970. liveatthefalcon.com. Chris Cubeta and the Liars Club, August 1. 8:30pm. Ed Palermo’s 2nd Annual Beach Party, August 2. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with Alexis P. Suter and the Ministers of Sound, August 3. 10am. Camila Meza and Fabian Almazan, August 3. 7pm. Dayna Kurtz, August 4. 7pm. Scarecrow, August 7. 7pm. Arc Iris, August 9. 8pm. Sunday Brunch with the Saints of Swing and René Bailey, August 10. 10am. Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, August 10. 7pm. Dayna Kurtz, August 11. 7pm. Jesse Harris, August 12. 7pm. Kevin Hays New Day Trio, August 13. 7pm. Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, August 14–17. Steve Swallow, Ohad Talmor and Adam Nussbaum, August 14. 7pm. Cory Henry and Trio, August 16. 8pm. Sunday Brunch with the Willa McCarthy Band, August 17. 10am. Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, August 17. 8pm. Rex Fowler, August 20. 7pm. Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub Duo, August 21. 7pm. The Slide Brothers, August 22. 7pm. Jay Collins and the Kings County Band, August 23. 7pm. Sunday Brunch with Occidental Gypsy, August 24. 10am. Mark Hummel’s Golden State Lone Star Revue, August 24. 7pm. Vincentz, Hart and Brown, August 27. 7pm. The Gil Evans Legacy All-Star Alumni Band, August 28. 7pm. Blue Chicken! End of Summer Bash, August 29. 7pm. Popa Chubby, August 30. 8pm. Sunday Brunch with The Erik Lawrence Quartet, August 31. 10am.
Hudson Valley RibFest. This event is a country music festival, a food festival, and a food competition all rolled into one. The three-day celebration of barbecue offers several competitions, including a dessert contest and a barbecue competition—the winners of which will advance to the finals in Kansas City. Teams may join the competition by applying through the website. Tickets start at $5 for a one-day pass. Ulster County Fairgrounds. 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz. 845-306-4381. hudsonvalleyribfest.org. August 15–17.
“The Seven Favorite Maladies of Ludwig van Beethoven.” Presented as part of the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, this play in seven movements, written by Woodstock-based playwright Carey Harrison, illustrates the simultaneously humorous and tragic tale of Beethoven’s hypochondria and his descent into deafness. Tickets are $25. Shandaken Theatrical Society. 10 Church Street, Phoenicia. 845-688-3291. phoeniciavoicefest.org. August 1, 2:30pm. August 2, 4:45pm. August 3, 2:30pm.
Dog on Fleas. The final performance in the Fun! Summer Family Series, this award-winning Rosendale-based musical trio offers “infectious” folk and calypso tunes for the whole family. Tickets are $10 for children, $12 for adults. Rosendale Theatre. 408 Main Street, Rosendale. 845-658-8989. rosendaletheatre.org. August 9. 10am.
India Comes to Rosendale: Bollywood and Rajasthani Dance. Presented as part of the Rosendale Theatre’s Dance Film Sunday series, this celebration of Indian dance will feature screenings of Bollywood films and a talk and dance demonstration by award-winning Indian dance artists Bharat Verma and Kishan Lal Gameti. The Vanaver Caravan’s “Caravan Kids,” a New Paltz-based group of young dancers, will perform choreography developed in collaboration with Verma and Gameti. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. Rosendale Theatre. 408 Main Street, Rosendale. 845-658-8989. rosendaletheatre.org. August 10. 2pm.
12th Annual Saugerties Artists Studio Tour. In this event, 36 artists in a variety of mediums will open their studios to the public for a free tour. Studio maps available online and at local Saugerties retailers. Multiple locations around Saugerties. 845-246-7493. saugertiesarttour.com. August 9–10. Opening reception at Opus 40. 50 Fite Road, Saugerties. August 8. 5pm.
You Can Heal Your Life. This documentary, presented as part of the Roundout Valley Holistic Health Community’s Free Film Night series, explores the healing methods of Louise Hay, renowned motivational author and New Thought proponent. Marbletown Community Center. 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. rvhhc.org. August 7. 7pm.
Community Holistic Healthcare Day. A wide array of healing modalities, including acupuncture, massage, qigong, nutritional counseling, and homeopathic medicine, will be available to try at this free monthly event. Patients are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations and community service pledges are accepted. Marbletown Community Center. 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. rvhhc.org. August 19. 4pm–8pm.
Holistic Self-Care Class: Accelerated Resolution Therapy Breathwork. This course, presented free of charge by the Roundout Valley Holistic Health Community, will be taught by Amy Schuman. Family Traditions. 3853 Main Street, Stone Ridge. rvhhc.org. August 21. 7pm–8:30pm.
Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club Tour of Five Valleys. A weekend of exercise and sightseeing in the Hudson Valley, this tour rides through farm country hamlets in the Rondout, Sawkill, Esopus, Plattekill, and Kaaterskill regions. Choose a 30-mile, 42-mile, 62-mile, or 100-mile course. Registration starts at $40 and includes cycling socks and a post-ride lunch. Ride leaves from SUNY Ulster. 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge. 845-657-9764. midhudsonbicycle.org. September 6. 6:30am.
Maverick Presents a Series of Young People’s Concerts. This popular series will return again this year to Maverick’s picturesque woodland music barn. Young people under age 16 are admitted free; adult tickets are $5. Programs are aimed at school-age children. Maverick Concert Hall. 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock. 845-679-9217. maverickconcerts.org. August programs: Marc Black on vocals and guitar, August 2. Amernet String Quartet and Friends present Peter and the Wolf, August 9. 11am.
“An Afternoon of Romantic String Quartets.” The award-winning Modigliani string quartet of Paris will perform romantic and romantic-inspired pieces by Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel, and Robert Schumann. Tickets start at $25. Maverick Concert Hall. 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock. 845-679-9217. maverickconcerts.org. August 3. 4pm.
“A Twilight Concert of Indian Ragas.” Bansuri flute master and saxophonist Steve Gorn will perform, along with vocalist Samarth Nagarkar and tabla player Samir Chatterjee, a program of classical Indian music. Food, wine, and beer will be available for purchase at this event. Tickets start at $25. Maverick Concert Hall. 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock. 845-679-9217. maverickconcerts.org. August 8. 8:30pm.
“The George Gershwin Songbook.” As part of both the Maverick’s “American Landscapes” series and its popular “Jazz at the Maverick” series, Woodstock-based guitarist and vocalist Perry Beekman will be joined by bassist Lou Pappas and pianist Peter Tomlinson to perform a program of well-loved Gershwin tunes. Beer, wine, and light food will be available for purchase at this event. Tickets start at $25. Maverick Concert Hall. 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock. 845-679-9217. maverickconcerts.org. August 9. 8pm.
“The World of Richard Strauss: Cherish the Émigrés.” For this program, part of the “American Landscapes” series, the Amernet String Quartet will join renowned pianist Jon Klibonoff for an evening of American chamber music. The group will perform works by Gustav Mahler, Antonin Dvořák, Arnold Schoenberg, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Tickets start at $25. Maverick Concert Hall. 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock. 845-679-9217. maverickconcerts.org. August 10. 4pm.
Summer of Sacred Water Benefit Concert. This project provides non-violent civil disobedience training for activists who hope to fight the destruction of sacred Lakota sites, communities, and ecosystems for the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Suggested donation is $15. Proceeds from this performance will go toward the Lakota “Moccasins on the Ground” Project. Colony Café. 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock. oweakuinternational.org. August 15. 7pm.