Recycling Nature Exhibit. Tyler Borchert’s sculptures of stone and wood are first made in nature, photographed on site, and then reassembled in the studio. He calls this process ‘recycling nature.’ His exhibit at The Storefront Gallery will include his free-standing sculptures, handmade flower holders, stone vases, wooden spoons, his Money Man sculpture and photography. You may also find his stacked rocks or mosaic sculptures of driftwood all around Ulster, Greene, and Columbia counties. thestorefrontgallery.com. 93 Broadway, Kingston. August 1-29. Gallery hours are Saturdays, 1-6pm.
Outdoor Movie Screenings. Come enjoy a free evening of fun at Water Street Market’s outdoor movie screenings. Every Monday night June through August, show starts at dusk. Tuesday night is the rain date. Free popcorn and BYOB. Admission is free, but get there early to reserve your seat. 845-255-1403. waterstreetmarket.com. Water Street Market. 10 Main Street, New Paltz. August 3: Paper Moon. August 10: Dead Poet’s Society. August 17: Nobody’s Fool. August 24: Pay it Forward. August 31: Poltergeist.
The Circle: A Guidebook to Peace, Happiness and Truth Through Personal Geometry. A new theater piece that tells the story of a group of idealists who attempt to turn their back on the pain and suffering of the world only to discover that sometimes, the harder you try to keep something out, the more you end up letting it in. Think of this as part theatre, part installation, part walking tour, and part meal. $25. artbarnfestival.wordpress.com/the-circle. Byrdcliffe Colony, Woodstock. August 1: 2-4pm, 7:30-9:30pm. August 2: 2-4pm.
Inner Spaces II. Inner Spaces II invites you to enter the shadows of the cavernous Widow Jane Mine, a half-submerged remnant of the Industrial Age that has evolved into an underground cathedral for the arts. Inner Spaces II weaves opera, music, improv, dance, spoken word, painting, photography, video, and installation into a singular collaborative performance, exploring the archetypal elements of sight, sound, movement, and imagination and offering an unforgettable and transformative experience. Inner Spaces is produced by Ulster Arts Underground. Admission is $10. centuryhouse.org. Widow Jane Mine, Snyder Estate, 668 Route 213, Rosendale. August 2. 3-5pm.
Andrea Parkins/Chris Corsano Duo. Andrea Parkins is a NY-based sound artist, composer, and electro-multi-instrumentalist, known for her dynamic explorations on the electric accordion and inventive use of customized sound processing, wielding a sonic language that is both fractured and fluid. She is joined by acclaimed drummer Chris Corsano, who has toured and recorded with Bjork, Nels Cline, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Jim O’Rourke and many others. No cover (donations requested). Quinn’s, 330 Main Street, Beacon. August 4. 9pm.
August Art Festival. Come experience this free, summer art festival where more than 30 selected local, national, and international artists will present con[temporary] videos, installations, performance art and sculptures along the mile of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail that links the WSW studios to Rosendale. The kick-off event takes place on August 7, with the Shoulder Land Video Festival curated by Dani Leventhal and presented at the Rosendale Theatre, with a conversation and after-party at the Belltower Venue on Main Street. 845-658-9133. wsworkshop.org. Women’s Studio Workshop. August 7-29.
Maverick Concerts: Miro Quartet. The Miro Quartet, one of the nation’s highest-profile chamber groups, will perform two of the greatest works from the string quartet repertoire: Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887 and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131. The Miro has played at Carnegie Hall, among many other prestigious venues. Tickets are $25-40. maverickconcerts.org. Maverick Concert Hall, 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock. August 8. 6pm.
First Annual Sunflower Art Festival. A one-day art, music, and community festival, featuring a live art experience where artists of all ages and capabilities will turn over fifty blank canvases into a visual field of sunflowers through an explosion of color and creativity, live music performances all day on a main stage, and delicious local food, spirits, wine, and beer. Admission is free, but a donation to St. Jude’s is recommended. Artists must bring their own supplies and pre-register online, as space is limited. sunflowerartfestival.com. Tuthilltown Distillery, 14 Gristmill Lane, Gardiner. August 8. 10am-dusk.
Blood Wedding Screening. Experience a cornucopia of flamenco and classic Spanish dance when Rosendale Theatre screens Antonio Gades’ Blood Wedding, captured on HD at Teatro Real in Madrid. Gades’ powerful synthesis of flamenco, ballet, folk, and contemporary dance is considered a classic production. Flamenco artist Anna Mazo and dancers from the Vanaver Caravan will give the new stage floor a workout with live performances. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for children 12 and under. rosendaletheatre.org. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. August 9. 3pm.
Save Energy, Save Dollars Workshop. The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and Ulster BOCES Literacy Zone are teaming up to host this “Save Energy, Save Dollars” workshop. This free workshop provides energy saving tips and information on energy assistance programs to help residents who are facing higher energy costs. Everett Hodge Community Center. 15-21 Franklin Street, Kingston. August 10. 6-7:30pm.
New World Writers Night. Poets Bobbi Katz and Donald Lev will read their work at New World Home Cooking. This reading will begin promptly at 7, so please arrive by 6:30 for dinner. Reservations recommended. 845-246-0900. ricorlando.com/nwhc/. New World Home Cooking. 1411 Route 212. August 14. 7pm.
11th Annual Hudson Valley Ribfest. Organized by the Highland Rotary Club, this is the place to be for lovers of finger-licking good food in the Northeast. The three-day fesitval is actually three events in one—a food festival, a music festival, and a sanctioned barbecue contest, where 60 teams will put their skills against some sharp competition and winners will not only receive prize money, but advance to the national finals in Kansas City. Day pass: $5 in advance, $7 at the gate. 3-day pass: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. VIP available. hudsonvalleyribfest.org. Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz. August 14-16.
African Legacy in the Hudson Valley. SUNY New Paltz Professor A.J. Williams-Myers will give a lecture on historic role of African slaves and freemen in Hudson Valley. $7 admission or free to UCHS members. Sponsored by the Ulster County Historical Society. ulstercountyhs.org. Bevier House Museum, 2682 Route 209, Marbletown. August 15. 3pm.
Phoenicia Flea. Phoenicia Flea invites a well-edited group of makers and sellers to congregate on various properties throughout the Catskills in celebration of community and local trade. Expect the very best in handcrafted food, drink, confection, jewelry, apparel, accessories, apothecary, housewares, furnishings, and vintage from the Catskills, Hudson Valley, and beyond. phoeniciaflea.tumblr.com. Westwind Orchard, 215 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord. August 15-16. 11am-7pm.
HorsePlay Open House. Come visit Nichols Field Riding Club and meet our herd of equines, friends, instructors and therapeutic experts. Mounted and unmounted demonstrations for all ages and abilities/disabilities. Tour our new Sensory Trail! Rain or Shine. 845-616-3608. Nichols Field Riding Club. 98 Sherman Road, Kerhonkson. August 16, 3-5pm.
Roundtable on Recycling Agricultural Plastics. Many agricultural plastics are now considered recyclable; let’s divert them from landfills or from other methods of disposal! Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is working with the NY Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program (RAPP) and regional solid waste agencies to assess the potential to recycle agricultural plastics in Southeastern NY. Join us for a roundtable discussion and meeting which will include a catered lunch. CCE. 232 Plaza Road, Kingston. August 18, 12-2:30pm.
Farm-to-Fork Feast. Creating Healthy Places of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) is proud to invite you to join us for a farm-to-fork feast benefitting our project partner, the Kingston YMCA Farm Project. Enjoy a delectable and delicious 5-course dinner on the beautiful grounds of Kingston’s home-grown farm. Kingston YMCA Farm Project. Corner of Susan and Summer Streets, Kingston. August 21, 5:30-8:30pm.
WGXC Presents LODGE. Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM, a creative community radio station in Greene & Columbia counties presents the second annual Lodge at Riedlbauer’s Resort in Round Top. Proceeds from the event will benefit the non-commercial local radio station WGXC 90.7-FM. Lodge features two nights of live music from Herbcraft, MV & EE, Pigeons, P.G. Six, and Rhyton, radio and camp games across Riedlbauer’s lush grounds, prizes from local businesses, and more to be announced. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at wgxclodge2015.brownpapertickets.com. Riedlbauer’s, 43 Ravine Drive, Round Top (Greene County). August 21-22.
Summer Hoot. Enjoy three days of world-class music on two volunteer-built, outdoor stages, plus camping, hiking, local food, and juried craft vendors. Performers include local favorites The Big Takeover, Amy Helm, and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III. The Hoot is a down-home, down-to-earth music gathering where everyone is welcome – bring your kids, your mom, and, most importantly, your dancing shoes. All ticket sales support the Ashokan Center’s outdoor education programming. Admission is pay what you want, but there is a suggested donation of $75 for the weekend or $30-40 per day. homeofthehoot.com. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge. August 21-23.
The Miracle of Mindfulness Retreat. Learn the art of mindfulness, deepen your practice, and taste the joy and peace of practicing as a community. Seventy-five monks and nuns will come together to host this retreat. The retreat is open to all. The nuns, monks and staff members will lead a mindfulness practice program for teens (ages 13-17) and children (6 to 12 years old). Children under 6 are welcome to join the retreat under the care of their parent. Pre-registration required. 845-213-1785. bluecliffmonastery.org. Blue Cliff Monastery. Hotel Rd, Pine Bush. August 31-September 5.
Together, We Are One: A Day of Mindfulness. Please join us to manifest healing, nourishment, and peace together as a spiritual family. The day will be led by 75 monastics from all over the world. This event is a fundraiser for Blue Cliff Monastery. 845-213-1785. bluecliffmonastery.org.Blue Cliff Monastery. Hotel Rd, Pine Bush. September 6.
The Smell of Rain on Dust: An Evening with Martín Prechtel. Author Martín Prechtel, trained in the Tzutujil Maya shamanic tradition, shares profound insights on the relationship between grief and praise—how the inability that many of us have to grieve and weep properly for the dead is deeply linked with the inability to give praise for living. Don’t miss this book reading and signing. Advance registration recommended. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 845-594-1060. wildearth.org. High Meadow School. 3643 Main St. Stone Ridge. September 12. 7pm.