by JD Eiseman
A Sound Meditation (Film) and Live Skype Q&A with Tom Kenyon. This lyrical documentary is about one man’s quest to integrate modern science and ancient mysticism through the transformative power of music and sound. For information on this event please visit rvhhc.org or rosendaletheatre.org and for more information on the film please visit songofthenewearth.com. Free. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. May 4, 7:15pm.
Rediscover Ease: Let the Alexander Technique Lighten the Way with Allyna Steinberg. If you’re looking to reduce tension, recover from an injury, or gain greater coordination and appreciation for your body, the Alexander Technique can help. You will learn how to rediscover ease by applying these new ideas in your daily life. The Alexander Technique was developed over 100 years ago and has been featured by the Mayo clinic, British Medical Journal, NPR, Oprah Magazine and many other places. Free. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. May 5, 7-8:30pm.
Greenville Drive-In Opens Beer Garden (Greene County). Kicking off the 2016 season will be a festive opening party and screening of the romantic comedy classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Freshly shucked oysters, fine French champagne, and live music fill out the bill, as well as the opening of The Projectionists Club, a traditional biergarten featuring locally produced beer, wine, and spirits, plenty of outdoor seating and a stage for live music. Schedule and information at drivein32.com. 10700 Route 32, Greenville. Opening May 6.
Opening Reception for “Immigrant Gifts to America.” Art exhibit & month-long celebration featuring works by Joseph Garlock & immigrant members of the Arts Society of Kingston. Programs include a “Coming to America” film series (Thursdays in May), migratory mourning workshop “In the Presence of the Absent” (May 22), and “New Worlds, New Voices” storytelling event (May 29). Opening reception May 7, 5-9pm. All events are free. Visit www.ucjf.org for more information. Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston. On view through May 31.
Dance Film Sundays: Paris Opera Ballet. A mixed bill program featuring all-time favorites which are now rarely seen: “Le Spectre de la Rose,” “Afternoon of a Faun,” “Petrushka,” and “The Three Cornered Hat,” four essential works in a breathtaking afternoon that brings together the artistic elite of the early 20th century. Dance Film Sundays are on the second Sunday of every month. $10 for members/$12 for non-members/$6 children 12 and under. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. May 8, 3pm.
Restorative Nature Stroll. In an attempt to make nature connection accessible to all, Wild Earth will lead a one hour ‘Restorative Nature Stroll,’ providing physical and financial accessibility to community members of all ages and abilities. These walks will offer a balance between contemplative, guided, and communal nature exploration, with time for silence and reflection and time for connecting and sharing. Free and open to all. Meet at the Gardens for Nutrition, 51 Huguenot Street, New Paltz. May 10, 12-1pm.
“Vladimir Nabokov and Insect Mimicry: The Artist as Scientist.” In collaboration with the NY Council for the Humanities, the Rosendale Public Library presents a slide/lecture presentation on the controversial novelist and lepidopterist, revealing his insights into the mysteries of mimicry and how the scientific community responded to his studies. Free. Rosendale Public Library, 264 Main Street, Rosendale. May 11, 7pm.
Gardiner Cupcake Festival. Come enjoy the Gardiner Cupcake Festival where there’s something for the whole family – including over 30,000 cupcakes to choose from. Kicking off the festival is the Gardiner 5K Cupcake Classic, a one-of-a-kind run through the beautiful apple and peach orchards of Wright’s Farm with spectacular views of the Shawagunk Mountains. Then comes the Amateur Cupcake Contest, cupcake and food vendors, music, wine tastings, and activities for kids. Info and sign-up at gardinercupcakefestival.com. Wright’s Farm, 699 Route 208, Gardiner. May 14, 12-6pm.
Carla Rozman Art Exhibit: “Faces.” Carla Rozman’s first solo show of paintings at Cornell Street Studios, entitled “Faces,” is the culmination of three years of painting over magazine and found images. She is the former art director of Chronogram, where she designed the magazine and selected the cover art for 5 years. Opening reception Saturday, May 14th, 5-8 pm. Cornellstreetstudios.com. Cornell Street Studios, 168 Cornell Street, Kingston. On view through June 30.
Free Community Holistic Healthcare Day. A wide variety of holistic health modalities and practitioners available. Appointments can be made on a first-come first-served basis upon check-in. Though no money or insurance is required, RVHHC invites patients to give a donation or an hour of volunteer community service if they can. For more information please visit rvhhc.org. Free. Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge. May 17, 4-8:00pm.
Invasive Species Workshop. Join this educational workshop with Kali Bird, a Catskills partner of PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) and George Profus, a Senior Forester for the DEC. Get samples and handouts with information about what species to look for, how to destroy them, and what to plant instead. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Boughton Place, 150 Kisor Road, Highland. May 19. 7pm.
Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival. In what could only be the greatest congregation of meals on wheels in all of history, the Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival joins food trucks from around the region to deliver their delicious dishes. Noodles, German-style pizza, hot dogs, and BBQ make up just some of the available fare. Guests enjoy music, entertainment, and a beer and wine garden, too. Free. Third Thursday May-October at Cantine Field, Saugerties. May 19, 3:30-9:30pm.
Taste of Greater Newburgh. Newburgh Rotary Club presents this afternoon of sumptuous samplings from over twenty local food and drink purveyors, live jazz, a car show and art exhibit. Visit tasteofgreaternewburgh.com for tickets, food participation, and sponsorships. Tickets are $30. Mount Saint Mary College, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh. May 22, 12:30-2:30pm.
Arts Society of Kingston special events. May 7, 5-9pm, Gala Opening, part of Kingston’s First Saturday gallery-opening receptions. May 12, 7-10pm, “Harvest of Empire,” documentary exploring US actions in Latin America that contributed to today’s immigration crisis; followed by discussion. May 15, 3-4pm, Joseph Garlock presentation, by Woodstock gallerist James Cox. May 19, 7-10pm, “Entre Nos” (“Between Us”), a true drama about a new-immigrant Colombian mother’s quest to provide for her two children in Queens after her husband abandoned them; followed by discussion. May 22, 1-4pm, “In the Presence of the Absent,” a workshop about a pervasive but little-known suffering among immigrants called “migratory mourning,” by expert María Elena Ferrer. May 26, 7-10pm, “Brooklyn,” a moving story of a young Irish woman who immigrated to 1950s Brooklyn, lured by the promise of America; followed by discussion. May 29, 3-5pm, “New World, New Voices,” storytelling by local immigrant artists coached by award-winning professional storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi. For info: ucjf.org, rehercenter.org, 845-338-8131 (Jewish Federation); 845-338-0333 (Arts Society of Kingston). 97 Broadway, Kingston.