FOOD & WINE A Cut Above: Classic Steakhouse Cuisine & Sawkill Creek Wine Pairing 5-8pm. $125. Brooke Vosika, Sawkill Creek. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117.
LECTURES & TALKS Digging Deeper: I Plant, Therefore I Am– Stories from a Connecticut Kitchen Garden 2pm. $35. At her private “Ho Hum Hollow Farm,” Pamela Page maintains a 10,000 square foot kitchen garden where she grows almost 200 different kinds of fruits and vegetables, everything from the usual farmer’s market produce to rare or heirloom varieties such as Chinese watermelon radish, purple carrots, multi-colored cucumbers, white beets, and black tomatoes. . Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook. (888) 842-2442.
LITERARY & BOOKS Backstage Ball honoring Michele Vennard 6pm. Palace Theater, Albany. (518) 465-3334. Woodstock Book Fest Classes, panels, keynotes, story slam, cocktail parties, and more. Various locations in Woodstock. woodstockbookfest.com
“Water by the Spoonful” The Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz presents Quiara Alegria Hudes’s 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Water by the Spoonful,” about a disturbed Iraq veteran’s return to a civilian life. The ex-marine’s injuries follow him home to Philadelphia’s crumbling buildings and alley graffiti, where he limps around and suffers from nightmares of his tour. In the struggle to find a stable place in the world, birth families break apart and online families come together. Although dark, the play radiates humorous and empathetic warmth. The decrepit, abandoned buildings in need of repair and support, represent the communities who live in urban blight. “Water by the Spoonful” will be performed by student actors and runs March 1-4 and 8-11 at Parker Theatre on the SUNY New Paltz campus. (845) 257-3880; Newpaltz.edu/theatre/productions/mainstage/ —Kurt Karlson LITERARY & BOOKS
Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Book Reading with John Leland 7-8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8100. Woodstock Book Fest Classes, panels, keynotes, story slam, cocktail parties, and more. Various locations in Woodstock. woodstockbookfest.com
Air Supply 8pm. $49-$79. Australian rockers Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. (518) 273-8945. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet 8pm. $37.50. Jazz. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. The D-Major Project 8pm. Classic rock. BeanRunner Café, Peekskill. (914) 737-1701. The Felice Brothers 8pm. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. 679-4406. Jesse Harris 8pm. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. The Oak Ridge Boys 8-9:30pm. $42-$57. Paramount Theatre, Middletown. 346-4195. The Piranha Brothers 9pm. Classic rock. 12 Grapes Music and Wine Bar, Peekskill. (914) 737-6624. Rock N’ Roll Resort v8: The Grateful Escape The lineup includes two nights of double headers (two sets). First from Golden Gate Wingmen on Friday (Feat members of Dead & Co, Ratdog, Furthur & more!), followed on Saturday by two sets of Melvin Seals and JGB. Fans will also get multiple sets from “lethal-funk” pioneers Kung Fu throughout the weekend, and can catch a rare performance from psychedelic funk-rockers The Breakfast. Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson. Rocknrollresort.com. WAR 8-10pm. $30/$40/$47.50/$65. WAR, from the very beginning, in 1969 was a concept and musical laboratory to experiment with the blending of many musical styles and influences. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill. (914) 739-0039. Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson 8pm. $30-$45. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Willie Nile 8pm. Renaissance singer songwriter. Opener: Ali Handal. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970.
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WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Practice Mindfulness on the Spring Equinox Through March 25. A special retreat on how to meditate. Garrison Institute, Garrison. 424-4800.
SATURDAY 24 COMEDY Comedian Nick Di Paolo: The Nick is Right Tour 8pm. $32/$27. Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. (800) 745-3000.
DANCE The 35th Annual Festival of Dance 7pm. $25/$22 seniors and members/$18 children under 12. the Ulster Ballet Company will proudly present The 35th Annual Festival of Dance. Since 1984, the festival has showcased both aspiring and professional dancers and choreographers, with a diverse range of styles and techniques. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Kingston. 339-6088. Elks Lounge Dance Night 7-11pm. $10. Dance to a rich mix of R&B, Latin, Soul, Disco, Rock, Reggae & more. Requests welcome. Admission includes a variety of snacks. Full bar is available. Elks Lodge, Beacon. 765-0667. March Uptown Swing with the Piggly Wigglies 7:30-11pm. $10. 8pm Beginner’s swing dance lesson (included with cover, no partner needed), 9pm open dance, 2 sets). Performance by the Uptown Lowdown vintage jazz dance troupe at the band break. BSP, Kingston. Uptownswingkingston. com/events.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS Makers. Music. Film. Vintage & Hudson Valley Sweets Festival $5. Explore the best of what our Hudson Valley makers, bakers, farmers, vintage collectors, performers and innovators have to offer. Motorcyclepedia, Newburgh. 569-9065.
Mary and the Witch's Flower 2pm. Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale. 658-8989.
Why Can’t We Serve: A Documentary Film 5-6pm. “Why We Can’t Serve” explores ways to decrease the number of veteran suicides. Veterans are not getting the help they need when they return to civilian life after having been in harm’s way. Following the film, Marty Klein the producer and director, will lead a discussion. Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock. 679-2311. Meet John Doe 2pm. Frank Capra’s classic socio-political comedy “Meet John Doe”. It’s the story of a drifter who is talked into being the front man for a populist movement that is, in reality, a scheme by a fascist mogul in his quest for the White House. Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville. 647-5511.
MUSIC Acoustic Brunch: Miss Leading the Blind noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Breakaway with Robin Baker 8:30-11pm. This band is rocking and has everybody dancing the whole night. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699. Fyrn: Bowed Guitar Ensemble 7:30-9:30pm. $15/$12 seniors, students, military. FYRN is a bowed guitar ensemble that performs ambient compositions by ensemble leader Geoff Gersh. Using metal files to bow the guitars, the sounds produced are ghostly, yet beautiful, and create lush soundscapes that engulf the audience as the ensemble sets up in a large circle around the audience in unique spaces. Audiences will watch the piece come alive around them as Gersh conducts the piece from the center of the room fully immersing audiences. GARNER Arts Center, Garnerville. 947-7108. Hudson Valley Philharmonic: PDQ Bach 2pm. Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Jay and The Americans 8pm. $50. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-5795. Jazz at Atlas: New Standard Trio 8pm. Including Jamie Saft on piano and keyboards, Steve Swallow on acoustic bass guitar and Bobby Previte on drums. Atlas Studios, Newburgh. 391-8855. Jeremy Baum’s Go Go Boogaloo Dance Party 8pm. Vintage R&B dance. The Falcon Underground, Marlboro. 236-7970. Joey Eppard & Friends with Still Alive 8pm. The Falcon, Marlboro. 236-7970. Kirk Knuffke, Fred Longberg-Holm and Michael Bisio 4pm. $10. Jazz. The Lace Mill, Kingston. 331-2140. Lost Leaders 8pm. $10-$15. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. Microtonal Festival 10am-9pm. $10 materials fee and require prior registration. SUNY Ulster is offering a special day of new sounds in its first Microtonal Festival. This event is for musicians and non-musicians, children and adults alike, hands-on activities, performances, and lectures. Among the workshops, Skip La Plante will build musical instruments from scratch with both kids and adults. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 688-1949. Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine 8pm. $20. Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale. 658-9048. Rock N’ Roll Resort v8: The Grateful Escape The lineup includes two nights of double headers (two sets). First from Golden Gate Wingmen on Friday (Feat members of Dead & Co, Ratdog, Furthur & more!), followed on Saturday by two sets of Melvin Seals and JGB. Fans will also get multiple sets from “lethal-funk” pioneers Kung Fu throughout the weekend, and can catch a rare performance from psychedelic funk-rockers The Breakfast. Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson. Rocknrollresort.com.
THEATER Play Reading: “Seven Nights” by Alice Jankell 7:30-10pm. $10 suggested donation. What happens when a seemingly stable, middle-aged, over-worked married couple with children embarks on an experiment to have sex every night for seven nights, whether they want to or not? “Seven Nights” explores the complex scaffolding we erect to protect ourselves, and examines our basic trepidation around total intimacy. A Q&A will follow the reading, with audience feedback encouraged. Refreshments will be served. Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, Putnam Valley. 528-7280.
"The Soul of a Woman" 3pm & 6pm. Within the sands of the Sonora Desert there lies the sun-bleached bones of a wolf, and a seeker of truths lost but not forgotten. Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES Congee 1-4pm. $85. Corrine Trang, chef/ author. bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck. 876-1117. Container Gardening 10am-1pm. $35/$25 members. Jenna O’Brien uses containers in the landscape to enhance and extend seasonal beauty, produce food and create an authentic sense of place. Learn how Jenna carries out her container designs from functional and conceptual design to pot, plant and soil selection while viewing a slideshow of her latest designs followed by a hands-on demonstration. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA. (413) 298-3926. Drawing and Painting with Les Castellanos 9am-noon. $200/4 sessions. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Repair Cafe: Kingston 11am-3pm. Get your stuff fixed for free in Midtown. Bike-Friendly Kingston will be fixing up & tuning up bikes (also free) until 2PM. Clinton Avenue United Methodist, Kingston. Repaircafehv.org.
SUNDAY 25 FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Makers. Music. Film. Vintage & Hudson Valley Sweets Festival $5. Explore the best of what our Hudson Valley makers, bakers, farmers, vintage collectors, performers and innovators have to offer. Motorcyclepedia, Newburgh. 569-9065.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Journey into Self Awareness 10:30am. $15. Join Theo Meth for a morning filled with music, humor, divine celebration and laughter, howling, dancing, shaking, gibberish, chanting, guided self inquiry and silent meditation. Milkweed, Sugar Loaf.
KIDS & FAMILY
Comedy Pet Theatre 3pm. $20. Comedy Pet Theatre is a blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his pets performing a variety of stunts and skits- an extravaganza of European-style clowning, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and very talented dogs, cats, mice and more. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061.
LECTURES & TALKS
Living with Bears 11am-1pm. The Roaring Brook Lake Garden Club, the Roaring Brook Lake Property Owners Association and Tompkins Corners Cultural Center invite you to a presentation on living with bears. Budd Veverka, Director of Land Management at Mianus River Gorge, Bedford, NY, will share findings from his research on black bears, their biology, habitat and habits. As bears prepare to come out of hibernation in spring, find out how to co-exist peacefully with these curious and playful animals. Discover the research being conducted to map black bear sightings and movement in the area. Find out where black bears are moving in and why. Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, Putnam Valley. 528-7280.
LITERARY & BOOKS
Bookstore Book Club 10:30am-noon. Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 758-2665. Woodstock Book Fest Classes, panels, keynotes, story slam, cocktail parties, and more. Various locations in Woodstock. woodstockbookfest.com
Billy Cobham’s Crosswinds Project 7:30pm. $34. Widely regarded as one of the world’s great drummers and revered for his musical ingenuity, jazz fusion virtuoso Billy Cobham has contributed seminally as a master percussionist, composer, producer, educator, clinician and tireless musical explorer. The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1061. Bluegrass Brunch: Too Blue noon. Daryl’s House Club, Pawling. 289-0185. John Stowell/Rob Scheps Duo 8-11pm. Globe trotting jazz guitarist Stowell makes a Hudson Valley stop at this hipster Beacon hang, with longtime duo cohort Scheps on soprano saxophone & flute. Quinn’s, Beacon. Johnstowell.com. John Stowell/ Rob Scheps Duo 8-11pm. Donation. Globetrotting jazz guitar whiz John Stowell joins frequent duo partner Rob Scheps for an evening of jazz at Beacon’s stalwart music venue Quinn’s. Quinn’s, Beacon. Quinnsbeacon.com. The Kitt Potter Trio 12-3pm. Vocal stylist Kitt Potter is backed by Vinnie Martucci on piano, Steve Rust on bass, and Joe Giardullo on sax. High Falls Cafe, High Falls. 687-2699.