Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, Upstate Films Woodstock, March 24.
Enter to win two tickets to the screening of ths 2012 documentary that explores the failings of the US healthcare system through human stories. All proceeds benefit the O+ Festival, which barters artistic and musical contributions for healthcare.
THURSDAY 3/14-SUNDAY 3/17
New Play Festival
Student actors perform staged readings from selected new plays by local professional and up-and-coming playwrights, including students and alumni, at SUNY New Paltz's Parker Theater. Directed by Robert Miller, this year's festival shines a spotlight on plays written by or about women.
The New York City-based singer-songwriter—who is part of the anti-folk movement—brings his unique lo-fi blend of acoustic and punk to Kingston's BSP Lounge. The acclaimed comic book artist often combines the visual and musical by accompanying his songs with his projected illustrations.
FRIDAY 3/15-SUNDAY 3/24
Poverty, motherhood, brash South Boston accents, class, race, and contemplations of fate make their way to the stage of Poughkeepsie's Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center Theatre. Performed by Half Moon Theatre, the naturalistic play filled with flawed antiheroes attempts to reveal the good in people.
Formally Invited Tea Party
Wearing your finest period garb, step out of the 21st century and into a Jane Austen novel at the Vanderpoel House of History in Kinderhook. The afternoon features ladies wearing Regency-era dresses, tea, dainty treats, live music, and English Country dancing.
Recording Memories in Sound
Between podcasts and programs like the StoryCorps project, which records, shares, and preserves life stories, audio has become an alternative and popular storytelling genre. The Story and Sound Project, a local organization, offers the opportunity to record oral histories at the Adriance Memorial Library in Poughkeepsie.
Comedy Pet Theatre
“America's Got Talent” finalist Gregory Popovich brings his world-famous family-oriented comedy circus performance to the Egg in Albany. Featuring over 30 trained, rescued animals, the show also has European-style clowning, acrobatics, and balancing and juggling acts.
Intro to Spiritual Soul Writing
Author Valerie Stiehl of Spirit Speaks, Are You Listening? leads a workshop at Mirabai of Woodstock. Armed with an empty journal and an open mind, attendees can learn how to channel guides from higher realms through spiritual soul writing and guided meditation.
Michael Sadowski Reading
LGBTQ teens are four times more likely to kill themselves than their heterosexual peers. Sadowski reads from his book, In a Queer Voice, at Bard College, which chronicles the journeys, struggles, and resilience of six LGBTQ individuals from adolescence to adulthood.
“9 and 13” Exhibition
The work of No Better Than Apples zine publisher Kate Larson—whose most recent issue deals with her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis—and prolific coloring book designer Jacinta Bunnell is displayed until May at New Paltz's Team Love RavenHouse Gallery. The opening reception features live music from rock-cellist Helen Money.
Schlesinger's First Annual Beer & Food Pairing Event
Part of a month-long celebration of local beer, New Windsor's Schlesinger's Steak House hosts its first annual event partnered with the Newburgh Brewing Company. The night features a five-course buffet, a selection of appetizers paired with beer, and multiple raffles and giveaways, including March Madness bracket buster prizes.