Theater: "Hedwig & the Angry Inch"
Called the first rock musical to "truly rock" by Rolling Stone, the Obie- and Tony-winning "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" tells the tale of genderqueer rock singer Hedwig Robinson and her journey of finding love "by looking within." The raucous show runs at the Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck from November 2-10. Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 7:30pm and 10pm. $25, $27.
Film & Music: Brooklyn Raga Massive
On November 3rd, pioneering Indian jam band Brooklyn Raga Massive comes to Hudson Hall for an improbable sensory pairing. The music collective, which is renowned for its classical and cross-cultural raga-inspired performances, will play a live, improvised score to the 1973 animated sci-fi classic Fantastic Planet. Already a visually and politically astounding work, the award-winning film will reach new heights during this screening in New York State’s oldest surviving theater, Hudson Hall, accompanied by the ensemble The New Yorker has called “leaders of the Raga Renaissance.” $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
Festivals: Basilica Farm & Flea
Every fall, just in time for thoughtful holiday shopping, Farm & Flea takes over Basilica Hudson for the third weekend of November. This "antidote to big box Black Friday" fills the former foundry's 10,000 square feet with dozens of independent farmers, makers, designers, artisans, and vendors offering handmade and vintage goods and art and locally sourced agricultural products. November 23 (12-7pm), 24, and 25 (10am-6pm). Weekend pass: $5.
Dance: Buglisi Dance Theater
Cofounded by Martha Graham Dance Company dancer and choreographer Joyce Buglisi, Buglisi Dance Theater is revered for its poignant, theatrical repertoire and its innovative multi-disciplinary collaborations, which combine a classical sensibility with intuitive creativity. The troupe, which has received the American Dance Guild Award for Artistic Excellence, comes to the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli on December 1 at 7pm for a rare regional performance. $30 (students and children are $10).
Theater: "The Face of It"
Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson's Storyhorse Documentary Theater group will present "The Face of It," a program of three new one-act documentary plays about "love at the edge of reason." The stories, inspired by actual conversations with local Hudson Valley residents, will be brought to life at Hudson Hall on November 9 and 10 at 7pm and November 11 at 3pm via multimedia-infused readings. $25, $30.
Food & Drink: Hudson Valley Vegfest
The number of vegans in American has skyrocketed by 600 percent over the last three years. In 2017, the Hudson Valley Vegfest was launched to give voice to this growing population and to showcase the world of vegan food and conscious living. Sponsored by the Institute for Animal Happiness, the festival returns to the Gold's Gym in Poughkeepsie on November 3 and 4 and will feature over 80 holistic vendors, chefs, food producers, food activists, and speakers such as Dr. Milton Mills from the film What the Health and published MMA fighter Omowale Adewale. $10.
Film: Newburgh: Beauty & Tragedy
Of all the large Hudson Valley cities, Newburgh has had the farthest distance to go, in terms of its renewal. Yet, with its rebirth seemingly finally here, it's also clear how much the town has to offer. Dmitri Kasterine's new film Newburgh: Beauty and Tragedy, which will screen at the city's Atlas Studios on November 3 at 6pm, gives voice to Newburghers fearful of being squeezed out during the transformation. Free.
Food & Drink: Peripheral Wine Festival
Launched last year by award-winning Hudson-based chef and restaurateur Zak Pelaccio (Fish & Game), the Peripheral Wine Festival returns to his Warren Street bistro Backbar on November 3 from 1 to 5pm. Focusing on natural wines, the event brings together esteemed vintners from around the world to pair their wares with fare from regional restaurants and local live music. Attendees can order their favorite wines to take home. $35-$45.
Music: Arlo Guthrie: Alice's Restaurant Back by Popular Demand
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving season without Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacre" on the radio. The 1967 countercultural classic chronicles the true story of Guthrie's 1965 Thanksgiving Day arrest for illegally dumping garbage in Western Massachusetts and inspired a 1969 movie. On November 17 at 8pm, the singer returns to the scene of the crime for this intimate evening at the Mahawie Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. $29-$79.