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9 Things to Do in the Hudson Valley this December 

click to enlarge American Hero—Colin Kaepernick, Supina, on display at Queen City 15
  • American Hero—Colin Kaepernick, Supina, on display at Queen City 15
Before the holidays arrive and demand all your attention, squeeze in some cultural fun around the Hudson Valley with these nine events.

Art

Queen City 15

Poughkeepsie's newest gallery opened on November 30 with "lights up!" a show featuring its nine founding members: Paola Bari (painted porcelain objects), Donna Blackwell (studio jeweler), Laura Martinez-Biano (landscape painter), Carolyn Edlund (figurative painter), Carl Grauer (portrait painter), Nansi Lent (abstract and figurative painter), Anita Fina Kiewra (printmaker), William Noonan (figurative painter), and Suprina (sculptor). Queen City 15 extends the legacy of the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center in taking over what had been their original ground floor offices and galleries. "lights up!" is on display through December 29.

Dance

“The Day”

Former New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan and cellist Maya Beiser have joined forces with the seminal modern dance choreographer Lucinda Childs to create “The Day”—an evening-length work, with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. “The Day” is being developed at Lumberyard in Catskill over a two-week production and technical residency, and will have its world premiere at Jacob's Pillow in 2019. Featuring both Beiser and Whelan onstage for the duration of the performance, “The Day” is a meditation on two journeys—the mortal passage, followed by the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul—through the shared language of music and dance. December 7–8. Tickets are $100.
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Music

They Might Be Giants

Launched in 1983 by singer and accordionist John Linnell (a Capital Region resident) and singer and guitarist John Flansburgh, They Might Be Giants signed to Elektra Records for 1990’s breakthrough, Flood. Recorded in the same studio where that gold-selling set was made, Like Fun, the act's 20th album, leavens the pair’s patented cheeky humor with dark themes: See the moribund “Last Wave” or the timely “An Insult to Fact Checkers.” They Might Be Giants will perform at Daryl’s House Club in Pawling, on December 30 at 8pm. Tickets are $35.

Festival

Rally in the Valley

Rally in the Valley, the second annual weekend of performances, education, and activism to benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, hits Hudson December 7–8 with workshops, talks, and panel discussions with key community leaders alongside an intimate performance with The National and Kaki King at Hudson Hall on Friday evening. Workshops include a Clergy for Choice panel, activist stitch-in with artist Chi Nguyen, and Birds and the Bees story slam, among others.

Workshops

Mark Nepo at the Garrison Institute

In an increasingly digital world, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed with feelings of isolation. New York Times bestselling author Mark Nepo aims to prove that, despite the hardships always present, we are more together than alone. In this immersive retreat, “More Together Than Alone: The Power of Spirit and Community” Nepo will help participants find connection with community by posing probing questions: How will we inhabit our time on Earth? How can we live fully alone and together? How will we know and be known? How do we hold each other as we tumble along in the story of our lives? How will we care for each other in the face of crisis? December 7–9 at the Garrison Institute.

Shopping

Work:Shop Winter Market

Returning for its sixth year to Wickham Solid Wood Studio on the banks of Fishkill Creek, Work:Shop Winter Market takes place during Beacon’s “Second Saturday” weekend on December 8–9. The event features curated holiday gifts from 20 local artisans like Jenny Lee Fowler (paper cuttings), Beacon Bee (balms, candles, and other bee products), Les Collines (jellies and preserves), Malfatti Glass, L&M Studio (sculptural cewramics), and Kit Burke-Smith (jewelry). Beacon Pantry will run a pop-up café on-site and the award-winning Denning's Point Distillery will offer spirit tastings.

History

Candlelight Tour of Homes in Newburgh

In the 19th century, Newburgh was the center of an architectural scene with a group of designers who left a lasting impact on the American home—including hometown hero Andrew Jackson Downing, a designer and horticulturalist, along with architects Alexander Jackson Davis, Calvert Vaux, and Frederick Clarke Withers. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands this self-guided tour features public and private Newburgh spaces decked out for the holidays. From early 19th-century landmarks to modest post-war cottages, the tour offers a rare chance to get a peek behind Newburgh’s most intriguing facades. Sunday, December 9, 12–5 pm. $30.

Theater

Into the Light

Regional artistic powerhouses Vanaver Caravan and Arm-of-the-Sea Theater combine creative forces for “Into the Light,” a celebration of multicultural traditions at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli on December 8–9 at 1pm and 4pm. The performance tells the story of Lucia, who journeys around the world with her faithful friend Bear to discover how different cultures celebrate light in the darkest time of the year through live music, puppetry, and pageantry. “Into the Light” honors the traditions of Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Sankta Lucia, Winter Solstice, and Yule.

Shopping

Hand Made Here Holiday Pop-Up

Showcasing over 40 local artisans in two outposts on Warren Street (442 and 514), the Hand Made Here holiday pop-up shops welcomes shoppers every day through Christmas Eve for a co-operative retail experience. Participating makers share the shopkeeping responsibilities, and make it possible for the shops to be open with knowledgeable staff every day. A wide selection of handmade gifts will be featured in both spaces—home goods, children’s toys, jewelry, clothing, skin care products, greeting cards, specialty foods, and small gifts—from $5 to $500, with most items priced below $50.

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