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Five Fun Events in and Around the Hudson Valley This Month 

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Summer’s in full swing around here with art, food, music, and more. Dig in!


Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival in Kingston

Blaring out for its second year on July 27 is the Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival, which will take place at Seed Song Farm in Kingston. Cofounded by the groups Raya Brass Band, Brasskill, and Tun Horn Uprising, the free, all-day, family-friendly event celebrates the joy of live brass band music in a serene country setting. Brassroots 2019 will feature music from eight bands whose influences range from the Balkans to Latin America, New Orleans second line to brasspunk and activist anthems. Food and beverages will be sold.


“Arsenic and Old Lace” on Bannerman Island

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  • Sara Karloff

Written in 1939 by Joseph Kesserling but more famous for its 1944 film version starring Cary Grant, “Arsenic and Old Lace” is an uproariously dark classic of American comedy. From July 24-28 at 7pm, the locally based Theatre on the Road company will present four performances of the play on historic Bannerman Island near Beacon. As if that’s not enticing enough, the Friday and Saturday shows will each include a special post-play appearance by Sara Karloff, the daughter of legendary actor Boris Karloff, who performed in the original Broadway production.


The Pretenders at Mass MoCA

Oozing sexy, smoky-cool attitude, the Pretenders’ lead singer and guitarist, Chrissie Hynde, remains one of the greatest songwriters of our time and is a champion of worthy causes to boot. On July 26 at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, the Pretenders will perform a concert supporting one such effort, the Hans and Kate Morris Fund for New Music, which underwrites new work by emerging and established musicians. On July 27, Hynde will return to Mass MoCA for a discussion and Q&A about her new book, Adding the Blue, and a showing of her original paintings.


Kingston Food Truck Festival

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Looking for some delicious and interesting eats? Of course you are. The perhaps you might ant to grab yourself some grub al fresco on July 26 from 5-9pm at St. Mary’s Benevolent Society in Kingston when the Friday Night Kingston Food Truck Festival rolls into town once again. The event features mobile vendors Off-The-Hook (lobster), Frites of NY (fries), Solly’s Creations, Buff’s BBQ, Uncle Mol’s Mobile Meals, El Danzante (Mexican), Santorini (Mediterranean), and St. Mary’s Famous Fried Dough. Plus there’ll even be a bounce house for the kids.


“Madness in Vegetables” Exhibit in New Paltz

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  • Scott Serrano, Professor Hitchcock's Tentacled Jelly Mellon, 2018, ink and watercolor on watercolor paper, wood, courtesy the artist

“Madness in Vegetables,” named for a poem by the French Symbolist writer Francis Jammes, is a new exhibition at the Samuel S. Dorsky Museum of Art’s Alice and Horace Chandler North Galleries, opened this week. Referencing the imagery and inspiration found in plants and other vegetal life, the show runs through November 10 and includes works by Bob Barry, Julie Evans, Mara Held, Virginia Lavado, Elisa Lendvay, Claudia McNult, David Nyzio , Phyllis Gay Palmer, Libby Paloma, Lauren Pipern, Scott Serrano, Jackie Shatz, Linda Stillman, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, Christina Tenaglia, scrap wrenn, and Roberta Ziemba. The museum is located on the campus of SUNY New Paltz.

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