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Five New Online Hudson Valley Happenings 

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While New York State is slowly taking steps toward reopening—with mask advisories, social distancing, and other protocols still in place—live event venues generally remain closed. But if you know here to look, there’s still plenty of cool stuff to do.


“Ella the Ungovernable” Premiers

On May 28 at 7pm, Hudson filmmaker and first-time playwright David McDonald’s debut play, “Ella the Ungovernable,” will make its worldwide debut by way of Zoom and livestreaming YouTube on behalf of New York group Theater for the New City. Based on actual events, the play tells the story of 15-year-old future jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald’s incarceration and eventual escape from Hudson’s Training School for Girls in 1933. Tune in live via the Theater for the New City’s website or Facebook page.


Johanna Warren Performs Livestream Concert

Erstwhile Hudson-based singer-songwriter Johanna Warren will perform an intimate livestream concert on May 30 at 7pm on Baby TV, the streaming platform launched by the Brooklyn club Baby’s All Right. Joining Warren will be a special solo performance from Sad13, the new project of Speedy Ortiz front woman Sadie Dupuis. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the staff of Baby’s All Right and Make the Road New York, a progressive Brooklyn organization that advocates for immigrant Americans. Tickets are available on a sliding scale starting at $5 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. More info is available at the show’s Facebook event page.


Opus 40 Open for Season

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Opus 40, the sprawling outdoor sculpture park in Saugerties created by artist and quarryman Harvey Fite, is one of the Hudson Valley’s top attractions. Although the COVID-19 situation has forced Fite’s site to cancel and postpone many of its planned events, the park has launched an Opus-Online series that includes a first Friday concert starring klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and old-timey group the Mapletones on June 5 at 6pm. The ticket package for the event will include hors d’oeuvres from Black-Eyed Suzie’s in Saugerties (curbside pick-up) and an advance ingredient list for making your own cocktail (with a discount on ingredients from Town & Country Liquors) from mixologist Paul Maloney of the Stockade Tavern in Kingston. Opus 40 is also offering limited social distancing visitation Thursdays through Sundays from 11am to 3pm (visitors must sign up in advance and there is a two-hour limit per party; see website for details).


Hudson Valley Improv Hosts “Miss Myrtle’s Side Show”

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Headquartered in the Ulster County hamlet of Rifton, Hudson Valley Improv is headed by actor Samantha Jones (“Bull,” “The Blacklist,” “Law & Order”) and offers classes, workshops, and live improvisational performances. Starting June 6 at 7pm, the company will launch “Mis Myrtle’s Side Show,” an ongoing YouTube Live “where the cast comes unprepared to perform. They don’t know what games they are playing or with whom.” During each themed show (the debut theme is “quest”), Jones will pick cast members to play a game they aren’t expecting and give them viewers’ pre-show suggestions to guide them.


Rhinebeck Theater Launches Workshop Series

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On June 1, community theater the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck will lift the virtual curtain on a new series of theatrical classes and workshops catering to kids and teens as well as adults. Among the offerings are courses in acting, playwriting, character development, singing, improv, stage tech, auditioning, costume showing, and more; also on deck are kid-targeted adaptations of “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Toy Story,” and more. A full schedule is viewable on the Center’’s website.

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