As September slinks into October, here’s a crisp, new fall selection of socially distanced music, art, food, and film events.
“Rom Com Week” at Hasbrouck House Film Series | September 29-October 4
Launched over the summer, the free Sunset Flix outdoor film series at the historic Hasbrouck House in Stone Ridge has been packed with smash movies. This week is “Rom Com Week” and features the hits Forgetting Sarah Marshall (September 29), The Princess Bride (September 30), Coming to America (October 1), 10 Things I Hate About You (October 2), To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (October 3), and Love Actually (October 4). (Next week is “Women Directors Week.”) All screenings start at 7:30pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Viewers are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket, camping chair, and pets and join others on the bluestone patio, under the big tent.
Live Jazz in Saugerties | September 30
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How about a little “incidental music” to complement a delicious Italian dinner and fine wine? The Roiger-Levin-Menegon Trio will be serving up just that on the heated outdoor patio at Annarella Ristorante in Saugerties on September 30 beginning at 6:30pm. The veteran jazz trio stars vocalist Teri Roiger, pianist Pete Levin (Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Jimmy Giuffre, Annie Lennox, Levin Brothers, Paul Simon), and bassist John Menegon (Dewey Redman, David “Fathead” Newman, Jack DeJohnette, Jimmy Cobb, Sheila Jordan, Joe Lovano). There’s no cover charge, but reservations for table seating in the lounge are strongly recommended.
“More Than a Meal” at Bethel Woods | October 1
Although Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the site of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival, has had to cancel or postpone most of its planned programming for 2020, the facility has adapted to the coronavirus situation by hosting innovative events like its “More Than a Meal” series. The next installment of the series, titled “Dinner with the Folks,” is on October 1 at 6pm and relates to its accompanying live folk music as it “explores traditional folk dishes and how the serve as the roots for dishes we know and love today.” The $50 ticket includes a four-course meal prepared by master chef Jasper Alivia, a performance by musician Robert Tellefsen, drinks, and cocktails available for purchase.
Daryl’s House Hosts Talking Heads Tribute | October 2
Talking Heads live in 1978
While Pawling music venue and restaurant Daryl’s House (an outgrowth of owner and singer Daryl Hall’s TV show “Live from Daryl’s House”) has temporarily closed due to the pandemic, the club has been keeping up its presence by presenting live stream concerts whose proceeds help sustain the venue. On October 2 at 9pm, Daryl’s House will host a live online concert by acclaimed Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense. Donation increments range from $10 to $100.
Finger Lakes Cider Week Tips Off | October 2-11
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Yeah, it’s a bit of a hike from the Hudson Valley to the Finger Lakes Region, but if you’re a cider lover it’s worth it for the popular (and free!) Finger Lakes Cider Festival, which runs October 2-11—and besides, it’s the height of foliage season, so you know the drive will be beautiful. This sweet week of programming includes tastings, orchard and cidery tours, panel conversations, and chef and cider pairings, all of which are available as a mixture of both in-person and live events (so if you really can’t make it, check out the fest’s online offerings). Donations to help the festival’s staging costs will be accepted, and sponsor New York Cider Association will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation.
Ciara Fragale at Mass MoCA | October 3
Hudson Valley-born-and-raised singer-songwriter Ciarra Fragale has a sound that fuses lonesome folk with sparse, breezy indie pop, as can be readily heard via her newest single, “Too Good (For You, Baby).” The tunesmith treks up to North Adams, Massachusetts, on October 3 for a pair of performances (7pm and 9pm) in Mass MoCA’s outdoor Courtyard D. All attendees must wear masks unless seated and are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 (a $100 Hero donation helps sustain the venue).
October Art Exhibition Opens at Green Kill Gallery | October 3
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On October 3 from 5 to 7pm, Green Kill gallery in Kingston will host an opening party for its October exhibition of works by visual artists John Figura, William Hill, Stephen Lewis, and Tim Vermeulen. For the opening event, 10 people at a time will be permitted inside the gallery; attendees must wear masks and agree to non-contact temperature and blood oxygen screenings. Outdoor seating will be available. The show runs through October 26. See website for artist statements, gallery hours, and additional information.
Black American History Film Festival in Great Barrington | October 3-4
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W.E.B. Du Bois
On October 3 and 4, the Tri-Plex Cinema in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, will present “From W.E.B. Du Bois to George Floyd: 150 Years of Resistance,” a free weekend of films in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and cosponsored by the Berkshire International Film Festival and the Clinton Church Restoration Project. Set to be screened are W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices, about locally born author W.E.B. Du Bois; I Am Not Your Negro, about the towering thinker James Baldwin; John Lewis: Good Trouble, about the recently departed senator and activist; and Whose Streets?, about the 2014 killing of Michael Brown and the Ferguson, Missouri, uprising. The screenings, with limited socially distanced seating inside the theater, are free of charge (except for a nominal ticketing fee). Join us for a kick off event outdoors at noon on October 3rd, outside the Triplex. All donations and a portion of streaming proceeds will benefit the development of an African American cultural center at the former Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in downtown Great Barrington.
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