Welcome to this week’s flotilla of fabulous and fun Hudson Valley happenings, all of them selected just for you by Chronogram.
Painting Class for Kids in Kingston
Inspired by the art of Thomas Cole and the other painters of the Hudson River School, the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s Museum Mates series is offering a unique painting program for kids on January 26 from 1 to 3pm. Held in the Kingston facility’s Wooden Boat School Classroom, the class will offer children 5-12 years old the opportunity to learn basic painting techniques and create their own piece of art. The program will include a guided tour of the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling Water/Ways exhibit; cost is $5 per child and free for adults (children and adults must be registered in advance). (845) 338-0583.
Wesley Harper in Catskill
Released this month, Narrations, Catskill singer-songwriter Wesley Harper’s deep-reaching debut album, brings together a brace of mystical, meditative songs that evoke his extensive travels in India and Nepal. To herald its arrival, Harper will perform at his hometown venue the Avalon Lounge on January 25 at 8:30pm supported by Rhode Island tunesmith and multi-instrumentalist Marlon Battad. Admission is $5. (518) 719-1640.
Art After Hours in Poughkeepsie
Presented by local organization the Art Effect at the Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn on January 24 from 5:30 to 7:30pm, Art After Hours is a pop-up exhibit of artwork created for the group’s 2019 senior project thesis course. Attendees of the event will be able to view the art as they enjoy live music and unlimited tastings from local food vendors and craft breweries (you must be 21 for the latter, of course). Tickets are $40 for those 18 and older; $10 for those 18 and below; and $70 for couples. (845) 471-7477.
Comedy in Clermont
Hudson Valley Distillery in Clermont offers an award-winning line of spirits made from fruits and grains sourced largely from within walking distance. On January 25 at 6:30pm, the distillers will host Comedy Night, an evening featuring performances by hilarious visiting comedians. Head to the taproom and bottle shop to get a tour of the distilling facility, try the wares in the Cocktail Grove, or shop for artisan crafts and specialty foods at the Post Road Marketplace. (518) 537-6820.
James Carney in Beacon
Upstate-born pianist James Carney has worked with such musical luminaries as Ravi Coltrane, Nels Cline, Christian McBride, and Todd Sickafoose. On January 25 at 8pm, he’ll join guitarist Richard Bonnet and drummer Melvin Bauer at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon for an night of creative jazz presented by Elysium Furnace Works. Carney has released five albums as a leader and is a recipient of the Thelonious Monk International Composers Award (1999) and other honors. Tickets are $15 and $20. (845) 831-4988.
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