If Indiana Jones had been born a couple of generations later, into the age of reality TV, he might well have ended up being Josh Gates. Gates’ initial fame came as one of the hosts of the Ghost Hunters series, but the paranormal wasn’t his original area of interest. Trained as a SCUBA diver and photographer, he got involved in the late ’90s with the University of Maryland’s archaeological excavations of the submerged port of Caesarea Maritima in Israel. Since then he has traveled the world from the Himalayas to Antarctica, climbing Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro, seeking answers to popular mysteries such as the existence of the yeti. His series Destination Truth ran on the SyFy Channel from 2007 to 2012, and he’s currently the host/executive producer of Expedition Unknown on the Discovery Channel and Legendary Locations on Travel Channel.
It’s a pretty safe bet that someone who can make a good living as a professional adventurer and is also comfortable in front of a camera puts on a pretty entertaining stage show. The current tour of Josh Gates Live: An Evening of Legends, Mysteries and Tales of Adventure makes a stop in the wilds of Midtown Kingston on Friday, November 15, with a performance beginning at 8 p.m. at the Ulster Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $37, $47 and $97 (the premium price includes seating in the first ten rows plus a meet-and-greet), with a $5 discount for Bardavon members. They can be purchased in person at the Bardavon box office at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-2072; at the UPAC box office at 601 Broadway in Kingston, (845) 339-6088; or via Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For more info, visit www.bardavon.org.
Josh Gates Live: An Evening of Legends, Mysteries & Tales of Adventure, Friday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., $97/$47/$37, Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston, (845) 339-6088, www.bardavon.org