Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22: It’s barely a stretch to say that all the giants of bluegrass, newgrass and old-timey country music still living since its 1984 founding have graced its stages. Fans come back year after year after year, as much to camp out and engage in informal picking sessions as to listen to the headline talents.
Saturday, July 21: Kane’s son gives an illustrated talk about the great 20th-century photographer and former Margaretville resident who shot the famous photograph “Harlem, 1958,” as well as other iconic photographs of the Rolling Stones, the Who, Janis Joplin, the Doors, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan.
To anyone who loves sociopolitical satire, dystopian science fiction and transgressive humor, check out the invigorating directorial debut of Boots Riley, heretofore best-known as the lead rapper of the politically active Oakland band the Coup.
Wednesday, July 25: The new Americana supergroup to perform their spare, guitar-driven folk with electrobeats and lush harmonies in Woodstock.
They’re working on a very specific Louise Nevelson chalky matte-black paint.
Despite having “flown the nest,” a few breeds of birds, like nuthatches, continue to feed their young post-flight. I find that so tender.
July 21-22: The brickyards along the Hudson will once again host a festival featuring live music, food, beverages, crafts and games.
The Bardavon presents Brian Wilson – with special guests and old friends Al Jardine and Blondie Chapin – giving final performances of Pet Sounds at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) on Sunday, July 22 at 7 p.m.
The Comic Fest will have stations set up throughout the Highland Public library, offering a wide sampling of different kinds of fandom fun for all ages.
Mamma Mia!, opening July 14, will run three weekends. The production unites local theater regulars, former professional actors, and stage newcomers, aged from 16 to 91, in an upbeat show set to the music of Swedish pop group ABBA. Phoenicia is hosting what may be the first community theater production of the long-running Broadway musical, the rights having been made available for the first time just a few months ago.