Live theater, Lipstein said, can be subversive in a powerful and positive way. People enter a theater hoping merely to be entertained. But if a truthful moment happens, if the connection is made between what and who is onstage, people leave the theater feeling more empathetic, less encumbered by those personas, than when they entered. You can see the world premiere of Hannah Benitez’s Adaptive Radiation at the new Denizen Theatre in New Paltz on Wednesdays-Saturdays, December 6-30.
After a hiatus of nearly a year, Tuesday evening poetry readings at Woodstock’s Harmony Café will resume on December 4 at 8 p.m.
For its second-ever production, New Paltz’s Denizen Theatre, the new black-box performance space, is hosting a world premiere.
Friday, November 30: The Party is a special night of Gothic celebration, featuring a full live set from Weeknight, deejay sets from Mon Amie and a special guest appearance by your host Amanda Palmer: singer/songwriter, Dresden Doll, playwright, filmmaker, music-business theorist and author.
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 30- Dec. 2: The Ulster Ballet Company decided to buck the Nutcracker trend 24 years ago and offer audiences an alternative, bringing to life in dance a timeless tale of how greed can stunt the human spirit.
4 by Ives runs for two more weekends at Woodstock’s Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, 56 Rock City Road. Performance dates are: Fridays and Saturdays November 23, 24, 30, and December 1 at 8 p.m.; Sundays November 25, and December 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 25: The man who has accounted for over 350,000,000 YouTube views is also one of the few comedians to have sold out Madison Square Garden in New York and the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Friday, Nov. 30: The site was eventually awarded its own zip code as the town of North Pole, NY. It was small and quaint and sort of tacky, with a literal frozen pole as its centerpiece. But moles working for Walt Disney were drawn there to study up on how to create a themed tourist attraction, taking what they learned back to Anaheim.
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17: Invasion of the swamp rats. Members of this furry caravan from South America grow up to 20 pounds apiece, reproduce faster than they can be hunted and are gnawing away at vegetation that helps protect the Louisiana shoreline from the impact of hurricanes.
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 16-18: Discreetly tucked in the Chestnut Street Historic District, where shipping baron Samuel D. Coykendall once reigned in splendor over the city’s booming waterfront, a building that once served as the coachhouse for the Coykendall estate became, in 1950, the permanent home of the longest-operating community theater company in Ulster County.