Sunday, Nov. 3: Even if Frances Perkins hadn’t been the first woman ever to serve in a US presidential cabinet, or the longest-serving Secretary of Labor ever (12 years), she would still deserve a shining place in 20th-century history. She was a suffragist, worked with Jane Addams as a Hull House volunteer, advocated passionately for female workers after witnessing the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, became the highest-paid woman in New York State government as Industrial Commissioner, taught Sociology at Adelphi University, fought against child labor and for unemployment and a minimum wage – all before she even joined the FDR administration.
Burns and Allen, Gypsy Rose Lee and Cary Grant, when his name was still Archibald Leach, were among the showbiz luminaries on record as having performed live at the Orpheum.
Saturday, Nov. 2: When Colony opens its woody, elegant and historic space to the surging popularity of the drag and cabaret arts this weekend, that’ll be my child – Strawberry, six-foot-seven in heels – commanding the stage on which they still occasionally let me play guitar, a six-string fretted instrument popular in the Renaissance. As I have watched Strawberry’s bookings rise in the last few years, taking them to Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Calgary and filling their pockets with bills, I can’t help but notice that locally, they play all the same rooms I do, or used to. From the New Paltz bars to BSP and now to Woodstock’s elegant and historic room, I struggle to find gigs, while my child and their ilk are “killing it.” Circle of Life stuff, I guess.
Wednesday, Nov. 6: Best known for his three Netflix specials, Disgraceful (2018), Mostly Stories (2016) and Completely Normal (2014), the red-hot comedian will be coming to UPAC.
Wednesday, Nov. 6: Recent studies show that almost 90 percent of the bee population has disappeared in the last few years. And 70 percent of the world’s agriculture depends exclusively on bees.
Critics are calling Pain and Glory, the Spanish auteur’s crowning semiautobiographical work, comparing it to Fellini’s 81/2. Pedro Almodóvar’s film is also being lauded, justly, as a career high for Antonio Banderas.
Saturday, Oct. 26: The cult classic musical around which dozens of participatory material and verbal rituals developed was ahead of its time with the notion of interactivity. While its popularity has held steady for decades, the film now finds itself completely in sync with the cultural moment.
Thursday, Oct. 31: This all-live celebration of the cult classic musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show features a live band. Costumes and shout-alongs are encouraged. A midnight dance party follows and will go on late into the night.
Meryl Streep plays Ellen Martin, the fictionalized widow of one of the victims of the 2005 wreck of the tour boat Ethan Allen on Lake George. Her insurance claim falls through the holes in a multileveled net of phony corporations that have bought one another out to a point where there’s no accountability left, and mild-mannered Ellen gets ticked off enough to pursue the perpetrators with increasingly singleminded purpose.
Calling all ’80s and ’90s babies: climate change and student debt got you down? A nostalgic, alcohol-infused evening with some Nickelodeon stars might be just the ticket. Two events in the “Nostalgia Personified” tour will be held in the next couple months in Newburgh and Woodstock.