Saturday/Sunday, July 20/21: Native American dancing, drumming, craft vendors, food vendors, storytelling and audience participation are the fare being served up at the two-day gathering.
The versatile keyboard virtuoso Neil Alexander has made a lot of beans via homage and tribute: as a longtime member of the popular Pink Floyd tribute band the Machine; in his labor-of-love Weather Report, Herbie Hancock and Mahavishnu cover projects; and even, one could argue, in the decade or so of his life that he dedicated to developing a technically grueling two-hands piano version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. But through it all, Alexander has been a prolific composer and songwriter in his own right, releasing many of his originals under the name NAIL.
In our 21st century, more than half the world’s population lives in an urban environment, with natural nocturnal darkness a phenomenon many only read about. But we who live in a rural setting still mostly enjoy the natural night and its splendors. Still, there’s dark and then there’s really dark.
A true celebration of the local by the locals, the long-running Rosendale Street Festival returns July 20-21.
The Rosendale Street Festival returns July 20-21. For more on the festival: See 80 bands in two days at the
Sunday, July 14: Founded by master drummer Hiro Kurashima, Taiko Masala performs a combination of dance, martial arts and extremely percussive music on huge handmade drums and other traditional Japanese instruments: shakuhachi, fue, koto.
With this move, the county anticipates the statewide act, scheduled for 2020 enforcement, with which New York will join only two other US states to date (California, of course, but also Hawaii) and 30 nations, from France to Madagascar.
July 15-28: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy, a two-week residential high school summer institute for advanced study in jazz performance, takes place at Bard College and offers locals a number of opportunities to hear great jazz performed by both the Jedis and the Padawans.
The production explores the world of Acquanetta—aka Mildred Davenport—star of such cult 1940s horror films as Captive Wild Woman, Jungle Woman, The Sword of Monte Cristo and Tarzan and the Leopard Woman.
Saturday, July 13: Beloved won her the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award, and her body of work was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. In addition to being a writer for the ages, Morrison helped plenty of other black writers get published and taken seriously by critics during her 15 years at Random House, where she was the first black woman senior editor in the fiction department.