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Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair at Ulster County Fairgrounds

Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair at Ulster County Fairgrounds

Saturday-Monday, May 25-27: Whether you’re looking for clothing or housewares, jewelry or patio furniture, a pottery bowl or a wrought-iron hook or carved wooden salad utensils or a colorful patchwork quilt or a jar of Vidalia onion jam, this is the place to undertake your search and go home more than satisfied. Allow yourself plenty of time, because there are hundreds of juried exhibitors, all competing to catch your eye.

Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration benefits Family of Woodstock

Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration benefits Family of Woodstock

Sunday, May 26: Happy Traum serves as emcee, and he’ll be joined this year by Cindy Cashdollar, Tracy Bonham, Scott Petito, Simi Stone, Joe Magistro, Adam Widoff, Bruce Katz, Connor Kennedy, Peter More, Leslie Ritter, Marc Black and the obligatory-for-Woodstock Surprise Guests Yet to Be Announced. Songs written by Dylan will be spotlighted throughout the evening.

Montgomery Place hosts Gilsonfest this weekend

Montgomery Place hosts Gilsonfest this weekend

Friday-Sunday, May 24-26: Since Bard College acquired Montgomery Place in 2016, the former seat of one of the branches of the Livingston family has become the “salon” hosting public events. Famous names long associated with Montgomery Place include architect Alexander Jackson Davis and landscape designer Andrew Jackson Downing, but now visitors will have opportunities to learn about a lesser-known steward of this magnificent site overlooking the Hudson River, Alexander Gilson.

Body of work: Screening, dance party in Hudson to celebrate Carolee Schneeman

Body of work: Screening, dance party in Hudson to celebrate Carolee Schneeman

Saturday, May 18: Though they may not all realize it, contemporary women artists who are trying to reclaim the female body from the male gaze owe a great deal to pioneering painter/photographer/filmmaker/performance artist Carolee Schneeman. Her works celebrated female corporeality and challenged body taboos in ways deemed far too transgressive by critics of the time. But eventually the art world caught up with her, and the Venice Biennale awarded Schneeman its Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2017. She died on March 6.

Bard Conservatory performs Mahler’s Third twice this weekend

Bard Conservatory performs Mahler’s Third twice this weekend

Friday, May 10 and Sunday, May 12: While Mahler’s No. 8 is the one affectionately dubbed the “Symphony of a Thousand” because of its immense ensemble size and logistical challenges (sometimes involving entire second orchestras and choirs performing in the wings, out of audience view), No. 3 is no small and tidy affair. Bard’s performance will employ more than 160 musicians to get it right.