Friday-Sunday, Nov. 17-19: There are more than 20 million military veterans in the US. Even so, their experiences are largely something that civilians can only imagine. An opportunity to bridge that gap is one of the reasons that organizers of this weekend’s artistic outpouring at the FDR site are encouraging civilians to attend, and experience all the activities planned alongside current and former members of the Armed Forces and their families.
Almanac Weekly | Art & Music
Wednesday, Nov. 22: A delightful original reggae and rock-steady band in the Desmond Dekker mode with a dash of Motown, the Big Takeover has been packing literally all of the local venues for all ten of those years, stepping up its national touring in the last few.
Sunday, Nov. 19: This salon-style event will feature author and historian Rosemary Nichols and the famed musical duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason. Well-known for their expert curation of American folk music, Jay and Molly’s music was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS landmark series The Civil War.
Sunday, Nov. 19: Justin Townes Earle bears the formidable weight two famous names, and one of them ain’t Justin. The son of Steve Earle and namesake of the currently bigger-than-Elvis Townes van Zandt, Mr. Earle’s career as a Bardic American troubadour has been somewhat polarizing, and has positioned the prolific writer at the center of a lot of heated discussions about the nature of authenticity.
Saturday, Nov. 18 and Friday, Nov. 24: Two chances to see the telecaster master, prolific recording artist and coveted sideman.
Saturday, Nov. 18: A central figure in the rockabilly revival of the late ’70s and early ’80s, Gordon coexisted with punk and New Wave, and few people know the old repertoire like this fellow does. When Colony booked Gordon, there was probably very little doubt or even conversation about whom to lock down as the support act: Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones, of course – the mid-Hudson Valley’s own ardent rockabilly aficionados.
Saturday, Nov. 18: The sister of the late, great folkie to host performances by the innovative guitarist Pat Wictor, Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner of the duo Magpie and the musical ensemble the Sebastians.
Saturday, Nov. 18: Director Randall Craig Fleischer will conduct a concert that includes Smetana’s “Vltava (The Moldau),” Debussy’s “La Mer,” and Vaughan Williams’ dramatic “Sinfonia Antarctica,” the latter to be accompanied by the Vassar College Women’s Chorus and Jon Bowermaster’s stunning projected images of Antarctica’s vanishing ice cap.
Saturday, Nov. 11: During this performance, Ozark will be presenting “Map to the Stars,” an exploration using live 3D audio sound to create an immersive experience for concert-goers. He will incorporate technology developed by Paul Geluso, an engineer, composer, and educator, who is currently on faculty at NYU researching 3D audio technology.
If you are not an aficionado of abstract art, three solo exhibitions on display this month at galleries in Shady, Hudson and Poughkeepsie may convert you, especially if you take your time and linger before the work.