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Opus 40 opens its busy season of performances, walks & workshops

Opus 40 opens its busy season of performances, walks & workshops

May 10 to October 31: Harvey Fite, one of the founders of the Fine Arts Department at Bard College, spent time restoring Mayan ruins at Copán in Honduras while studying Mesoamerican indigenous sculpture, and in the process learned how to do dry-key stone masonry, a technique that uses gravity to create stable stone structures without mortar. In 1938 he purchased an abandoned quarry in High Woods as a source for bluestone to sculpt, and began to position some of his larger pieces in that outdoor setting.

Avengers: Endgame shot scenes in Ulster, Dutchess

Avengers: Endgame shot scenes in Ulster, Dutchess

Let’s say you’re not already burning to know if and how the surviving Avengers will manage to reverse some of the harm (killing half of the universe’s sentient beings with a snap of his magic-gauntleted fingers) wrought by big baddie Thanos at the end of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Would it motivate you at all to know that some of the epic footage (all shot in IMAX, by the way) was gleaned right here in the Hudson Valley?

Bread & Puppet to perform at TSL in Hudson

Bread & Puppet to perform at TSL in Hudson

Friday, April 26: Since its inception in the early 1960s, the giant puppetry, costumed players, music and social commentary made by Bread and Puppet have shaped original works that aim at prevailing tendencies in human folly. The new show is Diagonal Life: Theory and Praxis, based on a premise that, according to founder and director Peter Schumann, investigates “the leaning power of hurt verticals.” What is a “hurt vertical”? It is the perfect, upright citizen whose aspiration is to reflect the agreed-upon worthiness, but who perhaps falls short of that goal.

An Evening of Poetry and Song with Garrison Keillor benefits Performing Arts of Woodstock

An Evening of Poetry and Song with Garrison Keillor benefits Performing Arts of Woodstock

Saturday, Apr. 27: At age 76, with nine volumes of Lake Wobegon stories in print, a pile of awards including a Peabody, a Steinbeck, a Grammy and medals from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Endowment for the Humanities, not to mention having undergone heart surgery in 2001 and suffered a stroke in 2009, one would think that Keillor would be ready to settle into a comfortable retirement.