Despite the fact that events are so limited right now, there’s still stuff to do—if you know where to look. And our weekly roundup is just the place.
PO+p 2020 Exhibit in Kingston | through October 12
Presented by the O+ organization, the “walk-by” PO+p 2020 public art exhibition is on view in Uptown Kingston storefront windows now through October 12. The show allows the community the chance to experience art in an outdoor, socially distanced setting and offers potential buyers a way to connect with artists. More information and a catalog of the works that are on view and for sale is available at the O+ website.
Take This Hammer at Greenville Drive-In | 9/24
On September 24 at 6:30pm, Basilica Hudson continues its Non-Fiction Film Series at Greenville Drive-In with a screening of Take This Hammer, a 1964 documentary about immortal Black activist and writer James Baldwin. The film depicts Baldwin discussing racism in housing with San Francisco’s Black community, and his conversations are punctuated with poetic scenes of everyday life in neighborhoods that are about to be lost to gentrification. Also shown will be How We Stay, a short film from All Arts’ series “Box Burner.” The program is free, although there is a suggested donation of $15 per car.
Drive-Through Food Festival in Middletown | 9/24-10/4
Grab the car keys! The Orange County Drive-Through Food Festival is coming to the Orange County Fairgrounds in Middletown on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 24 through October 4. Funnel cakes, fried Twinkies, sausage and pepper sandwiches, Philly cheese steaks, gyros, candy apples, popcorn, and other classic family fare will be served during the multi-vendor event. The “drive-thru” format will allow patrons to choose between dining areas, each of which focuses on a different “fair food” genre. Drivers will be provided with a map and a menu and taken on a set route through the grounds, where they are free to stop at any of the vendors that interest them. The event, which is free to attend, is for vehicles only and cannot accommodate walk-up customers due to its socially distanced nature. Thursdays and Fridays, gates will be open from 4pm to 9pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am to 9pm.
“Songs for a New World” in Rhinebeck | 9/26-9/27
On September 26 and 27 at 7pm, the Rhinebeck Theater Society will present “Songs for a New World” on its new outdoor stage on the great lawn of the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. The four-person musical by Jason Robert Brown explores “themes of hope, ambition, and reflection through the lens of diverse American narratives,” with “evocative lyrics, tight harmonies, and compelling rhythms, this song cycle rejoices in our collective humanity.” Tickets are $20. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets and their own refreshments.
Guided Landscape Tour at Staatsburg | 9/27
The Staatsburg State Historic Site in Staatsburg is one of the most majestic of the historic estates that are among the Hudson Valley’s signature attractions. The Gilded Age home of Ruth and Ogden Mills, Staatsburg is set on lush grounds that were designed in 1895 by an accomplished landscape architect. On September 27 starting at 10am, the site will host guided walking outdoor tours of the property. Using historic photos of the grounds, this tour will show what visitors would have seen 100+ years ago, but also reveal what was hidden from them. The tour is free, but space is limited so preregistration is advised.
Myron Polenberg Exhibit at Hudson Hall | through 11/1
Artist Myron Polenberg’s 50-plus-year career encompasses painting, sculpture, assemblage, mixed media, installation, and film, among other mediums. Themes that have repeatedly emerged in Polenberg’s work include justice, inequality, power, war, gender, and sexuality. “Epiphany: It’s the Cracks That Let the Light In,” now on view at Hudson Hall in Hudson through November 1, is an exhibition of images by local photographer David McIntyre that offers a behind-the-scenes look at Polenberg’s creative process. The display is open for viewing on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 to 5pm via timed entry on the hour. Admission is free but reservations must be made at Hudson Hall’s website.
Kane Brown Livestream in Glenmont, Warwick, and Coxsackie | 9/26
Tennessee-born country pop-crossover singer Kane Brown is working his way around the coronavirus conundrum by performing a special “Encore Drive-In Night” remote concert to be streamed at drive-in theaters on September 26. Three area sites will be participating: Jericho Drive-In in Glenmont (7:15pm), Hi-Way Drive-In in Coxsacakie (7:30pm), and Warwick Drive-In Theatre in Warwick (7:30 and 10:30pm). Tickets are $76 per car (up to six people), $176 per car (up to six people) for a special VIP package. Tickets and details are available online via Ticketmaster.