Warm up with this week’s scoop of hot Hudson Valley events at General Arts & Culture | Hudson Valley

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After digging your way out after last week’s massive snow storm, here are some excellent local activities that you can dig without going far.

Annie Lennox, Carly Simon heading to Bardavon’s Carole King Tribute | February 10th

Carole King’s 1971 bestselling Tapestry will be in the limelight for “Albums Revisited,” the Poughkeepsie theater that Bardavon recognizes as an all-star tribute to classic albums. The YouTube series returns on February 10th at 8 p.m. with musical performances by Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Kate Pierson with the Troubled Age, Kat Quinn, Jill Sobule, Dar Williams, Cindy Cashdollar, Jonatha Brooke, Patti Rothberg, Laura Stevenson, Lara Hope and back the Ark Tones and others. The livestream is free, with a recommended donation for the artists.

Book Talk Center About Black Musical Protest | February 10th

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On February 10th at 7 p.m., writer Steven Garabedian will speak about his new book, A Sound History: Lawrence Gellert, Black Musical Protest and White Denial, at an online authoring event sponsored by Oblong Books and Music of Rhinebeck and Millerton. Gellert, a mysterious figure in the American folk and blues study, was best known for his field research in the south in the 1930s. With Garabedian, Marist University history professor Dr. Kristin Bayer, will attend the lecture. The event is free. Signed copies of the book can be purchased.

Experimental dance at the Bridge Street Theater | February 11th

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For its virtual dance residence series, the Bridge Street Theater in Catskill is presenting a digital performance excerpt from “STYLE” by the New York dance group LayeRhythm Experiment on February 11th at 7pm. LayeRhythm was founded by the French-Vietnamese dance artist Mai Lê Hô and features live musicians and singers with freestyle dancers. The company is made up of celebrity dancers who have won world-class competitions in breaking, hip-hop, popping, and house dance. The event is free.

Sol LeWitt retrospective at Mass MoCA | constantly

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Located in one acre of interior North Adams, Massachusetts, the Mass MoCA contemporary art center is “Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective.” The exhibition was installed on purpose-built walls designed by the late artist. It includes a staggering 105 large-format drawings made over the course of LeWitt’s long career. A new immersive app developed by Sol LeWitt Estate and Microsoft takes users into the creative world of LeWitt and enables them to scan selected wall drawings, take a virtual tour of their studio and uncover archive videos and audios never seen before. You can’t go to the protocol-compliant museum this week? No problem: the ad can be seen until 2043.

Wine Tasting Orange Benefits County Land Trust | February 11th

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The Orange County Land Trust will host a virtual wine tasting session on February 11th at 6 p.m., led by world famous sommelier Kevin Zraly. Zraly, the most famous wine teacher in the country, was the wine director of the legendary New York restaurant Windows on the World and is supposed to introduce California wine to the American public. The tasting will be followed by a live performance by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. The ticket price includes four bottles of wine delivered to your door. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Orange County Land Trust’s efforts to protect habitats and farmland.

New Paltz High Schooler Will Sing on “American Idol” | 14th of February

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New sophomore Paltz High School and singer-songwriter Laila Mach was selected to participate in the next episode of ABC-TV’s hugely popular American Idol. The show, hosted by Ryan Secrest, will air live on February 14th at 8 p.m. and the competing acts will be judged by the Celebrity Jury comprised of Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. Mach auditioned for the competition on Zoom and was flown to California for another audition that ultimately qualified her for the show. Her success follows that of the Saugerties musician Ian Flanigan, who featured on NBC TV’s “The Voice” last year.

Four Nations Ensemble gives Valentine’s Day concert | 14th of February

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, Columbia County-based chamber group Four Nations Ensemble will host a special webcast concert on February 14th at 8 p.m. With the title “A Baroque Valentine’s Day Celebration: When Love Goes Wrong”, the event is touted as a “program to celebrate women who have been wronged (Medea and Dido) and the eternal hopes of happy love”. The set list contains works by Handel, Couperin, Strozzi, Haydn, Vivaldi, Martini, Clerambault and Tartini. The concert is free.

Chris Garneau Live from Hudson Hall | 14th of February

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To celebrate the release of The Kind, his fifth album, revered singer-songwriter Chris Garneau will play an afternoon livestream concert from the Hudson Hall stage on February 14th at 3pm. Garneau, whose music featured prominently on ABC TV’s Grey’s Anatomy and in Pedro Almodovar’s 2011 film The Skin I Live In, recorded the new album with local musician and producer Patrick Higgins, who will accompany him on the show. Tickets are $ 22.50; The show is available on request 48 hours after it was broadcast live on video.

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