Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs is hosting its traditional Winter Ball this Saturday, February 28 at 8 p.m. The theme this year is Black & White Vintage Hollywood – what can beat that? Hollywood inspired food, music by the New York Players, a Classic Hollywood Costume Contest are among the evening’s highlights. We hear that the event is sold out, but keep in mind for next year. More information about SPAC at http://www.spac.org.
Arkell Museum in Canajoharie re-opens for the season this Sunday, March 1 with an exhibition called “The Artist Revealed: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits.” Works by Norman Rockwell, Milton Avery, Leonard Baskin, and others are included in this show. The exhibit explores both the artistic approach and the sitter’s characteristics in making these works of art memorable. For more information, visit http://www.arkellmuseum.org/upcoming-exhibitions.
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is hosting an exhibition dedicated to works produced between 1903 and 1918, on view this weekend from Friday to Sunday at the Kleinart / James Center for the Arts on Tinker Street. The exhibit also includes artifacts and publications from the early 1900s. Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. Hélène Lesterlin will perform Overlook, a solo performance dedicated to the history of Woodstock. Friday at 7:30 p.m. there will be a screening of the “Art of House,” a documentary by Don Freeman exploring houses designed by twelve artists from all over the country. For more information about these events, visit http://www.woodstockguild.org/overlook.html.
The Center for Photography at Woodstock
Still in Woodstock, the Center for Photography is hosting a workshop led by Greg Miller this Saturday, February 28. “Winter Wonders Photo Safari” is a one day excursion through the Catskill Mountains, exploring scenic areas around the Ashokan Reservoir, and other locations around Woodstock. Participants will learn how to make the most of their cameras and lenses. The workshop will end in the digital lab where images taken throughout the day will be reviewed. Miller is the author of “The Hudson River: A Great American Treasure” published by Rizzoli in 2008. For more information about this workshop, visit https://www.cpw.org/events/?ee=52.
Bard College Conservatory Orchestra is performing this Sunday, March 1 at 3 p.m. a concert that includes Samuel Barber’s First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12 written in 1937, as well as two premieres by Bard students. The program is conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, an accomplished musician and conductor living in New York City. Milarsky teaches at Columbia University. For more information about the program, visit http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=128226.
Initiated in 2013, Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers celebrates its second edition this weekend, September 5 – 7. Twenty-three renowned writers, poets and educators will be leading workshops and giving readings: Mary Johnson, Tayari Jones, Esther Cohen, Marianela Medrano, Sophronia Scott, Breena Clarke, Mermer Blakeslee, Bertha Rogers, Lynn Domina, Kat Rosenfield, Stephanie Nikolopoulos, and others. I will be teaching a Self-Publishing workshop, Friday, September 5 from 3 to 5 pm. For more information, visit http://www.hobartbookvillage.com
Founded in 1961, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) hosts world-class performances every year throughout the summer. This weekend, SPAC will host its 14th annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival, featuring more than 250 fine wine and food exhibitors. An auto field set nearby will have on display collectible Porsche, Jaguar, and Shelby Cobras. For more information about the festival, go to http://saratogawineandfood.com/.
The National Museum of Dance
Still in Saratoga, the National Museum of Dance is having an open house this Sunday, September 7, from 12 noon to 5 pm. Founded in 1986, the museum hosts an array of photographs, videos, costumes, artifacts and documents that illustrate all forms of dance throughout history. Since 1992 the museum has had its own school of dance, whose studios will be open this weekend. The museum, founded by Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and his wife Marylou, is housed in the historic Washington Bathhouse, built in 1918 in the Arts and Crafts architectural style. For more information, visit http://www.dancemuseum.org.
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
The Fisher Center at Bard College presents outstanding theatrical and classical music performances, and brings leading artists to the Hudson Valley area spring, summer, and fall. The Center also has a residency program called Live Arts Bard (LAB) for performing arts professionals to test ideas, and develop new projects. To view the fall program go to http://fishercenter.bard.edu/fallevents/.