This Memorial Day weekend, one town has got all that you desire.
Gallery openings? Check. Art sales? Yes. Theatrical performances? Of course. Walking tours? Sure. Fashion shows? You bet. Live music? Uh huh. Shall we continue? No problem.
Woodstock Arts Day takes place all day tomorrow across Woodstock to celebrate a vibrant arts community. A complete listing of events can be seen at www.woodstockartsconsortium.org, but here are some highlights.
Woodstock Artists Association & Museum members will exhibit and sell pieces from their portfolio, host a youth exhibition and host children's art activities all day at 28 Tinker St. Call 679-2940.
Ventriloquist Steve Charney performs a family-friendly musical show from 1-2 p.m. at the Woodstock Playhouse, routes 212 and 375. Call 679-4101.
Tours of the Bluestone Sculpture Park will run from 1-4 p.m. starting at the Woodstock School of Art, 2470 Route 212. Call 679-2388.
"Americans Who Tell the Truth" is a new art exhibit featuring paintings by Robert Shetterly of famous Americans. On hand from 5-8 p.m. will be two people who have portraits in the show, singer Pete Seeger and retired New York police detective Frank Serpico. Call 679-2079.
There's plenty more happening, too. Most events are free, some are by donation. Visit www.woodstockartsconsortium.org for the full listing.
Get ready to dance the night away when Bearsville Theater hosts Woodstock Tango and its show "Dance Fury" at 8 p.m. tomorrow.
The show, to be performed by the Tango y Mas Dance Company, features Argentine tango, salsa, West Coast swing and Latin ballroom. The show will be followed at 9:45 p.m. by social dancing on two floors with music provided by two DJs.
The theater is on Route 212 in Bearsville. Tickets are $15-$30. Call 246-1122.
The First Presbyterian Church of Monroe is the place for "Ain't It a Pretty Night" with soprano Leilah Dione, pianist Ron DeFesi and classical guitarist Maoz Ezra at 8 tonight.
Proceeds from this concert will be used to defray the cost of two professional training programs, the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Italy and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel.
The church is at 142 Stage Road in Monroe. Tickets are $10 and $20. Call 783-1632.
If you thought your mother was obsessive, compulsive and a slave driver, you've obviously never met Mama Rose, the driving force in "Gypsy."
Based on the life of famous burlesque singer Gypsy Rose Lee, the classic musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents will be performed from May 31-Aug. 4 at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. Food is served before the show at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon and 5 p.m. Sunday.
"Gypsy" centers on the ultimate stage mother, Mama Rose (played by award-winning actress Karen Mason), and her two daughters, June and Louise. Mama Rose wants her daughters to be successful, famous performers and pushes them very hard. The family tours on the vaudeville circuit until June leaves and Louise finds unlikely stardom in burlesque as Gypsy Rose Lee. The score, one of Broadway's best, includes the songs "Some People," "Small World" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses."
Tickets are $55-$72, dinner included. Call 914-592-2222.
Decades ago, public perception of the 21st century was very different from the reality of it.
Everyone imagined space vacations, flying cars, mylar suits and laser guns. Instead, the actual 21st century society is pretty much the same as it was then. Except everyone has portable phones, the Internet has linked the world and gasoline is $4.
But what happened to all those visions of a future that never came? The people who tried to jump the gun on the future with their inventions? Those images are the subject of "Utopian Mirage: Social Metaphors in Contemporary Photography and Film" on display from May 25-July 29 at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie.
Fifty contemporary works show artists capturing those old ideals now set in the culture they were trying to predict. Many of these futuristic visions have been overrun by decay, dismantled or simply destroyed. The work in this exhibit provides a telling juxtaposition of cultural evolution.
Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 437-5632.