Timely topics

BETHEL - Actress, activist, author Amber Tamblyn kicks off Bethel Woods's 2018 Woods Talk: Live series, April 14 6:30 p.m. April 14. Time Magazine journalist Nina Burleigh will interview Tamblyn on the topic: "Breaking Boundaries." The event includes a film screening, spoken word, audience interaction, book signing, cocktails and DJ dance party.

The program, which will be held in the museum lobby and theater, includes some adult content, and is best suited for teens-adult. Space is limited.  Tickets $25; $10 at door for students with ID. bethelwoods.org

Local artist's work on show

TUXEDO - A solo show of works by Fred Mittleman continues at Valley Cottage Library, Clarkstown, through April 29. The Tuxedo artist has designed award-winning consumer packaging for such products as Dom Perignon, Johnnie Walker Black, Budweiser, Gatorade and Maxwell House, among others. 

His paintings, in a variety of media, cover a range of themes and subjects. Mittleman paints everything from landscapes to nature, still lifes to cats and fashion. See more at fredmittlemanfineart.com. Info on the show can be found at vclib.org.

Young voices sing classics

BETHEL - Shandelee Music Festival begins its 25th anniversary year festivities 3 p.m. April 22 at Bethel Woods, with a P.L.A.Y. the Classics concert by the multiple-award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City. The chorus, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, was founded by Francisco J. Nunez, its artistic director.  Nunez was recently named as the 2018 Educator of the Year by the magazine “Musical America.”

“Bringing our young people together, so that they’re ready for a multicultural concept of life, and sounds and rhythms, is … what Young People’s Chorus is trying to do,” says Nunez.

P.L.A.Y. (Peace, Love, Art, You!) the Classics was instituted in 2016 as a partnership with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $30 for Shandalee members; $35 general admission; $10 students 17 and under. A specialty dessert reception follows the concert. Info at shandelee.org, 439-3277.


Jazz Fest fundraiser

WARWICK - The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival will swing into tune at 3 p.m. May 6, with a fundraiser show at The Warwick Center for The Performing Arts, 63 Wheeler Ave. This year's festival is scheduled for Aug. 9-12, featuring local and nationally renowned talent in various locations.

More info at hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org