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“African American Heritage Music Trail”: The prestigious Convent Avenue Baptist Church Male Choir and the renowned ensemble, Tyrone Birkett Emancipation. This fundraiser for the Ferry Godmother Music Circuit will explore inherent musical styles, from early African American music known as negro spirituals through the centuries into gospel, then reinterpreting the spirituals into jazz. AME Zion Church, 109 Washington St., Newburgh. 4 p.m. June 16. $25 online, $35 at door.



“Nevertheless, She Persisted”: Storyteller Madelyn Folino’s story is about growing up in a family whose women prevailed over whatever life threw at them, with humor and grace. Amity Gallery, 110 Newport Bridge Rd., Warwick. 8 p.m. June 16. $15. 258-0277.



“Damn Yankees”: From the stage that looks like a baseball stadium complete with the diamond painted on the stage floor, the anthem “You Gotta Have Heart” rings out in a chorus of male voices announcing that the homerun hit of the season “Damn Yankees” opens the summer season of rising professional theater at Woodstock Playhouse. A Broadway mega-hit and winner of seven Tony Awards, this American classic is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball. Performances June 15-July 1, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets, $32-$40, at by calling the box office at 679-6900. Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Rd.

“Take Five” and “Lone Star”: One a wacky comedy and the other an American theater classic,the two run back to back weekends at Cornerstone Theatre Arts. There is a 10-minute intermission between plays. The entire evening runs 90 minutes. Note: “Lone Star” has Vietnam overtones and contains adult language, content and themes. June 15-17. Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Reservations required by calling 294-4188. The Goshen Music Hall, 223 Main Street, Goshen. Theater is a second-floor walk-up. Get a 10 percent discount at participating Goshen restaurants when making a separate dinner reservation. Details when you call the theater box office.

Six Short Plays: Presented by the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop. “Snow Stars”, “Locked Away”, “Snakes in a Lunch Box”, “Routh Day on the Street”, “Look Me in the Eye”, “Mrs. Sorkin”. Rivoli Theatre, 5243 Main St., South Fallsburg. 8 p.m. June 15, 16; 2 p.m. June 17. $15, $12 seniors, students, military, veterans. 436-4336.

K2: Two mountaineers are stuck on the face of K2, the world's second highest mountain. Dealing with a serious injury and trapped on an icy ledge at 27,000 feet, the two climbers confront the fine line between life and death. Through June 17, Shadowland Stages, 157 Canal St., Ellenville,, 647-5511.

Steel Magnolias Live on Stage: “Steel Magnolias” chronicles the lives of six Southern women and explores life, tragedy and the true strength of friendship and humor. Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions. 8 p.m. Through June 17. 794-1194. Forestburgh Playhouse, 39 Forestburgh Road, 794-1194,

“Million Dollar Quartet”: A Tony Award winning musical set in 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Fever”, “Walk the Line”, “Sixteen Tons”, “Who Do You Love?”, “Great Balls of Fire”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, “Hound Dog” and more! Forestburgh Playhouse, 39 Forestburgh Rd., Forestburgh. 8 p.m. June 19, running though July 11. 794-1194.

Summer Fun Film and Performance Series: David Gonzalez in Aesop Bops! A potpourri of Aesop classics, which is fast paced and funny and will include Daniel Kelly on keyboard, 5 p.m. June 23; Vanaver Caravan World Dance! Performances will include Irish, French



Movies With Spirit: “The Cup,” celebrated comedy about two young soccer-crazed Tibetan Buddhist monks who desperately try to get a TV into their Himalayan monastery so they can watch the FIFA World Cup final. Vivekananda Retreat, Ridgely, 101 Leggett Rd., Stone Ridge. 7 p.m. June 16. Contributions $5-$10 per person over age 12. 389-9201.

Flick Series at Bethel Woods: Films shown indoors at state-of-the-art Museum Theater, plus snacks and games, June 24, “Moonlight”; $8 for adults (18 and over), $6 members and $5 Children (18 and younger). Info and tickets at

Moonlit Mondays Movies: Outdoor film experience on Terrace Stage, Bethel Woods. Movies plus snacks and games. “Big Lebowski,” July 9; The Museum at Bethel Woods, 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. 6 p.m. $8 adults 18 and over, $6 members, $5 for children 18 and younger. Info, tickets and to check for raindates:


Poetry & Readings

Goshen Methodist Church: Poetry at the Church, 7 p.m. June 25. Featured poet: Harvey Greenwald, plus open reading. Host: Ted Gill. Donations appreciated. 115 Main St., Goshen, 294-5010.

Marbella Ristorante: Poetry and music open mic. 151 Canal St., Ellenville. 7 p.m. every Tues. 647-9269.

Milkweed Poetry Workshop: Poetry series, workshop and open reading. 2 & 3 Romer’s Alley, Sugar Loaf. 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Weds. Featured poet, plus workshop and open reading. Hosts are Richard Kersting and Wendy Insinger. Donations welcome. 469-7464.

Mudd Puddle Cafe: Poetry Night, 6 p.m. June 16. Featured poet: Thom Francis, followed by open reading. Host: Robert Milby. $2 donation. 10 Main St., New Paltz. Inside Water Street Market. 255-3436

Newburgh Free Library: Hudson River Poets, 7 p.m. June 28, No cover. Host: Hayden Wayne. 124 Grand St., Newburgh. 561-3601.

Stone Ridge Library: Poetry with Rosemary Deen, 3700 Main St., Stone Ridge, 1:30-3:30 p.m. every second and fourth Thurs.

Wok & Roll Cafe: Club Harmony Poetry Series, every Tues. 8 p.m. with host Michael Platsky 52 Rte. 212 (Mill Hill Rd.), Woodstock. 679-7760.