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Comics Showcase: Frances Gunn and Heather Candella with host Mike McGrath (Keegan Ales, The Comedy Works) and special guest Andrew Tschudy (Improv, Levity Live). ASK, 97 Broadway, Kingston. 8 p.m. Sept. 21.


Casting Call

Nutcracker Auditions: Open auditions for New Paltz Ballet Theatre’s annual Nutcracker performance. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 for girls ages 12-18 with at least one full year of pointe training; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 22 for girls ages 7-8 with previous ballet training. 1-3:30 for boys and girls ages 8-12. Boys do not need previous ballet training. New Paltz School of Ballet, 1 Bonticou View Dr., New Paltz.



“Kugel & Frijoles, Latino Jews in the U.S.”: Author Laura Limonic will discuss her book discussing countries Latino Jews emigrated from, why they are leaving, where they are settling in the U.S. and how their customs, foods, languages and religious observances are different from other Jewish people. Temple Sinai, 75 Highland Ave., Middletown. 12-2 p.m. Sept. 22. 343-1861.



“Punk the Capital, Building a Sound Movement”: When punk invaded the nation's capital in the mid-late 1970s, it erupted as a mighty clash of powerful anarchic music in a conservative city. Filmmakers Paul Bishow and James Schneider will be in person at Rosendale Theatre for a Q&A after the screening. Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St., Rosendale. 7:15 p.m. Sept. 24. $8, $6 members.

Woodstock Film Festival: Oct. 2-6. Lineup at plus a list of special guests. Individual tickets on sale now. Special pre-festival free event, 7 p.m. Oct. 1, a screening of Roger Ross Williams’ “The Apollo” at UPAC, 601 Broadway, Kingston.


“9 to 5”: The Dolly Parton musical based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. The Playhouse at Museum Village, Route 17M, Monroe. 8 p.m. Sept. 20, 21; at 2 p.m. Sept. 21; at 3 p.m. Sept. 22. Tickets to individual performances $25 include dessert at intermission: apple pie, ice cream, cheese, iced tea and coffee. Group rates are available; reservations suggested.294-9465.


Movies With Spirit: “Adaptation,” an award-winning comedy drama based on challenges Kaufman faced in real life trying to adapt a nonfiction book to film. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 207 Albany Ave., Kingston. 7 p.m. Sept. 21. 389-9201.

“The Organizer”: A portrait of Wade Rathke, the controversial founder of ACORN, as well as an exploration of the often maligned and misunderstood occupation of community organizer. West Hurley Firehouse, Wall St. 657-2914. 2 p.m. Sept. 22.

“Suicide, The Ripple Effect”: The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who attempted to take his life at the age of 19 by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then, he has been on a mission to use his story to help others find recovery and stay alive. SUNY Ulster, Quimby Theatre, Vanderlyn Hall, 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 24. 687-5192.

Poetry & Readings

Liberty Museum & Arts Center: Poetry Festival, 46 South Main St., Liberty, 2 p.m. Sept. 21.

Mudd Puddle Cafe: Featured poets Christopher Wheeling and Carl Welden plus open reading with host Robert Milby, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21. $2 donation. 10 Main St., New Paltz. Inside Water Street Market. 255-3436