Upcoming Cultural Events

The Salmagundi Club was founded in 1871 and is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States. Housed in an historic brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village, New York City, the Club offers programs including art classes, exhibitions, painting demonstrations, and art auctions throughout the year for members and the general public.

Facilities include three galleries, a library, an elegant period parlor, and a restaurant and bar with vintage pool tables.

The Salmagundi Club hosts its Annual Fall Auctions of works by artist members in all media, including oil painting, sculpture, fine-art graphics, and photography. The Auctions are Friday, October 7 at 8pm; Sunday, October 16 at 2pm and Friday, October 21 at 8pm.

Over one hundred fifty artworks by current Salmagundi members are being auctioned. Collectors since the early 1900s have flocked to these events, held every spring and fall, to find top-quality paintings, drawings, fine-art graphics, photography, and sculpture, at better-than-reasonable prices. You can bid online @ LiveAuctioneers.com

Logo for Woodstock Film Festival

The Woodstock Film Festival will run from October 13 – 16 featuring independent films, shorts, animations, concerts, panel discussions, and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties (all in the Hudson Valley of New York). This marks the WFF 17th year and promises to be the best so far.

Festival programmers evaluated thousands of film submissions from around the world to bring audiences this year’s curated list of over a hundred feature documentaries, narrative features, and short films (including short docs and animation). Entries were up more than 40%, which made the selection process particularly difficult.

The WFF website: http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/ has everything you’ll need to know for choosing films to match your interests.

A sister organization is the The Hudson Valley Film Commission (HVFC), a conduit for preproduction, production, and postproduction for film, TV and other media in the Hudson Valley and Catskill region. HVFC attracts ‘filmmakers’ from around the world to the region and provides support to studio features, independent features, print, new media, short films, and television shows and ads.

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center (http://kaatsbaan.org), the Hudson Valley’s cultural park for dance and one of upstate New York’s leading dance presenters has an open rehearsal on October 12 at 2pm with the New York Theatre Ballet Featuring NYTB dancers and Broadway choreographer Chase Brock.

On October 15, at 11am the New York Theatre Ballet will present for children, parents and all who love dance: Alice-n-Wonderland Follies. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce children to dance. I’ve been to numerous performances at Kaatsbaan and have never been disappointed with any of the programs.

Kaatsbaan, Dutch for “a playing field” was founded in 1990 by professional dancers in response to the continued lack of affordable studio space in New York City in which to create and rehearse dance. At Kaatsbaan there is time and space for the creative process; to experiment; to expand and diversify expertise; and to have opportunities for emerging dance artists to perfect their craft to a professional level.

The affordable year-round facility is a place that provides national and international dance companies, choreographers and all dance artists with a place to experiment, create, rehearse, perform, showcase new work, train, and develop new sets, costumes and productions.

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