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Arts & Entertainment


Summertime Discontent



In these dog days of August, it’s hard to find much action. The county’s cultural centers are still on hiatus, the big summer movies have all been released, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been out for weeks, barbecue season is winding down, and even TV has become a barren wasteland of reality shows (though that’s not so unusual). Yet there’s one last bastion of summertime entertainment—filled with deception, jealousy, betrayal, political intrigue, and all the good stuff of blockbuster thrills—that’s sure to tide you over until the fall arts scene starts ramping up. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, New York, is your oasis of amusement as it presents one of the Bard’s most popular plays, Richard III, on the grounds of the Boscobel through August 18. Festival veteran Chris Edwards, who garnered raves as Caliban in its production of The Tempest, will return to take on the role of the would-be king. Picnic on the grounds, tour the historic house, then settle in for a night with one of literature’s all-time best villains. For lighter entertainment, the Festival’s production of As You Like It will run through September 2. For more information, see This Month page 167.


Andrea and Astaire



After vocalist Andrea Marcovicci takes the stage at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts International Music Festival on August 1 and 2, you’ll want to kick up your heels, do a little soft-shoe, and say, “I’m in heaven!” At least, that’s what Marcovicci’s muse—the peerless Fred Astaire—would have done (and in a tux, no less). Marcovicci, dubbed New York City’s “Queen of Cabaret,” plans to bring back the glamour of the ’30s by running through a roster of all of Astaire’s greatest numbers. Get ready and dust off that top hat. For more information, see This Month page 162.



Melts in Your Mouth




Admit it: you’re having a chocolate craving right now. Just the mention of that sweet, rich, creamy, gooey treat is giving you the urge to get in the car and drive over to Anna Shea’s. It’s not your fault: chocolatiers around the world spend big bucks on advertising, hoping to keep your sweet tooth not quite satisfied. This month, the Bruce Museum takes a look at the way manufacturers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries advertised their delicious wares using posters and lithographs. Take a look at the vintage prints, then see if you can fight the craving. The exhibition runs from August 25 to December 2. For more information, see This Month page 160.




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