This Month's Highlights

PLUS: Home Theater and Film Flops


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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Photo by Dulce Pinzon



It’s high time they brought a little soul to Tarrytown. On December 3, a heavy dose of it comes to us by way of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, whose most recent album, 100 Days, 100 Nights, sees the band perfecting its retro R&B sound. To see the fiery vocalist—who once had a day job as a prison guard on Riker’s Island, so you know she means business—take the stage with her consummately cool backing band, head over to the Tarrytown Music Hall.




Most people know the Subdudes from their Big Easy music, with all of New Orleans’s signature blues and gospel sounds. For the band’s most recent album, however, it’s taken a different tack. Flower Petals is rootsy, full of Americana, and—dare we say it—even a little country. (The concept of the album—a loosely told soldier’s story full of betrayal and revenge—certainly has an Old West vibe.) To hear the Subdudes give an acoustic performance of these new songs, visit the Irvington Town Hall Theater on December 4.


Ditch Your DVDs

You know that impossibly cool friend of yours—the one who has the amazing DVD collection full of worldly cinematic gems, each one more classic than the last? Chances are, those shelves are lined with releases from The Criterion Collection, a company known to cinephiles for putting out a well-edited selection of DVDs with better technical specs, hipper directors, smarter commentaries, and even cooler packaging than most. The worst thing about a Criterion DVD is that you have to watch it on your home-theater setup—until now. Throughout December, the Jacob Burns Film Center is hosting a series called “Criterion Collection on the Big Screen.” The roster reads like a who’s who of venerated art-house directors, including Ernst Lubitsch (The Love Parade on December 4 and 9), Akira Kurosawa (I Live in Fear on December 5 and 10), Louise Malle (God’s Country on December 6, 8, and 9), Ingmar Bergman (Port of Call on December 12 and 15), and Aki Kaurismäki (The Match Factory Girl on December 13 and 17). Film buffs might also want to head to the Center on December 1, when it’ll screen the beloved Night of the Hunter followed by a Q&A with Night of the Hunter: Biography of a Film author Jeffrey Couchman.

 Keep Truckin’

When you think of guitar greats, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, or B.B. King might come to mind. But ask again in a few years, and you might find Derek Trucks on that list with those guitar legends. In fact, Rolling Stone already has taken notice, writing that “Derek Trucks could very well be the best guitarist of his generation.” The axe man, nephew of Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, will bring his band and his blues-rock to the Paramount Center for the Arts on December 11.

Art House

We’re Westchesterites—of course we’re curious about what the interiors of our neighbors’ houses look like. We’re also cultured individuals who appreciate the finer things. Satisfy both intellectual cravings with the Neuberger Museum of Art’s Neu Access Tour on December 2. The tour, the last in a series of the museum’s tours of houses with special collections, will feature a private home in Armonk owned by mid-century fans who kept the house in its 1957 style. Expect to see original fixtures and period furnishings, including Oscar de la Renta bedroom lamps, a Florence Knoll sofa, a Harry Bertoia bird chair, and Herman Miller dining-room chairs. The Drapers have nothing on these homeowners.

Home Goods

It may be a century-old cliché, but there really is no place like home. And L. Frank Baum isn’t the only author to be inspired by that sentiment. On December 6, the Pelham Art Center and the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center will host a reading with authors inspired by the theme “Home, Sweet Home.” The featured reader will be New Rochelle resident Cynthia Ozick, author of Heir to the Glimmering World. Best of all, the reading is presented as part of Free Art Day, so it doesn’t cost a dime—which makes it better than home (and you don’t have to vacuum up after everyone leaves, either).

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