This Month's Highlights
Plus Home Theater and Quadricentennial 2009.
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Party On, Wayne
Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger, the principal songwriters behind the group Fountains of Wayne, are masters of the pop song. If you need proof, think back to how many times the song “Stacy’s Mom” has been stuck in your head. (And, since we’ve just mentioned it, we bet you’re humming it now.) The band’s most recent album, Traffic and Weather, is no less catchy and features the perfectly foot-tapping “Someone to Love.” Fountains of Wayne will be at the Tarrytown Music Hall July 2 to give a rundown of tunes you’ll be whistling long after you leave the theater.
The Swing... of Things
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy burst onto the music scene during the revival of Big Band music in the ’90s, when swinging songs like “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight” were popping up everywhere from movie soundtracks to Gap commercials. This year finds the band returning to its roots, releasing the album How Big Can You Get: The Music of Cab Calloway. Using vintage microphones and equipment, they created an album that covers 11 of Cab Calloway’s most famous tunes, including “Minnie the Moocher,” “Jumpin’ Jive,” and “Calloway Boogie.” To hear them run through the classic catalog, and throw in some of their own songs for good measure, head to the Paramount Center for the Arts on July 23.
Storm King Photo by Jerry L. Thompson
There’s no better time to visit the Storm King Art Center, the 500-acre sculpture garden in Mountainville, New York (just an hour away from White Plains), now that you can see Maya Lin’s new installation, Storm King Wavefield. Lin has transformed a former gravel pit into a series of 300-foot-long hills that recall the ocean’s waves. The grassy swells, which rise to between 10 and 15 feet each, look simple enough—they’re made only from real grass, soil, and rocks, after all—but are the result of some high-tech planning that involved fluid dynamics, cartography, and other studies of wave formations. This isn’t look-don’t-touch art, either. You actually can walk around and on the “water,” then take off and explore the Alexander Calder and Henry Moore works on the rest of the grounds.
Banjoes & Djembes
When you hear the word “banjo,” you don’t necessarily think of African music. Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, on the other hand, knows better. He traces the instrument’s origins to its African roots when he performs at the Caramoor International Music Festival on July 3. He’ll be joined by Oumou Sangaré and her band, a 10-piece ensemble that includes the kamele ngoni, djembe, flute, and both acoustic and electric guitar.
Mella Jaarsma’s The Follower
They say that clothes make the man. This month, they also make an art exhibit. The Katonah Museum of Art is hosting Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor, in which 35 artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Do-Ho Suh, Willie Cole, and E.V. Day, garner inspiration from their wardrobes. Be warned: Dress Codes is not just about fabulous frocks and strutting down a runway. The artists manage to explore heady themes, such as racial stereotyping, immigration, globalization, and even war through these garments. The exhibition opens July 12 and will be on view through October 4.
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