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Plus Home Theater and Quadricentennial 2009.



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Going Dutch

By now, you’re aware of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s great sail. But what was the river like during each of the other centennials? For its exhibition, titled Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture, the Hudson River Museum takes a look at the Dutch influence in America in 1609, 1709, 1809, 1909, and 2009. The museum has pulled together paintings, prints, photos, decorative arts, maps, and other objects spanning New York’s history starting from when Hudson originally voyaged, through Washington Irving’s writings, to turn-of-the-century riverside celebrations, and ending with a look at the river today.

Reeling Them In

                

We’re in the middle of the summer blockbuster season, and with all the amped-up, hype-filled popcorn flicks crowding the multiplex, it’s hard to have an intelligent discussion about cinema (unless you count debating the relative merits between the robots in Terminator and the robots in Transformers intelligent). Your salvation lies in the Pelham Picture House’s new Reel Insider series, which launches on June 2. There, serious cinephiles can meet for a reception, watch a preview of an art-house film with Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers, and participate in a Q&A with critics and filmmakers. The inaugural movie will be Moon—which stars Sam Rockwell as a lone lunar employee whose mental health begins to deteriorate from the solitude—and director Duncan Jones will join Travers for a post-film discussion. 


Best Fest

Like longer days, lush gardens, and the ubiquitous ice-cream truck, the Caramoor International Music Festival is one of the pleasures we look forward to every summer. This year is no exception, and the festival starts off strong with a performance by Metropolitan Opera star Susan Graham on June 27. The mezzo-soprano will perform knockout arias by Mozart, accompanied by Caramoor’s resident Orchestra of St. Luke’s, which will close the evening by tackling the famed Beethoven’s Fifth. The rest of the festival is no slouch, either: look for concerts with Béla Fleck, Paquito D’Rivera, Alisa Weilerstein, and more, including a first-ever pops concert and fireworks display on July 4.

Hey Mambo

What’s the use of a Latin jazz performance if you can’t get up and dance to it? ArtsWestchester understands. That’s why, for its Mambo Dance Party on June 13, it’ll teach you how to do the mambo with some live dance instruction. Music is provided by veteran pianist Gilberto “Pulpo” Colon, Jr. When he gets his ensemble going, you won’t be able to stay still if you try.

Country Time

It’s always been hard to classify the kinda poppy, kinda country, slightly twangy sound of Old 97’s—but people like it that way. The band has “drawn on country rock, folk rock and the British Invasion in ever-shifting proportions,” the New York Times writes of the group’s most recent album, Blame It On Gravity. You can hear these shape-shifting tunes when the Old 97’s visit the Tarrytown Music Hall on June 26.

True “Love”

The musical revue I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, which debuted Off-Broadway in 1996, went on to become the second-longest-running Off-Broadway show in history (behind The Fantasticks). The show is today being run in more than 250 cities worldwide. Next stop: Elmsford. Catch it at the Westchester Broadway Theatre on June 18, where it’ll stay until August 2. Ask the box office about “economic stimulus” deals on tickets.

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