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In Justin Townes Earle’s name alone, you can find a rich musical history. He shares his surname with his father, musician Steve Earle, and he’s also named after his dad’s mentor, legendary songwriter Townes Van Zandt. A career in music just seems like destiny for him, doesn’t it? After hearing Justin Townes Earle’s rootsy, folky original songs, we decided we’re all better off for his musical kismet. He’ll give a performance—including tunes from his 2009 album, Midnight at the Movies—at the Emelin Theatre on June 12. The concert is being held to honor the memory of Seth Kaplan, a member of the Emelin’s board of trustees, who died in 2009.
Photo by Pieter M. van Hattem, Vistalux
Some nights, you just want a little of everything: some music, some literature, some theater. When the mood strikes, head out for A Visit from the Goon Squad: An Evening of Short Stories and Live Music on June 10 at the Emelin Theatre. There, the Insights and Revelations Series will be able to satisfy all your appetites. A Visit from the Goon Squad refers to the new book by Jennifer Egan, the award-winning author of The Keep. Professional actors, including Malcolm Gets, will read stories from the book, directed by acclaimed theater vet Lisa Rothe. In addition, musician Josh Rutt, a New Rochelle native, will provide music during the interludes. The evening ends by satiating the only craving you might have left, with a dessert reception.
Psst! There’s one hallowed summer-time tradition that we left out of our otherwise-comprehensive “Summer Fun” issue—until now. It goes unspoken—true Westchester residents already know—that the start of summer in the County coincides with the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival at Croton Point Park. Every year, the picturesque park becomes home to a festival of live music, storytelling, puppetry, crafts, and green-living vendors. This year, performers include Steve Earle, Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, the Felice Brothers, Steve Forbert, Rhett Miler, and Mike Doughty, among others. Of course, no visit would be complete without a ride on the sloop Clearwater. The festival takes place on June 19 and 20.
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons,"Study for Elevata", 2002
Yes, there’s more to Cuba than Castro, Che, and cigars. In fact, Cuba has an active art scene, and you can get a taste of it at the Katonah Museum of Art’s new exhibition, Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection. The show features painting, drawing, prints, photos, sculptures, and other works from more than 40 Cuban-born artists, and highlights works of “New Cuban Art,” noted for being more open in its political views. The exhibition will be on view from June 27 to September 19.
Keep on Truckin’
Southern indie rock comes to Southern Westchester: Drive-By Truckers—a band whose name conjures up images of road-tripping along the Georgia highway—will perform at the Tarrytown Music Hall on June 4. You can expect the big riffs of other Southern rock legends (Lynyrd Skynyrd, naturally) to be mixed in with quieter, more thoughtful indie-rock sounds. The band is out promoting its most recent album, March’s The Big To-Do, an album that the A.V. Club says “succeeds where 2006’s similarly concise A Blessing And A Curse whiffed, distilling the Truckers’ considerable strengths into a more accessible package without diluting them.”
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