June Highlights

This month's highlights PLUS: Our Home Theater section


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A Marriage of Art

The art world is full of married couples: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock. But surrealist painters Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy—who were married for 15 years until Tanguy’s death—are unique in that no museum has exhibited the two together. The Katonah Museum of Art corrects that oversight with its newest exhibition, Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy. The museum will show about 25 paintings from each of them, dating from 1937 to 1958, in addition to selected photographs. Some of the paintings have never been shown in public before this exhibition.

Miss Independent

Described by the All Music Guide as “a folkie in punk’s clothing,” musician Ani DiFranco has maintained a fiercely independent career, producing herself and putting her records out on Righteous Babe Records, her own record label. Hear songs that haven’t been tinkered with by corporate suits when DiFranco visits the Tarrytown Music Hall on June 5—one of only a handful of concert dates she has scheduled this summer. Her most recent album is Red Letter Year, which Paste magazine called “a dazzling folk/punk/jazz hybrid.”

Michael Boriskin and Michael Barrett

Dueling Pianos

Two pianists, two Michaels, two leaders of local cultural institutions. On one bench, you have Michael Barrett, the chief executive and general director of Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. On the other bench, you have Michael Boriskin, the artistic and executive director of Copland House. The pair will hit the keys at the barn at Merestead on June 5 to perform works that only two nimble-fingered collaborators can team up to do. The centerpiece of the program is a two-piano version of Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” For more with Barrett and Carmoor’s summer music festival, see page 220.


Alive Again

Peter Frampton released his landmark double-live album, Frampton Comes Alive, 35 years ago. What better way for the guitar great and one-time golden boy of rock to celebrate than by performing at a venue that also reached a milestone recently? He’ll be performing at the Paramount Center for the Arts—which, last June, had its 80th anniversary—on June 18, where he will headline its Red Carpet Night Gala Fundraising Concert. He’ll play Frampton Comes Alive in its entirety, in addition to some of his other hits. Tickets are also available for a pre-concert gala reception, which will include a meet-and-greet with Frampton.

Wilson’s Waves

Much of this issue is a dedicated celebration of summer, but it just isn’t summer until you hear a Beach Boys song. It doesn’t matter if it’s “Surfer Girl,” “Good Vibrations,” or “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” This summer, you can hear them straight from a Beach Boy himself (and one of the good ones, too). Brian Wilson, the band’s legendary songwriter, performs at the Ridgefield Playhouse on June 8. He’ll do a variety of Beach Boys tunes, in addition to songs from his most recent album, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin, on which he tackles standards like “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” Surfboard not required.

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