Arts & Entertainment
This month’s highlights
New Rochelle Lampoon
Only a select few artists ever become superstars in the art world the
likes of Damien Hirst or Andy Warhol—and just who do they think they are? Someone needs to take these egomaniacs down a peg. Pot Shots at Hot Shots, a new exhibit at New Rochelle’s 3rd Rail Studio, does just that. Whether motivated by authentic disgust or plain ol’ jealousy, the artists on display at the studio poke fun at some of the world’s most popular artists. Hirst gets his comeuppance from New Hampshire’s James Owen Calderwood, who inserts a big, fat price tag in a representation of Hirst’s iconic skull, while New York’s Richard Jochum takes aim at Warhol by giving Warhol’s pop-art treatment to a part of the, ahem, male anatomy. Not even Old Masters are spared, as you’ll find images in the exhibition that look eerily similar to Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Munch’s The Scream. (In Costume Jewelry pictured here, artist Shawn Beeks has turned Vermeer’s famous Girl with a Pearl Earring into a zombie.) Pot Shots at Hot Shots will be on view from March 8 to April 12.
The Real McCoy
Look no further than Peekskill this month for a unique collaboration between a legendary pianist and a larger-than-life dancer. Grammy-winning jazz pianist McCoy Tyner brings “’da noise” to the evening, tickling the ivories in the percussive style he developed as part of John Coltrane’s quartet. With “’da noise,” of course, comes “’da funk,” this
time supplied by tap-dance phenom Savion Glover, the virtuosic dancer behind Broadway’s multi-Tony-winning Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk. Expect to be moved by their explosive energy and unparalleled artistry. The performance will take place on March 8 at the Paramount Center for the Arts.
Looking to find a unique gift for an upcoming Bat Mitzvah? Or even trying to get a jump on next year’s Hanukkah shopping? Don’t settle for something ordinary. Instead, browse the gorgeous wares at the 15th Annual Judaica Craft Show at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in White Plains—the only juried Judaica craft show in Westchester. There, outstanding established and up-and-coming artists display their one-of-a-kind works in ceramic, silver, fabric, wood, paper, and mixed media (some offering pieces at prices so low, it should be considered a mitzvah). Once you hand over that stunning piece of jewelry or dazzling menorah, watch your gift recipient get a little verklempt. The show takes place on March 1 and 2.
ON THE RISE
March 13 marks the triumphant return of the New Voices Series to the Westchester Arts Council’s Arts Exchange in White Plains. Last year, the series earned a “Best of Westchester” award from this magazine—and for good reason. Not only will you get to see up-and-coming singer/songwriters before they make it big, you’ll see them perform in duos, trios, and other collaborations that probably never will be repeated again. That’s because, instead of each of the four acts playing a consecutive set, they all share a stage and take turns performing solo and in groups. On deck for this month’s performance are musicians Trina Hamlin, Beaucoup Blue, Erik Balkey, and Anthony DaCosta. Don’t know their names off hand? Give them a couple years.
Savion Glover photo by Len Irish; Judaica artwork by Marion Slepian