March Highlights

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  Rollins on The River

 


You might think that Henry Rollins (the former frontman of the hardcore band Black Flag), with all his muscles and tattoos, would be the last person to play a gig out in the ’burbs. Then again, Rollins never has done what’s expected of him. His post-Black Flag career has seen him as a solo act, a TV and radio host, an activist, and even a spoken-word artist. Hear his hilarious and blistering take on current events and everyday life when he comes to the Tarrytown Music Hall on March 14.

 

 Bolton of Energy

 

Yes, it’s true—the wavy mane of blond hair is gone, probably for good. But soft-rock singer Michael Bolton’s pipes are still intact, and that’s really what’s important. In fact, he’s got a new album, One World, One Love, which recently was released in the UK and should be hitting our shelves in the spring. (Check out “Murder My Heart,” a song he co-wrote with none other than Lady Gaga.) See Bolton perform at the Paramount Center for the Arts on March 17—VIP ticketholders get access to a meet-and-greet, so you can ask him why he chopped his locks.

 

 Martha My Dear

 

If you’ve never been exposed to the choreography of Martha Graham, who was considered the “Mother of Modern Dance,” your opportunity awaits at the Ridgefield Playhouse. There, the Martha Graham Dance Company will perform a program titled “Essential Graham,” featuring the choreographer’s best-known and best-loved pieces. Narration and visual projections between the dances put them in the context of Graham’s career, which was noted for its sharp, direct choreography style. (Graham and her company are also credited with launching the careers of other dance superstars, including Merce Cunningham and Twyla Tharp.) The performance takes place on March 5.

 

The Joker

You may be a child of the ‘50s, but comedian Robert Klein is the child of the ‘50s—a distinction he often returns to in his stand-up comedy, which is influenced by his life growing up in the Bronx. Today, more than 40 years into his comedy career, the Second City alum (and Briarcliff Manor resident) is still hosting comedy specials, acting on stage and in movies, and—lucky for us—doing stand-up. If you want to hear what the child of the ‘50s thinks of the new century, head to the Emelin Theatre on March 20, when he’ll appear as part of the Theatre’s comedy series.

 

   For Girl Groupies

 Photo by Debra Greenfield

 

Ronnie Spector has come a long way from crooning “Be My Baby” with the Ronettes. After a bad marriage to “Wall of Sound” record producer (and now convicted murderer) Phil Spector, a brief comeback in the mid-‘80s when she sang on Edie Money’s chart-topper “Take Me Home Tonight,” and a subsequent string of unsuccessful solo albums in the 1990s, Spector stopped recording and wrote a tell-all book about her raucous rock ‘n’ roll life. Today, however, the “bad girl” is back on the road supporting her most recent album, The Last of the Rock Stars, which she re-released in 2009 on her own record label. For the album, she teamed up with musical inspirations, old (Keith Richards, Patti Smith) and new (the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, the Raconteur’s Patrick Keeler). Hear the results of those collaborations—as well as some of her old hits—when the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer comes to the Irvington Town Hall Theater on March 6.

 

 

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