Westchester County Arts and Culture Events for March 2012



Love Liza

Just because Liza Minnelli has been performing for more than a half-century, don’t expect her to slow down anytime soon. Her most recent album, Confessions, has her interpreting love songs by Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman, and Frank Loesser. Since releasing it, she’s been doing endless appearances, heading everywhere from Hollywood, California, to Vladivostok, Russia. (We must admit, our all-time favorite appearance of hers is as Lucille II on Arrested Development.) Lucky for us, she’s planned a stop at the Stamford Center for the Arts on March 30.

A Dragon’s Tale

This past January, followers of the Chinese lunar calendar ushered in the Year of the Dragon. It’s safe to say that much has changed in China since 2000, the last time the Year of the Dragon rolled past our calendars. Thankfully, photographers have been furiously documenting the transformation, from China’s rapid urbanization to changing attitudes about religion, politics, sexuality, and the environment. Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography, at the the Katonah Museum of Art, brings together 80 of these kinds of images, many of which have not been exhibited in the United States before. The exhibition will run from March 25 to September 2.

Family Tree by Shang Huan

Howie Does It

We have the easy job—all we have to do is tell you that tickets to see comedian Howie Mandel on March 29 at the Paramount Center for the Arts start at $45. You, though, have to decide if you’re going to take the deal. To influence your decision, we’ll let you know that, besides being the Emmy-nominated host of the mindlessly addictive Deal or No Deal, Mandel is also executive producer on Mobbed, a reality show devoted to trend-of-the-moment flash mobs. So…deal or no deal?

Photo by Christopher Thompson

The Magician

One-Act Wonders

ArtsWestchester’s Festival of One-Act Plays, which takes place on March 9 and 10, sure is a bargain: Not only are the tickets modestly priced at $10 to $15, but you get a two-for-one experience, seeing a pair of local theater groups strut their stuff on stage. First, the Red Monkey Theater Group takes on James McClure’s Lone Star, about two brothers and their friend working at a Texas bar after the Vietnam War. Then it’s the Axial Theatre’s turn, presenting The Magician by Linda Giuliano, which is about a New Yorker’s encounter with a subway performer. Since they’re each only one act, the evening is perfect for people with short attention spans.

It’s All Greek to Us

Every four years, a certain international sporting event makes us turn our attention to Greece—namely ancient Greece. And, though the Olympics doesn’t hold its opening ceremonies until July, Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry, Drama, Dialogue, a national initiative coming to New Rochelle, will have you pondering the Classics. Events begin at the Museum of Arts & Culture, where an art exhibition re-imagines Greek myths with everyday New Yorkers. Then, throughout the month, there will be free events at the New Rochelle Public Library and New Rochelle High School, including an acting workshop and staged reading (March 10), a lecture (March 17), and a musical program with the songs of prominent Greek songwriters (March 25). For a complete schedule of events, visit dbmac.org, nrpl.org, and ancientgreeksmodernlives.org.

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