Arts & Entertainment
This month's highlights.
The Queen of Soul Reigns Supreme in
What you want? What you need? Baby, Aretha Franklin still got it. So give her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T she’s earned throughout her 50-year career of singing powerful, gut-busting gospel, soul, and R&B hits by heading out to see her at the
Warning: If you attend Artrider Productions’ “Spring Crafts at
3 Questions for...
Travis Sluss, executive director, Red Lotus Productions
I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more from Travis Sluss. After all, he’s already head of his own recording studio and a concert producer for big-name acts—and he hasn’t even graduated from
1) How did you get involved in music?
When I was in high school, I interned at recording studios in the city. Through that, I learned about production and made connections. About seven years ago, I started my own recording studio, Crazy Hair Productions. At first, I was just recording friends, but it sounded good so it kept growing. Now we also do random things like film soundtracks or original music for people. We like to put our hands in everything.
2) Where did the idea for Red Lotus Productions come from?
I’ve lived in
3) If you could get any band to come play
Ben Folds—he’s probably my favorite musician. I also really like Broken Social Scene, a band not too many adults know about.
Just the Two of Them
Duets by married singers are nothing new. They’ve been tackled by everyone from Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash to Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. But when husband-and-wife cabaret singers Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano take the stage at the
This Old House Tour
Like sunny yellow daffodils, charity house tours always seem to spring up around the county in May. Here’s where you can go to steal some decorating ideas:
• May 3 and 4: Visit a Southport Harbor antique house, a Greenfield Hill Colonial, and four other gorgeous Connecticut homes at the Southport/Westport Designer House Tour, to benefit Near & Far Aid. A cocktail reception kicks off the events on May 3, and the tour gets underway on May 4 after a breakfast featuring guest speaker Edward Goodman of Scalamandré (203-259-1710; www.nearandfar.org).
• May 6: The Accent on New Rochelle House Tour takes spectators to see five of the
• May 11: The Junior League of Bronxville hosts its "Trails to Treasures" house tour, which features trunk shows at six beautiful estates (914-793-5097). There's also the aptly named Ridgefield Kitchen Tour, with six kitchens to behold (203-645-3259).
• May 18: The Rye High School Parents’ Organization has five unique homes on its house tour, plus a sit-down or to-go luncheon and fashion boutique at a historic Rye Colonial (914-698-9045).
• May 19: The oldest house-and-garden tour in
Pretty in Pinkster
Warm weather, radiant sunshine, and bright blooms are all kicking into high gear—kinda makes you want to get outside and dance, doesn’t it? If so, celebrate the springtime colonial-style with the Philipsburg Manor’s Pinkster Festival on May 20. Pinkster is a raucous, let-loose holiday that was observed in the Hudson Valley by enslaved Africans as early as the 17th Century to welcome the new season—and Philipsburg Manor knows how to put on a good festival. It’s invited Kazi Oliver and Company to lead drumming and dancing workshops while Chef El-Amin serves up some festive ethnic fare. There will also be music, colonial dancing, period games, storytelling, and a grand parade headed by the Pinkster King.
The Wright Stuff
It’s easy to breeze right by Pleasantville’s Usonia—an enclave of 50 modernist homes developed under the supervision of über-architect Frank Lloyd Wright—and never even know you missed it. Now, the community is coming out of the woods that so inspired Wright and into the spotlight as an exhibition, “Frank Lloyd Wright and Usonia: An Experiment in Living,” debuts at The Studio in Armonk on May 5. The first such exhibit in 25 years, the show will feature photos, newspaper articles (including a New York Times piece dating back to 1947), Wright’s architectural drawings, and original site plans, among other archival materials not previously available to the public. On the opening day, Roland Reisley, Usonia resident, author of Usonia New York: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright, and Usonia’s de facto historian, will give a lecture about the community. The exhibition will be open through June 24.
The Barber of Blue Hill
We all love Blue Hill at Stone Barns. And I mean really love it—whoever in the county claims they haven’t had a mid-week craving for the café’s duck panini simply hasn’t tried it yet. Want to learn its secret ingredient? Get face-time with Blue Hill chef Dan Barber during