May Highlights

This month's highlights PLUS: Home Theater and Broadway Box Office


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Sunset Rock [October 8, 2007] by Susan wides: Chromogenic print. 37 1/2 x 30  inches


 We find the Hudson River an endless source of inspiration, so it’s no wonder that artists do, too. This month, the Hudson River Museum unveils the new exhibition, Susan Wides: The Hudson Valley, from Mannahatta to Kaaterskill. Wides, a contemporary photographer influenced by the Hudson River School, will display three groups of photographs: “Kaaterskill,” about the upper Hudson Valley, “Mannahatta,” about urban life, and photos for in-between—newly created for this exhibition—about, our favorite: Westchester County. In total, 50 large-scale photos will be on display, and you might recognize a few of the places featured. (Indian Point, anyone?) The exhibition will be on view through September 11.




(Really) Late Night With Dave Attell

Poor sleepers probably don’t need an introduction to Dave Attell. They probably remember him from his Comedy Central show, the aptly named Insomniac, in which he’d stay up all night in a different city, cracking jokes with the different night owls he’d encounter. His antics led him to be named one of the “25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly. Need proof? Attell will do his stand-up act at the Tarrytown Music Hall on May 20.



David Crosby and Graham Nash


Déjà Vu

When you’re in a musical partnership with someone for four decades, you can never quite shake that collaborative spirit. Though Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young released their last album of new songs in 1999, the band members still haven’t lost the desire to team up and write music with each other in different combinations. David Crosby and Graham Nash will embark on a tour together, performing both acoustic and electric versions of their songs with a full backing band. Crosby even promises that the duo will break out some songs that they haven’t had a chance to record yet, so they’ll be brand-new to audience ears. Crosby and Nash will bring their tour to the Stamford Center for the Arts on May 22.


Broadway’s Ben Vereen


Big Ben

Ben Vereen’s Broadway accomplishments are too numerous to count. The Tony- and Drama Desk-winner has had rave-inspiring turns in Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Jelly’s Last Jam, and Fosse, among others. (And that’s not even counting his Emmy-winning TV work.) But, on May 1, he’s trading in the Broadway stage for one that’s a little smaller: that of the Irvington Town Hall Theater. There, he’ll give an intimate performance of his “greatest hits” to benefit the local Westco Productions. Spring for VIP tickets, and you can also attend a dessert reception and meet-and-greet with the star.


Much Ado About Ado

Shakespeare may be familiar, but he isn’t easy. If you’re mounting a new version of, say, Much Ado About Nothing, you have about four-hundred years worth of prior productions to compete with (including the Kenneth Branagh film with the hilariously in-over-his-head Keanu Reeves playing Don John). Talk about pressure, eh? Joanna Settle, the artistic director of Shakespeare on the Sound, will talk about her vision for this summer’s Much Ado About Nothing (featuring music by Passing Strange’s Stew and Heidi Rodewald). Presented as part of the Insights and Revelations series, Settle will lead an open rehearsal of the show, then stick around for a Q&A and reception. The event takes place on May 26 at the Emelin Theatre.

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