Westchester County Arts and Culture Events for May 2012: Liz Callaway, The Beach Boys, Frank Bruni, Tim Fain, and More



Photo by Bill Westmoreland

Come to the Cabaret
Tony-nominated actress Liz Callaway may be best known for her role in Cats, in which she played the wistful Grizabella for a whopping five years. Now, she’s out to make a new memory. Callaway will headline a benefit evening titled “Cabaret in the Music Room” at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts on May 5. After the performance, guests are invited to take part in a Champagne and dessert reception

Tougher Than Rosie

(Clockwise from top left): Pvt. Louise Bendick by artist Francis Vandeveer Kughler, 1944; Technical Sgt. Crystal Radcliff by photographer Margaret Moulton, 2012; Pvt. Laura Quartarella by artist Francis Vandeveer Kughler, 1944; Col. Mary Westmoreland by photographer Margaret Moulton, 2012.


We’ve all heard tales of women who worked in domestic factories to help the war effort during World War II, but there were women—including some hailing from Yonkers—who actually enlisted in the army and shipped themselves overseas. Artist Francis Vandeveer Kughler and the Hudson River Museum teamed up to create portraits of more than 40 of these female veterans. And, for the first time since 1953, the paintings will be on display, in the exhibition Westchester Women and War: Portraits. The show also will have some new recruits, as the Museum has commissioned Hastings-on-Hudson photographer Margaret Moulton to capture images of 12 more local female veterans, who served in conflicts from World War II until today. Westchester Women and War: Portraits will be on view from May 26 to September 9.

Portalandia
Portals, a multi-media performance by innovative violinist Tim Fain, may be too much of a good thing. The evening includes “Partita for Solo Violin,” a new work by Philip Glass written expressly for Fain. If that wasn’t enough on its own, Fain also incorporates existing work by Aaron Jay Kernis, Nico Muhly, and Kevin Puts; spoken-word poetry by Leonard Cohen and other writers; and a dance movie—filmed at Mount Kisco’s Merestead—by Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied (also known as Mr. Natalie Portman) into the performance. See Portals when it comes to Merestead on May 20.


The Boys Are Back In Town
Yep, all of them are back: Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnson, and David Marks—aka The Beach Boys—will perform at the Westchester County Center on May 15. This is the first time the surviving original members will be touring together in more than two decades. The concert is part of a celebration of The Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary, which, if you’re lucky, will end with the release of a new studio album, a project they’ve said they’re in the process of recording. You might catch a sneak preview of some of the songs.

Photo by Robert Matheu
 

Dishing the Dirt
Throughout his career at the New York Times, Frank Bruni has gone from covering the hottest dishes at New York City restaurants to dishy political stories at the Op-Ed desk. His book, Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater, even wound up on the pages of the Gray Lady as a New York Times bestseller. So, what’s really going on at the Times? Bruni will let you in on some of the behind-the-scenes details when he visits Westchester Community College’s Celebrity Salon Series on May 8. Like all of the Celebrity Salons, the event takes place at a private home—in this case, a Georgian estate in Mount Kisco. Cocktails and hors d’œuvres will be served, and proceeds benefit the Westchester Community College Foundation, which raises funds for student scholarships. For more information, contact Westchester Community College at (914) 606-6558.