This Month's Highlights
PLUS: Home Theater, Broadway Box Office, and Bringing It Home.
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From her star-making turn in Jekyll & Hyde, Linda Eder’s been a favorite of those who want to hear the songs of the Great White Way. If you don’t go down to Broadway as much as you’d like to, you can hear her show off her award-winning pipes at the Paramount Center for the Arts on November 20. She’ll give a performance titled “All of Me,” in which she’ll bring out show-stopping show tunes as well as some pop and country standards. Backed by a seven-piece band, she’ll even perform some brand-new original songs.
Neko Case may be best known for being a member of Canada’s New Pornographers, but her solo songs couldn’t be more different from that band’s sparkling pop tunes. In fact, her sound is so big, deep, and mournful, it’s been described as “country noir.” Case will fill the Tarrytown Music Hall with her booming vocals and songs from her sixth album, Middle Cyclone. “Putting her big, torchy voice behind larger-than-life imagery, she’s fearless through every transformation,” the New York Times writes of her newest release. “The production often harks back to 1960s and ’70s rock, backing her concise melody lines with finger-picked acoustic guitars or twang and reverb.” Ready for some of that twang? Case performs on November 11.
Photo by Andrew Schwartz
George Washington famously said that he could not tell a lie—but how good was he at spotting a lie? And do you think you’d be better? Put yourself to the test with Insights and Revelations’s The Liar Show. There, New York storytellers James Braly, Martin Dockery, Ophira Eisenberg, Steve Osborne, and host Andy Christie each will get up and perform a tale. Most will be based in fact, but one will be a total whopper. Spot the “liar” and win a T-shirt. The performance takes place at the Emelin Theatre on November 19.
When it comes to plays and playwrights, it’s better to buy in bulk. In this case, Axial Theatre’s Fourth Annual Short Plays Festival, titled Angels and Visions, is the best deal, offering works from five playwrights at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Pleasantville. The writers featured in the festival include Adam Rapp (Train Story), who won two Obies for his Red Light Winter; Gina Gionfriddo (Squalor), whose Becky Shaw was a Pulitzer Prize finalist; Jessica Dickey (Union), whose The Amish Project was a favorite of the 2008 Fringe Festival; Matt Hoverman (Indian Guides), the recipient of the 2006 Fringe NYC Overall Excellence Award in Outstanding Playwriting; and Ryan Mallon (Woes of the Unwittingly), an absurdist playwright. Performances run from November 5 to November 15, and there are “talkback” sessions with the directors and cast after Sunday matinees.
Gold Sunset Malibu Pier by Kathleen Keifer
If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out Jean-Claude Canfin’s sunny gallery in Tarrytown, now’s a great time to do so. Not only is the Canfin Gallery opening a new exhibition, Poetic Land, to feature new works by French artist Jean Duquoc, it’s also
started showcasing paintings by West Coast artist Kathleen Keifer. Both are known for their colorful landscapes, though Duquoc uses rich tones to depict his native Brittany, while Keifer uses lighter, brighter hues to paint the Southern California coastline. You get to enjoy the view from two different continents without leaving the Rivertowns.
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