Out & About in April 2010
Olympic gold medalists skate on Albany ice, Elvis Costello hits the stage in Purchase, and New Paltz displays Warhol’s photos
Gold star Vancouver Olympic champ Evan Lysacek glides into Albany
The Iceman Cometh
Fresh off his gold-medal performance at the Vancouver Olympics, figure skater Evan Lysacek headlines the Smucker’s Stars on Ice tour, which makes a stop at Albany’s Times Union Center this month. The first American man to snatch Olympic gold in more than 20 years, Lysacek is joined on the ice by a parade of skating’s past national champions (Todd Eldredge, Michael Weiss) and medal-winners from previous Olympic games (Sasha Cohen, Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto), among others. Founded by former champ Scott Hamilton, this show is full of the athleticism, grace, and drama that had us all glued to our TV screens in February.
April 24 at 7:30 p.m. $25. 51 S. Pearl St., Albany. 1-800-30-EVENT or www.timesunion.com
Laugh to Death
In Jeffrey Hatcher’s play Murderers, there’s no suspense about who committed the crimes. The three characters of the play’s title all admit to their dastardly deeds — in fact, they’re rather proud of them. In this wild comedy, which is set in a fictitious Florida retirement community, the guilty trio offer up a series of monologues explaining why and how they pulled off their heinous homocides — and satirizing the murder-mystery genre in the process. The Mohonk Mountain Stage Company’s production takes place at Mount St. Mary College’s Whittaker Hall (and it’s free).
April 10 at 7 p.m. 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh. 845-569-3290 or www.mmstageco.com
Pop artist Andy Warhol and his Factory friends are the subject of Andy Warhol: Private and Public in 151 Photographs, opening this month at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. This substantial group of Polaroids and black-and-white images, taken by Warhol between 1972 and 1986, explore the connections between social and personal interaction, and public and private personas. Artist and Factory interior designer Billy Name gives his take on the works during a gallery talk (April 29 at 3 p.m.).
April 10-Sept. 26. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. SUNY New Paltz campus. 1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz. 845-257-3844 or www.newpaltz.edu/museum
The Other Elvis
During his 30-year career, British musician Elvis Costello has dabbled in a number of musical styles. Originally a New Wave rocker (with hits like “Pump It Up” and “Watching the Detectives”), he has collaborated with Burt Bacharach, Sir Paul McCartney, and classical music’s Brodsky Quartet; his albums have included covers of songs first recorded by country-western star Hank Williams and R&B duo Sam and Dave (to name just two). Rock music’s renaissance man plays a solo concert to benefit the Open Door Family Medical Centers in Westchester.
April 15 at 8:30 p.m. $100-$150. The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College. 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914-251-6200 or www.artscenter.org
South Pacific — the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about American servicemen stationed on a tropical island during wartime — was nominated for, and won, 10 Tony Awards during its initial run back in 1949. Amazingly, the show wasn’t revived on Broadway until 2008 (and that production snagged seven Tonys of its own). Best known for its score — with unforgettable tunes like “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy,” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame” — the revival’s national touring company takes the stage at Proctors for eight performances this month.
April 14-18. $20-$65. 432 State St., Schenectady. 518-346-6204 or www.proctors.org