Polly's Picks

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top events picks for April 2010



catskill gallery art exhibits

Thru April 10: A pair of interesting exhibits are on view at the Catskill Gallery. Monumental and Intimate Visions features charcoal landscape drawings of mountains and canyons by Jane Culp, as well as Susan Miiller’s collages (left) that showcase familiar tourist spots in the Hudson Valley. In Lumina, a group of 33 photographers present 78 images that deal with light in all its many moods, from a dramatic sky to a glowing abstract. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2nd & 3rd Sat. 12-8 p.m. • 398 Main St., Catskill. 518-943-3400 or www.greenearts.org

alondra de la parra

April 17-18: The Westchester Philharmonic performs under the baton of guest conductor Alondra de la Parra at this month’s concert. The 29-year-old Mexican-American — who has been making a name for herself in classical music circles with her vibrant style — leads the Phil in a program of dance music by Villa Lobos, Marquez, and other composers hailing from Mexico, Central and South America. Rounding out the bill: Aaron Copland’s well-loved Appalachian Spring. Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $25-$85. • The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College. 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914-682-3707 or www.westchesterphil.org 

a star is born poster

April 24: Now best-known for its summer professional theater productions, Ellenville’s Shadowland Theatre started off in the 1920s as an art deco vaudeville and movie palace. The current “Matinees at the Shadowland” series harkens back to those days by showing classic films on the traditional (really big) screen. This month, catch ’30s sweetheart Janet Gaynor in the original A Star is Born, which was released in 1937. 2 p.m. $8, $5 seniors & children. • 157 Canal St., Ellenville. 845-647-5511 or www.shadowlandtheatre.org

david sedaris

April 9 & 12: Since getting his first big break with the “SantaLand Diaries” — his true-life account of working as a Christmas elf at Macy’s, which he read on National Public Radio — author David Sedaris has become one of the country’s preeminent humor writers. With sardonic wit and deadpan delivery, Sedaris makes the mundane hilarious, satirizing everything from his Greek-American upbringing to moving to Tokyo to quit smoking (the topic of the final essay in his latest collection, When You Are Engulfed in Flames). This month, he makes two appearances in the Valley: on the 9th at UPAC (8 p.m. $45. 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088 or www.upac.org) and on the 12th at the Palace Theatre (8 p.m. $40-$44. 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3334 or www.palacealbany.com).

golden boys

April 11: Grab your bobby sox and Bryl-Creem: Three pop singers from the late 1950s/early 1960s — Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Bobby Rydell — are touring as a trio known as the “Golden Boys.” All told, these crooners from South Philly sold in excess of 50 million records, and starred in more than 40 movies. Besides performing their individual hits (such as Avalon’s “Venus,” “Turn Me Loose” by Fabian, and Rydell’s “Volare”), the show includes songs by Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, and other teen idols. And even though they’ve aged a bit, they’re still soo dreamy. 3 p.m. Call for tickets. • Eisenhower Hall Theatre. 655 Pitcher Rd., West Point. 845-938-4159 or www.ikehall.com

gamelan mask

April 17: A gamelan is an intricately decorated musical device made up of a number of different instruments — including gongs, cymbals, drums, and metalophones — which are played by as many as 40 people. Originally from Indonesia, the gamelan is a staple of Balinese music; it has influenced Western composers such as Claude Debussy and Philip Glass. On April 17, the Hudson Valley Gamelan Orchestra Giri Mekar — along with members of Bard College’s student gamelan ensemble — present Balinese gamelan music and dance at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Kleinert/James Arts Center. 8 p.m. Call for ticket information. • 34 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-2079 or www.woodstockguild.org

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