Events: Out & About in April 2012

Get scared silly at the Ike, Bacons’ cookin’ in Sugar Loaf, and the Wichita Lineman’s last stop



Mad science

A riotous spoof of ’30s horror films, Young Frankenstein was one of 1974’s most popular movies. (Who can forget Peter Boyle as the stiff-legged monster breaking into a soft-shoe shuffle to “Puttin’ On the Ritz”?) In 2007, the Mel Brooks hit morphed into a Broadway musical, the touring production of which heads to West Point this month. The score — including songs with titles like “Transylvania Mania” and “He Vas My Boyfriend” — was written and composed by Brooks himself. Apr. 6 at 8 p.m. Call or visit Web site for ticket information. Eisenhower Hall Theater, U.S.M.A. campus. 655 Pitcher Rd., West Point. 845-938-6769 or www.ikehall.com

Singers shine

Peekskill’s Paramount Center for the Arts has an interesting concert line-up for April. Folk doyenne Judy Collins — of “Both Sides Now” fame — starts things off with an appearance on the 13th (8 p.m., $25-$45). Songstress Suzanne Vega (“Luka,” “Tom’s Diner”) and singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik (composer of the Broadway smash Spring Awakening) offer a one-two musical punch when they share the stage on the 27th (8 p.m., $35-$55). Sandwiched between these two shows is a concert by Glen Campbell. A country music legend, Campbell announced last year that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease; his current “Goodbye Tour” is sure to be emotional for die-hard and casual fans alike (Apr. 21 at 8 p.m.; call for ticket information). 1008 Brown St., Peekskill. 914-739-2333 or www.paramountcenter.org

The write people

Not to be outdone by their fine-art compatriots, the writing community in northern Ulster County hosts the third annual Woodstock Writers Festival this month. Dubbed “Occupy Woodstock,” the four-day event features some big names of its own, most notably Albany’s William Kennedy (who won a Pulitzer Prize for Ironweed), onetime Lovin’ Spoonful singer/songwriter John Sebastian, and Bruce McPherson (who published Jaimy Gordon’s Lord of Misrule, a 2010 National Book Award winner). Readings, writer’s workshops, panel discussions, and dinners with authors are all part of the fun. Apr. 19-22. For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit http://woodstockwritersfestival.com

bacon brothers

Brotherly love

It’s been 17 years since Michael Bacon and his kid brother, Kevin, teamed up to form the rock band known as the Bacon Brothers. And — unlike many Hollywood types who turn their attention to music, with less-than-stellar results — Michael (a film score composer) and Kevin (mega-star of Footloose, Apollo 13, A Few Good Men) churn out the real deal: original songs (often written by Kevin) that have a gritty, rock-and-soul sound. Their sixth and latest release, 2009’s New Year’s Day, hearkens back to the brothers’ Philadelphia roots. Catch their show at the Lycian Centre for the Performing Arts. Apr. 21 at 8 p.m. $55. 1351 Kings Hwy., Sugar Loaf. 845-469-2287 or www.lyciancentre.com

case studies exhibit

Three to see

The enclave of Woodstock has been home to all manner of artistic types — musicians, writers, painters, furniture makers — for more than a century. The work of three highly regarded 20th-century artists — George C. Ault, Marion Greenwood, and Ezio Martinelli — makes up Case Studies, currently at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. The exhibit showcases works by the trio that are part of WAAM’s permanent collection. On view: six evocative paintings by Ault (1891-1948), whose haunting landscape scenes of Woodstock were recently featured at the Smithsonian in Washington; a dozen oils and works on papers by Greenwood (1909-1970), a muralist who painted in both Mexico and the U.S.; and two paintings and a selection of drawings by Martinelli (1913-1980), a member of the New York School of abstract expressionism. Sun.-Mon. & Thurs. 12-5 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 12-6 p.m. through June 10. 28 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-2940 or www.woodstockart.org

 

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