Events: Polly’s Picks in June 2011

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for June 2011


Betsabeé Romero describes herself as a “mechanic artist.” The internationally renowned Mexican artist uses cars and their components — tires, hoods, rearview mirrors — to explore the relationships between traditional and industrialized societies. Betsabeé Romero: Lágrimas Negras/Black Tears includes sculpture, photographs, video, installations — 80 works in all — created over the past 10 years. The Neuberger Museum of Art is the only U.S. venue to host the exhibit, which is on view through Aug. 14. Tues.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. $5, $3 seniors & students, under 13 free. • SUNY Purchase campus. 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914-251-6100 or

aston magna festival

Now in its 39th season, the Aston Magna Festival is the oldest summer concert series devoted to music performed on period instruments. Concerts are held in three separate venues, one of which is Bard College’s Olin Hall. This season’s lineup includes compositions by both J.S. and C.P.E. Bach (June 17); works for winds and strings by Mozart and Hummel (June 24); music popular during the reign of Henry VIII, including pieces by the king himself (July 1); and madrigals written over the course of four centuries (July 8). All concerts begin at 8 p.m. Call for ticket information. • Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7425.

the cake boss

Buddy Valastro — star of the hit TV reality series The Cake Boss — stops by the Mid-Hudson Civic Center as part of his “Bakin’ with the Boss” tour. During the interactive evening, Buddy tells stories about the show and his colorful Italian familia, answers audience members’ questions, and demonstrates some of his cake-baking and decorating secrets. June 11 at 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket information. • Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5400 or

art on lark

With hundreds of artists — painters, musicians, dancers, theatrical performers — as well as thousands of attendees, Albany’s Art on Lark is upstate’s second largest street festival (only LarkFEST, the city’s fall street party, is bigger). Artists and crafters display works in every type of media; two stages host performers of all stripes; and there is no shortage of activities for kids or foods to nosh on. June 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Lark St., Albany. 518-434-3861 or

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