Events: Out & About in June 2013

Bluegrass with class, EWF’s power pop, and a “river” of dreams



Wild and crazy guy? Renaissance man Steve Martin (back row, center), vocalist Edie Brickell, and the Steep Canyon Rangers make music in Kingston

Pickin’ and grinnin’

In April, actor/comedian/banjo player Steve Martin and singer/songwriter Edie Brickell (“What I Am”) released Love Has Come For You, a collection of 13 original banjo tunes composed by Martin, with lyrics and vocals provided by Brickell. Produced by British musician Peter Asher (of the 1960s duo Peter and Gordon), the CD has a sound that goes well beyond that of a typical bluegrass recording. In support of this collaboration, Martin and Brickell take their show on the road, gracing the stage — along with North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers bluegrass band — at the Ulster Performing Arts Center. June 23 at 7 p.m. $75-$85. 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088 or www.upac.org

earth wind and fireSoulful funk: Rock Hall of Famers Earth, Wind & Fire jam in Poughkeepsie

Basic elements

The legendary Earth, Wind & Fire performs at Poughkeepsie’s Mid-Hudson Civic Center this month. Formed in 1969, the group had its heyday in the ’70s, creating pop hits — like “Shining Star” — that combined elements of African, Latin, jazz, and R&B music. Relying on a strong horn section and the interplay between the vocals of Philip Bailey (a falsetto) and Maurice White (a tenor), EWF has won six Grammys, sold close to 100 million albums worldwide, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Catch them on June 3 at 8 p.m. $46-$76. 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800, ext. 1201 or www.midhudsonciviccenter.org

woodstock art exhibitFeelin’ groovy: Baron Wolman’s photos of Woodstock festivalgoers at Bethel Woods. Photograph by Baron Wolman, www.baronwolman.com

Peace, love — and mud

Are you mulling over the idea of catching an outdoor show at Bethel Woods? If so, be sure to arrive early enough to visit the Museum at Bethel Woods. Besides the permanent (and fantastic) display about life during the 1960s, the museum hosts a special exhibit each summer. This year’s presentation, On Assignment: Woodstock, features images of the 1969 Woodstock festival taken by Baron Wolman, a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine. Unlike many of the photographers at Woodstock — who concentrated on taking pictures of the bands as they performed — Wolman highlights what went on among the sea of people who attended the iconic event. A complementary exhibit spotlights Rolling Stone cover art during the publication’s early years. Daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Aug. 18. 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. 866-781-2922 or www.bethelwoodscenter.org

River of dreams

Although our mighty Hudson flows right past its back door, another river is making a splash this summer at the Hudson River Museum. Fantasy River is a 5,000-square-foot site-specific installation by Federico Uribe, a conceptual artist renowned for creating colorful works using everyday objects. Within the galleries of the Yonkers site, the Columbian artist has fabricated a flowing “river,” whose banks are planted with rows of corn (made from shovel handles) and inhabited by friendly animals, insects, and birds. Shoelaces, colored pencils, baby bottles, even screws and coins — Uribe employs all of these doodads, and many more, in this Pop Art-inspired work. June 1-Aug. 4. Wed.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. $5, $3 seniors & youth 5-16, under 5 free. 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-963-4550 or www.hrm.org

Remembering a tragedy

Located in Washington, D.C., the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum serves both as a historical research center and a memorial to those who perished at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. While the genocide of the Jewish population is well-documented, other groups were similarly victimized by the Third Reich — including the gay community. Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945 — a traveling exhibit organized by the museum — uses reproductions of period photographs, documents, and artwork to examine the regime’s attempt to eradicate homosexuality, a policy which left thousands dead and the lives of many more irrevocably changed. The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center’s Apuzzo Hall hosts this moving tribute from June 20-Aug. 14. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 300 Wall St., Kingston. 845-331-5300 or http://lgbtqcenter.org

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