Out & About

Going gaga for Grooms, country-music royalty at Ike Hall, and star turns at UPAC in Kingston.



Out & About

 

 

Great Grooms

Arguably the best-known artwork in Westchester County, The Bookstore has

been a part of the Hudson River Museum¹s permanent collection for nearly 30

years. Combining art with functionality, pop artist Red Grooms¹s

16-by-35-foot mixed-media sculpture < which humorously depicts a bevy of

unique characters browsing through a used bookshop < was created to serve as

the museum¹s gift shop (which it did for 27 years). This spring, the museum

celebrates Grooms and The Bookstore with two events. Red Grooms: In the

Studio is a major exhibition by this ever-popular artist. The works on

display include never-before-seen preliminary studies (called maquettes) for

what the artist calls ³sculpto-pictoramas²: his large, colorful, and

frenetic depictions of urban life. And The Bookstore itself has seen some

major changes. No longer used as a gift shop, the piece has undergone a

major restoration. Museum visitors can now mingle with the quirky clerks,

shoppers, ghosts, and mice < as well as the 5,000 painted books < in the

sculpture¹s brand-new gallery setting. Exhibit on view through May 31.

Wed.-Sun. 12-5 p.m., Fri. 12-8 p.m. $5, $3 seniors & children. 511 Warburton

Ave., Yonkers. 914-963-4550 or www.hrm.org

 

UPAC-ing them in

Don¹t know if you¹ve noticed, but since its merger with Poughkeepsie¹s

Bardavon Opera House two years ago, the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC)

has showcased a steady stream of top-flight entertainers. Case in point:

this month, legendary storyteller/author/actor Bill Cosby brings his comedic

wit (and wisdom) to the center¹s Broadway Theater on the second (3 & 7 p.m.,

$45-$85). On the fifth, superstar cellist (and 15-time Grammy winner) Yo-Yo

Ma and Friends perform string quartets penned by a variety of composers (8

p.m., $65-$125). Full of energy and passion, the contemporary dance troupe

Ailey II leaps onto the stage on the ninth (7 p.m., $32). 601 Broadway,

Kingston. 845-339-6088 or www.upac.org

 

OK Chorale

While the idea of spending several hours at the opera may not appeal to many

people, listening to opera choruses < those oft-exuberant pieces crafted to

open or close an act < is a neat way to get a dose of some of the genre¹s

best-loved music. For the second concert performance of their 10th

anniversary season, the Taconic Opera presents ³Immortal Opera Choruses.²

Featured works include the Hell Chorus from Boito¹s Mefistofele, as well as

several famous Verdi compositions (including the Chorus of Hebrew Slaves

from Aida and the show-stopping Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore). Bravo!

March 15 at 7:30 p.m. $18, $15 seniors & students. Peekskill Presbyterian

Church. Corner of South and Washington Streets, Peekskill. 914-245-3415 or

www.taconicopera.org

 

Junkyard jam

Looking for something a tad offbeat? Check out the Electric Junkyard

Gamelan, which performs this month at Time and Space Limited. This unusual

quintet plays original music on invented instruments, all of which were

conceived and built by bandleader/composer Terry Dame. Group members

serenade you with riffs on the Rubarp (an electric harp that uses rubber

bands for strings and coat hangers for a frame), the Clayrimba (tuned clay

pots struck with mallets like a marimba), and the Terraphone (a horn made

from copper pipes). The ensemble¹s surprisingly tuneful sound shows the

influence of genres ranging from Indian classical to modern jazz < all

shaped by Dame¹s humor-laced voice. March 29 at 8 p.m. $10. 434 Columbia

St., Hudson. 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org

 

Storied singer

The story of country-music songstress Trisha Yearwood¹s rise to stardom

could be the plot of a Broadway musical. Small-town Georgia peach wins a

local talent show at 16; lands a job with MTM Records after college; cuts a

demo with a rising star named Garth Brooks, who introduces her to a producer

who just happens to have a song he¹s been looking for a female singer to

record. The song, ³She¹s in Love with the Boy,² goes to number-one on the

charts; eight more number-one singles (and 11 gold or platinum albums)

follow < as does a fairytale wedding to Brooks. The three-time Grammy winner

brings her lustrous voice to Eisenhower Hall Theatre for a one-night

performance. March 8 at 8 p.m. Call for ticket information. U.S.M.A campus,

West Point. 845-938-4159 or www.ikehall.com

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