Polly's Picks

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



triple whammy art exhibit

Thru March 28: Poughkeepsie’s G.A.S. Gallery this month hosts Triple Whammy, three solo shows by a trio of Valley artists. The exhibition space is filled with abstract works by Clinton Corners painter Joanne Klein, sculptures and digitally generated constructions (like the one above) by Bill Rybak of New Paltz, and color photos (taken on two continents) by Poughkeepsie’s own Franc Palaia. Fri.-Sun. 12-6 p.m. and by appt. • 196 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-486-4592 or www.galleryandstudio.org

itzhak perlman

March 6: Itzhak Perlman — violin virtuoso, Grammy winner, Kennedy Center honoree, and (since 2007) artistic director and principal conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic — travels north for a solo performance at the Ulster Performing Arts Center. Renowned for his flawless technique, Perlman is equally applauded by audiences the world over for the sheer joy he exhibits when making music. 8 p.m. $65-$125. • 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088 or www.upac.org

cirque le masque

March 21: The laws of physics apparently don’t apply to the members of Cirque Le Masque, who perform this month at the Lycian Centre in Sugar Loaf. This troupe of jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, and comics combines colorful costumes, creative music, and graceful choreography with gasp-inducing feats of balance and strength. High theater and heart-stopping entertainment — what could be more fun? 4 p.m. $28-$32, $22 youth 18 and under. • Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf. 845-469-2287 or www.lyciancentre.com

ray davies

 

March 7: Ray Davies just never gives up. The former frontman/songwriter/artistic ringleader of seminal ’70s Brit rockers the Kinks, Davies — now 66 — continues to tour and record as a solo artist (the band parted ways in 1996). His current outing — which stops off at Poughkeepsie’s intimate Bardavon 1869 Opera House this month — features both acoustic numbers as well as songs backed by a full rock band. 7 p.m. $50-$65. • 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org

the wedding singer

March 7: In the musical The Wedding Singer, a jilted wedding crooner delights in ruining bridal receptions — until he meets the real girl of his dreams. But (naturally) she’s engaged to a Wall Street scoundrel. How can our singer win her heart? Based on the Adam Sandler hit movie of the same name, this homage to the 1980s is full of singable pop tunes and nostalgia for the bad old days when greed was good. 3 p.m. Call for ticket information. • Eisenhower Hall Theatre. 655 Pitcher Rd., West Point. 845-938-4159 or www.ikehall.com

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