Events: Out & About in March 2012

A vocal bonanza: Bebe and Bennett do the Bardavon, Frankie’s (faux) falsetto, and the Seeger sibling’s swan song


Timeless classic: Ageless icon Tony Bennett headlines the Bardavon’s annual gala this month

Virtuosic vocalists

Two bona fide singing stars make appearances at the Bardavon this month. First up: Bebe Neuwirth, the Broadway chanteuse who won two “Best Actress” Tonys (for Sweet Charity and Chicago) and kept us in stitches in her role as the uptight Lilith on TV’s Cheers and Frasier. Her stage show, “Stories with Piano,” showcases songs by Sondheim, Edith Piaf, Tom Waits, and Kander and Ebb (March 3 at 8 p.m. $50-$65). The following week, the eternally young Tony Bennett hosts the Bardavon’s annual fund-raising gala. Even with a boatload of awards (including 15 Grammys and Kennedy Center honors) to his credit, Bennett (who’s 85) refuses to rest on his laurels. Appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and MTV Unplugged have helped his appeal among the under-30 crowd to skyrocket. Expect to hear him croon American standards, jazz, and show tunes — as well as his signature song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” March 11 at 7 p.m. $100-$200. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or

Power down

Time and technology are the focus of Marco Maggi: Lentissimo, the exhibit now on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Maggi, an artist known for his attention to detail, offers up 14 new works that comment on our high-speed, high-tech world. Using a variety of mass-produced materials (aluminum foil, copy paper, parking mirrors), he forms intricate, often repetitive patterns; the viewer is forced to slow down in order to appreciate them. A New Paltz resident, Maggi’s work is part of the permanent collections at MoMA, the Whitney, and the Guggenheim (among other premier museums). Tues.-Sun. through Apr. 1, call for hours. Vassar College campus. 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5632 or

jersey boysPhotograph by Joan Marcus

High notes

Back in ancient times (aka the 1960s), an East Coast quartet blasted its way onto the pop-music charts with “Sherry,” a single featuring the amazing falsetto voice of the group’s lead singer. And so begins the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, one of the most successful groups ever to enter a sound studio. Jersey Boys, a “jukebox musical” based on the band’s story, snagged four Tonys during its Broadway run (including Best Musical). The score includes “Sherry” and other well-known tunes (“Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man”) that helped nail down a place for the band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Catch the touring production of the musical at Proctors through March 18. Call or visit Web site for times and ticket information. 432 State St., Schenectady. 518-346-6204 or

pete and peggy seeger

Final encore?

Folk icon, environmental stalwart, and Beacon denizen Pete Seeger joins his little sister, Peggy Seeger, for a concert benefiting the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. A resident of the U.K., Peggy is a folkie in her own right, having recorded more than 19 solo albums (and a roughly equal number with other artists). Her current U.S. tour, she says, will be her last; this could be the last time the pair performs together on the same Valley stage. March 17 at 8 p.m. $20-$100. Bearsville Theater. 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-2079 or


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