Out & About in November

Rucker makes a ruckus, Browne moves east, and the circus goes high-tech



Hootie on his own

Darius Rucker is blessed with one of those voices that you can’t help but remember. As front man for the supergroup Hootie & the Blowfish, Rucker and his rich baritone — especially on songs like “Hold My Hand” — propelled the group’s 1994 debut recording, Cracked Rear View, to sales topping 16 million. Now the singer has another debut, this time as a solo artist. He’s touring in support of Learn to Live, his new country album that also is climbing the charts. Catch his act Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. at Albany’s Palace Theatre. $39.50-$49.50. 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3335

Browne rebounds

For many of us boomer babies, Jackson Browne’s catalog of ’70s hits — “Running on Empty” and “The Pretender” among them — epitomizes the “California Sound,” the softer side of rock music that became so popular during that decade. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is back on the road again, now playing “unscripted” solo acoustic shows. Browne makes a rare appearance at the Ulster Performing Arts Center on Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. $60. Also at UPAC this month: clairvoyant Lisa Williams (Nov. 14) and country’s Lyle Lovett & His Large Band (Nov. 15; call for times and tickets to both shows). 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088

Cirque Le MasqueTake a bow: Cirque Le Masque performers acknowledge the applause after one of their high-flying shows

Euro-thrills

Cirque Le Masque somersaults into the Eisenhower Hall Theatre this month. Unlike a traditional circus, this European-style performance includes no animals, concentrating instead on highly stylized (and gravity-defying) moves by a troupe of aerialists, jugglers, acrobats, and comics. The combination of raw energy, high theater, and special effects makes for a show that should enthrall adults and kids alike (Nov. 15 at 3 p.m.). Also at the Hall: Of Mice and Men, the Barter Theatre’s production of John Steinbeck’s tragic story of two migrant workers doomed by the Great Depression (Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.). Call for ticket information. U.S.M.A. campus. 655 Pitcher Rd., West Point. 845-938-4159

Dream weavers

Painters Kathy Burge and Louise Laplante, mixed media specialist Stephen King, and printmaker Valerie Hammond display their art in Dreamscape, the fall exhibition at Carrie Haddad Gallery. The show examines the ephemeral qualities present in each artists’ work. Laplante’s drawing and paintings, for example, make use of multiple images of simple themes related to stories about ancestry and “how things once were”; Hammond’s prints focus on human hands, and explore the emotional and psychological properties of our gestures. Thurs.-Mon. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 22. 622 Warren St., Hudson. 518-828-1915

On the move

In today’s fast-paced world, we hop in and out of cars, trains, and planes with regularity. Not so in the late 19th century, when going on a trip of any distance was a major undertaking. Trunks and Travel: A 19th Century Journey, hosted by the Historical Society of Quaker Hill and Pawling, is an interactive multimedia presentation, for both children and adults, by educator Mary Jeanne Bialas. While packing and unpacking her vintage clothing and accessories, Bialas recounts what life on the road was like for a Victorian industrialist and his family. Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. 126 E. Main St., Pawling. 845-855-9316

 

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