Our Picks: Editors’ Favorite Events in November 2015

Our events editor lists her top event picks happening this month


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Celebrated artist Jean-François Larrieu presents a colorful exhibit of new works. Larrieu has exhibited in more than 60 one-man shows, including some in Dubai, Beirut, China, Taiwan, Tokyo, New York, Florida, and Paris. The items on display in Tarrytown (all done with acrylic paint on canvas) depict both well-known skylines — like New York, Paris, and Miami — and landscapes overlaid with figures like trees and birds. The end result is a unique mosaic-like look. Nov. 7-29. Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. Opening reception Nov. 7, 5 p.m. The Canfin Gallery. 39 Main St., Tarrytown. 914-332-4554; www.canfingallery.com

chaka khan

Hailed as the “Queen of Funk,” Chaka Khan has taken home an impressive 10 Grammy Awards, earned an astounding 22 nominations, and reached the number one spot on the Billboard charts 10 times. Called a “true vocal force not to be reckoned with” by the Chicago Tribune, the songstress is best-known for her hits “Tell Me Something Good,” “I‘m Every Woman,” “I Feel for You,” and “Ain‘t Nobody,” to name a few. Nov. 8. 7 p.m. $60-$124. Ulster Performing Arts Center. 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088; www.upac.org

greater newburgh symphony orchestra

Continuing its 21st season, the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra plays an evening of “Orchestral Colors.” The program opens with “Ancient Airs & Dances” by Ottorino Respighi, which — though written in 1917 — draws its inspiration from 17th- and 18th-century music. Next comes Gabriel Faure’s “Pelléas et Mélisande,” a tale of jealousy and tragedy. Concluding the night is Dvoƙák’s “Symphony No. 7,” which was written at the behest of the Royal Philharmonic Society of London. Conducting the performance is Michael Avagliano, who is one of the contenders to replace orchestra’s founding conductor, Dr. Woomyung Choe. Nov. 21. 7:30 p.m. Concert preview 6:30 p.m. $30 reserved seating, $24 general admission, $18 seniors, students free. Mount Saint Mary College Aquinas Hall. 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh. 845-913-7157; www.newburghsymphony.org

fred astaire

Using clips from RKO and MGM musicals, Fred Astaire: “Greatest Dancer in the World” (part of the Jacob Burns Film Center’s “Dance on Film” series) features dance highlights from the great performer’s illustrious career. Joan Kramer and David Heeley, filmmakers and authors of the book In the Company of Legends, offer commentary and behind-the-scenes stories, as well as sit for a Q&A following the screening. Nov. 1. 5 p.m. $12, $7 members. 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. 914-747-5555; www.burnsfilmcenter.org

art and residence

Since masterful artwork and skillfully crafted furnishings often sell at outrageous prices, it can sometimes seem like living with beautiful objects is beyond the reach of the common man. But thanks to the Art and Residence program by the Hudson Mercantile, delightful art and furniture are both displayed and available for purchase at reasonable prices. The program’s aim is to pair household objects with original artworks, therefore giving interior-design ideas for those feeling the itch to redecorate. The current exhibition features paintings by artist Michael Quadland combined with furnishings curated by the Hudson Mercantile’s Owner and Design Director Chris Hebert. Thru Dec. 15. Call for regular hours. 202 Allen St., Hudson. 518-828-3432; www.thehudsonmercantile.com

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