Events: Out & About in October 2012

A pair of songstresses rock Albany’s Palace, a working man’s photos of industrial decline, and Bernie hits one out of the park in Peekskill


Rock VIP: Melissa Etheridge plays new tracks — and old favorites — in Albany

Worthy women

Two rocking ladies — the popular ’90s singers Fiona Apple and Melissa Etheridge — make appearances at Albany’s Palace Theatre this month in support of their latest releases. A singer/songwriter and pianist, Apple won a Grammy for her 1998 single, “Criminal.” Released in June, The Idler Wheel..., her first album in seven years, features 10 new tracks that showcase her unique blend of rock, jazz, and soul (Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. $34.50-$59.50). Best known for her raspy vocals and a string of hits including “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One,” Etheridge’s 12th studio album, 4th Street Feeling, debuted in early September (Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. $38-$103). 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3335 or

bernie williams

Take your pick

The eclectic selection of musical performances offered at Peekskill’s Paramount Center for the Arts features something for every taste. The 1970s folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step plays tunes by Simon & Garfunkel as part of the center’s intimate cabaret series, which features onstage seating as well as wine and food tastings (Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. $125). The Go-Go’s, the all-girl pop/rock band that hit the charts with “We Got the Beat” in the 1980s, comes in on Oct. 10 (8 p.m. $45-$65). Funk, soul, and R&B fans get their musical fix with perennial favorites Tower of Power and the Average White Band (Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. $30-$50). And everyone’s favorite Yankees-center-fielder-turned-guitar-virtuoso, Bernie Williams, plays his rock- and jazz-infused tunes on the 20th (6:30 p.m. $31-$100). 1008 Brown St., Peekskill. 914-739-2333 or

En pointe

Founded more than 70 years ago, the American Ballet Theater was recognized by Congress in 2006 as “America’s National Ballet Company.” The popular troupe tours the U.S. each year (the only major cultural institution to do so), performing traditional classical ballet repertoire as well as new works. The company appears this month at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts; the program includes dances choreographed by Antony Tudor, José Limón, and Twyla Tharp. Oct. 5-7. Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $20-$50. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900 or

Photograph by Eirik Johnson

Labor dispute

Seattle-based artist Eirik Johnson spent three years traveling around the Pacific Northwest taking photographs of logging companies, commercial fisheries, and other industries that rely on natural resources for their livelihood. Once home to gold-rush prospectors and boom towns, the region today faces an uncertain future caused by environmental constraints and economic realities — all of which is apparent in Sawdust Mountain, an exhibit of Johnson’s large-scale color images (one of which is shown below) that he describes as a “melancholy love letter” to the area. The show is up at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center through Dec. 9. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. Vassar College campus. 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5632 or

Material cause

Is it true (as educator Marshall McLuhan famously said) that the medium is the message? Test that theory at From Fiber Soft to Rock Hard, this month’s exhibit at the Tivoli Artists Gallery. Working with materials that range from malleable wire mesh to unyielding stone, three local artists explore the interplay between the substances used to fashion their work, and the overall message they seek to convey. Oct. 19-Nov. 11. Opening reception Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 1-9 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. 60 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-2667 or


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