Events: Polly’s Editor’s Picks in October 2012
Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for October 2012
Can’t get out for a hike in the woods this month? Then consider visiting the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum for Minnewaska: The Red Trail, an exhibit of images by local photographer Cathy Miller. These elegantly composed pictures — which highlight the rocky peaks, hardwood forests, clear lakes, and gushing waterfalls of the Ulster County preserve — are sure to excite the nature lover in you. Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. through Oct. 28. • 94 Broadway, Newburgh. 845-569-4997 or www.karpeles.com
Part concert, part theater, Broadway Rox presents hit songs from contemporary musicals that have a rock-music edge. Conceived by a quartet of Broadway veterans, this high-energy production features six singers whose credits range from Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar to American Idol. Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Call or visit Web site for ticket information. • Eisenhower Hall Theatre. 655 Pitcher Rd., West Point. 845-938-4159 or www.ikehall.com
How times have changed: Can-Can, the Cole Porter musical currently playing at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, concerns the lives (and loves) of Parisian showgirls in the 1890s, who made their living by performing the scandalous dance that showed off their petticoats (and glamorous gams). The score includes well-remembered tunes like “I Love Paris” and “C’est Magnifique.” Through Oct. 7. Call or visit Web site for complete schedule. $52-$80. • 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. 914-592-2222 or www.broadwaytheatre.com
In keeping with the spooky season, the Bardavon screens the 1920 silent film classic, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. John Barrymore stars as the scientist whose experimental potion can change him from a do-gooder philanthropist to evil incarnate. In some scenes, Barrymore used no makeup when playing Hyde, relying solely on his ability to contort his face into the appropriately villainous expression. Live music from the opera house’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ accompanies the film. Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. $6. • 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org
From the Top, the NPR radio show hosted by concert pianist Christopher O’Riley and aired on more than 200 stations around the country, broadcasts from the acoustically superior Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The program showcases up-and-coming teenage classical musicians, most of whom are not yet in college. Special guests are also invited to play; this week, cellist Matt Haimovitz (above) drops by. Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. $25-$55. • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 30 Second St., Troy. 518-273-0038 or www.troymusichall.org
Now in its 33rd year, the 21-member Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats perform a series of feats that seem to defy the laws of gravity. They combine jaw-dropping acrobatic skills with traditional music, dance, and theatrical techniques in a show that is both beautiful and breathtaking. Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. $22, $20 seniors & students, $16 children. • Academic Arts Theatre, Westchester Community College. 75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla. 914-606-6262.